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Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

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Ground Keeper and Loam Equipment Bikepacking Harnesses

Bellingham’s Ground Keeper Custom has teamed up with Loam Equipment to add some color to their bikepacking harnesses, with five colorways available, ranging from oil slick (pictured) to Space Ferns. Each of these harnesses are designed to hold drybags for your goods while bikepacking.

Saddle Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 172.5g (6.08 oz)
-Using with a dropper post? Snag one of these Wolftooth Valais 25  for the best fit.
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

Handlebar Harness Specs:

-Made in Bellingham, WA
-Weight: 231g (6.08 oz)
-Ladder lock buckles come in mystery colors, which keeps factory overrun parts out of landfills.
-Extra fat foam blocks help clear brake/shifting cables and maintain space for hands on road bars
-Bag sold separately. Harness works with most 8-13 liter or 18“-24” cylindrical stuff sacks or dry bags.

See the entire bikepacking collection at Ground Keeper.

An Interview with Brooklyn Bell on Her Ground Keeper Custom Collaboration

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An Interview with Brooklyn Bell on Her Ground Keeper Custom Collaboration

For today’s Reportage, we’re shining a light on Brooklyn Bell, a multi-sport athlete and artist living in Bellingham, Washington. Brooklyn launched a collaboration with Ground Keeper Custom earlier this year, with an entire capsule collection available on their website. We were really moved by Brooklyn’s artwork, so we connected for a quick interview. See the Ground Keeper Badgal Brooky collection on their website and read our interview with Brooklyn below…

Rain Clouds Will Move Across Sahalee Tyee

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Rain Clouds Will Move Across Sahalee Tyee

Recently, as I was telling the story of this trip, and this moment when, after a hard day of hill climbing in the rain and a miserable night of freezing cold sleep, we finally saw Klickitat punched out against a clear blue sky – Someone responded – “don’t you mean Mt. Adams?”

Since I’ve committed to learning the precolonial names of the outdoor spaces I explore, some understandings have begun to emerge about how we as human beings interact with the natural world. Indeed, Klickitat itself was also named Pahto by the tribes of the region. Later named for a U.S. president who was born and died in Massachusetts. Only the mountain knows what other names it’s been called. ‘Intelligent’ (I’m skeptical of anthropocentric definitions of virtue) hominids may have lived in the area for 15,000 years. What did they call the mountain in 13,000 BC, if anything at all?

Evergreen Gravel Race in Olympia

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Evergreen Gravel Race in Olympia

If you’re in the Olympia, Washington-area, check out the Evergreen Gravel Race:

“Mark your calendar, the date for the 2018 Evergreen Grinder is Saturday December 8, 2018. The race begins at 5:45am, but there is a mandatory riders meeting at 5:30.

This year’s race will have two options: The original long course (93.3 miles), and another shorter, but still challenging course (61 miles). The starting location is the Safeway parking lot at the intersection of Cooper Point Rd and Harrison Ave in West Olympia. Both courses will follow the same route for the first 38 miles until the longer course splits off to head south on the the D-1000 towards Bordeaux while the shorter course continues east on the C-Line, skirting the edge of Capitol Peak. The courses will again merge on Sherman Valley Rd, therefrom all riders will take on one last gravel stretch on the C-9200, capped off by a scramble down some neighborhood dog-walking trails that lead to Alpine Dr. and the rolling paved hills back to West Olympia. Keep an eye out for pre-ride write ups.”

See more information at the race’s website.

Register for the Cascadia Super G Today!

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Register for the Cascadia Super G Today!

With the advent of Grinduro, a new format of dirt road races was born. Another event to adopt the part enduro and part “gravel” race is the Cascadia Super G. Taking place on February 4th, yes, it’s soon, in the Capital Forest of Olympia, Washington, the Super G takes place on a 56 mile loop on some of the most scenic roads in the area. Entry to the event is $65 and on-site camping is available. For more information, including registration, head to the Cascadia Super G website.