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.
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.
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 have it waiting for you at camp when you arrive.
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.
Consider sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and similar things to keep you comfortable in various conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.