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LEARN HOW TO
HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE
Our training camp is designed for the first time winter rider as well as for the more experienced winter traveler. This camp will further your knowledge and education about winter bikepacking and survival in the variable conditions one might encounter during a winter bike adventure.
Whether you are preparing for an upcoming multi-day winter bike race or looking to enjoy a day ride, you are certain to take away several new tricks and tips by attending our camp.
This camp is an immersive winter experience with expert winter fat bikers. Learn the gear, techniques, and safety of riding a fat bike and camping on snow trails.
We will share our experience, gear knowledge and techniques of riding a fat bike and camping on snow trails. Along the way, we will also share with you how to manage and stay comfortable in a range of temperatures, including -40F. Having the right gear that works for you and knowing how to use it, is essential. All the little tricks which we have acquired by trial and error through thousands of miles of winter riding and camping will be of benefit to you. It may save your fingers, nose, toes or possibly your life one day.
This is not a physical training camp, although we will be riding and spending most of our time outside.
Space is limited to an intimate group of 10 participants
A minimum of five participants is necessary in order to hold camp. It will be canceled a month in advance if that minimum is not met.
Winter Supported Tour
50% deposit required at booking
FAT Camp is an Iditarod Trail Invitational qualifier.
THEORY AND PRACTICE ON THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:
Equipment selection: bike, clothing, and gear
Packing: in-depth strategies for efficiently packing gear on your bike and your body
Winter bike maintenance (preventative and emergency)- ie. changing a flat on the trail (ever do it in while snowing in freezing temperatures?) TP has a good story
Layering strategies & body maintenance – how to keep warm and stay dry!
Setting up a Winter bivy/sleeping system
Cooking: using stoves for meal preparation and snow melting for hydration
Nutrition: tips on how to stay hydrated and fueled in the cold
Snow riding (or possibly pushing) tips and techniques: what to look for, reading snow, when to push, what types of air pressure, etc.
1 LUNCH & 3 DINNERS
You will have the opportunity to resupply from headquarters daily.
GOODIE BAG FROM OUR SPONSORS
This is a qualifier to enter the Iditarod Trail Invitational race in Alaska
WHAT WILL NOT
Bikes and Equipment
Bike rentals available
A suggested gear list will be provided upon receiving a deposit but also make your own decisions on what you want to bring. We will discuss equipment/clothing/gear as part of an exercise on Day 2.
Lodging Before and After
Sawtelle Mountain Resort is our lodging sponsor. Camp will actually be hosted out of Sawtelle Lodge as well.
During the camp, you will be sleeping outside with knowing the comfort of warmth is nearby in case of an emergency. Remember the purpose of the camp is to learn at and possibly do things for the first time. With that said we may challenge you in some cases but here to help and guide you.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Trail Snacks
Using your stove and boiling water is a priceless winter discipline. We expect you to do this each morning and is a great way to start your day, making your breakfast and/or a cup of coffee.
We will also stop each day during our riding and have lunch. Up to you if you want it hot or cold. I might suggest hot or at least make a hot chocolate.
GET MORE DETAILS
We know our camp is going to be an unforgettable experience and we sincerely don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity! If you have any reservations or questions you’d like to ask please fill out the form and we’ll get back to you with more details.