Personal setups » Clint’s Bikepacking setup


This is what I took on my first bikepacking trip ever. I decided to try to take as much as I could on this first voyage and narrow it down once i got out into the wilderness and could make better decisions on what i really needed and what was just luxury. However, Here is a list of what I brought on my first outing.

1 man REI tent, 25 Deg. REI Halo down bag, small 1 1/2 lb. REI thermorest 1/2 size, Smart wool socks/long underwear pants and shirt, 2 freeze dried meals/4 packets instant oatmeal/6 energy bars/1 package tuna, REI Flash 30 day pack w/ camelbak bladder, 2 Nalgene bottles w/ water, snowpeak cook stove (tiny) along w/ 2 cans of snowpeak fuel and a titanium cook pot that everything fits into and also a titanium spork. Trash bags, freezer bags for food and trash, 50 ft. twine to hang all cooking supplies and food from tree. Iphone w/ a movie to watch in my tent:), an emergency first aid kit, down camp pillow, Survival knife, Pitzle headlamp w/ extra batteries, Trek seat bag for bike tools, tubes, parts. Trek bike rack for sleeping bag and food, 3 bandanas, Marmot rain coat and performance waterproof bike pants, synthetic socks 1 pair, light breathable/convertible

riding jacket performance, Waterproof helmet cover, Colorado Trail guidebook, sunglasses, Waterproof specialized riding gloves, Full face and head cover for riding in cold weather, extra long sleeve synthetic undershirt for insulation, MSR sweetwater water filter, I think that’s it. I know I missed a couple of things but again I am refining this list quite extensively and it is hard to know exactly what I’ll bring on my entire ride of the CT in early July until I get my Frame bag and seat and handlebar bags from Epic Designs. If anyone has any insight into this I’d be happy to have some suggestions or constructive criticism.

Comments (10)

MarshalMarch 24th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

“”I decided to try to take as much as I could on this first voyage and narrow it down once i got out into the wilderness and could make better decisions on what i really needed and what was just luxury””

As you already wrote, you got the right idea/approach imo. My question is how did your 1st trip go and what ‘gear’ decisions did you make and why. Seems to always come down to ones individual thoughts on (lighter& faster) balanced against (comforts & contingency’s)

Kid RiemerMarch 25th, 2009 at 10:58 am


I’m curious what you think you would do differently after this first voyage?

Here is some feedback:

Stove choice and fuel canister choice. Take a look online at make your own alcohol stoves. If you are primarily using it as a method to bring water to a boil for food rehydration…you can find some figures as to how much alcohol is necessary per day. Homemade alcohol stoves are super light and if you take the right amount of fuel it might be lighter than the set up you took.

Personally I’d lose the iPhone and just enjoy nature. That’s just me though.

Lose the pillow. Just roll up some clothes you aren’t wearing.

Decide how big a knife you really need. Perhaps the smallest Swiss army knife will do?

One bandana.

Can you do with one jacket instead of two?

Iodine pills instead of filter. Taste is compromised I’ll admit.

I’m not sure what the full face item you refer to is. If it is a balaclava try to determine what temperature you might really need that at.

Keep in mind there is nothing wrong with what you took. Nothing at all. Only lighten it up if it will make you happier and won’t sacrifice your safety margin.

Thanks for posting!

SlimMarch 27th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Even better than Iodine: micropur, aquamira or similar. No taste and safer than iodine.

Nalgene bottle are very heavy and unwieldy to pack. Platypus bladders are much lighter and their flat shape fits in bags better. Or sports bottles that will fit in you waterbottle cages, keeping the weight off your back and low on the bike. Or soda/juice bottles that are almost free and lightweight.

SlimMarch 27th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Just noticed: Nalgene bottles }-(. They are heavy and akward to pack and use. Platypus bladders are super light and easier to pack and dispense from. Or bike bottles to put the water in your bottle cages, keeping the weight low and off your back. Or soda/juice bottles: light and almost free.

Dithc the bungee cords. they are very heavy and not that secure. Use a slim tiedown strap( like a canoe tiedown but smaller) light and bomb proof.

RE the pillow comment: I disagree. if you are packing light, you will be wearing almost all clothes except for raingear, which will be insulating your legs. For me one pair of stinky socks doth not a pillow make. Instead if, like me, you will not go without one, get the inflatable ones from BPL. They are comfy,super light and super cheap.
Which brings me to the last point. Have you visited BPL? Read the book the put out? That would be great places to get more info on weight reduction(not bike specific).
Once again: what where your own results after use? what worked what did you miss?

Clint kirkendallMarch 29th, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I really appreciate all of the feedback. I know I brought way too much stuff, but it was march in Colorado so I didn’t want to get stuck in some unfavorable weather without at least some warm clothes. The next time I go up I will have my custom bags from epic designs putting the bulk of my weight off my back and low on the bike. I also wanted to intentionally bring as much weight as I thought I could handle without flippng over backwards on the uphill singletrack. I now have a way better idea of what I am going to bring that is actually necessary next time. This was the first of at least 6-7 practice bikepacking outings I will go on before riding the whole 535 mile trail in July. Between nowand then refine refine refine is the name of the game. Thanks again for the ideas guys I will use damn near all of your suggestions in the months to come. Thanks,
Clint K.

Clint kirkendallMarch 29th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Oh yeah and Slim that’s one of the funniest things anyone’s said to me in awhile. “one pair of stinky socks doth not a pillow make!” I chuckled about that with some of my friends for awhile:)
Cheers buddy and thanks for the comments. I’m a pillow man myself. I’ll have to try the inflatable route. I’ll also have to look at the site you referred me to, as I haven’t had an opportunity to yet but I will!

DaveCApril 9th, 2009 at 7:27 am

Blow air into your hydro bladder and you have a nice pillow.

12wheelsMay 7th, 2009 at 8:18 am

How do you like the REI +25 Halo? Is the comfort rating accurate? How small can it be compressed?

keith bashamJuly 6th, 2009 at 7:36 am

what is the address for BPL?

12wheelsJuly 6th, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Great site but some of the posters tend to get carried away and promote gear which might not stand up to hard use.

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