3 Season Gear

This is my kit for a standard 3-day, 2-night unsupported trip to the mountains. It assumes 9-12 hours of motion per day, a few thousand meters vertical, reasonable weather and temperatures that drop no lower than minus 5 at night. It’s not an ultra-light setup (see the links below for the guys who do ultra-light right), and there are plenty of ounces you could shave if you were so inclined. But I’m confident that it will get me up and back down again with a decent cushion of safety.

That said, everyone draws their own line, and what works for me might not work for you. In the words of my gym teacher at school, don’t come running to me when you break your leg.

The Pack

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I use a Mammut Extreme 35ltr pack. At 1.6kg it’s not the lightest by any means (Yuka’s Mammut Granit 40ltr comes in at 1.2kg) but it’s incredibly comfortable and beautifully made. The ideal is a light pack which fits perfectly, but if I were forced to chose then I’d go for fit over weight every time.

Miscellaneous

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All the small items that I might use over the course of a day are kept in their own sack and stored in the lid hood of the pack. This means that you can reach behind and extract them without taking your pack off. Taking your pack off and rummaging around in the lid hood wastes time. Less important in summer, but vital in winter, is that you tether the sack (as shown above).

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In it, we have things that show you where you are (GPS, map, compass) and a whistle for when you don’t know where you are. There’s also a bag with hygiene and basic first aid/repair items, a swiss army knife and a headlamp. The pack cover is optional – sometimes I just go with a large plastic bag inside the pack instead.

Sunscreen is vital at all times of year. At 3000m, you are being hit with 50% more U.V. than you are at sea level.

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Bitter experience has taught me to always turn one battery back-to-front in my headlamp. That way if (actually, when) the on-button gets knocked in your bag, you won’t burn through your batteries.

Rainwear

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No matter what the forecast, you need rainwear. Not only can the weather divert rapidly over the course of three days, but it also serves as a windproof barrier and extra layer of insulation. I’ve been using a set of Arc’teryx Theta hardshells, which are single layer gortex. And in black, when you cinch the hood up tight, you look like you’re wearing a burqa.

Rainwear goes at the very top of the pack. You diligently put it on whenever it starts to spot with rain and take it off when it stops. Very bad things will start to happen if you get wet, so don’t be lazy. Contrary to the hype, goretex will not keep you “warm and dry”. You’ll be warm and damp, but that’s better than cold and soaking.

Food & Cooking

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Next up is a large Granite Gear AirBag which holds everything related to grub.

Breakfast and lunch are a few sticks of Calorie Mate, which is a Japanese biscuit brand similar to shortbread with a good nutritional balance. Each 2-stick pack is 200kcal, and if you can’t eat one without it sticking to the roof of your mouth then this is a handy indicator that you might be dehydrated.

On the go, I take a mouthful of home-made carb gel every 30 minutes or so (decanted into the Weider gel packets above). Each one weighs around 330g and contains around 1200kcal of pure carbs. I usually get through 3/4 of a packet during the day, then dissolve the remainder in hot water as soon as I stop in the evening, which gets the all-important glycogen replenishment cycle going again. Peanuts and/or jerky or salami are a good snack to have along as well.

I make an early dinner of pilaf or something similar (these are quick re-hydrating meals which just require 200ml of hot water) and then a later dinner of noodles. The Jetboil is a decidedly non-lightweight stove, but I value its speed and efficiency over the weight. Two lighters at a very minimum are called for, and ideally of different types.

Clothing

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Even in the best of weather, I think you’re asking for it if you don’t carry some sort of decent insulating layer, such as a fleece. Mean temperature declines by 6-7 degrees centigrade for every thousand meters you climb, so it can be a pleasant 20 degrees at sea level and close to freezing at the top of a 3000m peak. More than that, if you get stuck somewhere for a prolonged period of time, then hypothermia can set in very quickly at surprisingly mild temperatures. I use a Mountain Hardwear “Monkey Man” fleece. When you wear it, sometimes people will try to feed you and stroke you, which is a bonus.

In the Granite Gear AirSpace bag goes a pair of socks, to be worn at night while the day socks dry out, a thin pair of Polartec gloves, a warm hat (also by Mountain Hardwear) and a light towel from an onsen hot spring. Arguably the latter is one of the most useful and versatile parts of your kit. In early spring and late autumn, I also put in a pair of Chocolate Fish Taranaki merino wool leggings for sleeping in.

