Well, not quite all of it, as it happens… Our original intention was to close the loop around this compact but rugged Andean range – a tight knot of snow-capped mountains lying south of the Cordillera Blanca, known to climbing … [ Read More → ]
Another S240 (sub 24 hour overnighter) in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico. Except… since we started at 5pm on Saturday, and finished at 7pm on Sunday, technically it was a 26 hour jaunt. But what’s a couple of hours … [ Read More → ]
Another overnighter with Sage… (this is what we carried, and here’s a post about our very first outing).
As ever, new lessons were learnt, the main one being: Don’t let Sage eat dirt. How so? Tuns out a few … [ Read More → ]
Like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle, there’s pieces of the Carson National Forest across a sizeable patch of northern New Mexico. There’s a chunk up near Chama, on the Coloradan border, that runs all the way down to El Rito. There’s … [ Read More → ]
S24O: Sub 24 hour overnight…
Speckled about the Carson National Forest like rough gems, are some of the earliest Spanish settlements in northern New Mexico – including that of El Rito, where our overnight bikepack began.
Like many other … [ Read More → ]
Nestled in the crook of a deep and chiselled valley, lies the New Mexican settlement of Ruidoso. It’s not a place you’d likely stumble upon by chance, unless you were seeking out the most southerly ski mountain in the States. Home … [ Read More → ]
As I ready myself for a short tour, I figured I’d use this opportunity to jot down the gear I tend to carry – for my own recollection as much as general knowledge. I’ve noted a few comments where appropriate, … [ Read More → ]
It would seem that my final quebrada foray has turned out to be the best yet. In fact, if I had to recommend one mini-bikepacking trip in the Cordillera Blanca, this loop out to the little-visited Laguna Rajucolta would be … [ 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 → ]
The search for singletrack continues…
Take one 35km climb. Thrown in a night at 4350m. Eat hearty morning porridge. Pack up tent. Then enjoy…
Descending through the Quebrada Ishinka, in the shadow of 6032m Tocllaraju.
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One rock garden after another.