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Warm Springs Road Lord Nerd Beta

10/06/2016 | Sun Valley, ID

Call it bikepacking, call it adventure biking, call it human-powered two-wheeled multi-day natural experience recreation, call it what you will. What we’ve found is that there is no specific form, box, or template.

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I Prospectus

You might have caught a hint of this had you been following along with Yonder Journal as we rode, camped, slept, hiked, joked, suffered, failed, succeeded and rejoiced our way through two years of Dead Reckoning: by this point we have found some clarity as to what this whole thing is about. This thing being adventure by bicycle. Call it bikepacking, call it adventure biking, call it human-powered two-wheeled multi-day natural experience recreation, call it what you will. What we’ve found is that there is no specific form, box, or template that I could hand off to you and say, “Here, this, you just do this.”

 

But perhaps then we can postulate two rules:

 

  1. You’ll need to have and ride a bicycle.
  2. You’ll need to experience the world.

 

“But where’s the adventure?” comes the call from the masses, “How is this different from smashing out a couple hours on a training ride or just rolling with some pals to the local craft brew fest?” At a base level it’s not, you’ve satisfied our two stipulated elements. We have no desire to be the Simon Cowells of adventure cycling, so if you want to call those adventures please, by all means—it could be argued that one of adventure’s best virtues is its scalability. But if you’re being honest with yourself and we’re being honest with ourselves then maybe your training loop isn’t quite up to adventure standards and maybe the craft brew thing doesn’t qualify either, unless of course you’re gluten intolerant and you indulge in a battery of hefeweizens; but isn’t that something different altogether?

 

So what else needs to be included in our list? It seems to me that the element of the unexpected plays a pivotal role in the making of an adventure, and by including the unexpected we can fit in all sorts of things: obstacles, challenges, wayfinding, foreign cultures, uncomfortable meetings, dead ends, unsavory characters, twists, turns, surprises, et cetera et cetera. Therefore I am going to go ahead and add it to our list. To recap we’ve now got:

 

  1. You’ll need to have and ride a bicycle.
  2. You’ll need to experience the world.
  3. You’ll need to encounter the unexpected.

 

Now this list isn’t codified, there might be more to add. But for our current purposes we don’t need them, so let’s consider these the three tenets of bike adventure.

 

With this in mind our group descended on the great state of Idaho and more specifically Sun Valley. We were on a quest for hot springs and buffed trails. Our plan was loose; we knew we were going to hub and spoke out of the area near Frenchman’s Bend hot springs, we knew we were going to ride some trails, and we knew we would we do our best to fish, soak, cook, eat, hike, loiter, and take any other opportunities that arose.

II FYI

  1. When choosing to leave your car/van/camper behind in Sun Valley, we’d suggest visiting Sun Summit Ski & Cycle. One of their employees directed us to a little residential lot that isn’t too hidden but is also out of the way as a suitable place to park our vehicles. After two days camping we returned to town and everything was still there, not even a single Clif Bar was missing.
  2. If you camp at near Frenchman’s Bend then you are also camping near the town of Sun Valley, because town is only 10 miles east of the hot spring. What’s important here is that you’ll have access to town in case you run out of anything, like cheese, or bourbon, or garlic, or ice cream.
  3. Soaking at Frenchman’s Bend is a real delight. Nothing more needs to be said here.
  4. October is a shoulder season. It didn’t snow on us, but our water froze and so did our feet. Come prepared for cold.
  5. It doesn’t matter which trails you pick to go riding on because from what we can tell they will all get at that core pleasure dopamine trigger.
  6. In a battle between The Kneadery and Estas it just comes down to what you’re after. If you want Cowboy Kitsch then The Kneadery wins out, but Estas is this journo’s place to go for the best breakfast in town.
  7. The annual Sun Valley Trailing of the Sheep is exactly what the name describes. The sheep are preceded by thirty-ish acts of pageantry and pomp put on by various local shepherding groups, minor celebrities, and non-profit organizations. After all this has taken place a mob of sheep run (well, walk) through the street like someone spilled a bucket of furry, off-white paint down the road.
  8. While the off-white fur paint doesn’t stick to the road, the sheeps’ poops sure do. And man does it coat the road once the trailing is done.
  9. You might want to pick up your van in Sun Valley for the last night of sleep. That way you can get all the best food and drink items from the store and not have to worry about lugging them back to your campsite on your bike. We did and it was 100% the right thing to do.

