ZPack Arc Scout 50lt pack
Zpack sleeping bag and liner
Food and cooking gear
Wet weather gear
I was aiming for base weight of 7kg to start with, then moved the target to 6kg. Base weight is the weight of everything you carry, less food and water. I had managed to get it to 5.2kg, then fatally went to a photography class, got back my passion for photography so decided a phone camera just wouldn't cut it, bought a good camera with tripod and added an extra 2.6kg to the base weight!!
I have done a load of research on ultralight hiking - but cannot for the life of me work out how you can go under 5kg (the definition for ultralightweight), and still be warm, dry, safe and even vaguely comfortable. It did have the benefit of making me actually look very closely at what I do take, weigh everything, and more importantly what I don’t take.
My sleeping bag is to a -9 degrees, 3 season one. I sleep cold, and was not prepared to compromise on that. Particularly having read blogs of previous TA trampers that have reported snow in February. Merino is chosen for clothing because it is warm and tends to not smell as much!
Here is a spreadsheet and photos of all the gear I am taking.