After some juggling, here’s what I’m taking on the TGO Challenge. Compared with my Dartmoor daunder list, it’s a bit heavier. Principally, this is down to clothes (about 0.5kg) and heavier shelter and sleeping pad (again, about 0.5kg). I’ve saved 160g with lighter trekking poles as my shelter doesn’t need them, but that isn’t included in the pack weight.
My first aid kit is 148g heavier with some extra bits and pieces. Plugs, leads and batteries have added 136g. Although I’ve included a headnet, I’ve not decided on insect repellent/deterrent.
I’ve not included consumables because I’ve not done my shopping yet. I’m only sending one small food parcel with a couple of freeze-dried meals to Ballater. I’m carrying six freeze-dried meals from Strathcarron as I thought an additional food parcel to Drumnadrochit with a couple of meals was too much of a fiddle.
Hence, I will be carrying a bit extra at the start than I would normally for an initial four day stretch. I can resupply with most items at Drumnadrochit, Aviemore and Ballater, which all have supermarkets.
At just over 9 kilos, I seem to be in the middle ground of pack weights and similar to a number of experienced Challengers. I’ve built in plenty of flexibility for clothing to cope with whatever Scotland throws at me. Pushing my base weigh down below 8 kilos, would entail some compromises that I don’t particularly want to take.
I know gear lists provoke plenty of discussion, but in the end, it’s up to each individual as to what they take and what they feel comfortable with. I’m comfortable with this list and the weight.