Biking (Mountain) Biking (Mountain)
Hiking (Backpacking) Hiking (Backpacking)
Horseback Riding Horseback Riding


  • Nov 2
  • 11:00 am
  • 116 Washington Avenue - A.K.A. Shred Shack


  • Nov 3
  • 9:00 pm
  • 116 Washington Avenue - A.K.A. Shred Shack


  • Oct 29
  • 3:30 am


  • $0


What do you get when you combine backpacking and biking? Naturally: BIKEPACKING! Don’t know what that looks like? Check out Bikepacking 101 at the end of the description.

Over the course of two days, we’ll attempt to tackle the 52-mile Slate Springs Loop in George Washington National Forest. This route follows primarily dirt roads and relatively smooth doubletrack around and over the summit of Reddish and Flagpole Knobs

–You must have been mountain biking at least a few times or have some other equivalent riding experience. There are no technical trails on this route, but you need to be comfortable handling the bike on a chunky dirt road.
–I’m going to arbitrarily, but strongly, suggest you have at least three nights of backpacking experience. This will be equally as challenging as a backpacking overnight, with some additional challenge/complexity introduced by the bike element.
MON/TUES – I assign you a bike and give you your bikepacking bags so you know how much space you’ll have and start packing
-7:00AM Rally at the Shred Shack to load your bike up for real
-9:00AM Depart, grab some Bodos
-11:00AM Wheels rolling from Wolf Ridge Parking lot in GWNF
-Pedal 26 miles Northwest to the summit of Flagpole Knob. Will probably take us 4 hours
-Set up camp for the night, pop wheelies, look at the stars
**It may be cold and windy overnight – pack a warm sleeping bag and pad
-Wake up, drink coffee, eat brekkie, load up bikes
-Pedal 5 miles to the summit of Reddish Knob, then gradually descend for 20 miles back to the car, with the option to drop bags and ride a little singletrack if we’re
feeling up for it and have time
-Waffle House???
-Return to C’ville by 5:00PM (subject, as always, to the possibility of unexpected delays)
-Frame bag, handlebar bag, and seatpost bag
-I’ll assemble our repair kit with any spares we may need
-I’ll get us a stove and tents which we’ll divvy up Saturday morning
-First aid kit (just so we’re clear: you could totally crash and break yourself doing this if you’re careless, but we’ll have plenty of time to take the descents at a comfortable pace)

-Everything you’d normally take backpacking, except the pack. You should have a pretty good idea of what you need if you’re signing up for this trip, although I am glad to discuss the finer points with you
-Daypack: Enough capacity for some layers and personal items, but small enough to bike with all day (club has a couple bags small enough for this). Highly recommend one with a chest strap for biking
-Sturdy shoes: Something you can comfortably pedal and hike in. We’ll likely have to push our bikes for a short section
-Comfortable Riding Clothes
-3L water capacity, ideally in a hydration bladder
-Food: Something you can make with just boiling water

Recommended for biking:
-Gloves (mandatory if it’s cold – $10 Mechanix work gloves are great)
-Windproof layers – it can get really chilly going downhill because of the wind
Driver Needed – Someone with a hitch to carry a bike rack ideally. Gas reimbursed etc.


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