Your favorite beverage says a lot about who you are. But the question is, “Do you camp like you drink?” The answer may surprise you. We scoured the globe and interviewed campers of all types in order to bring you this incredibly captivating and insightful infographic. No, not really. But it is still interesting, nonetheless.
Please tell us which type you are.
Do You Camp Like You Drink? Infographic – An infographic by the team at The-House
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Do You Camp Like You Drink? – An infographic by the team at The-House
An evolution of bike touring, bikepacking is a relatively new sub-industry in the cycling world. Bike touring has been around for decades and utilizes a touring bike, racks and panniers. Touring bikes aren’t built for wilderness trails. Bikepacking, on the other hand, is really just a combination of backpacking and biking – think long distances on two wheels, many overnight stays in the wilderness and a backpack to hold your supplies. Well, rather than a backpack, several mountain bike specific bags are mounted to the bike to carry all of the essentials for a week long trip in the backcountry. Bikepacking bags range from large saddle bags, frame bags, handlebars bags to top tube bags. It’s a growing activity, and manufactures are pushing the envelope the make the best, lightest and most convenient packs possible.
A number of self supported bike races have helped grow the sport. The Colorado Trail Race, which travels through some of the toughest single track in the nation, spans 500 miles from Denver to Durango. The Tour Divide travels from Banff, British Columbia to Antelope Wells, New Mexico. It’s the world’s longest, off-pavement cycling route. The Arizona Trail race navigates the entire state from Mexico to the Utah border, through desert, high alpine mountains and through the Grand Canyon.
With the growing popularity of fat bikes, bike packing is year round sport – even in snowy and cold wether. The increase in demand for fat bikes is partly due to winter ultras and races around the states. Some popular winter bikepacking events include The Arrowhead 135 up in Minnesota, the Fat Pursuit in Idaho and the Iditarod Trail in Alasaka.
If racing or organized events aren’t your thing, no problem. Bikepacking is a great way to travel with friends or family at an enjoyable pace, while taking in scenery and traveling a bit faster and further than hiking. It’s truly a unique way to explore the backcountry! Carrying everyone you need on your bike yields a sense of freedom and simplicity.
Looking for more on bikepacking? Check out our bikepacking infographic.
Have you been stuck in the stressful physical world far too long? It’s time you step into the world of stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing) where liquid tranquility and spiritual transcendence unite at 15 Psi. By now you’ve heard about how rewarding and liberating SUPing can be but are unsure what board is right for you. Why not try an inflatable paddleboard, the less expensive, easier to use alternative to a traditional, rigid paddleboard.
Your inflatable SUP comes with a high-pressure pump so you can easily inflate it in minutes. Carry weight is light, which makes transporting effortless. Made of military-grade rubberized material, a 6” thick inflatable SUP can easily support a 250-lb paddler and durable enough to bounce off rocks, rub against shark fins and withstand punctures from natural and unnatural objects. They will last for years.
Transition your yoga class from a sweaty, cramped room to the revitalizing effects of fresh air and cool water. Inflatables have a soft exterior so your body and mind stay in perfect harmony without the painful feel of fiberglass disrupting your chi.
An Inflatable SUP weighs between 20-30 lbs deflated and can easily be rolled into a stuff sack and stored in small spaces, even inside overhead compartments on planes. The perfect travel companion. A must for beginner or expert SUPers looking for an easy to use, easy to transport activity with an entry point around 600 dollars. Leave your worries at home and the office. Now you’re free to enjoy all the physical and mental benefits of SUPing with an inflatable stand up paddleboard. Happy paddling!
- Great price point for beginners, no add-on purchases like car racks
- Can endure any water condition and withstand punctures from rocks, logs and reefs
- As sturdy as fiberglass boards and can hold up to a 250-lb paddler
- Effortless to transport — fits into small car trunk, stores in less space than a bike and weighs between 20-30 lbs deflated
- Inflates / deflates in minutes with minimal strain, ergonomically correct travel bag, and minimal-to-no upkeep. Just blow and go.
- Take on vacation — stores in some overhead compartments on planes.
- Inflatable SUPs are great for yoga, touring, surfing, staying in shape or for just laying on and soaking up the rays.
If adventure is your name, you ride a fat bike. No matter what mother nature serves up, a fat bike can more than likely ride it, taking you deeper, farther, and more extreme. Fat tires are becoming more and more popular on mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, snowmobile trails, sandy dunes, beaches and even shallow river beds. But a hardy breed of cyclists are putting them to good use for hunting, delivering mail, and even ice fishing. To many, fat bikes open up new possibilities are really just another means of getting around. No more excuses. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder. Standing water, shallow streams, mud and loose gravel will never stop you from riding again.
And they are stealthy, comfortable rides. The standard mountain bikes typically have a wheel width of a little over 2 inches, while fat bike tires can be double that or more. The massive tires can also be ridden at dramatically lower pressure. Manufacturers suggest most standard mountain bike tires be filled to 25–65 psi, but the massive fat tires can run 10 psi or even lower. The lower pressure allows more of the tire to grip the ground under the rider’s weight, drastically increasing the rubber’s surface area and making a smoother ride over rough terrain.
The fun and versatility is endless with fat bikes. Check out five things to do with a fat bike…
- Backcountry Snow Riding – From flat, snow-covered meadows to steep and deep backcountry trails, fat bikes excel on snow. Some people even refer to them as snow bikes. Explore more in the winter! Branch out to frozen lakes and firm snow during spring. It’s an excellent way to extend the bike season and another opportunity for winter recreation.
- Beach and Sand Riding – Fat bikes are becoming a typical site on East and West coast beaches. See more shoreline and get a tan while cursing the beach on a rented fat bike. While not effortless, fat bikes can also plow through deep, soft sand that would paralyze a regular mountain bike. We’re not saying it’s easy, but mountain biking isn’t either! The oversized balloon tires run on low air pressure allow more surface area to grip the sand. Drifting sand can also accumulate in sandy areas and streets was with wind – a fat bike will make for perfect transportation in such areas.
- XC Ski Trails – More and more places around the country are opening up nordic ski trails to fat bikes. The two sports can complement each other quite well because most skiers prefer softer snow, while firmer conditions favor bikes. When the skiing is bad, the snow biking is good – a win win.
- Bikepacking and Touring – Creative route planning is central to life on a fat bike. Think of how fun it’d be to explore where no bike has perviously been – think unimproved abandoned railroad corridors, unrideable sandy tracks, various stone tracks and unpaved roads and sandy deserts. Let’s not forget secluded snowy winter paradises like Alaska, Northern Minnesota and Washington state. There’s a lot of wilderness out there and a fat bike might just be the ticket to seeing these new places.
- Hunting and Ice fishing – That’s right. But it makes sense, right? There are just some places that you won’t find groomed trails. A fat bike is ideal for getting you to spots that are off the beaten path. And much quieter than an ATV. When the weather gets rough and the terrain gets nasty, a fat bike will excel where any other bike will founder.