Dew Hybrid Bicycle with Shimano Deore gearing system upgrade
waterproof rolltop back panniers - Ortleib waterproof panniers
are pricey but are the absolute best panniers you can buy and they
will last forever.
15 degree F. down sleeping bag with dry sack - very nice
and warm! After much deliberation, I decided to go with a down sleeping
bag rather than a synthetic filled. Down is warmer and can pack
into a smaller space. The negative is that they don't work when
wet and you can't wash them. I bought my cotton liner to keep the
sleeping bag clean. I really like it so far.
sleeping bag liner - a must-have for down sleeping bags.
Also good for sleeping in on top of your sleeping bag on warmer
- very nice to sleep or chill out in when you can find two trees
or some other supports the right distance from each other. The night
we slept in our hammocks in the baseball dugout was our most comfortable
night. They can't always be used obviously but don't take up much
space so we think it's worth it to bring them along for a break
from the ground whenever the trees might align correctly.
3/4 length sleeping mat
- this is a necessity for 40+ year old bodies.
Pillow - this is one of those little U-shaped jobbies that
are sold as travel pillows. It takes up too much space in my pannier
and still doesn't give much support. I ended up putting it on top
of my bike helmet to get the right amount of ground lift. I'm going
to look for some sort of inflatable alternative for next time.
Peak titanium 3 piece cookware set
- I got a terrific deal on these at Cabela's. A frying pan, pot
and bowl for $40. Usually just ONE titanium mug will set you back
$40. It takes longer to boil water in titanium than in anodized
metal but it is very light and worked well.
My Fire camp spork - I just love this little thing. It's
a fork on one end and a spoon on the other and is made out of a
hard rubbery plastic. Mine is blue of course!
Fuel - these cannisters screw onto the bottom of the stove.
Tripod Camp Stool - it's really nice to be able to sit wherever
you want to.
& Firestarter Bricks (yeah yeah I know, that's cheating...)
Food Stuff for 6 days
We made our own breakfast everyday except for our morning at Rendleman's
B&B. We ate one meal a day at a restaurant along the trail and
cooked our other meal each day.
House freeze dried meals
coffee single bags
cocoa mix packets
I only brought Merino Wool clothing for this trip after much
consideration. Merino Wool is very comfortable and doesn't retain
smells so you can wear it a long time. The problem with wool is
that it takes forever to dry if it gets wet and you can't put it
in the dryer. Next time I plan to take along one technical shirt
to wear in case it looks like rain.
Neither Craig or I wear padded bike shorts. We've experimented with
and without and our butts hurt the same amount either way :-) so
we'd rather not feel like we're wearing diapers.
Craig uses clipless pedals on his bike so he brings shoes with clips
as well as walking shoes. I have set my feet free and don't use
clipless pedals. I fall a lot less now.
long sleeve Merino Wool shirts - overkill for 6 days. Shoulda'
just brought one.
Wool sweater vest - didn't wear this either. But it sure
short sleeve Merino Wool shirts
pair Merino Wool tights
pair wool socks
pair Keen sandals - I found that I can wear these with
socks and use them even when it's cold. Sure I look like a
geek but hey, if the shoe fits...
Boots - the biggest waste of packing space on this trip.
I never used them and they took up a third of one of my panniers.
I can just wear my Keens with sock in the future.