Are you and your fat bike looking for a hardy backcountry adventure? Try bikepacking, or more simply, backpacking with a bike. Bike touring has been around for quite some time, but bikepacking is relatively new on the bike scene. What makes fat biking exciting is that the routes can take you just about anywhere you want to go. For instance, consider the Virginia Trail. The Virginia trail is an epic Appalachian trail ride consisting of 480 miles connecting Strasburg, Virginia to Damascus, Virginia. If the distance isn’t enough to deter a more sane bikepacker, the trail includes 65,000 feet of climbing in eight major trails systems. So far, only two riders have completed the entire trail.
To be able to take on this sort of challenge, you need to know what to pack and how to do it. But there is a method to the madness — all gear needs to serve a purpose and be compact. Here is a simple infographic to get you motivated for your next bikepacking adventure.