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    A Mountain Bikers Dream. 5 Days on the Colorado Trail

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    The top of Searle pass on Day 5 and my favorite picture from the Journey. To me this one says it all.


    Wow what can I say about this adventure. Well it was one of the best experience of my life! I was in the best riding shape of my life. I had my best bike ever and rode what seem like endless incredibly buff single track trail for 5 days straight. It all started in '05 when my dad bought me The Colorado Trail Official Guide Book and spent many days and nights studying the sections and dreaming that one day I could ride a multiday adventure on this amazing trail system. The Colorado trail spans 500 miles from Denver to Durango over the best parts of the Colorado Mountains. We chose to ride the first 9 sections of the trail from Denver to Leadville. These first 9 sections are considered some of the best for Mountain Biking.

    The Colorado Trail had it all. Long descents grueling climbs, high alpine meadows and plenty of buff single track. There were several occasions where I caught myself gasping at the amazing beauty of the trail and the scenery surrounding it. I was in love!

    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Mechanical</span>
    Believe it or not we rode 180 miles without a single mechanical. Not a flat tire, broken spoke or chain. Hats off to our Mechanic Chis Kuhn for setting our bikes up perfectly for the ride.

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    Food</span>
    Our food planning has gotten really good. Although we were running low on day 4 prior to getting to Breckenridge to resupply. My favorite would be the tuna wraps I have been bringing on my backpacking and bikepacking trips. It consists of a packet of albacore tuna, tortilla wrap, and mustard/mayo packet. Mmmm good stuff!

    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Camping</span>
    My favorite camping spot was in Lost Park. Such a beautiful valley tucked away next to the Kenosha Mountains.

    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Best Day</span>
    By far day 5. I felt like superman this day. Somehow everything was clicking and the riding was phenomenal this day. There was a 4 miles stretch of alpine riding from Searle Pass to Kokomo Pass that was to die for.
    <span style="font-weight:bold;">
    Worst Day</span>
    By far day 2 when we made the choice to disassemble our bikes and strap them to our backs to cross a 6 mile wilderness section. It took 5 hours to cross this and was one of the most painful experiences in my life!
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    Most Memorable Moment</span>
    Before Kenosha pass I remember zipping through this aspen grove that was lush with thick green ground cover all over. There was mist floating along the ground. It almost seemed almost supernatural.
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    The Gear</span>
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    I really feel like I got my gear dialed in. Most bike packers these days are running bike bags to carry most of their gear. Personally I feel bike bags are going to take away from your bike handeling. By using backpacks and a small seat bag I could rip the descents like no other. Also since we had two people we could divy up the gear between the two of us. In the past we each had a stove, waterfilter, tools etc. Now we share and just bring one of what we need. This really lightens up the load.

    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Packing List:</span>
    REI quarter dome 2 man tent minimalist set up. This means just the rainfly and footprint.(I carried poles and foot print, Mike carried rain fly)
    Katadyn water filter (in my pack)
    Jetboil Stove (Mikes pack)
    Jacks Quilt with a Thermolite liner (awesome warm comfy combo) Mike had REI +20 sub kilo down bag
    Big Agnes Insulated aircore pad (luxury)
    Maps/ GPS: Officail Colorado Trail Maps and official waypoints from www.bearcreeksurvey.com Garmin Etrex GPS
    Tools: Specialized UL Multitool. Leatherman Skeletool, 2 tubes, patches, zip ties, Petzel tiki Headlamp (in seat pack) Lyzene pump (on frame)
    Other: MSR Micro towel, Spork, bandanna, extra socks, Northface UL rainjacket. REI silkweight thermals for sleeping.SeatoSummit stuff sacks. Camelback Alpine Exporer pack. Cell phone (used as camera) TP, Hand Sanitizer, little containers of bag balm and sun screen
    Food: Mountain House dinners, Tuna packs, tortillias, trail bars, oatmeal packets. dried apricots







    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Day one Waterton Canyon to Buffalo Cree</span>k


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    Here we are at the official CT Trail head. We left the day before the closed Waterton Canyon for a reclimation project. We were pumped!




