Basic Bikepacking Course - Tacoma - 2021

Bikepacking Course

Basic Bikepacking Course

Combine your backpacking and mountain biking skills to explore the outdoors in a new way. Learn how to carry overnight gear on your bike and how to perform common field maintenance tasks.

Info
COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

This course provides a solid foundation in Bikepacking. Topics covered are personal clothing, personal and group gear, loading and carrying gear, trip planning and preparation, camp setup and bike field maintenance.

Course Prerequisites include:

-  Students must own a bike, or have the capability to rent or borrow a bike capable of riding over an extended period of time/miles, on pavement, gravel and dirt.

-  Students must have a backpacking badge on their Mountaineers profile.

-  Students must be capable of riding up to 20 miles in a given day, trip and terrain dependent.

Successful completion will allow the student to participate in Bikepacking outings. 

This course will be conducted in accordance with The Mountaineers COVID-19 policies.                                                                   


Lecture 1: Bikes, Gear, Clothing and Packs - Tuesday March 16, 2021  6:00PM to 9:00PM. This lecture is currently planned to be in person at the club house, but could change to a virtual meeting. 

Lecture 2: Bike Field Maintenance  - Tuesday, March 30, 2021  6:00PM to 9:00PM. This lecture is currently planned to be in person at the club house, but could change to a virtual meeting. 

Lecture 3: Gear Check and Loading - Tuesday, April 13, 2021  6:00PM to 9:00PM.  This lecture is currently planned to be in person at the club house, but could change to a virtual meeting.

Check Ride: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Field trip: Saturday & Sunday May 8-9, 2021


Graduation Requirements:

  • Attend each of the three lectures,
  • Attend the Mountaineers Bikepacking field trip,
  • Completion of a conservation activity.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Bikepacking Lecture
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Mar 16, 2021
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Mar 30, 2021
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Bikepacking Field Trip
Ipsut Creek Camp
Sat, Apr 17, 2021
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Ancient Lake
Sat, May 8, 2021 -
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration opens Jan 1; Instructor registration open now
6 participants
0 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment
  • Mountain Bike (hard-tail preferable)
  • Frame Packs and Optional Daypack
  • Ten Essentials
  • Tent
  • Proper Clothing
  • Stove
  • Bike Maintenance Tools
Course Materials

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