Jenny Tough Fastpacking: Packing guide

In fastpacking, the less you carry the further you travel and the faster you get there. Jenny Tough is an expert in packing JUST enough. Here she shares her standard packing list with Montane...


jenny tough fastpacking 101 packing guide | Montane

 Fastpacking is all about finding the balance between efficiency and utility. It is important to ensure your kit remains lightweight without compromising safety, but also remember a modicum of comfort - used sparingly and strategically - will help you perform. As mentioned previously, I tend to follow the rule that everything in my (preferably 25-30l) pack should fall into either; something edible, something to keep me alive, or a camera. The specific items will change between climates, but my standard packing list looks like this:

  • Waterproof sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Down jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Merino wool base layers
  • Down booties (trust me, they are essential!)
  • Spare socks + underwear
  • Tuque + gloves
  • Trekking pants (for cold mornings)
  • Mini stove + food
  • Water system
  • Navigation system
  • Headtorch
  • Trekking poles*
  • Sunscreen, bio soap, toothbrush/paste, etc.
  • First aid kit**
  • Camera
  • Wearing: technical tee, shorts or tights, trucker hat, trail shoes
*Fully loaded with food and water, my pack can weigh around 10kg. That extra weight goes through my legs and feet, adding considerable strain bounding down a mountainside. Trekking poles spread the load, making your arms do some of the work. **Duct tape and ibuprofen.

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