Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Packed for the Dempster Highway

After lots of futzing around I finally got my Big Dummy loaded for the Dempster Highway. I've got quite a lot of stuff, but it isn't too heavy as I've got clothes to deal with +5 to +30 deg C weather including rain, sleeping bag, thermarest & tent. All of which is bulky, but light. The unfortunate part about touring solo is that you have to carry the same group gear that would serve 2 or 4 bike tourists and you can't enjoy the economy of scale that a group can.

Here is what I ended up taking:

Big Dummy
• Fenders
• Marathon XR 26 x 2.0
• Bike computer
• BMX pedals
• kickstand
• Xtracycle V-racks & Freeloader bags
• OMM Cold Springs front rack
• Ortlieb Bike Packer front panniers
• OR Dry Bags x 3
• Mirror [attaches to glasses]
• Bell
• Water bottle cages + bottles x 4
• bike lock

Spare Parts/Tools
• Marathon XR 26 x 1.75 folding tire
• Spare brake cable x 1
• Spare shift cable x 2
• Spare disc brake pads – 2 sets
• Patch kit x 2
• Tire levers x 3
• Spare tubes x 4
• Bike multi-tool [w/ chain tool]
• Mini - Leatherman
• 8mm box wrench
• 10mm box wrench
• Fibre-fix spokes x 4
• Chain lube
• Rags
• Zip ties
• Mini-duct tape
• Straps x 4
• pump

Clothing
• Rain Jacket
• Rain Pants
• Gore-tex socks
• Long warm socks x 1
• Short cool socks x 1
• Baseball cap
• Toque & fleece gloves
• Shell gloves
• Ferrata Jacket
• MEC fleece sweater
• Long underwear top & bottom
• Capris
• TNF black long pants [converts to shorts]
• Ex-Offico boxers x 3
• Performance Ts x 3
• Sun Shirt
• Tech Amphibians
• Bike gloves
• Buff
• Bug shirt
• Bug hat

Camping
• Tent
• Sleeping bag
• Thermarest
• Sil Tarp and guylines

Cooking
• Stove [gas]
• Fuel bottles x 2
• pot
• Spork
• Lighter
• Water filter
• MSR Water bag
• Collapsible basin

Toiletries
• Toothbrush & paste
• Floss
• Tweezers
• Bio-soap
• Hand sanitizer
• TP
• Bag balm
• Vitamins
• Ibuprofin
• Towel
• Lip balm
• Nail clippers
• Eye drops

Misc
• Headlamp
• Sunglasses & cleaning cloth
• Credit card & bank cards
• Copy of documents
• Health insurance
• Digi-cam x 1
• Notebook & pen
• Accessory cord
• Ear plugs
• Bear spray x 3 [one old one to test fire]
• Bear bangers
• F/A kit
• Maps
• Bear Canister
• Ziplock bags
• Reading book
• Trowel
• Tennis elbow brace
• Bug spray

Food
• Camping Dinners x 7
• Dried fruit
• Beef jerky
• Nuts
• Chocolate bars
• Cliff bars
• Oat meal
• Granola bars
• Fruit
• Tea

4 comments:

Jerome said...

Looks like it'll be a great trip. When are you leaving? I'm sure you'll be taking a lot of pictures and can't wait the hear how it was.

Leaf Slayer said...

What book are you taking?

Doug said...

Have a great trip! Can't wait for the stories and pictures. I'm heading out the door now for my three day trip. One last check of your gear list to see if I forgot anything. I like lists because I'm too lazy to write my own.

RJ said...

I'm preparing to tour the TransAm next summer and I've been debating about whether or not to leave my Xtracycle on or take it off for the tour. I've finally, firmly decided that it's staying on! ..but I can't decide whether or not to use front panniers. It looks like from your recent photos that you've gone with front panniers. Have you toured without the front bags? How do the two different set-ups compare!

Thanks!

RJ