Choosing the right tramping gear is crucial, but isn’t always so easy.
Firstly, you need to know what the must have items are, and what gear you might want to take but should probably leave at home.
Plus, you’ll want your gear to be light. A heavy pack will slow you down and take a lot more effort and energy to haul up those hills.
A few kilos of extra weight can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of your tramp – especially if everyone around you has a lighter pack and is finding the going easier!
Then there’s the cost. Lightweight tramping gear can be expensive. Do you want to spend that money, or could you find a cheaper alternative that’ll still do the job?
This page has links to help you decide what gear to buy, and comprehensive gear checklists for your multiday tramps.
Your tramping gear – what to buy
It can be hard getting sound independent advice on what tramping gear to buy. Online advice can be a minefield, and brick and mortar retailers will often sell you anything via sales people who don’t know that much.
So what do you do?
You read our very own Uncle Wacko’s columns.
Now be warned, Uncle Wacko’s a bit of a character - opinionated, not afraid to call a spade a spade, and prone to using rather colourful language. But he knows his stuff and his advice is sound. In fact, he’d probably call you a plonker if you didn’t buy the gear he recommends!
Here's where to tap into that advice:
What pack to buy
- What to look for in a pack, and 6 superb lightweight and (mostly) cheap options
Key shelter advice
- What to look for in a tent to handle NZ conditions, and the 4 best brands for high quality lightweight double skin tents
- The 4 best single skin shelters to buy
- If price is an issue – the surprisingly good local tent manufacturer
Sleeping bags and pads
The right sleeping system for you
- Everything you need to know about buying a sleeping bag, and the 4 bags and brands Uncle Wacko recommends
- The lowdown on sleeping pads and liners
Pack, tent and sleeping system combinations
- 4 recommended combinations of your “big 3” gear based on the lightest weight, most features (comfort), lowest price and a middle road (value for money)
Keeping you pack weight down
- What tramping gear to take and what it should weigh
Advice about rain jackets
Essential info on choosing a rain jacket.
- The truth about waterproof breathable materials and the importance of ventilation
- The 3 big mistakes to avoid in buying a rain jacket
Glorious Tramping Food
Essential advice on what appetising food you should take on multiday tramping trips
- Advice on what to take for each meal
- What weight is about right for each meal
Alpine gear for hire
For club members, there is some club gear for hire including:
- Alloy shafted Ice Axes
- Snow Shovels, large and small
- Snow Stakes
This gear is hired out at nominal rates. Call Keith Ayton:
Phone: 09 630 7010 (between 7pm - 9pm)
Please clean your gear after every tramping trip!
We all know that our trips around the country can get a bit muddy, and there are constant reminders of the possibility of us transmitting plants, diseases and pests to places where they don’t currently exist – weeds, kauri dieback, didymo, and of course the island sanctuaries that are predator free.
So all of us need to be constantly aware of the risks around us:
- Clean and dry boots thoroughly
- Clean and dry gaiters thoroughly
- Clean and dry walking poles
- Ensure packs are clean and free of plant material between trips
Multiday Tramping Gear Checklists
Waterproof pack liner
Tent or fly
Sleeping bag, liner (optional)
Sleeping pad or air mattress
Cooker, fuel, lighter/matches
Pot(s), cup, utensils, plate/bowl
Torch and spare batteries
Toiletries, first aid, medications
Map and compass
Gps, plb or InReach (shared in the group)
Boots or stout shoes, socks
Shorts or quick-dry trousers
Fleeces for insulation
Waterproof rain jacket with hood
Headwear – sunhat and beanie, sunglasses (optional)
Spare underwear, socks
Hut/camp clothes (additional to your tramping clothes)
Light shoes for hut/camp (optional)
More About Food
Enough for all meals and snacks – see more tramping food suggestions.
Notes about your tramping gear:
• Contact the trip leader with any concerns or gear short-falls - you might be able to borrow or share items.
• Tents, cooking equipment and meals can be shared with others, if arrangements are made in advance.
• Several retailers have gear available for hire, including tents, packs, sleeping bags, boots etc
Are you an Auckland Tramping Club member? If not, make sure you’re aware of the many benefits of joining ATC!