IT’S A WEIGHTING GAME ON THE THREE CAPES TRACK!

Sep 05, 2019

If you’re looking at walking Tassie’s Three Capes Track, one consideration on how to experience the walk is how much weight you’re willing to carry. You have three main walking options and each one has different requirements for what you have to fit in your pack.

The first option – and the one where you’ll be carrying the most weight – is the official Three Capes Track where you carry everything you need and stay at public huts.

Items you’ll need for the Three Capes Track.

Here’s the equipment list for the Official Three Capes Track:

  • 50-litre pack and liner,
  • day pack (for side trips),
  • boots,
  • walking poles,
  • sleeping bag and liner,
  • torch,
  • rain jacket and over-pants,
  • light jacket,
  • walking trousers/shorts/shirt,
  • thermals, socks, underwear,
  • beanie/hat,
  • warm jacket,
  • shorts and pants for the hut,
  • sandals,
  • towel,
  • sunscreen, insect repellant,
  • toiletries,
  • water bottles/bladder for two litres,
  • crockery and cutlery,
  • pocket knife,
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners,
  • snacks,
  • tea towel,
  • rubbish bags and
  • first aid kit.

Total weight: 12-15kg

Your next option is the Three Capes Lodge Walk. On this walk your stay at private lodges near the walk but are expected to carry all of your personal gear.

The size of the pack you’ll need for the Three Capes Lodge walk.

Here’s the equipment list for the Three Capes Lodge Walk:

  • 50-litre pack,
  • polar fleece jacket,
  • jumper,
  • beanie/hat, gloves,
  • shorts and/or light walking trousers,
  • thermal base layer, warm long pants,
  • 3 shirts/t-shirts,
  • 3 pairs of socks, underwear,
  • lightweight indoor footwear,
  • sun hat and sunscreen,
  • travel towel,
  • water bottles/bladder for two litres,
  • torch,
  • personal medication,
  • bathers,
  • walking poles,
  • waterproof over-pants,
  • phone and/or camera.

Total weight: 10-12kg

Enjoying a pack-free walk with Life’s An Adventure

And finally, there’s Life’s An Adventure’s Three Capes Walk.

Yes, you’ll have a list of gear you need to take on the trip but you’ll have the luxury of leaving it all in your hotel room, which means you don’t have to be so selective with what you have to pack, and you’ll only need a day pack on the trail.

By the way, this is the same for all of Life’s An Adventure’s guided walks.

In that day pack, you’ll only be carrying:

  • your lunch,
  • two litres of water,
  • snacks,
  • a rain jacket,
  • your phone/camera and
  • any personal items.

Total weight: 4kg.

So how you want to walk the Three Capes will depend on how much you’re happy to carry in your pack – the rest is up to you.

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