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Old 02-02-2012, 06:27 PM   #1
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ADV Camping Gear "Comfortable Minimalist" Style

I took a video of my camping set up, hopefully it will give some of you some good ideas on what you might want to take or not take on your next trip.



Here is another link to the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37NGQQadNg

Almost everything is there. I didn't include a flash light, hygiene kit, clothing and a couple odds and ends.

I really like using the bike and a tarp to make a lean-to. Most of the time you can find somewhere flat to park your bike, with room for you to sleep next to it. This keeps your bike dry, you dry and keeps you near the bike so people are less likely to steal from you.

Thoughts? Ways to improve? Too much junk? Too little?

Tell me what you think!
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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cant get the link to work!
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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cant get the link to work!
Works for me, but here is a link to the video on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S37NGQQadNg

Thanks for watching!
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Link to German camping pad?
Its a german army foldable "kip mat."

I did quite a bit of looking for it, and I could only find it in stock in Europe, I didn't know these were so hard to find!

http://www.varusteleka.fi/product/ma...FIV&lang=en_US

http://transworldsurplus.co.uk/560-g...leep-mat-.html

These guys are cheaper, but out of stock:
http://www.flecktarn.co.uk/flbkm1ux.html
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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Thanks for sharing. A nice approach for rugged, army style camping and good use of Walmart for low cost items where possible.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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Thanks for sharing. A nice approach for rugged, army style camping and good use of Walmart for low cost items where possible.
I don't have a whole lot of extra cash, so anything that is cheap is good!

I find this makes a pretty comfortable set up, and I'd rather "rough it" a little then have a heavier bike.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:15 AM   #8
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i like the approach. How do the Wal-Mart tarps compare to the pricier Kelty models?
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:37 AM   #9
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they dont really.

but they are 1/10 the cost of the Kelty tarps, and about 1/4 the cost of the guidegear or other generic kelty knock offs.

walmart tarps are square cut, not catanery cut, so its hard to get them good and tight.

they are heavier and bulkier ( thicker, heavier fabric)

they are noisier ( wind shaking them will make unpleasant racket, versus the more expensive tarps)

they work perfectly well otherwise.




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Thanks, this was actually the best minimalist moto camp gear video I've seen. It will help me in the future.
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Old 02-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #11
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I'd like to see a pic of the lean-to.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:46 PM   #12
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I'd like to see a pic of the lean-to.

+1

I've been thinking of ditching the tent, at least partially, in the future, and just using my bike as an anchor point for a tarp lean-to. It's just too hot in the summer. By the time I set up the tent, I'm covered in sweat, and sleeping in it sucks.
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I'd like to see a pic of the lean-to.
Here is a video a guy I ride with took... it's a humors video of him eating a hot dog. In the background you can see a bike set up with the lean-to tarp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o13QrhGx3Jw

This works well enough 4 of my friends have taken to doing the same thing.
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:06 PM   #14
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they are 1/10 the cost of the Kelty tarps, and about 1/4 the cost of the guidegear or other generic kelty knock offs.
Exactly why I use them. I've got to work overtime just to afford gas for these trips, so cheap is important to me. If I had the cash I'm sure I'd buy a better set up... or more gas.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:57 AM   #15
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the knock of tarps go on sale occasionally for $19-$29 ( depending on size)
that is a bargain in my opinion, and its how I bought mine.





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Exactly why I use them. I've got to work overtime just to afford gas for these trips, so cheap is important to me. If I had the cash I'm sure I'd buy a better set up... or more gas.
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