Below is a list of the basic equipment we took for the trip...

Bike Spares, Accessories & Bags 

Brake pads
Brake/Gear cable
Multi tool
Puncture repair kit
Folding tyres
Spare tubes
Spoke key
Cone spanners
Water bottles - 3 each
Ortlieb roller classic front panniers
Ortlieb roller classic rear panniers
Handlebar bag
Map holder
Water carrier
Zefal pumpLights - front S-sun & rear Cateye


Mess tins
MSR Stove
2 MSR Fuel bottles
Katadyn water filter
Hilleberg tent
Thermarest sleeping mats
Sleeping bags
Mosquito nets
Torch and head torch
Swiss army knife
Titanium cutlery
Titanium mugs
MSR titanium mini cookset


Gloves - long and short fingered
Cycle shorts
Cycle tops (long & short)
Cycle shoes
Waterproof jacket
Windproof jacket
Waterproof trousers
Cycle helmets


First aid kit
Sun cream
Insect repellent
Gaffer tape
Money belt
Guide books
Playing cards

Our Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Tent


Cateye bike computers
i-pod (Kat)
MP3 (Richard)
Shortwave radio
Solar charger
Dog dazer
Tri-band mobile phone
Digital Camera

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The Tent: Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT
We decided on a tunnel style tent, mainly for space and stability. Hilleberg probably make the best tunnel tents, and this one is much lighter and roomier than the other types we considered. The length of time we would be camping for, the need to store all the panniers, and being utter novices at camping, made the space important to us. Plus it comes in mouldy green, unlike some of the more mountaineering-geared tents. Trying to be inconspicuous whilst wild camping in a bright yellow tent is not a good idea.

The Stove: MSR Dragonfly

We went round the houses several times with which stove to get - it was always between the Dragonfly, Whisperlite and the Primus Omnifuel. There was precious little feedback on the Primus, so we went with tried and tested MSR. Although we knew a few people had some problems with the Dragonfly at higher altitudes, it still seemed to be the most reliable choice, and it's easy to clean and service.

The Sleeping Bags: Macpac Santuary 500 and Marmot Sawtooth

There was never any question that we were going for down bags, for the pack size and warmth to weight ratio. Richard went for the MacPac Sanctuary 500. He says it's because for the performance, it has such a small pack size. I think he just liked the colour. I got a Marmot Sawtooth, which I hadn't considered until I saw it in a local camping shop. I like the hood, the pockets, it's not bright orange, but most of all it has a great temperature range. It's a bit bigger than the MacPac when compressed, but lighter.

First Aid Kit: Lifesystems Travel Medical Kit

This has pretty much all we would need in an emergency, apart from chocolate. It's vital to take syringes and hypodermics, in case you're ever unsure of the hygiene of any local facilities. Hopefully we'll not need those, or half the other things. The kit willl be topped up with things like malaria tablets and immodium before we go, but it covers almost everything else.