Lets see your lightweight camping setup!!

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by 5 speed, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    The Ray Way. http://www.rayjardine.com/

    Ray Jardine has been camping for a long time. He has through hiked most of the big trails in the US. He also climbs. Ever seen the little cam things that climbers use to anchor into a crack? He invented those... When guys are climbing mountains there are a few ways to do it. Base camps all the way up. (get so far, make a camp, leave the heavy stuff and start early in the morning for the summit.) or Alpine climbing. (No intermediate camps. get as far as you can, and stop for the night.) Alpine climbing means you take it all with you. (and the less stuff the better.)

    Most of the weight and bulk is from three things. Bag, tent, and pack. Some packs weigh 5 or 6 pounds. This is needed for 50 pounds of crap... A quilt is better than a bag. The insulation is no good under you. The loft is gone as your ass compresses it. You are better off with a mat or pad. Better yet a piece of plastic or Tyvek on fresh ground that is not hard and flat from repeated driving walking or camping. Most of the outdoors is soft. Next thing is your tent. 5 pounds of weight to keep the rain and bugs off. Get a net for your head (or all of you) and a silicone impregnated nylon tarp (ny-sil)

    I use an army poncho, (bottom layer) light sleeping bag, and a one pound tarp. (when I'm not using a small tent or a hammock) when I want the lightest set-up. This is mostly when I am Hiking.

    Coke can stoves are great. There are dozens of plans on-line. Seal them well (JB weld) and don't use gasoline. Weight is half an ounce. Have one pot to cook in and a small plastic cup. plastic spoon and you're good to go.

    Here are some other tips:

    Water bottles or soda bottles are lighter than a canteen.
    Do you need three flashlights?
    A small knife will do anything that needs done.
    Bring a couple od asprin and a few bandaids, not the whole bottle.
    Tape some strips of ducktape to the flap of your bag, or on the tank, instead of a whole roll.
    Nylon shirts clean easy, and are dry by morning. Bring fewer clothes.
    Consider having some items shipped to where you are going. No need to take a camp chair 800 miles, only to use it at the camp.

    Emma "Grandma" Gatewood hiked the Appilation trail (three times) with a shower curtain for a tent, and carried all her stuff in a homemade sack balanced on her shoulder. She wore Keds sneakers. She was in her Sixties. Best quote:"Most people are patywaists."

    Bottom line is; instead of using lighter stuff, use less stuff.

    Eustace Conway is my Hero. Look him up yourself...
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  2. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Wannabe Adventure Tourer

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    I'm not affiliated in any way. They have some kits for diy ultralight camping equipment. They're also a good source for some hard too find materials like sylnylon (great for making ultralight tarps).
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  3. RT jim

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    Funny ad. for Ursack. Bear don't eat what's inside . But sure must be smashed enough to make soup.:lol3
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  4. LaOutbackTrail

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    This is my light gear. Most of which i use when cyclecamping.
    Yes everything i use fits in that little backpack.
    I use the gray sleeping pad when hiking and stuff instead of the therma rest.
    And I got the Lexan cup and bowl instead of my trusty old metal ones... cant heat them over the stove though.... the stove is super light too.. fuel canister and all.
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    Ride up, get off, but dont Valet park. Take hot shower: Camping at it's finest. I wonder what the poor people are doing tonight?
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  6. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Deciding who will be the first up against the wall during the revolution...:gun2
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  7. ditchbanker

    ditchbanker Owner of dull user line

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    "Didn't bury the fire deep enough, saw it right away." Which movie did I butcher that line from? Jeremiah Johnson?

    The night in question, it was so cold we had a very difficult time digging up rocks for the camp fire. After about 5 minutes we got one which we then used to beat/pry/beg other rocks out with. We ended up with a very small fire.

