Gear

Gear List

It took a while, but after a lot of work I compiled a list with descriptions and extra info about all the stuff we're gonna drag along.

Be notified that not everything we have looks as cool and brand new as the images shown below.
In almost all cases we have the exact same item, just not as new and undamaged.
It was less hassle to just look the stuff up on google than taking proper pictures of everything.

In the next few weeks a couple of things will be added or replaced, and I will try to keep the list updated as much as possible.
At the end of the hike we will eventually add a short summary of our experience with the items, and if we would recommend it or not.

Sleeping and relaxing

Coleman Track tent (2800 g)

Elines old tent.
This little thing has survived a lot of festivals, hiking and other abuse, and it's still our favorite outdoor accommodation by far.

Why? Well, first of all, it has a stand-alone system of tent poles, so it's not necessary to have good ground for your stakes to be able to set it up.
You can just pitch it up anywhere you like.
Secondly, it's robust.
I admit, it's not really as lightweight or small-sized as some of the newer tents out there, but I'd rather carry the extra weight and sleep in something that can withstand some punishment and keeps you protected against the elements.
If a real thunderstorm breaks loose at 3 in the morning, I don't want to have to go outside to dig a ditch around my tarp to keep my girl from floating away with the stream...

Oh yeah, and it's cheap. Around 50 euro's, instead of 500,-
This doesn't mean we won't switch to one that suits us better somewhere during the hike,
but for now we're really content with this little gem.


Nomad Ridge 220 Sleeping Bag (2380 g)

Why would we choose this sleeping bag?
It might seem like a weird choice, because it has a few obvious disadvantages:
- It's not a mummy model.
- It's rather heavy and big and soft.

Eline hates the feeling of her feet being confined in a small space, is very fond of coziness, and goes in auto starfish position as soon as she falls asleep.
So this is a good option, because:
- It's not a mummy model.
- It's rather heavy and big and soft.

Besides that, we can zip the bags together to create one big cocoon for us to lay in, or zip it open and make a huge blanket.
With this we can basically built a tent in our tent. How awesome is that!


Thermarest venture WV sleeping mattress (620 g)

In the past 10 years I have spent a lot of nights sleeping on camping mattresses.
Small, lightweight, self inflatable, super isolated, space-saving, kryptonite ultra, polygizmo powered sleeping mats. Lots.

In my experience, it's more the state you're in that determines how well you sleep, instead of the object you're sleeping on.
I've slept snugly draped over a tree trunk one time, but stayed awake all night while lying on one of the most expensive expedition proved inflatable beds that exist.

Having said that, it's good to have a combination of something that's thick enough to be comfortable to lay on your side on, and isolates well enough so that you don't get cold from the underground up during the night.
This one does both, sometimes with the help of an extra isolation blanket spread under it when the temperature gets frosty outside.


Cocoon travel pillow (190 g)

'First the huge sleeping bag, then the thick comfy mattress, and now this?' Shame!'
'Yeah yeah, I know...'

I never took a pillow along on a hike before, and always found it excessive when others did.
Maybe it's just that I'm getting a bit older and more focused on comfort.
Fact is, a lot of people say that one of the things they really missed after a long time on the trail was a decent place to lay their head.
After a while you literally get tired of drooling on your sweater or stuffed waterproof sack, waking up with neck cramps and a sock plastered to your face. (their words)

We're just gonna try it out, but I have a feeling I am going to be thankful we didn't skim on our sleeping gear.
Rest is important and starting out tired is a good way to have a bad day.


Sea to Summit coupler loops (17 g)

Yeah, I wasn't sure about this either.
But after a couple of nights I don't want to go camping without them no more.

If you're used to snuggle and sleep together at home, you probably have the same sleeping habits while sleeping outdoors.
At least, we do. Eline just starfishes and I ehm...adjust position, more or less.
Anyway.
We already have the zip-together sleeping bag, so that problem is solved.
But those infernal sleeping mats keep going their separate ways with every toss or turn, creating a crevasse in the middle were one of the two unfortunate sleepers eventually ends up.
It's cold and uncomfortable down there, so you wake up, shove the things back, lay down and proceed to repeat the process.
No more!

I was sceptical at first, but these things work like a charm. Worth every gram and cent!


Golden Eagle hammock (650 g)

This is just an experiment.

