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« Thread started on: Mar 18th, 2017, 08:06am »

I will be hiking Shikoku for one week, from Uchiko town up to Kuma Kogen and down to Matsuyama. Here is my gear list. Any thoughts on things I am missing or things I don't need? Thanks!

https://elizabethlindau.com/2017/03/09/pilgrimage-packing-list/
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 18th, 2017, 08:46am »

All looks fine, except: . I'd suggest a different head lamp. 30 lumens is not very much, especially if you're stuck on trail. You can get a Petzyl Tekkina (fairly inexpensive) that provides 150 lumens on high (it also has a low setting to save batteries). They also use an adjustable elastic band instead of a drawstring. Additionally, CR2032 "coin" batteries don't quite cut it. The Petzyl uses 2 AA size batteries - easily found. UST makes some fairly decent gear, but I'm not familiar with their head lamps. Petzyl has been providing lighting for decades to hikers, spelunkers and climbers.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 18th, 2017, 1:28pm »

If by any chance you have all mesh upper, non-waterproof, no gore-tex mountain running shoes, I'd highly recommend those instead. Gore-tex just doesn't breathe enough to be to be worth the water resistance. When I did the pilgrimage last year I felt that my choice of La Sportiva Wildcat all mesh upper mountain runners was the single best gear choice that I made. They were so comfy I didn't even need to break them in.

I'm also extremely glad that I took and anti-friction blister stick, so I would highly recommend that too.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 09:20am »

Thanks so much for the advice.

Jmolnar - Thanks! Do you think a headlamp is necessary for only one week? I am strongly hoping that I am never hiking in the dark, and just wanted to bring this very small/light one as a back up just in case.

slc - unfortunately I don't have such a pair of shoes. I'll have to tough it out with possibly warm feet for this trip. I'll investigate these when I'm ready to do all 88! I'll definitely add bodyglide to the list.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 10:52am »

You'll find they come in handy in many instances. If not for use on the path, they;re still good for reading and other activities where your hands are in use. Much handier than a flashlight IMO. And, if you're planning to continue the pilgrimage at a later time, you'll aready have one.
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 11:11am »

Gotcha, thanks!

What do you think about only two pairs of socks? How often would you wash them (if at all)?
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 12:53pm »

I took three pair of injinji toe socks for the full 88 and that was enough. I also took a small bottle of Dr. Bronner's Sakura hemp soap (available at LoFt) which is fully biodegradable and good for both body and gear, and often washed the socks in a sink or at a tap. They need to dry so 1 pair isn't enough.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 11:00am »

OK thank you! I have two pair for one week, I hope that is enough.

Anything you see that I could ditch? My pack is heavier than I'd like. I'm thinking of tearing apart the Moreton guidebook and taking only the maps for the section I will be walking.
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 12:27pm »

on Mar 21st, 2017, 11:00am, elindau wrote:
OK thank you! I have two pair for one week, I hope that is enough.

Anything you see that I could ditch? My pack is heavier than I'd like. I'm thinking of tearing apart the Moreton guidebook and taking only the maps for the section I will be walking.


How heavy it is currently? Load doesn't seem that heavy though to me.

Taking pages from english book certainly lightens it up. Especially as it has pages after pages of stuff you don't really need on route(handy in advance, not needed during the walk) that IMO would have been better off in separate booklet(like japanese version that has temple history etc in separate one).

Alternatively japanese one is lighter(though requires bigger space) so if you can read it one alternative.
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 12:29pm »

I'm working on Japanese, but I am still very much a beginner! (and focusing on speaking/listening over reading)

With no water or snacks, I'm at about 10 lbs.
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« Reply #10 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 12:34pm »

on Mar 21st, 2017, 12:29pm, elindau wrote:
I'm working on Japanese, but I am still very much a beginner! (and focusing on speaking/listening over reading)

With no water or snacks, I'm at about 10 lbs.


Well the map doesn't take THAT much japanese to sort out(ability to read hiragana goes long way. Most important names have hiragana. And would romaji names for schools etc really help much? In live they would likely be in kanji anyway so IMO kanji is better even if you can't read as you can compare...) but depending on how much time you have left could be tough indeed.

So that's 4.5kg or so...Light! Mine's probably about 8kg or so before food or water. Well maybe tad less now that I settled for portable keyboard(180g) over laptop(like 1.7kg).

BTW out of curiosity interesting choice of section. Have you been there before and continuing from there or did you just pick that one for hiking? I can see appeal for that part of the pilgrimage though for about a week hike. Would be high on my list on what section to take if hiking for week(others would be 1-22 or so, Unpenji or Yokomineji areas)
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« Reply #11 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 12:42pm »

Well I'm staying in ryokan - so no tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.

I haven't done any sections of the pilgrimage before, and this will be my first multi-day hiking experience. I'm trying to train, but any advice would be welcome!

I picked this section kinda randomly - I can fly easily in to Matsuyama, and the kind folks at Sen Guesthouse helped me make ryokan reservations. Glad to hear it's a nice section!
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« Reply #12 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 2:51pm »

on Mar 21st, 2017, 12:42pm, elindau wrote:
Well I'm staying in ryokan - so no tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.

I haven't done any sections of the pilgrimage before, and this will be my first multi-day hiking experience. I'm trying to train, but any advice would be welcome!

I picked this section kinda randomly - I can fly easily in to Matsuyama, and the kind folks at Sen Guesthouse helped me make ryokan reservations. Glad to hear it's a nice section!


I have no sleeping gear either cheesy

Mind you I haven't walked it either yet. Plane departs on saturday and walk begins on monday. I'll be planning to do the Tokushima and Kochi prefectures this year with remaining 2 prefectures plus Koyasan next year. So I don't know if it IS nice section but it has couple mountain temples which I like, it seems to have rural sections which is nice change of pace and by ending in Matsuyama you do see one of the bigger cities of Shikoku along with one of the more famous temples(#51). So seems like good section to walk on.
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« Reply #13 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 2:55pm »

Oh wow, got it! Good luck! Ganbatte!!

Did you post a gear list anywhere? I'd be curious to see the differences between our lists.
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« Reply #14 on: Mar 21st, 2017, 3:12pm »

on Mar 21st, 2017, 2:55pm, elindau wrote:
Oh wow, got it! Good luck! Ganbatte!!

Did you post a gear list anywhere? I'd be curious to see the differences between our lists.


Not 100% detailed but rough overview can be found on my blog I'll be writing(mostly will write after the walk. With just phone+portable keyboard writing and more crucially uploading photos is not convenient).

http://fromhankototokyo-shikoku.blogspot.fi/
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