Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Probable kit list for TGO Challenge in May 2014.

As some of you are aware I'll be crossing Scotland with Chris Townsend in May 2014 as part of the TGO Challenge.
Below is a first draft of the kit I'll probably take.
The maps were 900g, I had to add a map, as the list was missing one. So that made about a kilo. I have removed the covers, and cut them down to 360g! This weight doesn't include a plastic case. So will need to be added to total weight. I could send some maps ahead to save a few grams... but that's a gamble...
Also I have only listed one pair of underpants, maybe I need two!
Ron Bell at MLD is making me a cuben groundsheet for the Trailstar, so I'll swap that for the current sheet. I'll also probably add an extra peg or two. Maybe swap the Type three compass for the larger type 4. Maybe add a spare battery for camera and GoPro, though the power packs should easily be plenty! My first aid will probably be increased a bit too. I'll probably take Paramo trousers. So all or any combination of these things may take me just over 10kg. My aim is 10kg all in. But I'll not skimp for comfort or safety just for figures.
NB - I reiterate this is an early draft, as the above indicates. Weather and a discussion with Chris nearer the time may change this.

Camp List Chris Townsend TGO Challenge 2014

MLD pack Prophet all options Frameless 2900ci / 47L 626
MLD cuben X Large dry bag / liner. 45

Sub Total 671

MLD Cuben Trailstar in Cuben stuff bag 380
MLD Rain Kilt prototype 59
OookWorks OookStar Cuben Groundsheet 120
Pegs 3 Easton 9", Three 6" Ti V, Five MLD 6". 134
MSR Blizzard stake (Trowel) 1 23

Sub Total 716

PHD Sleeping Bag 350/900 781
MLD Quilt / bag Liner 82
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Regular (R3.2) 364
3mm Foam matting 2' 6" (75cm) long 55cm wide. 62
Exped Airpillow UL M 45

Sub Total 1334

MLD 450ml ti pot 37

Evernew Ultra-Light Ti 900ml pot 110
Trail Designs Sidewinder 900 cone 38
Zelph Starlyte stove (meths) 15
J Cloth tiny piece! 1
Light My Fire / Fire steel 28
Optimus Ti folding spoon 2 (17g each) 34
Lighter 16
Measure pots (2) 1
Z Packs Cuben stuff sack 4

Bottle (1) for meths 150ml 17
Bottle (1) for meths 250ml 25

Sub Total 326

20 fl oz / 590ml bottle (1) 45
2L / 1L / 500ml Platypus containers 36g / 25g / 19g 80
Compass Silva Ranger 3 32
Maps 360
Silva ADC Pro 65
Oakley Half Jacket Glasses / bullet case 119
Petzl XP Core head light 83
Aqua Mira (empty 8g) 35 drops. 10
Hand gel 23
Suncream pot 7g 20

Dyneema cord 2mm spare 5.2m one piece 16

First Aid kit in light bag. 100
Wenger Swiss Army Knife (scissors, knife, tweezers, LED) 24
Lighter 17
Z Packs Cuben MLD 850 pot stuff sack (for above!) 3

Repair kit, matches and ear plugs 68
Toothbrush 5
Dr Bonner's soap (for teeth too!) Pot 4g 8
Lifeventure towel 1' by 2' 50
Towel Vaude 16
MLD Cuben Ditty bag 2

Anker 13,000 302
Anker Battery Charger 10,000 mAh 245
Charger lead 13
Charger lead 19
Plug TWO!!!!! 42g each 84
SD card for camera Four (4g each) Sony NEX 16
Micro SD cards 2 GoPro 1
MLD Cuben Ditty bag 2

Toilet paper (inc 5 Alco Wipe) 59
Small MLD Dry bags for waste 13

Sub Total 1900

Rab Myriad Neoshell 368
Arcteryx Nuclei Hoody small 277
Arcteryx Sqamish Hoody wind 135
Patagonia Polartec Blue Pullover S Pocket Regulator R1 284
Rab MeCo LS Zip 160 shirt 242
ChocFish T Shirt 187

Mountain Hardwear light zipped trousers 356
Montane Pertex waterproof pants / trousers 140
Rohan Pants 49
Smartwool Hiker Socks 86
Smartwool Liner Socks 39
Sealskinz Short Thermal rating 2 69

TNF Leggings 91
Lowe Alpine Polartec Thermal Pro Beanie 56
Buff scarf 38
Extremities Polartec Balaclava 46

MLD Mitts eVent 42
Outdoor Designs Bora Grip WindPro 87
Outdoor designs Taku small Windpro 57
Smartwool Liner gloves (Touch screen) 24

Inov8 TrailRoc 245 pair no insoles 509
Superfeet Carbon 85
The North Face cap 66
Watch Sunto Advizor 54

Credit card / Driving License in MLD cuben Ditty 17
Decongestant / Lip salve 17

Sub Total 3421
BASE 1 (Hiking / Camping kit) 8368

Photo Kit in or on pack.
No Tripod, borrow Chris'

Sub Total 0
BASE 2 (inc. Photo kit in pack) 8368

Separate Photo Kit. (Around neck!).
Sony NEX 6 w/ E Lens 16-50mm 476
Sony Microphone ECM-XYST1M 100
Cloth 6
Aquapac Small waterproof camera bag 100

GoPro Hero 3+ Black 151
GoPro Pacer Pole attachment 31

Sub Total 864
BASE 3 (inc. Camera Kit in pouch) 9232

Carrying / Holding / Pockets
Phone 147

Pacer Poles Carbon 524

Sub Total 671
BASE 4 (Total Carrying on Person - not consumable) 9903

Total carried (food + pack + camera) NOT worn 9903

BASE 5 (Total of everything not consumable!) 9903

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Vetters comments and distances for TGO Challenge.

Route and vetters comments in a nutshell, without giving away the route entirely.

"We are faced with "vetting" the route of someone recently seen on television as a winter camping enthusiast (I'd say expert).

However, Chris, you have Tony with you.... (poor sod;)"

"Auchertyre Hill is a bit roughty toughty"  where have I heard that before...

From the route sheet that Chris sent me...
Fri 21km 887m asc.
Sat 25/1823
Sun 25/1142
Mon 31/779
Tue 25/909
Wed 25/737
Thur 25/936
Fri 20/1352
Sat 22/1195
Sun 203/553
Mon 24/1470
Tue 23/733
Wed 18/115.

We have Thursday and technically Friday to use as well and I'd expect to use Thursday.  These are the high routes.  The Fair Weather Route is less ascent.

Vetters comments "Tony - Shirt nan Ceathramham, Carn Eighe and Mam Social are three of the highest Munroes and often still have significant amounts of snow on them in May."  It's pointed out the south side for descent usually has less snow :)

"One Challenger got swept off his feet trying to cross (Allt Phocaichain) so one to avoid after heavy rain."

I've just read that some time before Chris vetted the vetters.  Presumably a Challenge from a bygone year.

"Chris we can only hope for some reasonable conditions for Tony to be able to appreciate what would be an excellent Cairngorm experience! "

"A bit of a rough stuff (oooh matron;) today, East of Mount Keen...".

"We liked our virtual ramble along your route..."