III Bike Setup
Hahn's Sequoia

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Specialized Sequoia
  • 1. Did Hahn know that we were going to spend the majority of our riding time on MTB trails? He did.
  • 2. Did that stop him from riding a Sequoia with 650B+ slicks? It did not.
  • 3. Did he shred all the trails with style, finesse and grace? It's Hahn, of course.
  • 4. Can you attribute at least some of that success to the Sequoia? 1000 decisions were made exactly right so that this bike could fly, so yes.
Revelate Seatbag
  • 1. It does all of the things: straps, carries, protects, holds, manages, compresses.
Specialized Burra Burra Top Tube Bag
  • 1. I can tell you for a fact that Hahn wasn't hiding any pants in here. I can do that because Hahn didn't really bring pants at all, instead relying on a pair of merino leg warmers to keep his stems cozy off the bike. It must be said that his leg warmers/flannel boxer combination left a titillating crescent of skin between his boxers and warmers for the groups delight.
  • 2. All this is to say that Hahn didn't put pants in his Burra Burra top tube bag. Importantly though, he could have, there's plenty of room in there, he just didn't.
Sea to Summit eVac Stuff Sack
  • 1. I'm pretty sure that in addition to his sleeping bag and puffy, Hahn packed a mummified toddler into his stuff sack. Don't know why he brought it, none of my business.
Specialized Burra Burra Handlebar Bag
  • 1. While we only had ten miles to ride, it was important to not only Hahn but to the rest of us that Hahn's sleeping bag, pad and other nesting materials made it to camp.
  • 2. Did Hahn entrust his Sea to Summit dry bag to the full capabilities of the Burra Burra handlebar bag? Yes. And you know that gear made it home safe and sound.
Oveja Negra Frame Bag
  • 1. A Monster Energy-inspired bag for a real riding monster.
  • 2. This bag can fit at least six Monster Energy cans (the BIG ones, baby!!!), not that Hahn needs any performance enhancing drinks.
  • 3. But if one of us lesser humans got stuck riding his bike, we'd probably need all the help we could get.
Vintage Chrome Backpack
  • 1. Years ago, Hahn went on a bike ride around Austin, Texas during which his group fought a Polar Vortex, rode long stretches of mind-numbing highway miles, overcame torturous backroads and more to arrive at a final destination that was more enraging than enchanting.
  • 2. Hahn got this backpack on that trip and it has survived ever since, just like Hahn.
Poler Magic Tarpit
  • 1. Honestly, this product is amazing as it was when Poler released it a few years back.
  • 2. It's a tarp in cloak form with a reflective side.
  • 3. Which means it's your bailout blanket, your hypothermia binky, your tent ground cloth, and even your solar oven.
  • 4. Just get one, you won't regret it.

