Steve “Doom” Fassbinder
Head Guide, Lead Trip Developer
Steve Fassbinder, known as “Doom” among his friends and within the tight-knit mountain bike industry, started adventuring at age 14. He raced single-speed mountain bikes until his 30s, but eventually started focusing on exploring huge backcountry landscapes. Passionate about creative, human powered, low impact travel, he’s probably explored more of the Southwest United States by bike and packraft than any other person.
Doom has published dozens of articles and photos about these adventures in magazines such as Adventure Pro, The Gulch, Bikepacking Journal, and many more, and he’s been featured in various films that have toured the adventure film circuit (check out “Adventure Dispatch”). Specialized Bicycles, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Revelate Designs, Diaz Suspension Design, and Alpacka Raft all support his endeavors.
Doom has also been a Durango Devo Explorers Coach for hundreds of kids over the last decade. He works with children of all ages on a weekly basis, teaching them mountain biking, packrafting, and lightweight backcountry travel skills. And, twice per year, he takes them on multi-sport adventures to the Southern Utah desert. He has his Wilderness First Responder, First Aid, and CPR certifications.
Over the last four years, Doom has won three Bikepacking.com Awards: “The Ballsiest Trip” (2015), “Explorer of the Year” Award (2017), and “Best Trip Photography” (2019). He has bikepacked thousands of miles both solo and with friends throughout the Southwest, Alaska, across the Karakoram and through Kygystan. Follow him on Instagram.