|MacPac Ascent Classic
||A sturdy but heavy hold-all for walk. At nearly 2.5kgs this is my heaviest item. I carried for it almost all of the PCT and found it very comfortable and reliable. I attached two external sacks from Aarn so I could keep items like snacks, water and maps within reach.|
|More than a simple point-n-shoot this camera has a range of manual settings enabling much finer control of the photo taking process. Generally I have it set on P and just change the light settings (daylight/cloudy/tungsten). Unfortunately I found it didn't do so well in high-contrst situtations like bright daylight some through dark trees and this was a very common situation for me. I'm looking for a better model this year but it needs to light and easy to power. The Canon 400D would certainly take some amazing photos, but keeping it charged my be more trouble than it's worth, plus I need one that can share memory cards with my N810||Canon A710IS
||The PocketMail I had last year worked pretty well. There were some communication troubles but it kept me in contact with home and other hikers ahead or behind me. There's no pocket mail service in Japan so I'm selling it to another hiker and have bought myself Nokia's latest internet tablet the N810. It's got Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS. I've loaded it with WordPy and with that I should be able to write my blog from where ever I camp and upload it all next time I go to a town. But don't worry, I'll still be getting my editor in cheif to check my spelling :-)|
|OHararp LLC makes excellent GPS data loggers. With a solar-panel rig they made for me last year I recorded the whole trail and I'll be doing so again this year. It can record straight into Google's KML format but I prefer the NMEA option so I can geotag my photos and have them plotted exactly where I took them. V3 of the logger comes in a strong Otter Box that'll keep it safe as I bush-crash, ford rivers and trip on paving stones.||GPS Data Logger
||"Because sometimes your pack just ain't heavy enough" - Pea Hicks
At the Third Gate Cache above Scissors Crossing in the Anza-Borrego Desert, Pea Hicks (a.k.a. Girl Scout) left a box of lead weights for the PCT class of 2007 with that note. I took one of those weights and carried it all the way to Canada. As far as I know I'm the only one silly enough to do so. Prove me wrong if you know better.
|To protect my N810 I've been given an OtterBox 2000. It's crushproof, waterproof and just a little heavy when combined with my internet tablet. I know I should be cutting down on weight, every ounce counts, but I really need to protect my tablet fro the elements and OtterBox is the way to go. last year I crushed the screen on my PocketMail and I don't intend to let that happen this year||OtterBox 2000
|Weighing just 910g (plus the silicone sealing gel) this is pretty big for a one person tent. Much bigger than my Big Agnes Seedhouse. I used a double rainbow in Washington and really liked it, but they have a much bigger footprint and I'd prefer to be able to camp in smaller places than have the extra room at night.||Henry Shire's Rainbow
|Western Mountaineering UltraLite Super
||At just 750g this is a light sleeping bag but still super warm. It is rated as comfortable down to -6C though I've never experienced it like that myself. It's a bit narrow across the shoulders for me, and I have trouble rolling over inside it, but being that snug means I know I'm not carrying any extra weight.
I also carry a sleeping bag liner which adds a degree or two to the internal temperature and is easier to wash that a goose-down bag.
|For a stove I've chosen a Trangia burner. It's not the lightest, I could have gone with a Pepsi-can Stove but I wanted something stronger. The Trangia also has the benefit of sealing any additional fuel inside for resuse. Pepsi stoves (other beverages are available) requires you to burn off everything you put in it so you need to know in advance how long your meal will take to cook.||Trangia stove
|Lightrek Poles from Gossamer Gear
||Kindly donated by the folks at Gossamer Gear these poles are 142g (5oz) for the pair! Carbon fiber is amazing.|
|Bought with birthday money from my friends I love this top. It kept me warm through the seirras, snug in northern Washington and looks cool too. IceBreaker is New Zealand company and makes stuff from the amzing merino wool that is breathable and doesn't hold odour. Handy for someone who had to go a week between showers while excercising all day. I got all the way to the last town stop in Washington before someone put it through the drier so it has shrunk a little bit now. Maybe I'll get a new one before I go||IceBreaker shirt
|Lots of Bridgedale socks
||While you can get by with just one shirt and pair of trousers, multiple pairs of socks are essential. ideally I'd be changing them at lunch time and letting the morning ones dry out before night time, but I often didn't feel like taking off my shoes incase I couldn't get the back on later. Feet deserve every little helper they can. I recommend Bridgedale as purveyors of fine footwear. They've kept me blister free for thousands of miles and if I can find a local supplier they'll be doing the same again soon.|
|Last year the great team at Adventure 16 came to the ADZPCTKO and fixed my feet with three simple words: Montrail Continental Divides. I ordered a pair without even trying them on and walked the rest of the way to Canada without another blister. The wide toe box and soft fit were perfect for me so I've bought six more pairs. Some to get me across Japan and some spare ones for what ever happens next :-)||Montrail Continental Divides