Gearing up for your first mountain biking adventure? Here are few tips from those of us who have been around the block a few times.
You Can Bring or Rent Camping Gear
If you are a seasoned and equipped camper, feel free to bring your own gear on your Western Spirit trip. If not, we’re happy to rent you some! We have North Face tents, 20 degree sleeping bags, and thermarest pads to keep you comfortable and warm. Same deal with bikes, though we really recommend renting them from us. Most airlines charge extra for flying with a bike, and we’ve got great equipment that’s been diligently maintained. If you do bring your own bike, make sure to have it tuned up before you travel. Here's a packing checklist for other things you'll want to be sure to remember!
We’ll Bring the Food, You Bring the Booze
On Western Spirit adventures, we take care of all the food, from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last day (and many guests tell us the food is a highlight of their trip!). We are also experts at storing and transporting your favorite alcoholic beverages, but we rely on you to supply them. Let us know if you’re flying in and need some advice on where to stock up before the trip.
It’s Going to Be Awesome
Okay, you might already know this, but if you’re not sure—trust us. There’s nothing better than getting outside with friends (new or old) and riding trails through forests, mountains, and deserts. No matter your skill level, you can find challenge, growth, inspiration, relaxation, and the best environment to connect with the people around you. If you're looking to up your training game, we've got a few tips. But know that our guides will be there to support you at whatever ability level you're at.
Like, really. Relax. We’ve got it! It always amazes me to watch people transition into vacation mode. So often we don’t even realize how excellent we’ve gotten at being busy! Shorten your adjustment period by mentally preparing yourself beforehand. Our guides will take care of everything. You just need to get on your bike and ride. At the end of the day, we’ll be waiting for you with a cold drink and a delicious camp-cooked meal. So leave your worker-bee mentality at home.
And, most importantly, we are happy to answer any questions that you have. Give us a call at 800-845-2453.