Bikes and packrafts are two of the ultimate tools for adventurous human-powered travel. Combined, you get an unlikely but unlimited ability to travel by land and water, covering ground and immersing yourself in the landscape. All over the world, adventurers are using bikerafting as a creative tool. With them, you can link up lines on the map and let your imagination run wild.
This course will give you the skills you need to set off on the kinds of adventure that bikerafting allows. Our instructors live and breathe human-powered adventures, and have planned bikerafting journeys throughout Scotland, as well as further afield in Lapland and Greenland. When you combine bikes and boats it’s essential to have a solid understanding of your gear and how to use it. There are no better-qualified people in the UK to share their knowledge of how to make your bikerafting journeys safe, effective and above all unforgettable!
N.B. The riding element of the course will use tracks and trails suitable for a gravel/mountain bike. The extra weight of boating kit means that a mountain bike is the ‘best’ option, but not the only one. 35mm is the minimum tyre size we would recommend. You will need to provide your own mountain or gravel bike in good working order, helmet and suitable day pack, as well as clothing and personal items. We can help to arrange hire from our friendly local bike shop, if needed.
This two-day course will break down the essentials of planning, preparing for and executing an incredible bikerafting journey, with plenty of time to get hands-on and build experience, as well as the option to hire a packraft if you don’t have your own. Additionally, we can provide bikepacking gear such as a handlebar harness free of charge.
Day 1 covers:
- Types of packrafts, what other gear to carry and how to pack the raft on your bike.
- A ride-out to sheltered water near our Cairngorms HQ, where we will cover inflating the raft, loading the bike onto the boat, and flatwater paddling skills.
- Safety gear, capsize and re-entry.
- Planning a trip: weather, timings and route inspiration
- Boat repair
Day 2 is journey-based. We’ll take your newfound skills and put them to good use, with a journey from the doorstep of our base combing biking and boating for a classic day out on the water and in the woods of our beautiful Cairngorms home. Along the way we’ll have a chance to look at moving water skills, as well as some bike fixes and skills for riding with a loaded bike.
£195per person (min. 3 people on the course), or £165 per person with your own suitable packraft.
Courses will run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 people.
19/20 June, 10/11 July, 14/15 August 2021