How to pack like a champ (or a DNFer)

In an effort to be prepared for anything, I ended up grossly overstuffing my Camelbak Charge 450 for the Leadville Trail 100. I’m no stranger to flat tires and broken chains, so I wanted to make sure I was well prepared.


Turns out I was over prepared, as witnessed by my efforts to finally unpack the bag. Below are most of the contents. I say most because I ate several gels, a pack of Gu Chomps, a pack of Clif Shot Blocks, and some electrolyte tablets that were also in the pack.


So, here is a rundown of what was left:

  • CO2 inflator
  • 5 CO2 cartridges (I also had one on my seatpost)
  • Extra cleat bolts
  • Extra bolts for who knows what
  • Mini tool
  • Tire levers
  • 2 tubes (I also had one on my seatpost)
  • Baby washcloth (to wipe sweat if needed)
  • 2 Ziploc bags of EFS drink mix
  • Gu Chomps
  • Clif bar
  • Chewy granola bar
  • Hammer bar
  • Clif Shot Blocks
  • Enduralyte Fizz tablets
  • Arm warmers
  • Aspirin
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Gu Brew
  • Tire patch kit
  • Adhesive tire patch
  • Adhesive tire boot
  • Schraeder/Presta adapter
  • 4 spare chain links
  • 2 Gu gels
  • 5 Hour Energy can
  • Rain jacket
  • Spare rope
  • Breathe Right nose strip
Really, what was I thinking??!!  I could have easily made due with no more than half of the above.  And considering I had no mechanical issues, I certainly could have gone without so many tubes, CO2 cartridges, patches, and chain links.  I also really had no need for the 5 Hour Energy or the rain jacket (it was bright and sunny all day).  And considering I was carrying electrolyte capsules, I certainly didn’t need the redundancy of the Enduralyte Fizz.  There were also some bars that I thought I would eat but obviously didn’t even touch…’s just too hard to eat something requiring that much chewing when you are trying to catch your breath while riding.
You know, the more I think about it, this overpacking probably cost me at least 3 hours of time.  If I would have packed smarter I probably would have beaten Travis.  I’m sure he will want the full stats, so I’ll be sure to measure how many grams everything weighs so that he can tell me where it affected my split times the most.
And in true fashion, I went for a ride this past Saturday carrying only two water bottles, a spare tube, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator.  Somewhere along the trail my inflator and cartridge fell off of my seatpost.  Sure enough, I flatted with several miles left to ride and no way to pump up my spare tube.  A quick phone call was made to Leslie asking her to pick me up at the Dunnavant Valley Greenway trailhead.  While she did give me a lift, I’m quite certain she wasn’t very happy about me messing up her rare nap time.

One Response to “How to pack like a champ (or a DNFer)”

  1. I laugh everytime I see this. Can a chain break 4 times in 100 miles? Ha ha

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