The Bikepacking Journal Issue 04

Spring 2020

The fourth issue of The Bikepacking Journal hit mailboxes this spring, and the upcoming fifth issue is just around the corner! Take a peek inside our beautiful biannually printed publication here, along with details on how you can join our Bikepacking Collective so you never miss another issue again…

The fourth issue of The Bikepacking Journal hit our Bikepacking Collective members’ mailboxes around the world during the height of global COVID-19 lockdowns in late spring 2020, just as most of us were needing a bit of escape more than ever. Given the many ways life was disrupted by the onset of the pandemic, we were thrilled to be able to deliver it to our supporters as a small contribution to helping maintain some sense of normalcy.

The diverse compilation of writing and photography we presented within the 160 pages of The Bikepacking Journal 04 explored a fascinating range of themes, from hair-raising tales of perseverance, to stories of lighthearted misadventure, to meditations on culture and politics. As always, we hope this issue left readers dreaming up trips to come and discovering new meaning from past experiences.

As a thank you to our members for supporting our work, we also included a beautiful hand-illustrated map of the Baja Divide Route by Australian artist Alex Hotchin (@alex_hotchin) along with Issue 04. If you’re not yet a member of the Bikepacking Collective, get signed up before the October 17th deadline and you’ll never miss another issue of The Bikepacking Journal again (along with lots of other great benefits).

Stories in Issue 04

And Atlas Shrugged

When things fall apart by RJ Sauer and Lian van Leeuwen

The Apolo Mission

The forgotten cordillera by Mark Watson


Hike-a-biking the Himalayas by Jess Guatney and Chris Stubel

Castle Made of Sand

Where geology meets policy by Spencer Dillon and Chris McNally

Hashtags & Tire Tracks

Alone and together on the Baja Divide by Cass Gilbert


End of the road by Eileen Schwab and Andy Hovey
New Zealand

La Sed

Navigating thirst on the puna by Taneli Roininen

Leaning In

A ride of rediscovery by Jess Daddio

Plains Perspective

Gravel grazin’ on the Llano Estacado by Brandon Weaver, Jerod Foster, and Justin Rex


Pedaling Palestine by Cameron Fenton and Alaa Hammouz
West Bank

The Bikepacking Journal is reader supported, with additional funding for this issue provided by:
  • hope
  • Jones
  • Ortlieb
  • Mason
  • PEdAL ED
  • Salsa
  • Shimano
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  • Salsa
  • Shimano
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