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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gear Junkie: Packscooter just as it says; part pack, part scooter

The Packscooter has helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of desert, mountain, and jungle around the world. (Courtesy)
The Packscooter has helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of desert, mountain, and jungle around the world. (Courtesy)
By Stephen Regenold Special to the Outdoors

The Packscooter looks like something you’d see a kid riding around the block. But the design belies a transformable conveyance that’s helped two explorers navigate more than 1,000 miles of desert, mountain, and jungle around the world.

It’s made by Constance Titterton and Jeremy Platt, a wandering pair who operate a travel blog. They founded WilderWheels to launch the scooter concept, which carries gear and is modular to adapt across varying terrain.

One look and you have the basic idea: A pack connects on front, and the scooter helps carry your gear as you roll down the road. It’s a weird but workable way to move on pavement or some trails.

But there’s more to it, as the carbon-fiber poles detach and reassemble into different forms.

The scooter body comes apart and doubles as trekking poles. River crossings on a pack-raft? No problem. Paddle blades make up the deck piece of the scooter.

In “gear trolley” mode you can haul weight over rough terrain. Titterton and Platt note the wheeled trolley lets them log long days where a heavy pack would weigh them down.

WilderWheels is an emerging brand, and the scooter has yet to come to market. But you can track the development of the Packscooter at Wilderwheels.com, and also follow the pair’s wide-reaching adventures along the way.

On the web: gearjunkie.com.

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