Sunday, March 17, 2013

Gearing up for camping

The weather is getting nicer and I've been recovering from my cold.  It was nice to get back on the Brompton!

My friends got married last week at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson.  We camped overnight after the ceremony.  It's actually a really nice campground with nice restroom facilities and other conveniences.  This experience really got me itching to try bike camping.

I've started slowly but surely gathering the equipment I need to do S24Os (and even full length tours).  I've based my selection of gear from what Laura and Russ from PathLessPedaled have done (their book, The Unauthorized Brompton Touring Guide is also an excellent resource).

So far I have (or have ordered):
  • Gregory Savant 48L backpack.
  • Wiggy's Overbag (rated to 35 degrees F)
  • Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Xlite
  • Trangia 27-7 stove / cooking set
  • Sea to Summit eVent compression dry sack (14L) - for sleeping bag
  • Outdoor Research Z-compression sack (12L) - for clothes
  • Backcountry Boiler - for hot water
  • MUSA Vapor Barrier Layer that goes inside sleeping back on colder nights
I think that's all... I also have the Brompton C-bag, with which to carry food, phone, maps, possibly iPad.  I've been housesitting for a while, so I haven't been able to try riding with all this gear yet.  I'll update when I do.


  1. I really need to have visited this blog more often... I'm also getting my gear together for an S24O... Went with a different backpack, and my plan is to hang it off my seat. Is that the direction you're going? Like Russ

    1. Well, it's never too late to visit more often! Yes, I am trying to follow Russ and Laura's lead on mounting the backpack. So far I haven't been real happy with how loose it is, so I'm gonna have to play with it a little bit. I'm sure I'll post up when I find a method I'm happy with.