I've wanted to get out for an overnight for a long time and somehow the stars aligned and I (and two of my brothers) finally got out. I've done a lot of backpacking and camping in the past, but this was a whole new kinda fun. I can't wait to go again.
These trails are all part of Sjanes Pisgah Traverse route (with the exception of a 3mi detour to where we camped). I've ridden in this area a lot and have scoped out a number of overnight options.
Our kit was a run-what-ya-brung deal and we used what we had laying around. That said, the only things I might add would be a lightweight tarptent if the weather was bad (I like the Golite SL3) and a Pika seatbag to move a few bulky and smaller heavy items out of my Talon 11. Maybe a gas tank or feedbag for bars, trail mix, etc. On my bike were tubes, bottles and an OR stuff sack on the bars with a BA pad and 45degree bag. Here's a few pics:
Some steep asphalt
Some good drag-a-bike
Typical trail heading up
Smooth sailing for a little
Racing the sun
Whew, barely made it..
Enjoying the extra weight we drug up the mountain
Lots of noodles were consumed
Kinda cramped digs
Gu flavored coffee anyone?
View before heading down
Mt Mitchell in the upper right
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