Last August I spent one week on the #raetictrail , an über challenging bikepacking route in the very eastern part of Switzerland, with a little taste of Italy. A full on long travel bike, a rucksack with camping gear and an adventurous route called for great days with mother nature
The forth day was one for staying in bed.
The route climbs up to Piz Terza and well... continues.
This day it wasn't for me though. I knew the forecast wasn't good but climbed and climbed nonetheless until a thunderstorm hit the mountains with full force. Hail, rain and air splitting lightning kept me from going any further than the crap shelter ofa tiny and closed hut with a little overhanging roof.
During the long hours while waiting for the storm to move on the sound of a cowbell close by reminded me I was not alone.
Until the fog exploded with a bang that left my ears ringing. Dead silence followed.
Once the time lag between lightning and thunder was big enough I gave it all and sped downhill in the wettest of conditions.
In only a few hours the area saw precipitation of half the average month of August and I felt like Aaron Gwin in MSA 2017.
🎯Race Across Alps 2018 @hukovesl
Kranjska Gora🇸🇮-Nice 🇫🇷
Vrsic Pass 1611m SLO
Mangart Saddle 2072m SLO
Sella Nevea 1195m ITA
Predil Pass 1156m ITA
Sella Di Razzo 1760m ITA
Passo Cibiana 1530m ITA
Passo Duran 1601m ITA
Forcella Staulanza 1773m ITA
Passo di Falzarego 2105m ITA
Passo di Giau 2236m ITA
Passo di Pordoi 2239m ITA
Passo di Costalunga 1745m ITA
Passo dello Stelvio 2758m ITA
Passo di Gavia 2621m ITA
Passo dell'Aprica 1181m ITA
Bernina Pass 2328m CH
Maloja Pass 1815m CH
Splügen Pass 2115m CH/ITA
San Bernardino Pass 2066m CH
Lukmanier Pass 1915m CH
Oberalp Pass 2044m CH
Gottard Pass 2106 CH
Nufenen Pass 2478m CH
Col de la Forclaz 1527m CH
Col des Montets 1461m FR
Col des Saisies 1656m FR
Col du Fayet 613m FR
Col des Montets 1461m FR
Col de la Madeleine 1999m FR
Col de Roselend 1968m FR
Col du Glandon 1924m FR
Col du Vars 2108m FR
Col du Lautaret 2058m FR
Col d'Allos 2250m FR
🌲🌎🚴50 days ago I flew to Anchorage Alaska with my bicycle. I reassembled it at the airport and I've been riding south ever since. I've ridden over 2,000 miles (3,200km)...and the journey has only just begun. Still in the baby stage. Today I got into the ski town of Whistler BC, then tomorrow Squamish and then Vancouver❄️🌃I really really love this lifestyle. It feels sustainable for me to pursue long term...I guess only time will tell🚴Instead of explaining here why I love bike-packing while a hot bowl of rice and sautéed veggies stares me down, just go watch my daily vlogs to find out what it is I love about living this way✌️🚴🌎🌈🎃
Super stoked for @kevinehman and @nahanniwild to be returning home safe, sound and satisfied from an epic #bikepacking adventure in the #queencharlotte islands.
Glad to hear their @norcobicycles Ithaqua #fatbike steeds, @enduraofficial MT500 waterproof gear @ixssports helmets @topeak bikepacking bags, @wildernesstrailbikes saddles and @ergonbike grips kept them safe and comfortable on their incredible trip.
Stay tuned for more pictures, videos and recap!
Now that the @dangerbird350 is on the scene the Monumental Loop has softened a bit. The latest change cuts the nearly unrideable SST, instead the route now flows through the colorful geology of Apache and Spring Canyons near Picacho Peak. Thanks to the local fat tire crew for the inspiration and to @bikepackingcom and @logans.ride for supporting the route. Riding season is here, come on down!
I've got my new @chumbausa Ursa 29+ bikepacking bicycle all packed and ready to go on it's maiden voyage tomorrow morning. This will be my first time ever using this bike on an overnight cycling adventure... and it will be my first time riding the bike with my new @wanderlustgear
As the Bicycle Touring Pro, I always tell people that one of the best things they can do to prepare for longer bicycle tours is to conduct a short 2-day bike tour first. So, that's exactly what I am going to do with this new bike and #bikepacking setup! I'm not going to cycle super far or super fast. Instead, I'm planning to cycle only about 35 miles to the nearby town of Williams. I'll refill my water bottles there, get a good meal, and then sleep somewhere in the forest. The following day, I'll cycle another 30 miles or so back to where I started... and then the bike tour will be over.
