Equipment

What a wonderful experience, to live on very little things!

Introduction

The following tips are valid for the walkabouts and the bike tours. For the gatherings it might be more comfortable to bring a bit more. But if we have to carry the stuff on our back or if we push our bicycle up to a mountain... Get to know with me the fine feeling of needing very little things for living - this feeling of freedom and independence!

Water, food and clothes don't need to be always in the baggage - about this see below. About the other things I'll show you first two super-light versions. The prices are approximate statements due to the announcements in the links. Strong vegans don’t buy stuff of wool, downs and silk. Instead of the silk inlet there is an inlet of egypt cotton. To the other things I show alternatives. For details you can click on the most things.

 

2.8 kg version

 

Approx. 760 € all in all, soft and warm sleeping:

Rucksack: Golite Ion, 26 liter (maybe sow strings on it for isolation mat)    300 g 63 €
Sleeping bag: Apache MF, downs, we’ve good experience. Depending on size: 850 to 965 g 380 to 420 €
Silk inlet: Meru Seiden-Inlett, saves the sleeping bag, additionally isolating 150 g 32 €
Isolation mat: NeoAir Regular inflatable, from Therm-A-Rest 420 g 110 €
Rain protection: Bivy-Poncho / Tarp, waterproof even on the seams 330 g 43 €
     - " - 5 tent-herings, 18 cm, je 12 g, to tighten the tarp 60 g 16 €
     - " - 5 strings, 3mm, 2,2m, different colors  g  €
Torch: Quanties Skylight, solar powered, 10 years warranty 28 g 33 €
Water bottle: ISYbe, no harmful emissions (e.g. softener), 0,7 l 70 g 14 €
Knife, small spoon  tooth brush, comb, passport, pencil, sowing stuff, clock, money 100 g  
Cotton bag, 2 plastic bags, a bit to read... 100 g  

 

 

3.5 kg version

Approx. 230 € all in all, but more hard sleeping:

Rucksack: Itsy-Bitsy, 20 liter (for fixing the isolation mat sow strings!) 280 g 33 €
Sleeping bag: e.g."Tundra 3-seasons", we don’t know it; depending on size: 1450 to 1700 g  95 to 120 € 
Isolation mat: Artiach Light- Plus, if you can lie hardly 240 g 31 €
rain protection: Poncho of German army/Tarp, waterproof even on seams 1000 g 20 €
     - " - 5 tent-herings, 18 cm, each 12 g, to tighten the tarp 60 g 16 €
     - " - 5 strings, 3mm, 2,2m, different colours  g  €
Torch:  Solar- Kurbel LED- torch, we don’t know it 18 g 11 €
knife, small spoon,  bottle, passport, pencil, sowing stuff, clock, money... 100 g  
Cotton bag, 2 plastic bags, a bit to read... 100 g  

 

Now it’s sure:

It is possible to walk durable with only 2,8 kg and maybe a bit of clothes, food and water on the back – and sleep outside super comfortable!

You can carry more, if you’re sure that you’re able to do it. But if you follow my recommendations, I’m maybe ready to help you, if the walk gets difficult for you.

 

Clothes

If the weather is cool, you wear all the clothes which you have about you. If the weather is hot, you have a few clothes additionally on your back. It’s suitable to use wool, silk or special ***** , not cotton.

 

 

Food & water

Often we can find so much food, that it’s not necessary to carry anything, also drinking water. Otherwise I recommend to take only a bit food and water. Please eat on the tours only raw food.

 

What I don't need

- substitute clothes; I wash my clothes on the way
- underwear; I don't use them since several years
- shoes; I walk barfeet or in sandals
- bathing clothes; I bath naked
- towel; sun, wind and movements dry as well
- pyjamas; I prefer an inlet (see below)
- much food; I find it on the way, or I buy a bit
- nutcracker; I crack with stones
- soap; I don't see a sense in it

 

Sleeping bag (details)

There are down- and synthetic-fibre-sleeping-bags in many variations. Downs are better isolating in relation to their weight, but also more expensive and sensitive against humidity. Take advice! An ethical aspect: When buying downs you support the meat industry. Senseful is a light inlet from silk or egypt cotton, which you put into the sleeping bag. This lessons the wear of the sleeping bag, it's washable, good to your skin and additional isolating.
Rab Quantum, a special light summer sleeping bag, down, the isolation mat you have to put inside, 550 g, 165 €
Apache MF, downs, we have good experience, 850 bis 965 g, 380 bis 420 €
"Tundra 3-seasons", we have no experience, depending on the size: 1450 to 1700 g, 95 to 120 €

