It’s a special thing to be able to start and end a bike trip from you door step. It’s even better when you can do it during prime wildflower season in Colorado. We went out for a 24 hour overnighter, riding 50 miles on some world class Crested Butte singletrack – including a healthy amount of hike-a-bike. We endured some beautiful sunshine and some ridiculous rain which made for a slow moving second half.
Colorado Overnighter
Rolling out of town on Brush Creek Rd.
24 hour bikepacking
Ferris road ride to a rough climb on Trail 409
24 hour bikepacking
Sun setting on Point Lookout Trail. 2,500 feet of climbing in under 10 miles.
24 hour bikepacking
Made it to the top just as the sun went down. Set up camp in a high alpine meadow.
24 hour bikepacking
Getting cozy in the Nemo Tango Solo
24 hour bikepacking
Trees in the reflection of the morning coffee
24 hour bikepacking
Taking in the scenes after breakfast – getting ready to roll
24 hour bikepacking
Mule Ears and Queen Anne’s Lace on Double Top Trail
24 hour bikepacking
Ascending Reno Road
24 hour bikepacking
Entering the Deadman’s climb
24 hour bikepacking
Beth brought latex gloves which was a huge savior with all of the rain. Put them right over the gloves. They also helped a lot when it came to clearing clay from the drivetrain and seat stays.
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24 hour bikepacking
Dirty bikes = happy life – A 24 hour success in the Crested Butte backcountry


  1. southwest backcountry

    Great Pics Neil. Sweet bikes too.

  2. Neil, looks like a new PR Mr. Fusion seat bag. Gonna’ do a review on it anytime soon?

  3. How do you like your Rastro?

    • Neil Beltchenko
      Neil Beltchenko

      That is the Chumba Stella Ti. It was just release and it has proved to work very well as a bikepacking rig. Stay tuned for a review in the near future.



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