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Old 01-29-2007, 09:24 PM   #1
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Lets see your lightweight camping setup!!

I decided I wanted to travel ultralight. I already have a reasonably light bike at 299lbs (04 625SMC) and have no reason to add hard cases and the like. I use this thing as a dirt bike half the time. I have the pro moto billet rack on its way. On it; A Eureka Backcountry Solo Tent at about 3.5lbs. Ultralight Sleeping Bag 2 lbs, Thermorest 1.5lbs, alcohol stove and alcohol, about 3 oz., titanum pot,?, plastic water cups and bowls, 2oz, Candle lantern 8oz along with another dry bag with clothes and a backpack with tools, water, food, flashlight, etc.

Has anyone have a similar setup with some pics?
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:18 AM   #2
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Can't afford ultralight

I was looking into buying really light stuff, but the prices are too high. We travel two up and this is the set-up:

tent: 6 lbs
sleeping bag x2: 6 lbs
coleman multifuel stove: 1.5 lbs (fuel comes from bike gas tank)
sleeping mat x2: 3 lbs
stainless steel cooking set: 3 lbs

Don't have pictures, sorry.

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Old 01-30-2007, 09:57 AM   #3
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I do some remote mountain camping on the motorbikes. All I bring is:

Hennesey Hammock
Bivy sack
Thermarest w/chair
Camelback full of water
Ipod
Clothes to sleep in
Food is pre cooked (rice, jerky, well done pork, etc) so no need for stoves, pots and such.

Not sure what it wieghs but its not much. Here are a couple of pics for an idea.


This is how its packed, hardly takes any space.



This is what it looks like unpacked. Home sweet home for traveling light.
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Old 01-30-2007, 10:30 AM   #4
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Ray Jardine has all the answers. Very light weight stuff (8 Lbs. without water!) Most of his stuff can be homemade without a lot of skills or tools (sewing machine maybe..) and most is available commercially if you just want to buy it.

I use a Hennessey Hammock and a 2 pound sleeping bag. I have a 1 pound Ny-Sil tarp for the lighter trips. I made a .5 Oz Stove and aluminum mess kits are good.
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:14 AM   #5
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I really liked my Hennessy the two nights I used it.

Till it fell off the back .
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:21 PM   #6
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Ray Jardine has all the answers. Very light weight stuff (8 Lbs. without water!) Most of his stuff can be homemade without a lot of skills or tools (sewing machine maybe..) and most is available commercially if you just want to buy it.

I use a Hennessey Hammock and a 2 pound sleeping bag. I have a 1 pound Ny-Sil tarp for the lighter trips. I made a .5 Oz Stove and aluminum mess kits are good.
get us some info on the Ray Jardine set up

and in the pictures notice the Tree savers ,, nice and responcible
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Old 01-30-2007, 01:34 PM   #7
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Although it may look loaded, there is a lot air in the bags, and of course loads of gear not needed (dinner date clothing etc)...
however i could stay out for 5 days before a refill of food/water etc, tools, spares and what have you. now down to about half the size with better gear, lighter tent/sbag etc.. I guess if in a warmer climate things could be smaller again, not needing to have gear for storms, snow etc..Best thing was doing loads of small trips and chipping away at the amount of stuff i carry.. note, this shot has the helmet, riding jacket, knee gaurds etc all on the bike secured for a hike..
ps start with a 250cc bike, needs to be low weight..
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Old 02-01-2007, 10:29 PM   #8
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Ray Jardine has all the answers. Very light weight stuff (8 Lbs. without water!) Most of his stuff can be homemade without a lot of skills or tools (sewing machine maybe..) and most is available commercially if you just want to buy it.

I use a Hennessey Hammock and a 2 pound sleeping bag. I have a 1 pound Ny-Sil tarp for the lighter trips. I made a .5 Oz Stove and aluminum mess kits are good.
I've incorporated Jardine's philosophy into my backpacking and by extension it'll be part of my adventure motorcycling. As it pertains to motorcycling I believe that two things are paramount: 1) ditch the tent and get a tarp and 2) ditch the sleeping bag and get a quilt. Alternatively I say ditch the tent and get a Hennesy hammock and ditch the sleeping bag for a Big Agness sleep system. Tent and sleeping bag are two of the heaviest and bulkiest items and will have the biggest effect on scaling down your camping setup.

The next thing I plan on trying is a coke can stove so I can retire my MSR Whisperlight.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:29 AM   #9
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Maybe a side note but here's what kills you the quickest in the wilderness if you don't have it (in order): First aid, shelter, water, food. An arguement could be made that water moves up one notch in a pure desert environment.
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Old 02-02-2007, 05:17 AM   #10
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The next thing I plan on trying is a coke can stove so I can retire my MSR Whisperlight.
Could you tell me a little more about this? It seems that a lot of people are "kind" enough to leave "stoves" wherever one could possibly need one. Do you just fill it with gas and go?
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Old 02-02-2007, 06:01 AM   #11
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The next thing I plan on trying is a coke can stove so I can retire my MSR Whisperlight.
Have you ever used one of these? They are pretty cool! I was at a mountaineering class last fall and they made some, but I showed up late and didn't want to hold them up, so I didn't make one myself.

Here is what is says on Wikpedia:
A beverage-can stove is a homemade, ultra-light portable stove. The simple design is made entirely from cans (typically soft drink or beer cans) and burns alcohol (typically denatured). Countless variations on the basic design exist. Pepsi-brand aluminum cans are often used because they have a bottom shape that lends itself to securing the stove's inner wall, and because of this the stoves are sometimes called Pepsi-can stoves. The stove weighs 0.4 oz (10 g) and will boil two cups of water in five minutes with two tablespoons of fuel. Total weight, including a windscreen/stand can be less than one ounce (30 g). Due to the low weight compared to some commercial stoves, backpackers can reduce some pack weight with this stove, which makes this design popular among ultralight backpackers. This advantage may be lost or reduced on hiking trips that feature longer gaps between resupply stops, however, because the stove is less efficient and requires more fuel than alternatives such as Esbit tabs, especially when cooking for more than one person.

Link: includes instructions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soda_can_stove

My snowpeak gigapower setup is so small that I think I'll use that most of the time though.

Soda can stove:


Snowpeak stove: everything fits in the cup
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:59 AM   #12
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Here's my setup. I don't travel light nor do I want for anything on the road.

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Old 01-30-2007, 12:08 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by team ftb
I do some remote mountain camping on the motorbikes. All I bring is:

Hennesey Hammock
Bivy sack
Thermarest w/chair
Camelback full of water
Ipod
Clothes to sleep in
Food is pre cooked (rice, jerky, well done pork, etc) so no need for stoves, pots and such.

Not sure what it wieghs but its not much. Here are a couple of pics for an idea.


This is how its packed, hardly takes any space.



This is what it looks like unpacked. Home sweet home for traveling light.
Oh man that is slick, the hammock part is kind of limited in the northern lands though ...
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Old 01-30-2007, 12:27 PM   #14
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Yeah, that's a nice setup!!!
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:51 PM   #15
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Talk about packing light!! I'm digging the light bike NSR150 me thinks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by team ftb
I do some remote mountain camping on the motorbikes. All I bring is:

Hennesey Hammock
Bivy sack
Thermarest w/chair
Camelback full of water
Ipod
Clothes to sleep in
Food is pre cooked (rice, jerky, well done pork, etc) so no need for stoves, pots and such.

Not sure what it wieghs but its not much. Here are a couple of pics for an idea.


This is how its packed, hardly takes any space.



This is what it looks like unpacked. Home sweet home for traveling light.
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