First Bikepacking trip was a success! It’s like bike touring, but on a mountain bike, and over some gnarly terrain. You strap everything you need for a night of camping onto your bike and go have an adventure. A quick, overnight trip up to the Wasatch Crest from Park City after work. My buddy Tyler joined me for this sufferfest of a climb, but was all worth it the next morning for a 10mile descent back home.
The Route we took started in Kimball Junction, then headed up the UOP, up BLT, followed by a very steep climb on Moose Puddle until we crested out on the ridge of Olympic. This is where the sweet drone shots came from. After that, we pushed onto the rest of the climb up a portion of Mid Mountain and eventually up the greuling Ridge Connector until we reached the Wasatch Crest North segment. Original plan had us making it all the way to Desolation Lake to camp, but it got too dark on us and was getting late. So we set up camp in our hammocks and call it a night! We followed the same route back down the next morning, but it was way more fun descending, that’s for sure!
The gear we used was pretty minimal. I have two ACEPAKs for my handle bars and seat post bags. In there I stuffed my hammock, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, clothes, and food. I wore a camelback 7L bag filled with water and my camera gear. This was just for an overnight, so if I was going longer, I’d probably have to pack a bigger backpack for more food and supplies. The weight, even for this overnight, was pretty shocking on every climb. But going downhill, it was barely noticeable. I can’t wait to do it again!
My name is Zachary Kenney and I’m an adventure filmmaker & photographer. My passion is to tell stories that will hopefully motivate you to go live a more adventurous life. Whether that is to experience the view from the summit of a mountain, or wandering through a new town on a road trip. Currently based out of Park City, UT.