Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

Packed and good to go

rucksacks2It’s taken a few attempts, but I’ve managed to get everything into these two (heavy) rucksacks.


This is what I’ll be taking with me:


Camp kit:

Sleeping bag. Kathmandu Venturer

Thermarest prolite 3

Bivvy bag. Mountain Range

Poncho (German army surplus)

2 bungees

2 tent pegs

Nylon cord

Penknife (victorinox)

Knife (victorinox)

Needle and thread

2 cigarette lighters

Metal mug

Head torch (Petzl)



2 boxes of waterproof matches

Cooking stove (MSR)

Pans (MSR)

Fuel bottle for stove (MSR)

Mosquito head net (Lifesystems)

Mosquito sleeping net (Lifesystems)

2 1-litre water bottles (Sigg)



Waterproof jacket (Mountain Designs)

Warm jacket (Buffalo)

2 long-sleeve shirts (Craghoppers, Patagonia)

2 short-sleeve shirts

NSW State of Origin 2007 jersey

2 pairs of trousers (1 Craghoopers, 1 Kathmandu)

2 pairs of shorts

Underwear (not as much as I’d like)

Wide-brimmed hat (Kakadu Traders)

Sunglasses (Bloc)

Shoes (Oboz)

Sandals (Source)


Technical kit:

Satellite modem (BGAN Explorer 300)

Solar panel (SolarGorilla)

Laptop (Asus EeePC)

Cables, adaptors etc for above

2 cameras (1 Canon EOS40D, 25-105mm lens, 1 Polaroid Sun 600)

Radio equipment (see previous blog entry)


Medical kit

Malarial medicine (malaprone)

Antibiotics (flocloxacillin)

Sun tan lotion (factor 30, ambre solaire)

Insect repellent (jungle formula)


Wound dressing pads

Fungicide/antibacterial cream (daktarin)



Rehydration treatment


Antibacterial hand foam

Diarrhoea medicine (Diareze)

Crepe bandage


Other kit:

Waterproof map case (tickets, postcards of where I live, emergency contacts, map of PNG, Lonely Planet, pen, pencil)

Money pouch (containing PNG kina, US dollars, American Express US dollar travellers cheques)


All packed into:

Karrimor Cougar 60-85 litre rucksack

Osprey Eclipse 26+5 litre daysack

5 drybags/canoe sacks



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