We figured that, after a long day of tramping, you don't want to spend the entire evening either sitting on the (possibly wet) ground or lying in the tent all the time.

When Eline wants to paint, or I just want to relax and listen to a book or something,
we reckoned that a lightweight hammock would be really nice to have.

Furthermore, in some places (forests and hillsides) it's nigh impossible to set up a tent, so a hammock would offer a sleeping solution, if need be.

After finding the things on Amazon for 20 bucks, we decided to give it a try.
If they prove to be dead weight we'll just leave them with a trail angel or something.

Eating and drinking

Sea to Summit x 31 Cookset (662 g)

Our original intention was to go tramping low-budget style.
'If they could do it 20 years ago without all that fancy lightweight stuff, we can do it too!

That was 2 years ago.
We still haven't got the best of the best, but we ended up buying more and more stuff while preparing for our journey.

And c'mon, you've gotta admit; This is cool!
You get a big pan(2,8 L); big enough to make a good meal in for 4 people.
A couple of bowls for a firm breakfast.
And most importantly: properly sized mugs. Not those tiny tin things that only hold 3 gulps and turn all your instant coffee into espresso style sludge.
It all packs up neatly in a flat space-saving frisbee thing and doesn't weigh much.

It was quite expensive though; 100 euro's.
You can't use it on campfires and the like, and it's not suitable for baking, only cooking.
(so, no fried eggs or steak, but lots of spaghetti and mishmash)


Careplus Water Filter + 1 liter Pouch (60 g)

River water! Jum jum. The true taste of nature and all that lives in it...

With this set, you just fill the bag, squeeze it all through the filter into your bottle or cooking set and voila; filtered crystal clear water. (Kinda)

What I also like is that the pouch can do double duty as an extra 0,5 L water reservoir.
We're gonna leave the squirt at home, as we don't really need it to use the filter.

(really, is it called a squirt in English?
I couldn't google any better translation and this just sounds...weird.
Reminds me of the pokemon Squirtle.
But Squirtle is actually just a combination of turtle and squirrel.
Never knew that huh?)


Water pouch 2 liter (146 g)

Water is important, and we never go outdoors without it.

A normal human body can endure weeks without food, but only 2/3 days without water.
Taking into consideration that we're hiking with heavy packs 7-10 hours a day it is vital that we keep ourselves well hydrated.
Each of us always has a spare 0,5 L emergency bottle and we refill to the max almost anytime we find a good or simple water source.

 

I've had this pouch since I started hiking 10 years ago, and so far it never failed me.
I hope it survives the rough surroundings of New Zealand, but if it goes kaput it's not difficult to replace. Every big outdoor shop probably has them.


Drinking Bottles 0,5 liter (x2)

Same as above, and often easy to carry in the front of your backpacks hip band.

We always keep one 0,5 L bottle stuffed deep in the bag for emergencies.


 


Primus Stove + Gas Cannister (83 g + .?. g)

Our little gas stove, which has served us well these past few years.

We decided to take a simple one, small and light, and easy to use;
you just open up the little pan holders, screw it on top of a gas can and regulate the amount of gas with the green turning thingy.

There are other very neat systems on the market, from portable wood stoves to ultra burners who basically work on anything flammable, from rum to diesel.

Our little stove is sturdy and simple, but it only works if we have gas.
Fortunately gas canisters are available in almost every country we visited so far, and have never been a problem.
If we do run out of gas, we can always improvise and cook on a campfire.


Aluminum Windscreen (68 g)

The image says it all, although we build ours around a gas can, not a whisperlight stove.
It isolates the heat and can help boil water 3 times faster on a cold and windy day.
At least, that's what the experts say. (Read: store-sales-person.)

Also, it makes a good reflector when you're sunbathing.
How I love double duty stuff.

I've never before used these things, so if it proves to just be taking up space, it's gonna go in the trash can without remorse.


 


Sporks

A nice little invention, and always a good thing to take along when hiking.

I've seen people tramping around with Rambo sized knifes and stuff like that,
but didn't have the wit to pack something to eat their meals with.
Ever seen a GI Joe type surly eating his soup with a trowel?

It's hilarious.


 


Nessie Tea Monster

We all need our guilty pleasures.
One of those things a person takes on a hike that are not multifunctional, not lightweight and certainly not useful in saving space in your backpack.

