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Want to give bikepacking a try with a supportive community?

Update: This event is sold out. Thanks for your interest! Stay tuned for future events….

Gladys Bikes and The Venture Out Project are excited to invite trans and gender non-conforming folks on a fun and supportive beginner bikepacking trip to Olallie Lake. This is a relatively easy route and great opportunity for folks who are looking to go on their first overnight bike trip, and also for those who have been bike touring before, but are looking for new friends to ride with.

This will be a no-drop community ride, meaning no one gets left behind. The ride to and from our campsite is approximately 25 miles and the route features approx. 1000ft of climbing. Upon registration, you'll receive all sorts of information, including: a packing list, menus, route info and more.

Your registration fee of $20* includes:

  • Guided rides to/from basecamp

  • Goodie bag from Gladys Bikes

  • 1 night of camping

  • Saturday night dinner

  • Sunday morning breakfast

  • Packing lists, group riding info, bikepacking tips and tricks and much more

*Owing to a generous donor, we have some full and partial scholarships available. QTBIPOC are encouraged to apply. Please get in touch via if you’d be interested in learning more about these.

— The Full Details —

When: Saturday, June 29 - Sunday, June 30

Hosts: Gladys Bikes and the Venture Out Project, a non-profit that is committed to facilitating backpacking and wilderness trips for the queer and trans community in a safe and inclusive environment.

Participants: This trip is led by and reserved for trans and gender non-conforming riders.

The trip is ideal for folks who are confident bike commuters that are curious about bike touring, and also for those with more experience bike touring who are looking to broaden their community of people to ride with. No one will be left behind and we’ll ride at a comfortable pace together.

Route: The out-and-back ride is about 25 miles each way with 1000 ft elevation gain. It’s a beautiful route that will take us from Clackamas Lake to Olallie Lake with a mix of pavement and some gravel along the way, ending with camping at Olallie Lake Campsite, where there is swimming and some services -- including beer and ice cream. We will carpool out to the starting point.

Gear: Please plan to ride bike that will allow you to carry any equipment and supplies for camping overnight. Unsure if your bike is appropriate? Call or stop into the shop and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Don’t have the right gear (such as panniers, or other types of bike bags)? Let us know. We have people who are willing to share/lend gear.

Ride Leaders:

Travis Clough (he/him; they/them) is the Director of Trip Operations and Logistics for the Venture Out Project. Travis is originally from Down East Maine and currently resides in Portland, Oregon where he explores the high peaks of the Pacific Northwest. He loves mountains, snow, pine trees, and views that go on forever.  Just getting into bikepacking and loving it so far. He is certified in Wilderness First Responder & AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) - Level 1.

Grey Diation (they/them) is an artist and gentle soul who has been riding a bicycle since 2004 and has a lot of bikepacking knowledge and experience under their belt. From August 2017 until March 2018, Grey bikepacked across Europe from Sweden to Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Ireland, Spain and Portugal on their first long-term solo bike tour and have been pedaling to places near and far ever since.

To Register: Follow this link. Once you register the trip leaders will be in touch with more even more information!