What’s in My Pack? Packing for Trans-Cascadia

with CAROLINE WASHAM, Liv Racing MTB Athlete

When packing for an epic mountain bike ride or backcountry race, I always live by one motto: It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!

So, what constitutes an “epic” ride and would require packing all this stuff? Although it’s always a good idea to be prepared for injury and bike mechanicals on any ride, here’s a few criteria for rides that may require a heavier pack:

For Trans-Cascadia we were dealing with some of these factors, but not others. Yes, we were out in an extremely remote area with gnarly terrain in near-freezing temps and we were on our bikes for 6 to 8 hours a day, but we had easy access to trained medical professionals, chefs to cook hot lunches for us on the side of a fire road, and enough access to clean, fresh water that I never actually carried a water filter during the race. Luckily, I didn’t have to use most of the things that were in my pack during the race. I did, however, lend out tools, my knife, and the occasional snack during the race. Take note: having a large, well-stocked pack can – and more often than not, will – make you into a TRAIL HERO.

What to Bring

The Pack: Although I used the CamelBak Solstice LR in the video, I ended up going with the CamelBak L.U.X.E. LR for the race. The water bladder size was the same, but the pack itself is larger and comes with a rain cover.

Learn more about Trans-Cascadia!

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