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 → ]
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 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 → ]
Over the last week, I’ve been working my way cross-country towards the second highest mountain range in the world, Peru’s Cordillera Blanca – or the White Mountains.
The established route from Cajamarca loops west via the seaside city of Trujillo. …[ Read More → ]
This might be the point where the really good stuff begins…
And, for that matter, the big climbs. This relatively short segment from Leymebamba to Cajamarca – just a few hundred kilometres – has managed to squeeze in a 30km …[ Read More → ]
I’m pleased to report that since battling the downpours of the Ecuadorian border, and escaping the mudfest of San Ignacio, not a drop of rain has fallen. My spirits have been high, and Ogre has been a happier bicicleta too. …[ Read More → ]
Tortoise-like internet connections and a temperamental Mac are hampering blog updates these days. I’m now settled in to my guesthouse in Cajamarca, resting up after crossing the border into Peru, the first instalment of which is recounted here – an …[ Read More → ]
The first 20kms in Peru were bliss. Hardpack dirt. An easy going climb. Friendly folks.
Then came the rain. And then came the mud……[ Read More → ]