Podcast Episode June 25, 2021

Episode 41 | Matt Mason on Bikepacking and Public Lands, Part II

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In today’s podcast, we are joined once again by Matt Mason for part two of our ongoing bikepacking conversation. This conversation digs a little more deeply into the nuances and logistical questions of bikepacking.

a bicycle and tent perched above a sunset
Bikepacking above Lake Tahoe

Also in this episode: an app that helps you determine how much fuel is left in fuel canisters, a windscreen to improve the efficiency of your stove, the new Backpacking Light website, and more.


  • The website has officially launched!
  • Ryan’s been playing with canister stove windscreens, particularly the Flat Cat Gear Ocelot Windscreen
  • storing gear – what can you leave in a storage unit?
  • Andrew is about to experiment with the FuelMizer ap
  • Nunatak Gear Bears Ears 50 update
  • Ryan’s unconventional bear canister storage solution
  • resupply, packing, and logistics for long bikepacking trips
  • wearing a backpack while bikepacking
  • Matt’s logistical challenges carrying his bike across the Grand Canyon
  • trailers
  • multi-sport expedition-style bikepacking trips
  • the joys of bike pushing
  • Leave No Trace principles for bikepacking
  • hikers becoming bikepackers vs. bikepackers becoming hikers
  • the differences between bikepacking and backpacking the Colorado Trail
  • Bikes in wilderness
  • The Monumental Loop
  • right-of-way issues, earbuds, and paying attention on trail
  • aging and nervous system sensitivity
  • finding harmony on multi-use trails
  • biking in the heat
  • water strategies on a bike
  • Monumental Loop on Instagram
  • The Tahoe Twirl
  • trip tempos
  • the joy of road sections
  • single speed validation


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