Puna 9: Gear

This is simply a list of gear that we carried on our Puna 9 trip, biking to and climbing 9 of the highest mountains in the Andes. Note that when we are just cycling in the high Andes we carry far fewer things – less than 15kg each – as this makes the cycling infinitely more enjoyable. I apologise to those who find gear exceptionally dull however we know that it’s useful or interesting for those planning similar trips. For parts 1 and 2 we had to carry everything but for parts 3 and 4 we returned to Fiambala afterwards and were able to leave things like front panniers and unnecessary clothes behind.

Harriet’s Packing List

Leaving Llullaillaco

Inov8 Terroc trail shoes – These are rubbish for cycling.
Rab Shadow Hoodie – Love the hood because it fits well under my waterproof and helmet.
Helly Hansen Lifa Warm LS top – Much better than Icebreaker which can be cold at high altitude due to inferior wicking qualities.
Rab MeCo 120 Tee
Haglofs Mid flex 3/4 – Much more than a tight Pike pays for some shorts but I love them.
Rab Powerstretch leggings – These are simply a cocoon of snugly goodness.
Mountain Equipment G2 Ultimate Mountain Pant – windstopper
Rab Latok Jacket – eVent
Nepali special Down Jacket
Rab Latok Gloves
Rab Powerstretch gloves
Mountain Hardware under gloves
Alpine Designs Down Mitts – Only ever worn these on my feet and on my Nalgene bottle.
Alpaca Hat – Made in Rapaz
Bridgedale Merino Hiker socks – Cheap but not very good.
Bridgedale Summit socks
Brixton Cycles Socks
Helly Hansen Lifa dry leggings
Rab MeCo briefs
Windstopper buff
Shock Absorber Bra
Lowe Alpine Dryflo briefs
Original Buff

Camping Gear
MSR Whisperlite International Stove with expedition service kit – Much better at coping with South American fuel than Primus Omnifuel.
MSR Alpine 2 Pot Set – These will outlive me.
2 Sturdy Hunza Crockery Spoons – YEAH HUNZA!
1 Sea to Summit X-Mug – Used to measure doses of oats and potato (not for drinking out of as it leaks).
Thermarest Prolite4 Sleeping  Mat – I would go for a Prolite Plus another time or maybe an eggbox-type roll mat.
MSR Pocket Rocket Stove – Used on mountains and as a backup.
Nalgene 1l bottle – I like it when it is full of hot tea.
Mountain Equipment Snowline 700 Sleeping Bag in Exped dry compression bag
Rab Silk Liner – Standard shape
Assorted Exped dry bags – We put food, clothes and all sorts of things in these.
8 litre Ortlieb water bag
5 plastic pop bottles

Biking Stuff
Long Haul Trucker (bought as a complete bike) w/ Brooks B17S Saddle, Cargo and Tara Tubus racks and On One Mary handlebar
Ortlieb Back Roller Panniers – A bit holey now but replacements are awaiting us in UK.
Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers
Sigma Cycle Computer
On One Toe Straps – These death traps were quickly removed.
2 x Podsac webbing straps – Useful for lashing stuff to the bike and lashing the bike to me.
Park Spoke Key – Always buy Park!
Oil – We’re not fussy so we take what we find.
Toothbrush – Our most used tool.
Tri-hex key
Sigma Sport Multitool – Wouldn’t be my 1st choice, but was the only one available in Istanbul in 2008.
Blackburn Mammoth Pump
Leatherman Wave with broken screwdrivers – whoops
Screwdriver – See above.
15mm spanner – For pedal removal.
NBT2 cassette remover
Chain Breaker
Park Tyre Levers
Patches and rubber solution
2 x Inner Tubes
Replacement brake pads
Grease – Tiny Pot
Duct Tape
Electric Tape
Epoxy Glue
Spare gear and brake cable
4 x Spare spokes
Random screws and spare chain links
Giro Savant Helmet

Mountaineering Stuff
La Sportiva Evo Extreme boots
Grivel G12 Crampons – Bought 2nd hand in Mendoza.
Petzl Summit Ice Axe
Osprey Ariel 65l Rucksack – Not my first choice but it was a steal!
Leki Makalu Ultralite Poles – Bought 2nd hand in Kathmandu.

