Monday, 7 April 2014

TGO Challenge 2014 Gear List

Below is my proposed gear list for the 2014 TGO Challenge, nearly all of the kit listed is well used and well tested so hopefully it should see me through. The sleeping bag is a new item and has only been used on one trip so far but first impressions are very good. So... on to the list:

*Updated 12 April 2014 - Weights added*

A full breakdown of the below can be found here.


MLD Exodus FS pack inc frame, Klymit Airbeam pad, hip belt pockets, stow pocket, lid & water bottle holders
MLD cuben fiber dry bag (Size large)
Zpacks cuben food bag inc clip
Zpacks cuben fiber pillow dry bag (Doubles as dry bag for spare clothes)
Exped schnozzle dry bag thing (Doubles as pump for sleep mat)
Osprey pack cover 

Weight: 1,152g


MLD Trailstar
Borah Gear Bivy 
MLD UL ground cloth (might cut in half)
Pegs - Easton Gold, Easton Blue, Vargo Ti stakes
MLD cuben finer peg bag
Alloy Pacer Poles

Weight: 1,703g


Marmot Plasma 30 Sleeping bag
As Tucas Foratata down socks
Exped Synmat UL7 mat + repair kit
Zpacks cuben fiber pillow dry bag

Weight: 1,174g


Jetboil SolTi
Fire steel
Sea to Summit X-cup
Long handles Ti Spoon
MYOG cosy 
Alpkit stuff sack

Weight: 658g

Clothing - Worn

Salomon Speedcross 3 shoes
Outdoors X-socks
MLD SuperLight gaiters
Montane Terra trousers
Rab MeCo 120 boxers 
Rab MeCo 120 base layer 
Mountain Equipment Mid 
Montane Featherlite Marathon windproof

Clothing/Gear - Carried

Rab Demand eVent smock
Mountain Equipment Firelite waterproof trousers
Montane Fireball smock
H&M Ultralight down jacket
Montane Prism gloves
Extremities Tuff Bags overmitts
Montane cap
Mountain Equipment mountain cap
Kahtoola Microspikes
Salewa Tour-X Superlight ice axe + cover & leash
Spare Outdoors X-socks &/or Sealskins
Spare Rab MeCo boxers

Weight all clothing: 3,026g

Bits and Pieces

Silva compass
Map case and printed maps
First aid kit
Wash kit inc towel
Sawyer mini water filter inc 2 bags & straw
Oakley sunglasses
Sawyer sun cream
Midge head net
Petzl e-lite head torch
MYOG Lantern
Toilet kit
Tramplite Trowel
ID/Cash/Cards in MLD ditty bag
Repair kit

Weight: 1,780g


SPOT tracker + spare batteries
GoPro Hero3+ Black + spare batteries
Velbon tripod
Iphone + case
Tecknet Power Bank charger thing
Assorted cables

Weight: 2,784g


Food (5 days - max amount to be carried) 

Total pack weight not inc consumables: 10,154g

So that's it, a few bits and pieces may change before the off but probably not a lot. I was hoping to include all the weights but don't have the time at the moment, I'll try and add them in a week or so when I head to the Lakes again as all of the above will be coming with me. A full breakdown of all the above can be found here. Whilst not outrageous I think I can make quite a few weight savings here and there...

Comments/suggestions welcome :-)



  1. Nice to see someone not using winner with the Trailstar. Makes it work in more pitch options and plays to its strength as a tarp/shelter. I see a good kit setup, and one that will cope with Scotland in May.

    I would wait to the last minute before packing those spikes and ice axe. In the end last year we did not need them.

    1. Cheers Martin, I was unsure on bivy vs inner for a while due to fear of the midge but hoping they won't be a problem. Also hoping ice axe etc won't be needed but will decide nearer the off

  2. On all my Challenge walks and many others in May I have had no midge issues. Axe is looking less likely based on reports

    Snow spots: Affric Hills, Glen Coe, The Ben, Cairngorms. Gorms is the one too decide on.

    1. Still tempted to swap to the inner but I'd rather use the bivy, unless I hear reports this week that the midges are out in force I'll be sticking with the bivy

  3. Affric tops are mostly bare or threaded as of last week. The odd cornice here and there but unless there's another cold snap looks mostly avoidable with good route selection. Some midges in the glens, but not serious as yet. Good luck and enjoy the crossing matt

    1. Many thanks, first one for me so I'm really looking forward to it, it's been on my 'to do' list for quite a few years :-)