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Fri, Jul 26

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Buena Vista

Bikepacking on the Colorado Trail

Grab your bikepacking rig and lets ride!

Bikepacking on the Colorado Trail
Bikepacking on the Colorado Trail

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2024, 9:00 AM MDT – Jul 28, 2024, 3:00 PM MDT

Buena Vista, N Railroad St, Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA

About the Event

This is a THREE day bikepacking trip.  Due to various individual needs, you will need your own bicycle and gear.  We can help you out on common stuff if you have any concerns.  Reach out to tony@hcvaco.org if you have any questions prior to registration.

Itinerary:

D1 - Park at Buena Vista public parking across from "The Inn" near CT SoBo MM 245.2

Start out heading West from town (Southbound on CT) to camp at 261 Maxwell Creek in established campground.

D2 - continue South to camp at Browns Creek 276.1 in an established site.

D3 - Continue South to 284.2 CR 240 to Angel of Shavano TH Parking.

Equipment list:

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Bags for bicycle (do not use only a backpack)
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag (20-30 degree reccomended)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Sturdy shoes for cycling
  • Waterproof ground sheet
  • Camp shoes (Crocs or lightweight trail shoes are great)
  • Synthetic sock liners
  • Bug head net
  • Water capacity 4L plus
  • Water filter/purification method
  • Sun hat & sun glasses
  • Warm hat
  • Buff/Bandana
  • Synthetic/wool base layer top and botoms
  • Synthetic shirt or sun hoody
  • Mid-weight fleece top
  • Heavy-weight fleece jacket or synthetic/down puffy jacket
  • Waterproof rain jacket w/ hood
  • Waterproof rain pants
  • Mid-weight fleece pants
  • Synthetic hiking pants
  • Synthetic underwear & sports bras
  • Warm lightweight gloves
  • Synthetic/wool hiking socks 2-4 pairs
  • Sunscreen & lip balm w/ SPF rating
  • Headlamp & 1 set of spare batteries
  • Eating equipment
  • Personal toiletries
  • Stuff sack/bear vault for food

Food:

You will need to bring enough food for three full days, including snacks.  You can bring freeze-dries or fresh food, whatever you choose, reccomended amount of fresh is 1.5lbs per day (4.5lbs for this trip).  Food will need to be properly dealt with at night to prevent accidental animal feeding situations.  Any toiletries with scent will need to be stored with your food too.  If you wish to hang your food, be sure to bring cordage appropriate for that.

The above equipment list is a guideline, if you have a system that works for you (ie. hammok setup) then go for it!  If you don't know if you need it, bring it ayway.  Keep in mind that for this event we move as a team; ensure your personal choices add to group success.  If you have equipment concerns, let us know and we will see about sourcing rentals for you.

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