Packing a Pack; Berliner Hohenweg Hut to Hut Training; Day 1.

Hut to hut hike packing the Osprey

I’m so Heavy, Heavy. Heavy in Your Arms.

pop quiz: the lyric above is from what song and artist? clue: perhaps the blood Flos (sic) through the mechanism as it gets dark.

We’ve booked a bed in each of five alpine huts in Austria. We plan to complete a good portion of the hut to hut Berliner Hohenweg in September this year.

Now, the thing you should know is, that whilst we are keen walkers, we haven’t carried anything more than a packed lunch since we travelled the World thirty, yes 30, years ago.

Not wishing to end up needing rescue from an alpine pass, we’ve decided to put a few training walks under our belts. First job, pack a pack.

Spare pants, waterproof jacket, water bottle, toothbrush and sheet sleeping bag are the essentials, everything else a luxury! We both ended up with a pack weighing about 7kg; including lunch, snacks and 2.5 litres of fluid.

My Hut to Hut Pack is a 20 litre, Osprey Tempest and contained;

  • 1 x Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • 1 x Primaloft jacket
  • 2 x Long sleeved merino
  • 2 x Pairs pants
  • 1 x Bra
  • 1 x Pair socks
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • T-shirt and pants to sleep in
  • T-shirt, jog bottoms and slipper socks for hut wear
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Map and compass
  • Phone and charger
  • Purse
  • Toothbrush
  • Contact lenses
  • Shampoo/Shower Gel
  • Travel towel

Plus, what I’ll be wearing; boots, socks, pants, trousers, bra, merino T-shirt, thin fleece.

Is that it? Anyone spot any glaring omissions? Am I taking too much for a multi-day hike?

Next task; doing a walk carrying this pack…

pop trivia: The lyric is by ‘Florence and the Machine’ from the track ‘Heavy in your Arms’. The track was used in the 2010 film soundtrack of ‘The Twilight Saga; Eclipse’.

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