Four of us headed up into the mountains north of Los Angeles for a weekend of bikepacking. This was a first for all of us I think, I know it was for me. The route was a mix of technical steep up hill, fireroad climbs, ice covered fireroad climb and descent, and gnar gnar singletrack descents. Temps were in the upper 30's low 40s at night and 70s in the day. Two in the group used BoB trailers and 2 of us used frame bags some made my Jeff at Carousel Design Works. Jeff's products are amazingly well constructed and you hardly notice they are on the bike when riding any type of trail (well I noticed the 15 pounds of gear on a 1x9 hardtail on steep climbs for sure). The seat pack holds an amazing about of gear and the construction is top notch, a total work of art. The best part about it was we camped maybe 2 miles as the crow flies from one of the biggest cities in the world and you would have never known it. We were concerned about bears, looked at starts, and never heard anything other than the stream running behind camp. Enjoy all the photos!
Climbing up some singletrack
Ice covered road near the top of the fireroad climb. Riding on ice like that was one of the coolest biking experiences I've had to date. It was effortless and totally silent. However if you torqued it a bit too hard or got the slightest bit off balance you were going down. Two of us went down pretty hard.
A little downhill fun on the way to camp