Mountain Bike Bikepacking Trip - March 09-10, 2019
(NOTE: This SignUpGenius closes on Feb 27)
Troop 15 -
We're going to try our hand at bikepacking this weekend. Bikepacking is like backpacking but on your mountain bike.
But if you'd like to just backpack, you can do that too.
Space is limited to 30 people. (Capacity of the group campsite on Angel Island)
TIMES on March 09-10
Departure: We will take the 10:00 am ferry to Angel Island from Tiburon. Please arrive at least 20 minutes in advance. Bring cash - $15 - for the roundtrip ferry. Camping will be at the Group Kayak campsite. We'll return on the 10:40 am ferry on Sunday. Please pick up your Scout at 10:40 am at the Tiburon ferry terminal.
$25 for camping and freeze dried dinner and breakfast. Pack your own lunch for Saturday.
- Mountain bike - tires inflated, brakes checked, seat adjusted, chain lubed.
- Spare tube for your bike tire or a patch kit
- Water - plenty
- Lunch for Saturday
- Trail snacks
- Scout Essentials especially small First Aid Kit, Compass & Map of the area
- Tent, sleeping bag/pad, mess kit & stove (all of our food, other than the lunch you bring, will be freeze dried)
- BIKE LOCK - as small & light as possible. You'll need it to lock up your bike at night at the campground.
Try and put most of your gear on your bike vs. your back. If you have a hardtail mountain bike, you can put on a rear bike rack (they are as inexpensive as $17 online for a Bell rack). If you have a full suspension bike, you may want to consider an underseat bag:
You can last your sleeping bag & pad to your handlebars.
There are some good deals here if you're willing to promote the company via Twitter or Facebook: https://www.bikebagshop.com/ If you order early, they have free shipping (5-7 business days).
If this is the first time you've bikepacked, you're not alone. We've chosen a long yet fairly easy ride with only a couple of uphill portions on the trail. Walking your bike is always an option and we're not racing, we're bikepacking. The ride back to Fairfax from Samuel P. Taylor will be on the shoulder of Sir Francis Drake and it's a slight by steady incline until just after Woodacre.
(If you need any gear, please contact Scoutmaster Kevin at [email protected] ASAP)
- Helmet - YOU MUST HAVE A HELMET TO RIDE
- Sneakers with laces - NO SLIP ON FOOTWEAR
- Shorts or pants that won't get caught in your bike chain
- Non-cotton T-shirt for the ride (Class B Scout T-shirts e.g. Arizona Odyssey, Philmont, etc. are preferred)
- Lightweight, packable jacket
- Check the weather & layer appropriately (e.g. if fog is called for, make sure you've got a shell), especially for the evening.
Continuing Permission Slip Confirmation
By signing up for this activity, I hereby agree that the Continuing Medical Release and Permission Slip I previously signed and delivered to the Troop 15 Committee applies to this activity and state the following with respect to this activity: I understand that participation in Scouting activities involves a certain degree of risk and can be physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding. I have carefully considered the risk involved and hereby give consent for myself or my child to participate in these activities. I also understand that participation in these activities is entirely voluntary and requires participants to abide by applicable rules and standards of conduct. I release the Boy Scouts of America, the local council, the activity coordinators, and all employees, volunteers, related parties, or other organizations associated with the activity from any and all claims or liability arising out of this participation. In case of emergency involving my child, I understand every effort will be made to contact me. In the event I cannot be reached, I hereby give my permission to the medical provider selected by the adult leaders in charge to secure proper treatment, including hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, or injections of medication for my child. Medical providers are authorized to disclose to the adults in charge examination findings, test results, and treatment provided for purposes of medical evaluation of the participant, follow-up and communication with the participant's parents or guardian, and/or determination of the participant's ability to continue in the program activities.