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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

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

Cordillera Raura Alpine Traverse

Cordillera Raura Alpine Traverse

This post is an overdue account from Skyler’s trip to Peru in August 2014. We hadn’t had much luck with our mountaineering objectives in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca this season. On Pukaraju, our nice line of climbable snice (snow-ice) had turned to powder on slab a mere 30 meters below the ridge. On Artesonraju, Artem Bylinskii and I … 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

Crossing Parallel 49 (South)

Crossing Parallel 49 (South)

We’ve come a long ways since my last post. It’s not that there haven’t been stories to tell, but the Carretera Austral is probably the most popular long-distance cycling route in South America. Its trajectory is well documented. The route becomes particularly stunning south of Villa O’higgins, the terminus of the Carretera Austral. Here we … Continue reading

Postagonia 3 – Real big glaciers

Postagonia 3 – Real big glaciers

Side trips can be hit or miss. Each out and back requires hours of riding that get us nowhere nearer to our destination. But when the sun is shining, and we ride past glaciers spilling down off massive to peaks to 150 meters above sea level, I’m reminded that it’s never been about the destination. … Continue reading

Postagonia 2: Bikepacking Paso Las Pampas

Postagonia 2: Bikepacking Paso Las Pampas

Just about every step of our detour away from the Carretera Austral, across the Andes and into Argentina remained shrouded in uncertainty right up until the point when our tire tracks stretched along the road. Or track. Or path. For starts, the road we took south of Corcovado, Argentina, was not on any of our … Continue reading