I got a lot done in the last 24 hours. I now have a suitable backpack. I chose a MacPac Ascent Classic. It’s only 55ltr which I feel is pretty small, but it’ll help me limit what I take and I have the Aarn Balance Pockets coming to add 15ltr on the front. If you’re in New Zealand and looking for long distance stuff you’re recommended to talk to Paul of Living Simply, he’s done the A.T. and Te Araroa which is pretty cool. I also picked up a Trangia stove and a MacPac windstopper, mustardy-yellow in colour should help me be spotted if a search party ever has to come looking for me 🙂

I’ll be using all three tomorrow and I expect to come back with views on all of them, except it’s supposed to be dry this weekend so the waterproofness can’t be tested.

Oh yeah I got my train ticket to San Diego, now I’m all sorted for transport.