But every time I get Nessie out it brings a big grin on my face.
What better way to start your day.

(It's used for tea and the like, for those wondering why there is a dinosaur in my cup.)


 


Zipper Bags

We're gonna pack most of our food in zipper bags.
The idea is to make a couple of super mixes, that only need to be added to warm water to make a healthy nutritious stew.
Add some rice or pasta, et voila, diner!

After shopping we want to pulverize what ingredients we can and mix it all in a couple of these bags:
- One or two bags for breakfast.
- Two bags for snacks
- Two or three bags for diners.

This way you don't need to carry all the packaging and rubbish most of the food comes in these days, and you don't have to take the garbage with you either after having emptied the package.

That's the idea in any case. Let's hope it will work.

Clothing and tramping gear - Seba

Ferrino Voyage TRK 100 Backpack

My loyal backpack, still going strong and faithfully keeping my possessions close and my back warm.
It's about 8 years old, and has seen a lot of different places.
As backpacks go, you could say this one is now in its adulthood, old enough to show some wounds and scars, a little bulkier than those young ones, but still spirited enough to go of into the wild and visit rock festivals!

Does that make any sense?
In any case, what I like most is that it's made of a very strong and rough fabric.
It's not made of that super slick lightweight material (you know, the textile that reminds you of a parachute) but I have a hunch that this one can roll through a forest of thorn bushes and come out with only a couple of scratches, while the parachute backpack is shredded to pieces. (I could be completely wrong though.)


Leki Malaku Hiking Poles

Even though I do think the Gandalf type of walking staff is way cooler, for long distance hikes these seem to come more recommended.
It happens so many times that you stumble, slide, trip, or otherwise lose your balance and at those moments an extra leg would be very handy.
Hence, the go go gadget walking poles.

If used correctly, they will reduce the amount of stress on your lower joints and muscles while walking.
They offer extra stability when descending or going across rough uneven terrain and help divide your energy between lower and upper body.

They can also do extra function as tent/tarp poles, fishing rod, selfie stick,
emergency splint and occasionally as golf club.


GriSport Ranger Boots + Superfeet Insoles

Damn, do these look badass or what?!

For real, I have the same boots, but mine don't look like this at all. (Not anymore.)

Maybe it's the fact that mine have been badly abused by seven years of hiking, holidays, happenings and hoedowns.
Still, with the help of some superglue they still keep my feet dry and protected in any sort of terrain.

After all these years of wear the insides did feel a bit like sandpaper, so I put in a new pair of Superfeet insoles for extra comfort and now they at least feel as good as new.
With all the talk about how rough the TA is supposed to be, I really hope that my big black bastards are going to survive all the way  from cape Reinga to Bluff.


Reef Flip flops

Because summer has already ended here in the Netherlands, I tend to forget that we will be walking the TA in warm temperatures, being that the seasons are opposite in NZ.
It means that, when it's winter in Dutchyland, it will be summer in Kiwi-country.

Depending on temperature and conditions, I can switch between my bad-ass-boots and beach style flip-flops to fit my needs.
Also, it's really nice to have some light footwear to put on at your campsite after a long day of hiking.
And look! It has a bottle opener in the bottom of the sole! How convenient and well thought of by the creators!
Actually, they were so enthusiastic about their innovative idea that they decided to put a second opener in the other slipper! Amazing!!! 😀

Seriously though. Why?


Patagonia hard-shell Jacket

I got this one from a friend of mine who bought it too big.
Too bad for him, but I'm very happy I got my hands on it.

The jacket is a 100 % rain and wind stopper.
Really, just put it on and the bad weather will go away. Poof.

Oke, maybe not. But it does help a lot.
Gear like this is indispensable when going off into the great wild, and should be high up in the list of things to carry with you when going outdoors.

Often weather circumstances can change quickly and nothing makes your temperature and morale drop more rapidly than being soaked to the bone.
Also, it's very annoying.

The same goes for a strong cold breeze.
You can have a super quality thick warm merino sweater, but if you're on a summit with minus temperature winds blowing right through it, you are not going to have a good time enjoying the view. Trust me on this one.


Poncho

I have the poncho with me for more or less the same reasons as I have the jacket.
'But', one might ask, 'you already have the jacket, so why take the poncho?'

