Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2,337
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Winter Bike Camping

    Saw an intriguing presentation about a couple guys who use their bikes to winter camp. They put everything they need on their bikes, ride snowmachine, dog sled and other trails camping as they go. The presenter showd video of one trip they made from Paxson, AK to Cantwell, AK last March. Pretty interesting. I'm intrigued.

    Anyone here do that kind of thing? Experiences? Tips for doing it successfully?
    It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2,337
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Have to confess I'm a bit surprised that with the length and breadth of posted experience on this forum no one has any experience with winter bike camping.
    It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Mobile 155's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    So Cal
    My Bikes
    91 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
    Posts
    2,470
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Maybe because two of the three trails you mentioned required moving a bike through snow? I have reached a point in life where camping requires full hookups.
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Thulsadoom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Gouverneur NY
    My Bikes
    2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2000 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
    Posts
    1,228
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by HawkOwl View Post
    Saw an intriguing presentation about a couple guys who use their bikes to winter camp. They put everything they need on their bikes, ride snowmachine, dog sled and other trails camping as they go. The presenter showd video of one trip they made from Paxson, AK to Cantwell, AK last March. Pretty interesting. I'm intrigued.

    Anyone here do that kind of thing? Experiences? Tips for doing it successfully?
    I've done some winter bike touring/camping. I don't use a snowmobile or a dogsled though...

  5. #5
    Formerly Known as Newbie Juha's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Helsinki, Finland
    Posts
    5,593
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I would be very careful doing it. Obviously it's doable, re: the guys you mentioned.

    I do a fair bit of XC skiing, and using snowmobile/dog/reindeer sled tracks is considered a no-no there. Especially if they're marked tracks close to ski resorts or other habitats. Someone's bound to come blasting along at some point, and snow dampens sounds very well. I'd imagine you'd have time to move over (IF it's a snowmobile), but not enough for a planned exit at a well chosen spot. If you just blindly jump off the track, you'll end up in waist deep powder even with normal XC skis, nevermind a bike. That may or may not be fun. Plus you'll only get barely out of track that way, and getting back is going to be hard work at best.

    If you're way out in wilderness, sure, anything goes. Anywhere else with more traffic, be careful.

    --J
    Last edited by Juha; 11-12-12 at 03:42 AM.
    To err is human. To moo is bovine.

    Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?


    Become a Registered Member in Bike Forums
    Community guidelines

  6. #6
    Free Velo Vol! Dudelsack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Loovul
    My Bikes
    Bacchetta Giro ATT 26; Lemond Buenos Aires
    Posts
    6,195
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Might try the Touring forum.

  7. #7
    Senior Member NOS88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    6,379
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My idea of winter camping is a Motel 6. A case of frost bite in the late 70s took away all desire to camp in the cold.
    A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright

  8. #8
    Starting over CraigB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Indianapolis
    My Bikes
    1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
    Posts
    4,081
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Tips? Dress warmly.
    Craig in Indy

  9. #9
    Senior Member jdon's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    4,152
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't mind riding all day in rain, cold or snow but at the end of the ride, a hot shower and warmed cognac sure are nice to retire to. Winter camping? No thanks.

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2,337
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I guess folks here are "old", eh?

    The route these guys used is the road. Don't know of any trails that go all the way through the ~135miles. The Denali Hwy isn't maintained in the winter but some of the lodges, etc. along the way groom portions. Then snowmachiners, trappers, skiers, etc. do make pretty good hardpack for a bike if it has fat tires. Since the snow is very dry, takes about 10+ inches to make one water inch, once packed it makes a great road.

    Over the years I've spent a fair amount of time outdoors summer and winter. Yep, when it is -40 F/C it can be challenging, but doable and even fun. But I've never used a bicycle as my transportation. I was hoping someone here who was past the immortal years had and could pass on some tips.

    May never do it. But the idea is intriguing.
    It is better to smell the flowers than taste the roots.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •