@Wrong-Wheel-Drive that's great. Good call on resisting upgrading as well. You can always upgrade everything to something better, but it's a money pit and it's hard to do well unless you've really lived with your existing gear for a while.
I like to have instant oatmeal packets and instant lipton soup packets - the soup packets serve the same purpose as the ramen but they're smaller to pack. Salty noodly broth, mmm. And oatmeal packets for the morning.
When I was a college ski bum I'd carry hot cocoa and oatmeal packets in my jacket, then take a cup from the cafeteria and ask for, or find hot water. That was lunch plus maybe a granola bar and of course, a bag of jelly beans or skittles... so good frozen!
@VincentMalamute oh man that's a dangerous situation to end up in, just wandering around without knowing! Glad you had some help in the situation. Only time I ever feel like I really NEED a buddy is out of bounds tree skiing. Otherwise risk is pretty low locally by myself. I dislike having to conform to others' schedules and pace, I have more fun just going at it however I feel like.
@Wrong-Wheel-Drive Avoiding a backpack is a great call. I'd also recommend a quality, lightweight down sleeping bag. Although heavy, having a set of clean, wool pajamas to sleep in is also highly recommended. Obviously, you can't wear your regular clothing to bed as the sweat in them will keep you from staying warm at night, plus they'll smell awful.
Feel free to split up your tent too, I had the poles strapped to my foam sleeping pad on my handlebars and the remainder of the tent went inside my framebag. Pack a few extra straps in case something goes awry or in case you find something along the way worth taking home.
I'm unsure of your target climate region, but note that ultralight drybags are as useful for keeping dry stuff dry as they are for keeping wet stuff wet and separate from your dry things.
awesome. seeing lots of familiar gear there. very jealous. two weeks is a damn long time.
i spy your sawyer, i've got one too. it ain't perfect, but i realised the other day that my single $50 unit has served me and my mates on all our trips over the last year and a half, which is fantastic.
i prefer to use it as a gravity filter, with a big 3L bag that has holes punched in it and some rope, so i don't have to do any squeezing. i backwash it pretty often (at least every trip) but it works well and is low effort.
mine is the smaller sawyer micro which seems to be the only one available in australia.
@highlander That's also an excellent idea... She wants to come along after seeing the pics but I'm not sure how she'd hold up to the trail! Maybe the answer is drive to the campsite and then bike from there.