Interviews, adventures and features
Set down your rucksack, put your feet up and get inspired by passionate adventurers, new routes, kit inspirations, details and food ideas.
Big red gravel RUN
Follow along as old and new friends alike ride their way out along the Red River region in Quebec to grind some gravel, ride some single track and celebrate in the sunshine after a long day of riding.
The roots of RAsputitsa
Rasputitsa is a classic 1-day gruelling gravel bike race in Vermont held in April. Since 2013, they have been involved in the effort of uniting cyclists, bringing economic opportunity to remote areas of Vermont, and giving back to the rapidly growing sport of cycling.
Cory Wallace grew up riding in the Canadian Rockies and turned his cycling passion into a career with Team Kona that has taken him on adventures and races around the World.
Follow along as we meet up with cross boss and Kona Adventure Team member Kerry Werner. Find out why he’s a sucker for pain, pancakes and two wheeled adventures.
FOUR MONTHS IN A VAN
For the last four months, Miles and Emily have been cruising around the Western United States in search of trails, bikepacking routes, and good times. Here is Miles’ honest look at simple van cooking tactics.
-24 in VAL david
Picking one of the coldest days of the year to go back country skiing maybe wasn’t eh best idea to be had. But once all bundled up I had the trails to myself and there wasn’t a whole lot to be unhappy with.
Alberta rockies 700
It was a hot one this year rolling through the Rockies on gravel roads that never seemed to end. The burritos and jerky kept me fuelled along the long days in the saddle.
This is Tanesha Milucky. She’s a back-country chef for some amazing cycling events like Ramble Ride and WTF cycling summits. Find out how she manages to combine all her favourite things with her love of cooking.
Meet Emma. She’s co-founder of Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY. She is also a marketer, adventurer, mother, fire-maker and amongst other things, an amazing chef. Find out how her passions came together in her book Feast By Firelight.
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell
Say hello to Jocelyn. She wears a lot of different hats (and helmets, of course) in the Portland cycling community and far beyond, with a major focus on getting women on bikes and out into the woods.
What do you think when you hear the words “backcountry skiing”? Do you imagine epic journeys into the wilderness, sleeping in snow caves and dodging avalanches?
Meet Aimee, Emily & Mai-yan; three ambitious women who came together after years of camp experiences to rethink what food could be in the outdoors and founded Dirty Gourmet. Based out of California they believe that food should be an essential part of every adventure.
La route des champs
Follow along as four friends ride their way out along La Route des Champs to camp and cook out for a night at Parc Yamaska in Quebec.
Spencer has been racing mountain bikes since he was 12. Over the years he has been a 6x us national team member, 2x olympic long team member, as well as racing with Team Kona. Find out how he juggles these things in his life and why he loves Fritos so much.
Meet Matthew Kadey. He’s author of the book Rocket Fuel, a dietitian, a cyclist and creator of the BT700. Follow along as we learn about his motivation for starting the bikepacking event.
THe wendigo ultra
Have you ever dreamt of doing an ultra endurance fatbike race? Loïc did. He decided to stop dreaming and headed out on one wild ride and learned a lot in the process.
Meet Narek. He’s the owner of a local Montreal cycling bag maker called Atwater Atelier. We visited him at his workshop to talk about his journey as a bag designer and the idea behind his creations.
Swift Campout 2018
Thanks again to Swift Industries for hosting an amazing summer solstice campout this year! We chose Le Foret Ouareau near Mont Tremblant, QC, for the beginning of our summer celebration.
Introducing Jonathan Hayward, founder and event organizer of the Alberta Rockies 700. Follow along as we learn about his motivation for starting the event, riding tips, and what’s happening on the route this year.
Eating our way through the West Coast Trail
The WCT is located along the misty southwestern edge of Vancouver Island, BC, in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Follow along as we eat our way through the mud and rain.
We sat down with Pacific Northwest-based writer, explorer, artist, cyclist, and activist to hear more about her love of coffee, art and how to focus on slowing down.
Gabriel AMadeus Tiller
Gabriel Amadeus Tiller is a modern-day adventuring renaissance man. He is one of the top bikepacking experts in America, culinary extraordinaire, mixologist, entrepreneur, mischief seeker, route designer, tinkerer, photographer, writer, and an overall optimistic guy.
At THE FAIR
The Stanstead County Agricultural Society's annual exposition at Ayers Cliff, Quebec, is one of Canada's oldest country fairs with approximately 25,000 visitors every year. Join Trevor as he ventured out during their 172nd birthday to explore the food and people.
When Craig Fowler and his dad first went to The Pines, in Maine, they didn’t know where to fish. They asked the staff for suggestions and they referred them to Randy Spencer, a registered Maine guide. Plus find a great recipe for fried fish and tartar sauce!
We took advantage of daylight savings time to head up Mont Royal on our bikes and test out the new Cricket Energy Bites from Naak, a young local company based in Montreal.
THE MSR WINDBURNER
The Beans and Rice field test the MSR Windburner Stove and Coffee Press Kit. They decided to forego their pour-over habits to give the MSR setup a fair shake and look see.
outdoor cookbook guide
The sky can be the limit when cooking with a camping stove and a fire pit, but sometimes you need a little direction and inspiration. We’ve made a list of our favourites that are sure to please any messkit fan.
Lost in the labyrinth
I had a few extra days before the start of the Alberta Rockies 700 bikepacking event in Coleman. I was already 100km into the pre-event ride and I was loving every moment, until I took a wrong turn.
Meet Tara Alan, author and photographer of cycle touring cookbook, Bike. Camp. Cook. Learn how Tara makes outdoor cooking simple and demystifies travelling with fresh vegetables in your panniers for the long haul.
Meet Craig Fowler. He's a rare breed. In fact he's the only person on the planet to have completed both the thru-hiking Triple Crown and the bikepacking Triple Crown.
lean on me
Laughter could be heard echoing throughout the cold winter woods. We were literally shouting and hooting as we traversed through the snowy winter wonderland of Gatineau Park.
ADVENTURES OF A HOBO WEREWOLF
It was finally time to turn off the asphalt and get back on some dirt trails. It was my first time up in this neck of the woods so I wasn't sure what to expect. Follow along as I discover a great little trail winding its way through the hills.
CAMPING WITH KIDS
School was about to start and I wanted to spend one last weekend with my son before we went back to the grind of everyday life. We packed the car, making sure not to forget the marshmallows and bug spray. Fortunately, I only forgot the latter.
THE BAKERY BREVET
Read along as messkit curator, Trevor Browne, rides the Vermont Green Mountain 200 km with the Northeast Randonneurs Club. From freezing rains to headwinds, its the baked goods and maple water that keep him going and going and going.