One of the things I hadn’t considered when I booked the trip was just how much extra gear I would need to buy in order to actually make the trip possible. I decided to try and spread the purchasing out across the summer, so that it’s not such a shock when October comes and the trip is just days away.
I’ll not bore you with the details of exactly every purchase I make, but I thought i’d post some of the highlights.
My day pack is an Osprey Talon 18, which i’m really really pleased with. As I commented to Marcus in the shop, “oh, this is how a backpack is meant to feel!”. Being a bit of a fussy person, I also bought the matching Hydration pack and Rain Cover. I have a feeling these two are going to come in mighty handy at 13,797ft!
I’ve also bought a Black Diamond Cosmo headlamp, which is awesome! It’s super bright but also has a “red mode”, which you can access by holding the button for a second whilst turning it on – meaning you don’t ruin your night vision. I’m really excited about the nights out camping on the Inca Trail – it’s going to be amazing to be so far away from civilisation and to see the stars.
For my boots, I bought some Meindl MFS boots which are awesome! So comfortable! I need to start breaking them in now though, seeing as the Swedish summer will disappear soon and trekking in the rain will suck. Aiming to go out today for a bit of a walk… the more miles I can get under my belt the better – both for my belt, and my feet!