the dead reckoning starter pack
Two years ago Yonder Journal—a quasi non-fictional study of contemporary recreation, 1000% of the time—was commissioned to study and document the art of bikepacking in the form of a project called Dead Reckoning. In the pursuit of our study we’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world; pedaling and pushing through the high Andes of Bolivia, the storm-wracked mountains of New Zealand, the dry desolation of the Eastern High Sierra, the bear-flushed alpine meadows of British Columbia, the long hot expanses of Australia, et cetera, et cetera.
And while it has mostly been a series of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, it’s also been a brutal-at-times learning curve in regards to the art of packing. Loading and unloading a bike every day for days and days and days, in challenging environments and ever-shifting weather is, you know, a thing. You can do it right. You can do it wrong. It’s never perfect. And for some it’s a form of entertainment and sport in and of itself. Whatever it is or isn’t, we’ve tried a lot and learned a lot and for better or worse we have what passes for a system.