TGO Challenge 2015 – My Gear List

After much deliberation here’s what I’m planning to take on the TGO Challenge this year.

Final base weight is 7.4 kg including all my shell gear, camera etc. I’m assuming worst case weight, so a sunny start from Lochailort wearing minimal gear. Everything else in or on the pack.

I’m certain looking at the weather that there’ll be the odd last minute change, possibly to the tent. I’m planning on taking the TarpTent Notch as it’s the one I most enjoy using and it’s a nice weight for the route I’ve planned (high level, so weight is more of an issue).

But looking at the recent weather and medium term forecasts I may end up opting for quite a few FWA’s in which case I may end up taking something with a bit more room and comfort. Possibly a Duomid & Oooknest. Let’s see what the weather brings. That would add an extra 200g or so, so still under 8kg base weight.

Other than that, I’m good to go.

TGO Kit List 2015 WP

N.B : Apologies for all the typos, but I don’t have the mental strength to go back and change them.

18 thoughts on “TGO Challenge 2015 – My Gear List

  1. Thanks for sharing John.
    To demonstrate what crap I retain in my head I recall that last year you took a radio and later wrote that lack of signal meant it was wasted weight….?
    Can’t see a headtorch?
    Also, I was trying to compare the amount of clothing you are taking with my list (I’m one sad bar steward). I assume the stuff you will be wearing is not on the list….otherwise you are planning to walk without any trousers 🙂

    • Ah David, did you think you’d caught me out there with one of those crafty lists where everything heavy is in my pockets and the pack contains a spair pair of shreddies and some tissues?

      None of it. The headtorch is the first item under miscellaneous. As for clothes, I have assumed a dry start with all shell gear, gloves, hat etc in the pack. Clothing worn is listed at the botton of the list.

      So with the spare clothing I have plenty.

  2. To demonstrate what crap I retain in my head I recall that last year you took a radio and later wrote that lack of signal meant it was wasted weight….?
    Can’t see a headtorch?
    Also, I was trying to compare the amount of clothing you are taking with my list (I’m one sad bar steward). I assume the stuff you will be wearing is not on the list….otherwise you are planning to walk without any trousers 🙂

    • Radio…yes that was a bit of a duff moment last year. I tried it out in a few other locations since and I’m hoping it was something to do with having an internal aerial. Basically its reception is pants.

      I’ve got a smart new wee one with a proper old fashioned arerial now, which is much better. I’ll also take a bit of wire to make a dipole aerial which I can peg to the apex of the tent. Works a treat.

  3. Considering its a pretty lightweight kit list it surprises me you use a Titanium cup when a plastic one is half the weight. So you went with Multimat then. All the very best John, enjoy the journey.

    • Yes that is a bit daft Alan. The original intent was to use the cup as a pan if I want a quick brew during the day as my stove is stored inside the cup. Means it’s all together…..until I realised I store my gas cannister in my pan ? doh !!

      The mat is a tale of woe. I took the multimat this weekend and ended up having to re-inflate it three times overnight in the teeth of a gale. Got no sleep at all with all the noise and a cold floor.

      So I’ll actually be taking the Karrimor X-lite, which let’s face it is absolutely identical…..but less than half the price. I’ve had it inflated for the last few days in the spare room and it’s still taught as a drum. Forgot to edit the list though.

  4. Your cash and credit cards are weightless. You clearly don’t qualify for a gold or a platinum card 😉

    • Switched to a Rohan Shirt from my usual BAM shirts for this trek as i have no chance to launder. The BAMs are extremely comfortable, but do take an age to dry if you hand wash them. Need something I can rinse and go. I like Rohan gear so I’m giving the Core Silver Zip a try.

      • The Core Silver is great. easy wash and dry. I used the karrimor on my last overnight and i inflated it pre dusk but then had to put a little more air into it as the temperature dropped when the sun went. It was perfect all night. What about just going with the old fashioned CCF mat? Save about 100grams.

      • I’ve not used a CCF mat in years, but may be worth another go someday. Think I just got tired of a wide roll on top of my pack getting caught on branches and acting as a sail. But they are pretty fool proof. I still have a Z-rest I used to use for mountaineering, must be well over 20 years old by now. maybe I’ve just got soft over the years.

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  6. Hi Johnboy. Thanks for the blog, recently found, I am really enjoying it. I came through a link in the Skurka gore-tex shoe discussion, but my comment on that subject better paced on that post.
    Did you have your Notch sent from USA, or is there a UK supplier? I am a world away in Zimbabwe, where it’s easier to get things from UK.
    Hope the forthcoming challenge goes well!

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