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    One of our few wildlife encounters on the trip. This scraggly looking goat needs to eat!




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    I have never ridden section 1 of the CT. We finished riding the 6 mile dirt road though the canyon and started the singletrack. Good stuff!



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    The Colorado Trail was marked ok. I had brought my GPS and downloaded the official waypoints that corresponded with my map. Turned out to be very handy and made navigation a breeze.





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    Here overlooking the South Platte Canyon. Off in the distance you can see the burn area which we hit at mid day. I knew we were in for a hot climb.





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    Indeed it was hot. And the heat was taking its toll on both of us.





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    Still some really nice trail. The climb through the burn area was about 4 miles.




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    Mike taking off his helmet to try and stay cool.





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    After what seamed like forever we reached the top of the world area and we were making a good pace again.





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    Here we are at the day one campsite in buffalo creek. It felt good to rest after battling the heat all day. Next time I will plan the ride differently so we don't hit the burn area at the peak of the day.





    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Day two Buffalo Creek to Lost Park</span>


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    It rained non stop the first night. For the most part we stayed warm and dry. Our gear ended up a bit damp but no biggie. Here I am filtering water for our next segment.





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    Buff single track that seemed to run forever.





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    Les Grills says "A positive mental attitude is key to survival"





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    Being minimalist bikepackers we used our cell phones as cameras.





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    We stopped for a minute to let our gear air out and prepared for what turned out to be the most difficult part of the journey. We are at the Lost Creek Wilderness boundary and you cant ride a mechanized vehicle in the wilderness. So we took the wheels off our bikes, strapped the frames to our pack and hiked for 6 miles over some tough terrain. This turned out to be a bad idea and we should have taken one of the suggested detours from the guide. Our packs were not designed to carry the weight of the frame and the straps dug into our shoulders with excruciating pain.





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    This is how it went for 5 hours. Walk 100 feet. Stop and lean forward to shift the weight off your shoulders because they were screaming in pain. Rest for a minute then repeat.





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    This picture shows how beat down we were. Talk about suffering. But looking back you forget about the pain and remember the adventure.








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    Tired and weary we set up camp in lost park. Here we are inside our tent. It was roomy and often we cooked inside because it rained every night.
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    Day 3 Lost Park to Middle Fork of the Swan River</span>


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    So we woke up to one of the most amazing views. Lost Park was beautiful. Day 3 was off to a great start. We aired out our gear, ate some breakfast and got ready for another day of adventure.





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    Right off the bat we had a sweet descent.





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    We exited the trail briefly to detour a short wilderness section.





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    A quick check of the GPS and we are back on trail.




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    The Section of CT on the East side of Kenosha pass was really nice. We were running a bit behind schedule and was hoping to make it to Breckenridge this day. Judging by our pace we were not going to make it. We were worried about the amount of remaining food we had. Lucky we met a very cool thru hiker named Tony that was kind enough to part ways with one of his dinners. The extra food turned out to come in very handy. Tony if you ever read this Thanks!





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    We hit another really good descent before crossing Kenosha Pass. Zipping through aspen groves is one of my favorite things you can experience on a bike.





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    We crossed Kenosha Pass and came upon the "real South Park"





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    Here we stopped for some lunch. Spagetti!





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    We are climbing again. This time up to the 11,800ft Georgia Pass.





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    The air was getting thinner and we crossed treeline. A little hike a bike never hurt anybody.





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    Ahhh! Nothing feels better than reaching the summit of a high alpine climb.





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    We descended a few miles on the backside of Georgia pass. It was getting dark so we found a cool campsite and got some rest. Day 3 was great. Lots of great trail and I recall 3 amazing descents all in one day.
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    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Day 4 Middle Fork of the Swan River to Breckenridge</span>


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    Here is a shot of our Campsite. It only rained a couple of hours that night. Not bad compared to the nonstop rain we were used to. For the most part we were lucky and the rain would hit us as soon as we would crawl in the tent.





