Discover all the equipment that made this adventure possible
From the outdoor gear that allowed us to live outdoors for two years and through four seasons, to the clothes we wore from one end of this European crossing to the other, to all the electronic equipment we used to document this adventure, we detail here all our equipment choices.
On this trip across Europe, in addition to being long-distance hikers, we were a small, lightweight video production crew. Our packs didn't really look like typical backpacking gear. Without the innovations of the outdoor industry, we would not have been able to make such a journey and document it the way we did.
Lightert pack = Health = Freedom
In the anguish of lacking, of comfort in particular, we accumulate. This bag that should be a source of comfort becomes a burden. The emptiness created by all that we do not take in our backpacks is quickly filled by all that we discover on the way: nature, encounters, ourselves... Leaving too much loaded, it is risking not to leave any place to the novelty and the discovery. It also increases the risk of getting hurt.
While we believe that we should all aim for lightweight backpacks, the target weight must obviously be determined based on a particular terrain, season and project.
Our route was essentially mountainous. A minimum of safety equipment was therefore essential.
The electronic equipment we took on board to document this crossing of Europe represented a real sacrifice on the weight of our bags and therefore on our comfort and health. It was a measured choice and, if sometimes we would have liked to carry 5kg less, we did not regret it because it allowed us to realize the project we dreamed of.
THE PACK OF MARIE
The distribution between our two bags was variable according to the time and the season. In general, Marie carried sleeping gear for two, cooking gear, food supplies and her clothes.
The weight of Marie's bag fluctuated between 10 and 20 kg between summer and winter.
The amount of food we carried at any given time depended on the number of days we spent in autonomy, i.e. without the possibility of resupply.
THE PACK OF NIL
In general, Nil carried the electronics, part of the bedding and his clothes.
The electronic section of our equipment was without a doubt the heaviest item and it did not vary according to the season.
The weight of Nil's bag varied between 18 and 29 kg between summer and winter.