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Expedition Equipment List


Here is the gear I will be carrying with me on my hike through Spain. Some of the kit I paid for; some was provided by companies; all of it meets my high standards for serving me well on the road.

Daily Hiking Wear

  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Trousers – Haglöfs zip-off ones that turn into shorts. 
  • Boxers (1 pair: don’t judge me!)
  • Shirt – Haglöfs long sleeved. I like trekking in ‘normal’ shirts as you have the versatility to button up or down, roll the sleeves up or down, and stick your collar up to protect from the sun.
  • Raincoat – lightweight running one from Haglöfs.
  • Socks – 2 pairs, different thicknesses of running sock
  • Trainers and Orthotic Insoles – from Profeet. They kindly look after me for free, but even if they did not I would happily go and pay full whack. (So they should probably stop sponsoring me…)
  • Rucksack – Osprey Exos 48
  • Camera bag – from Osprey
  • Camelbak
  • Trekking poles – Leki Micro Vario Carbon Strong – light and easy to fold

Evening Camping Gear

  • Roll mat – Thermarest Z Rest
  • Sleeping Bag – Haglöfs Lim Down +1 (473g)
  • Silk liner
  • Tarp – Alpkit Rig 3.5
  • Buff
  • Headtorch
  • Suncream – P20 lasts all day, isn’t slimy, and works even on me!
  • Base Layer – nice to have something dry, warm and lightweight to wear in the evening (Haglöfs)
  • Warm top – I’m still torn between a down jacket, a down vest, or a fleece. Decision coming soon! (Haglöfs)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Water bag – Ortlieb do a range all the way up to 10 litres. I always take this as it greatly expands your roaming potential without weighing much.
  • Pan – by Alpkit
  • Spoon
  • Flint – I’m not taking a stove and will cook exclusively on fires. When this isn’t possible I’ll have to eat cold food. 

Spares and Repairs

  • Zinc oxide tape (for feet)
  • Vaseline (for chafing parts)
  • Gaffa tape (for fixing everything)
  • Needle/thread (I use dental floss as thread – it’s very strong)
  • Multi-tool
  • Ibuprofen (the sum total of my first aid. If I was going more into the wilderness I would take more.)
  • Compass and maps
  • Diary and pen
  • Reading book



  • Violin
  • Rosin
  • Violin strings
  • Dry bag for violin
  • Music stand
  • Laminated music sheets
  • Clothes pegs
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  1. If you take a fleece instead of a down jacket you can use it as a towel too….then stick it on and it dries quickly. I swear by my Rab micro pull on Weighs nothing and surprisingly warm for it’s thickness.

  2. Peter Reilly Posted

    Sunhat and straw hat for coin collection >:-)

  3. Good luck on your trip. On my Spain hike I wore out the base of the hiking poles. Your poles are probably way better quality than the shitty ones I took from sports direct. I found it useful to have alternative footwear (I took a cheap pair of hiking shoes and my vibram 5 fingers and flipflops). Maybe ear plugs are a good idea too – for sleeping and when you start playing 🙂

  4. My first challenge would be to put it all in one Rucksack.
    Have a nice trip!

  5. Colleen Bowen Posted

    I’m curious about how you utilize your tarp? (I didn’t notice trekking poles on your kit list). I’m wondering, if like I do, you just wrap yourself up like a burrito in it and call it good. = )

  6. Andrew O'Neill Posted

    Have you given up on inflatable mats since your puncture incident? Good luck with the trip. It’s going to be amazing!

  7. Bloody hell Al !!
    Cooking over open fires,you,ll be catching rabbits next?!!( Too much time spent chatting to bushcraft gurus i think)

    If i smell smoke accompanied by loud screeching while in the Picos…i’ll know you’re not far away.

    Sounds like a great expierience….enjoy

  8. one pair of boxers but three go pro cameras. What do you use all the go pros for? Filming 3D?

    • Alastair Posted

      It’s slightly lazy, but seeing as I owned 3 and they are light I took them so I could have one on a tripod, one on a head mount, and one for anything else I thought of.

    • Alastair Posted

      It’s slightly lazy, but seeing as I owned 3 and they are light I took them so I could have one on a tripod, one on a head mount, and one for anything else I thought of…



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