Bikepacking & Backpacking within the Sierra Nevada: Test Out ‘The Lengthy Approach Round’

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Do you fancy bikepacking? Fancy backpacking? Combine the two in an epic bike-to-pack-to-hike adventure.

For their latest bikepacking adventure, the designers at Mission Workshop decided reinventing how to pack bike – with a backpack. Yes, we know bikepacking means that stuff that you traditionally carry on your back ends up on your bike. Now Mission Workshop is turning that idea on its head: you can carry all your gear – including your bike – on your back.

Use a custom mission workshop R6 field packagesFour riders (Lael Wilcox, Rugile Kaladyte, Erik Nohlin, Chris Burkard) set out to pack the Sierra Nevada Wilderness by bike.

They combined bikepacking and backpacking into a 181-mile trip over 4 days of 23,000 feet of elevation gain.

“What we have here isn’t your typical bike ride,” teased Wahoo Fitness. “Four close friends ventured into the great forests of the American West to explore the country by bike. Their original plans were thwarted by the devastation of forest fires that seem to hit the west more and more each year. With a short-term reorganization of the route … the journey was open! “

Note: The group completed the ride in 2020. The film came out this year. Photography by Rugile Kaladyte and Chris Burkard.

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Mary Murphy

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Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteen or at a local bakery.

Topics: backpacking, cycling, MTB

Keywords: Bicycle packaging

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