Items marked with "=" are on the "should not have been taken" list.
* compass and whistle * phone and charger * D-80 and charger * hat * umbrella * gaiters * 30 m cord * two ski sticks * crampons * walking boots * spare glasses * 2 * sun/glacier glasses * sun cream * lip salve * first aid kit * money * passport * boarding passes * tooth brush and soap * towel * head torch and spare * turtle * dayglo "buff" * "bas" fleece hat * "silk" balaclava * E111 / EHIC medical card * water bottle * tiny swiss army penknife * larger opinel * nail scissors = helmet * raincoat (lightweight flimsy, and emergency backup super-flimsy) * waterproof (ish, mostly for warmth for pre-dawn starts) trousers * gloves times three: thin inners, fleecey, dachsteins = books (don't go overboard like usual) "the old ways", Robert Macfarlane; "histories", Herodotus = two ice axes (adzes; one climbing, one walking) = big rucksac (macpac) * daysac (lowe alpine spire 40) * kindle (shares phone charger) loaded * lightweight sac (exped 25 yellow) * at least one bin liner and one spare * maps (Alpenvereinskarte Hochstubai and Sellrain) * garmin 610 watch and charger and usb plug * foreign-to-uk adapter plug * notebook (moleskin red) and pen/cil * a couple of small plastic bags = pack of cards * clothes: 2 * long tops; 1 tech t; 2 cotton t; 2 pairs thin socks; 1 pair thick; 4 pairs pants; shorts; running shorts; 2 * tracksters; * food - NO * take sandals - NO
Total weight: 14 kg.
In the end I didn't take any food. This meant I got dwarf bread for breakfast and no lunch at all for a week; this was fine.
Things I should not have takenWritten afterwards.
= 700g - ice axe, the walking one = 1900g - big rucksac (macpac) = 750g - books = 400g - helmet = 100g - pack of cards = 100g - second spare pair of glasses = 400g - thermal top and bottom, excess spare t-shirt
Total: 4.4 kg. That's a lot. I'd have been better off with less than 10 kg on my back instead of more than 14. Having the "spare" large pack was nice, but not worth it. If I trim the books and the axe and the excess clothes, then everything fits into the Spire (and I have the Exped for the plane). Don't take 4 pairs of underpants; two are fine (one on, one off) and 3 pairs of thin socks at most; the thick socks were an unneeded luxury.
Also to be careful of: excess nick-nacks: the "traditional" orange and grey bags. Winnow those.