Well, that is because, in the past, I have found myself being very thankful for having it with me for different reasons:
When it's raining really hard, you can wear it as a sort of skirt, keeping your pants from getting too wet.
Besides, it opens up as a big square, and since the material is a sort of plastic, it's waterproof and very easy to clean.
You can use it as extra dirt layer under your tent, or just to lay on the prickly grass or underbrush for sitting and having a snack or whatever.
You can create a makeshift tarp with it, in case you need some extra protection from the elements.


Awesome Hat

Although this would be more appropriate if we would go hiking in australia, I reckon New Zealand is close enough.
And this particular hat is special to me.

I came by it via my uncle, and he inherited it from my long deceased grandfather.
I'm happy it came to my in this way. Now I have a little reminder of him, giving me the feeling that at least a part of the good man is still around somehow.

Funny thing; I'm not sure where or why he bought it, but it's an original Australian backcountry hat, and he never once wore it. (according to my grandmother.)
Now the hat will go along with me and finally do what is its original purpose:

Giving the wearer + 35 sun protection and + 99 instant awesomeness. Nice.


Sunglasses

I would never buy expensive sunglasses.
Not even when I am a millionaire.
Why?
Usually I go through 4 or them each summer season.
The things just get crushed by accidentally sitting on them, decide to go for a swim and drown, or just straight up disappear out of existence.

Well, at least I found a solution for the first problem.
If a person sits on this one, the lenses simply pop out. No harm done. Probably.
Also, I can switch the shiny black lenses for the orange ones.
I love those things. No matter how overcast and depressing the weather might be, with these things on, everything looks warm and feels like springtime.

(Caution: might cause insufferably happy moods and mildly annoyed tramily members)


Merino Buff

Yes! There it is: The famous Buff buff. (100% Merino wool)
A multifunctional super item, loved and adored by adventurers worldwide!
The only thing more popular than this is money and toilet paper.

On the packaging there are depicted examples of no less than twelve different ways to wear the Buff.

So far I figured out 3, and will probably not in my life bother to decipher the rest.
However, I did devise some other ways this piece of cloth may function to my benefit:
- If I tuck it under my awesome hat, it gives my neck a good protection from the blazing sun.
- It can also be used to cover my eyes (and partly, ears), for those times you don't want to get up with the first sunlight at 5 in the morning.


Superdry Mountain Storm Hiking Hoodie

It was hard to find a hoodie that satisfies my seemingly endless list of demands, but after a long hard search I found one!

Besides the fact that the sleeves are long enough to fit my orangutan sized arms,
it has some other really good properties:

- The inside of the hoodie is fluff stuff. (*snuggle)
- it has zipped pockets
- it has an elastic pull cord at the bottom to make sure it's all tight and sealed.
- the main zipper closes all the way to the chin and has a little extra fabric there so that the top of the zipper won't start irritating your skin.
- it has thumb holes to make sure your gloves always slide over the sleeve.
- it has an elastic pull cord in the hood to make sure it doesn't blow off in strong winds.


 Merino Shirt

Yes, I have joined the hype.
Merino style all the way!

The fact being that I'm going to live in this set of clothing for at least half a year, I thought that, for once, I can spend a little more and just buy one good set and be done with it.

After a lot of hikes in normal sport clothing, I must say that I am curious to find out if Merino wool really makes such a difference, if at all.
Most of the time I'm pretty sceptical about these, in my idea often hyped and overpriced, materials.
So let's see if there is reason enough to frown a little less next time.

 


Icepeak Double Zip Hiking Pants

My rather thin and lightweight hiking trousers.

Reminding myself that we are going to walk in summer time, I chose not to take one of those G1000 style outdoor pants, because they are strong but probably way too warm.

I also like the double zip off option.
The longer one for when you just need a little extra ventilation from the bottom up.
The short one for when it's really warm and sunny and you wanna get your milky legs tanned a bit.
The left side short, the right side long, for those times you feel like walking into town like a gangster/tramp.

 


Merino Legging

Just an extra base layer for when it's a bit colder outside.

I also saw a lot of pictures on various blogs where people were wearing shorts with those leggings under them.
At first it looked a bit weird but after a while I found out this apparently provides a good protection against the sandflies, scratches and other minor inconveniences.
And maybe this way of wearing it is just the right clothing combination for keeping the desired body temperature on Te Araroa.

