Mountain biking is one of my favorite outdoor activities. I love to grab the day pack, invite one of the kids or my wife and take the dog to one of dozens of trails and roads in our area. I love the fresh air, stress-relieving exercise, and views of nature.
In 2020 I logged 200 trail outings and around a third of them mountain biking trips. I added up the mileage and probably logged around 500 biking miles. We biked through forests, over rolling hills, along rivers, around lakes, over tressels, through tunnels, and more. We biked loops and out and back trails that included lakes, loops to outlooks and valleys.
What an awesome year for biking adventures!
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect mountain biking trip. We've learned how to plan, what gear and supplies to take, how to prepare for the weather, how to stay safe and how to ensure we get back home safe.
Adventure Story: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
...I was riding by the tree in the middle of the meadow with the dog and suddenly saw a wolf running along side me. I stopped my bike and got off it on the opposite side of the wolf. It was staring right at me from here to that rock...
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If you're like us you'll love the trail and hiking will become second nature. Let's get started.
Over the years we've learned how to set up the perfect mountain biking trip. We thought we'd list a few tips to consider for your next outing:
We all have different risk tollerances. As I've gotten older I've consciously slowed down a lot and take fewer risks. I've seen guys with life-altering injuries who can't enjoy the outdoors any longer. I talked with a man this week who has messed up his knees and joints so much he can't go on a simple hike. That can't be me!
When we venture out, we need to keep in mind that we have future outdoor experiences to enjoy so we need to get home safe after every one. Our chances of survival and safe return increase with a few principles:
Having the right first aid supplies handy can help a lot. Make sure you have the right supplies for the activities you're doing.
I take my day pack on every outing. I log between 100 and 200 outings per year. I'm often surprised how often I needed the gear and supplies in the pack. Over the years I've locked down the perfect day pack for my climate and area. This checklist is highly recommended trail gear for every day pack. Of course, you can adjust for your area and outing style.
I divide my gear and supplies into 3 kits: gear, first aid, toiletries. These kits go into my pack and are with me on every outing.
First Aid Kit (IFAK)
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Being prepared with some survival skills, trail information, and weather forecasts can make your hike relaxing and help you get home safe.
Don't get lost! Find the right map for your area. We recommend reviewing the map BEFORE your embark on your adventure. Get a feel for the topography, water sources, trails and roads, etc.Choose Your Map
We love our trail time! We hope your outings this year are memorable, relaxing, full of adventure, and safe.
We'd love to hear about any memorable stories you experience. Submit them to us and if we feel the story matches the site we'll publish it.
Gear up, prepare, and hit the trail! Enjoy!
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