Founded in 1991 by Cliff Krolick, Back Country Excursions is the first and longest running mountain bike touring company in the Eastern U.S. Cliff started by first promoting eco-biking tours and multi-sport adventures. Mountain biking became the main draw. Cliff’s love of nature and his deep personal conviction that “the quality of human life is directly related to our appreciation and gratitude for the natural community” makes it clear that getting in touch with nature on a mountain bike is top priority around here.
His aim is to share rare and beautiful natural and wild areas with guests while making minimal environmental impact. A portion of the proceeds are donated annually to local environmental causes.
How do the experiences you offer through Back Country Excursions give guests a unique perspective on history, geography or (recreational) culture of your region?
We are located in a true adventure area. Unspoiled raw nature, quiet with little or no human sound interference. With hilly rolling terrain, where the hills are not too big, riders here can actually grow into the sport without the worry of being over their head. If it is Mt biking you are looking for, here you’ll find some of the coolest trails and best instruction in the USA.
How have the experiences that you offer evolved since their inception?
Better food, improved and more fun trails, and excellent instruction as well as excellent trail guiding, overall it runs more efficiently.
What is one detail of an experience you provide that may go unnoticed by guests, but which you feel is important?
Smooth trails with little or no roots and rocks. This makes the riding more fun and takes away some of the distraction so that new riders can focus on building the skills that we have taught them.
What do you wish every guest knew as they consider participating in the experiences you offer?
Keep your head up while riding and look to where the bike will be. It is important to look ahead to where the trail will take you in a very few seconds.
What is one travel trend that really excites you?
A growing interest in less commercialism and more grass roots, small, local operations.
What sets Back Country Experiences apart from other, similar, organizations?
Hands on personal experience and instruction, excellent guiding and great food. Meal quality especially and it is totally unexpected.
What is one insiders tip to getting the most out of an experiential travel vacation?
Come with no expectations and be open.
What is one strategy that has helped your business to grow?
Personal service, great food, and authentic relationships.
What is one personal habit that has helped you to be successful?
Listening to my clients needs and offering help as needed. Building a relaxed trusting Mt biking center.
Please share one instance where a guest had a moving or emotional reaction to the experience you provided to them.
We had a woman here who wanted to give up, however, her friend coaxed her to continue and I tirelessly worked with her till she had a total break thru when she left she said that she felt like a new person