oregon outback

New Belgium Brewing now offers a 3-day, $300 “Oregon Ramble” ride

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 26th, 2017 at 4:44 pm

The promotion of bikepacking in Oregon just went up another notch.

Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company — the eighth largest brewery in America — now offers a $300, three-day ride through rural, unpaved backroads of eastern Oregon. The Oregon Ramble (June 8-11) is one of three “Ramble Rides” the company offers (along with title sponsor Blackburn, a maker of racks, bags and other accessories).

Here’s the teaser from New Belgium’s website:

“Kick Off The Ramble Ride Trio With A Three-day Cruise Through Central Oregon. A fun and challenging fully-supported bikepacking adventure through Central Oregon’s scenic Ochoco mountains and the Painted Hills.

With snow in the higher elevations, we’re choosing a stunning route through Central Oregon. Following the Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer route pioneered by Sarah Swallow. We’ll be starting in Prineville, OR and looping over three days through 150 miles of the Ochoco Mountains and the John Day River Basin.”

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After Outback incidents and poop-fire, event will teach ‘Leave no Trace’ ethics

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 8th, 2015 at 12:12 pm


Proper pack-out-your-trash technique.
(Photo: Jocelyn Gaudi/Team Komorebi)

This past summer as bikepacking reached new heights of popularity, it also faced its first major PR crisis.
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The Oregon Outback is dead, long live the Oregon Outback!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 18th, 2015 at 1:58 pm


Screenshot from OregonBikepacking.com.

Despite all the buzz floating around the web right now, the Oregon Outback is not dead.
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The gear that got me through the Oregon Outback

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 16th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Outback packing shot

Everything except the bike (and my phone, which I took the photo with).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I had no idea what to expect before riding 505 miles in three days on the Oregon Outback last month. What I did know is that whatever happened, I’d count on my gear to help get me through it.
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The Oregon Outback was the hardest — and best — ride I’ve ever done

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 27th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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Somewhere south of Prineville.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This coverage of the Oregon Outback is sponsored by 21st Avenue Bicycles and Mountain Shop. If you are bikepacking-curious or need to get equipped for an upcoming adventure, stop into these great Portland stores for expert advice and reliable gear.

In the past 38 years or so (since I learned to ride a bike when I was two), I have done a lot of memorable things on bicycles.

But none compare to what I just returned home from: a 365-mile unsupported odyssey through some of the most remote parts of Oregon on a ride known in bikepacking circles simply as “the Outback,” followed by a 140 ride back home to Portland.
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Exploring the ‘Oregon Outback’ by bike

Avatar by on June 25th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Plentiful marshes flush with waterfowl in the Sprague River Valley

Plentiful marshes flush with waterfowl in the Sprague River Valley.
(Photos by Gabriel Amadeus)

Please join us in welcoming this special contribution from Portland-based graphic designer, tall bike builder, photographer and consummate adventurer Gabriel Amadeus. Gabe’s inspiring story and photos are brought to you in part by Treo Bike Tours, eastern Oregon’s new gravel and road-riding destination.[Read more…]