PSSOR ADV Training Expeditions/Tours are multi-day training events run by expert and professional adventure instructors utilizing portions of the Backcountry Discovery Routes. These training events are the next step after our ADV Training Camps and before going out on your own.

These expeditions/tours are designed for riders with some experience riding on maintained gravel roads, riding appropriately equipped adventure and dualsport motorcycles. While traversing sections of the WABDR route we will guide and train you over varying terrain and surfaces. We utilize the same learning-on-the-go model that we developed for Army Special Forces mentor training.

Some of the skills you'll build include:

  • When and how to stand offroad
  • Weight-shift and low energy riding techniques
  • Traction management through power control
  • Slow speed balance and maneuvering
  • Lifting (single person, multi person)
  • Narrow track and ruts
  • Loose surfaces as dictated by weather and terrain (sand/gravel/rock/mud)
  • Hills (ascending, descending, starting, stopping)

People travel from all over North America and internationally to attend our training camps, expeditions and tours. This is a true testament to the value of the skills and knowledge and we have to offer. We cannot guarantee that you'll be an expert rider after the ADV Training Expeditions/Tours, but we can say for certain that you will learn new skills, have a great experience, and leave with the confidence to go out on your own!

The Backcountry Discovery Routes are mostly off pavement routes through different states in the Western United States. The routes are compiled and published by the Backcountry Discovery Routes non-profit organization.

The Washington BDR traverses the state from south to north, from the Oregon border to the Canadian border. The route travels through some of the most scenic geographic areas in Washington state.

Learn more about the WA BDR  

ADV Training Expeditions/Tours Schedule

 

Mid Summer

Late Summer

When

July 17-24, 2016 (Expedition)
July 19-22, 2016 (Tour)
June 19-25, 2017 (Expedition)
June 20-23, 2017 (Tour)

New Northern Route Dates Below (Information Coming Soon)
June 19-25, 2017 (Expedition)
June 20-23, 2017 (Tour)

August 14-21, 2016 (Expedition)
August 16-19, 2016 (Tour)
August 14-20, 2017 (Expedition)
August 15-18, 2017 (Tour)

Price

$2850.00 (Expedition)
$1,395.00 (Tour)

$2850.00 (Expedition)
$1,395.00 (Tour)

Registration Call to Register - 253-770-8888 Call to Register - 253-770-8888
Starts in

Puyallup, WA (Expedition)
Stevenson, WA (Tour)

Puyallup, WA (Expedition)
Stevenson, WA (Tour)

Ends in

Puyallup, WA (Expedition)
Nile, WA (Tour)

Puyallup, WA (Expedition)
Nile, WA (Tour)

Expedition Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive at PSSOR in Puyallup, WA

- Transportation from Seatac airport available
- Get rental bikes from TourUSA Motorcycle Rentals (as needed)
- Pizza meet and greet


Arrive at PSSOR in Puyallup, WA

- Transportation from Seatac airport available
- Get rental bikes from TourUSA Motorcycle Rentals (as needed)
- Pizza meet and greet


Expedition Day 2 - Travel

Puyallup to White Salmon

- Northwest's best curvy back roads
- Secret backroad to Mount Saint Helens crater
- Gravel route to White Salmon, WA (early training)

Puyallup to White Salmon

- Northwest's best curvy back roads
- Secret backroad to Mount Saint Helens crater
- Gravel route to White Salmon, WA (early training)

Expedition Day 3 - Explore

(Tour Day 1)

White Salmon to Stevenson

- Discovery ride around Mt Hood, OR
- Travel along the Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls)
- Larch Mountain (Oregon)
- Vista House
- Arrival day for ADV Tour (Stevenson, WA)

White Salmon to Stevenson

- Discovery ride around Mt Hood, OR
- Travel along the Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls)
- Larch Mountain (Oregon)
- Vista House
- Arrival day for ADV Tour (Stevenson, WA)

Expedition Day 4 - Training

(Tour Day 2)

Training Day
- Morning skills development
- Red Bluff
- Three Corner Rock
- Beacon Rock
Training Day
- Morning skills development
- Red Bluff
- Three Corner Rock
- Beacon Rock

Expedition Day 5 - Training

(Tour Day 3)

WA BDR Leg 1
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest
- Mt Adams Foothills
- Takhlakh Lake
WA BDR Leg 1
- Gifford Pinchot National Forest
- Mt Adams Foothills
- Takhlakh Lake

Expedition Day 6 - Training

(Tour Day 4)

WA BDR Leg 2
- Mt Rainier Foothills
- Rimrock Lake
- Bethel Ridge
- Nile, WA (tour riders depart)
- Yakima River Canyon
- Ellensburg, WA (expedition only)
WA BDR Leg 2
- Mt Rainier Foothills
- Rimrock Lake
- Bethel Ridge
- Nile, WA (tour riders depart)
- Yakima River Canyon
- Ellensburg, WA (expedition only)
Expedition Day 7 - Travel Ellensburg, Puyallup WA

