Here's the gear review of what I took on the AAWT, not much that I would change really.
Aarn Featherlite freedom. Big tick, had one minor repair near the end. I really rate this pack, a lot tougher unit than I originally thought.
Hille Anjan 2 wanted a tough roomy tent that could stand up to big weather and not too heavy. Certainly got one with this hille. Had it up in 85kph winds with no issues at all. So I set the tent up in different positions to the wind to see how it coped, no worries it was perfect. Stayed dry inside despite some big weather. Later on the track when the winds got really rough I was fully confident in the tent and it handled it well.
Sleeping bag replaced first:
1. S2s trek2 poor. Bag got cold and had to shake it up as feathers kept clumping and the bag was dry. Getting it washed to see if it improves though anything would be better.
2. Rab endurance, *&%$#! furness. Only had the zip done up a few times & cinched up @-4 C. Very happy when I got this. weighed about the same as the previous one though took more room in the pack. Lots more comfort, is warm am happy
Mat: Thermarest Neoair all season good as always
Pillow: S2S ultralight pillow large, was fanastic though next time I will buy the normal size as it doesn't fit into the sleeping bag's hood as well as the normal sized one does.
Clothes, this really surprised me as I have a lot of brands though when I went through my stuff it was mostly Kathmandu apparel I took. Their thermals are better at preventing bug bites than my icebreakers. The other stuff was basically sorted as to what had performed better the past and clothes weighed if there was a choice. Nothing was new except my Berghous Shell Top.
Thermal Tops x2 long sleeve, kathmandu ultracore good, warm, dry quick, wash easily don't smell walked in one of them every day very durable
Thermal leggings x1 kath again ultracore same as above only used at the end of the day and bed mostly.
Katmandu zipoff shorts x1: left the legs at home. Bought these in a rush a year ago after badly ripping another pair and haven't looked back, though good they're sadly worn out now. They have a few design issues that could be better though very good wearing. Have since replaced with another brand though.
Jocks x2: ex officio, great to wear, easy to wash, dry quick, good in the smell dept. Unfortunately start to fall off if you lose to much weight. re all my pants dept
Fleece Top: kath 100 weight. all good wicked well though should have brought one with a hood, so much warmer around the neck/head
Puffy: Marmot lighter one, ok don't know whether I really needed it but it was nice to have. Would I take it again.. mmm heads or tails
Shell pants, goretex marmot really good, mostly used at the end of the day over my thermal. Excellent in big weather, breathe very well.
Shell top: Berghaus enough said on this, elbow fatigued in the wind tearing open and their ripstop isn't tear proof. Finished with more tape on it to hold it together than my leg used. Not to happy with customer service either of Mountain Designs/Berghaus. Sorry guys I now understand that it was my fault that I didn't bring the shell in when it started to have issues on the track and a phone call letting you know this at the time wasn't good enough. Don't worry it wont happen again though.
Wool Beanie + Buff don't leave home without them.
Brim hat: old snowgum one, same as above
Belt: Rock Empire, I took a climbing belt and it was really good. Thread it through pull it tight, strong and never runs out of adjustment
Socks x2 + liner pair, all wool socks. Icebreaker fell apart early so ended up with all kathmandu (alpine, snow, liner) socks. Tough as though had to call the hazmat team by the end for one pair. Thicker sock can't wash smell free on the track , though which do? All were well worn before the trip and are still good.
Boots: replaced first
Scarpa Nangpa La. Feel comfy but leak badly, these were warranty replacements which had the same issues as first pair very early in the walk then the sole started splitting and I nursed them till I got replacements
Scarpa Kinesis Tech Gtx. Big boots but I really rate these. So comfy, good to walk in and protect your feet. Due to more support its harder to walk quickly (7.5kph) but still move really well. Feet were better for being in these wish I had of started walk in them.
Thongs footwear, like having a night shoe that doesn't rub anywhere your boots do, though when the weather cooled down you don't need to change out of your boots as your feet don't swell.
S2S Quagmire gaiters: Good I finally wore through the straps, well just about hanging on by literally a thread
OR windstopper: good
OR overmitts: didn't start with them which was a stuff up, fixed that as soon as I could. Needed them on the main range but glad I had them across Bogong, Bogong Plains and Baw Baw. OR produces quality gear, these mitts are made for big weather and didn't disappoint.
Jetboil. Good for my needs, worked well.
S2S bowl with lid: Good for rehydrating meals reasonably insulated and tough
S2S titanium Spoon: its a spoon. I have now shortened it to fit inside my bowl after a few heart palpitations thinking I had lost it somewhere.
Walking Poles: Black Diamond Ultra distance I think. Really light and strong, helped heaps and wouldn't do a big walk without them. Good for belting off attacking snake!
Water Bladder: Source 3ltr. After someone fell on & squashing it the bladder leaked. I had 2 empty 1.5ltr Mt Franklin bottles as back up/extra water when needed, which were great though I added an extra bottle at thredbo. Cheap and very light replaced one at Hotham and good to the end.
Gps: garmin Oregon whatever, didn't use it much at all though I like it. Prefer to use other orienteering methods
Headtorch: BD gismo I think its called, I like it and would buy the same again.
Batteries: Lithium only, and took spares. Energiser lithium were good as were coles home brand lithium ones. Since used Safeways/Woollies Chevron brand and wont again as they don't last compared to the others.
Powerbank: yeah I used one for my phone and Kindle, forgotton the brand though it was 11500 mA worked well and was ample for my needs. Can get details if you want them.
Kindle: Charged twice for the whole trip couldn't believe it. How good is that!
Other odds bods
Flint: I have one which has the plastic ends bright orange, easier to find in the dark if one end falls to the ground
Compass Silva: it points north
Whistle: I didn't even blow it for fun
First Aid Kit: whilst mine did a fine job for me, after doing a Wilderness First Aid course I have realised just how inadequate it was if anything really bad happened at all. Can supply a list of what I took if required.
Spare laces and 4 mtr paracord: highly recommend
Sewing kit: ditto, used a few times on all sorts of stuff. Use upholstery cotton as it is stronger and make sure that you have a needle as well for dental floss to repair something more major. plus the odd spare button to suit your gear if you want
Pocket knife x2: I always have a small pocket knife in my shorts pocket (with flint, lace and 2 m paracord) no matter what. Also have a baby utility knife in the pack. Nearly sent the utility one home though was glad I didn't long before the end.
Towel: a little buggar hiking one, wouldn't carry one any bigger. I think it was 1.5 feet by 1 foot. Had a little loop on it to hang outside the pack to dry which was good.
Maps, I got all anal and cross reference Chapmans book with the topo maps in red texta on both. This was really handy, so you didn't have to get the other out for suggested tent sites, water and things like page nos or which map you was on were written on the other reference material. Recommend this in case you lose one copy as well
I think that's all if you are still awake after all that.