TGO Challenge 2014 Gear List

Photo from Colorado Trail Head Sign
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling”
~Margaret Lee Runbeck

I like making and sharing gear lists. Reading fellow hiker’s lists posted on the Internet has been a huge asset in my journey to go lighter, faster, and safer. The document serves as a weight monitor, shopping list, and organizer and can is a perfect check list for that last-minute backpacking trip. For me, it is that secret motivator to get my dreams into reality and start the hard work of detailed planning and training.

The Great Outdoors Challenge is just 8 1/2 weeks away.

My TGO gear planning is close to being finalized. For the crossing, a few items will serve to protect from Scotland’s cold, stormy, and wet elements. I will be packing full Gore-Tex rain-wear, gloves, neoprene socks, fleece, and hiking umbrella. Gone is my beloved Solar Charger (not enough sun). Highlights of new items I will be using in 2014: ZPacks Hexamid Duplex (20.9 ounces), ez Share wi fi card, and LIfeProof Nuud iPhone case.

Below are 2 ways to view my gear list. If you prefer a visual with shopping references, I have added my gear to Pinterest or view the gear on a Google spreadsheet with links, weights, and calculations.

2014 TGO Gear List
Click to view complete 2014 TGO Gear Spreadsheet
View my TGO Gear List on Pinterest

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  1. I like seeing what you put in your potty bag! Not everyone sets that out when they do gear lists so that was cool. Hey, it’s the little things!

  2. Now don’t laugh, but before I looked at the Pinterest board, I thought that the cat hole trowels were wine bottles. 🙂

  3. Nicely done! I hadn’t heard of the Lifeproof Nuud. That’s a new one!

    • The LifeProof case is a whole new level of greatness. Great things: the screw plug for the earphone hole is attached (not losing it) AND the screen is free of that thick plastic!!!!! The seal is around the edge. AND the camera and video are clear and seem to be the same quality as the iPhone without the covering. The bad: the command center that I love that opens when you slide up from the bottom does not always open with the case on. I think the case is a tad bit high for it to work. I just got the case a couple weeks ago and am planning on emailing LifeProof. For me on the trail is essential for turning on and off the airplane mode quickly and I am sure for yourself also. I will keep you posted on that one.

      • Kinda kicking myself for not getting it, but it’s double the cost of the one I got and I did get a new one so I also have the attached headphone plug, which is totally what I need to keep from losing that dang thing! I also use that feature of swiping up to easily turn the airplane mode, but you can also go into settings if you must. Good to know it’s out there though!

  4. Hey Rockin’
    I like the photo at the beginning of the article. I had one kinda like that in 1974. Stuck out way above my head and had a big Polartec sleeping bag in an overstuffed stuff sack. Not sure how I carried all that. Especially at a weight of around 100 lbs!

    Great gear list. I’m wondering where the cloths are?

    I’m really thinking of going with a Zpacks 20* bag. But I can’t do the narrow thing like you cause I’m a side and stomach sleeper. Sure wish I could just sleep on my back only.

    I see you are still using the Spenco insoles. So I guess you still like them then?

    • Believe it or not that drawing was on a trail head sign in Colorado. I took a photo of it because I just couldn’t believe it was on a new sign talking about safety in the back-country. True story.You are spot on right out of the 70’s.

      If this helps at all, I am not a back sleeper and the Zpack bag comes in widths. As for the clothes, just click on the gear photo for the complete list, clothing included. Yes, I just bought another set of Spenco insoles. Still in love.

  5. Rockin’, you’ve taken lists to a whole new level! Easy to understand, great to read, plus nice surprises like active links to the vendors and the weight by ounce. I have begun to review some old gear lists of my own and first went to your lists and Pinterest sites to see what’s new, innovative and lightweight. Though I’m not shooting to become ultralight, I need some wisdom on what’s available and where to get it to make my packload more manageable. That’s where your superb lists come in. Already I can see where solid improvements can be made; i.e., getting shed of an old “First Need” filter (t’was weighty!) for a Sawyer system. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You provide such practical and useful information for fellow hikers and backpackers! Bravo!

    • First, definitely get the Sawyer. It is light, works great, very safe, and inexpensive. Second, thank you once again for your eloquent words. Glad to be of any help in making hiking a little more pleasurable.

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