By Ambassador Sandra Beaubien
You can do a hardcore bikepacking trip, or you can treat your bikepacking trip like a mini-vacation. For anyone who has watched a video of an epic bikepacking trip, where it seems like the riders in the video bring the bare-minimum and pretty much starve themselves on the trip, have you thought to yourself “Does everyone bikepack like that?”
My friends and I sure don’t! We take a much more luxurious approach to bikepacking that keeps us well fed and gives us plenty of time to hang out at our campsites, drink beer and enjoy some good food.
Here are a few tips:
- Choose a moderate route and don’t overdo the mileage. We are mountain bikers and prefer to keep the distance in the 30-40 km range per day. This gets you isolated and out of cell phone signal without crushing anyone’s spirit.
- Bring a chair so you can fully enjoy the campsite experience. We are getting too old to sit on the hard ground for hours at a time. Sitting in a chair with your feet in a lake while drinking a beer is pretty spectacular.