Video: Bikepacking in Rugged Central Idaho with Coal and Swift Industries

This short video captures an ambitious 4-day backcountry trip to celebrate adventure, the summer solstice, and learning by doing

As bikepacking becomes increasingly popular, certain brands are to thank. Seattle’s Swift Industries is one. The design-minded brand makes especially rad—and extremely functional—products for bikepackers, tourers and bike commuters. And at some recent point, decided to start promoting the idea of a Solstice Campout as a way to encourage folks to give camping by bike a try.

The above video by fellow Seattleites Coal follows one such trip, in rugged Central Idaho, featuring a handful of friends new and old from Seattle, Portland, LA, Salt Lake, Denver, Boise, and Bozeman. As you can see, bikepacking isn't for the faint of heart, the quick-to-give-up-ers, or the adventure adverse. But then again, I you fell into those categories, you wouldn't likely be reading this right now...

Give it a watch. Then start planning a (maybe less gnarly?) trip of your own.


want more rad bikepacking content? Check out this desert trip through Death Valley National Park by Mark Finster, who also stars in the above video

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