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Setting Out

I've now climbed mountains in the Middle East (95-105F), Vietnam (85F and pouring rain) and Tasmania (23F and snow)and I've managed to develop a list of gear I usually pack for most of my adventures.

The following list can be used to ensure you have all the gear you may need for any short, extended or overnight trip.
Always remember that if the weather or conditions change while your out, it's better to be prepared and carry a little extra gear, than be left cold, wet or miserable because you left something at home.

State 50

| Clothing |

Change of socks for each day
Change of underwear for each day
One additional change of socks & underwear
Thermal underwear (bottom and top)
Windproof/waterproof jacket
Windproof/waterproof pants
Trousers (convertable to shorts)
Two short sleave shirts (you can dry one while wearing the other)
Fleecy jumper
Solid walking boots (ankle-high, waterproof are ideal)

| Food & Cooking |

Gas stove & fuel
Trangia or other cooking pots
Pocket knife
Water bottles (you could drink up to 2 litres per hour)
3 meals per day (Salt & Pepper will help everything taste better)
Snacks (chocolate, nuts, dried fruit)
Scourer to clean
Plastic bags to carry your trash out

| Camping & Sleeping |

1,2,3-4 season tent
Sleeping bag suitable for conditions
Thermarest or sleeping matt
Toilet paper
Plastic spade to dispose of human waste (see notes below)

| Survial |

Cell phone (not all networks will have coverage)
Illumination stick
Topographic Maps
First aid kit

| My bag is too light... |

Down Jacket
Pack of cards
Altimeter/Themometer watch

| Waste |

The absolute best way to ruin the camping experience of those who come after you is to leave your shit behind after you (literally and metaphorically). I don't know how many times I've discovered an ideal camp/eating site only to find garbage lying around. Food scrapes will take months to decompose. Ideally, everything you carry in you should carry out (especially if it's not going to decompose). If you just can't stand the thought of carrying your own crap out with you then ensure you bury it. Anything buried should be in a hole at least 6 inches (15cm) deep and at least 50 yards (50 metres) from any water source. Remember, whatever you leave behind, other people are going to find.