I recently returned from a trip with Neil and Ian Provo, using our mountain bikes to connect a few of the best trout streams across the north slope of the Uinta Mountains in Utah. We carried everything we needed in our 35L Camelbak packs, including Camelbak All Clear for water purification, Orvis rods and reels, NEMO Equipment tents, bags, and pads, Goal Zero solar panels and battery packs, Clif bars and other camping food, Jetboil, and anything else we needed. We went as light as possible, only bringing our Teva Pivot shoes for riding and Original sandals for fishing and camp footwear. It ended up being a pretty all-time adventure, complete with perfect weather, torrential thunderstorms, amazing pristine singletrack, hundreds of log crossings, route finding, camping, fly fishing, and more. As they say, we had the best of times, we had the worst of times. In the end though, it was an adventure that I will never forget, and hope to repeat in the future in another zone for even more good times! Stay tuned in the future for a full print and web article plus video.
Big thanks to our sponsors of the trip for making it possible: Diamondback Bikes, Orvis, NEMO Equipment, Backcountry.com, Goal Zero, Teva Shoes, Camelbak.
Nice view through the burn area of the High Uintas.
Ian going over one of many down trees. These are not high use trails that we found.
Neil with one of many stream crossings.
Me about to fish a small section of river.
Hike a bike up an old trail at 10,000 feet in the fog and rain to a high plateau where we camped.
Sunrise at 10,500 feet, 6:30 am. Last day of the trip and we survived a nasty thunderstorm the night before! Little did we know that 30 minutes later another crazy storm would roll in that morning.
Wake up call! Our Obi tent kept us warm, dry, and comfortable the whole trip and was light enough to carry around easily. As you can see here I’ve got plenty of room in the ultralight one person tent, and I’m 6’3″.
We had impending thunderstorms rolling around us most of the trip. It didn’t rain all the time, but it did rain every day. As you can see, my tires were a bit packed up here from the ride in to camp the night before on a dirt road, in the rain, in the dark. Check out how I used my Diamondback Mission Pro to tie down the NEMO tent.
Typical camp setup during the day, drying stuff out and charging our GoPros and other cameras with the Goal Zero nomad panel so we could document the trip.
Here’s a shot of Ian on one of the more fun sections of trail, railing a berm on the Diamondback Mason FS! Words by: Eric Porter