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Old 07-08-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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Bikepacking in Southern AB/BC Rockies

Just got back from a very strenuous Bikepacking trip in the southern Alberta/BC Rocky Mountains with a buddy. We started from the Montana/BC border crossing at Roosville and headed up along a portion of the Canadian section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. We went up and down several long and steep mountain passes on a combination of single and double track trails and on back country forestry roads. We carried all gear with us on the bikes and camped in tents along the route. All of the trip was through prime grizzly bear territory but we didn't see any (maybe the bear bells and loud conversation worked to give them warning that we were there). Finished up in Fernie BC. Shuttles were run by my wife who stayed in Banff during the trip in our 19' with our daughter. They enjoyed spending time rock climbing with our oldest son who lives and works in Banff. Here are a couple of pics.














Was our first Bikepacking trip and we have ideas for making things a bit simpler for the next trip.

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Edit2: Think its fixed.
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Wow, so impressive! It sounds like a trip of a lifetime with more to come. Congratulations. Well done.

Edited: Just checked out that bike route and was totally awed by it. You maybe only have about 2500 miles to go to complete the route!

BTW, I've done a whopping ten miles of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (hiking) and only have 1190 to go. Not gonna happen.
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Jim, This should be in your Too Old thread, the image is Too Small for me to make out...
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Just got back from a very strenuous Bikepacking trip in the southern Alberta/BC Rocky Mountains with a buddy. We started from the Montana/BC border crossing at Roosville and headed up along a portion of the Canadian section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. We went up and down several long and steep mountain passes on a combination of single and double track trails and on back country forestry roads. We carried all gear with us on the bikes and camped in tents along the route. All of the trip was through prime grizzly bear territory but we didn't see any (maybe the bear bells and loud conversation worked to give them warning that we were there). Finished up in Fernie BC. Shuttles were run by my wife who stayed in Banff during the trip in our 19' with our daughter. They enjoyed spending time rock climbing with our oldest son who lives and works in Banff. Here are a couple of pics.














Was our first Bikepacking trip and we have ideas for making things a bit simpler for the next trip.

Edit1: Looks like links not working. Will try to fix.
Edit2: Think its fixed.
Dave, good for you that is a beautiful ride. We used to do a lot of riding in that area, my wife used to race in the Transrockies.

I am tentatively planning to ride the Tour Divide in 2017, (one of my bucket list trips). Right now I am in the process of deciding what bike to build.
1). Specialized AWOL
2). Salsa Fargo
3). Specialized Diverge
4). Salsa Cutthroat

Since I’m old school, I will probably build an AWOL with a dyno hub, (since steel is real) with a 2 X 10 drive train. Peace, Scott

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Good idea on the bike packing trip, with your Escape and family at base camp. I'm planning on much of the same.....a bit of something for everybody!
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at first I thought these were dance lessons being discussed
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I'd love to see the pictures, and obviously others are seeing them -- but all I see is the blank expanse of where the pic would be, like a placeholder -- and, yes, I AM logged in! Any ideas why I can't see the pics?
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