This step-by-step process collects all the gear on the Packing List, and packs it into an appropriate bag for transport. Food Drops have been packed into garbage bags.
This is a simple process (although, somewhat nerve wracking at the same time):
- Print out the Packing List
- Bring everything on the list out into the Sun Room
- Mark it off the packing list with a single stroke
When everything is in the Sun Room, or nearly so, the various bags can be filled. For example, the 'Toilet Bag':
Fill the Ultra-Sil dry sack with:
- Toilet paper roll
- Deuce Scoop
- Hand Sanitiser
Marking the previous single stokes, with a cross stroke. The bag's box remains as a single and uncrossed indicating it still needs to be packed, in this case, into the car.
When everything is bagged and ready to go, store in the Sun Room.
For the eagle-eyed, we also have a couple of non-hiking bags / boxes to fill as well:
- The pack of clean clothes that we'll leave at our Cape Jervis accommodation
- The box of travelling requirements, which will take 10 days, 5 across and 5 back:
- Tea, Coffee, Thermos
- Packing Tape and scissors (for the food drops)
The product of the Food Drop Bagging was:
- 18 Garbage bags (covering the 13 Food Drops and our initial food bag)
- 12 Emergency Provision bags (Wilpena Pound misses out, though I can't remember the reason for that just now…)
- 5 Repair Packs (full of bits and pieces that we may need over the hike and are unlikely to find in country towns)
- 3 Maintenance Packs (with cleaning items mainly that we'll use on our rest days to keep the gear up to scratch)
There were a few items that need extras that was caused by a spreadsheet miscalculation, but apart from that, everything got checked into their final transport bags ready to go.
Next TaskWait for the Border to Open
where we pack the car, lock the house, and leave for 82 days.
The Friends of The Heysen Trail have a huge amount of resources available, which we have obviously availed ourselves of quite liberally. I'll be updating this as required…