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    Getting some much needed water.





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    So we had one good climb before getting to Breck that took us over 11,000ft. We ate the last of the food that Tony had given us the day before and were very anxious to get into town for a real meal.





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    The descent down to Horseshoe gulch was one of the best. You could tell this section of the CT was ridden frequently and there were lots of fast buff sections of trail with nice banked corners. We both had huge grins on our faces during this section.





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    Finally! Heading into Breckenridge for some much needed R&R. I couldn't peddle my bike fast enough on the 4 mile bike path into town.





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    After eating a plate of nachos and a huge hamburger in Breckenridge we found a hostle to stay in for only $31 a night. An easy choice after A cold front had moved in and it was rainy and quite chilly. A warm dry bed sounded to good to pass up.



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    The folks at the fireside in were very nice and even washed our clothes and let us use wear some comfortable threads while we stayed. We grabbed a six pack of PBR's and relaxed in the hot tub for for a few.





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    Picture of our room.



    <span style="font-weight:bold;">Day 5 Breckenridge to Leadville</span>


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    So we skipped Segment 7 of the CT and took the 10 mile bike path detour to Copper Mountain. It was nice. Here we are starting to ascend the first part of the Copper section.





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    Here we stopped for some water before climbing some more.





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    The climb up to Searle Pass was really chill.





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    Dank Trail!





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    The Carins were huge!





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    We crossed tree line and were feeling the anticipation of reaching Searle Pass.





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    Alpine Time!





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    We had reached the top of 12,040ft Searle Pass and celebrated a bit. Also we made a furry friend! We knew from here the hard part was behind us and were going to make it to Leadville this day.





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    After Searle Pass we were treated with about 4 miles of smooth Alpine riding to Kokomo Pass. Mikes having such a good time his tounge is sticking out!





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    After what seemed like a quick descent we stopped for a rest at a waterfall by Camp Hale.





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    Mike contemplating his life on one of the CT bridges.





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    Some final Single track before reaching Tennessee pass.




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    Hy 24 off in the distance




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    And here we are at our finish line. Completing one of the most amazing journeys of my life. After this we rode about 10 miles of highway into Leadville. We stopped at the Pizza Hut and waited for Mikes girlfriend to pick us up. 180 miles total!

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    All I can say is wow! Thanks for the TR. Looks like an awsome time. I carry too much crap.

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    Mighty excellent travelogue,
    thank you much brothers!!

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    Inspirational !

    Thanks for the 'CT stoke!'
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    Too Cool!

    That was a GREAT write up!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    very cool - thanks for sharing!

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    PASSION hi for sure, awesome

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    That was great, thanks for taking the time to post.
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    Great trip report with detailed accounts. Felt like I was along for the ride.

    Cheers!

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    that was a stellar TR!

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    Very very cool!

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    Excellent adventure! I admire your minimalist skills.

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    Makes me feel guilty for being so close to all kinds of great riding and only getting out every so often...Things must change this fall! Thanks for the inspiration

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    Excellent! Makes me want to move to Colorado even more!

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    Those were awesome and very inspiring, it's post like these that help motivate me to go out and find a new adventure. Thanks for posting.

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    awesome, great pics and report. i'm jealous! thanks!

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    I am livin' the wrong life....so jealous.

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    Good job! Freakin' Awesome

    Probably the most epic thread I've ever seen. Thanks for documenting your journey!
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    Looks like fun. Crazy that it only takes a couple hours to drive that. But, which is more fun? Biking for sure! Looks like a great time before the white stuff comes.

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    Thanks for the wonderful writeup; it seems like you guys had a great time. I'm the person who briefly talked to you two just below Searle Pass. I was a little concerned when I heard thunder up there and knew you had some above treeline miles to ride. I'm still working on my 27 ride report in 5 states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippling over canyons
    Thanks for the wonderful writeup; it seems like you guys had a great time. I'm the person who briefly talked to you two just below Searle Pass. I was a little concerned when I heard thunder up there and knew you had some above treeline miles to ride. I'm still working on my 27 ride report in 5 states.