The goal here, once again, is not to cycle super far. The goal right now is to test my new bike, my new bags, and my packing strategies. After two days on the road, I'll likely discover a few things I wish I had packed... and a few things I wish I had left at home. Most importantly, this short overnight trip will help me prepare for my future off-road bikepacking expeditions
And that ends our 11 day tour of Graham Island in Haida Gwaii. We started with an overnight push from Skidegate to Masset (for cheeseburgers), then unsupported from Masset back to Charlotte via the North and East Beaches, with a few days camped on Rose Spit. I don't usually throw the word around but it was definitely a no-holds barred adventure.
The wilderness and wildlife. Four days of waves, two being top class. River crossings and the variable conditions of beach riding. Being pinned down for two nights at Cape Ball in hurricane force winds. Standing at the tip of Rose Point as the sun broke through the squalls. Picturesque camp sites, sunrises, sunsets and storms.
Deepest respect and admiration for @joelhibbard aka @nahanniwild, my partner in many a questionable venture and the co-dreamer of this trip for over a year now. Joel's knowledge, skills and instinct are unmatched in the backcountry and he was a rock front to back.
Many thanks to Derek at @ltp_sports for making our crazy idea a reality. Gearing us up with the right machines from @norcobicycles and kit from @endurapparel @topeak and @ixssports made this trip happen.
I'm super happy with our preparation and planning. Everything is soaked, dirty and sandy but it worked when it had to. And the rigs never failed. @norcobicycles and @burleydesign make some quality product.
I'm fully cracked and ready to go home to bed and @bronathon. At the risk of sounding dramatic, the transcendent beauty of Haida Gwaii showed itself around every corner this trip. I'm humbled and grateful. This was an experience i'll never forget, and I already can't wait to come back.
Oh and we took and lot of photos and video along the way! Very stoked to sort through and share via our personal accounts and the trip sponsors in the coming weeks #bikepacking#adventurebybike#landrafting#thehardway#gohaidagwaii#humanpowered#slowisfast#explorebc
A throwback to one of the hottest weekends of the year. @j_crabill and I tackled the southern tier of a route I'm putting together. It was a beautiful, miserable trip, suffering under the torment of the sun. We are finally entering prime bikepacking season here in California so this weekend I will escape once more into the mountains. One hundred years ago two cyclists rode their bikes from downtown Sacramento to South Lake Tahoe. This was before paved roads and carved out canyons made travel easy. This weekend some hearty souls will be attempting to re-create their route. Should be fun.
Last Call for the Northern Search Brigade. 170 miles from Grand Marais to Thunder Bay and back on 10/24. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Day 48, rest day
I met up with @urbandestroyers in the morning. He is my newest cycle tour buddy! We quickly started working on our bikes - mine needed servicing, his needed to be built (packed from UK). I honestly thought we were going to miss our afternoon train, but we made it by 4 some minutes.
Unfortunately, the last leg of the train journey put our plans to a halt. It didn't allow bicycles except Brompton style folding bicycles. We looked at all options and decided to spend a night in Milan, then take trains (that allow bikes) to Savona.
Things like this can happen and did happen. We are content with our situation and still excited for what's to come. Stay tuned... #bikepacking#cycletouring#adventurecycling
Here’s some more shots from day 2 it was humid to say the least and for me thinking there was less climbing I was sadly mistaken I did enjoy the downs but some of the climbs including stairs with a laden bike and unfit legs made for some tough going. Could I have done it on the singlespeed? Probably I might have walked a bit more and it would have made for a lighter set up.
Day 51: Hallelujah, we're in Louisiana! After a couple basic jumpy photos at the state border, I had the brilliant idea of lifting Harm on my shoulders. If it was the beginning of the day, I surely would've been able to stand up more than half an inch. Instead we were 50 miles (and weeks of Texas BBQ) deep, so we ended up with this. 😬 Sorry, Harm! Tonight we're staying at a historical museum in the town of Merryville, population 1,000. They put up bikers for free in a cabin on their property. They also have a jail, so I locked Harm in there for a couple hours while I ventured out for my first po-boy of the trip (jk, not about the po-boy though).