Finding all this out didn't really changed the fashion level of the combination.
It still looks weird. I'll probably go with the trend though.


 


Merino Underwear (x2)

Pfff damn, I can't come up with a long description for everything yo.

It's underpants.
It protects my balls and prevents shrinkage.

There.


 


Sealskinz Waterproof Hiking Socks

Now this is something I'm really excited to try out.

When I was 22 and still studying outdoor sports, my class had to take our hiking exams in Northern Scotland.
To make sure it would be rough and tough, the trip was planned in mid october;
rain season in the highlands.

It was so wet in those forests I swear I saw fish swimming by on chest level.
Campfires didn't light, landscapes were not gawked at and no songs were sung.
The only guy who didn't have wet feet for 10 days straight was a smart little Frysian dude who had the foresight to buy Sealskinz.

'saywhatnow?'

SEALSKINZZZZ

Sealskinz are waterproof socks.
There are different sorts and we were surprised to find that there was also a special hiking variant available.
According to the description the socks will be waterproof but somehow still breathable enough to make sure you don't get sweaty feet on the inside. Wow. How?
Anyway, we bought them and I sure hope they live up to the promises.
I have never heard anyone else about them on all the TA blogs and  sure hope it is going to be a game changer.
Image how cool it would be to cross 30 rivers and have dry feet the whole day through.

If they don't work for one reason or another, then it was a waste of money, because a pair of them go for 35 euro's.
Still, if they do work they way we hope, it will be worth the money two times over.

It will probably be one of the first things we will post about after starting the trail.
So if you're interested in how this will end, just keep checking the website or follow the Ukiwaki FB page.


Merino Socks

Nice and fluffy woolen socks.
I haven't tried mine on yet but Eline was so content with them she did a little dance after putting them on for the first time.
I've rarely seen her so happy.

That was 8 weeks ago.

Still no smelly feet, although they don't really smell like roses either.

The no-smell thing is nice, but I doubt merino socks are tough enough to survive 3000 km of tramping in heavy boots.
If they wear out before the finish, which I expect they will, I don't think I'm going to buy new merino socks again. They're just too expensive to replace 2/3 times.


Knee Brace

I have a weak left knee.
The kneecap popped out once, and I had a couple of similar accidents ever since.
Nothing I can do about it, just have to be careful it doesn't get irritated too much, especially when walking downhill.

If the injury causes more problems than expected, I have a knee brace to give it some extra stability and take the stress of the joint.
I hope it's enough to keep the damage minimal, but I'm pretty sure I'm gonna end up with a swollen knee more than once while walking this trail.

Well, too bad, tough up, rest when necessary and get going again.
No one ever said it was going to be easy.


 


Coghlan's Bug Net

New Zealand is a bird island by origin, and all the other types of animals walking around there came with the europeans when they started to colonize the place.
You know what that means?
No poisonous bugs or spiders! no snakes! no bears! no dangerous animals whatsoever, except for moody Kiwi's or sober Irishmen.

However, this doesn't mean we're completely pest-free.
From what i heard in the stories the sandflies can be a real annoyance.
So much even, that some people opt to skip huts or beautiful places to camp or swim because of these aggressive bugs.
When walking, they don't really do that much, but as soon as you stop they home in on every free spot of bare skin that can be found, and start eating you alive.
At least, that's what i got from the stories.

We saw this lying around somewhere in a shop and decided to take it along.
At least now I can take a few nice shots with my camera before my head is swarmed by flies. I hope.

Clothing and tramping gear - Eline

A lot of this stuff is almost the same as the gear i have.
Because time is short and we still have a lot to do I'm not going to write an additional description for Elines poles or poncho etc.
If you want a more detailed explanation of what certain things do, check if you can find similar items in Seba's list


Osprey Ariel 65 L Backpack

Backpackspullen.nl sponsored us this backpack!
We wrote a special article about it here.


 


Marsupio Hiking Poles

Expendable pocking stick.
Sometimes used for hiking too.

Also, Elines poles have a T bar handle because she finds those more comfortable to lean on when walking downhill.


 


Meindl Bernina Boots

Not so girly boots.


 


Teva Omnium Shoes

Because of a small difference in feet size Eline likes a little more stability on her feet, and chose for these secondary shoes instead of flip flops.

