As the new year approaches, we look back at what 2015 has brought us. In a digital world filled with talented videographers, we wanted to recognize the inspiring short videos that were put together by people who are driven to share their experiences with others. Here is our pick of the top twelve bikepacking videos released this year that have proven to inspire bikepackers all around the world, in no particular order.

The Trail to Kazbegi

The Trail to Kazbegi is a beautiful short film brought to us by Bike Magazine and the talented Joey Schusler who brought us Huayhuash and Colorado Trail – Yeti Tribe. The film follows four bikepackers through the Georgian High Caucasus Mountains, over rough trail, dead ends, and epic descents. For the full video, text and stills, visit this link.

The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.51.58 PMWhile many of us are comfortable in our routine lives, there is always a desire to live outside the box and get off of the beaten path, at least for a while. In the short film, The Thousand Year Journey: Oregon To Patagonia, Jedidiah did just that. He quit his job and traveled from Oregon to the southern tip of South America. Jedidiah says it best, “routine is the enemy of time.”

Mountain Biking Telluride to Moab

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.06 PM Kenneth Koh does a fantastic job capturing the diversity between Telluride and Moab while traveling on the San Juan Hut System. This unique backcountry trail system is host to a number of rustic huts that connect along a route to make for the perfect trip. Kenneth and his crew spent seven days hopping from hut to hut enjoying delicious meals, flowers, and some sweet singletrack. For More Information head over to their website www.sanjuanhuts.com

Megamoon

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.14 PMMegamoon is a stunning film about love, adventure and one of the greatest mountain bike route in the world. After Hannah and her husband Patrick got married last summer, they decided to bike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route for their honeymoon. In the 65 days it took them to travel the spine of the continent, Hannah captured plenty of laughs, some tough yet inspirational moments, and the beauty of the route. For more information, and to read their journal and learn more about Maia Media head over to http://maiamedia.co.uk/.

Cycling the Highest Road in the World

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.21 PMBoard a plane to India, fly halfway across the world, take a train, buy a mountain bike, draw a line on a map, and go. This is precisely what these two gentleman set off to do in May –  cycle from Manali to Khardung La; the highest road in the world located in the Himalayas which is known for it’s altitude and danger. For more information regarding their journey to Northern India, and their other endeavors, check out their website at North|South.

Mountain Bikes and Bothy Nights

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.29 PMAlastair Humphreys put together a historical and meaningful film about the legendary bothies. There are over 100 bothies in the UK where recreationists can lay to rest for the night, which can prove to be the difference between a wet and miserable, or a dry and comfortable sleep. The Mountain Bothies Association is celebrating 50 years where they have raised money to maintain these oasis shelters. Alastair travels from bothy to bothy with his bikepacking rig, all while dedicating a great portion of time filming his experience.

California Sierra Trail Race

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.35 PMFrom the mind of Sean Allan comes the California Sierra Trail Race, a self-supported bikepacking race in the Tahoe region of California. Beginning and ending in Auburn, CA, the route traverses historic 19th Century mining trails and roads, winding its way slowly up the foothills and dropping down into Lake Tahoe. It then follows the Tahoe Rim Trail around the lake, over 100 miles of some of California’s best singletrack, before making its way back down towards Auburn. At 430 miles and 70,000 feet of elevation gain, the route is a monster, but rewards those who attempt it with incredible scenery and riding.

Montanus – The Cold Vein

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.52.42 PMThe call of the mountains is even stronger during winter, when the snow breaks the tree-tops and the cold weather freezes the bones. During this time, when most people put their bikes to rest, an adventure between two Italian buddies began. They aimed to search for the COLD VEIN, that vein which comes back to pulsate in the winter wilderness.

The Black Canyon Trail

A Film By Brian Vernor
A Film By Brian Vernor
The Rocky Mountain bike crew took the Sherpa, their new 27.5+ full suspension rig to the desert for some fun in the sun on the Black Canyon Trail. While some of the riders were not too sure on bikepacking or even how to install the Porcelain Rocket bags properly. One thing is for certain, they looked fully comfortable on the Sherpa and made the bike look like a playful machine. For more on the Black Canyon Trail and the Sherpa head over to http://www.bikes.com/blackcanyontrail.

Feeling Good Today : Bikepacking the Arizona Trail

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.53.00 PMOver Thanksgiving Anna Kiep and Gary Parker took a bikepacking trip on a southern section of the Arizona Trail. They rode from Sonoita to Tucson on a 3-day, 2-night trip while riding at a fun, recreational pace. Check out the video to see some of the epic scenes and singletrack that they soaked in for 60 miles of the AZT. This video was published on December 31st 2014, but we’re looping it in with 2015.)

Patagonia – Fino alla fine del Mondo

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.53.06 PMSouth America is a remarkable place, especially when seen from the saddle. Four Italian friends travel to Patagonia, taking in breathtaking views and expelling contagious laughs. Their 12 day trip totaled 760 miles while climbing 30,000 feet. This video shows the the beauty, wildlife and remote nature of Patagonia. http://www.parcobici.it/

Plan D

Screen Shot 2015-12-20 at 3.53.12 PMMike Curiak is at it again, seeking the unknown in not so ideal times. Mike and friends head to the desert and bring along their studs, warm sleeping bags and layers through many failed plans until they came up with Plan D. Yet again, Mike does a great job putting this film together. For more info and stills check out Lacemine29.com.  

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