Victorinox Wee knife – Mostly for the little scissors.
Toiletries – Suncream, Moisturiser (you need tons of this on the Puna), Lip Balm, Sun Lip Balm, Wet Wipes, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Comb, Deodorant, Contact lense solution
First Aid Kit
Canon HS240 Camera
Garmin Etrex 30 GPS
Contact Lenses
Petzl Tikka 2 Headtorch


Neil’s Packing List

Heavy Pike bike

Neil is one of those people who finds gear exceptionally dull, so hasn’t cooperated much with this post. This is what I think he’s carrying:

Specialized Tahoe Cycle shoes
Nepali special Crocs
Rab Powerstretch Fleece
Nepali special 3/4 shorts
Mountain Equipment G2 Ultimate Mountain Pant, windstopper
Mountain Equipment Kongur Jacket, Gore Tex Pro-Shell – I like this apart from the crap Velcro on the cuffs.
Nepali special micro down jacket – love
Montane Resolute Mitts – good, except hard to grip Leki poles when using both inner and outer glove.
Rab Powerstretch gloves
Mountain Hardware under gloves
Alpine Designs Down Mitts (never used)
Nepali special Fleece Hat
2 x Bridgedale Merino Hiker socks
Bridgedale Summit socks
Icebreaker Mountaineer Socks
Nepali special thermal leggings and top
2 x Nepali special long sleeved t-shirts
1 x Briefs
Craghopper pro stretch trousers
Madison cycle shorts
Rab powerstretch leggings
2x Buffs
Helly Hansen Lifa Warm LS top – love it
Brixton Cycles cap – fits under helmet, love it (thanks Pete!).

Camping Gear
Integral Designs MK3 tent – Great tent, though the poles bent too easily.
Integral Designs tarp
Thermarest Prolite4 Sleeping Mat – Like, though not thick and warm enough for what we do.
Nalgene 1l bottle – Don’t really like. It doesn’t leak but always drips when you fill it and I find I often spill liquid all over me when I’m trying to drink out of it.
Alpine Designs 4 Season sleeping bag, in Exped dry compression bag
Rab Silk Liner, Standard shape
Assorted Exped dry bags
8 litre Ortlieb water bag – Leaks, so I don’t like it.

Biking Stuff
Long Haul Trucker, w/ Tara and Cargo Tubus racks and On One Fleegle handlebar – LHT has served me well, but is the wrong bike for what we do now. Love the racks, which have stood up to all manner of road surfaces.
Ortlieb Back Roller Panniers – Like, though after 4 years the clips have all begun breaking.
Ortlieb Front Roller Panniers
VDO MC1.0 Cycle Computer – Don’t particularly like. The altimeter loses about 10% on climbs, stops working in the rain and in the wind makes up crazy figures.
On One Toe Straps
2 x Podsac webbing straps
3 x Spare spokes
Spare Marathon Extreme Folding Tyre
Giro Savant Helmet

Mountaineering Stuff
Asolo Sherpa boots – The only comfy boots I’ve ever owned.
Petzl Crampons
Grivel Munro Ice Axe
Osprey Aether 70l Rucksack – Don’t like – comfy but not nearly hard wearing enough.
Leki Makalu Ultralite Titanium Poles – My oldest bit of kit. 2005 till who knows when.

Assorted chargers and cables
Rechargeable batteries, AA and AAA
Canon 1100D SLR Camera
Garmin Etrex 10 GPS
Contact Lenses
Petzl Tikka 2 Headtorch
Nexus 7

3 thoughts on “Puna 9: Gear

  1. Guillaume

    Dull ?! Nobody finds gear exceptionaly dull. OK, except Neil, that’s right !
    Very interresting, thanks !
    Have fun in Peru

  2. Michael

    You said the surly lht wasn’t right for what you do? But you look like it works very well or would you prefer a bike with suspension with hardly any space kike a 29er?

    1. Harriet and Neil Post author

      The sandy conditions on the Puna meant lots of pushing with the LHT. We think with a fat bike such as the Surly ECR we would be able to ride more. The ECR also has all the braze one necessary for racks etc. We wouldn’t go with suspension on the Puna as the sand would get in and break it pretty fast.

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