Gear Wales

Gear list for walking the Wales Coast Path. Will I ever get to ultralight?


Youth Hostel and Camping accommodation and approx. 45 days+, maybe with a break depending on progress.

In the backpack:

  • (1) Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 Tent – 720g – a bit snug, but this tent has served me well in Scotland and Wales on a number of long distance trails. Add footprint to protect the groundsheet.
  • (2) GoLite Jam 50 Large Backpack – 840g – no longer made but comfortable and showing no serious signs of wear.  Could do with a proper closure top.
  • (3) Feathered Friends Flicker 30 UL Sleeping Quilt/Bag – 710g – probably 200 nights spent in this bag now, protected with a JagBag silk sleeping bag liner, which is helping extend its life and adds warmth.
  • (4) Thermarest NeoLite Short Sleeping Mat – 220g – difficult to get comfortable and too small for me, but it works and is very light.  I take a section of Closed Foam mat just in case this fails.
  • Exped UL waterproof stuff sacks – colour coded and indispensable for organising you pack and kit separation (wash from non-washed, food from fuel etc..). Not as waterproof as you would like.
  • (5) OB Mobile Phone Drybag containing a Google Pixel Smartphone, plus chargers/cables and an Anker 5200mAh battery pack. Good for 3 days charge when used as a camera and navigation aid with minimal browsing.
  • Plastic Squash bottle and (6) Platypus 1l bag for water. Light, compact.
  • (7) Mountain Equipment Gore-Tex Pro jacket – 560g or maybe my Alpkit Balance jacket if the forecast is better.
  • (8) Alpkit Parallax waterproof trousers
  • (9) Feather Friends Gillet; Patagonia Hoodie Fleece; spare Icebreaker Merino long sleeve
  • (10) REI Shoe gaiters; socks and nicks (pair of each); thin gloves
  • (11) Lightweight towel and micro-fleece cloth
  • (12) Toiletries – basics for teeth, shave, wash, multi-use soap; P20 suncream (SPF50)
  • (13) First aid kit; lots of Hypafix tape; nail clippers, small knife
  • (14) Petzl e-Lite torch; headphones; glasses; sunglasses
  • (15) Notebook and biro in Ortlieb map case
  • (16) Alpkit Koro stove, thick foil windscreen, gas canister, 1l titanium pot and plastic mug.  I could have used a lighter titanium mug and the Alpkit Kraku stove, but it is a bit tall (unstable) and not as capable for cooking meals vs. just heating water.
  • Titanium spoon, lighter, wooden spatula
  • Eyeshade and earplugs (noisy campsites)
  • Wallet

Total weight 6.9kg (without food and water), so probably 9-10kg in use, which is below the lightweight backpacker baseline, but nowhere near ultra-light backpacker level of 5kg!

Clothing (worn):

  • Icebreaker Merino Wool long sleeve shirt, long service
  • Rohan shirt
  • Rohan Trailblazer convertible trousers
  • Socks and nicks
  • Brooks Cascadia 13 Trail Shoes
  • OR hat
  • Buff
  • G-Shock watch
  • Leki Carbon Poles – 415g (pair) – haven’t broken them yet. The lighter weight helps make them a natural extension to your arms and I would not walk long distances without them.  Old friends.

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