Sleep & Shelter

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At the bottom of the pack comes the bivy bag, sleeping bag & mat, and (optionally) a tarp.

I’ve been using an Integral Designs Salathe Bivy for a few years now, and often get asked why. The weight saving versus a lightweight one-man tent is not that great nowadays. For me though, there are two reasons. First, with a bivy bag, if there’s enough room to lie down (or even curl up) then there’s enough room to camp. This is important if, like me, your predilection is to sleep on tiny summits or squeezed in between boulders. Second, camping away from designated sites is often frowned upon (for reasons both good and bad), but somehow a bivy is seen as fair game – and in many cases is a considerable source of interest. I’d much rather that my first conversation of the day started with “Wow, you slept in that?!” rather than “Hey, you shouldn’t camp here”.

The Salathe bivy is made from a semi-breathable eVent upper and waterproof lower, and comes in at just over 900g. I’ll be switching over to a new Integral Designs Penguin Reflection bivy this winter, which promises a 650g weight. The bivy gets jammed into a compression sack.

In warmer weather I use a Montbell Spiral Down Hugger #4 and when it gets a little colder the Montbell ULSS Down Hugger #3. The Spiral versions are new this year, and won the 2009 BackPacker magazine Editor’s Choice award. They are cut on the bias, which makes them naturally flexible, and they’ve finally sorted out the cover by using PolkaTex treated nylon (the covers on the ULSS bags are parlous – they might as well be covered in blotting paper for all the water resistance they offer). The sleeping bag gets its own waterproof dry-sack from Sea To Summit, as that’s the one thing that you really don’t want to get wet.

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The mat is a Montbell ULSS Comfort System airmat, and a departure from the “self-inflating” Therma-rests I used to use. I’ve found it to be warmer, lighter, more comfortable, and significantly smaller in terms of packed size. As with all non-solid mats, puncture risk is danger, so I carry the small repair kit (provided with the mat) and place the mat inside the bivy itself.

A tarp is optional, but if the weather outlook is mixed then a small roof makes getting in & out of the bivy, not to mention cooking, much more pleasant. The Integral Designs 5′ x 8′ Siltarp is just enough of a shelter, although the vast majority of occasions it doesn’t get used at all.

The final item in the pack is a 3 litre CamelBak bladder. If you’re camping away from water sources, and the majority of the time I am, then you’ll need several litres to last you overnight and into the next day. Some people swear by Platypus or Nalgene, but I’ve heard too many stories of the former bursting for no apparent reason. I haven’t heard of Nalgenes bursting, but the hose on Yuka’s Nalgene did de-connect itself en-route, and that makes me nervous. I’ve never had a problem with CamelBak.

Before going to bed, I usually boil up the remaining water and pour it into the CamelBak as a hot water bottle for the sleeping bag. It stays warm for a surprisingly long time. But you must check and double-check that you have closed off the mouthpiece… A handful of peanuts or some salami before bed also work wonders to keep you warm.

What to wear..

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I wear my Chocolate Fish Taranaki Mid Layer merino top all year round. Cotton is a killer, synthetics give you that “Odeur de Homeless Person” seemingly within minutes of putting them on, but merino wool keeps you warm and smelling like a summer meadow. I like black because it absorbs more U.V. Merino costs more, but lasts much longer than other tops, doesn’t lose its shape and (because it stays warm even when damp, and doesn’t smell) you only need one.

When it gets cooler, I like the Haglof Rugged Mountain Pant [sic]. In fact, I like pretty much everything that Haglof put out. The built-in gaiter and zipped vents at the back are nice innovations, as are all the reinforced areas. They’re too warm for midsummer use, so I usually switch over to the Montura Vaiolet trousers (Montura, your website is appalling – you seem to be missing a “Products” section..).

Under it all goes a pair of Under Armour Boxerjocks. They have good, er, “support”. A baseball cap and pair of sunglasses complete the outfit.

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I’m a big fan of Aku footwear, and am increasingly ambivalent as to whether I wear boots or trail shoes. The boots are the Suiterra Injected GTX, and the shoes are the Stone XCRs. They can be found under Trekking|Hiking and Active|Multiterrain respectively here (I’m beginning to suspect it’s an Italian conspiracy to hide their products).

