What Is Bikepacking?

by Andy Amick on April 10, 2013

in Bikepacking

In it’s most basic form, bikepacking is nothing more than combining cycling with camping.  I have even used that description on the Bikepacking 101 page to introduce people to bikepacking.  But that simple definition leaves out some of the best parts of the bikepacking experience.

Yes, bikepacking will always be centered around cycling and camping, but there is, oh, so much more.  Have a look at just some of the other reasons you might want to join the world of bikepacking:

What does bikepacking mean to you?

If asked to pick my favorite topic from that list, it would be tempting to select “coffee”. Coffee, bikes, and camping.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

In all honesty, it’s not coffee that’s the best part.  It would have to be friends and solitude.  Bikepacking allows you hang out with your cycling pals, enjoy the quiet of an evening in the woods, and then get up and do it all again the next day.  That is the true essence of bikepacking, and it’s what keeps me dreaming of more bikepacking adventures.

Bikepacking means something different to each of us, and my list of topics is far from complete.  What does bikepacking mean to you?

About Andy Amick
A little bit nutty in general, a lotta bit nutty about bikes. Each of his boys received a bike helmet for their first birthday and the three of them have been biking together ever since.

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