Cardiff doctor Will Redmund raced the 2010 Trans Provence. Last year he returned to be the event doctor dealing with a thousand whingeing bastards for seven days on the tortuous, but ultimately enthralling, adventure through south east France’s stunning terrain. Always in the mountains, Will is about to embark on a Haute Route mission from Chamonix to Zermatt with his mates, hut to hut lightweight style. Here’s his kit…sutures, the lot:

DIRT ISSUE 125 – JULY 2012

Words by Steve Jones. Photo by Steve Jones

“I’ve been looking for a long distance high–alpine, point–to–point trip for quite some time now. I knew then that when a mate from Cumbria called me last December suggesting a sort of DIY haute route that I’d be in. The plan is fairly simple. Chamonix to Verbier, armed with a map and GPS. Keep precise route planning to a minimum, with the freedom to take whichever funky looking trail looks vaguely in the right direction. We knew the route could be hammered in four days it, but that would miss the point. We plan on taking seven days, hooking up with a guide for a day in Verbier and possibly another at other end in Zermatt. The first night in Chamonix will be booked in advance but after that we’d attempt to turn up to refuges on the day. Any unnecessary winched road climbs would be avoided if possible with a lift here or there. We’d then grab the train back to Chamonix for a job–well–done–beer before heading back to Geneva. Kit would need to be kept to a minimum so as not to interfere with what will hopefully be a great week of alpine singletrack. We aimed to share as much around the five of us as possible and try and keep things down to around 20–25 litres.”


Camelback Highwire Pack Whistle
2 Short Sleeved Jerseys: Endura Baabaa and Peak Performance Phone and Charger
1 Long Sleeved Jersey: Icebreaker Merino Headphones
2 Shorts: Madison Flux 88 and Mavic Red Rock Earplugs
3 Socks: Swobo Merino Tool
2 Underwear: Icebreaker Merino Pump
2 Pairs of Gloves: Royal Crown Crossmax Spoke Key
2 Jackets: Mavic HC Summer and Montane Featherlight Crossmax Spokes
Gilet: Peak Performance Buff Inner Tubes x2
Sunglasses Park Tool Patches
Mavic Alpine XL Shoes Lube
Giro Feature Helmet Power Links
Canon 550D Misc Bolts
3 Batteries Gear Cable Inner
3 Cards Small Section of Outer
Lenses: 10-22mm Sigma and Canon 50mm (plus fitlers) Brake Pads x2
Satmap Active 10 GPS Tyre Levers
Compass Knife
Maps Rear Mech Hanger
Passport Exposure Spark Torch
Search and Rescue Insurance Towel
Travel Insurance Toothbrush
EIIII Deoderant
Dry Bags Sun Cream
Bin Liner Misc Confectionary
Zip Ties Bottle
Emerg Bivi Electrolytes
Medical Kit Rego Sachets


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