Shelter        Cooking/Water          Clothing           Sleeping          

Shelter

We had two shelter options; a roomy, 3 person, four-season tent and highly versatile bivvy bags.

We also followed the golden rule for successful West Coast Camping - take lots of tarpage. Due to our limited budget we initially relied on a cheap tarp that lost a couple of grommets and then it's waterproofness. On the return leg, when we were getting rained on under the tarp, we upgraded to a much sturdier model.

The bivvy bags proved indispensible as we were often unable to find flat spaces large enough to accomodate the tent.

Also, our tent floor leaked so in wet conditions we could use the bivvy bags inside the tent and protect our sleeping bags. We were then able to sit out foul weather lie in warm comfort as we read, slept and played scrabble. (Kevin was the trip scrabble champion.)

   
   
 

Cooking

We carried two stoves on the trip; a MSR Whisperlite and a MSR Dragonfly and used a Backpackers Oven for baking. The fine adjustment of the Dragonfly made it more suitable for baking while the Whisperlite was used for cooking up our one-pot wonders.

We used Iodine to treat our drinking water, although at a doseage half of WHO recommendations. (We did consider other methods such as pump filter systems but decided on Iodine was by far the most cost effective and least time consuming)

   
     
 

Clothing

Camp wear consisted of Icebreaker merino wool and Adventure Outfitters fleece for light and midweight layers. Heavy fleece pants and jackets provided extra warmth when required.

We both had gore-tex jackets and pants for the really wet days in camp. Sandals and hiking boots were our original footwear options. However the boots didn't last the trip and were replaced by rubber gumboots.

 
     
 

Sleeping

We both had 4-season down dryloft sleeping bags. These proved to be overkill and were usually left open and used as duvets. Kevin carried a thin down inner bag that he would often use under his open bag.

Ultralite Thermarests were our mattresses.

   
 
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