Arthur Range Gear List – Stage 2: SW Tasmania Traverse

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South Picton Saddle | Twenty-fourth & final day ! Southwest Tasmania Traverse.

The second & final stage of the Southwest Tasmania Traverse, was a six day stretch between Scotts Peak Dam and Farmhouse Creek via the rugged Arthur Range.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the Arthurs are notorious for their exposed terrain and unpredictable weather. High winds, driving rain and temps that hover around freezing, are pretty much par for the meteorological course.


  • After the first stage of the traverse, I picked up my resupply boxes in the town of Maydena. Transitioning from a coastal to mountain environment, I’d mailed myself a few extra items in expectation of colder temps (i.e. extra insulation layer, warmer socks, mittens).
  • The gear I carried in the Arthurs is similar to what I would take for extended shoulder season journeys in other cold & wet environments, such as northern Scotland, Fiordland (New Zealand), the Pacific Northwest and Tierra del Fuego.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack28.6Due to the heavy food carry on the West Coast stage, I went with an internal frame over a frameless model / Very impressed by the HMG pack / Good load distribution, extremely durable / Double thumbs up.
Pack Liner (Trash Compactor Bag) 2
MLD Solomid XL11.5Very quick set up / Holds up well in a storm / Ideal amount of space for 6'1" guy.
Guylines - Kelty Triptease 3mm13mm -Little heavier, but easier to handle than thinner cords
Stakes - Titan.(2); Y & Long - Alumin.(6)2.7Mix of sizes & styles | Mostly longer models for mud & harsh conditions
Tyvek Groundsheet1.5
Mat - Pad - Thermarest NeoAir XLite (Sm)8Very comfy / Doubled as makeshift framesheet for pack and paddling device for river crossings during the West Coast stage.
Pad - Gossamer Gear Thinlite 1/82.4
Quilt - Katabatic Palisade 18.4Conservatively rated 30°F / Best quilts/bags I have used.
Bivy - MLD Superlight Bivy7Bivy/quilt combo was perfect for the Arthurs / Due to the warmer temps & bugs, an Innernet would have been better for the coast.
LokSak 20x12 (Food Bag)1.2Holds about 10 lbs of food.
Toaks Spork0.4For the first time ever I carried a Titanium spork. Nice knowing it wasn't going to snap. I put some orange tape on the handle so I wouldn't lose it.
Gatorade 20 oz Bottles (2)2Fit well in side pockets / Easy access
Platypus (2 Lt)1.3Only used a couple of times / Lots of water.
Toaks Titanium Alcohol Stove0.7Double thumbs up / Primes quickly, burns efficiently / Definite upgrade over homemade Pepsi can model.
Wire Frame / Windscreen / Fuel Bottle (8 oz/Plasic)2
Anti Gravity Aluminium pot + Pot Cozy5Same pot since 2006.
Sunscreen (repackaged in tiny btle.)
Hand Sanitizer (repackaged in dropper btle.)
Aquamira (repackaged in tiny dropper bottles)Never used / Water was fine to drink as is.
Mini Toothbrush
Toothpaste (mini tube)
Dental Floss Doubles as sewing thread
Antiseptic Wipes (2)Clean cuts / wounds
Triple Antibiotic Cream (tiny tube)
3M Micropore Medical TapeBreathable, paper tape / Adheres well
Ibuprofun (8)Vitamin "I"
Toilet Paper
Sewing Needle I am arguably the worst sewer in history
Duct Tape - 2 ft Multi-purpose; compensates for lack of sewing skills
Emergency Fire Starter (2)Cotton wool balls in Vaseline
Rain Pants - Montbell Versalites 3.6Ripped to shreds on the Coastal stage / Held together with dental floss, duct tape & prayer the rest of the way.
Patagonia Capilene 2 Thermal Bottoms5.8Long johns of choice since the 90's.
Rain Jacket - Montbell Peak Shell9I like this jacket a lot, in fact I prefer it over Montbell's Gore-tex model, the Torrent Flier.
Windshirt - Montbell Tachyon Anorak1.9Now on my third model; the first two lasted about 10,000 miles each / Great warmth to weight ratio and surprisingly durable for something so light.
Insulation Layer - Patagonia R1 Hoodie 10.9Added this for the Arthurs / Hood, balaclava, zip for ventilation / Cold & wet weather staple.
Insulation Layer - Montbell Thermawrap Jacket9Long-time favourite synthetic insulation layer / Preferable over down in high precipitation areas such as SW Tassie.
Extra Socks - REI Merino Wool Liners 1.6
Extra SocksDarn Tough Hiker Micro Crew 2.6
MLD LightSnow gaiters1.3
Bandana (1)0.5Towel, neck/face protection, condensation wipe.
Smartwool Cozy Mittens2.3Added for the Arthurs.
Montbell Merino Wool Inner Gloves1
MLD eVent Rain Mitts1
Warm Hat - Montbell Chameece Beanie1.3Excellent / Very stretchy and not too warm.
Phone - Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini3.8Trip notes / Decent photos & video
Stuff sacks - Cuben Fiber/Silnylon (3)0.5
Extra Ziploc bags1
Headlamp - Black Diamond Spot3.1Died at trip's end after 4 years of heavy use / Solid headlamp. Good value for money.
Wallet/Credit Cards/Drivers License0.7Used thin plastic card holder as Wallet
Swiss Army Classic Knife1.3All you need for backpacking purposes
Suunto M-2D Compass1.2Adjustable Declination | Compass of choice for years (Note: No longer made; when needed I will replace with Suunto M-3G Global
Camera - Panasonic Lumix ZS256.9Great zoom, HD Video / Decent battery life
Extra Camera Battery0.7
Small pen0.3
Small LokSaks for Valuables (2)1Protection for phone, charger, wallet, camera, battery
BASE WEIGHTTOTAL11.08 lbs5.03 kg
Macpac Cross Terrain Shorts6Shorts of choice since early 2000's / Unfortunately, Macpac have "done a Montrail", and no longer make this model. / Shame, because they were the best hiking shorts I've used.
Icebreaker 150 Short Sleeve TShirt5.6Swapped out base layer, after the long sleeve model I took on the West Coast was shredded. Good decision putting this in the resupply box. 🙂
Socks - REI Merino Wool Liners1.6
Hat - Baseball cap 2
Merrell Moab Ventilators30A bit heavier than trail runners, but needed the extra durability / Standard trail runners wouldn't have held up on this trip.
Fizan Compact - Hiking Pole (2)11.2Brought 2 for insurance in case one broke or was damaged. Fortuitous decision, as that's exactly what happened.
Timex Ironman Watch1.5Cheap, durable, light, multiple alarms.
Sunglasses2Polarized lenses / 100% UV Protection / Wrap around
TOTAL WEIGHT14.8 lbs6.7 kg


