Te Araroa Gear List
On the eve of my Te Araroa hike across New Zealand, I take stock of my gear and ponder the journey that is to come.
After hiking the Appalachian Trail last year I feel that I am in a good position for the Te Araroa trail. I decided to use much of the same gear for this hike. There are a few slight changes but overall it’s pretty similar to the AT.
In total my base weight came out to be 10kg (22 pounds) and increased to 15.6kg (34.3 pounds) with food and water. So I’m just under my AT starting weight of 15.9kg (35 pounds). I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t cut more weight but I’ve always preferred hiking with the gear that makes me comfortable rather than worrying about shedding weight.
Osprey Atmos 65L
Osprey Rain Cover
REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent and Footprint
REI Igneous 25°F Sleeping Bag
Therm-A-Rest Ultralite Sleeping Pad
Sleeping Bag Liner
Lighter (just in case)
Dry Sack (for food storage)
1 Pair Convertible Hiking Pants
1 Pair of Shorts
2 Tech Tees from Target
1 Long-Sleeve Shirt from Target
3 Pairs of Sock Liners
3 Pairs of Socks
2 Pairs of Underwear
Puffy Down Jacket
Rain Pants and Jacket
Fingerless Gloves (for sun protection and river section)
BeFree 1L Filtration System
HydraPak 1L Collapsible Reservoir
Anker Battery Pack
Gold Bond Stick (blister protection)
Te Araroa Trail App (free!)
For a quick look at what life on the trail is typically like, here’s my video from the AT showing off some of my gear in use:
Stay tuned for more! I’ll be blogging regularly here at The Trek as well as my personal blog.
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