Posted by: Brendan | March 26, 2010

Packing List

Got out for an overnighter with Dave last weekend. Idyllwild to Noble Canyon (San Diego) with as much dirt as we could find, about 120 miles total.

I took some notes on my gear & goody list, and realized most of these are kept under lock & key. Well, here’s mine for all to see. Not saying it’s my end-all kit, but I’ve been working on it and will continue to make improvements.

In the Carousel Design Works seat bag:

sleeping bag
3/4″ sleeping pad
tyvek bivvy
(packed in that order)

In the Epic Designs bar bag dry sack:

1 pair wool hiker socks
warm knit cap
marmot precip jacket
Patagucci R.5 warm shirt thing
black diamond ugly but lightweight and warm fuzzy long underwear bottoms
1 pair undies. Boxers not briefs.

In the Epic bar bag brain pocket (extra gizmo in front of the bag)

lip balm
A&D ointment
SPOT unit
some snacks
arm/knee warmers as I pulled them off
water treatment (iodine in a small bottle, some tablets)

In the Wingnut Hyper 3.0 pack

2 26″ innertubes
minipump with duct tape stowage
Minitool- huge do-everything variety
Esbit stove & fuel tabs, lighter
Titanium mug, lexan spoon
Robot Food; Sustained Energy, endurolytes, various unidentified Hammer pills, Gu2O or something like it
More food (4 oatmeal packs, TJ’s pasta chingus, canned smoked trout, almonds, candied ginger)
1 brick o’ ramen noodles. Good calories & salt, very lightweight
2 beers, canned.
Wake-up kit: Starbucks Via brew packets, Emergen-C packets
Pretty Guy kit: Toothbrush, cut to fit inside mug, travel toothpaste, floss, TP, Tums, moleskin
Bike Love kit: 3 zip ties, patch kit, tire plug kit, a couple random bolts, chain links, tiny bottle of lube
a couple Clif bars. The cherry almond kind was edible
Compass, tethered to the pack straps. Mileage marked in dots on the string to correspond with the scale of maps we were using
a piece of fruit
Snickers bar, cleverly hidden next to my water bladder
reserve platypus bladder for extra water capacity when needed

In the Carousel Design Works top tube fuel cell:

more snacks; dried apple dealies, Panda licorice, fig newtons
bought pop tarts along the way

On the stem:

Gel flask, loaded full of maltodextrin goodness.

On me:

knee warmers
arm warmers
smartwool socks
Uvex helmet
home made black diamond headlamp adapter chingus to fit the helmet
Shades- two pair; light lens for morning & twilight, dark lens for daytime pimpin’

On the bike:

3 water bottles. Robot food stayed in the insulated bottle just in case it contributed to stomach funkiness
Cateye velo 5 bike computer

Contemporaneous notes:

Things to bring-
ipod shuffle
Hammer Recoverite
more blister stuff
hand sanitizer
sunglasses bag
salty snacks (Synders pretzel bits are evil & full of MSG, oh-so-good)
razor blade for cutting things
99 cent womens stretchy gloves

Things to think about-
more cork tape on the Jones bars, especially around the tube intersection
possibly modify the bar bag/ handlebar interface for better hand room
watch wheel tension/ tire pressure with loads
budget for 2 starbucks coffee dealies per morning
more esbit cubes, maybe 2.5 per day?
maybe a roomier pack?
the bike computer doesn’t register miles at hike a bike speed
might lose the gel flask on stem for hike a bike situations



  1. Good stuff Brendan. Care to elaborate more specifically on “watch wheel tension/ tire pressure with loads?” Thoughts on at what weight/location of weight and what corresponding adjustment to pressure/tension?

  2. Great list. Would you be interested in posting it over in the “personal setups” section of I think others would find it interesting.

    Noble Canyon is a fun trail. Cool that you linked it into a bikepack trip.


  3. Brian- that was something of a note-to-self, but it could be relevant to anyone. I’d recently rebuilt my wheels and the tension was a bit low. I could really feel it in the tighter turns. I don’t use (or own) a spoke tension checker, but it would be useful.

    Also in that vein: Tire pressure and shock pressure. I raise all of them slightly for a given condition when I’m loaded with more suspended weight. You’ll really notice it on your Song, too.

    Scott- I cut-and-paste most of this into the space. I hadn’t even thought of it for some reason.

    And, yes, Noble Canyon is legit. It was my first run down that trail and I hope to return soon sans gear.

  4. nice. I am planning a little 300 mile adventure for the memorial day weekend – mostly offroad. great post for me. I have been really trying to dial in what I am, and what I am not taking. love the frame bag.

  5. Hey Jruss, can’t wait to see what your 300 miler turns out to be… I’ve got to imagine you’ve got a lot of great options out there in SW Utah.

    I’ve got a 300 miler of my own coming up… yikes!

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