Arthur Range Gear List – Stage 2: SW Tasmania Traverse — 4 Comments

  1. Hi Cam – what size cook pot do you carry, and what style of cooking do you do on such trips? I’m guessing that as you have a cosy on the list then you ‘cosy cook’ and eat from the pot.

    • Hi Peter,

      I use a an aluminium pot from Anti gravity gear that I’ve had since 2006. I think it’s the 3 Cup model and has a capacity of about 0.85 L.

      On most three season trips I don’t cook at all, but because of the harsh weather conditions in Tassie, I decided to take an alcohol stove along. I used it about half the nights in total.

      Yes, I eat straight from the pot.



  2. What do you pack out your TP in? Do you have a digging tool? Which of the gear is your rain/outer layer? How tough are those lightweight gaiters? Could they go through alder thickets, talus fields, and survive? Does the crinkling of the Neoair not drive you nuts? Those old Patagonia capilenes last forever! I have had mine since the early 90s and wear them every winter for skiing. No holes yet, just a little loosening around the cuffs. I love gear like that!

    • Hi Karen,

      That’s a lot of questions in the space of six lines!! Ok….here we go:

      – On shorter trips I pack out my TP in a ziploc. During the 17 day first stage of this trip I buried it.
      – I own a Deuce of Spades potty trowel, but on the SW Tassie Traverse I used one of the snow stakes I was carrying.
      – The rain jacket is the Montbell Peak Shell.
      – The lightweight gaiters are reasonably tough. Should suffice for alder thickets and talus fields. That being said, the bushwhacking on the west coast of Tassie is another animal entirely, and by trip’s end I was in dire need of a new pair.
      – I’ve never had an issue with the Neoair’s crinkling.



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