There’s nothing quite like loading your pack with brand new, shiny, sparkly gear with the complete certainty that in five months it’ll be trashed beyond recognition. While it seems like the whole world is gearing up for ski season, I’ve spent the last six months amassing a pile of equipment that would impress even the most extreme gear heads.
You see, in just a few short days, I will begin an 1,800-mile hike across New Zealand on the world’s newest long distance hiking trail, Te Araroa…
Here’s a sampling:
Osprey Ariel 75 Backpack (4lb 14oz)