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2018 Great Divide Tour Packlist

Weights + Capacities

  • Bike (w/ aerobars, cages, empty bags): ~29.5 lbs
  • Loaded bike (no food/water): ~46.8 lbs
  • Backpack: 5.6 lbs
  • On-body clothes + shoes: 3.4 lbs
  • Bodyweight: 148 lbs
  • Water capacity: 5L on-bike + more in backpack if needed
  • Food capacity: ~3 day, 2 night relatively comfortably (if 100% self sufficient)

Bike Specs

  • 2016 Salsa Cutthroat Size M
  • WTB KOM i25 rims
  • Hubs – Front: SP PD8X dynamo front, Sram X0 rear
  • Tires: Maxxis Ikon 2.3 front, 2.1 rear (tubeless)
  • Crankset: Sram XX 2×10 28/42
  • Cassette: 11-42t (Sram 11-36 converted w/ Wolftooth 42t + 16t)
  • Front/Rear derailleur: Sram X0
  • Eriksen Ti Seatpost
  • Barrel adjusters spliced into shift cables

Harness: Salsa Anything Cradle + Sea To Summit 13L Lightweight Dry Bag

  • Mattress Pad: Therm-a-rest Neoair
  • Bivy: Miles Gear Pico Bivy w/ footprint
  • Sleeping Bag: Mountain Hardwear Phantom 32
  • Puff Jacket: Patagonia Ultralight Down Jacket

Handlebar Bag: Revelate Designs Handlebar Bag (old version)

  • Electrolytes: 100ml E-lete (makes 10 gal), Nuun tab bottle
  • Misc pills: ibuprofen, vitamins, Benadryl
  • Bug spray: Repel 100 (0.4 fl oz)
  • 1L Platypus bladder + Sawyer Mini filter
  • Camp headlamp
  • Half roll TP
  • 1.25 fl oz DZ Nuts
  • Sea To Summit 1L Dry bag:
    • iPod Nano
    • Jackery Mini 3350 mAh battery #2
    • Spare USB storage drive
  • Phone in waterproof case
  • Wallet


  • GPS: Garmin Etrex 20 (secured w/ tether)
  • 5×8.5″ Map Case
    • Current ACA map
    • Homemade services cue sheet
    • Mini journal + pen
  • Profile Design T3+ Aero Bars
  • Dynamo light: Klite Backpacker
  • USB charger: Sinewave Revolution
  • Bike computer: Garmin Edge 1000 (can act as backup GPS) (secured w/ tether)
  • Left Revelate Designs Feed Bag
    • Inside pouch: misc food items
    • Mesh pocket: camera – Sony Cyber-Shot DSCW810 (secured w/ tether)
  • Right Revelate Designs Feed Bag
    • Inside pouch:
      • Jackery Mini 3350 mAh battery #1
      • AUKEY USB Wall Charger (2x 2.4Amp ports + foldable plug)
      • Charging and data transfer cables
    • Mesh pocket:
      • Sunscreen
      • Chapstick
      • Hand sanitizer


  • 2x Zefal Magnum 1 liter bottle (secured w/ shock cord)
  • Lezyne HV pump w/ pressure gauge

Top Tube

  • Revelate Designs Gas Tank
    • Misc food items
  • Bolder Bikepacking Jerry Can
    • Bike multi-tool: Crank Bros M17
    • Multi-tool: Leatherman Squirt
    • Chain Lube
    • Iodine tablets
    • patches, tire lever, spares (bolts, stems, chain links, brake pad, etc)

Frame Bag: Salsa EXP

  • ACA maps 4-6
  • Bike cleaning rag
  • Drivetrain cleaning tool
  • Spare tube
  • Bivy pole
  • Spare sealant
  • Spare batteries (4x AAA, 6x AA, 2x CR2032)
  • Water bladder: MSR Dromedary 4L (max fillable to ~3L)
  • Spare food


  • MSR fuel bottle (12 fl oz) (offset lower for tire clearance w/ Wolftooth BRAD system)
  • Spare tube #1

Seat Bag External

  • Bike lock (6′ cable + luggage lock)
  • SPOT Gen 3
  • Rain jacket: Outdoor Research Helium II

Seat Bag: Revelate Designs Viscacha

  • Camp pillow: Exped Air Pillow
  • Cookset
    • MSR Whisperlite International
    • Lighter + matches
    • Snow Peak 900 pot + lid
    • Snow Peak 450 mug (a 1lb peanut butter jar nests perfectly)
    • Pot Grabber
    • Windscreen
  • Toiletry + misc bag: Eagle Creek
    • Deodorant
    • Spares (iodine tablets + chapstick + lighter usb cables)
    • Foot powder
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Butt maintenance: Bacitracin ointment + Clotrimazole
    • Misc med kit
  • Sugoi waterproof shoe covers
  • Aerostitch Triple Digit waterproof glove covers
  • Outdoor Research Helium rain pants
  • Space for LOTS of food

On-Body Clothes

  • Bibs: Ibex merino wool bibs
  • Base layer: Smartwool t-shirt
  • Jersey: Smartwool Flagstaff full zip
  • Socks: Smartwool PhD Light Mini
  • Pearl Izumi Sun Sleeves
  • Shoes: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II
  • Watch: Timex Ironman
  • Road ID
  • Helmet
    • Fenix LD22 headlight
    • Rear blinky

Backpack: Osprey Syncro 15

  • Spare clothes
    • REI Zip Camp Pants
    • Long sleeve shirt: Smartwool Lightweight
    • Socks: Smartwool PhD Light Mid Crew
  • Misc clothes
    • Marmot wind jacket
    • Smartwool liner gloves
    • Pearl Izumi Soft-Shell Lite Gloves
    • Smartwool beanie hat
    • Boonie hat
    • Wool Buff
    • Pearl Izumi Barrier Leg Warmers
    • Pearl Izumi Barrier Arm Warmers
    • Bandana
  • Prescription sunglasses: Wiley X Valor (transitions from clear to dark, semi-polarized) (I should’ve bought prescription glasses LONG ago!)
  • Spare 1L Platypus bladder
  • Spork
  • Syringe for back-flushing Sawyer Mini filter

For comparison, in 2010 my bike looked like this:

Mile 0: Clean

Mile 2700: Dirty

On The Road

In less than 24 hours my parents, girlfriend, and I will be driving down to Deming, NM (where I spent a few days in a gas/Greyhound station waiting for a lost bike).  Early on Thursday morning we’ll drive 1.5 hours to Antelope Wells, where I’ll affix all my bike bags, say my goodbyes, and be off on this adventure.  I’m going back and forth between feeling excited and terrified.  Once I’m on the bike in AW I’ll take things as they come, rather than worrying about every unknown and “what if.”

First Days Rough Itinerary (subject/likely to change):
Day 1: AW to Silver City (125 miles, 3k feet elevation gain)
Day 2: Silver City to Beaver Head Work Center via CDT alternate (75 miles, 9.6k elevation gain)
Day 3: BHWC to Pie Town (98 miles, 3.5k elevation gain)
Day 4: Pie Town to Grants via El Malpais alternate (70 miles, .6k elevation gain)
Grants to Cuba: undecided on main route vs Chaco alternate

Put into perspective, it took us 7 riding days and a rest day to get to Grants in 2010.  I’m trying to push myself pretty hard, testing my Colorado mountain-seasoned legs.

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