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Old 02-12-2014, 03:01 PM   #4591
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Standard, 'comfort mode' (i.e. chairs, the good camera gear and a few other little luxuries) tent camp:

Set up...



... Packed down...



... And loaded on.



This was just a two-up, long-weekend, dry-run (not that far out in the Boonies with water nearby etc), to test out the new gear I've spent the last few months obsessively compiling, after selling the old stuff when I moved from the UK to the US a while back. Took some stuff not strictly required for this ride, just to see how it packed down etc. On a much longer trip, I reckon I'd only add another small stuff sack of clothes. And on a solo ride, obviously half the sleeping / sitting tackle would be left at home and the smaller tent / tarp taken, so the bike could be loaded differently.

Added a few things and left a couple out since then. Now just waiting for it this cold snap to pass so give it all an extended outing... Not to mention a full-on, geek-out photo documentation of every single item, which - for whatever reason - I'll no doubt feel compelled to carry out.



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Old 02-12-2014, 06:05 PM   #4592
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... Packed down...





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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!

But then if it works for you, Great!
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:19 PM   #4593
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First time out with no schedule, new gear and an OCD photographic session thrown in for s&g... Last slug of coffee to starter button still took less than 30 mins.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:02 PM   #4594
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not very good with these pics and stuff, coyote and kriega r15,,, most of it is still in the coyote



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Old 02-12-2014, 08:58 PM   #4595
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Not to mention a full-on, geek-out photo documentation of every single item, which - for whatever reason - I'll no doubt feel compelled to carry out.



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Old 02-12-2014, 09:11 PM   #4596
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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!
When I'm on trips, it's the only time I can ever sleep in and enjoy myself. I haven't been able to (because of going to work) sleep in on a weekday, pretty near my entire adult life barring being on Death's door sick, or the occasional act of God.

Weekends are full of all the crap and scheduling I have to squeeze in that I can't do on the weekdays.

My buddies and I would ban anyone from our group who had some demented compulsion to "hurry" at O'dark:30 when on a bike camping vacation.

Maybe the guys who pack so light they use rocks for pillows, break camp quickly because they are so miserable.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:14 PM   #4597
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Maybe the guys who pack so light they use rocks for pillows, break camp quickly because they are so miserable.
Nah... if you break camp earlyish (I don't even think about getting out of my sleeping bag until the sun is up) you can get to your next destination early which leaves more time for consuming appropriate quantities of malted beverage.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:49 AM   #4598
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Maybe the guys who pack so light they use rocks for pillows, break camp quickly because they are so miserable.
Forget that. I'm pretty minimilist but have a hard time sleeping without one. My pillow only weighs about an ounce and fits in the BA Air Core's stuff sack. Got it at REI. I'm not forgetting it.

This whole "going minimilist/ultralight is cold and uncomfortable" stereotype is so out dated.

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Old 02-13-2014, 02:21 AM   #4599
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Standard, 'comfort mode' (i.e. chairs, the good camera gear and a few other little luxuries) tent camp:

Set up...



... Packed down...



... And loaded on.



This was just a two-up, long-weekend, dry-run (not that far out in the Boonies with water nearby etc), to test out the new gear I've spent the last few months obsessively compiling, after selling the old stuff when I moved from the UK to the US a while back. Took some stuff not strictly required for this ride, just to see how it packed down etc. On a much longer trip, I reckon I'd only add another small stuff sack of clothes. And on a solo ride, obviously half the sleeping / sitting tackle would be left at home and the smaller tent / tarp taken, so the bike could be loaded differently.

Added a few things and left a couple out since then. Now just waiting for it this cold snap to pass so give it all an extended outing... Not to mention a full-on, geek-out photo documentation of every single item, which - for whatever reason - I'll no doubt feel compelled to carry out.



Cheers,



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Old 02-13-2014, 02:53 AM   #4600
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Hi Michael , do you have a list of all that you carry and brands for your two up touring .
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Standard, 'comfort mode' (i.e. chairs, the good camera gear and a few other little luxuries) tent camp:

Set up...



... Packed down...



... And loaded on.



