Oregon Outback Gear Setup - Josh Spice

Here's a quick look at the gear I used with my Fargo Ti while riding the Oregon Outback route earlier this year.

Glenn kept telling me, “This is not Alaska,” but I just couldn't get the self-supported adventure-prepper mentality out of my head. He did, however, help influence me to pare down my gear to just a frame bag, seat bag, and minimalist handlebar bag. However, Glenn says my large Mukluk frame bag on the Fargo was more like 'luggage' than a frame bag.

Gear Carry:

Salsa/Revelate Designs frame bag (large Mukluk)
Revelate Designs Feed Bag (x2)
Revelate Designs Gas Tank (x2)
Revelate Designs Terrapin seat dry bag
Revelate Designs Handlebar Pocket
Silnylon dry bag on bars
Sea To Summit sil backpack (For overflow gear/food - need to fix straps so they don't cut into pits when loaded)

Water Carry:

24oz Salsa bottles in Nickless cages (x3)
50oz bottle on downtube in XL cage
2.5L Platypus bag bottle


Cuben Bearpaw two-person canopy tarp (For stealth cowboy camping nothing beats a green hoop bivy. And the tarp performed flawlessly in unprotected massive thunder/lightning/hail storm)
Stakes (titanium v-style)
ZPacks carbon tarp poles
7oz Bivy (replace with waterproof bivy that's a real shelter or don't bring at all, as the bag style just leads to wetting out your sleeping bag badly. Must be a hooped bivy to keep the material off your bag)
Emergency space blanket ground cloth (Silnylon would possibly be better as it's more durable and doesn't float away in wind so easily…but it is much more expensive)
Inflatable pad
35-degree down Bag
Pillow stuff sack
Sleep socks (guaranteed dry socks)

Worn & Clothing:

Two pair socks
Wool undershorts
Salsa cycling shirt
Wool t-shirt
Long shorts
Wool hoody
Light knickers (Full length wool bottoms would have been better)
Ankle gaiters (Keep rocks out of shoes)
Cycling cap
CoolQ buff (Absolutely amazing, keeps head cool, very high SPF, versatile)
Bike gloves
Rain jacket (eVent)
Rain knickers
Shell rain gloves (just windproof gloves might have been better)
Wool liner gloves (simply ok, might change)
Down jacket (ultralight model, would have liked a hooded version)

Missing: I wanted a wind vest as my eVent rain jacket was just too warm to wear most of the time and not quite windproof enough in camp.


Pump (Topeak Mtn Morph)
Small chain tool
Torx wrench
Loose allens
Leatherman Squirt P4
Spoke key
Two spare spokes & nipples
Small bottle Epic Ride Lube (Dry lube for desert would have been better)
Schraeder adapter
15g Baladeo knife
One spare tube (700c x28mm)
Spare valve
Spare valve core
2oz Stan's bottles (x2 - if you need them you'll want two)
Extra strap (used surprisingly often)
Extra p-cord (used surprisingly often)
Rag (quick-dry camp style)
Mini cable lock

Cooking & Sanitation:

MSR chlorine drops
900ml pot & catfood can alcohol stove (1L reactor might be better as it's windproof but larger & heavier)
Snow Peak birch mug
Via coffee packs
Egg carton & wax fire starter
Mini Bic Lighter (x2)
½ Paktowl (for swimming)
First aid kit (hand-selected items & prescriptions)
Toilet paper & wet wipes
Toothbrush & toothpaste

Small Items & Electronics:

iPhone charger
USB battery charger
Spot Tracker
Tiger balm (for sore muscles & joints)
Dermatone (for skin & lips)
Headlamp & spare Lithium batteries
Small pump bug spray
Sunscreen (big bottle for desert)
Ti spoon (MSR brand is my favorite so far)
Sunglasses cloth bag
Nuun tabs (electrolytes)

Overall, this kit worked very well in the high, warm desert. I had just enough water for the two 65-mile dry sections (would have gladly carried a bit more) and had all the gear I needed to feel confident that I could comfortably get through just about any situation I might realistically find (there's that Alaska mentality). I don't feel there is much on my list I would leave at home if I were to go right back out and do it again, as I used nearly everything and the things that I didn't use I wouldn't leave home without, as I've needed them before and having them saved my butt.

Black and white photographs courtesy of Glenn Charles...

Click here to read Glenn Charle's Gear List post from the same trip...

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Josh Spice bought his first real bike in 2010. A month in, still green and lustful, he rode a 100-mile route along a snowy mountain trail, solo and self-supported, in just over 24 hours. Then he got a fatbike and found himself wide-eyed with a new sense of vision; the giant map of Alaska was his canvas, and his art the expression of adventure by bike. joshspice.com


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sean | September 19th, 2014

Thanks for sharing… Interested in your use of a Mukluck framebag. Wondering if this framebag has more carrying capacity than a normal revelate Fargo/El Mariachi bag and curious if you experienced any rubbing of the knees with pedal stroke.  I wouldn’t mind having more cargo capacity there on my size L Fargo. Thanks again….

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