- Return along WA BDR to Wenes Rd
- Scenic Chinook Pass
- Mt Rainier
- Arrive at PSSOR in Puyallup, WA

Ellensburg, Puyallup WA


- Return along WA BDR to Wenes Rd
- Scenic Chinook Pass
- Mt Rainier
- Arrive at PSSOR in Puyallup, WA

Expedition Day 8 - Departure Departure
- Transportation to Seatac available in the AM
Departure
- Transportation to Seatac available in the AM

ADV Training Expeditions/Tours Itinerary

  Summary Meals Lodging Activities
Day 1 Arrivals
Check-in
Pre-training
Multi-course Chef's Dinner Riverside Group Camp We'll meet you at the designated rally point and get BDR Training Tour rolling. You'll be able to drop a duffel (i.e. camping gear) with the support truck in the morning. You'll need to pack your own lunch provisions (see our suggestions in the FAQs) and be ready for intensive skills training today. We'll start off in the local area for initial training and base skills.
Day 2 WA BDR
Leg 1 & Training
Chef's Breakfast
Full-Spread Sack Lunch
Dinner Local Restaurant
Local Hotel After having breakfast at the campground, packing up, and dropping your duffel with the support truck, we'll begin our journey on the WA BDR. Today's riding will consist of graded gravel roads with variations in elevation and surface. Along the way we'll stop periodically to take breaks, discuss riding skills, and provide coaching.
Day 3 WA BDR
Leg 2 & Training
Chef's Breakfast
On-route Chef's Lunch
None * Enjoy another breakfast before prepping for the day's travel, then pack up, drop your duffel with the support truck and get ready for a great day of scenery and riding challenge as we traverse Leg 2 of the WA BDR. Today's riding will include more challenging surfaces such as loose rock and hills. Before crossing the difficult sections we'll stop, discuss the skills to use, demonstrate them and provide coaching as needed.

* The BDR Training Tour ends in the late afternoon at the halfway point of the WA BDR near the city of Ellensburg. The support truck will meet us near the highway where we'll wrap things up and wave you off - ready for your next journey. Some itinerary details are subject to change.

Photos From Past Training Events

Things To Know

Read below to find answers to many commonly asked questions. If your question isn't answered below - Contact Us - and we'll be glad to assist you.

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What level of experience/skill do I need to have?

You must have some off-pavement riding experience on your adventure/dualsport motorcycle. We recommend that you have enough experience on a motorcycle such that you are confident with basic riding skills on and off pavement. We do recommend that you have taken our ADV Camp, but it is not a requirement.

Remember, BDR Training Tour is all about training - we will build your skills every day of the event.

What types of skills will we learn and work on?

The BDR Training Tour focuses on the skills specific for riding the WA Backcountry Discovery Route on a large dualsport or adventure motorcycle. The skills that we present are ones that you will use almost anywhere else you go off pavement.

Here is a sample of the riding skills presented:

  • Core body position and weight shift
  • Traction management through power control
  • Slow speed balance and maneuvering
  • Lifting (single person, multi person)
  • Narrow track and ruts
  • Loose surfaces (deep sand/gravel)
  • Hill skills (ascending, descending, starting, stopping, turning around)

Are snacks, drinks, or meals provided?

For BDR Training Tour events we provide most of the meals. Refer to the itinerary for details on what meals are provided by us.

You will have to provision your own lunch for the first day. We suggest a non-carbonated beverage (Vitamin water or Gatorade), fruits/veggies, sandwich, chips.

How much time do we get to ride?

Riding time will vary depending on many factors (location, trail/road condition, weather, breaks, etc). Plan on rising early and being in constant action each day from sun up to sun down!

Is there anything I can do to get ready?

Get yourself ready...

Making sure you are ready is just as important as having the gear and bike ready. The WABDR is physically demanding and gives riders more of a workout than many expect. If you are the type that sits behind a desk most of the time, we highly recommend getting out and being physical (walking, jogging, hills, you know... good for the heart kind of stuff!) and getting your body acclimated to all the activity.

The day or two prior to camp be sure to get plenty of rest as well!

Getting your camping gear ready...

This is especially important if you haven't used your camping gear recently. We suggest opening up your tent and sleeping bag and doing a test setup in your yard or garage to ensure all parts are there and it's ready to go and aired out too.

If you are purchasing new camping gear for BDR Training Tour - definitely do a test setup and even a test "camp" in the yard or a local campground to get experienced with it.

Getting your bike ready...

We suggest a week or more prior to BDR Training Tour that you do a detailed inspection and cleaning of your bike. Ensure that there are no loose bolts, hoses or cables. Ensure that your drive system (belt, chain, shaft) are cleaned/adjusted and ready as well. Check with your owner's manual about recommended tire pressures and other maintenance items.

