Here I’ve put together a list of all the gear that I carried while hiking the Thorsborne trail on Hinchinbrook Island. Also listed is my food plan and preparation for the 6-day journey. For information about the trail check out my other blog post HERE. All information on this page is specific to the location/region, time of year and the current conditions. It’s a guide based on my experiences that can be altered to fit another location.
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB)/Satellite Phone – Being a remote and isolated island, a form of communication for safety reasons is a must. Bringing along a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or a satellite phone is necessary for the case of an emergency. The only areas with little phone reception on the trail is Nina Peak and Mulligan Bay, however do not rely on this. For this trek I hired out a sat phone from here – It may be overkill if you are travelling in a group but being solo it was definitely necessary. It’s recommended that someone in your group should carry a PLB if anything. I believe they are available for hire at the Rainforest and Reef Information Centre in Cardwell.
Reliable Map + Compass – It’s a good idea to purchase a decent topographic map that covers the trail in Detail. I purchased mine from World Wide Maps, it’s a little pricy but well worth it.
There are numerous maps available for the area however most don’t show the trail. Be careful! The Queensland Government also has a very basic map available to plan your trip but should not be used for navigational purposes. The compass I use is the Suunto M-3 G. Great quality.
Lightweight Gear – Investing in a lightweight tent, matt, sleeping bag and so on will be the saviour for your journey. You won’t be able to enjoy the scenery while lugging around heavy gear all day!
– Tent – I’ve recently purchased the One Planet Goondie 2. It’s a very durable lightweight two-person tent. Especially light when split between two people. Spoiler, It’s fantastic!
– Pack – I used the Large 65L Mungo also from One planet. It’s strong and weatherproof, built for a rugged adventure. I love it!
– Matt – Thermarest ProLite Plus – Also found this to be great. It’s light and compact.
Sleeping Bag – Mountain Designs Kashgar 150, which I believe has been replaced by the Kashgar 75. It is compact and made for the warmer climates. Which was good for up north. It’s good but I wouldn’t say fantastic.
Cooking – For this trip I went old school with an old beaten up Trangia. It’s a Swiss company that has been making the quality Trangia cooking system since 1951. They can get a little heavy but can be perfect for a group. Along with this was also about 500ml of methylated spirits for fuel.
Rain jacket – No matter what time of year, rain can hit hard up in the tropics. Be prepared.
Shoes – I wore Salomon X Ultra LTR GTX. They are waterproof which was perfect for all of the creek crossings and swampy areas. They are great for winter but don’t have the breathability for summer.
Shorts – Lightweight and quick drying for walking in each day.
T-shirt – For walking in. try and stay away from cotton especially in the humid summer or you will be dripping with sweat.
Long pants/long shirt – For evenings and to protect yourself from the Sand Flies.
Hat + Sunscreen – Your in Tropical North Queensland!
Overall I carried about 25kg of weight in my pack, which was a LOT more than I originally hoped to have. I guess that’s what I get for taking along all that camera gear and tripod!
Let me just say, I’m 18 years old; I eat A LOT of food ha-ha. The Trangia cooking set I used was a 3 to 4 person one, and yes I pretty much ate nearly a full pot worth of food each meal.
It would break my back by carrying 6 days worth of food around. So I opted out into a new field of food planning. Dehydration. Dehydrated meals are available in a lot of outdoor stores and online but can often be filled with nasty chemicals and ingredients that I for one didn’t want to consume. I decided to create my own meals. From here I started cutting meals down to about a third of the weight as what they were before. I dehydrated the lunches, all the dinners, and other snacks such as fruit.
Breakfast could be cooked up or eaten crunchy depending on what I felt like and how early I wanted to pack up and leave camp.
Lunch did not require to be cooked, which saved a lot of time and fuel. The veggies were just soaked for 5 minutes prior to eating in the wrap.
Dinner. All dinners were dehydrated in one way or another and had many variations, which was always what I was looking forward to at the end of each long day. Sometimes it required two pots to prepare.
Snacks. As you can see snacks were frequent through out each day. They consisted as fruit, which was dehydrated, trail mixes, beef jerky and so on.
Each meal was placed into a ziplock bag. The three main meals and snacks for each day were then held in a larger ziplock bag. This kept everything sorted and and together. All rubbish was carried out off the island.
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