• Overland Track
    Overland Track

Tassie's Overland Track is a significant undertaking. A large part of the walk is above 1000m in elevation, on exposed plateaus, in a remote area so you need gear you can rely on. Here are 10 products idea for this classic walk.


Silva Ranger Compass (from $48.50): A compass can literally save your life and is essential for walks like this. The Silva features a magnifying lens to help see finer details; a soft and bendable scale lanyard that overlays directly onto the map; a base plate (in mm) with 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 scales; and a declination scale inside the capsule.


Vestergaard Lifestraw (around $40): Every body of water becomes a drinking source with this straw. You can drink from dirty puddles as it removes 99.999% of bacteria and protozoa like giardia. Lifetime capacity to filter 4,000 litres.



Osprey Atmos 65 AG Backpack (around $380): My favourite feature of this backpack is its meaty wraparound hip straps, which allow your hips to take the majority of the weight. This bag has anti-gravity suspension (feels like you’re carrying less than what you are); adjustable harness and fit-on-the-fly hip-belt; front stretch mesh pocket for quick storage of rain gear/extra layers; removable floating top lid with dual zippered pockets and web attachment points; an internal hydration reservoir sleeve that accommodates up to a 3L reservoir.



Sea to Summit Quagmire Canvas Gaiters (around $117): Essential for off-tracking to protect against snake bites and shield your lower legs from gnarly scrub. These gaiters feature an 8oz breathable corespun canvas upper; canvas material stiff enough to stand up with the top open for extra ventilation; 1000-denier Cordura fabric to provide a durable and snug fit around boots; an alloy hook buckle for fitting adjustment and shin protection; inner ankle scuff pads; replaceable foot strap. seatosummitdistribution.com.au


Scarpa Delta GTX Hiking Boots ($490): These boots are tough, comfortable and ideal for off-track, able to endure a fair amount of rock scuffing and branch poking. They have excellent ankle support; top-quality leather that retains full strength, durability and moisture resistance; Vibram biometric soles for cushioning and exceptional grip; memory foam ankle padding; auto-fit collars to reduce impact stress on the Achilles and malleolus area; flex point system to allow ankles freedom of movement while maintaining support; rubber toe ram to protect from trail debris; Goretex lining (1520gm pair).



Thermarest NeoAir Mattress (around $170): It’s an absolute luxury to rest weary bodies on a mattress that keeps you a toasty 7cm off ground. It’s ultralight (410g) and packs down small (the size of a 1L bottle); features internal baffling to minimise air movement and convective cooling when inflated; has an internal reflective barrier that reflects heat back to the body.



Tasmaps (around $6 for digital, $13 for printed): I always prefer to have a laminated paper map on hand, rather than a digital GPS, simply because paper maps never run out of batteries. 1:125,000 editions are preferable for more detailed navigation. Maps required for this walk are Jerusalem (TL06) and Murchison (TL05).


GME PLB (around $370): GME’s latest personal locator beacon is the MT610G, a compact and lightweight unit (160gm), offering a 7-year battery life and 6-year warranty. The MT610G, has been designed, engineered, and manufactured in Australia and features a ‘non hazmat’ battery pack for ease of transport.

Words and photos_David Caudwell

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