By Bill Pratt
Gear List: prepared by Rusty BrennanDubbs
The key to staying comfortable while motorcycling across Chinas’ low regions, touching the Gobi Desert, then riding across the Tibetan plateau and crossing the windy passes of the Himalayas to Kathmandu Nepal…is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This Clothing and Equipment list is provided as a guideline for planning travel-packing needs. Consider that excess baggage can be a burden to you and the rest of the team in the field. Pack light, but pack right. This list will have two sections: one personal gear and one Team gear.
Required & Recommended Gear:
r Valid Passport, with Chinese visa
r Airline Tickets
r 2 extra passport photos
r Proof of ownership of bike
r Travel wallet with money
r Master and Visa credit cards
r Bring a motorcycle, ha
r Heated grips on bike
r Ortlieb waterproof whitewater Duffel bag - 3000 cu. in”.
r Ortlieb saddle bags, largest, watertight
r Daypack 2 - 2500 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles and sweater
r Tank bag or bar bag for daily small items
r Helmet wipe, Wee Willy
r Full face helmet
r Ear Plugs
r Socks bring 5 changes of your favorite combination, no cotton!
r Cap with bill for sun protection
r Wool or synthetic cap for warmth
r Neck “gasket” fleece
r Bandanna (road can be dusty)
r Warm liner gloves for motorcycling
r Rain jacket or Motorcycle riding suit
r Rain or wind pants
r Mid-weight fleece or wool sweater
r Fleece pants
r 2 long-sleeved easy care shirts
r Lightweight thermal top and bottom
r One comfortable hiking / travel pant
r Synthetic, wicking MTS T-shirts
r Motorcycle gloves cold weather
r Motorcycle gloves hot weather
r Motorcycle boots, water repellent/tough
r One-quart water bottle
r Flashlight and spare batteries
r Pocket knife
r Sunglasses fit inside helmet
r Sunscreen/chap stick - SPF 15 or higher
r Toilet articles, toothbrush and paste, towel, wet towelettes (Baby Wipes) etc.
r Soap for washing you or clothes.
r First Aid kit (i.e. Band-Aids, moleskin) (Rusty has large Expedition first aid kit)
r Zip lock bag for important documents
r Tool kit (Team carries full tools)
r Two 1-meter tie down straps. 4 bungee
r Cable and lock from Kryptonite
r Bring a few lightweight easily washable items for city wear
r Comfortable shoes for sightseeing
r Reading and writing material
r Several zip-lock plastic bags
r Camera and film
r Digital Camera w/ NiMH Batteries and charger
r 110-220 AC adapter for electronics
r Roll of toilet paper
r Small binoculars
Your first aid kit should have:
Antiseptic Cream, lomotil, 1” tape, 2” & 4” gauze Pad, aspirin with codeine, 4” ace bandage, Band-aids, antibiotic, iodine, regular Aspirin, Eye medication for infection.
(Rusty will carry drugs for altitude problems)
Weather: China will be warm or hot, with rain showers possible. Tibet will each have vastly different weather. Tibet will be moderate or cool temperatures. Days are between 55 and 70 degrees with nights in the 40’s other than at Base Camp where mid-thirties are possible. At this time of year Nepal is simply warm and wet with temps in the 80’s and periodic heavy rain.
Extra Gear to bring: Sleeping bags, cooking, and eating utensils during the Mt. Everest camping portion of the trip. We’ll stay in the simple guesthouse for the night. Boil water for making simple food. Top Ramon or equal junk food works well for emergency meals.
Ü Culturally sensitive dressing tips in Tibet:
Knees are best. Men should never go shirtless.
Ü Cotton: Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet it will drain your body heat. Bring wools or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
Ü Wind chill is a significant feature of this trip. Air temperatures are not very cold, but the wind is constant and when combined to the stress that the altitude puts on your body, wind can rob a body of needed heat quickly. Wind or rain gear then becomes very important.
Ü Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
Ü Foot care: Make sure hiking shoes are broken-in. The socks should be wool or synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
Ü Rain: You should bring a garbage bag to line non-water/dust proof duffel bag, should inclement weather be encountered.
Ó Copyright, Bill Pratt, Mill Creek, WA – March 2001