JOHN MUSGRAVE HERITAGE TRAIL
ADVENTURER: JED EDWARDS
Day hike, covering roughly 20km, with time spent watching local wildlife and people.
10-15°C, bright but cold in the shade, ground was wet
Hill People Gear Tarahumara
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
2x Nalgene 1L Bottle (one with PACElid, one Glow-in-the-dark)
Fleece hood/neck gaiter
Silva Classic compass
Recycled Firefighter Inspector (with Moleskine notebook and Fisher M4b pen)
RAVPower 10400mah charger
Triple 7 Gear MK7 with EDC and First Aid essentials
Olivon 7×30 WP binoculars
Eurohike Survival Bag
Ordnance Survey OL20 map
The size of the Tara is limiting in this regard and I found myself having to strap several items to the outside of the pack – this isn’t a major issue, having extra warm/waterproof layers quickly at hand is usually a good idea, especially in the British springtime – but mostly I was entirely happy with my selection of kit based on what I needed and used.
For this use, the Tarahumara excelled. The lower size (and consequently, weight) was part of the benefit, but also the excellent shoulder harness Hill People Gear have developed (see Piotr Ma’s recent review for more commentary there). In other settings/roles this strap design isn’t perfect, but it allowed me to cover the distance without feeling uncomfortable at all under the load. It’s a great pack if you want to pack light and move all day.