Equipment Carried

  • Osprey Rucksack (borrowed!)
  • 2 litre bladder
  • Pair of Komperdell trekking poles
  • GPS unit
  • Canon DSLR


  • Merrell Capra Gore Tex Womens boots (I asked my sister to bring my walking shoes with them to Kirkby Stephen to give me the option of changing but decided to stick with the boots)
  • 4 pairs of Bridgdale walking socks, exchanged for another 4 at Kirkby Stephen
  • 2 pairs of Go Outdoors convertible walking trousers, exchanged for another 2 at Kirkby Stephen

  • 3 assorted walking t-shirts- exchanged for another 3 at Kirkby Stephen
  • 6 pairs pants- exchanged for another 6 at Kirkby Stephen
  • 3 sports bras, exchanged 1 at Kirkby Stephen
  • Fleece
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Sprayway Gore Tex waterproof jacket
  • Legionnaire type hat
  • Gloves
  • Buff
  • Clothes for evening- leggings, bra, t-shirt, sandals
  • Clothes for night- lightweight slippers (the kind given away at spas) and pyjamas


  • Toiletries- small shower puff thingy (that I left in Shap), folding toothbrush, small tube toothpaste, small tub moisturiser, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner replaced at Kirkby Stephen, small bottle shower gel replaced at Kirkby Stephen, small comb, roll on deodorant, spare hair toggles
  • Contact lens case, solution, glasses and soft case
  • Small tube of sunscreen
  • Earplugs
  • Charger for GPS/ phone with leads
  • Stedman guidebook, maps for first half in plastic wallet, picked up maps for second half at Kirkby Stephen- thrown away at the end of each day
  • OS Coast to Coast strip maps- didn’t need for navigation but nice to look at in the evenings
  • First aid kit- paracetamol, ibuprofen, deep heat, compeed, moleskin, zinc oxide tape, small tin Vaseline- picked up more painkillers and compeed at Kirkby Stephen
  • Small swiss army knife with knife, nail file and scissors- very handy for bursting/ dressing blisters!!
  • Phone- complete with Kindle app and books
  • Whistle incorporated into pack
  • Head torch (didn’t use but there for potential emergencies)
  • Emergency bivvy bag (as above)
  • Snacks- sesame snacks, snickers, flap jack etc, picked up more at Kirkby Stephen- to supplement lunches and for emergencies
  • Gels and hydration tablets
  • Wallet

I put my clothes and toiletries into waterproof bags and used the large waterproof liner out of my other rucksack to keep all the contents dry on wet days. Smaller items such as my first aid kit, charger leads and wallet I kept in resealable plastic freezer bags. This, along with the rucksack’s integral waterproof cover meant my clothing and equipment all stayed dry.

My dirty clothes went into a separate carrier bag as those socks would have contaminated everything they touched!! (Why do socks stink so much when they’re wet and dirty?)

I walked with my phone in my pocket so I could whip it out if I wanted to take a photo or video, if it was very wet it went into the rucksack.

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