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    Ha tis a small world indeed! It was great to meet you on the trail! One of the highlights that I should have mentioned in the TR. I got a kick that you had ran into Tony by Georgia Pass and had already heard about us. I felt for a moment we were legends of the CT!

    Oh yeah we got rained on and the thunder was scary as hell.

    27 rides in 5 states sounds epic. From what you were telling us you picked the cream of the crop rides. Cant wait to see your write up.

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    That was the most fun I have ever had dude you did a good write up but it just doesnt do the ride justice. So much fun i want to do it again

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    You could'nt just push the bikes through the wilderness area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palerider
    You could'nt just push the bikes through the wilderness area?
    OMG, what if they left tire tracks?! [Sarcasm] I like to think of my bike as an in-line wheelchair.

    OP, thanks for posting this. I am dying for a ride in the alpine zone of the CT. Some day...

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    Great trip report, enjoyed the read and photos.

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    Just awesome. I wanna do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepackingdude
    That was the most fun I have ever had dude you did a good write up but it just doesnt do the ride justice. So much fun i want to do it again

    Word Broutha!! It was the best of times. When I turn 40 were doing the whole thang!

    Your right the TR is good but what you miss is all the awesome trail inbetween the pics and all the amazing downhill we had.

    Glad we got to put another amazing bikepacking trip under out belt.

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    Just. Plain. Awesome. Doing my first bikepacking trip this weekend along the AZT from Mexico to....however far we get. A local pick up is a luxury for this ride. Just a short weekend jaunt to get the gear/setup worked out. I'm sure I'll be thinking about this post for inspiration. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    Word Broutha!! It was the best of times. When I turn 40 were doing the whole thang!

    Your right the TR is good but what you miss is all the awesome trail inbetween the pics and all the amazing downhill we had.

    Glad we got to put another amazing bikepacking trip under out belt.

    Yeah boy, 2 years i will be ready to roll no problem

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    I'm sooo jealous. Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dag Nabbit
    Just. Plain. Awesome. Doing my first bikepacking trip this weekend along the AZT from Mexico to....however far we get. A local pick up is a luxury for this ride. Just a short weekend jaunt to get the gear/setup worked out. I'm sure I'll be thinking about this post for inspiration. Thanks!
    My advice when packing your stuff.. There is a big diffrence between what you think you need and what you really need!

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    It looks like a great trip.
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    great TR!

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    Nice Job!! I did that route the opposite direction a couple years ago. Breck to Denver, including the hike through the wilderness. I agree, it sucked carrying the bike through the woods. The fact that I was on a 40 pound SC Bullit didn't help either.
    We are starting our 4 day Tabeguache Trail adventure in 2 weeks. I'm getting pretty excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    My advice when packing your stuff.. There is a big diffrence between what you think you need and what you really need!
    I've heard the same from other first timer reports on bikepacking.net but I figure there is only really one way to find out. Hopefully my research has put me within a reasonable limit. I'll know on Monday what I didn't need! Part of the learning curve I guess.
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    Unbelievably awesome......Hope one day to seize an adventure like yours

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    You guys are Studs!! I can not tell you how jealous I am. Thanks for sharing.
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    Dude, awesome! Sounds like a great ride (minus packing the bikes for 5 hours). Thanks for sharing, great photos.
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    I know exactly where this is. This is my favorite burl in the world and I often stop and wrap my arms around it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simonns
    Nice Job!! I did that route the opposite direction a couple years ago. Breck to Denver, including the hike through the wilderness. I agree, it sucked carrying the bike through the woods. The fact that I was on a 40 pound SC Bullit didn't help either.
    We are starting our 4 day Tabeguache Trail adventure in 2 weeks. I'm getting pretty excited.

    Be sure to post a writeup for your Tabeguache trip. I think you were the one that PM'd me about it awhile back.

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    Terrific TR!

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    Thank you for the excellent TR !!

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    this thread should be stickied in perpetuity.

