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Thread: 3 weeks in the Pyrenees, what to take

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    I am going to the French Pyrenees for 3 weeks at the beginning of August to walk the first half of the GR10. I am staying in B& Bs for 18 nights and refuges for 3 nights. I will be carrying my own gear and would appreciate advice/comments on my gear list.

    I am taking lighteeight waterproof jacket and trousers

    torch,knife,compass,phoneand charger,camera and charger,battery charger for gps

    sleeping shorts,t shirt,light trousers,light baselayer ( these are for evenings)

    sunhat and cap

    first aid kit

    2 pairs ron hill treks,2 t shirts,3 pairs of socks, 2 prs lycra undershorts,1 light baselayer.

    washkit

    rehydration tabs.

    is this too much or too little, have i missed something essential?


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    Sandals or slippers for evening?

    Water bottles 2 litres

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    Sleeping bag? Plus liner?
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    Crocs for the evening and yes 2 x 1 litre bottles.

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    Water filter? Lot of pio around

    Seems a lot of clothes.
    Ron hill treks too warm IMO. 2 pairs?!
    We were on GR11 and HRP for 2 weeks last September. Wore shorts mostly or very thin 3/4 trousers.

    Apart from sleep gear and waterproofs,
    I'd just take one shorts one light trousers
    2 Base layers one light shirt
    One micro fleece and windshirt
    1pr spare walking socks
    Maybe Light insulation down gilet or jacket

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    Have got purification tablets in case i need to to up water i could cut out one set of socks and a t shirt. I will wear 1 pair of ron hills to travel in with a spair pair in my pack.

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    Agree Mole... Don't need 2 pairs Ron hills.
    Wear base layer whilst washing.
    Extra weight for nothing.
    If chilly, put on waterproof over trousers.
    I exist with one t shirt now.
    Put on base layer whilst It's washed/ dried.
    Shorts def'.
    I wear shorts over base layer and never take trousers now.
    Can exist easy on so little if think ahead.
    Plenty of flowing water around to splash around in and clean up.
    Always pair of spare socks and undies tho'.
    Down jacket.
    You can get by on 1 pair socks; 3 is overkill... Just keep washing them.
    Dry quick by wrapping in a towel if you are in B&B's.

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    I been away 6 weeks. Only took 1 pair of trail runners.
    Used all the time. No other footwear.
    Saves so much weight and frees up space in pack.
    Simple living.

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    Boos speaks sense.
    Agree on trail runners. We only take them, not able to make 6 weeks free yet though. 20 days max so far.

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    Thanks gents, you have given me ideas to think about. I should obviously be less cautious regarding mt clothing

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    Boos is a lady

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    Apologies to Boos. I have removed some of the clothing and the pack icluding 2 litres of water weighs 9 kg (20lb) .

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    Thanks Mole.

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    Boos, where were you for the 6 weeks.?

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    Sounds like an epic adventure, had you been there before?

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    Taking out the water 7kgs is still a bit more than I take backpacking.

    Are your clothes or pack super-heavy?


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    My pack is a lowe alpine kongur which is probably a bit on the heavy side But is a good fit for me and comfortable.

    i walked 9 miles with the full pack today to try it for balance and it seems okay.

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