The items on the gear list below will be packed into your 50-litre pack (provided) and carried by you.
Essential Gear List
When you depart Hobart it would be great if you could have all the gear you intend to take with you separated from any other luggage (perhaps in a garbage bag). This will make the packing process run more smoothly.
- Light weight lace-up walking boots or shoes with ankle support and treaded soles (full-grain leather or Gore-tex with Vibram soles recommended).
We can not over-emphasise the importance of appropriate footwear. Running shoes, sand shoes, elasticised boots and similar are not acceptable. Boots/shoes must be worn in to minimise the risk of blisters. We are more than happy to discuss footwear with you.
- Polar fleece jacket (preferred) or woollen jumper/pullover
- Light jumper (warm)
- Gloves or mittens
- Shorts and/or light walking trousers
- Thermal base layer (long-sleeved top and long johns - merino or polypropylene)
- Warm, long pants (evening lodge wear)
- Shirts/t-shirts (merino or polypropylene; 3 recommended)
- Socks (3 pairs recommended)
- Lightweight indoor footwear (thongs/sports sandals; for lodge use)
- Sun hat & sunscreen (small bottle for use during the day)
- Travel towel or body chamois (for swimming on day one and four)
- Water bottle(s) or water bladder (2-litre total capacity required; our packs can fit a water bladder - just ask your guides)
- Head torch or small torch
- Any personal medication, including anti-inflammatories and EpiPens
* DENIM AND COTTON CLOTHING ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
Recommended Gear List
- Walking poles (assists with balance and muscle fatigue)
- Water-proof overpants (highly recommended- particularly in winter months)
- Spare batteries or USB power cord for camera (there is one charging station in each lodge)
Optional Gear List
- Bathers (for plunge style bath at Cape Pillar Lodge)
- Small mirror (especially if you wear contact lenses)
- Small travel towel for beach swimming and if you wish to have a shower at the Lavender Farm at the conclusion of your walk prior to returning to Hobart
* Tip: Layering of clothing has long been the basis for dressing in the outdoors and the gear list above follows this principle. When the temperature drops, we add another layer of insulation; if it rains, we add a rain shell on top and when it’s warm and dry, we strip off a layer.
* Your comfort and enjoyment are of paramount importance to us, and our intention is to keep your pack weight to a minimum. Aim for one set of warm clothes for evening and another set to wear whilst walking. Thermals are necessary due to their lightweight, quick-drying and warm properties.
* While the lodges include drying rooms for wet gear, they do not incorporate laundry facilities. If you adhere to the packing list, you should be all set for the duration of your walk.
* Please note that guides will do a thorough gear check prior to departure. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list, please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.
- What we provide
- 50-litre canvas pack (available on the morning of departure)
- Rain jacket (3-layer membrane; waterproof and breathable) (available on the morning of departure)
- Pack liner
- Linen and bedding
- Lunch container, cutlery and travel mug
- Small day pack for return walk Cape Pillar Lodge - Blade - Cape Pillar Lodge (day three)
- Basic toiletries (sunscreen, after sun care, insect repellent, Sorbolene-based moisturiser; available at each lodge)
- Bio-degradable liquid soap (also suitable as a shampoo; available at each lodge - we would appreciate it if you used our soap, as it is phosphorus-free and suited to our greywater systems)
- Library offering a range of books and games (including field guides; some titles are available in every hut along the track)
* Please note: any luggage not required on your walk can be stored at our office and will be returned to you at the conclusion of your walk.