Bikepacking Vid: Not Far From Home with Erkki Punttila
A relatively new phenomenon in the backcountry adventure world is bikepacking. An easy way to grasp what the sport involves is that in backpacking the ‘pack’ is carried on the back, thus the name back-packing. In bikepacking the ‘packs’ are carried on the bike, hence the name bike-packing. The off road bike bears all the load and the rider can simply pedal the bike without having to wear a backpack. The rider’s body is under less strain this way so the result is that longer rides can be done more comfortably.
This sport has been catching on and becoming more popular in recent years. Cycle touring isn’t new, but mountain bike touring on gravel roads or even mountain bike or hiking trail systems for multiple days requires the right bike and equipment. Check out the video included with this post for a look at the equipment and the basic concepts behind bikepacking.
See you up there! :)