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Bibbulmun Ultralight Solo Gear List (3.8kg/8.4lb)

Here is what we would take if we walked the Bibbulmun Track solo assuming a spring walk. This gear list could also be a good starting point for your own trip.

Total weight in list: 4799g/169.28oz
Worn weight: 1020g/35.98oz
Individual base weight: 3779/133.30oz


ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
TentZpacks Plex Solo Tent0.75oz/yd2 instead of 0.50oz/yd2 for extra durability (adds about 40g we guessed). Make sure your poles go to 132cm. If you are over 6ft take a look at the Altaplex.435/15.34
QuiltEnlightened Equipment Enigma -1°C/30FWeight is for 950fp regular width and length with 10d fabrics.463/16.33
Sleeping matNeoAir Xlite RegularNoise hasn’t bothered us. Can use earplugs if too crinkly. Uberlite is not durable enough.350/12.35
GroundsheetPolycroFor protecting sleeping mat when sleeping in shelters. Cut to size of sleeping mat.25/0.88
Tent stakesEaston Nano 15cm and Shepard’s Hook Ti stakes2 DAC J Stakes for apex tie outs (10g each), 4 Easton Nanos for corners (8g each), 2 Shepard’s Hooks for head room tie outs (5g each).62/2.19


ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Water bottles1L Balance bottleCarry 2. Nice shape (Smart water equivalent in Australia). Swapped out lids for push pull tops.72/2.54
SpoonToaks titaniumShort.10/0.35
Scent proof food bagOPSAC 20×12Food bag for reducing scent profile.34/1.20
Rehydration containerPeanut butter container.48/1.69

First Aid

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Pocket knifeSwiss Army Knife WegnerKnife, scissors, tweezers. Better scissors than classic.21/0.74
Snake bandageAero form94/3.32
Blister tapeFixomull2/0.07
Duct/electrical tapeFor repairs and blisters.3/0.12
Repair tapeDCF and tenacious.3/0.12
Antihistaminesx6 for mosquito bites etc.2/0.07
Ibuprofenx6 for pain relief and inflammation.2/0.07
Caffeine tabletNo-Dozx4.2/0.07
Anti-diarrhoea TabletsImmodiumx4.2/0.07
Hikers woolFor blisters.Not much
Safety pinFor blisters.2/0.07
Sewing needle and thread3 needles. For repairs and popping blisters.3/0.11
ToothbrushGenericCut short.2/0.07
SuperglueFor large cuts and repairs.4/0.14
Alcohol padx4 for cuts and mat repair.3/0.11
Tear Aid type A patchFor mat repair.1/0.04
Glue dotsx3 for mat repair.1/0.04
CordZpacks1.3mm, reflective.3/0.11
MatchesRedheads (short)1 pack.10/0.35
Ear plugsTo help with sleep. Two sets, one as spare.Not much
SleepmaskTo help with sleep.6/0.21
HairlackiesSpare for tying stuff.4/0.14
Tic ToxFor tick removal.20/0.71


ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
SunscreenIn 20ml tub. Resupply in every town.40/1.41
Lip BalmCarmex Squeeze TubeSPF15 and stops lips/under nose cracking.14/0.49
Water purification tabletsAquatabs40 x 5 L tabs.6/0.21
Anti-chafeGurney GooIn 15g tube.20/0.71
Hand sanitizerIn 20ml tub. Resupply in every town.24/0.85
Toothpaste dropsLushLots of flavours.10/0.35
Toilet paper10/0.35


ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
PowerbankNITECORENB 10000King of the power banks currently. Two outputs is very useful.150/5.29
PlugHomeKit Australia Dual Port GaN Charger20w, AU plug.45/1.59
iPhone cableGenericUSB C – Lightning. Short 10cm length.5/0.18
Microusb cableGeneric7g each. Carried two for redundancy (USB A and USB C). For inReach Mini and NU25.14/0.49
USB C cableGenericFor fast charging powerbank.10/0.35
PhoneiPhone 13 ProWaterproof case. Good battery life and efficiency, excellent camera with zoom and macro lens.279/9.84
HeadphonesAirpods ProWith case.55/1.94
Satellite device/safety beaconGarmin inReach MiniFor safety, texting, weather forecast.100/3.53
HeadtorchNU25 headlamp360 Lm max. Homemade cord headband.33/1.16

