Here you will find a list of all the gear I plan to take with me. I will add some descriptive information as it becomes available to me as well as pictures and links.
So after LOADS of research I have decided upon a tent that I will need to get shipped to me from Europe as I cannot seem to find a seller in Canada that carries this specific Tent. One thing for me to keep in mind for my tent is the idea of bringing Wynter with me for the journey; so I will need enough room for both of us, plus all the gear. The tent I chose appears to be even big enough to fit my Trike plus Wynter and myself. This could prove to be beneficial in that I wouldn’t need to unload my Trike each night to put the gear in the tent.
The “Coleman Tasman 2” is the tent I chose for not only its’ well known brand name of “Coleman“, but also because of many other factors. It is extremely lightweight which is perfect. This is just the icing on the cake too as there are so many more features that will suit me perfectly.
- 400 x 150 x 115 cm (157.5 x 59.1 x 45.3 in)
- Flysheet: 68D Tafetta Polyester, PU 3.000 mm.
- Inner-tent: Breathable polyester.
- Groundsheet: PE.
- Poles: Fibreglass.
- Spacious tunnel tent that sleeps 2 people.
- Large porch area with raised groundsheet.
- Several ventilation points on the front and back.
- Two entrances.
- Kinked poles to reduce tension.
- UV Protected
- Fire Retardant
- Dimensions inner-tent: 210 x 105/130 x 105 cm. (82.7 x 41.3/51.2 x 41.3 in)
- Pack size: 57 x 16 x 16 cm. (22 x 6.3 x 6.3 in)
- Weight: 4,4 kg. (9.7 lbs)
- Comes with pegs, guy-ropes and carry bag
(Not that I need it, but it will make my wife happy!), LOL. I told her a thicker sheet would be perfect, but she disagrees.
This is one that I found after a quick 10 minute search online. The actual sleeping bag I take with me is still open for debate, but one thing can be made clear. It will be lightweight; coming in a 590 g (1.3 lbs) and it WILL be a Mummy Style Bag. This one is perfect —> Thermopalm 50 F
Figuring out which stove I wanted to take along was kind of a no-brainer for me. The MASS amounts of reviews on this stove alone are worth the purchase. For my stove I chose the MSR Windburner 1.8 L. I will also add a second mug so that I have one for food and one for liquid. To further warrant the purchase it weighs in at approx. 432 g (0.95 lbs) and the second mug weighs in at 370 g (0.82 lbs). Once I include some utensils I will hit the 1 kg (2 lbs), *Maybe just slightly over*, mark making this the perfect solution.
Backup plan for the case where I may run out of fuel for the stove or find myself in some kind of situation where the stove won’t start. I figure for $12 + tax at a minimum of 24 fires it is well worth having this as a backup.
CHANGE OF PLANS!
Well, after further thinking things over I have come to the conclusion that the MSR Windburner Stove may not be quite what I want. You see, I plan to “Stealth Camp” for approximately 65% of the trip; Campsite camping approximately 25% of the time and then utilizing the rest of the time with “Warm Showers“. This is going to cost me in the weight department, unfortunately. Instead of weighing in around 1 kg (2 lbs) I will be hauling more like 7 – 7.5 kg (15 – 16 lbs). Who am I kidding, I’m going to need “REAL” meals on this trip! I have no intentions on eating at restaurants/diners/fast foods, etc. I won’t, however, pass up a meal offered to me while travelling or staying with hosts. However, back to the “Stove” that I require. I wish I could find a single burner combo stove, but it seems to be nowhere out there. I have been able to find a 2 burner stove that functions as a grill. griddle, and burner so I guess that is not all that bad, asides from the weight coming in at 7.3 kg (16 lbs). So without further ado here is my NEW stove of choice –> Camp Chef Rainers Edition as seen below:
Not much to say here except to get the “Best Bang For The Buck”. Stainless Steel at only $11…….. How can you beat that? So I chose the “Blue Sky Gear – Stainless Steel Set” Further keeping it lightweight coming in at approx. 82 g (0.2 lbs)
I’d be stupid if I left home without a “First-Aid Kit“. I like “MEC” so I decided I would order from them. Technically it is a “weekender kit”, but I have no intentions on having to use this kit. Of course this kit also meets my needs of being lightweight coming in at approximately 680 g (1.5 lbs).