They will go really nice together with the Sealskinz socks.
(For river walking I mean, not for eating. I'm not planning on going that hungry)


 


Haglofs Roc Spirit Jacket

Just like my jacket.

But from another brand.

And this one has another color.

Also, it's the female version.

But besides all that, they're basically the same.


 


Poncho

DESCRIPTION NOT AVAILABLE, I'M FRESH OUTTA IDEAS.


 


Straw Hat

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON


 


Brunotti Salina Sunglasses

Elines sunglasses.

They used to be mine, but they look much better on her.
Most things do, actually.


 


Merino Buff

Elines Buff


 


Hiking Hoodie

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON


 


Hiking Shirt (self made)

 DESCRIPTION COMING SOON


 


Icebreaker Sport Bra

Must be nice and comfy.

I wouldn't know.


 


Hiking Pants

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON


 


Merino Legging

Elines leggings.


 


Merino Underwear (x2)

DESCRIPTION COMING SOON. or not.


 


Sealskinz Waterproof Socks

Elines sealskinz.


 


Bridgedale Merino Socks (x2)

Elines Socks


 


Coghlan's Bug Net

Elines Net


 


Gaiters

Oh yeah, nothing more sexy than a muddy bush girl wearing gaiters!
Because Eline has two different shoe sizes we want to be a little more careful with her set, and the gaiters are a good way to extend your footwears lifespan, if only a little.

I'm not sure if they are really that helpful in wet and swampy terrain.
A long time ago I took a pair with me on a hike in France but the straps gave out after 1 day so can't really say I have any real experience with these things.

Eline sure was eager to get a pair, so let's see if they will keep her twinkle toes clean and dry.
They will be thoroughly tested when we make our way into the northern forests.
We'll post an update afterwards about how the gaiters held up while tramping through that jungle.

Electronics

Petzl Tika Plus Headlamp (Seba)

Everyone who has ever gone on a multi day hike will probably confirm this:
Working in the dark with a handheld flashlight is clumsy and frustrating.

And everyone who ever did this for the first time they went camping or hiking will probably have exchanged their trusty maglite for a proper headlamp as soon as they got home.

It's just so much easier to do things that require both hands without having a torchlight stuck between your teeth.
The only downside of headlamps is that quite often you accidentally blind someone by shining them full force in the face.
That's why most headlamps come equipped with the option to switch to a less brighter red hue; this color is easier on the eyes in dark surroundings.


Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp (Eline)

Not just any headlamp. Eline has the Black diamond ultra gizmo!
This machine has so many option, half of them controlled by tap-touch on the top or the side of the lamp.
I'm still scared and half expecting to be disintegrated by a hidden laser option one unfortunate evening because Eline hits the wrong sequence of taps on the side.

You can choose between the big lamp, the two small ones, or the red ones.
You can also control the exact amount of light that is being produced by pressing and holding the top button, until you have your desired amount of lumens.
Do you want superboost function to light up half the forest? No problem, that is possible too!
It has a lock option so that it doesn't start illuminating the inside of your backpack by accident and I'm pretty sure there's a SOS function as well..


Spot Gen3 Personal Locater Beacon

Officially not a Personal Locater Beacon, but a satellite tracker device with a 'help, come and get me' button. If you want to know the exact difference, click here.

In my opinion it's kinda the same thing. if you push the SOS button Emergency services will be notified and send help to your GPS location.
It has a few other nice features that you can read about here.

Even though I like adventure and looking for the extremes, I'd rather not take the risk of really bad things happening just because I couldn't get out a distress signal when needed.
My directional sense is similar to that of a drunken platypus and I am able to get completely lost in 5 km of forest, so I need this.
Also, my mom wouldn't let me leave the country without one.


Motorola Moto G2 Smartphone (Seba)

Because I want to be able to play Candy Crush on a zero day.

Neah, just kidding, Candy Crush sucked. I mean sucks. Yeah.
I've never played that in my life.
Stupid game. Haha.

Anyway, the phone is coming along, because it will hold the trail notes and maps back up, as well as some other important documents I want to have easy access to.

We're going to buy a NZ number and use it when we want to contact trail angels, information offices, accommodation or other things that need notice or booking in advance.


 Motorola moto G5 Smartphone (Eline)

This will be the backup back up phone.

Also, it has Candy Crush.


