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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

Arizona – The Low Desert

Arizona – The Low Desert

This is Part 2 of 2 of our ride across Arizona in October. Find Part 1 HERE. ——————— Having failed to complete the Coconino Loop back to Flagstaff,  Panthea and I found ourselves seemingly close to the Black Canyon Trail, made famous in last winter’s Rocky Mountain Bikes bikepacking video. If we were ever to … Continue reading

Arizona – The High Desert

Arizona – The High Desert

We landed in Las Vegas late on a Saturday evening and were greeted by companions Nicholas and Lael – something more than complete strangers – outside the airport. Together we built bikes and rolled an hour through city to the abrupt edge of the desert. A few hundred meters from the last buildings we unrolled our sleeping bags, some … Continue reading

Arizona Skies

Arizona Skies

From September 19th – October 24th, Panthea and I rode our mountain bikes from Las Vegas, NV, to Tucson, AZ. Arizona is a land of stark beauty and troubled humanity, a place of contradicting hostility and warmth in climate and history. Words on our journey are forthcoming, but the beauty of the skies, towering thunderheads, incandescent … Continue reading

Across BC on a Trail or Three

Across BC on a Trail or Three

After our fiasco at Greendrop Lake, we abandoned our hopes of riding another never-been-cycled long distance trail, straight over the mountains. We reasoned that this was close to home, and we could come back on a short trip for that trail. Besides, there was a huge summer storm headed our way – which would drop … Continue reading

A Bikepacking Fiasco at Greendrop Lake

A Bikepacking Fiasco at Greendrop Lake

Panthea and I can equally be accused of a form of hubris. Me, an overconfidence in myself and my own ability to wrestle through challenging situations. Panthea, that same overconfidence in my decision making. Ok, maybe the latter is not hubris, but trust. She might be safe. Still, together, and despite Panthea’s usual better judgement, … Continue reading

Five Nines Fine in the Camelsfoot Range

Five Nines Fine in the Camelsfoot Range

The camels that gave their name to the Camelsfoot Range were mostly dead before Canada existed, or B.C. had any borders. A long time ago, some crusty psychopaths, allergic to the comforts of the “known world”, ventured out into the fearful “wilderness” occupied by a couple hundred native nations, and, in 1861, struck gold in the … Continue reading

Mt Slesse NE Buttress, Off the Couch

Mt Slesse NE Buttress, Off the Couch

There was a time when I was obsessed with climbing mountains. Eventually I realized that in order to accomplish difficult climbing objectives, you need to do a lot of training, which consists of hanging out beside short cliffs, boulders, or in gyms. It turned out I found these other types of climbing super boring. Hanging out … Continue reading

Surly Ogre – A Quiver of One

Surly Ogre – A Quiver of One

Fairly shortly after our trip to the Chilcotin’s in the fall of 2014 I was offered a 22” Surly Ogre at an amazing price by the good folks at the best bike shop in Vancouver, Mighty Riders. After some deliberation I went for it and so for the past months I have been gradually breaking … Continue reading