Glenn Charles


Photographer/Videographer specializing in Life Style, Travel, and Aerial Imagery.  FAA 107 Certified for sUAS flight operations throughout the US.  Fully insured.  Videography work is limited to Aerial productions.

Based in Maine (May-December) and SWFL (Jan - April). Available for travel year round.

Full Load Test Ride

3 plus hours today in -12 degree temps.  A combination of beach, snow, ice and road with hills.  It was a solid workout, with my winter clothing performing flawlessly.  I am not concerned in the least about that portion of the trip.

I posted today that the loaded bike, sans Food and all of my fuel, came in at 64 pounds.  I need to recheck that number because it seems a bit high based on weights of individual components.  What excites me the most is that my 'Base' winter weight is right around 13-15 pounds.  That is the weight of the minimal amount of kit that I need to set off on the trail w/o food, fuel, and water.  Why does that excite me, well beyond the fact that it is a very light weight, it means my summer weight will be approaching 10 pounds!!  Now that is light!!

I will have a detailed gear breakdown later but for now here is a bit of info for you gear geeks :-)

Note: This is not how I will completely load out the bike, but with that said, the Handlebar Bag and Right Pannier are exactly how they will be loaded.


Handle Bar Bag - 6.5 Lbs (Trip Loading)

  • 0 Degree Sleeping Bag
  • Synthetic Insulation Pants
  • Synthetic Insulation Parka

Right Rear Pannier - 6.4 Lbs (Trip Loading)

    • Shelter
    • Stakes
    • Pole
    • Bivy Sack
    • Neo Air X-Therm Pad
    • Ground Cloth
    • Spare Clothes (VBL Socks, Camp Socks, Buffs, Gloves, R1 hoody, ...)
    • Synthetic Insulation Vest
    • Fuel Bottle (Empty)

    Left Rear Pannier - (This will be food and cook, but was not weighed)

    • 2 Full Nalgene Water Bottles in insulators 5.8 Lbs
    • MSR Stove/Cook Kit
    • MSR Large Fuel Bottle - 3/4 Full

    Rear Rack

    • Thermarest Pad
    • Carbon Fiber Tripod

    Frame Bag

    • Empty Fuel Bottle
    • Storm Pants
    • Pump

    Seat Post Bag

    • Emergency Ditty Bag (Knife, tools, string, tape, fire starter, light...)

    Handle Bar Camera Bag

    • DSLR
    • Spare Lens
    • Nano Puff