Summary

The essential items come in at just a fraction under 8kg, including the pack. The optional items add another 400g to that total. I didn’t include the weight of the camera (and optional tripod), nor the weight of any water carried. On the way back, assuming you’ve eaten everything, the pack should weight around 6.3kg. There are plenty of ways to get the weight down even further.

Here is the final kit list and weights:

CategoryItemDetailsGramsOz
MiscellaneousHygiene & first aid kitToothbrush, tissues, band aids, bandage, superglue, duct tape, antiseptic lotion, needle & thread, bufferin802.82
MiscellaneousGPSGarmin 60CSx2087.34
MiscellaneousSpare batteriesAA size x 2381.34
MiscellaneousHeadlampPrimus PrimeLite752.65
MiscellaneousMap291.02
MiscellaneousWhistleStorm200.71
MiscellaneousCompassSilva451.59
MiscellaneousPack cover(optional)903.17
MiscellaneousSunblock853
MiscellaneousBackpackMammut Extreme 35ltr153754.22
MiscellaneousKnifeVictorinox Huntsman933.28
MiscellaneousHydration systemCamelBak 3ltr1806.35
MiscellaneousTOTAL248087.49
Food & CookingStove & gasJetboil PCS & 100g cannister, lighters x 259921.13
Food & CookingSporkSnow Peak100.35
Food & CookingDinnerNoodles x 2, Dehydrated pilaf x 242514.99
Food & CookingBreakfast & LunchCalorie mate x 936112.73
Food & CookingSnack/emergencyPeanuts, jerky, salami1344.73
Food & CookingEnergy gelHomemade x 2 (plus one in pocket)66423.42
Food & CookingBagGranite Gear AirBag 2XL size331.16
Food & CookingTOTAL222678.51
ClothingWaterproofsArc'teryx jacket & trousers59120.85
ClothingFleeceMountain Hardware48217
ClothingSpare socksSmartwool702.47
ClothingTowel431.52
ClothingHatMountain Hardware441.55
ClothingLong underwearChocolate Fish Taranaki merino wool leggings1936.81
ClothingGlovesPolartec541.9
ClothingBagGranite Gear AirSpace XS size341.2
ClothingTOTAL151153.3
Sleep & ShelterSleeping BagMontbell ULSS Down Hugger #3 long60221.23
Sleep & ShelterMatMontbell ULSS Comfort System Airmat 150cm38513.58
Sleep & ShelterBivy BagIntegral Designs Salathe Bivy90131.78
Sleep & ShelterTarpIntegral Designs Siltarp 5' x 8' (optional)1946.84
Sleep & ShelterDry BagSea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack 4ltr351.23
Sleep & ShelterCompression SackIsuka963.39
Sleep & ShelterTOTAL221378.06
Essentials TOTAL7953280.53
Optionals TOTAL47716.83
GRAND TOTAL8430297.36

The Kings of Kit

(in no particular order, and I’m sure I’m missing many)

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45 Responses to “3 Season Gear”

  1. wes on October 10th, 2009 9:40 am

    excellent information, and well-timed with your upcoming trip to Tanigawa (it must’ve taken 10 times longer to pack this time around as you needed to take photos of everything before putting it in place)

    Cheers for the battery advice. I’ve always just taken one battery out which was problematic since I had to go fishing around for it. It never occurred to be to just turn the other one around. Lesson learned.

  2. CJW on October 10th, 2009 10:35 am

    Glad it was helpful, Wes! Actually Tanigawa is just a day climb, so a nice 10 liter pack and the bare essentials.

    The other battery trick I’ve learned, when you replace batteries and throw them in your bag, is to bite the ends of the dead ones. That way, you’ll never be in any doubt as to which ones are expired – just look for the teeth marks…

  3. Philip Werner on October 11th, 2009 11:43 am

    Chris,

    Beautifully laid out – I am always infatuated by your aesthetics. You have to explain to me how you get the pure white background behind the gear without shadows.

    I really like the built-in gator on the Haglof pants. Very interesting. I’ve been needing something like that myself, since I don’t like wearing extra gators during cool muddy seasons.

    I am impressed that you can climb 2-3000 meters per day. I better start cooking up some of that gel that you “eat”.

    What do you do for water filter/purification? That’s the only thing I noticed missing here.

  4. CJW on October 12th, 2009 3:27 pm

    Hi Philip – my apologies, you got trapped by the spam filter again – very aggravating..

