Ever fancied a trip combining walking, packrafting, cycling, ultrarunning and filmmaking...all in winter?
Probably not - it's kind of a silly idea. Even Tom and I couldn't have predicted that our journey in Iran could spawn this many variations. Yet it did, and it was probably the most fun trip I've ever been on. It wasn't easy to remain self-contained throughout all of that, but it was still well within the realms on possibility. At their heaviest (at the start) our packs weighed around 35kg. As the trip progressed, and we changed methods of transport, we would leave behind (or store) kit that we weren't going to use any more. The result was that by the end, when we ill-advisedly tried to run across a desert, we were down to 6kg packs.
The list below isn't meant to be perscriptive - I simply hope that it shows what's possible in this day in age with lightweight outdoor gear and ludicrously small camera kit. The things we have to carry to facilitate our journeys are increasingly less of a barrier to what's possible than ever before. That, above all, is exciting!
Big Agnes Storm King Sleeping Bag (0 deg F)
Compression sack for bag
Big Agnes Hinman Sleeping Pad (1.5")
Big Agnes Fly Creek Platinum 2-man tent (one to share)
Clothing and walking
Osprey Xenith 88 backpack
Small pack (bought additionally on trip for running)
Big Agnes Hole in the Wall down jacket
North Face Summit Series Rain Jacket
Railriders Explorer Short
BAM bamboo t-shirt
BAM bamboo long johns
Railriders VersaTac trousers
Smartwool Socks x2
Sleeveless Lightweight wetsuit
ECCO Hiking boots
Sunglasses ($2 from an Iranian market)
Black Diamond Hiking Poles
Canon XF100 video camera
5x32gb memory cards
2x16gb memory cards
3x7hr battery for XF100
Rode NTG-1 mic
Dead cat windshield
Canon battery charger
Zoom A1 Audio recorder
6x SD memory cards
3x 5hr battery for NEX-7
Small stills camera
Alpacka Denali Llama Packraft
Throwbag (one between us)
Puncture repair Kit
MSR Whisperlight International (one between us)
Waterproof smatphone case
Notes - this is per person, unless otherwise noted. It's also what I packed - the specifics of Tom's gear were sometimes slightly different.
Some brands are included where it's helpful to know what they are - others that are generic are not listed.
Some of this kit was provided to us free or charge or at cost price by the supplies; the rest was either bought for the trip, or we already owned it.