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    I guess a lesson there is that you should stop at a camping spot before the sun sets. That, or not camp when it's too freaking cold.
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  8. LaOutbackTrail

    LaOutbackTrail Certified Smartass

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    Where's the fun in that??? Don't you hate it when everything is too wet??
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  9. furiousfart

    furiousfart Been here awhile

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    My set up is a little different now, but I've got everything needed for a weekend of riding camping, plus tools to fix just about anything. Though I also have a tarp I bring too. I think my total price for gear is under $500, thanks to a 30% off sale.:D
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  10. Faust

    Faust Living up to the name

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    Now we're talking!
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  11. 5 speed

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    Yea, the hotel thing is best reserved for those bike week type trips. I was hoping to go where there are no roads. Just a quesiton, where do you get denatured alcohol? is there any other kind of alcohol that the little can stoves will run off? Does anyone know how many ounces of fuel to heat a cup of water as an example? trying to guage how many ounces i need for two cups of coffee and about 5 minutes heating up some food.
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  12. RPD1

    RPD1 We don't

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    You can get denatured alcohol at any hardware store. It is usually in the paint section. You can also use isopropyl alcohol but it doesn't seem to burn as cleanly as the denatured. 1-2 ounces is enough to boil a pint of water in about 5 minutes. I made a tuna can stove and was amazed by how well it works (thats not saying much, I'm often amazed by simple things).

    Ryan
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  13. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider Supporter

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    Here's my list:

    NORTH FACE Roadrunner 2 Tent w/footprint
    NORTH FACE CatÂ’s Meow Sleeping Bag
    Fleece Bag liner
    Therm-a-Rest Prolite 4 Pad
    Therm-a-Rest Trekker Lounge
    MSR Dragonfly Multi-fuel Stove
    MSR Blacklight Cookset
    Coleman Micro Packer LED Lantern x2
    Petzl Tikka LED Headlamp
    SureFire Executive Flashlight
    Gerber Lariat 3.5
    Shakespeare Excursion Fishing Rod x2
    Plano Micro Tackle Box
    Filet Knife
    Leatherman
    Thermos soft cooler 5 gal.
    3 Gallon collapsable water jug
    Water/wind proof matches
    can opener
    50 ft tie-line
    seasonings, etc.
    cooking oil
    hot chocolate/tea

    Solo camping
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  14. duckrider

    duckrider Been here awhile

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    Sitting around a campfire with friends, passing a bottle of Dickel #12, or maybe a jug of Patron, talking about the ride. Or you could be in a motel room watching (insert name of some dumbass TV program.
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    They sure do get cranky when you light the campfire, though...:lol3
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  16. Drifter

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    Ahhh . . . yes. The fire. Breakfast is served at 7:30. :wink:

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  18. dfwscotty

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    5 speed, I carried over alot of stuff from my back packing days. I have no idea why I kept that stuff until a dual sport showed up on my doorstep. I have no pics but I still read BackPacker magazine occasionally since a majority of stuff is shared with us. Go to Campmor.com and browse through equipment. Sometimes they will list the weight of the product and it is great source of camping equipment with some fairly good deals.

    For those of you wanting to start bike camping, do the same as I tell people who ask about back packing. Once you think you are ready to go, pack the bike for what you think you need for a 2-3 day trip. Head out for a 2 hour trip that ends in your backyard as the sun is setting. Set up camp, cook your meal and hit the sack. Get up and cook breakfast and then repack that mess and hit the road again, ending back up at your garage.

    It will let you know if you had too much or not enough gear, packed it correctly or carried it right or wrong on your bike.

    Oh yeah, understand, "tent speak". You will find that that good deal you got on that lite weight 2 person tent will actually only hold 1 person. You will want to stow your gear in your tent over nite. If it's you alone, get a 2 person. Want room for another person? Get a 3 or 4 person tent.
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  19. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    Zen stoves is a very informative roundup of info on DIY alcohol stoves and fuels.

    http://zenstoves.net/Stoves.htm

    Now someone kick my butt in gear to make one and give up my trusty Svea 123.
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  20. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    I was wondering the same thing - I see pics of the Hennessy hammock and it keeping people dry in the rain, and i think - where is all their gear? How are they keeping their helmet, boots and jacket dry?
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