    With regards to the backgrounds, I’m lucky enough to have a really deep window sill in my living room. But thinking about it, a 3′x 2′ piece of paper on a bright day should give the same effect. I found shooting slightly over-exposed shots gave nice results.

    The Haglof built-in gaiter is just ingenious. It works really well with boots, but even with trail shoes it’s a nice addition. I did a very wet and muddy climb yesterday in shoes, but not a drop of anything got into them thanks to the Haglofs. I was actually considering modifying my winter trousers to give them a home-made version – but then I remembered what crampons can do, and so I’ll probably be in regular gaiters this winter, and let them take the wear and tear instead. Cheaper to replace them rather than good winter trousers…

    Water sources in Japan are pretty good generally. The huts all sell or provide water. We also have steep terrain and high rainfall – if the water is coming straight out of the rock or from a high-altitude source, then most people (including me) drink it as-is. From rivers and streams lower down, I boil it. And, of course, winter provides its own abundant source of clean hydration!

  5. Project Hyakumeizan on October 13th, 2009 7:37 pm

    Many thanks for this informative and thought-provoking article. In this (Swiss) part of the world, bivvying is somewhat of a lost art, thanks to the dense network of excellent huts. But it’s good to know what kit would work best when there’s no hut to hand ….

  6. CJW on October 14th, 2009 7:05 am

    Project Hyakumeizan – from what I understand, Swiss huts are rather nicer than their Japanese counterparts, so I can understand the attraction. But I love my bivy. Nothing quite like lying there watching the milky way and the shooting stars..

  7. Atkins on November 5th, 2009 1:10 pm

    First off, very nice blog, not only amusing, but informative too. And awesome pictures.
    I am actually in Japan, so I would like to ask you some questions:
    Where do you buy your gear? (I see you know quite a few good brands so you probably do some research)
    Also, is there a problem if I put my tent wherever while hiking or must I absolutely go to the camping sites? (for example in France it can be a very bad idea)?
    Thanks in advance.

  8. Jason on November 5th, 2009 4:40 pm

    I always love seeing inside a climber’s pack. Thank you for the meticulous list Chris.

  9. Will on November 9th, 2009 12:35 am

    Great info and photos!

    Have you tried other fire-making gear besides the lighters? If so, any pros and cons you could share?

    Thanks

  10. Mike on November 19th, 2009 12:17 pm

    This is a great list Chris! I’ll definitely be taking a few things into consideration when I make purchases in the future :) One thing I’ve always wondered about though – aren’t bivvys open at the top? Doesn’t your nose freeze?

  11. CJW on November 23rd, 2009 6:38 am

    Hi Atkins – there’s a list of shops here:
    http://i-cjw.com/blog/2009/07/24/blow-blow-thou-summer-wind/comment-page-1/#comment-24148
    Re your tent, during the in-season months if you must camp away from the designated sites, then try to do so at least an hour from the nearest hut, away from the trail and out of sight, and don’t pitch much earlier than sundown and be packed and away by dawn. Out of season, it’s less of a problem. Usual campsite and hygiene rules apply…

    Hey Jason – me too, I always love seeing what other people take. A winter version will follow at some point…

    Will – nope, always used lighters. I keep meaning to get a flint & steel as an emergency backup, though..

    Hi Mike – glad you liked it :-) With bivys, you’re right about them having a vent near the face, but there’s enough ambient heat being given off to stop your nose getting too cold! As long as you maintain a good core temperature, then your body will continue to pump blood to the extremities.

  12. butuki on January 14th, 2010 11:49 pm

    Oh, I almost forgot… I’ve been trying to make the carbohydrate goop that you describe above, but I can’t for the life of me find Brown Rice Syrup anywhere! No one knows what it is! Where, may I ask, did you get it?

  13. butuki on January 14th, 2010 11:52 pm

    My first comment doesn’t seem to go through, even after a second attempt… was asking about where to buy the Rugged Mountain Pants…

  14. CJW on January 15th, 2010 12:24 am

    Hi Butuki – the cheapest source for Brown Rice Syrup I’ve found is here:
    http://www.rakuten.co.jp/yuukiya0097/569773/747042/635598/#817670

    The Rugged Mountain Pants are from Haglofs:
    http://www.haglofs.jp/dealer/index.html

    You might have to order then via the store, though. I only ever saw them in stock once – apparently they don’t sell well in Japan…

    Hope that helps!

