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Shovel ? Bloody luxury
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Hi Pete
I did just that the first May bank holiday this year, worked a dream. I used the Oxford Heritage set, both 50l roll bag and the panniers. Roll bag took a 3 man tent, sleeping mat and bag, stove, and a stool. Panniers for clothes and had space to spare. Roll bag made the long motorway stretches slightly more comfortable as doubled as a back rest!
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Originally posted by SurreyFan SurreyFan wrote:

Shovel ? Bloody luxury

A year or so ago I was trekking in California (High Sierra trail in Sequoia National Park; Lodgepole to Lone Pine) and one of the things we had to pack was the group trowel for digging our little holes. It was always packed carefully - and away from the food!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote motopete Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2018 at 20:32
Originally posted by Ash1981 Ash1981 wrote:

Hi Pete
I did just that the first May bank holiday this year, worked a dream. I used the Oxford Heritage set, both 50l roll bag and the panniers. Roll bag took a 3 man tent, sleeping mat and bag, stove, and a stool. Panniers for clothes and had space to spare. Roll bag made the long motorway stretches slightly more comfortable as doubled as a back rest!

Cheers Ash.  Yes I think the trick is to have a roll bag big enough for tent, mat, sleeping bag then use the (small-ish) panniers for clothes etc.
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I've never worried about keeping the tent dry, the sleeping bag is the most important.
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Originally posted by red leader one red leader one wrote:

When we wus in the desert, "oi you, that's my shovel".

"My father was a Desert Rat - he could wash up for 32 men in a hub cap" (fr. Dinner Ladies)

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Originally posted by Brian UK Brian UK wrote:

I've never worried about keeping the tent dry, the sleeping bag is the most important.

I agree about the sleeping bag. However, a wet tent is no fun at all. With all the good kit available today there's no excuse for the kit or the rider being wet. Now when I was a lad..................................
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I buy cheap tents and have many times not bought them home if they got wet
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote V7Chris Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2018 at 08:06
Originally posted by johnno johnno wrote:

I buy cheap tents and have many times not bought them home if they got wet
Environmental terrorist! When I used to camp, I bought good kit (stays up in the Pyrenees in September storms - I know!) And just dry it out when I get home or to the next site. Brian is partly right, keep the sleeping bag AND the wife dry and you will have a much better holidayWink
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I got a 'special' trowel ! Bright orange plastic one!
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I prefer to travel light. I've got a second hand Force 10 (mk3, 2 man) tent for winter conditions and a tiny North Face Tadpole for the summer. I do have a collapsible camp bed coupled with a thermarest mattress for a good nights sleep for these old bones. I don't carry a stove or pans, but to have a collapsible bowl and mug for begging purposes. A titanium spork doubles up for duties with the bears in the woods. My sleeping bag is an ancient proper down that cost a fortune back in '81 but packs tiny and still works well in all seasons.   

That all packs into a couple of mid sized panniers (none of that Touratech nonsense I want to filter when the going gets slow) and the tent and bed roll in an Ortleib roll top across the back. I've given up with tank bags since I switched to sat nav usage.   

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Same as my approach. From walking holidays, where self evidently you have to carry everything (!) I have learned that you need half of what you thought you needed, then half of that.
 
I have one of those Vango F10 Mk3, which I bought new probably in about 1979 for about £80 in the Scout Shop in Croydon !
 
Brilliant tent but heavy, so I use a Marmot lightweight one. Tried to get a Tadpole but I think they have discontinued them. Titanium everything inc stove, North Face down bag then all in throw overs and a roll top dry bag ! Robert is your dad's brother ! Plus I put sensitive stuff in drybags from Alpkit.
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I think the best holiday packing advice I've seen was:

Work out for how long you're going what kit you need.  Lay it out.
Work out your budget for the same period.
Take half the kit and double the money.
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