IV Packing List

Category
Food
Item
QTY
Suggested
Freeze-Dried Meals
1-2 for the trip
Mountain House Pro-Paks (see FYIs for other meal info)
Instant Oatmeal
1-2 for the trip
Maple & Brown Sugar is good (or pack your own with Bob's Red Mill oats in a ziplock)
Bar #1
2/day
Clif Mojo
Bar #2
2/day
Clif Kit's Organic
GORP
3oz/day
Homemade
Jerky
3oz/day
Teriyaki, Hot & Spicy or Mango
Candy
3oz/day
Haribo Gummy Bears
Chips
3oz/day
Kettle Salt & Black Pepper (crushed for packability)
Coffee
3units/day
Stumptown, ground for pour-over
Category
Clothing (Worn)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Padded Bibshorts
1
Specialized SWAT
Stretchwoven Overshort
1
Mission Workshop Stahl
Gloves
1
Specialized BG Ridge
Cycling Cap
1
MFS!
Socks
2 pair
Outlier or Swiftwick (merino wool)
Shoes
1
Specialized Recon
Helmet
1
Specialized Airnet
Shell
1
Mission Workshop The Meridian: Phase
Shirt
1
Mission Workshop: The District (almost always unbuttoned)
Category
Clothing (Camp)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Underwear
1
Icebreaker
LS Baselayer
1
Icebreaker
Puffy
1
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer
Camp Hat
1
Pink Poler Rayon Jammer
Camp Shoes
1
Luna Sandal (doubles as river crossing shoe)
Camp Shirt
1
Mission Workshop The Sector
Camp Shorts
1
Poler River Chino Shorts (lightweight and quick-drying)
Category
Gear (Bike)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Seat Bag
1
Porcelain Rocket Mr. Fusion
Frame Bag
1
Porcelain Rocket
Handlebar Bag
1
Porcelain Rocket MCA
Top Tube Bag
1
Specialized Burra Burra
Mini Tool
1
Specialized EMT PRO MTB
Patch Kit
1
Rema
Tubes
2
Fresh ones
Tire Levers
2
You have tire levers somwhere, trust us
Bottles
How many can you fit?
Specialized Purist
Pump
1
Specialized Air Tool Flex
Category
Gear (Camp)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Three-Season Shelter
1
Snow Peak Fal 2
Sleeping Bag
1
Mountain Hardwear Phantom
Waterproof Stuff Sack
Multiple
Sea to Summit eVAC (minimum one for sleeping bag and puffy)
Sleeping Pad
1
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X-Lite
Pocket Knife
1
Leatherman Wave (preferably one your brother gave you fifteen years ago)
Headlamp
1
Snow Peak Mola (with FRESH batteries)
Cup
1
Snow Peak Ti
Spork
1
Snow Peak Ti #sporklife
Bandanna
1
Cotton that's been broken in
Book
1
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Dentistry
1
Personal Program
Lighter
1
Bic in Ziplock
Sunscreen
1
Everybody has their favorite
Lip Balm
1
Something with SPF
Sunglasses
1
Oakley Frogskins
Repair Kit
1
Needle/thread, sleeping pad patches, etc
Sharpie
1
Roll some Gorilla Tape around it
Wet Wipes
1
Soft Pack
Category
Gear (Bike, Shared)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Menagerie
1
Tubes, patch kits, tire boots, tire levers, hand pumps, spare chainlinks, nuts and bolts, zip ties, whatever else comes to mind
Category
Gear (Camp, Shared)
Item
QTY
Suggested
Water Filter
1/2-3 people
MSR Sweetwater
Soap
1
Dr. Bronner's Almond
Canister stove
1/2-3 people
Snow Peak Giga Power
Fuel
1/stove
Plenty for two nights
Paracord
50 ft
Pretty colors ONLY!
First Aid Kit
1/2-3 people
Homemade

V Portland to Sun Valley
Fortunately we were in a Previa so it didn't even feel like we were driving. They're that nice!

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Yonder Journal founder and Human Being Superlative Emiliano Granado loves these things. You should too.
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In five day's time we'll be bikepacking up there amongst a herd of Mountain Goats. Looks welcoming, right?
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VI Sun Valley Motel Antics
The crew does some light horseplay to get in the mood.

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Sometimes you take a picture and realize that you've just clicked off the cover for Men of the Taiga 2017.
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That fooorrrrm. Notice Daniel's adept hand positioning and Hahn's secure grip. This, ladies and gentleman, is the art of horseplay.
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KELLI KELLI KELLI KELLI KELLI
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Inspired by Sarah's footwear, Daniel would go on to buy Japanese High Fashion UGG-type boots in the following weeks.
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Sometimes you just get tired.
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