Coast to Coast 2006 – Kit List

Using Sherpa Van means that I don’t have to worry too much about paring down the kit list or buying the lightest equipment. Much of what I will carry on a daily basis is already in my pack and used every week on training walks. Sherpa will carry all my changes of clothing and the little luxuries that you look forward to when you get to the Bu0026amp;B.

In my pack or on my person

1Waterproof glovesNot breathable unfortunately so they do get a bit sweaty – I only tend to need these if its really cold, windy and rainy. Otherwise my hands get warm very quickly and stay that way
1Warm hatMost of your body heat escapes through your head, especially all you baldies, so hypothermia is more likely without suitable headgear. I often carry a spare one in a waterproof carrier along with a balaclava)
1Waterproof JacketThe Regatta Packaway I bought recently to reduce weight in the pack is not a patch on my Berghaus, but it is much lighter and packs away to almost nothing.
1Waterproof OvertrousersAgain, Regatta Packaway, these are great; light, compact and easy to put on over boots as they are zipped all the way to the thigh. I keep them unzipped for quick access when it starts raining
1GaitersInitially I just bought some ankle gaiters, but they were less than useless, so upgraded to full calf length. These help to keep the water out of the top of your boots and significantly increase the water resistance of your footwear.
1Survival shelterOutdoor Designs standard 2 man bothy, great for when its raining at lunch time, but also helps establish a safe temperature environment in really bad conditions.
1WhistleAlmost nothing to this whistle, the wife said “no one will hear that on the hills”, so I demonstrated it in the house and nearly broke the good crystal my Mum bought us as a wedding present.
1Dark chocolate barEmergency sustenance, because lets face it Kendal Mint Cake tastes like shit. Dark chocolate has more of the stuff that you need at this stage than milk chocolate (apparently).
1First aid kitMainly band-aid and blister plaster (although I’ve never had a blister on my feet yet since I started walking), see full list below.
1Pen knifeVery small Swiss army knife, mainly “just in case” but has been called on to cut stuff on occasion.
1Spare lacesNever used these, except that time I lost Meg’s lead and had to improvise a lace into a lead to get her across roads etc.
1Head torchI try to avoid walking after dark and have never camped, so this was really a better safe than sorry acquisition.
1Super absorbent towelNever go travelling without a towel! This gets used on most walks, mainly at the end for washing my face, which is normally covered in dried sweat and thus very salty, also useful for drying Meg. It sometimes even gets washed between the latter and former uses 🙂
1Waterproof linerThis is basically a large ziplock waterproof bag for protecting items of clothing in my pack. Although my Berghaus Freeflow III has a rain cover, it still seems that in bad weather everything inside get wet.
2Shopping carrier bagsI started carrying these after a very wet weekend in the Lakes, when many rivers were in spate and crossing stones were submerged. When used with two elastic bands, these act as a barrier to most of the water when worn on the boots.
2Elastic bandsFor the carrier bag river crossing method described above
1Mobile phoneAlthough you can rarely get a signal in the hills, this may still be useful. SMS text messages require significantly less signal than a call, so even when a call is impossible, a text message may still get through. Also my phone is an MP3 player – very handy.
1PDAMy GPS and Sat Nav, holds the route for the day and tracks my progress, including speed and altitude.
1PDA spare batteryIn watertight baggie with other spare batteries (headtorch u0026amp; battery extender). Doubles the life of my PDA for GPS purposes.
1PDA battery extenderThe battery extender actually tops up my PDA battery, so in theory it should never run flat.
1CameraMy Fuji F11, the perfect digital camera for walking. Its very small, very light, huge battery life (500 shots), special outdoor shooting mode and is ready to take pics in 1.1 secs from switching it on.
1SunglassesJust cheap ones. Glare causes headaches and can seriously ruin your day, it can be even worse in Winter with snow on the ground.
1SunhatKeep the sun off my neck. I hate suncream, so rarely use it. It just feels nasty on my skin, so the hat is a must to avoid lobster impressions.
1Face clothNormally tied to one of the shoulder straps of my pack, its handy for wiping off sweat during the summer months.
1Spare PDA CF GPS cardI am a real belt and braces person, and managed to pick up a cheap spare GPS card for the PDA, in case my primary one goes phut!
1Waterproof map caseIn case PDA goes phut
1Map of the dayIn case PDA goes phut
1Small notebook u0026amp; penI generally find it easier to keep my journal in paper format, although I am experimenting with the PDA. This is generally done in the pub at the end of the walk or in the Bu0026amp;B at the end of the night.
1Walking poleI use a single Brasher anti-shock which is cheap, light and fits my hand nicely. I did experiment with a Leki for a while, but ended up with the only blister I have ever had while walking – on my hand!
11000 mile liner socksKept in the waterproof liner, these socks are double skinned and prevent blisters. As I have never had a blister I absolutely swear by these things and always wear them when walking.
1Hiking socksKept in the waterproof liner as emergency backup for soaked feet. Wet feet blister so much more easily than dry feet.
1Toilet roll in watertight baggieJust in case I ever get caught short in the open, it weighs nothing and is therefore worth more than its weight in gold.
1Plastic bag u0026amp; ziplock bagCarrying wet stuff if required and for protecting small items