You know your family is hardcore when the slow biker recognizes the coldbike family on the trail in BC when he is from Newfoundland and you are from Calgary. I somehow failed to snap a photo of Malcolm, but he is my favourite kind of people. http://theslowbiker.wordpress.com/
The kids and I got back recently from our trip to the Chilcotin mountains of BC. We tricked my friend Vik into coming along and carrying some of our heavy food. Our plan was to take from 5 to 7 days to make a loop up Gun Creek, over Deer Pass and down past Spruce Lake and back to our original parking spot. Having kids along meant a lot of extra weight in gear and food since they eat similarly to and adult and sleep in a sleeping bag at night.
My first blog post about Tadhg fatbikepacking has gotten some super positive feedback.
When I arranged to get Tadhg his Mukluk, a couple of people questioned the wisdom of buying a kid a real bike. They thought I should get him a BSO for a couple of hundred dollars because: Continue reading Some people get it, some don’t
Summer of 2012 was drawing to a close we wanted to get something of an adventure in before the summer ended. So the two kids and I decided to go for a five day, four night bikepacking trip in the Elbow Valley. Tadhg and I had done the Elbow Loop trail a number of times before and we both enjoyed it as well as Elbow Lake and so we decided to add an out and back trip through Elbow Pass to Elbow Lake to the main 42km loop.
Our first day started early in the afternoon after a swimming party in the morning. The first leg is an easy and relatively flat section of the trail to the Big Elbow campground. We had the entire campground to ourselves. The kids played an assortment of games involving sticks and rocks and after a relaxing supper, we got to bed relatively early.
I have a passion for winter bike riding. I love sleeping outdoors in the cold. This year, my son finally reached a height where he can ride an extra small sized Salsa Mukluk comfortably. It therefore made sense that we should go out together on a fatbikepacking weekend.
We started out from the car around noon on Friday March 1st, with our gear distributed as follows:
- Tent fly and footprint with poles
- 2 Sleeping bags
- 2 lightweight sleeping pads