Clothing Carried

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Wind jacketMontbell TachyonAdds heaps of versatility and warmth. One of our favourite items. For sleeping if everything else is soaked.41/1.45
Wind pantsMontbell UL Stretch Wind PantsAdds heaps of versatility and warmth. For sleeping in every night.70/2.47
Rain jacketGore R7 ShakedryGreat jacket. Shakedry works really well and has a chest pocket. Durable enough for on trail hiking.121/4.27
Rain pantsMontbell VersaliteFor warmth in wet weather. Not super durable but good enough. Water seeps through eventually.104/3.67
Synthetic jacketEnlightened Equipment Torrid JacketSince the Bibbulmun isn’t too cold and can get a decent amount of rain we think a synthetic is a better choice than fleece + down jacket. Jacket instead of pullover for better venting.215/7.58
BuffOutdoor Research Echo UbertubeVery thin and breathable. Keep ears warm under hat walking and sleeping.20/0.71
Warmth glovesZpacks Possum GlovesOnly touch screen compatible possum gloves we’ve seen.33/1.16
Rain glovesZpacks Rain MittsSeam taped so no dodgy seam sealing job (unlike MLD, Borah etc).28/0.99
Spare undiesExOfficio Briefs23/0.81
Spare socksIcebreaker Lifestyle39/1.38


ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Hiking packWilderness Threadworks Obi 38L totalUltra 200 (constructed the right way with excellent seam taping). Spacer mesh hip belt. More than enough space for longest food carry.500/17.64
Water bottle holderJustin’sUL2 x 1L bottle holders for shoulder straps. Mesh not super durable but otherwise fantastic product.27/0.95
Dry bagZpacks DCF Large Food Bag14L. Fits very nicely at the bottom of ~40-50L packs. Big enough for sleeping bag, clothes etc. 1.6oz/yd2 for extra durability as the 1.0 oz/yd2 will degrade after a couple of months of use.43/1.52
Zip lock bagsFor compartmentalising and keeping things dry.1/0.04
Debit cards10/0.35

Clothing Worn

ItemProductNotesWeight (g/oz)
Long sleeve shirtOutdoor Research EchoGood collar. Zip for ventilation. Super breathable. Thumb holes.104/3.67
Running shortsNike Trail ShortsGood length for sun protection. Three zipped pockets.127/4.48
UnderwearExOfficio Briefs31/1.09
HatOutdoor Research Sun RunnerStylish. Also use cape as towel for drying things.80/2.82
Trekking polesNaturehike ST10 Ultralight Telescopic Poles130cm. Carbon. Telescopic. Flip lock. Super light. Carbon is strong, but I have broken the straps.312/11.01
SunglassesJulbo Shield MCat 2-4 photochromic sunglasses. Love them.27/0.95
SocksIcebreaker lifestyleThin merino socks.44/1.55
Running shoesNike Pegasus 36 Trail255/8.99
GaitersDirty Girl GaitersGreat for keeping dirt and stones out of your shoes. Increases lifetime of socks.40/1.41

The above gear list is simply a guide, and will likely change depending on individual preference. Below, we outline a few main changes you could make depending on your comfort levels.


One easy way to save weight would be to take a tarp and plan on sleeping in shelters when they aren’t full (which should be nearly all the time). The biggest downside of this set up would be if there are lots of mosquitoes, something we did experience in the last few days of our walk. To overcome this, you could take a head net for bug protection, but we were glad to have the extra space of the tent when there was significant bug pressure. Alternatively, you could add a water resistant bivy but then you are at pretty much the same weight as the tent. This would offer more flexibility, but not as much privacy as a tent.


If you are walking from late spring to early summer you could cut down on insulation (lighter sleeping bag, mat, fewer clothes), but this depends on how cold you get and your personal risk tolerance.

Pack size

You could also get away with a smaller and lighter pack if you are dialed or prefer fewer features (e.g. Zimmerbuilt Quickstep 30L, KS Ultralight KS3 ~300g).


We didn’t add a stove to the list to encourage people to try no cook (because we like it so much!) however if you are keen to take a stove we would take an MLD 850mL Ti Mug with a Trail Designs Caldera Cone and Kojin Alcohol Stove (we like the Trail Designs metho stove setup the best).

If there is some part of your gear you are unsure about, or wonder why we chose X instead of Y, drop us an email! The Bibbulmun is a great track to test out ultralight gear as the risks are relatively low. Towns are frequent, temperatures are mild, you expect to see people every day, and the track quality is very high.

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