6 Jan. I have had the dehydrator going over the last couple of days so now have 9 meals of chilli-con-carne bagged up. It is over-rationing for the first phase on the Queen Charlotte Track, but the commercial dehydrated meals tend to be so bland so I will spread my own out over the first couple of weeks. Extra weight, I know, but those who tramp with me won’t be surprised.
Talking of weight, I test packed today. A base weight (everything minus food water and fuel) of 12.5kg (27lb). The full pack starting load is going to be near 20kg (44lb). While ultralight backpacking has its attractions, an ultralight life for 2.5 months doesn’t do much for me. At least I know I can survive all weathers with a reasonable level of comfort.
Today I booked the 03:30 ferry from Wellington to Picton on Thursday morning and the water taxi from Picton to the start of the trail at Ship Cove (90 mins). Should be on the trail by 11:00 on Thursday. Weather forecast looking good for the first few days.