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west highland way bikepacking

west highland way bikepacking

 in this trip i went ultralight bike packing the west highland way in scotland.

full kit inc tarp, bivvy, sleep mat (attached to the outside!) stove and fuel, sleep bag, 1.5lt water food etc in the saddle bag, tools, spares and first aid.

inclueding water food and fuel the pack weight was around 7kg

Comments (8)

ibclimbnMay 14th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

What tarp is that? I like the way you leveraged the bike and wheel for support of the tarp.

ShaunMay 15th, 2009 at 4:01 am

Excellent treeless/hiking stickless tarp set up!

Mike BrownMay 15th, 2009 at 5:27 am

How many days/ how easy was re-supply?

thedanwhalleyMay 15th, 2009 at 8:01 am

the west highland way is 150k across the west highlands of scotland, as north of loch lomand was unrideable there was a little extra to go another way, so around 190k in total, i completed it in 2 long days so no need to re supply!

Bag- alpkit waterproof 20lt pack, topeak 10lt saddle bag (for tools, spares etc)
Tarp-gossamer gear spinn solo, ti pegs
Cook system- alpkit titanium mug, esbit titanium wing stove, titanuim spoon
Bivvy- terra nova
Sleep system- Alpkit pipedream bag, gossamer gear nightlite torso length, i used the pad out of my backpack for my thighs, tricky but it works
Also food water dry socks, insulating layers etc

bikewrightMay 15th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for showing the bike tarp set-up!

Alex BakerMay 17th, 2009 at 6:50 am

How did you get on with the Alpkit Gourdon 20L bag? I have one but the wife has adopted it for commuting in the winter. I am not sure how the thin waist belt would help on longer rides when you don’t want all the weight on your shoulders.

A 30L total load out is pretty good packing / minimal kit list. Nice trick with the tarp, I’ll have to remember that if I don’t make it to the bothy next weekend!


thedanwhalleyMay 21st, 2009 at 2:06 am

hi alex,
yer the alpkit bag is not the comfiest of bags, I don’t like a big waste belt whilst biking but the it is small, although I found it to be fine with that weight, its also got the advantage of being waterproof and its quite tough.
I think now ill being hitting the trail more like this I would consider a more technical pack, something like the Salomon Raid Revo 30.

coastkidJuly 12th, 2009 at 1:20 am

great lightwieght set up using a tarp,just orderd one,save wieght of a tent on the rack,could also be put up higher between trees for cooking when raining (ray meyers style),have you thought about a epic designs frame bag?,i just got one and its amazing,with a tarp set-up i think i will manage without a rucksack now!,just a camelback,

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