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Get Ortlieb bags, they are The best!



The C&O is a national park. You can not tie Hammocks to trees in a national park. Or anything else.



Regarding trees, that's funny because I was on the trail and week, used a hammock every day, and rangers picking up garbage smiled and said have a nice day.



I've done this trip a couple times. I pared my gear down to 2 panniers and a rando bag and I was very comfortable. You don't need a lot of food since there are many good places to stop and re-supply along the way.

If you're going solo, a hammock is a great option. However, I think that the weights are relatively comparable between hammock and tent. However if you're sharing a 2 person tent, then you can split the weight and it will be less of a burden. If you expect rain and don't want your get to get wet, you can always bring it in to the tent and also have a dry place to change clothes and hang out while it's raining.

I think racks / panniers are the way to go if you're not going off road much and don't need narrow clearance to sneak between trees on singletrack. They keep weight low to keep the bike stable.

Ortleib makes great waterproof bags, and swift industries makes lots of great seat bags, and bar bags. I love having one of the rando bags on my drop bars for easy access to food and storage without having to stop.


Bikepacking.net is a good place to start,

My setup for 8 days of bikepacking looked like https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t1.0-9/p180x540/10429856_10152181709923093_5190426039780783599_n.jpg

Front bag:
Sleeping Bag
GoLite Shangri-La 3 tent (2-3man)
Rain coat

Rear bag is a change of riding clothes and evening clothes plus all the other random bits

Camelbak was all my food

All it really takes is some drybags and a bit of strapping,

Curtis Cousineau

Biking from Pittsburgh to DC


I would have to agree with ditching the tent and using a hammock instead. There are so many reasons why I also choose bringing a hammock instead of a tent. First - camping tents are heavy! But I think it depends on the type of camping you're going to do. My kids prefer tents.

James D

I agree with the above statements that bring a hammock is much easier to pack and carry than a full on tent. I can often fit a lot more in my kayak when I go camping with it while going to a remote destination.

There's some great kayaking advice at: http://excitedoutdoors.com

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