Little Trail Hunter: Family Bikepacking with Matt and Robbie Hunter

Here’s one for all those bikepacking parents out there. We couldn’t help but feel all warm and fuzzy inside seeing freestyle rider Matt Hunter and his son Robbie’s local overnighter. It’s a great reminder that there’s no better way to connect with your child than by experiencing a family campout. Prepare to be inspired by the simple things in life: a mellow bike ride, an afternoon fishing, the warm crackle of a fire, and a night under the stars…

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Recently, Canadian freestyle rider Matt Hunter took his son, Robbie, for an overnight trip on the outskirts of Kamloops, BC, near where they live. This meandering journey, with time to stop and explore along the way, reminds us that it’s the small things — the simple act of being together and sharing the adventure — that bring us joy.

Produced By Matt Hunter and Matt Miles
Video by Matt Miles
Photos by Sterling Lorence and Matt Miles
Audio by Jason Chiodo at racketsound.com
Music by Mountain town by Jon and Roy

“We ride there because it’s close to home and it has nice mellow hills for the Hotwalk,” says Matt, explaining the route they chose. “He’s always asking to go bike riding and camping and fishing,” says Matt, “So that’s what we did.”

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As for advice, Matt had this to offer: “Just do it!” he said. “The trailer is very helpful for carrying enough food and gear to be comfortable, and it leaves room on your back for carrying a two-year-old when the hills are too much.” Some bikes, a mellow trail, a sense of adventure, and hucking the occasional jump as your son cheers you on—it’s a simple recipe for adventure anyone can follow.

Matt’s son Robbie is 2 years old, and has been riding his Specialized Hotwalk since 13 months. It’s already seen plenty of action. “We took the seat off and built some custom padding so it was low enough. He started pushing it around on it as soon as he could walk.”

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