A quick post…
At long last, I’m off to ‘ride’ the Huayhuash Circuit, an 8-10 day trekking route, that we’re hoping to condense into 5 days by bike.
Situated some ways south of the Cordillera Blanca, the loop traverses a series of high passes in the Huayhuash range – many of which I’m expecting to involve brutish bouts of carrying. From the sounds of it, there could even be almost as much hiking as biking involved – especially if we seek out some of the more foot-friendly detours. But hopefully, enough of the singletrack will be rideable to make it worthwhile – and memorable. Certainly, the views are said to be epic, with a string of high altitude lakes crowned by lofty snowy peaks. General elevations are between 3300m and 5000m.
Given the expected terrain, I’ve slimmed down the Ogre for the next week. This is the main reason I travel with a rigid 29er – I find it makes an incredible versatile machine, for general duty touring, day rides and more challenging bikepacking side trips too.
Having planned this portion of the trip from the US, I brought along my Porcelain Rocket bikepacking gear for this very task – with the intention of posting it onwards to Cuzco when I’m done, via one of the secure bus companies (leg Cruz del Sur). Compared to racks and saddlebags, this saves as much as 3kg in base weight – and as importantly, it feels a whole lot better on the trail too. Camera-wise, I’ll be carrying my Canon 5Dmk2, with 24mm f/2.8, 40mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4 lenses – a relatively minimal setup, given the brick-like weight of the camera. These will be housed in a 20L Osprey backpack I’m borrowing from the inimitable Pikes on Bikes.
In other news, I’ve now added a (slightly incongruous) Donate button to my Support page (there’s an Amazon Affiliate page in the works too, but I haven’t got round to putting much on that yet). Please note that I have absolutely no expectations – but should you feel like inviting me to a pizza (or a new inner tube), the option is now there!
See you when I get back!