Explorers Connect

Powering the Adventure Revolution

Introduction to Bikepacking Course 1 - 2 July

Enjoy mountain biking but want to stay out longer or enjoy cycle touring but want to get offroad? Join us to learn the basics of bikepacking on this two-day course in the wilds of the Peak District National Park. Learn what to take and how to pack it, along with basic maintenance and navigation on an overnight wild-camping adventure carrying everything you need on your bike.

In essence, ‘Bikepacking’ means strapping your essentials to your mountain bike and heading out for a ride that lasts a few days or maybe more - like backpacking but with a bike.  The beauty of it is that you can do it anywhere and find yourself an adventure straight out of your back door.  A suitable bicycle and a few bits of kit is all you need for short escape sleeping out under the stars.

Although you can head out with just a little experience there are some things that it’s definitely useful not to have to learn the hard way.  Over the course of this weekend course we’ll cover:

  • Gear: What to take and how to pack your bike.
  • Bike skills: Loaded off-road riding.
  • Basic bike maintenance.
  • Navigation.
  • Wild camping: what to do, where to sleep, how to make shelter
  • Fuel: Camp cooking & nutrition

After covering the basics the group will head straight out into Peak District National Park carrying everything needed on the bikes to wild-camp overnight.  You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to get out on your own bikepacking adventures.   

No previous off-road cycling or mountain biking experience is necessary and it’s not a race or endurance test so only a moderate fitness level is required.  It’s more about enjoying being outdoors and learning the basics so you’re ready to head off on your own.  You are welcome to bring your own bike (we recommend a hard-tail mountain bike, get in touch if you're unsure if yours is suitable) and/or equipment or you can hire this from us.  All you require is a suitable sleeping bag, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.  You should expect to 20-30 miles a day and be happy sleeping outside overnight.  

PAYMENT:

Price is £149 EC CLUB Members**/£164 non-EC CLUB Members

Price includes:

  • 2 days instruction in a small group (max 1:6 staff to student ratio) including overnight mini-adventure.
  • Access to discounted equipment hire (£30 to hire a mountain bike or £57 for a package including all you need for the weekend except your sleeping bag

Any questions email enquiries@explorersconnect.com

Exciting news: We have a new booking system.  It will save you time by remembering all of your important details.  It will also automatically recognise if you are booking during the earlybird discount period and if you are an EC CLUB Member so you'll never miss a discount. 

 IMPORTANT: If you purchased EC CLUB Membership on our old system then we have already created an account for you, please sign in using the email address you asked us to contact you on when you bought membership.

**If you haven't joined EC CLUB yet, then this is a great time to do so, it’s only £40 per year to access local events only open to CLUB members – as well as discounts on other local events, our weekend events and loads of other adventure related discounts.