It’s always about finding balance between keeping your pack weight low, and having all necessary gear with you. Honestly speaking, I think I did a great job packing for the Western Arthurs Traverse. In fact, I wouldn’t really change much if I had an opportunity to do so. I wasn’t lacking any gear, and most of the things I brought on this hike were used at least once. Except the first aid kit, but this is something I’m actually happy about. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my Western Arthurs Traverse gear list. Let’s get started!
FOOD & WATER
This section includes a list of products I took on the Western Arthurs Traverse to secure meals for 8 days. It’s worth mentioning that I only did the section from Alpha Moraine to Kappa Moraine, and planned it for 7 days. Why did I bring more food then? The Arthur Range is well-known for unpredictable weather, and it’s not recommended to continue past Lake Oberon if conditions aren’t at least decent. Having said that, I was prepared to stay one extra day in a tent in case the weather turns awful. Water refill is possible on the track.
|8 protein bars||for breakfast|
|8 John West tuna bowls||for lunch|
|7 Back Country Cuisine dehydrated meals||for dinner|
|4 bars of chocolate||never too much chocolate|
|2 packs of Tim Tams||a must for me|
|1 bag of Trial Mix||preferably with chocolate|
|8 instant coffee sachets||morning drink|
|7 tea bags||evening drink|
|20 effervescent multivitamin tablets||energy boost|
|2 plastic water bottles||each bottle of 1,5L|
HIKING & CAMPING GEAR
The Western Arthurs Traverse is a serious undertaking with more than 3600 metres of ascents and descents along the way. This is the primary reason why you really want to keep your pack weight low. A lighter backpack will contribute to a more enjoyable walk, and less pack hauling. You may consider investing in some ultralight gear before you go. That will help you to drop your pack weight without compromising safety. Please note that a 3 season tent, and –5°C rated sleeping bag in a minimum for the WAT in summer.
|1 hiking backpack||capacity of 70L|
|1 Kathmandu Lansan ultralight tent||1,72kg fully pitched|
|1 Kathmandu Ikarus sleeping bag||1,27kg pack weight|
|1 Mountain Design sleeping mat||0,8kg pack weight|
|30 metres of climbing rope (6 mm)||for pack hauling|
|1 Garmin inReach satellite communicator||in case of emergency|
|1 Western Arthur paper map||scale 1:50 000|
|1 hootchie (tarp)||emergency shelter|
|1 hiking headlamp||none|
|1 camping cooker||includes 1L pot|
|1 gas bottle||460g cartridge|
|2 lighters||1 as a back-up|
|1 metal cup||none|
|1 cutlery set||a knife, fork, and spoon|
|25 Micropur Forte tablets||for water treatment|
|5 rubbish bags||leave no trace|
Another battle between being prepared for every season, not taking too much, and feeling comfortable at the same time. Except the obvious stuff, such as sturdy shoes, and a waterproof jacket, the rest is a matter of your choice. I usually go hiking in a pair of leggings, and a long sleeve to prevent sunburn. Some people would probably get cooked wearing that. It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t take enough clothes to get changed every. That’s the compromise I made to lower the pack weight on the Western Arthurs Traverse.
|1 Kathmandu rainproof jacket||with gore-tex|
|1 pair of Hi-Tec hiking shoes||made of leather|
|2 pairs of leggings||1 pair as a back-up|
|4 long sleeves||changed every second day|
|1 warm hoodie||none|
|1 warm beanie||none|
|8 sets of underwear||panties and socks|
|1 pair of flip flops||for the evening|
TOILETRIES & FIRST AID
I would definitely recommend to take some basic toiletries, and a standard first aid kit on the Western Arthurs Traverse. A short swim in a lake or a quick rinse in a creek is possible at each campsite, except High Moor. You are more than welcome to have a longer wash, but don’t expect the water to be too warm up there. Facilities at the campsites are limited to bush toilets only. Toilet paper is not provided, so don’t forget to pack it. No bins are available at the campsites. Make sure to take all rubbish, and leftover food with you.
|2 rolls of toilet paper||take more than you think you need|
|1 sunscreen lotion||travel toiletries|
|1 sunscreen lip balm||travel toiletries|
|1 eco-friendly soap||travel toiletries|
|1 pack of wet wipes||travel toiletries|
|1 tooth paste||travel toiletries|
|1 tooth brush||none|
|1 small comb||none|
|1 small towel||none|
|20 tablets of Panadol||painkiller|
|1 Voltaren ointment||painkiller|
|2 elastic bandages||in case of injury|
|20 waterproof plasters||in case of injury|
If you are not a travel blogger, you can probably skip this part. As I create content on a daily basis, I do need to bring more electronic gear on hikes than other people do. Please note that using drones is not permitted in the national parks in Tasmania unless you have written permission from the Parks and Wildlife Service. Nevertheless, I found a way to get amazing action shots, and don’t breach this regulation. I took a 360 camera on the Western Arthurs Traverse, and I’m pretty happy with the results. All items are listed below.
|1 Samsung S20+||main phone|
|1 Samsung S10+||back-up phone|
|1 Insta360 ONE x2||360 camera|
|1 gorilla tripod||none|
|3 power banks||none|
|4 charging cords||none|
Few more words to conclude. Firstly, no item mentioned in this blog post is sponsored. I’m not a professional hiker, there are for sure lighter, and better items available, but I use stuff that works well for me. Secondly, another way to decrease your base weight is to share some gear with your hiking partner. In my case that was a camping cooker, gas bottle, rope, satellite communicator, paper map, and hootchie. Lastly, after thoughtful consideration, I would probably add a set of comfy clothes to get changed for the night, and a small day pack for side tips. That’s all I have to say about my Western Arthurs Traverse gear list.
This is my full Western Arthurs Traverse gear list. When are you planning to do this hike? Let me know by leaving a comment below!
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