If you are not 100% confident about preparing your bike - remember that Puget Sound Safety has a Motorcycle Care & Maintenance program (click here for info).

What kind of gear is required?

  • US DOT compliant helmet with chin bar
  • Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long pants
  • Sturdy over-the-ankle footwear
  • Full-fingered riding gloves
  • Prepare for the weather (rain gear, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.)

Do I have to bring my own motorcycle?

We prefer that you bring your own motorcycle. However, there are rental options.

We have partnered with TourUSA Motorcycle Rentals to provide street-licensed adventure bikes.

You must have motorcycle insurance to participate in BDR Training Tour. A portion of the event takes place in Oregon, which has a mandatory insurance law for motorcycles.

Do I have to bring my own riding gear?

Yes. See the riding gear requirements for a list of minimum and recommended items.

Do I have to bring my own camping gear?

Yes and no. Rental gear is available through Cascade Expeditions, tour support provider. If you are traveling from out of the area you can ship it ahead (FedEx/UPS) to our office, contact us for arrangements.

We suggest this following for camping gear:

  • 3-season tent with vestibule and footprint
  • Sleeping bag, and comfort mat
  • Tent light or flashlight

Do I have to camp, or are there hotel options?

Camping is not required, but greatly adds to the experience of BDR Training Tour. There are hotel options near the campsite locations.

Where can I rent a motorcycle?

We recommend our rental partner, TourUSA Motorcycle Rentals. We have arranged special rates with them. They have Kawasaki KLR and BMW GS models available.

Where can I rent camping gear?

Our support provider Cascade Expeditions offers rental camping gear, contact us to make arrangements.

How much does a spot in a BDR Training Tour cost?

The pricing varies based on season and group configuration. Pricing is displayed with the schedule above, or Contact Us for information by phone or email.

How do I get into a BDR Training Tour?

Go to the schedule above events above click the "Book Your Spot Now" button. You can also book your spot over the phone - see the Contact Us page.

How do I secure my spot in a BDR Training Tour?

At the time of registration a minimum deposit of $300 is required to secure your spot - subject to the cancellation and refund policy listed below.

The full amount of your registration is due 45 days prior to the training camp start date - subject to the cancellation and refund policy listed below.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

If for any reason you are unable to attend the event date for which you have paid you MUST contact us ASAP!

You may cancel or change scheduled dates at any time if you have not yet paid your registration fee. Though, if you have not yet paid the registration fee your reserved spot may be given away to someone else. If you have already paid the registration fee or minimum deposit then you are subject to the following:

If you notify us...

  • 31 days or more prior to your scheduled event:
    • You can reschedule without penalty.
    • You can cancel and receive a refund, minus a $25 processing fee.
    • Also eligible for Transfer, see below.
  • 30 days or less prior to your scheduled event:
    • You can reschedule for an additional $100 fee.
    • You can cancel and receive a refund, minus a $100 processing fee.
    • Also eligible for Transfer, see below.
  • 10 days or less prior to your scheduled event:
    • There is no option to reschedule or receive a refund.
    • Not eligible for Transfer.
    • However, you can find someone else to take your spot and they can pay you for it.

If you wish to cancel or change events you may do so by calling our office during regular business hours. Visit the Contact Us page.

Can I transfer to another PSS Off Road training tour or event?

If you are eligible for a transfer (see cancellation/refund policy above) you can place the amount paid as a "Credit On File" with us for future use.

Transfers do not incur a processing fee and will be available for a period of 2 years from the transfer date. Refunds after transferring will incur the processing fee.

Can I arrive before BDR Training Tour starts?

Yes. You are more than welcome to arrive prior to the event and explore the area. After booking your spot we'll send you a detailed itinerary.

Can I continue after BDR Training Tour ends?

Absolutely! The purpose of BDR Training Tour is to provide you with the skills to complete the entire route and we will have escorted and trained you through some of easiest and more difficult sections.

After BDR Training Tour ends you'll be at the half way point and have the option to continue for a few days and complete the route on your own.

Can I bring a guest with me and ride two-up?

Under certain conditions we can allow you to have a passenger. Please contact us for information about passengers.

Can I have a camera for photos or video?

Yes, however taking your own pictures can cut into your training time. Don't worry we always make arrangements for high-end camera equipment through Perfect Shotz Photography.

Going The Next Step

Life on an adventure motorcycle starts out getting in the saddle and learning how to ride without falling over. Then you take that next step and head out on the road building skills as you go.

Guided by past experiences and a healthy fear some riders head into the unknown. However, for far too many adventure riders the dream of going off road never quite comes true.

Our ADV Training Camp helps you go the next step beyond the pavement and into the wild. We know this because our instructors were just like you when they started adventure riding. Go the next step with someone who has been there.