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Camp Overview | What to Bring | Demo Equipment

 

Camp Overview

A Trek Dirt Series camp is packed full of activities to foster learning, build community, and inspire fun.

Most of our camps run on a two-day weekend format, with morning skill development sessions, lunch, afternoon instructional rides, and then a Saturday evening session featuring bike maintenance clinics, bike fit opportunities, drinks, snacks, and social time.

Our single-day camps are held on a Friday, and package the on-bike technical skills training, riding, and supporting evening activities into a condensed format.

Participants range from those with just a few days on gravel trails looking for a solid introduction, to those with years of experience and sights set on more technical lines and smoother air. We ask each participant to fill out a comprehensive skill questionnaire pre-camp, and then use that information to divide into groups according to experience and interest, and to customize our skill sessions and rides so that everyone fits in just right.

Our coach to participant ratio is at least 1:6 to make sure that each person receives individual attention. Plus, since we bring a truck full of structures and teaching aids to all of our camps, we’re able to provide a step-by-step learning environment and variable levels of challenge.

If you’re focused on a specific discipline, or keen on learning a specific skill, it’s a great idea to also read through our individual camp location pages (accessed from the top menu) to check that the character of the local trails matches your interests and dreams.

Finally, all camps include a group photo, draw prizes, and the exchange of contact info so that you can continue to share accomplishments, rides, and high fives as long as you like.

The camp was everything it portrayed itself to be – plus more. I learned awesome skills, met amazing people, and feel so much more connected to and aware of the female riding community.
— Adrienne Schofhauser, Whistler camp participant
 
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Camp Overview | What to Bring | Demo Equipment

 

What To Bring

Some of the things you’ll want to pack for camp aren’t too different from those you’d want to bring on a regular weekend riding trip. Others are more specific to spending full days learning new technical skills.

The following list includes references to our demo program and FAQ. You can find more information on our demo program by scrolling further down this page, and our full FAQ here.

Clothing:

Pack for all potential riding weather, including rain. Bring an extra set of clothing if you’d like to change after riding. Bring riding gloves or plan to buy them on your first camp morning.

Hydration:

Make sure you have a hydration pack or water bottles, and ideally fill them before coming to camp. If you like, you can order a hydration pack in our online store and pick it up when you arrive. If you're demo'ing or renting a bike, check that it will have a water bottle cage if that's what you'd like to use; our demo bikes do not.

Snacks:

We’ll set you up with delicious CLIF organic trail mix bars, but if you’d prefer to have additional snacks, please bring them along. Note that most of the bars that we have are gluten free but do contain nuts and traces of dairy.

Sundry:

Consider sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and similar things to keep you comfortable in various conditions.

Trail Helmet:

Bring a trail helmet for pedal oriented skills and rides, and riding glasses if you have them. We’ll have Smith Rover MIPS trail helmets in our demo program if you’d like to try something new.

Downhill Helmet:

We require a full-face downhill certified helmet if you’re riding with us in a lift-accessed bike park, and recommend one for high speed gravity oriented skill development in general. Most bike parks rent downhill helmets, so if you don’t have your own, it should be easy to get one for camp. Downhill helmets are best paired with goggles, so bring those too if you can.

Arm and Leg Protection:

If you have your own, please bring it with you. If not, we have Race Face product in our demo program and you’ll be welcome to try that out.

Pedals:

Bring a pair of flat pedals if you have them, as they help develop proper technique when learning new skills. If you are super comfortable on your clipless pedals, consider trying the morning sessions with flats and then switching to clipless for the afternoon rides. We have crankbrothers pedals in our demo program.

Shoes:

Bring shoes that are compatible with the pedals you’ll use, even if this means bringing two pair. For clipless pedals, you need shoes with cleats, regardless of the pedal platform size. For flat pedals, you need shoes with flat soles and no cleats. Five Ten shoes are great for flat pedals, and you can reserve some from our demo program pre-camp. Skate shoes or low profile running shoes can also work.

Tubes and Tools:

Bring a spare tube in case you get a flat, and basic riding tools if you have them. If not, you can rely on the coaches, and then choose to purchase your own set at the host shop if you like.

