In order to decide what equipment you are going to take on your
expedition, you have to delicately balance what you need, with
what you can transport and carry. Both weight and volume are important.
Consider carefully transport to the country your travelling to,
as well as travel within the country. Are porters available?
Are there going to be river crossings? Do you have to carry your
own gear? Can you do multiple carries?
Choose an equipment officer. Make a list of gear. Spread out group
expedition stuff between the team. Practise packing it. Weigh
it. Don't duplicate things unnecessarily. Don't wait until a week
before to pack or buy essential items.
For further equipment lists, check out the detailed pages in the
Caves of Thunder report and an excellent list in Dave Gills
Untamed River Expedition Report.
The equipment you will require for team, will be unique. Don't
rely on this or any other equipment list to give you the whole
story, they are meant as a guide, or memory jogger only.
Don't take too much, but don't be left short. Be prepared to lose
a bag or two in transit or even the whole lot in customs! Think
now about how that would effect you being able to meet your objectives.
Have a plan to cope with such a crisis.
Good luck and have fun.
General Equipment List
Base Camp Tent
Table (For Eating And Drawing Up Surveys)
Fuel Bottles, Sigg Bottles, Gas Cylinders
Pots / Pans Etc. - buy in the field
Cooking Utensils - buy in the field
Dish, Plate, Mug - Possibly buy in the field
Knife, Fork, Spoon - Possibly buy in the field
Camp Sheets - 4m X 3m
Washing Up Bowls - buy in the field
Brushes, Brillo Pads Etc. - buy in the field
Buckets - Buy In The Feld
Lanterns (Gaz). Tilley Lamps
Water Carrers - Plastic - buy in the field
Ortleib Water Carriers
Water Purifiers, Puri Tabs.
Toilet Rolls, Toilet Seat
Tools: Axe, Machetes, Shovel, Saw, Etc.
Repair Kits (Neoprene, Fibreglass, Material)
Caving Gear - Group
Caving Rope : 9mm, 10mm, 10.5mm, 11mm
Bolts, Wedges, Driver Hammer, Blow Tube
Hangers, Ring Hangers Maillon Rapides
Drill, Batteries, Charger, Drill Bits
Rigging Gear: Tapes, Slings, Pegs, Nuts, Chocks, Friends, Wire Belays
Aid Climbing: Bolting Platform, Grapnel Iron, Etreirs, Adjustable Cows Tails
Buoyancy Aids, Floats
Flourescein, Dye Tracers, Scientific Gear
Survey Sets: Compass, Clino, Water Proof Paper, Pencils, Tapes (30m and 50m), Graph Paper, Drawing Boards, Rulers, Calculators, Computers, Protractors
Radios, Spare Batteries
Lighting Spares - Petzl Stretcher Carbide, Containers, Pigs, Hammers
In addition to standard camping gear:
Cortex Bivi Bags
Underground Camp Clothing
Hat, Gloves, Balaclava
Sleeping Bag, Bag Linner
Gortex Bivi Bag
Carry Mat, Thermarest
Sun Cream, Sun Glasses
Large Ruck Sack
Water Bottle, Ortleib Bottle, 1 or 2 Lt.
Waterproof Storage Bags
Compass, Whistle, Lighter, Knife
Spare Passport Photos.
Passport, Copes Of Passport.
Note Book, Pencils, Pens
Personal medical kit
Camera, Film, Tripod
Presents For local kids
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