Pack List: Eight Days Bikepacking Through Washington and Oregon Dirt

The Art of Packing Crap To Safely Live Outside is constantly changing for me, but I've always had these two wonderful influences to keep me from getting every fancy new camping gadget the hits REI's shelves. For starters, I hate the idea of having more things that one day I'll eventually throw away and feel guilty for making more trash. Having such a predisposition, generally being way too broke to get any of the latest doodads pairs quite well. Though, through the past couple hundred patch orders (and my sincere, tear-filled thanks) I've been able to smartly, carefully collect the bits needed to get me and my bike out into some of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and take kinda-okay photos. Washington and Oregon challenged me in many ways, but never in my gear choices, so now as I'm planning for the next adventure it's time to share with y'all what I brought and how it did.

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Four bags make up my current bikepacking setup, each usually stuffed to beyond max capacity as part of a strategy to need less bags. Food takes up the most space, and after one day into an adventure I'll have eaten away enough of the bulk to slim things down. From the top, going right:

Swift Industries Large Ozette Bag
-Spare Q-tubes, as they have removable valve cores that let me add Stan's Sealant. It's a lot cheaper than investing in a tubeless tire/wheel setup, and I didn't have one flat tire through all of Washington and Oregon despite my best efforts.
-Ramblin' Roll with tire levers, multi-tool, S&S coupler tool, and the mind-blowing Stein Mini-Cassette tool
-Spare spoke with nipple for front wheel/rear wheel drive side
-Spare spoke with nipple for rear wheel non-drive side
-Patagonia Nano Puff Hoodie, acquired in a trade for a far-warmer, but super bulky alpine-grade jacket. I was perfectly warm and so much happier with size of this thing
-Kershaw pocket knife, not sure which one because my dad gave it to me. The blade is still dangerously sharp despite cutting vegetables on rocks and slicing up aluminum cans
-So much food. Fresh fruit, veggies, bars, nuts. Anything to be picked at throughout the day goes in here

Blackburn Outpost Top Tube Bag
-Snow Peak #sporklife
-Extra energy/granola bars for me to forget about, then get incredibly excited over the next morning
-Coconut SPF30 sun stick
-Hammer Seat Saver, that peppermint tho *bliss face*
-This is a sentimental one, but I bring the collar my dog wore when he and I first met as a kind of talisman and to remind me I got responsibilities back home so I shouldn't be a complete idiot. It also makes for an excellent tie-down strap
-Waterproof matches, since I primarily cook meals over a fire. More on that below
-Spare cleats for my clipless shoes
-Sawyer mini water filter and bag, nothing comes close to filtering water so well while being tiny
-Oreos, at every gas station and corner store, and a ubiquitous part of touring while vegan
-Gorilla Pod with iphone clip, but it will actually hold up my big camera surprisingly

Topeak Master Blaster, I will never limit myself to CO2 or a smaller, packable pump ever again. I'm quietly awaiting the day someone makes a frame pump for fat bikes
24oz Rapha Bidons, not gonna lie they are the nicest water bottles I've ever used, especially when covered in a layer of gravel dust
32oz Nalgene, held in a Blackburn Outpost Cage, and while the larger volume is nice I'd prefer a third bidon I can grab while on the bike instead of this strapped down, screw-off container

Porcelain Rocket DSLR Slinger
-Rapha Deep Winter Cap, this hat is usually inappropriate for temps above 30ºF, but if you need to warm up fast this heavily wind-proof and insulated cap will trap all my head heat and warm me up faster than the time it would take for me to throw on a jacket. It's also my sleeping cap, and ended up being used to wipe rain off my camera quite a few times
-Think Tank Pixel Pocket, modified hold SD cards, a micro-fiber lens wipe, and pre-packed alcohol wipes for lenses
-Fuji X-Pro 1, with XF 23mm 1.4, I'm in love with the x-series cameras. They're tiny, and take so much more abuse than I could have imagined. Scott at Porcelain Rocket makes a smaller Slinger for cameras of this size, but I'm glad I can stuff other things in this bag along with the camera
-Fuji XF 55-200mm telephoto lens, I hate the size and weight of telephotos, but this smaller-bodied lens is a great compromise for shooting stuff miles away
-Hella spare batteries, this is the one weak point of the Fuji X cameras
-Search and State S1-LW Leg Warmers, like everything else they make, these are the nicest leg warmers I've ever had
-Extra socks, though I actually hate wearing socks, so I compromise with ultra-low no-show socks that stay out of sight even if I was wearing Toms. These also end up being used to wipe rain off the camera

Revelate Designs Viscacha Seat Bag
-Hummingbird Hammocks Single+ Hammock and Tree Straps, and holy crap. So much smaller and lighter than any other hammock setup I've seen or used, made in Colorado, and rated to 300lns
-ENO Profly Rain Tarp, gigantic in comparison to the hammock
-Outlier Linen Towel, mainly used to clean my pot, sometimes myself, and it dries in five minutes
-Backpackers Pantry meals, I like the Louisiana Red Beans & Rice, but their Pad Thai is the best thing they make
-ESI Pinnacle Soloist pot, lid, and bowl, the spork broke the first time I used it though, hence #sporklife, and now the pot has a few dents in it from crashing on the bike
-Can Stove, so I would much rather build a fire to cook my dinner on. I don't want to get a fancy ultra-light, titanium stove that requires one-time-use gas canisters, and it's rare that I'm unable to get a fire going or camping somewhere fires aren't allowed. But if that happens, I just make a stove out of a can I pull out of the garbage. Let's call it recycling. If I know I'm going somewhere that might not have garbage, which would be a dream come true, I make a stove ahead of time and wrap it in my camp towel then stow it inside the GSI pot. Logan wrote a great post on different versions of the can stoves you can make, showing how to make each one, how fast they boil water, and how much fuel they use in the process
-Denatured alchohol stove fuel, kept in a contact solution bottle. The spray top keeps me from spilling alcohol everywhere while filling up the little stove at the end of a long day. If you know you'll be going by gas stations, you could always pick up HEET, instead of having to pack fuel. Here's the trade-off: burning HEET is way worse for the environment, and you'll pay three times as much for it
-Search and State S1-A Jersey, S1-S Bibs, and S1-V Vest. I can't say enough about how much of an improvement SAS's kit is over anything else I've ridden in. Maybe their cycling clothing is too comfortable, as I just live (and ferment) in a single jersey and bibs on tour. Once at camp, if water's available I'll rinse out everything and hang it next to the fire, then pack it onto the bike before I go to sleep. Furry late-night guests don't feel as welcome at a tidy camp as they do a messy one
-Wool base layer, wool underwear, and inch-thick wool socks from a Tractor Supply make up my pajamas. If it's super chilly I'll put my leg-warmers on as well
-Sierra Designs 20º recycled-650-down sleeping bag, though I can't find the exact model on their site. Old stock on sale from REI. Stuffed in a Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil eVent 10l bag, then strapped to the top of the Revelate bag

Stuffed, packed, strapped, and cinched to my Legacy Frameworks proto Dirt Tourer. There's still some things to work out on the bike, but as long as it rolls I've got everything I need strapped on for long days in the saddle and serene nights by the fire.