Eastcapades

Metrics

METRICS

 

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Without going through too much details, we packed all our needs as light as possible for a many months trip. Aiming comfort vs weight but still trying to keep bikes and load down to a reasonable weight. The bikes fully equipped with racks and paniers are around 20-22kg and all contents around 15-20Kg. During transports, the contents will be stored in 2x 70L waterproof backpacks. On the bike the empty backpacks are folded tight on the rear rack. They will be useful during multiday hikes. 
 

the money

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Coming soon...

Under THE MONEY tag, you will be able to have an idea of all our expenses related to the trip.

It will be detailed by country, covering cost of living on the trail in general, from July 2018 and onward.

Food, transports, accommodations, visas & permits, .... everything to estimate a budget for your own bike trip  :)

 


the donkey

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During our winter journeys and races we developed some strong affinities with our SALSA Fatbikes. A recent bikepacking trip through the highland of Iceland confirmed these bikes are not only amazing in snow but behave as army tanks on rugged and rocky terrains. We give them the chance to surprise us again. Our 2 bikes have a slightly different set up. Thank you Mighty Riders in Vancouver for your input.

Bikes

  • Salsa Mukluk 2014 & 2016, aluminium frame
  • Tires Maxxis Minion FBR 26x3.8” TUBELESS on both bikes
  • Rim HED alu 80mm & SUNringle Mulefut SL 80mm
  • Cassette SRAM 11-42 / 36 & SRAM 11-36/ 22-34
  • Front and Rear brakes avid BB7 mountain Mechanical disc on both bikes
  • Seat post Cane Creek Thudbuster LT
  • Handlebar Ergo grips GP2
  • Flat pedal 45nrth Helva
  • Salsa rear rack Wanderlust/Old Man Mountain Front rack & Salsa Anything cage

Paniers

  • Frame bags Wallcustombag 
  • Revelate Design seat post,
  • Axiom 22l,
  • Arkel T28 & Arkel T42
  • Revelate Design gas tanks, mountain feed bags

the wardrobe

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From skin level, layers by layers

Sylvia

Underwear (3); Bra (2); Sleeve less mesh shirt (1); Socks (3); First Hoodie Layer fleece (1); Long john fleece (1); MTB short (1); Long pants with zipper for short option (1); Second Hoodie Layer fleece (1); Merino T-shirt (1); Light fleece vest (1); Light windproof vest (1); Light Wind jacket (1); Primaloft Hoodie jacket (1); Hard shell rain jacket (1); Wind/Rainproof pants (1); scarf/Buff (1); Windproof fleece mittens (1); Waterproof mitten cover (1); Sandals (1); Approach shoes (1); Hat (1)

Frank

Exactly the same check list...different colours and I decided to not pack bra ;)


the kitchen

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  • Multifuel expedition stove MSR
  • 2x 750ml fuel bottles
  • 2x 500ml Nalgene bottle
  • 2x Spoon/Fork
  • 1x pot
  • 1x sponge
  • 1x can opener
  • 1x pocket knife
  • 1x silicone cutting board
  • Lighters + storm matches
  • 50ml container for soap
  • Water filter/purifier pump
  • Fluid soft bladders 4L+6L and soft water bottles 2x750ml + 2x500ml

The tech

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We like photography and short video !

  • Sony @6500/ 3 batteries + lens 1.8/35 and its UV filter + lens 4/18-105 and its Polarizing filter
  • Sony RX100 III/ 3 batteries
  • Sony wireless microphone
  • Gopro Hero 6/  2 batteries
  • Iphone 8
  • Ipad pro and mini
  • Kindle
  • 2x earphones
  • Power bank Ravpower Xtrem 26800mAh 30W
  • Solar panel 24w/5V
  • Multiple 3 usb/2 outlet power strip + 1x travel plug adapter
  • GPS device
  • Inreach garmin satellite device
  • Spot Trace Tracker

The apothecary

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Pharmacy

  • Thermometer
  • Folding scissors
  • Antibiotics ( lungs-stomach)
  • Pain killer
  • Disinfectant
  • Insect repellent
  • Imodium
  • Tape
  • Band aid
  • Tensor
  • Burn wound pad
  • Coughing tablets
  • Electrolytes
  • Safety blanket 

 

Toiletries 

  • 2x toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Nail clipper
  • Sunscreen
  • 2x small travel towel
  • 2x bath gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Diaper cream
  • Facial cream/lotion
  • Floss
  • Purell
  • Lipbalm
  • Folding wash basin
  • Deodorant
  • Multipurpose biodegradable soap 

the sundries

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Bikes

Spare tubes (2), Tubeless sealant, Chain master links (3), Chain lubricant, Core valves (10),  Multitool Leatherman, Duct tape, Titan straps 76cm (6), Break and derailleur cables (2), Zip ties/straps reusable different lengths (10), Dynaplug micro pro (1), Patch kit, Valve Stem for tubeless (2) Allen keys, Flat keys, Pump, 

Miscellaneous 

Horseshoe magnet, AA lithium batteries (8), 2mm string (15m), Wood Clothesline pins (10), Waterproof and compression bags (6), Headlamp (2), Sandisk expand flash drive 128gb (3), Sandisk Micro sd cards Extreme 64gb (5), Power plug adapter, Silicone sink drain stopper plug, Sunglasses, Reading glasses, Notebook, Waterproof marker, Pencil


THE SHELTER

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  • Tent 4-season Hilleberg Tarra - 4.2Kg, heavy but it will be our home for many months in all kind of weather and conditions. Our lighter option would have not been reliable enough. The Tarra offers many setting options, making it a good choice for rugged terrain and harsh climate but has also a good ventilation system and light setting for warmer conditions.
  • Sleeping: we need to think of the different climates and seasons. We opted for one warm sleeping bag and 2 lighter sleeping bags. The 2 light bags together have the same weight and storage volume in a single compression stuff bag than the warm bag. It will give us the option to use the 2 light bags separatly when it will be warm with the possibility, if needed, to use the warm bag as a blanket. In colder conditions we will combine the 2 light bags to make one warmer bag while the warmest bag can be used as it is.
    • Sylvia: 800 Down fill -18c sleeping bag, light fleece liner, full body size sleeping pad R4
    • Frank: 800 Down fill +5c sleeping bag, 750 Down fill +5c sleeping bag, silk liner, full body size sleeping pad R4
  • One light tarp that can be used as floor mat, element protection, or under the tent as a footprint
  • Luminaid solar lantern
  • 2 light folding chairs
  • 1 light hammock