The South Island's West Coast has rapidly established itself as New Zealand’s premier destination for multi-day mountain biking and bikepacking. The region boasts the Heaphy Track, Old Ghost Road, the new Paparoa Track and the slightly more cruisy West Coast Wilderness Trail.
After an enjoyable, albeit wet annual pilgrimage to the Heaphy Track with his family, Damian Stones talks to camera, musing over his choice of gear for multi-day backcountry trips in changeable conditions.
Damian Stones, Grant Stirling and Mike Anderson recently hit the historic mining town and contemporary mountain bike mecca of Reefton. The wicked singletrack up and back from Kirwans Hut is must-do backcountry mission, albeit at the technical end of the scale. Check out the video from their trip.
The Old Ghost Road and Heaphy Track are hot destinations for backcountry cyclists. Damian Stones and Eric Hall recently linked them together in a grand loop over 6 days. Impressive snowfall on the OGR and Eric taking his first tilt at bikepacking added colour and challenge to the journey.
Damian Stones and Deane Parker join three like-minded, and possibly equally bonkers, mates to bikepack and packraft their way from St Arnaud out to Kekerengu on the East Coast. The adventure has been beautifully captured in this award winning video.
Damian Stones wings his way to the Northern Territories with his trusty Santa Cruz in the hold and favourite mattock in the overhead locker. He regales us with stories of hot-weather trail building, urban cycle ways and bugs that bite.