Bike:

Have your bike checked and tuned by a bike shop mechanic before you come to camp so that it’s in great working order and you’re set up for success. If you’re choosing between bikes and looking for guidance on the best one to bring, check out our FAQ. And if you’re interested in trying a new Trek, scroll down to our demo program section just below.

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Camp Overview | What to Bring | Demo Equipment

 

Demo Equipment

One of the benefits of being partnered with top industry manufacturers is the ability to offer you some of the best mountain bike equipment to demo at camp. We have Trek mountain bikes, Race Face protective gear, Five Ten shoes, and crankbrothers pedals available for you to reserve in advance and test out at no charge.


Trek Bikes

All the coaches are in love with their Trek Bikes, and we’re excited for you to try them out too. We’ll have the following models, all outfitted with Fox suspension and crankbrothers flat pedals. Click on any listing for additional information.

Fuel EX: Cross-Country / Trail (27.5, 29)

Trek’s best-selling bike was updated for 2017 with 130 mm of travel, increasing its capability for rugged descents without compromising its nimbleness on climbs. If you are wondering where to start, start here.

Best Use: cross-country and all-mountain riding; non-technical and technical singletrack trails.

Sizes and models available:

  • 15.5 (27.5): Fuel EX 8W, Fuel EX 9.8W
  • 17.5 (29): Fuel EX 8W, Fuel EX 9.8

Remedy: All-Mountain / Enduro (27.5)

The Remedy is a Dirt Series favorite. With 160mm of plush forgiveness both front and rear, it’s a climbing machine, a great descender, and the perfect bike on which to learn new technical skills.

Best Use: all-mountain and enduro riding; challenging technical singletrack and flow trails.

Sizes and models available:

  • 15.5 (27.5): Remedy 9.8W
  • 17.5 (27.5): Remedy 8W, Remedy 9.8
  • 18.5 (27.5): Remedy 8W

Slash: All-Mountain / Enduro (29)

This year’s Slash has a new 29” platform, 160mm of travel front and rear, and a focus on managing steep, rough descents, rock gardens, drops, and jumps with ease. If you don't mind working a tiny bit harder on the up for extra fun on the down, the Slash is ideal.

Best Use: all-mountain and enduro riding; challenging technical singletrack and flow trails.

Sizes and models available:

  • 15.5 (29): Slash 9.8
  • 17.5 (29): Slash 9.8

Session: Downhill (27.5)

The Session 88 is Trek's full-on downhill bike, race-proven at the World Cup level, and built for gravity riders of every persuasion. It has 210mm of suspension front and rear and the perfect geometry for speed and control in a lift-accessed DH environment.

Best Use: downhill riding, whether technical or flow, accessed by chairlifts or shuttles.

Sizes and models available:

  • Small (27.5): Session 88
  • Medium (27.5): Session 88
  • Large (27.5): Session 88

For additional information on the bikes, please see www.trekbikes.com.

Additional Equipment

We’ll also have the following products to demo:

crankbrothers: Stamp flat pedals, Mallet and Candy clipless pedals

Five Ten: Freerider and Freerider Pro flat-soled shoes featuring Stealth rubber; unisex and women’s specific

Race Face: Khyber, Ambush, Indy, and Flank elbow, knee, and leg protection; unisex and women’s specific

Smith: Rover MIPS trail helmets

On top of this, if your coach is wearing or using something you're interested in, just ask and they'll be happy to share any helpful info they can.


How to Request Demo Gear

You can access, complete, and submit our online demo equipment request form here.

Our goal is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try the demo equipment we have, and that means that we usually limit reservations to one day per person. Once at camp, you’ll be able to put your name on a list for a potential second day of use, so connect with the coaches then to see how availability looks.

If you’re not planning to bring a bike to camp at all, feel free to check in with us to see if we have an idea of the demand on your particular camp weekend, but also expect to rent a bike from the host shop for one day. Many of the hosts will offer you discounted rental rates, and you can find those details within the location specific pages.

Everything about the camp was top notch! The instructors were sweet, smart, knowledgeable, and funny. The demo bike was confidence inspiring, the rider camaraderie was strong, the food was incredible, the prizes were very appreciated, and the riding was absolutely crazy fantastic!
— Lise Halvorson Silver Star camp scholarship recipient.