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Noob Overnight Dual Sport Camping Trip - Mid October?

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We are about three weeks away from this. 

I have had a few people message me with questions, glad to help out anyone who is putting together a kit for this.  I have spare tents, a few different cooking kit setups, sleeping pads and sleeping bags.  All of this stuff was acquired when I got into hiking and did several sections of the Pacific Crest Trail with thoughts of through hiking it at some point (still wouldn't mind doing that!)  

Anyway, if you are needing something I may have it for loan or someone else may.  I may even consider selling some of this stuff, as I don't know if I can convince my wife to go hiking anymore.  Borrowing stuff for your first trip makes sense because you can evaluate it and decide if it works for you or if you want to go a different direction, but nobody ever convinced me of making sense.

Pro Tip!! -  If you keep an eye out for the REI parking lot sale, you can buy great quality backpacking gear at huge discounts.  Almost all of my backpacking gear was purchased at these sales, but they only happen once or twice per year.  

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On 9/30/2022 at 3:38 PM, Goofy Footer said:

Hopefully you can get the learner's permit test or full license soon and come on a dualsport ride. Maybe take a MSF course with a friend? I took after already riding dirt for a while and it was still fun. I jumped on the TW200s when I could instead of the cruiser bikes.

Some people will truck to Ramona, Jamul, Pine Valley or Borrego Springs and stage there for their dirt focused dualsport loops both big and small.

Yes, this has  been my plan for about a year and a half now. With three kid's active schedules, DMV/covid nonsense, etc. it just hasn't happened yet. I tried to convince myself I could at least get the the permit for this trip until I realized I have family coming into town that weekend, four soccer games, a water polo tournament, a trail meeting...and probably a couple of birthday parties...that I decided I'll just skip the stress of making this one happen and focus on a prerequisite. Ha!

I have the 500 exc that I'd like to make sure is road worthy and learn how to pack up for this sort of outing, but I also have the stock 2 gallon tank so trucking it might be the way to go for me. At least for now anyway.

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On 10/1/2022 at 12:14 PM, Wierdrider said:

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I have that tent and love it. It's been to Glacier Bay on a two week kayak trip to keep me housed and dry. Those little windows have failed on mine and caused me some heartache though. I need to repair them though, because even though I've since replaced the tent, I'm not ready to let her go.

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Ok since there were no takers, and we have people committed to going I will throw this out there one more time.

Sunday the 16th as the day for the meetup for the tec/packing day if people are interested 

Those with luggage maybe bring it with so people can get tips on mounting options and ideas etc. 

The BBQ will not be running this time unless someone brings stuff then the grill is available for their use.

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That’s a nice tent at a decent price, looks very similar to the MSR Hubba Hubba that I’ve been using for years.  

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@DSM8 I'm in for Tech/Packing Day on Sunday the 16, count me in.   I do NOT want to lose any gear or look like the Clampett's going down the road...

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The first 4:50 of this video, the guy talks about what I call Noob issues with camping/sleeping.  He doesn't come out and state it . .. . the problem is the pad.  You need an insulated pad so mother earth doesn't suck the warmth out of you like a vampire.  

 

One can easily spend $200 on a super comfy insulated pad but there's no need when getting started.  The key is insulation, so the foam pads work a treat for keeping you warm. 

Do you have a pad? Even on cool summer nights, it's more important than your sleeping bag for comfort/warmth.  He had a zero degree bag and still froze.

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