West Highland Way Kit list Help Needed!

Discussion in 'Kit Lists' started by Raddy, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    Sorry I thought you were using a 25L, i'd look at packs but I'd leave it till near last to get one if that wasn't already your thinking, as you need one that your stuff fits in & also carries the weight it will all be.
    Sleeping, you can combine a lighter bag with an insulation jacket (worth their weight), a light (splash) bivvy will also up the temp a small bit, more so than the inner of a shelter, if you wanted to go the single skin or tarp route.
  2. PhilHo

    PhilHo Ultralighter

    Which shelters are good for over 6'2" people?

    I have new Luxe Hexpeak V4a which I'm going to use in anger for the first time at the weekend, on top half of WHW. I have fly only as I was thinking the only way I'll fit is without the inner. Slightly concerned about condensation on both ends of my sleeping bag but have a plan. I'll report back after.
  3. Clare

    Clare Thru Hiker

    Check out @Teepee suggestion for a sleeping bag cover made from breathable water resistant dust sheet in the linked thread. If you haven’t got time to make a cover you could just drape a piece over the end of the bag.

    http://www.trek-lite.com/index.php?threads/sleeping-bag-cover.4807/
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  4. PhilHo

    PhilHo Ultralighter

    I did read that thread and looked at the various suggestions including Teepee's MYOG option. I plan to either make or get a cover depending on how I get on this weekend. My current plan for now is to put my wind shirt over one end and rain kilt over the other. I have a Rab storm bivi but don't want to carry something that might make matters worse and that weighs nearly as much as my shelter.
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  5. Raddy

    Raddy Trekker

    Thank you for advice, yeah @Robert Mclean i may use my old issues one but we will see, been having a look at some others and some are decent.
  6. Raddy

    Raddy Trekker

    Also my friends back at work Sunday night who I am doing it with so we can plan the days we are doing it then map our route out and then start looking at getting some proper kit.
  7. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Check out the TT Notch for a bit more lenghtwise space... Also, the lighter tyvec grade (sold for kite making) makes decent splash biwi bags. Easy to work with with double sided tape but bulkier than pertex.
  8. PhilHo

    PhilHo Ultralighter

    Just back from doing last 50 miles (best bit?) of WHW. I tied rain kilt over foot end of my bag one night that went down to about 2 degrees C. Fail! It was the only bit that had condensation. Head end was OK with breathable rain jacket over it. Thanks for tip re Tyvec. I think I'm going to buy a bit for a ground sheet anyway as I didn't like polycro, far too slippy for my liking. Just my opinion.
  9. Jon jons

    Jon jons Ultralighter

  10. lakeshore

    lakeshore Trail Blazer

    before final pack make three piles of your gear - 1. Essential, 2. Might Need, 3. Nice to have.

    Get rid of piles 2 and 3
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  11. Bob-W

    Bob-W Backpacker

    I'm not sure what folk were carrying on the WHW at the weekend but there were some huge rucksacks on display AND they had sleeping pad, tent and various other bits of kit strapped to the outside :eek:

    Do a training walk (I realise this is now close to your intended start date), when you get home make three piles of your kit: one is the stuff you used; the next is emergency stuff like First Aid Kit, repair kit that hopefully you didn't have to use; the third one is the stuff you didn't use. For your next trip leave the stuff in the third pile at home, it's basically the stuff you took "just in case".

    Regardless of forecast I'd pack at least a waterproof jacket. Unless it's cold and windy I'm fine with wearing shorts in rain so don't use overtrousers, my legs will dry off quickly enough.

    I'd have one set of clothes for walking and one for evening/camp wear. It may be uncomfortable putting on wet clothes in the morning to start walking again but within half an hour you'll be fine and if it's raining then your new "dry" clothes would be wet anyway.

    Not sure about the southern part of the WHW but from Crianlarich onwards you've shops at Tyndrum and Kinlochleven and pubs/cafés at Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glencoe and Kinlochleven so no need to carry food for the whole trip.

    Just hope you have as good a weather as this last weekend.:)
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  12. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    Was passing through Fort William yesterday (actually I was sat in the pub next to the WHW finish point) & there was some seriously sized packs (65L+) being humped along the high street with 'stuff' dangling by bedraggled looking folk...……….I can never work out what they're all carrying, presumably no food at that point :confused:
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  13. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Ultralighter

    Wonder how many questions I'll get about my itty bitty pack then. Not to mention all the incessent comments on the dogs' packs...I lost count at 50 this last weekend.

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