Adventure – Southern Conference

Bikepacking Adventures


Bikepacking Camp coming soon in the Summer of 2020.


What is Bikepacking?

Bikepacking is a multiday outdoor activity that combines the excitement of riding a mountain bike, exploring places less traveled, route finding, problem solving and camping.

Often this will include riding on singletrack trails, gravel and/or abandoned dirt roads with bags attached to your bike frame, saddle and handlebars.

Bikepacking gives you the range of a mountain bike and the support to carry camping gear so riders will be able to enjoy long rides through epic landscapes and terrain all while instilling resilience, forming comradery and gaining self-confidence.

Bikepacking gives riders the opportunity to be outside on their bikes in a non-competitive environment. Riders will learn backcountry skills (including how to use a map / compass and how to treat water to make it safe to drink), principles of “Leave No Trace” and trail stewardship.  



Bikepacking can be broken down into 3 categories:

  1. Fully Supported (Level I): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition for a 2-6-hour ride, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes and a way to stow extra clothing (e.g., windbreaker, warm gloves). A SAG (Support & Gear) vehicle will carry the rest of the riders’ camping gear to the campsite. The SAG vehicle will be able to pick up riders who cannot complete the ride.
  • Supported (Level II): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders should have a basic familiarity with the intended route and fitness level via the “Trip Plan” and “Travel Plan.” Riders must attend a bike & gear set-up event along with passing a visual bike inspection. Riders must have successfully completed a Level I event.  Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition for 1 full day, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes, a way to carry a sleep system and 1 full day of clothing. A SAG (Support & Gear) vehicle will carry the rest of the riders’ camping gear to the campsite. The SAG vehicle will be able to pick up riders who cannot complete the ride.
  • Unsupported (Level III): Riders will have a bicycle that is safe and will be able to handle the described terrain. Riders must have a basic familiarity with the intended route and fitness level via the “Trip Plan” and “Travel Plan”. Riders must attend a bike & gear set-up event along with passing a fully laden bike inspection and pre-event ride. Riders must have successfully completed a Level I event. Riders will be responsible to carry on their bikes: enough hydration and nutrition (including backcountry meals) for the duration of the trip plus 1 full day, basic set of bike tools / spare inner-tubes, a way to carry a sleep system, shelter, cook system, enough clothing (riding, at camp, for sleeping), items related to personal hygiene and illumination (for on the bike and at camp). There will be limited SAG support during the duration of the event. Rendezvous points with a SAG vehicle will be noted in the Travel Plan.