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October (Autumn) 2002

Total weight in pack = 8.5 kgs each person, plus water, plus food.

WATER:  We needed 4 litres of water each on some sections.  Water was not always available/drinkable at every spring/well. 

FOOD:  We found that 80 grams of pasta, plus half a stock cube per person was adequate for a main night meal whilst camping.   Bread, eggs, cheese, or whatever for breakfast and lunch.  Ate well in towns though.

MOSQUITOES:  The mossies were quite bad at some camping places.  Bring some insect repellent.  Mosquito coils are available at some stores. 

Item No Item No
Boots 1 Knife Fork Spoon  1
Hat 1 Plastic Cup  1
Heavy socks 1 Plastic Plate  1
Light socks 1
Long sleeve silk weight shirts 1 COOKING ETC (Shared)  
Scarf 1 Item No
Shorts 1 Stove 1
Under clothes 1 Fuel bottle 1
Billy 2
BACKPACK   Swiss army knife + torch 1
Item No Soap 1
Pack 1
Pack cable + lock 1 FIRST AID (Shared)  
Pack liner 1 Item No
Pack liner lock 1 Brufen 20
Trowel 1 Savlon 1
Water bottle (2+ litre) 1 Betadine 1
Panadol 1
CLOTHES   Bandaids 50
Item No Vaseline 1
Heavy socks 1 Knee bandage 1
Light socks 2 Ankle bandage 1
Long sleeve silk weight shirts 1 Elastic bandage 1
Swimming togs 1 Iodine tablets 25
Under clothes 2
Light Trousers 1 STUFF  
Tevas Sandals 1 Item No
Alarm clock 1
WARM   Compass 1
Item No Duct tape 1
100 Polartec Pullover 1 Ear plugs 1
Beanie 1 Glasses + Glasses repair kit 1
Gloves 1 Nylon Stuff Sacks 3
Long thermal bottom 1 Toothbrush & Paste 1
Long thermal top 1 Coffee 1
WET   CAMPING (Shared)  
Item No Item No
Plastic Rain Coat 1 Ground sheet 1
Spare cord 1
Item No Tent pegs 14
Sarong 1
Shorts 1 MONEY ETC  
Silk Liner 1 Item No
Sleeping bag 1 Credit cards 2
Tee Shirt 1 ID cards 1
Therm-a-Rest 1 Money 1
Passport 1
Tickets 1


Boots:  Scarpa full leather is my preference.  Expect boots to be cut by sharp rough rocks on some sections.   I have no experience with synthetic boots. 

Heavy socks:  My preference is Thorlo Hiker  Socks (wool). 

Light socks:  CoolMax.  Clean inner socks at least once a day ( more often) if you sweat a lot.  Clean dry socks to help reduce blisters. 

Long sleeve silk weight shirts:  Patagonia silk weight.  Light synthetic long sleeve shirts to protect against sunburn.  Dries quickly. 

Scarf:  Light cotton scarf to protect neck from sunburn.  Wet to help cooling. 

Pack:  I have a medium size Wilderness Equipment Expedition 2 (about 90 litres).  It weighs 3.0 kgs.  The pack is bigger (and heavier) than needed for this trek.  A smaller pack would be fine, but a modern internally framed back with a harness system that will allow most of the load to be carried on the hips is best. "Scrub bashing" is required on some sections, so a pack that contains all your gear internally and has nothing strapped on the outside would be preferred. 

Pack cable + lockI took a meter length of stainless steel cable with loops swaged in each end and a small padlock to secure the pack to a tree or whatever.  Never used it! 

Pack liner:  I used a lightweight dry bag (Sea to Summit large). Since it didn't rain while we are walking, not altogether necessary (this time)!  This dry bag can be locked to deter the honest thieves that you might find at airports, bus stops etc.  Plastic rubbish bin bags are useless as pack liners. 

Trowel:  Don't bother.  The ground is too hard and rocky.  Burn toilet paper and cover your output with a big rock. 

Water bottle: I used a 2+  (2.4 litre) Cascade Design Platypus flexible bottle.  Also needed a 1.5 litre plastic drink bottle on some sections.  Minimum of 4 litres per person required. 

Light TrousersLight leg coverings for modesty in mosques, towns, buses etc. 

Tevas Sandals:  Sandals or light sand shoes for camp and town. 

WARM: We found nights above 1000 meters were cold, around 2000 meters on Tahtali Dagi very cold!  Below 500 meters OK.  We took a lighter sleeping bag and thermal underclothes to save weight. 

Plastic Rain Coat:  Light weight.  Not recommended if it is really raining hard, which it didn't! 

Sarong: Doubles as a towel. 

Sleeping bag:  We used a synthetic bag weighing 700 gms (Roman Chinook Palm 3).  This was satisfactory below 1000 meters with our thermal underwear if necessary, and saved about 1 kg compared with our down bags.  However, a warmer bag would be better if you intended to camp at higher altitudes.  We planned our walking to minimise nights above 1000 meters - this meant some long days (11 hours).  A down bag about the same weight would be much better, but more expensive. 

Therm-a-Rest:  Ultralight Therm-a-Rest.  Much better than anything else for sleeping on rocky ground. 

Stove + Fuel bottle:  Weighs about 500 gms plus fuel.  Not necessary at this time of year.  You can make fires anywhere.  There was plenty of dry wood.  We bought along the stove from force of habit as open fires are not permitted when camping in Australia.  If you do bring a stove, the MSR Internationale is good - it will burn petrol which is easy to get. 

Billy:  A small billy with handle, plus about 10 meters of cord needed to get water from wells.  Also used for cooking. 

Swiss army knife + torch:  Basic Swiss Army Knife plus a Princeton Tec Pulsar 2 LED torch attached.  Great torch, weighs nothing, bulb lasts forever, battery 12 hours, plenty of light. 

FIRST AID:  Basic kit.  Bandages for sprained ankles or knees. Brufen is an antiinflammatory.   Betadine for all the scratches from bushes.  Vaseline to help protect against blisters.  We used Iodine to treat the well water only.  Drank tap and spring water without any unpleasant effects. 

Alarm clock:  Not needed. 

Compass:  Optional, but useful. 

Duct tape:  Small roll of duct tape for repairs to boots, packs etc.  (My Scarpas needed repairs to the sole en-route). 

CAMPING:  We camped in the forest about half the time.  We had one night of light rain, and one night of drizzle.  Most nights were windy and cool to cold, especially at altitudes of 1000 meters +.  So some protection was essential.  I used a home made nylon tarp, about 2.5 x 3.0 meters.  This has two advantages over a tent - it is much lighter, and much more flexible in erecting.  Most of the camping spots had limited space and my regular two person trekking tent may have had to large a footprint.  Of course, things can get in with you during the night!  I used a 1.5 x 2.5 meter piece of Tyvek as a ground sheet.  The whole camping set up weighed about 1 kg. 

Coffee:  Turkish Nescafe is not my cup of tea!