 

Isolation mat

* Light and packable, but hard and less isolating: A foldable isolation mat from the army shop (about 5 Euro; only for hardend outdoor hikers in the summer)
* Better isolating and more soft, but more weight and more expensive: isolation mats which blow up by themselves, for example:
NeoAir Regular, 420 g, 110 €
Prolite Plus, 690 bis 780 g, 100 €
* If it is important for you to lie softly: mates from Exped; for example
AirMat 7 Pump or DownMat 7 Pump
* Compromises:
Artiach Light- Plus plus, 170 g light, relative hard, 25 Euro at Lauche & Maas.
Or isolation mates which blows up by themselves at Ebay or Amazon
* Unsuitable: air mattresses (lilos) are badly isolating and heavy

 

 

Rain protection

I like to use a poncho-tarp (approx. 2,3 x 1,7 m, 500 g). It's a fabric strengthened plastic plane with a sewed-in hood. It protects me against rain both during the day while walking and in the night while sleeping; it saves a lot of weight. For the night I tauten it over my sleeping place (how to build up); I don't have a tent.
* The cheapest tarp: a fabric-strengthened plastic plane from a bricolage market
(2x 3 m, 700 g, approx. 5 Euro) Because of the missing hood you need additional for the daytime rain clothes.
* The best poncho-tarp offers to my knowledge the company Exped:
Bivy-Poncho, 600 g, 70 €, waterproof seams,
Bivy-Poncho Extrem, 1,52 x 2,40 m, 420 g, 80 € (for this one you need additionally a silikon stuff for the seams).
* Compromise: In army-shops you can find more convenient poncho-tarps. Some are from not waterproof material; I recommend to take one of Nylon-Ripstop fabric, for example this one. However the seams are a bit leaky. Completely waterproof is only the
rubber-poncho-tarp from the German army (Bundeswehr); it weights 900 g (instead of 500 g the others). Look at Ebay for "US-Poncho", "Poncho BW" or "Poncho army". The Nylon poncho from
Sea to Summit is said to be from waterproof material, but I bought one and the material is not waterproof!
Wäfo Monsun, 145 x 285 cm, 440 g, 48 €, verschweißte Nähte - klingt sehr gut, wir haben ihn aber noch nicht probiert
Tarptent Moment, very light tent, 830 g, 248 €, the good air circulation reducts the condensing ater, but the optional
Innenzelt, 106 g, 50 €, makes it comfortabler; in case of snow and storm also the bow, 190 g, 28 €
+ 5 strings (2 m) and 5 tent-herings for tighten up the tarp

 

Other stuff

+ Protection against midges: It's rare, but if needed, I use an old curtain with narrow meshes. The ends I put into my sleeping bag, the middle I tighten up with a string.
+ Clothes appropiate the temperatures. Your sandals or shoes should be used some times because of the risk of blisters; also there are special socks for hikers. Blisters are often a problem on walking tours.
+ A cotton bag and 3 opaque plastic bags
+ A water bottle, depending on your preference from carbon, plastic or glass
+ A little book or walkman for the case that the breaks are too long for you. A mobile phone should be used less and only in a distance to the other partcipants
+ Torch: I like the Skylight from EXPED, with an integrated solar panel, nevertheless only 20 g, 29 €. The silver-cloured model is said to be better than the black one.
+ Knife, spoon, tooth brush, comb etc.
+ Rucksack: The above recommended rucksacks are super light, but made for really little backage. Bigger ones, light (approx. 1 kg) and durable, are rarely offered; there is a 1.250 g rucksack from Mammut. I have a special solution with a little and light rucksack; my sleeping bag I put into my isolation mat and this with belts outside on my rucksack
+ Passport for the frontier passing walkers (check the validity)
+ A free head with songs, love, light and longing for nature


Instructions how to build up a tarp you can find here.

Sometimes we build up common tarps:

In case of dry wheather we like to sleep completely in nature:

If it is continuously raining, we prefer a roof overhead:

See you!

 

Last changings: 06.12.2012