I have done many thousands of miles of touring using upright mountian and hybrid bikes, mostly through mountianous terrain while carrying full camping equipment etc. Although the long steep grades can be physically exhausting, sooner or later you reach the top, whereas riding into a strong headwind most of the day is like riding up a mountian that has no top. Very mentally frustrating. I have never ridden a "bent", but understand they have an advantage both in headwind and downhill situations. On the other hand, I also have been told they are much slower, or are less efficient when riding up long steep grades. Are there any recumbent riders that have done long tours with both "upright" and "bents" that can give me some honest opinions on how compatible "bents" would be for touring with an extra 40-50 lbs. of camping gear through mountianous terrain? Also, how long does it take to learn to ride a "bent" under these conditions (crosswinds and down steep grades) safely?