The roaming collective of international bicycle tourers is the only tribe I really belong to. No exclusivity there: for instant access, just turn up with wheels, enthusiasm and wanderlust.
Bike-love transcends borders and cultures, and out on the road, the … [ Read More → ]
I think I’m becoming obsessed with the Cordillera Blanca’s quebradas…
Having ridden all the way up to Shirapucro to visit Ben and his bici cooperativa, it seemed to shame not to put all that effort to good use … [ Read More → ]
I recently had the good fortune to meet Ben, a Peace Corps volunteer living in the Cordillera Blanca. I’d heard about the grassroots ‘bike co-op’ he’d set up in his caserio – a pinprick of a village by the name … [ Read More → ]
The search for singletrack continues…
Take one 35km climb. Thrown in a night at 4350m. Eat hearty morning porridge. Pack up tent. Then enjoy…
The Need to Know Bit:
The where? Bikepacking in Quebrada Ishinka, one of the many gorges … [ Read More → ]
Set to a saw-toothed mountain backdrop in the Ancash region of Peru, sprawling Huaraz makes a good base for exploring the southern reaches of the Cordillera Blanca. Scruffy and noisy, it’s not without its charm; in some ways it reminds … [ Read More → ]
Out with the old. In with the new.
Or in some cases, out with the new, and in with the old.
My mum’s recent visit allowed some tweaking of gear. Until I knuckle down to writing a full packlist, here’s a … [ Read More → ]
Another post for the Cordillera Blanca hike ‘n bike series, expanded from my original entry on the area’s amazing singletrack…
From what I’ve seen, if there’s one hike you should to do in the Cordillera Blanca, this is it: … [ Read More → ]
On the subject of Hike ‘n Bikes, I still need to catch up on the Laguna 69 ride from last week. Stunning vistas aside, it was a definitive success when it come to the all-important ratio between hiking (bad) and … [ Read More → ]
I’ve been taking a short break before pedalling on through the Andes towards Cuzco.
For anyone interested in the goings on of the Gilberts (mainly other Gilberts, no doubt), here’s a short report on mum’s whirlwind visit to Peru’s Cordillera … [ Read More → ]
Judging from these last couple of days, it looks like I’ll be lingering a little longer in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca than I first thought.
Special thanks to Charlie, of the idyllic Llanganuco Lodge, for showing me both his local … [ Read More → ]