Personal setups » KKs First Attemptby kkjellquist
Just finished my first overnight backpacking trip w/ Mike B (http://www.bikepacking.net/individual_setups/my-set-up-and-things-learned/) in Western North Carolina’s Pisgah Nation Forest. We had a great single night out and managed to avoid all the major storms in the area!
Bike: Salsa Dos Niner w/ Blackburn EX-1 Disc Rack^ and two full waterbottles
In pannier: Mountain Hardware Ultralamina 32 bag, Hennessy Expidition Hammock, Mini Trangia Stove, two tubes, multi tool, pump, (2) CO2 & inflator, headlamp, bike cleaning toothbrush, lube, patches, emergency blanket, mg fire starter, iodine tabs, coffee cup, alcohol, flask, matches, pack towel, 2 beers, and cleaning rag.
In WingNut pack: (clothing) thin wool ls shirt, thick wool long sleeve shirt, non-cotton t-shirt, light windbreaker, running tights, socks, arm warmers, knee warmers, cap, crocs (food/misc) instant oatmeal, instant coffee, ramen noodles, sardines, vienna susages, trail mix, waterproof case with iphone/atm card/id/cash, spyderco knife. (plus 50ish oz water)
In REI handlebar bag: bandana, Bronners, contact stuff, toothbrush, TP, lighter, and Pisgah map. (You really can brush your teeth w/ Dr Bronner’s and it’s not that bad!)
Wearing: sleeveless wool base layer, baggies w/ removeable liner, non-cotton t-shirt, gloves, cycling cap, sunglasses, helmet
Lessons learned: Use HEET for the stove, definitely need some bottom insulation for the hammock, and while I didn’t really need it, the rain jacket I left behind because of it’s weight could have been critical! The only thing I truly forgot was a rear blinkie, but that would only be needed for pedaling home at night in an emergency.
I don’t think there’s too much I could trim except some clothing in warmer months. I used most everything on this list at some point. Mike and I both use/used panniers and we had several discussions about the pros/cons and large saddle bags. In Pisgah we find ourselves behind the saddle descending on a regular basis and I’m really not sure how the large saddle bags can work for that.
I loved my first bikepacking experience!! I’ll be back for more.
^Can work on 29ers w/ some mods