Badlands Traverse Gear List

badlands-midday-break-full-sizeFor someone that has been going lightly in the wilderness for a long time, jeez I’ve carried some heavy loads in 2016.

For the February / March traverse of southwest Tasmania, I started with forty-two pounds (19 kg); twenty-eight (12.7 kg) of which were food.

On the recent hike along Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo crest, I came out of the gate hauling thirty-four pounds (15.4 kg).

And, finally, for the Badlands Traverse, I began my journey toting forty-four pounds (20 kg); roughly twenty-six (11.8 kg) of which were H2O.

Therefore, from this day forward, I hereby dub 2016, “the year of the Big Carry.”

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Soutwest 2400 28.6     Bomber durability / Carries heavy loads well / Started with 44 lb total weight (i.e. 26 lb water, 9 lb food, 9 lb base weight)
Pack Liner (Trash Compactor Bag) 2     Cheap & effective
    30.6 0.87  
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Square Flat Tarp 8.2     Loads of tie out points / Solid construction / Holds up well in high winds.
Guylines – Kelty Tripteaselightline 1      
Stakes – Mix of sizes and styles (9) 2.8     Mostly MSR Groundhogs (lge & mini).
    12  0.34  
Sleeping System
Pad – Thermarest NeoAir XLite (Sm) 8     Very comfy / Doubles as makeshift framesheet for pack / Put feet on backpack when sleeping.
Pad – Gossamer Gear 1/8 Thinlite 2.4     Insurance against holes in Neoair / Takes combined R Value up to around 4.
Quilt – Katabatic Sawatch 15 24     Would normally have taken the Katabatic Palisade 30°F, but after finishing in the Badlands I headed directly to colder temps in the Beartooth and Wind River Ranges.
  34.4  0.98
LokSak 20×12 (Food Bag) 1.2     Hundreds of nights in the boonies using LokSaks / Never had a critter problem / Seals usually start to go after about 6 weeks of regular use.
Gatorade Powder Container 1.3     Rehydrating vessel of choice when going stoveless.
Titanium Spork 0.4     Top end wrapped in orange tape so I wouldn’t lose it.
Bic Lighter 0.2      
SmartWater Bottles (2) 2.6      
Platypus Hydration Bladder (2 LT) – 5 6     Started with 12 LT of water / Most I’ve carried since Monastery hike in Egypt in 1995.
11.7  0.33
First Aid / Hygiene
Sunscreen (repackaged in tiny btle.)        
Hand Sanitizer (repackaged in dropper btle.)       I haven’t had a case of the backcountry trots since 1999…….I think a big reason is diligent use of hand sanitizer.
Aquamira (repackaged in dropper btles.)        Water purification of choice for the last decade. 
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 Tape       Breathable, paper tape / Adheres well.
Ibuprofun (8)       Vitamin “I”
Toilet Paper        
Sewing Needle       One armed blind folks can sew better than I can.
Duct Tape, Tenacious Tape Patches, Mini Tube Super Glue (repairs)       To compensate for lack of sewing skills.
Emergency Fire Starter (2)       Cotton wool balls in Vaseline.
10 0.28
Wind Pants – Montbell Tachyon 1.9     Never ended up using them.
Wind Shirt – Montbell Tachyon Anorak 1.9     This is my third model / Each has lasted around 8 to 10,000 miles / Very durable for something so featherweight.
Insulation – Montbell Superior Down Parka 8.6     Very warm for the weight / Snug hood.
Extra Socks – Smartwool PhD UL Socks 1.6      
Warm Hat – Montbell Chameece Beanie 1.2     Great beanie / Not too thick / Stretchy enough to fit my big noggin.
    15.2  0.43  
Phone – Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 4.8     Decent photos & Video / Showing signs of wear and battery life ain’t what it used to be; need to upgrade.
Stuff sacks – Cuben Fiber (3) 0.5      
Montbell Power Headl Lamp 2     Four settings, pretty good battery life | 160 Lumens max. | Thumbs up.
Wallet/Credit Cards/Drivers License 0.7     Used thin plastic card holder as Wallet.
Swiss Army Classic 1.3     All you need for backpacking purposes
Suunto M-2D 1.2     Adjustable Declination | Compass of choice for years | No longer produced.
Umbrella – Montbell / CDTC Chrome model 6.3      If ever a hike was made for umbrellas, it’s a multi-day backpack through the almost-invariably shadeless Badlands.
Camera – Panasonic Lumix 7.7     Good zoom, HD Video / Battery life average / As with phone, showing signs of wear.
Extra Camera Battery 0.7      
Small pen 0.3      
Small LokSaks for Valuables (2) 1     Protection for phone, charger, wallet, camera, battery.
    26.5  0.75  
Items Worn
Shorts – Patagonia Baggies 8.1     First time w. these shorts / Big Thumbs up / Very similar material to long time favourites, Macpac Cross Terrains
Base layer – Montbell M.W. High Neck Shirt 7.4     Great baselayer / Not too thin, not too thick / Spot on for shoulder season conditions.
Bandana (1) 0.5     Towel, neck/face protection, condensation wipe, convenience store holdups.
Montbell Merino Liner Gloves 1.1      
Montbell Merino Wool Liner Socks 1.6     Merino liners have been my go-to hiking socks for years / Montbell’s versions are pretty good, though I’m still partial to my old REI Navy Blues models.
Hat – Gossamer Gear Gorilla Cap 1.2      
Shoes – Brooks Cascadia 10 24.4     Much maligned 10th incarnation of the Cascadia / So far so good.
Dirty Girl Gaiters 1.1      Ideally suited for crumbly, sandy gullies and washes.
Fizan Compact – Hiking Pole (1) 5.6     Makes for easy tarp setup / Fencing practice during breaks……….Tokyo 2020 here I come.
 Timex Ironman Watch 1.5     Cheap, durable, light, multiple alarms
Sunglasses 2     Polarized lenses / 100% UV Protection / Wrap around
54.5  1.55
TOTAL WEIGHT   12.2 lb 5.53 kg



Badlands Traverse Gear List — 5 Comments

    • A combination of nuts, dried fruit, granola, powdered milk, dehydrated beans, noodles, natural corn chips, chocolate and energy bars. For the first day or so, I’ll normally carry some fresh food in the form of apples, spinach, carrots and/or boiled eggs.

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