Here below an approximate details of the gear that I will take with me for that journey

Backpack : Osprey Exos 46L   1113g

Sleeping gears : 1960g

Tent : Vaude 867g

Mattress : Thermarest small 215g

Sleeping bag : Deuter 0C 878g

Cooking gear : 904g

bol + cover 214g, spoon 42g, handle for bol 42g, burner 92g, gas cartdridge 337g, lighter 14g, candle 14g, cup 54g, knife/corkscrew 74g, firestarter 35g

survival food : 177g

coffee 71g, sugar 62g, power bar 44g

Warm/wet clothing 1726g

Mountain Millet rain pant 653g, Mountain Millet rain jacket 439g, warm long sleeve T shirt 206g, waterproof sock 137g, short sleeve T shirt 106g, head protection x2 74g, light gloove 28g, waterproof glove 83g

Spare clothing 143g

underwear x1 62g, walking sock pair 81g

Night/clean clothing 196g

Long sleeve T shirt 134g, underwear 62g

Miscs 633g

Flip flop shoes 219g, head lamp with 3 AAA batteries 81g, swim suit 77g, mattress repair kit 15g, mousqueton 42g, compass/whistle 24g, Tenogui/bandana 39g, sunglasses with box 91g, cleaner 45g, kleenex x3

Electronics 838g

mobile phone 178g, power bank 330g, plug changer 100/240V x1 7g, USB charger dual 61g, gps garmin 62 262g

Pharmacy 287g

bag 35g, water purifying tabs 14g, survival cover 59g, cisor 9g, compress 25g, bandages 62g, cicatrisants 10g, betadine 24g, antiseptics 49g

Hygiene 625g

sun cream 201g, bag 17g, lips stick 15g, anti inflammatory 16g, Paracetamol 13g, shaver 5g, ear plugs x2 13g, green oil/ear buds 53g, towel 51g, soap 81g, tooth brush 18g, tooth paste 142g

Extras 652g

wallet 167g, notepad + pen 81g, water tank 121g, video camera 206g, memory  card 2g,  camera tripod 48g, batteries x2 AAA 27g

Alpi gear 145g

crampons 145g

Total in the backpack when fine weather 9399g 

On me 2111g

Short pant 196g, T shirt 99g, underwear 64g, walking sock 81g, boots 1671g, wood walking sticks x2

Took this time an extra rain gear poncho 455g as the latest goretex jacket from Millet has not been doing very well under the rain (got wet in and out after only 3hours out)

Extra equipment bought during the Via Alpina trail

Replacement socks : x3 pairs

Paper maps for variante : x3 (One Queyras, Ubaye and Otzaler alps)

Alpi gear : x1 Piolet (bought in pralognan)

Replaced Millet rain gear goretex jacket by Norrona light rain jacket in Samoens

Additionnal equipment that could have been taken with : Light Binocular or monocular

Any feedback or comments welcome

7 thoughts on “Equipments

  1. Paul Nöllemeyer

    Hi, me again! Some of the questions about the gear:
    1. Was the 0c sleeping bag enough, or did you wish you had something warmer?
    2. Could you buy replacement gas canisters on the trail, or was that a problem?
    3. Did you take something to read along? Was thinking of including a ebook reader to my gear list.

    1. lasplumas66 Post author

      1. yes 0C is good enough for not like need warmer (for me) can find something when you look for it (into major town..some left over in rifugio).if not learn to do without.
      gas is luxury not really useful.when out of gas i choose not to waste time and energy to find replacement but find an other way to replace it or do without (no big deal because i do not mind eating cold in summer and ate lots at restaurants) ebook machine is extra weight (not good).it is i think useless (for me). some phone can read books for me. when not walking i am sleeping or resting (including eyes :-))
      if it makes you happy take the ebook reader…enjoy the alps..good project

      1. Paul Nöllemeyer

        Wow, nice to answer so fast! Thank you!! So, a few more follow up questions.,^_^
        -After what you said, maybe I shouldn’t. take the cooking gear at all, did u use it a lot?
        -which items on your packing list didn’t you use or would not take again?
        -why did you buy the piolet? Was it necessary? And the crampons?
        To be completely honest, I have like a hundred questions like those 😂
        One thing that is causing me a lot of trouble us getting good topo maps that have the alternative routes you talked about in the blog.

