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Start Small, But Live Large.

GET LOSTAnd how to Briefly Disappear from Reality. Kitsbow Ambassador Kurt Stafki often day dreams about bikepacking; his head overflowing with thoughts of disappearing via bike. For many of us, life has a way of scuttling a hoped-for trip. But in 2016, Kurt discovered Swift Campout and decided to go bike-camping every year. Here we highlight his latest trip.The Swift Campout is designed...

Bikepacking Setup - Pro Tips

GET TO PACKINGBikepacking that is! Now that the Swift Campout's global call has been issued, it's time to talk bikepacking set-up with Kisbow's Tim Bateman.Among his many talents, Tim has over 20 years of experience guiding multi-day bike tours; most notably 14 seasons of them at Western Spirit Cycling in...

357 Miles, One Gear

MONSTER CHALLENGETrans North Georgia Adventure Ambassador Jakub Jiráček was introduced to "serious" biking late in life when he moved to Alaska. Jakub, recently completed the Trans North Georgia Route — which consists of a 357 mile journey through the Appalachian Mountains — and this year he set the fastest known time (60 hours) on...

Fuel for the Journey

CONNECTING THROUGH FRIENDS & EXPLORATION Ambassador Tommy Butler was born and raised on a small nursery in the Garden State. Here he learned to embrace the gratification of long days of hard work, and perhaps fueled an early love for landscape.Now he and his wife call Denver home, lured here a decade ago by...

Connecting People Through Bikes

Everyone, Together Ambassador Abby Walker loves racing cyclocross and a trip to race Cross Nationals highlights every year. This year too, fingers crossed.That said, racing is only one facet of Abby's involvement in cycling. What really excites her is bringing people together through bikes.Her involvement in Asheville on Bikes, NICA Pisgah Rage Mountain Bike Team, Asheville...

Skiing, hiking, biking and girlfriends.

Filling the well of positive vibes.  One of our very own, and a Kitsbow brand champion, Stefanie Walters found her escape in the outdoors. She has been creating positive outdoor experiences through backcountry skiing, hiking, and now mountain biking.  With an athletic background in skiing and hiking, how did you...

Mountain bike jumping

Mountain bike jumping, the art of flying while riding Dirt jumping a mountain bike is a blast, and we love to send it. Some of us get bigger air than others. We all love that swift rush. Ambassador Grand Godfrey, who is a 9th-grade science teacher that has some pretty...

A big, WHAT IF

“Life in a Day” Seeking purity within an intense experience SEARCHING FOR SUMMER Summer. What will it look like this year? Who knows. We do know that we're in need of an escape — a simple, audacious, and flexible escape. It could be something epic, AND in your own backyard. Time now to work...

Sitting Still

Photo Credit: T.C. Worley  Plant a Wild Seed And don't take more than you plan to give back. LANDSCAPE SETS THE PACE Ben Weaver is a poet, songwriter, and endurance cyclist. He travels to his performances by bike, where he shares of our powers for relationship — between one another and the great web of life....

Embrace the Suck

And learn what it has to offer.    Turd Sandwich  Suffering, there’s no getting around it. And right now, we are in it. Our suffering may look different from each other, but we all have it, and we can all learn from it.Nate Escoto, is a Kitsbow ambassador. He knows...

Think Small

Room to Grow  Simple ways to grow beyond the walls  Livin' Large  Jacki Cronin's footprint may be small, but it is the larger landscape that fuels her passions. Originally a triathlete, Jacki also enjoys dirt riding, trail running, and adventuring in the Western North Carolina mountains, her newly adopted home state....

Trail Mentor

Five questions to a teacher and mentor.   TIME SPENT WELL One thing is certain, though separation is hard for all of us, it is especially hard for those whose passion is serving kids. For Sarah — mom, cyclist, teacher, and Little Bellas ride leader — she can't wait to...

Taste of adventure, with a can-do spirit

Realize all we CAN do, right now. FLIP THE NARRATIVE Adventure, remember that? Kistbow's Ambassador Wade Morris, sure hasn't forgotten the taste of adventure either.A self-described climber with a biking problem, he encourages us to flip the narrative and realize all we can do, right now. Our adventures may be small and close to...

The Doctor is Out

Content originally published 3/26/2020 NATURE DOC Last week we ran a story about the need to be outside (we dubbed it #trail bathing) especially as we weather a time of isolation. One of the many enthusiastic responses came from a member of our own community, Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller, MD. She is an OB-Gyn-turned-nature-doc who prescribes nature to...

Lots of Daylight

Content originally published 3/31/2020 Jeremiah shown wearing the Wind Vest and Geysers Jersey.  Photo Credit: Roman Cho IMMEASURABLY STRONGER Jeremiah Kahmoson is deeply embedded in his Sonoma County community. This is no overstatement. Between educational work, non-profit service, and adventures with his family and friends, Jeremiah has little daylight left.Then came COVID-19....

Fellow Traveler

Content originally published 4/5/2020 Weston is wearing the Icon Shirt A SHORTER LEASH Travel seems like such a luxury right now. But for Kitsbow's Ambassador Weston Shirley, it is a reminder that adventure is a state of mind.Though he earns his living as a Utah backcountry-cycling guide and seasonal ski patroller, if given...