Team AWOL and My Oregon Outback Pack List May 22, 2014


So I haven’t made a big deal about this for a few reasons. First, I don’t want to jinx myself or my teammate on this ride and second, it’s part of a project that won’t see the light of day for a few months.

That said, I’m doing / racing / riding / surviving the Oregon Outback, a 360 miles MTB trek from Southern Oregon to Northern Oregon. Our plan is to do it in three days. Unsupported. That’s 120 miles a day on dirt.

I do rides like this often enough, maybe not to this degree, but essentially bikepacking or touring. So I thought I’d let you in on my packing list, via knolling. Check out a break-down below.


The full spread.


First up: food. Three day’s worth. While the Outback goes through a few towns, there will be a couple hundred people doing the ride, so there’s no guarantee that the cafes and shops will have much stock left. I’d rather eat a packet of salmon than a bag of cheetos.

There are high-energy, high-fat packets for ride snacks (dried fruit, coconut chips, nuts, etc) for each day. A pack of coconut cream, two recovery shakes, coffee and backpacking meals, as well as Skratch and Shot Blox for riding…


Next up, shelter. I’m conflicted here. The forecast doesn’t call for rain, so I’m going with a ENO hammock and a Western Mountaineering 40-degree bag. If it gets colder, I have an emergency blanket. All of this goes into the Revelate saddle back. I like the rear of my bikes as light as possible. I might take my rain fly, but it’s undecided at the moment.


Clothing is easy: Mission Workshop Stahl shorts, Kitsbow merino chaomis, Outlier linen scarf, Mission Workshop District shirt, Pearl Izumi sun sleeves, ACRE Meridian rain jacket, DeFeet wool gloves, Rapha mits…


Strawfoot merino socks, Giro Terraduro shoes, Giro New Road insulated vest, Giro Atmos helmet, Black Diamond lamp and a wool watch cap.


Bottles: (2) Poler bottles, one Nalgene and a Arundel Looney Bin.


Garmin, knife, Snow Peak spork, multi tool, flat kit, Sawyer filter with bag, Bronner’s, sunblock, chamois butter, Bag Balm (cures saddle sores), first aid kit, flip flops in case my feet get gross and a Team Dream trucker.


Acre tool roll with an Incase battery pack, (3) tubes, (3) 5Dmkii batteries, (3) SD cards in a Pelican case, iPhone cable, frame pump, Nightrider light.


Swift Ozette rando bag, Oakley shades, camping towel, Snowpeak mug, Wet Ones…. *not pictured: Revelate frame bag. I’m not running panniers.

I don’t need to link to these products because most are available at your local camping or cycling shops. Erik is riding a new project AWOL, it’s a stock Comp with a snazzy paint job – more on that later and I’m on an all-stock AWOL Comp.


We’re pretty set, all we need is support from you guys. Moral support! Follow Erik @HellHommus and myself @JohnProlly on Instagram and see how it all unfolds…

  • Great post. Serious wealth of knowledge going into all these selections. Thanks for sharing!

  • PNT

    useful, thanks!

  • Ornotbike

    Good luck! That’s a serious trek in 3 days, especially w/ a 5d slung around your back 120 miles a day. I’m excited to see how it goes. Thx for the packing list too. Always interesting to see what other people take. BTW are those cashews raw or roasted? :)

  • Kickass! Go get ’em, tiges!

  • Ian Stone

    Only 2 packs of chamois butter???

    • One for each day (the third one is getting used the morning of).

      • PJK

        Dude, I will send you some donkey label chamois balm – heals the sores and prevents them, just let me know where to send it.

  • Area45

    Get it John!!

  • Jordan Toledo

    But, how many sin dawgs is he brining?

    • We each have one. That’s 2000 calories each!

  • Jamie McKeon

    but hellhommus will have to destroy that spork

    • Jamie McKeon

      kill it dudes!!!!

  • Sage Brown


  • Matt Rumora

    Wool is king. Excellent accoutrements man. Cameras?

  • Dobry

    That’s some great planning. Good luck!
    Hope we’ll see a review of those new Giro Terraduros.
    Is that an orange Benchmade there, Captain Orange?

    • I reviewed them a few weeks back…

      • Dobry

        So you did. And a good one too. Sorry!

        Have an extra good trip now, secure in the knowledge that you’ve done your duty.

  • PwetStar

    Have a safe journey!

  • Nice load-out! I’d probably ditch the hammock for a sil-tarp and the spork for a pair of chopsticks (local Chinese restaurant or snazzy Snow Peak ones). And *maybe* pack a GoalZero recharging kit to recharge batteries while I ride. Other than that, sweet, light, realistic setup!

    • I’d much rather be in a hammock when the ground is rocky and uneven. Also, I have an Incase charger… You gonna scoop Nutella with cho sticks? ;-)

  • dancakes

    no panniers!?! super interested to hear about this trip afterwards! be safe, now!

  • krashdavage

    Good luck John. Curious how you rate the Revelate vs Fairweather vs Carradice Barley? Hope to ride with you again sometime real soon!

  • jeroenberkenbosch

    Sounds like a great ride. Enjoy! One question though: what bibs are you wearing? (I assume bibs, since you include chamois butter.)

    • Dobry

      My eyes skipped over the word “bibs” and I thought this blog was going to start to get a little racy.

      It’s easy to miss in the huge list of stuff, but looks like the Kitsbow merino base shorts (“Clothing is easy: Mission Workshop Stahl shorts, Kitsbow merino chaomis . . . .”). (meant neither as a commentary on the post, which is great, nor your reading ability, which I’m sure is great too)

      • jeroenberkenbosch

        My apologies! I did indeed miss that. Thanks for the helpful reply though!

        • Yeah, chamois shorts.. No bibs – makes shitting in the woods easier

          • Dobry

            Like the Pope!

  • Søren

    How come you didnt choose bibs with suspenders/braces? Wont they keep the pad better in place during the long rides? Have a great trip!

  • Matt Long

    Sounds amazing ! Good luck

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Killer. Really regretting not going this year. One question, no caffeine?!?!!

  • Mike

    Awesome post, and good luck on the haul. Love seeing setups like this, and very helpful for some GDMBR touring I’m going to do this summer.

    What type of cage is that you’re using to hold the big Nalgene? Looks like it’s just about the size of what I’m looking for, a little more reasonable than a Salsa Anything for when you don’t need huuuuge capacity.

    • Mike

      and I see that you had it in the description already, the Arundel one.. F for reading comprehension.

  • scott

    Just curious about the choice to ride an AWOL comp instead of your custom Woodville? I may have missed something obvious about this being some sort of official Specialized event.

  • Nick

    Who’s packing the flask?

  • Take care John and enjoy the ride!

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  • marc marino

    I love that photo of you and Erik.

  • nin

    The AWOL is such an amazing looking bike, I was going to ask about Erik’s since it wasn’t his usual one with the funky paintjob.
    Can’t wait for more!

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  • chris duncan

    hey John, its hard to see from the picture, do you use a decaleur with the Ozette? If not how stable is it when the going gets rough. cheers.

    • You should use a decalleur with the Ozette for sure. I even run a tie-down strap (like a long toe strap) to keep it stable.

      • chris duncan

        cheers, its a fine looking bag, hmm.

  • Bill Strathearn

    John, thanks much for posting this. I’m prepping for my own multi-day trek across California and keep coming back to this page while building my pack list. The whole site is an inspiration, but this is some of the most practical and useful info I’ve come across.

  • cainnon

    Will the arundel fit a nalgene between the cranks?