I may not have competed in any Running races in the past 17 months i have however been on one hell of an adventure by bike. I have just completed my ride of 23,300k Taking me from North America through Central America & finally into South America where my dream destination of Patagonia was finally reached. I will never forget the Patagonian winds, they are real.
Along the way i have gone from beaches to the highest Volcanoes. I have encountered Deserts to Glaciers to the most dense intense jungles in the world. I have covered 15 countries including Peru that boasts 28 of the 32 worlds eco systems i am pretty sure i have seen most of them now.
Along the way i have climbed Acotnango??? the highest volcano in Central America, climbed to 6,000MTR on Volcano Chimborazo been on a 3 day trek around Volcano Ruiz ( solo self supported ) Hiked to Machu Pichu, Hiked one of the greatest hikes in the world the Huayhuash circuit Peru. 110km ( Solo, self-supported ) taking 5 days crossing multiple 4,000+ mtr passes & one 5,100mtr pass.
I have hiked up to Rainbow mountain Peru climbing to 5,400mtr???? I have also attempted to climb the second highest volcano in the world??? Ojos Del Salado from the Argentine side where there are no refugio`s or support within at least a 100km radius. There is no trail to follow to the summit & the chance of success is incredibly low due to the difficult terrain & weather conditions. Again this was self supported carrying enough food & fuel for 5 days. I was blown off the side of the volcano at 5,900-6,000mtr when a storm rolled in.
I have hiked around to see The Fitzroy mountain range & out to Glaciers & of course completed the 100km O circuit Torres Del Paine as a fast pack. Again being fully self-supported.
On all of these hikes & climbs my packing list goes like this - 33 Litre Osprey pack, La Sportiva Helios or Akasha trail runners, Sportiva tech top & shorts, Sportiva cap, OR Helium HD rain jacket, iO Merino thermal top, beanie & pants, Cooking stove, Fuel, Food, tent, sleeping bag & Exped roll mat. This is pretty much all i have carried in my panniers the entire journey.
For more detailed accounts on these hikes you can find my blogs & updates on my web page. It also has a number gear reviews as well as a lot of pictures ...
Keep on chasing the dream .......
It was a balmy -13c in Frisco, Colorado when we decided to go Fat-biking some beautiful single track. Matt had kindly loaned me his Fat-bike for this little excursion. Liz, Leigh & myself left the house around 8:30pm for a night ride in the woods. This was my first time on a Fat-bike & riding on snow.
What an interesting feeling. Very different riding. I quickly learnt that you cannot stray from the trail at all or you will sink, go over the bars and eat snow. The best idea is to find a well packed trail and follow it. Not being as skilled as the girls I was definitely bringing up the back of the pack.
It was a lot of fun to be out there and it required a lot of concentration to stay on the trail but that's the good thing about night riding, you tend to get tunnel vision when all you have is a headlamp to follow. The sound of the snow crunching and cracking under the weight of the wheels is amplified by the silence of the night. Another reason I love night time activities. Combined with the tunnel vision created by the headlamp, you feel as though you are the only one within a 100 mile radius.
Being a last minute decision to go ride nobody had had time to charge their headlamps so only a couple of miles in my headlamp began to blink, warning me it was on its way out..
As soon as I caught the girls who were waiting for me atop a small rise I told them my lamp was going flat, turns out both of theirs had started to blink also. What makes Fat-biking in the dark more fun you ask??? Your headlamp going flat......
We turned around cutting the ride short & hightailed it back to the trail head. Again bringing up the rear with the dogs I was left to watch the girls disappear into the dark as my headlamp finally gave up. I slowed down and could just make out the trail enough to get back to the trail head.
None the less we had had a fun blast on the bikes in the dark and cold. Thankfully I had my io merino keeping me warm again ( I was beginning to notice a trend, check out there gear by following the link http://iomerino.com ) We put the bikes in the garage and everyone went home with a big grin on their faces and plugged headlamps in to charge for the next Adventure :D
KEEP CHASING THE DREAM >>>>>>>>>>
I am an ultra runner, Mountain biker, Packrafter, Climber, Ironman, Endurance Athlete