  15. Damian on January 22nd, 2010 12:35 pm

    Why don’t you have a pipe? I think you’d like some cheap Borkum Riff Cavendish Cherry.

  16. jahn on February 6th, 2010 2:41 pm

    many thanks for the information. i am traveling to walk in the kii mountains for nine days from april 5- 14. having a hard time finding weather data for the summits in april. saw some photos of snow. any information on walk would be appreciated.

  17. Karl on February 17th, 2010 9:58 pm

    How’s the Jetboil to clean up after having cooked food in it?
    Or you only boil water in it so this possible problem never occurs?
    / Karl

  18. CJW on March 2nd, 2010 9:40 am

    Hi Karl – the Jetboil is easy enough to clean, it’s just like a regular pot. The neoprene cover just slides off.

  19. CJW on March 2nd, 2010 9:44 am

    Jahn – not sure about April in the Kii range – might be an idea to pack at least a pair of 6-point crampons..

  20. Red Yeti on March 14th, 2010 10:48 pm

    Very interesting page Chris. Great to see a whole pack laid out like that to compare with my own kit. Not too far apart as you probably know from that video I posted, shot whilst in the Alps last summer.

    Love the look of the Monkey Man fleece. I’ve had more than one conversation with people that think that “hairy” fleece is a fashion thing rather than a technical-keep-you-warm thing (the example of those “fashionable” furry animals is hard to counter though).

    Getting listed at the end there along with some definite Kit Kings? I appreciate the recognition of my sad addiction ;)

    I really must get writing again – I’ve still got a lot of GR5 retrospective that’s half written… :)

  21. CJW on March 15th, 2010 10:35 am

    Hey Red Yeti, great to hear from you! The Monkey Man fleece, I can tell you from personal experience, is definitely not fashionable :-) I do like it for summer use, though. I know what you mean about getting round to writing. I’ve been meaning to do a winter kit version of this for about the past 6 months….

  22. Jabari on July 9th, 2010 7:22 pm

    I just want to start of saying:
    Chris . . . your amazing.
    The pictures you take are spectacular.
    (I wish i could go hiking. But, if i did go i would be just be getting in the way.)
    Your pictures and blogs make me want to go to japan . . . and live there.

    I’ve had this dream i will soon make a reality.
    And, that is to learn how to speak Japanese and learn how to cook there foods.
    I had this question I’ve been asking around and have had little success over the months.
    What would i have to do to live in japan and learn how to cook their native dishes?
    (I know this, probably isn’t what the comment box is for but . . .)
    The Japanese fascinate me . . . i just want to know more about them.

  23. CJW on July 11th, 2010 8:06 am

    Hi Jabari,

    Glad you like the blog. Hmmm, what to do to live in Japan and learn about Japanese cuisine..? I’m not the right person to ask, but I would think a good place to start would be to visit Japan and see if you like it. Come and experience the country on vacation, explore the food, and see if (after all that) you still want to live here…

  24. hanameizan on July 14th, 2010 2:38 am

    Chris, I’ve only just found this juicy list of top-class gear. Makes me want to click on the links and buy one of each!

    As I’m nearing the end of quick “pistons” up the Yamanashi 100, I’m looking forward to longer trips with a few nights in the mountains. Mmmm, that Montbell inflatable mat and a Merino sweater in a bivy looking up at the stars. I’ll bet you sleep well!

  25. Karl on February 3rd, 2011 9:08 am

    Finally I now get around to asking you about your MH Monkey Man. I’ve been looking at the jacket (on the net) for quite some time now, but I’m still undecided about size. Reading MH’s own recommendation, a size M would be just right, but reading reviews makes me hesitate. It seems the Monkey Man has quite a tight fit, and if so a size L might fit better. On the other hand, maybe not as I’m built more towards slender/medium than pudgy.
    What’s your experience, does the jacket hold “true” sizes or is it rather a too tight fit so one size up would make sense?
    / Karl

  26. Mark on May 20th, 2011 11:04 am

    I would like to see a winter gear chapter. It would be interesting.

