Expo Personal Gear List

First time on Expo: What should I take? Read on... No apologies are made for the simplistic approach, and no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions ;-) Make sure you have at least the Essentials; consider taking the Extras for a more pleasant time, but don't fret if you can't get them. The Excessive sections are for the gearists...

It's a good idea (for caving generally, but particularly for Expo) to settle on a particular combination of colours of electrical insulation tape, and label absolutely everything you own with the stuff. To see which combinations are available, have a look here. Tape everything, not just your caving gear; while one karabiner looks much like another, it's equally true that one karrimat looks much like another. (And your phone/chargers/laptop/mug/plate/cutlery - essentially anything you want to be reasonably sure to get back)

Lightweight stuff is good so as it makes carrying all your caving and camping gear to top camp significantly less epic/tedious. Two of everything (pit, karrimat, utensils, clothes) reduces the amount of stuff you have to keep carrying up and down the mountain.


Expo can be hot, cold, wet or dry, or (more usually) all of these in rapid succession and combination! It can be really chilly (snowing!) in the bivi.

Camping equipment

Caving equipment


Original by Earl Merson (1999); edited and updated David Loeffler (2003), Edvin, Duncan, OllyM (2008) and Wookey (2014)