Day-long excursions on backcountry
trails place extra demands on body and equipment.
Check and repair all equipment
before you go
Pack map, compass, GPS and
know how to use them.
Backcountry trails are not the main thoroughfares you may be
used to. Getting lost has a tendency to take the fun out of a
Technical wear is a must. All base and insulating layers should
wick and stay warm wet. You'll probably be riding in a wide range
of temperatures, wind, shade, and sun. Pack a lightweight shell
that sheds water and breathes.
Take lots of water and
drink it. You're going
to be gone a while. Springs may be available but don't count
Pack plenty of high carb food. You burn several hundred calories an
hour riding. If you don't keep fueled you'll run out, guaranteed.