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Richard Sheward
(Shewie) - F
TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 04/29/2012 17:04:07 MDT Print View

As part of my prep for the TGO in a few weeks I've been getting a list organised for my kit, sorry it's in grams but I'll get round to converting it one day.

Any comments welcome

James Wall
(jimmyjam) - F

Locale: Mid Atlantic
TGO Challenge 2012 Kit List on 05/01/2012 06:29:24 MDT Print View


Pretty complete looking kit. If you want to get lighter you might want switch out the stove for an alcohol stove, maybe drop the water filter for A.M.or get a Sawyer squeeze filter. Other things- drop the trowel and use a stick, and I'd just use a compactor bag for a pack liner instead of a pack cover.


Richard Sheward
(Shewie) - F
TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 05/01/2012 07:03:39 MDT Print View

Some good advice there thanks JJ, my thoughts on what you said ..

Alky stove vs Jetboil -

The JB is quite a lump but I feel over the two weeks that gas will be lighter and more efficient compared to alky. I do prefer alky for weekend and short trips but over the longer period then gas wins for me. Ideally I wanted to take my Bushbuddy Ultra and Mini Atomic stove combination but I think it's going to be too wet for that unfortunately.

Filters -

I'm still in two minds whether to take a filter at all, plenty of folk keep telling me I won't need it and they're probably right. I'm not too much of a gram weenie though to be honest, light is good but not the ultimate aim for me, I'll probably decide on the day I leave :)

Toilet trowel -

I've slightly modified the design now and it's more on a par with the MSR groundhog

Pack liner -

Compactor bag is already in there, may drop the pack cover though

Thanks for your comments JJ, much appreciated buddy

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Post it up on 05/01/2012 07:17:54 MDT Print View

Post it up and we'll offer some comment.

Can you give some detail and context about the TGO. I have a feeling that it's some kind of race or time trial across the UK, but I'm sure that's not the whole story.


Richard Sheward
(Shewie) - F
RE: Post it up on 05/01/2012 09:08:53 MDT Print View

I see what you're saying Rod but it's probably in a better format on my blog than just a long list of words and numbers on here.

I'll try and write a list up before I go if I get chance, it starts next week though so it might be more of a review on my return.

The TGO is non-competitive, it's more about the social aspect and building good relations with fellow hikers. Most of the entrants are twice our age but it should still be a good experience.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 05/01/2012 10:21:21 MDT Print View

Philip W. at has compiled a lot of information about the TGO, including reviews of what gear worked for him on his 2010 TGO hike. Use the search feature on his site, for "TGO".

Scott S
Re: ULA CDT on 05/01/2012 10:24:31 MDT Print View

Kit list looks good. I can't think of any changes/recommendations. I do have a question about your pack though. Just wondering if you modified your CDT to lighten it up? I have the same pack and it weighs in at 594 grams.

Richard Sheward
(Shewie) - F
CDT on 05/01/2012 10:43:38 MDT Print View

Hey Scott,

The only mods I've made is to remove the foam back panel and trim the straps down to suit my needs, I did pick up my CDT used off another forum though so I wonder if they've been snipping too.

Thanks for the comments everybody, I'm giving some consideration to the warm layers now, I'm thinking about switching the Fireball top for my OR Transcendent hoody instead. We've gone into another cold and wet spell over here with night time temps around 3*C at our mid crossing point.

Richard Sheward
(Shewie) - F
Re: TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 05/01/2012 10:44:26 MDT Print View

Thanks for that Steven

I've come across his site before with various searches but not checked in for a while, thanks

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Re: Re: TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 05/01/2012 19:46:18 MDT Print View

Hi Richard,

Very comprehensive list mate :-)

Unfortuntaley I suffer from the Cold when stopped (run hot when moving) so would end carrying a much warmer bag and insulated clothing.

I see you are using a Montane Fireball, it is a very tastey bit of kit.



Edited by stephenm on 05/01/2012 19:47:52 MDT.

James Byrnes
(backfeets1) - M

Locale: Midwest.... Missouri
Re: TGO Challenge 2012 - Kit List on 05/01/2012 23:27:34 MDT Print View

Nice kit. I would try to reduce the number and weight of the stuff sacks and plastic bags you carry.