Backpacking by Bike - Bikepacking Basics


Free for REI Members

Free for non-members

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  • Group size 7 people
  • Instructor Charly Aurelia

Bikepacking--or backpacking by mountain bike--is an increasingly popular way to enjoy the outdoors. Join us to learn about a fun choice for cycling buddies, couples or even families who like to ride together and are looking for a new way to venture out on their mountain bike(s). Bikepacking lets you cover more miles than hiking plus you can access dirt roads and trails that may be inaccessible to other vehicles. In this class we will cover various aspects of bikepacking including outfitting your bike, gear to bring, and trip planning tips.


    Charly Aurelia, loves exploring by bike! He is a Regional Advisor for Bikepacking Roots, a nonprofit public lands and bikepacking advocacy group, and is the Trails Coordinator for Pisgah Area SORBA, as well as maintaining other trails, including parts of published bikepacking routes, throughout WNC. He is presenting/recently presented at the Bikepacking Summit in Ellijay, GA Charly invites you to come learn about exploring by bike, often needing little more than the gear you already may have.

    Activity location

    Asheville REI

    31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803

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