This was just a two-up, long-weekend, dry-run (not that far out in the Boonies with water nearby etc), to test out the new gear I've spent the last few months obsessively compiling, after selling the old stuff when I moved from the UK to the US a while back. Took some stuff not strictly required for this ride, just to see how it packed down etc. On a much longer trip, I reckon I'd only add another small stuff sack of clothes. And on a solo ride, obviously half the sleeping / sitting tackle would be left at home and the smaller tent / tarp taken, so the bike could be loaded differently.

Added a few things and left a couple out since then. Now just waiting for it this cold snap to pass so give it all an extended outing... Not to mention a full-on, geek-out photo documentation of every single item, which - for whatever reason - I'll no doubt feel compelled to carry out.



Cheers,



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Old 02-13-2014, 04:51 AM   #4601
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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!

But then if it works for you, Great!
I think he has it down pretty well... Have to consider, its the guy and his wife, so a lot of the gear he has looks doubled. Two helinox chairs, two slepping bags, two pillows, two bags of clothes, etc.
And being the two of them on a camping trip, I don't see a reason to be in panic mode to pack up and move out.

I do a fair amount of camping both solo and with a passenger. Solo, I'm in a hammock, drunk and in bed quicker and on the road earlier. Two up, its a tent, slower getting something to eat, having a chat while enjoying taking our time while packing. Sure that may take an hr, but its all part of the experience.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:52 AM   #4602
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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!

But then if it works for you, Great!
There's no good reason why anyone should take two hours to break camp in the morning. That has nothing to do with how much stuff he packed or how it is packed away. That has to do with him just being slow as shit. Don't make the mistake of assuming that because a guy you know can't get ready in a reasonable amount of time that it's because of how much gear he packed. I can go from fully camp unpacked in the sleeping bag to ready to roll in about fifteen minutes. If I'm really taking my time and dragging my feet, a half an hour. If I prep things the night before, I can get packed in about ten minutes in the morning. There's absolutely no way that adding a few extra things would increase my time to two hours.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:34 AM   #4603
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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!

But then if it works for you, Great!
He said himself it was a dry run, everyone starts somewhere.

Besides, if you're the type who needs to be packed and ready to roll in 10 minutes something tells me you won't be carrying pillows and chairs. This isn't an ISDE race.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:38 AM   #4604
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There's no good reason why anyone should take two hours to break camp in the morning. That has nothing to do with how much stuff he packed or how it is packed away. That has to do with him just being slow as shit. Don't make the mistake of assuming that because a guy you know can't get ready in a reasonable amount of time that it's because of how much gear he packed. I can go from fully camp unpacked in the sleeping bag to ready to roll in about fifteen minutes. If I'm really taking my time and dragging my feet, a half an hour. If I prep things the night before, I can get packed in about ten minutes in the morning. There's absolutely no way that adding a few extra things would increase my time to two hours.
I'm carrying some luxury items, I don't think I can stuff my sleeping bag, deflate, roll and pack my pad and take down and stuff my tent in 10 minutes without damaging something or forgetting something. But then again I go out of my way to get it packed as tight as can be. If the stuff sacks were more forgiving then it wouldn't take as long.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:53 AM   #4605
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Had a guy on a trip who packed like that. Took him 2 hours to break camp the 1st morning. After that he had to wake very early or get left behind!
Part of the experience is enjoying the camping and stuff, but I also enjoy riding early in the morning...it's cooler, the air feels fresher, and it just feels good. That being said, when with a group, we determine leaving time the night before. Most people are good about getting up early enough to pack, drink coffee, shake a bush, whatever and are mounting the bikes at departure time.

Those that are still packing, holding the group up for 30 minutes, aren't invited back. Everybody moves at different paces. Some people enjoy taking their sweet ass time in the morning. I enjoy riding. Sometimes two people aren't compatible when traveling. No big deal...each person can do it solo, or find others that match the way they do things. Those that want to sleep in until 10AM or longer, more power to you. By that time, I've already ridden for a few hours, and stopping for my breakfast/lunch break (breakfast bar while packing). If I want to sleep in, I'd stay at home, then go ride around the neighborhood after noon. On a journey, I want to ride and explore. We are all different in what makes us the happiest.
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