Now in its fifth year, the Swift Campout is a global bikepacking event that encourages riders set out on a solstice overnighter. For 2019, the Solstice Overnight falls on June 22nd. Start planning! Here’s what else you need to know…

Posted by Logan Watts

A solstice occurs when the sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the equator—highest or lowest point in the sky at noon. Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December 21. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the upcoming solstice marks the longest day of the year, which means a lot of daylight for riding, swimming, and partying in the woods. For folks in the Southern Hemisphere, it means the shortest day, with dark nights, starry skies, and a celebration of what’s to come.

This June 22nd, the Swift Campout returns for the fifth consecutive year. This Solstice Overnighter event a global call for folks to go bike-camping, so gather some friends – or make new ones in a local group ride – and head out to sleep under the stars along with 2,000+ kindred spirits. Folks from 43 countries took part last year to celebrate summer (and winter!).

Head over to the Swift Campout website and sign up. When you build your campout profile, you can drop your pin on the map to mark your local campout. Also, for inspiration, find our full Solstice Campout Planning Guide here, and our roundups from2017 and 2018.