  27. mary on June 3rd, 2011 3:00 am

    Hi :) ,
    Thanks for your response re Tramontan Olympus Fuji last time :) .
    I`ve been reading your three season gears as i am planning to go Solo Trek :) .
    Don`t have so much experience,just trying to get some informations from your blogs and magazines trekking diaries.
    I am planning to climb Yatsugatake Aka dake on season or maybe Tanzawa for 2 nights three days solo trek.
    Maybe you can tell me some advices ,i`m afraid to met a bear :) ),sorry, but i`d better avoid the places bears are.
    More Power to your climbings :)

    mary :)

  28. Chris & Brandi on June 12th, 2011 8:50 am

    CJW, hello! My husband and I came across your blog while searching for mountain guides in Japan. We’ve tried to contact a couple IFMGA guides based in Japan, but have not heard back. We were wondering, given all your experience if you could direct us to a climbing company or local guide to do some Alpine climbing from Sapporo in September. Any advice would be great thanks.

    Brandi

  29. CJW on June 13th, 2011 1:18 am

    Hi Brandi,

    I’m not sure how much true alpine you get in Hokkaido, but I think the guy to contact for that area is “The Hokkaido Bush Pig” (http://zope.emissary.co.jp/JA/contents/home/?language=english).

    The other guides I know of are C & C Japan (http://www.candcjp.com/aboutus2.htm). They’re based in Honshu, but they might be able to give you information on who to contact in Hokkaido.

    Chris

  30. Brandi on June 13th, 2011 4:21 pm

    Thanks for the info Chris. If you had a week in September to go climbing in Japan, where would YOU go ? Is Hokkaido just not that exciting? We love the mountains and have been wanting to see Japan, we thought it’d be a great combo- are we looking at the wrong areas?

    Thanks again for your help!

    PS, loving your photos.

    B

  31. CJW on June 16th, 2011 2:02 am

    Brandi – I’ll shoot you an email directly.

  32. Montbell Super Spiral on August 12th, 2011 3:29 pm

    I’ve been using the Montbell Super Spiral for about a year now and I couldn’t be happier. It’s great being able to stretch out in a mummy bag. I have wide shoulders so it was tough even getting other mummy bags zipped up. It’s lacking a few features like a pad sleeve but I can live with it for the extra weight those lack of features sheds off.

  33. Paul Knight on August 18th, 2011 11:50 pm

    Hi mate,

    Excellent kit summery.

    I have a few of the same items that you have like the “Extreme35 & Jetboil”.
    I agree that choosing a pack must be a balance of all aspects.
    Please have a close look at a pack that is in the same class as the Mammut from “TATONKA” called the Pacy 35 EXP.Although it looks like just another 35L pack, what you get overall from is unique.
    : Choice of materials and where they are used
    : Weight to load ratio is very high, suitable for loads up to 12 kg.
    : Single Alloy Spar (removable) Frame
    : Large front access panel to main area – very handy!
    (like the back access on the Mammut)
    : Extra 6L volume in extension top lid
    : Very comfortable & stable
    I have used both on 2 day unsupported alpine walks on Mt. Feathertop. (Victoria) the second highest peak here in Australia.
    Hope this info is useful?

    Paul.

  34. Mazzachusetts on November 28th, 2011 8:48 pm

    Hey Chris, just found your site and love your pictures.

    Wondering what kind of camera you use as it wasn’t listed in the entry above.

  35. Mazzachusetts on November 28th, 2011 8:50 pm

    Ah nevermind I missed the photography tab!

  36. Kaytee Flick on February 10th, 2012 3:36 am

    Hi,

    I’m traveling around Japan for two months this summer(mid june to mid august) and could use some help with planning. I will start either in Tokyo or Sapporo and will leave from Tokyo, but what happens in between is up to me.
    I would like to see different parts of the country and hike and rock climbing while I do. I hike here in New England, but the mountains in Japan are an entirely different ball game it seems. I also want to live as inexpensively as possible and would love any tips on how to make that happen in Japan.
    I also want to make sure I have the right gear and really know what sort of weather to look forward too.

    You can email me back at flick.k@husky.neu.edu

    Thanks so much,

    Kaytee Flick

  37. Dan on November 5th, 2012 12:09 am

    Nice gear list. I like the Mont-Bell stuff but most of it isn’t available in the states. I would buy one of the air mattresses like yours in a second if I could find one.

  38. Paul on November 8th, 2012 3:31 am

    I’ve enjoyed following your adventures. Are you still doing a blog these days? Looking forward to the next journey.

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