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    Things I learned on my first bikepacking trip

    I did my first bikepacking trip 2 weeks ago. 250 miles, mostly on dirt and sand. A splendid time... I learned...

    1. Don't bring so much snack food if you will be near civilization each day. It's easier and more fun to just stop and pick a few things up.
    2. Test your tire pump before you go, even if it's brand new.
    3. Hammocks really are pretty dang comfortable... but you will want (more need really) an under quilt to stay warm. Anything below 65 degrees will feel freezing even with a winter sleeping bag.
    4. Having a good water filter beats the heck out of carrying tons of water.
    5. Dehydrated food tastes good... great when you are hungry.
    6. Helicopter tape works great to prevent frame rub marks... but is a pain to get off.
    7. It pays to be flexible and have good maps.
    8. Phones can take decent enough pictures...

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    Things I learned on my first bikepacking trip

    Nice. Thanks for sharing . Allways good to hear other experiences .
    Bill

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    Thank you for sharing, gives me inspiration to do it soon.

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    Good points, I came to realize most of them too. I'm really into photography (wildlife photography, -- BIG lenses) though so I can't ditch the cameras. It's amazing how much better power bars taste when you are on tour.

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    Nice! I did a trip up that way last year (North Country Trail) and can second you on the water filter. Heck, in Michigan you could just carry one of those straws that's a filter because you end up riding past (or through) a lake, creek, or river every 5 miles.

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    very inspiring. we have a ton of seasonal roads that are snowmobile trails in the winter. would make for fantastic wilderness touring - such as this! bravo!!

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    full trip report deleted and moved to separate thread.

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    I just did a 4 day trip with the ENO double nest hammock. Worked great. I did not have an underquilt but used 2 pads and some tyvek down to 55 F beneath my sleeping bag.

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    Here's one I discovered a week or so ago: external battery packs eventually give up the ghost. Mine did after about four years. I wasn't carrying a map, but relying on my iPhone as my navigation device. Not a dangerous situation on that particular trip, but an inconvenient one.

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    I use a thermarest or my Exped Downmat in my Hennessy Hammock and it works well. I have slept in it down to -15C with a sleeping bag and no under quilt.

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