Here comes mine and Jon’s gear lists. This is what we have packed for our 5 day trip in Jotunheimen. Below every picture you’ll find a link to our gear lists (Excel files). If you have any improvements or comments please drop them below. I don’t think we have time to make large adjustments but it’s always nice to get feedback.
As you’ll find in the spreadsheets we’ve shared some gear between each other like the sleeping- and cooking system. My list will be complete with all the stuff I use if I were to go on a solo trip.
The real interesting thing is that last year on our longest trip, 4 days, we carried packs that weighed in at 22-24kg each including water… As you can see below, things have changed my friends!
My list – 8.9kg
Click for larger picture! (rain jacket is missing in the picture)
The sleeping pad, a Therm-A-Rest NeoAir X-Lite looks very promising and will replace my Z-Lite and also complement it during the winter to add more comfort.
I also got a pair of new Inov-8 shoes. It’s not that I don’t like my Roclite 295’s but they’re run a little small (pun intended 😉 ). So for running around for an hour or so they’re fine but when I walk for several hours my feet get swollen and I guess that I’ll get hurt eventually. Won’t risk it on a 3+ day trip. To be on the safe side I got these Trailroc 245’s instead. I must say that I love the box that they came in! 🙂
These I got two a week or so ago. Will serve as extra grip for the Ultamid in stormy weather.
MSR Mini Groundhog stakes
Nice touch with MSR logo on the stakes. They’re a little heavier than the others I’ve got. 9g per piece.
Bought a pair of Inov-8 Roclite 295 today after reading several reviews online and from recommendations of some friends. Basically everyone said that they’re excellent so I truly hope that they are. I got them for a real bargain too!
When I was out running with all my brand new clothes and stuff that I bought I couldn’t stop thinking about what everything that I was wearing cost… I mean, I might have bought the so called premium stuff but still, is there a sport or hobby that you can do that’s cheep?!
Running is fairly simple, anyone can do it, just go and put on your shoes and get out and run. Simple, is it? The first times just to get a feel for it maybe but it will be way more fun and much better for your body if you have proper foot ware. Add tight fitting clothes will reduce wind resistance and you won’t get to warm or cold will make you happier along the way. I listened to a seasoned runner on the radio a few months back and she said that if you’re thinking about to start running (I think she was into trail running) you might go out the first time with whatever you have but as soon as you come back, go to the store and buy proper shoes! Your body will thank you forever!
All the stuff in my latest post cost just shy of 5 000 SEK, that’s about 800 USD. Other than that I have my running shoes and my Suunto Ambit HR and that’s another 4 000 SEK (about 600 USD) making the total cost 9 000 SEK or 1 400 USD which might be alot for just running…
I was thinking of other sports along my run and I couldn’t come up with even one that’s cheap. If the equipment is fairly cheap it’s often combined with a costly fee of some sort or that you have to sell something to bring money to the club on a yearly basis.
Then I know a few guys at work that once said to me when I was about to buy some new hiking gear, I think it was my Fjällräven tent, and they said:
– Why don’t you just go to the nearest sports store and buy a standard “camping tent” and be happy? It’ll cost you less then a third of what you’re paying for that other tent!
Well… I could have done that… And they’d probably or most certainly would have and combined that with a cheep ass backpack and a pair of sneakers. Then a few hours out on the trail (if they’re not the Hulk) they would come down crying and complaining about how uncomfortable everything is and that they just want to go home – and they would have missed everything that was special about that moment in the outdoors… Because in the end, what ever you do, it’s all about that moment when you’re out doing your thing and with proper equipment everything will be easier, more comfortable and you’ll enjoy it more and just want to go back out there and do it again…