For those of you curious about what gear is necessary to ride such a long and remote route, this page is for you. As you peruse my assortment of outdoor sundries, keep in mind that I have developed particular tastes regarding weight from years as a backpacker; lighter is better for me. Especially as I manage joint problems in my knees and hips (and neck), carrying less I am freer to go farther. The following list is accordingly influenced, though it is worth noting that I am by no means in the extreme margins of the lightweight practitioners.

Another factor influencing my choices is a general preference for gear that is used, cheap, and durable for environmental reasons. If I can get it second hand and reduce the impact my trips have, then I am happy and I saved money. We all win. I’ll note below such items.

3 pairs underwear
3 pairs thin socks
1 pair thick socks
Wool t-shirt
Long-sleeved button down shirt [A cast-off from a friend three years ago.]
2 pairs shorts [Thrift store buys: one pair of trouser-like, stylish black dress shorts, one pair of exercise shorts. I don’t like chamois-lined spandex for a number of reason, not least of which because they are harder to wash by hand.]
Wool long underwear top [cast off from a friend]
Long underwear bottoms [polyester, from a thrift store]
Rain pants and jacket
Insulated jacket
Wind jacket [bicycle jacket from a thrift store]
Warm hat [homemade]
Riding gloves, padded and ergonomic to reduce damage to ulnar nerve in the hands.
Warm fleece gloves
Running shoes

Tarp, guy lines, stakes [homemade from silicone-impregnated nylon]
Groundsheet [large piece of insulating window film]
4 sections of old tent poles for pitching tarp
Ground pad [Big Agnes Insulated Air Core inflatable pad, referred to from here on in as Big Fluffy]
Sleeping bag [a gift from some dear friends that they found used: Go-Lite 3-Season Adrenaline Mummy Bag, a fat and poofy slug of love]

The love slug

Silk sleeping bag liner
Net tent to hang inside tarp on unbearably buggy nights [Sea-to-Summit single bug tent]

1.5L Titanium pot with lid
Old, sand filled pop can stove that I carried on the PCT [homemade]
Pot stand made out of hanger [homemade]
Windscreen made out of foil
Rubber pot scraper
Fuel (denatured alcohol) in a disposable plastic water bottle [fished from a recycling bin] carried in bottle cage
A small collection of tiny bottles containing soy sauce, olive oil, and nutritional yeast.
Several large, odor proof Aloksak bags, which I’ve had tremendous success with in the past.
A fork
Water filter (MSR Miniworks)
Two 1L Stainless steel water bottles
One bike bottle in bottle cage

Panasonic Lumix Camera with protective case
Spare camera battery and battery charger
Ipod Nano (8 GB)
Ipod wall charger

Papers and related:
A reading book, which will vary as the trip progresses
Paper for writing and drawing
Maps (the seven Adventure Cycling Association maps detailing the route, each to be mailed home as it’s corresponding section is completed)
The standard guidebook written by McCoy

Toiletries Bag:
Soap, towel, toothbrush, floss.

Bag of random necesseties:
Bear-bagging set-up (40 feet of cord, little S-shaped carabiner, and mesh avocado bag)
Small bottle of sunblock
Sunglasses, case, cleaning cloth
Small bottle of hand sanitizer
Sewing needle
Earplugs (for noisy campgrounds)

First Aid Kit:
Ibuprofen and aspirin
Small roll of medical tape
Ace bandage

Allen wrenches (2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm)
Dual size open end wrench (8mm and 10mm)
Chain tool
Spare chain links
One kevlar folding spoke
One spare front spoke, two spare rear spokes (drive and not-drive sides) taped to a chainstay
Spoke wrench
Two spare tubes
Sidewall patches for the tires
Patch kit for the tubes (2 tire levers, patches, glue, sandpaper)
Small bottle of chain lube
Small bottle of grease
Compact 15mm pedal wrench
Bit of wire
Spare brake and shifter cables
Small roll of duct tape