Bikepacking Roots' regional advisors are a crew of experienced bikepackers and explorers with a passion for route development, working with land management agencies, mountain bike advocacy, and helping bring more riders into the bikepacking community. These folks are our eyes and ears on the ground in different parts of the country, helping with a wide range of projects and issues.
Whitney Ford-Terry (Santa Cruz, California) is a semi-domesticated bindle punk. They're a writer, arts organizer, and adventure cyclist that sees bikepacking as an immersive platform for creating conversations and collaborative projects that investigate our relationship to social and physical landscapes. Whitney volunteers with various local and regional organizations and WTF Bikexplorers to help provide opportunities to inspire and empower people to engage with the world though bike travel.
Brendan Collier (Idyllwild, CA) has been riding bikes since early teenage years, and "bikepacking" regularly since 2005. Brendan is the founder of Hub Cyclery and the creator of the Stagecoach 400 route.
Sarah Swallow (Cincinnati, Ohio) is an adventure ambassador for Specialized Bicycles and the co-founder of Swallow Bicycle Works. Sarah’s passion for bikepacking was solidified during her 5,000 mile crossing of the TAT (the dual-sport dirt road motorcycle route across the U.S.A) in 2015. As a writer, route maker, and route tester Sarah shares her passion by encouraging more people to step outside their comfort zone, try something new, see the world, and have meaningful interactions with other humans.
Jan Bennett (Dallas, TX) developed a keen interest in the great outdoors at a young age and went on 3 different wilderness trips with Outward Bound before the 10th grade. After a back injury sidelined her from road racing her bicycle, she developed a deep appreciation for bikepacking and a desire to see more people get out and experience the hidden gems that are off the beaten path. You can find her in Dallas when she's not out exploring gravel roads across the country.
Spencer Harding (Tucson, AZ) was southern California raised and is currently nesting in in Arizona's Sonoran Desert. "Ever since someone informed me I could strap camping gear to a mountain bike I have never looked back on my backpacking days. I just want to spread stoke and ride bikes with all the rad humans."
Almer Casile (Coeur d’Alene, ID) is from northern Idaho and has a passion for those long rides in the backcountry and the preservation of that experience. He shares the backcountry experience with his children and hope to they get to have those same experiences when they are adults.
Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell (Portland, OR) is a Texas native that started cycling in Massachusetts and now calls Oregon home. Jocelyn loves off-road cycling in every form - she is the founder of Komorebi Cycling, serves on the board of directors for the Oregon Timber Trail Association and is a Juliana Bicycles Ambassador. Jocelyn is passionate about empowering women to adventure by bicycle and has lead dozens of ladies out for their first bikepacking experience.
Erin Carroll (Santa Barbara, CA) is an avid mountain biker and backpacker and got into bikepacking to blend the best of both worlds. A landscape architect by profession, Erin's other passions include surfing, botany, volunteer trail work, dogs, studying maps, exploring new trails, and just getting outside in general.
Chris Tompkins (Danville, VA) lives in southern Virginia with my wife and 4 kids. He has always longed for adventure and the peace he finds while pedaling through the communities and backroads of Appalachia. He strongly believes that real adventure must be practiced and preserved, otherwise we might all end up lost in the end.
John Schilling (Phoenix, AZ) is originally from Allentown, PA and developed his love for bikes riding BMX Freestyle Flatland. He moved west to Arizona to attend college and never looked back. He took up mountain biking in 1994 as a way to stay in shape for alpine skiing, now it's his passion. His bikepacking adventures began about 5 years ago, and he loved the freedom it brought to explore new places I otherwise would not be able to get to. He also organizes multi-day rides to introduce newcomers to the realm of bikepacking. He also has a reputation for loving good hike-a-bike!
Brett Davidson (Atlanta, GA) is a bike advocate, trail builder, and bikepacker from Georgia. Brett is the President of IMBA’s Atlanta Chapter of the Southern Off Road Bicycling Association and the founder of the Eastern Divide Project. When he is not working on local trails, his main focus is creating the first long haul off-road bikepacking route on the East Coast from Newfoundland to Florida.
