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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

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

Off Route – we have a new name.

Off Route – we have a new name.

Dear readers, We’ve been doing some upgrades on the website. You can now find our home page at offroute.ca. All old links will automatically redirect to the new address. To go along with the new web address, we’ve dropped the Run Out part of our name. On one hand, we’re sad to let go of … Continue reading

Learning to Teach: Climbing

Full Disclosure: Neither Knut or Skyler are guides. We do not pretend to be guides. Whenever either of us refer to teaching anything related to climbing, we are not being paid and our students are consenting adults who are aware of our lack of qualifications. We are engaged in passing along information and relating experiences … Continue reading

Postagonia – Some photos from the first 1000km

Postagonia – Some photos from the first 1000km

Here are a smattering of photos – the few that are worth sharing without any access to postprocessing software (I’m shooting in both RAW and jpeg so that I can at least upload this many). Our trajectory has been somewhat haphazard, starting in Villarrica, Chile, before crossing the Andes to San Martin and Bariloche in … Continue reading

Bullwinkle the Surly ECR – a parts list.

Bullwinkle the Surly ECR – a parts list.

I built my Surly ECR up with a mixture of parts I definitely wanted, and whatever second hand parts I could find to fill in the gaps (to get some quality outside my price range). I built the wheels myself, with new parts except for the second-hand Rohloff Speedhub. Otherwise, used parts dominate among the … Continue reading

Building a floating fire hydrant

Building a floating fire hydrant

by Skyler. The authors of Run Out, Off Route have both gone terribly off route. Knut, of course, is off in the flatlands getting smart. But for me, silly things are in the works. And with all the fumes and heavy liftin, I’m certainly not getting smart. When one dares to follow through with silly … Continue reading