This is my current gear list, I make no endorsements, these are my preferences based on experience.
- GoLite Jam 50 litre Backpack – nicely made, comfortable fit with hip belt. Can be used for day trips and extended backpacking trips, perhaps the only backpack I really need. 840g.
- Feathered Friends Flickr Sleeping Bag/Quilt combination – when I had a chance to visit Seattle to see relatives, Feathered Friends was right next door to REI, the sweetie shop from heaven. 690g. Old sleeping bags make ideal loft insulation.
- Terra-Nova Bivouac and/or Tarp or Tent (depending on the weather and midge forecast) c. 800g depending on configuration.
That’s the big three heavy items, weighing less than 3kg, the following also see good service.
- Trail Designs Caldera Ti-Tri Cone – wood, meths or fuel block that weighs nothing, recent purchase to replace the irreplaceable Mini Trangia. < 200g with pot.
- Meindl Burma Pro walking boots – sometimes sublime, sometimes a pain. I am starting to use Walking Shoes / Trail Running Shoes with some success, but my feet get bruised and they do not last that long. Boots weigh 1,800g, shoes 800g per pair.
- Leki lightweight walking poles – also function as tarp poles, cattle prods, fruit pickers, bushwackers, nettle swipers and psychotic dog defense weapons.
- Platypus water packs various – genius, light, durable?
- Mountain Equipment Shell Jacket. 550g – seems to spend most time in the pack as it has to be tipping it down for me to wear it. Works well.
- Merino Wool anything – if you can find it at a sensible price – socks are great
- Rohan Bags trousers / shorts – still in fashion? as if I care
- Lots of other bits and pieces like any other gear list, but important items for me are…
- Zinc Tape & Compeed
- Nexus 5 Phone, notebook & pen
- Exped Drybags, keep stuff dry, in different colours so I can find stuff quickly
The most import things is to learn from you experience and the expected conditions as to what you must take and what you leave out. I always empty my pack when I get home and take a critical look at everything I have carried, to try and avoid taking the unnecessary weight in the future.