Karlos Bernart (DeLeon Springs, FL) is better known as the Singletrack Samurai and has spent nearly a decade, coordinating and developing bikepacking routes in Florida and the Southeast. An avid bikepacker and rider, Karlos is constantly at work with new routes and advocacy for all trail users. He is currently ultra-focused on the organization and the development of the Eastern Divide Project.
Leslie Kehmeier (Littleton, CO) is a mountain girl at heart, born, raised and living most of the time in Colorado. Her passion for bikepacking comes from seeking out long-distance routes in remote places. She captures these experiences with my camera with the vision to inspire current and future for outdoor enthusiasts.
Troy Hopwood (Seattle, WA) has lived in the splendor of the Pacific Northwest most of his life. He has always loved how cycling introduces him to new people and places. Bikepacking has taken this form of discovery to new levels. He lives for new experiences and riding in new places, and bikepacking has also exposed the risks to our open spaces and the need to preserve the land for future generations.
Erik Mathy (Alameda, CA) started bikepacking the hard way with the Tour Divide, and has slowly settled back into heavier setups, slower trips, and taking more camera gear than he could possibly ever use but finds a way to use anyways. With a background in photojournalism his goals now aren't speed but stories. Bikepacking is the best way, bar none, he has ever found to find them. Erik hopes to spread his enthusiasm for bikepacking as one of the Bikepacking Roots regional advisor in California.
Joe Riemensnider (Missoula, MT) was born and raised in Minnesota, where amongst the granite cliffs and dense north-woods, he found a passion for rock climbing and backpacking which eventually led him to the Northern Rockies, and mountain biking. Fueled by all things bike he left behind a twelve year career as a chef to manage a bike shop in Missoula and has recently joined the Adventure Cycling Association’s leader team working as a mechanic. A drive to explore new places by bike keeps him travelling, creating and testing routes, and sharing new bikepacking experiences with others. Through backcountry cycling Joe hopes to help others learn to appreciate and respect our wild lands and the opportunities they provide.
Joe Trudeau (Prescott, AZ) started racing mountain bikes in 1992 in New England, and soon learned that it was more fun to push your bike uphill on chunky jeep roads with a backpack full of candy and sleep out under the stars. He took his first official bikepacking trip around 1995, but had no idea that the word “bikepacking” existed. Many years later, he still loves the chunky jeep roads, but eats less candy. Joe is an expert on public lands management and policy and has worked in the natural resources management field since the late 1990s as an educator, guide, trail builder, forester, ecologist, wilderness advocate, and is now Southwest Advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Dana Ernst (Flagstaff, AZ) is a mathematics professor at Northern Arizona University. His obsession with cycling began after he was forced to take time off from trail running and rock climbing due to a series of injuries. Several years of dabbling with endurance mountain bike racing and a desire to spend more time in wild places eventually led him to bikepacking. Dana loves exploring new terrain on his bicycle, especially when he gets to share the experience with others. As a Bikepacking Roots Regional Advisor, Dana will assist with route development and upkeep, as well as lend a hand with public land advocacy issues.
Charly Aurelia (Asheville, NC) is a passionate educator (loves to help create learning opportunities) with a background in wilderness/disaster emergency medicine, navigation, and healthy communication skills. He is also an advocate of minimal impact adventure as a Leave No Trace Master Educator and a Tread Lightly! Master Tread Trainer. He currently helps manage and maintain many miles of trails in western NC, including trails in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, and this includes developing sustainable relationships with land managers. For Charly, bikepacking is a way to experience the power, wonder, and joy of our wild places and varied cultures in a direct, unique, fun way.
Jim Leikert (Dewitt, MI) is a lifelong Michigander who has been riding and racing bikes since a young age. His current passion is exploring the backcountry via bikepacking and sharing his experiences in hopes to inspire others to seek their own adventures. When not busy planning his next endeavor, he works as a System Administrator at Michigan State University where he aspires to help others perform better computational science.