My trip along the Pyrenean Haute Route covering nine stages from Renclusa to Coma Pedrosa
This is a breakdown of all the kit that I took with me (plus food) and how much each items weighs. There were a few items I didn't use: like hat, gloves, windproof trousers - but would still take next time.
The items that I didn't use and wouldn't take next time and could therefore save on weight are:
- Second trekking pole (260g) - I used this once but only because I had it. I'm not a two pole trekking person and didn't feel my pack was heavy enough to require using it.
- Sit square (5g) - whenever I sat down, I sat on my ruscac
- Foldable water bottle (24g). I only ever carried a maximum of 1 litre of water, usually only half a litre at a time. Whenever I stopped to fill up I would drink half a litre on the spot, then carry half a litre.
- Straw for Sawyer water filter (5g). I just used the squeezable water bottle that came with the filter.
I could have saved a total of 294g
Remember: Treking poles, tent poles & tent pegs have to be checking in as hold luggage on an airplane. Lithium batteries (such as power packs & my & Personal Locator Beacon) have to be carried on board an aircraft as hand luggage.
Kit list created with lighterpack.com a free & simple to use online website. Kit items weight using electronic kitchen scales.
plus a MotoG5 phone used to take these photos
I'm a creature of habit and have no problem eating the same thing day in, day out. I packed food for 8 days self sufficiency, but only trekked for 6 days. I stuck to the menu very well but did use a few of the breakfast cereal bars as extra snacks. I didn't buy any extra food or drink along the route. This diet worked for me. I never felt hungry but appreciate that the calorie count is probably way to low for such physical exercise. The Clif Bloks in my lunch were eaten one during the morning and one during the afternoon.
Breakfast: 4 x Tesco Rice Snaps Cereals bars 20g bar = 336 calories total
Lunch: 3 x Cliffbars / 2 x Clof bloks / 3 x cereal bar = 1327 calories total
Evening meal: 2 x pack super noodles = 1000 calories total
Total Daily: 2663 calories total per day