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Training, Travel, Cycle

Whoever said that it is “not about the gear” when doing adventures probably had really, really good gear. During my first adventures, I learned firsthand that gear matters after relying on items that were either secondhand or purchased with an on-a-shoestring budget.

Like say, my tent. Usually tents help your ability to get a night of good sleep. But mine? It would constantly collapse on me with every gust of the wind no matter how tightly I hammered those stakes in the ground. I’ve learned what works, mainly, by first learning what does not work.

Ride4Water across Maine was filled with new memories that I am grateful to have shared with you because of social media. Many people who followed along have reached out asking about a full description of most of my kit list for cycle touring. Now that I have had a moment to catch my breath after the Ride4Water journey, I am sharing those details with you in hopes that it helps you on your very own journey!

Head here to read Katie's complete gear list


May 7, 2022

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Katie Spotz

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Meet Katie. She is an endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author, and world-record holder. The list of accomplishments to her name is long, and includes five Ironman triathlons, cycling across the country, a 325-mile river swim, running 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean.

But this wasn’t just any row; when Katie arrived in Guyana, South America, after 70 days at sea, she set a world record for the youngest ever solo ocean rower and the only American to row solo from Africa to South America.

Katie became the 1st person to run 138-miles nonstop across Maine in 33 hours, raising funds for a clean water project in Tanzania. Most recently, Katie set a new Guinness World Record for the most consecutive days to run an ultramarathon distance in Run4Water. Her 341-mile journey began in Cincinnati and finished in Cleveland, Ohio, after running 11 ultra-marathons for 11 days consecutively to fund 11 water projects in Uganda.  


My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick


Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz


The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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