      2. lasplumas66 Post author

        gas tank and burner is luxury..only used it for making coffee..don’t waste time & energy cooking when bivouac if alone (cooking worth when at least 2PAX).. Learn to lower your comfort zone..with time it is easier.
        If going again will take the burner + what is remaining from gas canister i will have (a day to a week of coffee making)
        Need about 3 weeks to have your body used to
        gas tank sourcing can be a problem only if you are carrying 500g/more of uncooked pasta/rice/polenta for many days.otherwise not a can find gas canister in major town which are hiking/mountenairing start point. be wise and use your instinct to find the precious
        don’t worry the questions..i wanted to gave a feedback on gear and did not do it so your questioning help in doing so..ask as much as you feel like asking..if not useful for you may be useful for someone else
        about mountenairing gears like piolet and crampons..they are NOT useful if staying on the Via Alpina trails…i had “fake” crampons (Vargo pocket cleats similar)..not suitable for mountenairing.
        Individuals are different and safety concerns are different depending on individuals.. I bought Piolet because i wanted to go somewhere in Vanoise NP and backed up because weather condition was not optimal (for my personal safety standard).. Not useful to bring along
        If I’ll go again on the trail I followed I will bring a Via Ferrata harness (to secure the ladders section even if bad weather and optional mountaineering possibility with groups meet along at refuges) instead of Piolet and still bring “fake” crampons
        2013 was late snow condition but brillant weather..this year will be less snow (i guess)..the odds are good for you..2014 was crap weather..2015 summer weather looking good so far

        List of Gear that i will REMOVE from what i listed
        Flip flop shoes -219g
        swim suit – 77g
        mousqueton -42g
        power bank -330g
        video camera – 206g
        water purifying tabs -14g there is plenty of water in the alps and theses tabs makes the water horrible
        survival cover -59g this is useless
        mattress repair kit -15g
        antiseptics -49g (had betadine which is an antiseptic)
        light gloove -28g (not much climbing so can do without)
        1039g that could have been NOT taken

        For alternative routes let the faith decide for you (people you’ll meet in huts, maps you will find, etc…)…No plan is a good plan..leave room for the unexpected
        Get the information for the main trail and keep an eye on the alternative..there are lots of alternative routes..that is one reason the Via alpina trail is awesome.

  2. pritampswp

    I am doing the Via Alpina in from Aug 22 to the end of September. I plan to hike down from R108 (Vernayaz) to Nice…maybe switching from Red to Blue along the way. Your blog is very helpful, thank you!

    What did you do for lunch along the way? If I do not get a stove, will it be hard to get lunch? Will the huts still be open in September? I’ve hiked a lot in the US, but never in Europe, so I wonder how things work there.

    1. lasplumas66 Post author

      hi welcome to Europe. Makes me happy to see foreign hikers coming in.For lunch i suggest you try the local cheese you will get along the way with bread and saucisson (dry pork meat). Then every time you have the opportunity eat at restaurants/huts and try whatever they serve (do not worry.will be good).Most of the huts will be closed after mid september but there is a winter side (only to sleep catering and no keeper)
      Pay attention to sundays and mondays as lots of shops could be closed thoses days.
      Bakery or Boulangerie (bread shop in france) could be a source of resupply for sweet and salty stuff including bread. For cheese,dry meat and fruits either the local grocery store will have. the sheeperds and cheese makers in the mountains might be gone by end september.
      i have just thru hiked the PCT for 4month. as a US hiker be prepared for steeper hills and probably cover less daily distance as you are used too (i average 20miles in the Alps and average 25/30miles on the PCT). also there is a difference between countries in the Alps. It is easy and convenient to get food in Switzerland and Austria (you wont go there apparently) as in the US. it is harder in France and Italy (in the alps and off season). my advice will be to have 2days of food in your pack especially week ends (sunday to monday).
      Also about navigation in Italy it could be harder there…multiple or fewer markers… Swiss is well marked..France is ok too but can be sometimes difficult. get some maps or gps tracks from via alpina website.knowing that most Italian GPS traces were very inaccurate in 2013 (it might have changed since)
      via alpina roadbook is useful and accurate. use it to know where you will be able to get your resupply food. Eat at restaurants and huts (dinner) if you can/if they are still open. Via alpina roadbook should tell you if they are open or not. if before september 15th there should be opened. sorry for the late reply but might be useful for someone else. happy trails and thanks again for coming to europe. very welcome

  3. chrislloyd192

    Dear lasplumas. thank you so much for your wonderful blog which we have only just discovered and we are setting off from Trieste on the yellow route next week! All the information you give is so helpful and we will be consulting the blog all the way.You make it sound so exciting and we are looking forward to the walk very much. Merci beaucoup.


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