    One of the best I've ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaydude
    Be sure to post a writeup for your Tabeguache trip. I think you were the one that PM'd me about it awhile back.
    You are correct. I will get some sort of write up posted.
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    wow--really inspirational. now I want to bike pack!

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    Inspirational!

    This has been my dream since I wrote a fictional story about it in class in the 8th grade -- 15 years ago.

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    if you dont mind, could you make a list of every single thing you brought, like a list of food and how much, all the tools you brought, camal backs and what sizes. extra clothes? coats? i saw the short list above but really wanted to know everything so i can help dial what i would need to do in. im planning to do a 3 day trip, it would be nice to see what all you had... even if it was small like an extra pair of socks/

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    if you dont mind, could you make a list of every single thing you brought, like a list of food and how much, all the tools you brought, camal backs and what sizes. extra clothes? coats? i saw the short list above but really wanted to know everything so i can help dial what i would need to do in. im planning to do a 3 day trip, it would be nice to see what all you had... even if it was small like an extra pair of socks/

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxen
    if you dont mind, could you make a list of every single thing you brought, like a list of food and how much, all the tools you brought, camal backs and what sizes. extra clothes? coats? i saw the short list above but really wanted to know everything so i can help dial what i would need to do in. im planning to do a 3 day trip, it would be nice to see what all you had... even if it was small like an extra pair of socks/
    I updated the TR with a better packing list. Your right I left out alot of items.

    Here is everything I could think of:
    REI quarter dome 2 man tent minimalist set up. This means just the rainfly and footprint.(I carried poles and foot print, Mike carried rain fly)
    Katadyn water filter (in my pack)
    Jetboil Stove (Mikes pack)
    Jacks Quilt with a Thermolite liner (awesome warm comfy combo) Mike had REI +20 sub kilo down bag
    Big Agnes Insulated aircore pad (luxury)
    Maps/ GPS: Officail Colorado Trail Maps and official waypoints from www.bearcreeksurvey.com Garmin Etrex GPS
    Tools: Specialized UL Multitool. Leatherman Skeletool, 2 tubes, patches, zip ties, Petzel tiki Headlamp (in seat pack) Lyzene pump (on frame)
    Other: MSR Micro towel, Spork, bandanna, extra socks, Northface UL rainjacket. REI silkweight thermals for sleeping.SeatoSummit stuff sacks. Camelback Alpine Exporer pack. Cell phone (used as camera) TP, Hand Sanitizer, little containers of bag balm and sun screen
    Food: Mountain House dinners, Tuna packs, tortillias, trail bars, oatmeal packets. dried apricots

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    hum, i have a garmon 305, however i think it may be about usless, im havent played wiht it much but im guessing it wont help me to much, not only that but 12 hour batt life would be an issue-

    what did you use for bags? i have a new northface back packing bag wiht metal shell, but it may be to heavy, with that what was the weright of the bags???


    thanks for the replys, just trying to dial everything in

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    Quote Originally Posted by saxen
    hum, i have a garmon 305, however i think it may be about usless, im havent played wiht it much but im guessing it wont help me to much, not only that but 12 hour batt life would be an issue-

    what did you use for bags? i have a new northface back packing bag wiht metal shell, but it may be to heavy, with that what was the weright of the bags???


    thanks for the replys, just trying to dial everything in
    Camelbak Alpine explorer pack is what I use with Sea to Summit compression sacks to stuff gear in. I just bought a new Ospery Manta 30 that I thought was going to be my dream pack. Unfortunately it dosent fit my gear as nicely as the Camelbak and the fit is a bit odd. I think Im going to return it.

    Your North Face pack dosent seem like a good choice. Usually backpacking specific paks sit tall behind your head and your helmet will bump into it when in riding position. You want somthing more along the lines of a day pack stye like the Camelback Alpine Explorer. Also you may want to look into bike racks and bike bags. I have seen other bikepackers have success using these options.

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    Thanks for taking the time to post this...such an incredible trip, nicely done!!

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    I guess the moral of the story is take the bypasses around the wilderness parts?

    Thanks for the cool experience.

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