Weighing a Spork

So finally I’ve been able to buy/gather/scrounge all of the equipment for the hike into one place, and now i can sort through what i’m taking… Here’s most of the stuff, it’s seems long, but when i weighed it last week, it came in under 10kg (base weight). Thats everything without food or water!

Large Things – the ‘heavy’ stuff

  • Golite Pinnacle Pack (875g)
  • Cape Storm Wasp sleeping bag (760g)
  • First Ascent Shorty Matress (400g)
  • Tarptent’s Moment (800g)
  • Ground Sheet (300g)

Wearable Items (~3.5kg)

  • Montrail Trail Shoes (300g together)
  • 2x Socks (1 think/1 thin)
  • Cape Storm Convertibles
  • “Running” Shorts
  • Long Sleeve “QuikWik” Shirt
  • 1 t-shirt
  • First Ascent Fleece
  • First Ascent Waterproof Shell
  • Waterproof pants
  • 2x Underwear
  • Beanie
  • Hat
  • Buff
  • Gloves


  • Canon SX-230HS with cards, spare battery and bag (450g)
  • Petzl Torch (80g)
  • Kindle Keyboard (300g)
  • Garmin GPS (200g)

Other Stuff

  • 2x Waterproof e-vent bags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Pot w\lid & lifter
  • Stove
  • Titanium Spork
  • 2x Nalgene ultralite bottles (1L)
  • Knife
  • Platypus Clean Stream (Filter and 8L bladder!) (310g)
  • Diary + pencils
  • lighter
  • passport w\permit
  • tooth stuff
  • guidebook
  • 1x trekking pole
  • Small Towel
  • Soaps
  • Suncream
  • Stove Refills

So i hope i’ve brought enough, some stuff i’ve pondered over bringing are things like a trowel, iPod, gaiters, crampons. These items maybe be useful but can be made defunct with some Macgyver tricks.


  • Andre and Lilian

    March 27, 2012

    All the best with your trip. We shall follow with interest. I am quite envious actually.

  • David

    March 29, 2012

    Another warm top or light fleece would perhaps be welcome …

  • Robynn Hofmeyr

    April 21, 2012

    Hey Steve, what a fabulous adventure. I’ll be following you with much interest. I like your kit, especially the “think” socks. Do they help you find your way? Amazing what new technology can do. Please take good care of yourself and come back to us in one piece.
    Lots of love,

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