Join us in discovering the adventure of backcountry bikepacking! After tuning up our bikes and practicing riding techniques on Kroka’s bike course, we will head into the forest for a week filled with spectacularly wild mountain bike adventures. The rich history of New Hampshire has left our forests full of wondrous dirt trails alongside abandoned root cellars, mines, and wilderness lakes. We will return to Kroka for campfire meals and cozy dwellings during the first half of the week. Our next adventure will be a two-day overnight expedition. Each day will include discovering and playing in wild swimming holes, games, and evening stories by the campfire. In addition to technical riding, students will learn how to take care of their bikes and participate in community service projects. This introductory program is excellent preparation for our Mountain Bike Expeditions!
For students who have completed No Brakes, Bike Girls, or have independent mountain bike experience.
Your trail mileage is about to become pretty close to uncountable on this single adventure that draws together the most exciting bike trails of Vermont. After conditioning on local trails and preparing for expedition, we will leave Kroka campus and set up a welcoming camp surrounded by some of the most fascinating bike courses Vermont has to offer. Each day we will relish fun rides on a mixture of single and doubletrack trails connecting our wilderness campsite to single-track trails that wind and swerve up and down the mountains. Along the way we will stop to pick berries, jump into refreshing swimming holes, and engaging with the local biking community. Afternoons finds us back at our campsite sharing nourishing meals cooked over the fire. Singletracks is about honing your mountain-biking skills, making new friends, and exploring the beauty of the Vermont landscape. Students will learn responsible riding and basic bike mechanics as well as wilderness campcraft. Come join us for loops, climbs, berms, and some of the most exciting drops and jumps of New England.
Bike Girls is open to female-identified and non-binary participants.
Come join the Bike Girls as we journey boldly into the wild places! We will form lasting friendships as we learn the art of mountain biking, with the Green Mountains of Vermont as our home. We will live, play, laugh, and learn the beauty of riding our bicycles, all the while experiencing the magic of living in nature, crafting with our own two hands, and sleeping under the stars. As a pack of wild and adventurous girls, we will practice biking skills, navigate the forest roads and single-tracks, and learn to fix our own bikes, taking home with us new skills as bike mechanics. In the evenings we gather around the fire to share stories and to set our intentions for tomorrow’s adventure. We will come away from this expedition empowered as females, ready to use our new riding muscles to face the challenges and experience the beauty of the world! No previous mountain biking experience is necessary and bikes are available for rent!
From twenty-nine inch fat tires to frame and saddlebags, the sport of bikepacking has evolved from a technical adventure sport into a unique and sustainable way to travel through the landscape. This unique adventure links together several exciting trail networks in New Hampshire’s Piedmont and Southern Green Mountains. Its route, running through the heart of Kroka’s adventure area, has a unique variety of terrain and rich cultural features. After two days of conditioning on local trails and preparing for expedition, we will begin a 10-day journey northwest. Along the way, we will pick berries, cliff-jump in refreshing swimming holes, scramble up rock faces, and share nourishing meals cooked over the fire. We will also face many challenges: ferrying our bikes across the river in a canoe, climbing up a steep rock face, helping neighbors with a service project, and testing our navigation skills as we wind our way from one forest trail to the next. Finally, we will reach a spectacular underground cave, which will test our bravery, skills, and teamwork, inspiring a sense of wonder and awe for the world. On this expedition we will travel more than 100 miles self-sufficiently without getting into a vehicle!