Background When we bought our cargo bike in 2020 we checked and adjusted the brakes. The disc brake pads had plenty of life so we never replaced them initially. Since then we rode the bike in fair weather regularly but not frequently. It was our grocery getter before Toothless was born and our baby hauler … Continue reading PSA: Check your brakes!
The Great Divide Trail has an access trail listed in Mt Robson Provincial Park to get on and off the GDT at Moose River. When thru hiking the GDT with our son Toothless we needed to use the access trail as our Northern Terminus since the Berg Lake Trail was closed. The GPS track on … Continue reading Moose River Access Trail
We started our 2021 GDT thru hike during the tail end of a record heat wave in BC. In the months before the hike I was worried about keeping Toothless cool but that concern ramped up hard in the week before the trip. Thankfully our system worked and he kept cool and safe during the … Continue reading Keeping a baby cool on trail
I mean, that's it. Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park has been closed since the start of the COVID19 pandemic. Natasha and I hiked there in 2018 prior to our GDT thru hike. We have hoped to do the traverse but it didn't come together in 2019. Then the pandemic hit and we haven't been able … Continue reading I’m wishing for Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park to reopen
You might be feeling overwhelmed with the idea of backpacking with a baby. We are members of online groups that encourage and support backpacking with children and some common themes are stress about the first time going out and stress about gear (which often leads to over packing!). After thru hiking the GDT with our … Continue reading Tips and tricks for extended backpacking trips with a baby
We hiked the GDT in 2021 with our son Toothless. Before we left on the thru hike we wrote a post breaking down the gear we decided to bring. This post will list out our main systems and gear and document how they worked out for us on the GDT in 2021 with our 8 … Continue reading GDT 2021 Final Gear List
One of the most common questions we got on trail (other than "does he enjoy it?") is why? So why thru hike with a baby? We never really considered the alternative We assumed right away (before Toothless was even born) that we would thru hike with our child. We do that together so why not … Continue reading Why did we thru hike the GDT with a baby?
Okay, stay with me here. Natasha and I used to each carry 12 lb base weight. By having a baby we added about 5 lbs of gear to our packs. So 24 lbs + 5 lbs = 29 lbs. Let's call that an even 30 lbs. 30 lbs / 3 people (Natasha, Toothless and I) … Continue reading How having a baby reduced our base weight..
We're happy to announce some small changes to our website! New Domain We have a new domain: backpacksandbikeracks.com Our old domain (backpacksandbikeracks.wordpress.com) should still work, but the new one is a little snappier and easier to remember. Contact Form Now you can actually get a hold of us! After the past year and our latest … Continue reading Website Changes
Our 2021 GDT hike with Toothless wouldn't have happened without the help of a lot of trail angels and friends: A Safe Haven for housing us, feeding us, taking us to the trailhead and storing our vehicle while we hike.Ryan for agreeing to pick up our bear cannistersJeanette and Lowell for being great friends on … Continue reading GDT 2021 Thank Yous and Appreciation