So, it’s winter, this generally means that we avoid the outdoors right? Wrong!
Believe it or not, those brisk cooler months can be one of the best times to view the plethora of nature's bounty. From snow clad mountain tops, to overgrown and bulging water systems, the winter wilderness should never be taken lightly.
If you’re planning a trip on one of New Zealand’s 22 Great Rides, like the 84km Timber trail, in the cooler months then here’s a few important tips we think you shouldn’t Ignore!
Even though the trail is classed as a Grade-2/3 cycleway, the trail shouldn’t be treated as anything placid by means of technicality and equipment in the winter months. With many steep and rocky descents, extended portions of muddy trail and deep pockets of native forest, the trail is a healthy MTB oriented journey. With this in mind, the bike best suited for the winter months is a sturdy and well-maintained mountain bike with suitable tires for riding in muddy and slippery conditions.
Bikes should be prepared as follows, with the recommended equipment:
Suitable winter clothing is often the item most overlooked, or under-looked for that matter, when preparing for winter riding. Clothing can be a massive determining factor on just how enjoyable your ride will be. Being wet, cold, and chilled to the core can be much different than being just wet, but warmed underneath.
Making sure you hit the trails in winter time with the right clothing is rather easy and we recommend you carry:
So your bike and clothing is sorted? Great! Now for a few absolute must-haves when hitting the trails in trying conditions. Most of these are essential to making sure you not only have fun, you keep safe.
Top Tip: When riding in the wilderness, turn your phone to airplane or flight mode to preserve the battery. When not in airplane mode in remote areas, your phone’s battery will be gobbled up like a packet of lollies at a 5th birthday party….
Now everyone needs food. This is the fuel you rely on to get through your winter journey through the wilderness, so make sure you pick it wisely. There are many companies offering brilliant day food packs, snack bars and energy gels that are affordable and work!
Picking the right food will be one of the biggest determining factors on A.) The completion of your adventure and B.) the level of suffering.
Some recommendations are:
So with all of the above in mind, take one extra step and familiarise yourself with the amazing guides that we follow from the Mountain safety council. Their outdoor guides will help you plan and execute a memorable and unforgettable (in the right way) journey on the Timber trail.
FREE TO DOWNLOAD
Specifically designed for New Zealand's Great Rides this app is used by mountain bikers, runners and walkers. It aims to provide location tracking to find amenities, attractions and local information while riding the trail. Once downloaded, the trail information is fully available offline.