This is my gear list for my solo adventure in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in summer 2016. Without water the backpack is moving around 19 kg on the scale.
– Ozone Alpina 2. Still my all time favourite paraglider. Light, safe, agile and sniffs out thermals better than I do and I spent hundreds of hours underneath this wing.
– Kortel Kolibri. Probably the best vol biv harness out there for really long adventures. The storage room can’t be beaten and the additional safety of the airbag is a huge plus.
– Kortel Kolibri Backpack. Superlight and extremely well thought through. You can fit your family in there.
– Independence Ultra Cross 100. 975 grams for a reserve, couldn’t find anything lighter.
– Petzl Meteor III Helmet. Looks dumb but protects me from meteors.
– Delorme InReach Explorer. The most important piece of equipment. Live Tracking via a personalised website, integrated GPS for navigation, 2 way communication. I wouldn’t go on this adventure without it.
– Skyride Vario/Gps. Light.
– GoPro Hero 4 Session. To be used as wingmount and follow cam.
– GoPro Hero 4 Black. Still the best action camera out there.
– Gimbal for the GoPro Hero 4. Shaky paragliding videos are a thing of the past.
– Sony A7 for filming Yetis and taking pictures.
– a small microphone. If you want to film a little serious, you need good sounds.
– my Samsung Smartphone.
– Anker 23W Solar Panels. I’ve got a lot of electronics.
– Anker 20000 man Battery Pack. A LOT of electronics.
– Black Diamond ReVolt Headlight. No need to bring batteries on this trip.
– extra batteries for GoPro’s, Sony A7and Smartphone.
– 2 pair of Icebreaker underwear. My girlfriend won’t be coming with me.
– Icebreaker Longjohns. It gets cold in the Pamir.
– Icebreaker Longsleeve Baselayer. For flying.
– Icebreaker light shirt. For walking. I like the kiwi brand.
– 2 pair of Smartwool Trekking Socks.
– Mammut Eigerjoch Polarfleece. Pricey. But probably the best piece of equipment I’ve ever worn.
– Arcteryx SV Down Jacket. Pricey. Light. Extremely warm. Again, it gets cold out there.
– Mammut Hiking Pants.
– Mammut Trekking Shoes. My girlfriend worked with Mammut if you’re wondering.
– a pair of Soft-shell gloves
– selfmade pair of Handwarmers I’ve made out some down jacket.
– Outdoor Research Balaclava.
– Ozone Cap. Protect your head from the rays, kids!
– MSR Whisperlighter. The thing that burns everything and camping gas can’t be found out there. But crappy diesel can.
– MSR 0.375 l fuel canister.
– some titanium 1.2 l cup.
– 10 days worth of emergency rations. consisting of Trek’n’eat rations, protein powder, shelter emergency rations, Oatmeal bars and whatever the nomads will be giving me.
– lightweight fishing equipment that goes on my walking sticks.
– Platypus Water Canister. 3 l with drink tube and an additional 2 l.
– LifeStraw. Brilliant piece to keep the bugs from entering my intestines.
– Adidas Sunglasses.
– Black Diamond Z Poles. The lightest walking sticks out there.
– Mammut Spectre Sleeping Bag. Down and Mega light.
– MSR Tent Carbon Reflex 1. I don’t like sleeping in my paraglider that much.
– Specked Out Follow cam. For the extra shots.
– Specked Out Wingmount. As above.
– First Aid Kit and meds.
– Passport. Probably a good idea in foreign countries.
– Cash. A good idea anywhere.