With just 4 weeks to go, I've been very busy this weekend pulling all of my gear and resupply packages together for a 2 week unsupported hike across Scotland in the 2010 TGO Challenge. That includes finalizing my gear list, which I've listed below.
At 14.18 lbs, this load is a bit more than I planned for, but I then again, I didn't expect to have to deal with winter conditions on the Scottish summits this late in the year. If you look closely, I'm bringing along extra traction (microspikes) and some additional insulation in case it's very windy at elevation which is the norm in Scotland. I decided against bringing an ice axe and will forgo any peaks that require one to ascend safely because I'm hiking solo on this trip.
In addition to winter gear, I'll be carrying over 1 lb of maps, which I will be able to send home as I move eastward.
There's still a chance that I'll shave another 10 oz off this list by taking a down quilt instead of a sleeping bag. I'll be testing that option next weekend on a warm up section hike in Connecticut on the Appalachian Trail. Hopefully we'll have cold rainy weather, so I can get some good testing in.
If you have any suggestions about this gear list, please leave a comment below.