Mountain Biking and Camping Weekend In Moab
The must-have gear for exploring Utah's desert playground.
Curated by Jake Young
With easy access to some of our nation’s most diverse national parks, a reputation for some of the best mountain biking in the world and more red rock landscape than you could explore in a lifetime, Moab has solidified its position as one of the top outdoor recreation towns in the U.S. With the diversity of activity, also comes diversity in the gear that is needed to explore this wonderful area. In my opinion, the best time to visit is during the shoulder seasons, which means the weather can be unpredictable. This is my kit for hiking, biking and camping in and around Moab.
From smooth slick rock to technical sandstone blocks, Moab has some of the most interesting and exciting trails in the world. Although a wide variety of bikes can handle the terrain, I prefer the Specialized Stump Jumper Evo. This bike has the perfect mix of suspension and climbing abilities.
I am now on my third pair of The North Face’s Ultra Fastpack Gore-Tex trail running shoes. These shoes can take any challenge you throw at them. They also have the added benefit of being waterproof.
I am a huge fan of merino wool. The temperature regulation of this amazing fabric is unbeatable. Merino wool can be worn for days on end when showers aren’t always on option and will tend to stink less than other fabrics. Whether its high intensity hiking or just chilling around camp, I like to use my Seventeen.5 long and short sleeve shirts from Ibex Wool.
The Patagonia Nano Air is probably one of the most versatile pieces of clothing that I own. Its weight is almost a non-issue, it’s warm and it’s very breathable. It’s a perfect layer for when the sun goes down and the warmth of the desert subsides.
For backpacking, I like to use my Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack. This pack has everything that you would want out of a backpacking pack. Super comfortable, great organization compartments, and a built in rainfly. I usually care a lot of camera gear and this bag can really take heavy loads with ease.
The desert can actually get pretty chilly in the shoulder seasons so it is important to have a warm sleeping bag. I use the Marmot Never Summer. It is probably overkill with its 0° Degree rating, but this bag is extremely comfortable. It is also small enough and light enough to take on the trail.
I use two different types of tents depending on the activity. If I am just car camping along the Colorado River, I’ll use my Marmot Limelight 3P. This tent is super roomy, easy to set up and has great internal storage mesh for storing lights or other items.