 

 

 

 


Medion Lifetab Tablet

There is a lot of discussion on the web about whether to take your maps and trail notes in printed form or as digital files.
There's something to be said about both points of view, but in the end we decided to save everything on our tablet and phones and just work with that.

If, by some weird happening, all three of our machines are dead, I'm fairly convinced that we will still be able to find our way back to mainstream society.
And if we somehow get lost in the middle of nowhere, well, in that case trail notes and maps aren't gonna be of much help anyway, so digital versions it is.

Besides navigation we will use 'Tappy' (yeah, Eline seriously nicknamed our computer) for occasional internet, writing our blog and saving all the photos and videos.


 Bushnell Solarwrap Mini

Might as well face it: We're living in a digital age, ruled by machines and electronics.
The possibilities are endless, but there is one major flaw in the matrix.

It needs power!
So I bought a solar plasma proton converter.
Sounds way cooler when you say it like that.

I choose this one because it's small and light.
You can charge it up using normal net power and the battery will hold about 1 full cellphone charge.
The solar panels are not extremely powerful, and it takes about 10 sun hours (3-4 days swinging on the back of your pack) to fill it up completely.


 Waka Waka Plus

Eline got this little gadget when she fixed a new credit card at ICS.
We already have the solar wrap and I'm not going to take two of these power stations with me, so we'll have to argue about which one we're going to take.

If I have the time I will conduct some tests and compare the bushnell solar wrap and this waka waka thing, to see which of the two is better suited for a long distance hike.

This one has two little lights on it though. That might be useful if you want to save your headlamp batteries and don't wanna spend the evening in complete darkness when camping in the forest.


 


Sandisk Clip MP3 Player

My tiny music box.
Well, not only music, I'm actually a big fan of audio books.

I don't want to spend a big part of the trail being elsewhere with my mind, but 3000 km is a bloody long way to walk, and if things get dull at times, which will happen sooner or later, I'd like to have a good book I can dive back into, just to pass the time a bit.

Music is also important to me, as it often helps me relax or think of new ways to create things or come up with ideas.


 


Sony A5100 Camera

It has a selfe screen! yay!
Also, superb autofocus, touchscreen focus, cool filters and a whole bunch of other options and features that I'm probably never going to use.

Let's be honest ladies and gentlemen; most of us walk around with cameras that are way too sophisticated for our level of skill and knowledge in photography and film.

That's why I really like this one. it's a point and click kinda camera, although it can do much more than that.
The challenge is to make mind blowing beautiful pictures and a really enticing movie with this little mirrorless camera, without having much knowhow and experience.

Can I get it done?
Just keep following the updates on this website and you can decide for yourself.


Rode Smartlav+ External Microphone

Like most cameras, the internal audio recorder of the A5100 is mediocre at best.
If you want a good movie, sound is very important, and because I don't want to drag along a big fat microphone I chose the Rode smartlav+.

Well, that, and the fact that apparently a lot of other people on the internet are using this one, so it must be a good one right?

I plan on using this when interviewing people or to record the atmosphere of certain places.
Unfortunately, the A5100 camera doesn't have a external mic plugin, so I'll have to use my phone and sync the sounds later.


 


Various Cables

Well, not much to tell about these things.

You need 'em to transfer electricity or data.

If you didn't know that than there might be a chance you have not yet been corrupted by modern society.
Don't worry, you're not missing anything important.
Go back to your cave or tree house and live a full happy life in harmony with nature.



Various items

Sea To Summit Trowel (87 g)

Everyone who has ever gone on a multi day hike will probably confirm what I am

This is part of the leave-no-trace principles that must be taken seriously if you are going on a long hike.
Or a short one.
actually on just any outdoor activity.

Some of the most beautiful places are being defiled because of human waste and an avalanche of toilet paper as soon as you step into the bushes. 

To avoid this on the TA we dig holes if we have to take da dump, and to do that properly we have a trowel.


Joby Action Tripod

A nice tripod that you can wrap around almost anything.

It's hard to found level space when filming in nature, but with this thing I will have no more problems getting steady shots.


 


Sirex Folded Sitmat

Eline insisted on buying one of these.
She's sure it will be very nice to have something soft to sit on when ehm..sitting.

I will probably spend most time either being upright or completely horizontal, so didn't bother to get one.