AORE Conference Presentation-- Bikepacking: Making Connections, Building Community, and Local Adventures

Join presenters Devin Cowens and Eva Dunn-Froebig for Bikepacking: Making Connections, Building Community, and Local Adventures, presented at the Association for Outdoor Education and Recreation conference on October 29 from 9:55 - 11 a.m. Eastern time. Many of us have backpacked before and have backpacking programs. The next logical step is bikepacking, where you can cover more distance in a short amount of time. Weekend bikepacking adventures can start from home or a college campus without having to get into a car. With the threat of COVID-19 and climate change, we all may be looking for local, climate-friendly adventures in the near future. Weekend bikepacking trips don't have to be in exotic locations that require a lot of travel. Instead, discover your backyard in a new way and find out that there's adventure right out your back door. You can cover a lot more miles and bring more gear with you when you bikepack compared to backpacking. This session will provide an intro to implementing short bikepacking adventures into your program. We'll go over the logistics of when to go, route planning, what to pack, essential gear, and meal prep and how it all differs from backpacking. We'll also offer best practices and offer a mini toolkit for building community, convening groups, and creating a welcoming space for folks who may be interested in bikepacking that can be applied to the audience in their local areas. Lastly, presenters cover resources from the Adventure Cycling Association and the Eastcoast Greenway and ways participants can connect with bikepacking groups that are inclusive to underrepresented communities.

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