Rucksacks: 2 x Osprey Argon 85 litre. Comfortable, large, and had a cool pouch on the back and side which we kept the video camera and tripod in. We also took the raincover for the summer which was excellent. The Osprey Hydraform Reservoir was great for keeping us hydrated, especially in the summer.
Tents: 2 x Hilleberg Soulo (we decided to carry one tent each to give ourselves personal space in the evenings.) These were superb in all weather. As the weather got warmer, we saved weight by switched to the Hillberg bivanorak which was just an incredible bit of kit – possibly our favourite of all!
Note from Rob and Leon: This is a guest post by the Lawlor Clinic on the technical side of preparing our bodies for the walking and kayaking, for which we are most grateful. A post about our physio sponsor in Hong Kong, Sports Performance, will be coming soon.
On talking with Leon about the expedition, it became apparent that physical preparedness was essential in the successful completion of the expedition as their bodies will be subject to extreme conditions and made to endure many hours of physical activity.
Physical preparedness is something that we advise regularly to all our clients regardless of their level of physical activity. Our bodies have to move efficiently to avoid injury during activities of daily living.