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Here’s the list of equipment I’ll be bringing on the expedition. Some items might change, I’ve already had to make adjustments based on new information from the previous Mars160 crew. Check back every once in a while leading up to our launch. I’ll return here after the expedition with some notes on how the items worked out.

Seiko 5 Field Watch

I wanted a field watch that was rugged, water resistant, automatic (no batteries), and not too expensive. The OMEGA Speedmaster costs more than this expedition. This is strictly a timepiece, I have other tech that will give me other information. The fact that the Seiko 5 family has a deep history of reliability drew me to it, in addition to it’s simple form.

Ibis EX 0 Sleeping Bag

Feathered Friends has been a Seattle staple of my life. When I first walked into that store more than 10 years ago, I knew one day I would own one of their extreme sleeping bags, and I knew that day I’d have something interesting to do with it. This 0 degree bag represents a silent promise I made to myself a long time ago.

Lowa Renegade GTX Hiking Boots

The first thing you need to select in your shoe is fit, everything else comes second. So line up some shoes that meet your secondary requirements and pick the ones that fit the best. I needed waterproof for water collection and sampling, ankle protection from the sharp rocks, and a stiff sole – but not mountaineering stiff. I knew as soon as I put these on they would work great.

Utility Mechanix Gloves

Consistently in my toolbox for as long as I can remember. These will provide a little bit of cold protection. I’ll be bringing 2 pairs.

Katadyn BeFree 1.0l

A 1.0l bottle with filter for EVAs. The flexible pouch seems prone to damage but we’ll see.


It’s pretty easy to drop a lifestraw in a cup of water. We’re fetching water from a nearby snowmelt stream and there shouldn’t be any surprises, but this is some added insurance against a stomach issue on the island.


A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.

Smartwool socks

It’ll be cold.

And Darn Tough socks

I got advice for both brands, so I’ll try both.

Adjustable Wrenches

Just a few odd tools of my own. Coffee mug for scale.

Fjallraven 1960 Logo Hat

Like Patagonia, Fjallraven has a lifetime repair warrantee. When I tried this wool hat on, it was almost aggressively hot. It should do well as my primary headpiece when I’m not in a spacesuit.

Camp soap and hot sauce

And I wont get them confused. There are several varieties of hot sauce from Yellowbird and I got one of each.

QiSa branded solar charger

By popular demand, I will bring this tri-fold pocket solar charger to see how it handles the low, fast-moving sun. Forecasts are mostly overcast but it should still take a charge with clouds, as solar panels do.

Garmin InReach Mini 2

We have satphones and handheld GPS walkies but I’ll be bringing mine as well.

Cocoon Mummy Liner

Same as the sheet on your mattress, this liner will keep my sleeping bag clean.

Fairy lights

You know, for fairies.

REI XeroDry rain pants

Gotta stay dry if you want to stay warm.

Takmly Borescope, 16ft

We will use these borescopes to inspect inside the walls and structure.

SanDisk 64GB SD Cards

I have enough SD cards for over 40k photos.

Yaktrax Boot Spikes

We aren’t expecting much snow but just in case.

More gear…

I’ve got plenty of gear yet to showcase, check back soon for more updates!

2 thoughts on “Gear”

  1. I am truly excited to see the results of these choices- the boots will be the one I’m most paying attention to. Any knives making the trek? Interested to see how those fare.

    1. The boots are excellent so far. I had them for a month prior to break them in. I have a couple multi tools with knives that I’ll add when I return. I’ve had to sharpen the blades out of the box as I usually don’t think they are sharp enough.

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