The Gear Closet: Bike-to-ski equipment designed to excel on the long haul
The skis, bikes, bags, trailers, and more relied on during a 16-day, self-supported sufferfest in the Pacific Northwest There’s a lot you can’t control on a big adventure—weather, snow conditions, bears and your gastrointestinal system, to name a few. But, at some point you stop stressing, instead focusing on the things you can plan out. To remind myself of this perspective, I wrote: “You play the hand you’re dealt,” on the inside of my helmet before we started a recent bike-to-ski trip to bag volcanic peaks in the Pacific Northwest.
Months before that moment, our crew put on emphasis on three things: fitness, food and gear. Since we couldn’t ski with COVID-19 restrictions at our respective local resorts, we put in hundreds of miles on bikes near home. We also planned, purchased and packed 165 pounds of dehydrated food and snacks, enough for a self-supported trip without stops at grocery stores or local diners. Then came the tri.... Continue Reading at Free Skier