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Advanced 2 Nighter: Sky Islands Odyssey East
February 18 @ 9:00 am – February 20 @ 4:00 pm
***If you would like to join this ride but it is cost or transportation is prohibitive or you cannot afford all the gear, please let us know.
Are You Ready for the Adventure?
To bring things together for our bikepacking ride series, we’re headed down to do Sarah Swallow’s Sky Islands Odyssey East Loop. We’ve come up with our own slightly modified version of the route (Running Clockwise this year).
The plan is to park in GreenValley at the Historic Canoa Ranch on the De Anza Trail. We’ll ride around 30 miles with 2500+ feet elevation gain and camp near Kentucky Camp. The next day we’ll do another ~45 mile ride riding down the AZT through Gardner Canyon (option to go around available via Fish Canyon to the 83) with a resupply lunch stop option at Senoita and dry camping off Hershaw Road. For the last day, we’ll be doing a ~45+ mile ride through Patagonia with an opportunity for resupply as well as breakfast/brunch in Patagonia followed by a big rough climb through Solera Canyon to get back to our vehicles. Plan on being able to carry at least 5-6 Litres of water per day as well as 1.5 days worth of food at a minimum.
This ride is advanced bikepacking with Challenging terrain, steep and rough climbing with hike-a-bike sections, remoteness and dry camping the 2nd night highlight the challenges. The terrain is mostly gravel roads with some rough and sandy sections. We recommend a mountain bike or a minimum of 50mm tires.
Ride Pace is ride at your own comfortable pace. This is not a race. We generally ride at a party pace with many meetups and stops so we can re-group. Campfire Cycling will always have a mechanic at the back of the ride so no one is “stuck” alone at the back or incase a mechanical issue come up.
Additionally cold temperatures during both nights camping at around 4500 feet necessitate colder weather gear. Average lows in Patagonia during February are reported at 30 degrees. So being a little higher up, anticipate a low of 20 to 25 degrees. A 20 degree bag (or warmer!) and insulated pad, as well as down jacket, long underwear and wool socks is the general recommendation though this of course varies depending on how hot or cold you sleep.
We will be contacting everyone who signs up for the ride to make sure they are prepared for the challenge. Please sign up if you plan on joining us.
The weather can be prohibitive in February, so if it is overly challenging we may have to cancel.
*Please note-Route is updated! And water is reported in Solera Canyon