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Zero to 1,200: The Story of My First Year Bikepacking

Apr 25, 2017

The second of the new Stories Beyond Base Camp Speaker Series brought to you in partnership by Mountain Shop and Base Camp Brewing.

Are you new to bikepacking and want to tackle your first bikepacking adventure? Maybe you’ve done some shorter trips with your friends and are ready to tackle your first big trip, where do you start? Okay, so you’ve done a few big trips before, want to know how you can ride one every 4 weeks? How much time off do you need to ride your bike 185 miles, or 285 miles?? 

Whether you’re brand new to bikepacking, or a seasoned Tour Divide veteran, join us at Base Camp Brewery for the second presentation in our new series “Stories Beyond Basecamp”. 

Aspiring Tour Divide Racer, Chase Medina, will share his dream of racing the longest mountain bike trail in the world and how he started training for such a race with no bikepacking experience whatsoever. Last year Chase logged over 1,200 miles of bikepacking all over Oregon’s most beautiful terrain and he’s got some great info to share for those of us who want to get outside and ride more, but have limited time. Come have a beer, sit back, and relax while Chase shares his experiences, skills, bike setup, gear selection, and valuable lessons learned on his first year bikepacking.

From The Blog

Joy Break Race Day Video

Developing the Ski Mountaineering Race Series has been such a joy. Seeing the community come together to grow each race has been truly inspirational. Joy Break on April 1st had wet and windy conditions yet the racers fought on! Take a peak at this video created by Woodrow Hunt to get an idea of the series and… Read More »

Posted in: Events, News & Information, Past Events, Rentals, Reviews, Trip Report, Videos

Just Right: A Couple’s Trip on the Three Sisters Nordic Traverse

Just Right: A Couple’s Trip on the Three Sisters Nordic Traverse Written By: Willie McBride of Wy’East Wolfpack If you’re an passionate outdoor enthusiast who plans to be so into old age, finding a life partner who enjoys equals levels of “roughing it” can be daunting.  Even if you do find an eventual match, the… Read More »

Posted in: Trip Report

Gift Giving Guide

Check out Mountain Shop Ambassador Ben McKinleys’ video on the perfect gift guide for all the outdoor and adventure lovers on your list this season! Click the link below for the full video: Outdoor Gift Giving Guide

Posted in: New Products, News & Information, Reviews

What is the Right Age to Get Kids on Skis?

Winter Break is coming and many parents want to get out and enjoy the snow with their kids, but are they ready? Mountain Shop Athlete Ben McKinley (or as many know him as Dad Sherpa) shares his advice on what is the right age to get your kids out and skiing. According to Ben, there… Read More »

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POWDER ALERT provided by Ski Oregon

If you don’t already, sign-up to receive updates and information from Ski Oregon for some of the best and up-to-date information on ski conditions in the Oregon area. Their website is: www.skioregon.org Check out the latest report from Monday, Dec 5th below! Powder Alert   Good morning skiers and borders. If you haven’t been up riding… Read More »

Posted in: Events, News & Information, Trip Report

How and Where to Capture Local Fall Colors

The seasons are changing and snow is starting to fall in the high country. As a photographer the highlight of this transition is the brilliant color of the fall foliage and looking for fall color influences where I choose to hike at this time of year. The fall colors usually peak in Oregon from mid… Read More »

Posted in: News & Information, Trip Report


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