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INTRODUCTION TO BIKE-PACKING WEEKENDS
Rhayader, Mid Wales
Experience the freedom of wild camping in the hills with your bike. If you have fancied bike-packing but don’t have the equipment, knowledge or confidence to try it alone, this is the weekend for you.
7-8 October 2017 (only 2 spaces left!)
• 2 full day’s guided riding and a night beneath the stars -
maximum client to guide ratio 4-1
• All bike-packing kit including top quality luggage carrying equipment,
dry bags, lightweight sleeping bags and mats, stoves, food, head
torches and tents
• Any required instruction and guidance on all aspects of bike-packing
including equipment, techniques, wild camping etiquette, environmental
practices, dangers and decision making, the law, nutrition, hydration
Is this weekend for me?
The riding will be adventurous rather than full-on tough and technical. But we’ll cover some decent miles at a steady pace and will certainly knock up some ascents and descents. Stamina is the main thing and you’d want to be comfortable to be in the saddle and actually moving for 5 hours a day minimum, with both days perhaps taking perhaps 7 hours to complete. A sense of humour can be required when carrying a fully loaded bike over a bog or river.
No previous camping or sleeping wild experience is needed, but you need to be prepared to get stuck in and help with putting up tents, cooking etc. Be aware that we will be pretty isolated, and a long way from any facilities, and in order to keep weight to a minimum, we generally sleep with 2 people to a lightweight expedition tent.
If you have any concerns about your ability or fitness or suitability, please get in touch
WEEKEND PRICE PER PERSON: £145
(Max 4 persons)
We’ll meet in a café and take a few hours to discuss the plan for the weekend. We’ll talk through the kit and the various situations we’ll find ourselves in during the 2 days. And once everyone’s happy, we’ll load the bikes and head into the mountains. We usually make camp late afternoon/early evening and will then discuss bike-packing and general wild camping etiquette in more detail. We’ll cook our dinner, learning the do’s and don’ts of cooking on a small stove (don’t worry, there’s always plenty of food, no matter how big your appetite) and then we’ll more than likely hit the hay early.
We’ll make breakfast – again juggling with those little stoves - before breaking camp and loading the bikes again. We’ll then enjoy another day out in some pretty remote hills before a final, fast and furious descent drops us back into Rhayader.
*Note: Exact itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather conditions.