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Is there a literature of bikepacking?

In contemplating various new writing and drawing projects and ideas I sat down recently to try and identify bikepacking literature. By which I mean writing which is specifically based on, inspired by, written about or during or otherwise related to the cycling sub-discipline of bikepacking. There is a profusion of cycling blogging and a huge array … Continue reading

Skyler’s 2015 in Review, 2016 Ahoy

Skyler’s 2015 in Review, 2016 Ahoy

Though it may seem I  did fewer “big” bikepacking trips in 2015 than in 2014, I actually got out riding a lot. It was great. I wrote about many of those trips on this blog, but there were also some that I never mentioned. This post is a look back on some great trips in … Continue reading

Tech Talk: Touring Bicycles 2015 and Luddite Resistance

Tech Talk: Touring Bicycles 2015 and Luddite Resistance

…In which Skyler dangerously ventures into the hemisphere of the ‘Opinion Piece’… In our travels of North and South America, we’ve noticed a sort of uniform among the ‘common’ touring cyclist. It varies depending on the rider’s nationality. The uniform ridden by North Americans, and an increasing number of Europeans, on tours outside of North … Continue reading

Parón Valley, After Dark

Parón Valley, After Dark

My mood was a little dark on this last foray into the mountains above Laguna Parón. Conditions in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca this year are much worse than when I visited three years ago. In the past week a Canadian and an American, in two separate events, were struck by avalanches and died on Piramide de … Continue reading

Tokens of Landscape

Tokens of Landscape

 “’Time for an hour or two of the dark arts,’ said Ian a few days after we had got back from the Shiants. He went upstairs and returned with three charts, a tidal atlas and what looked like a brass gannet’s skull with a wine cork on the end of its beak. He unrolled the … Continue reading

Three Journeys: Baffin Island

Three Journeys: Baffin Island

I first travelled to the High Arctic in the summer of 2009 after my first year of university. After months of pestering, I was signed on as a field assistant and I found myself participating in the preparations for three months in the field at a remote camp on Ellesmere Island. In the space of a couple … Continue reading