Posted: Yesterday at 18:43
Don,t skimp on the warm sleeping issue. This is not an ordinary ultra. Chances are you will really need to use your bag to get a good nights sleep. If you can,t sleep due to the cold you are stuffed!
There is far too much chat about reducing the weight you carry. Dropped into Mountain Warehouse today and noted you could get a -5c comfort,-15c extreme bag and a 4 season sleeping mat for about £35! Ok its all bulky but it will keep you way warmer than a £300 down bag and a small sheet of thin bubble wrap.(which is the way some folks are planning).
Looking back on 2014 I started with a 6.5 Kg pack plus water but in retrospect if I had carried an extra 1 Kg of food each time I left a CP I recon I could have cut about 5 hrs off my finishing time. A heavier pack would have made me faster!
Up hill fast speed is reduced by a heavy pack . You will be moving so slow up hill on the Spine that extra weight is not an issue. Much of the trail is fairly level which again reduces the effects of weight saving.
For every Kg below 6.5 Kg you get your pack you greatly increase your chances of a DNF.
Finally It will be the weak before the start that dictates my final kit choices when I will have a better idea of the forecast.