It’s been a while; how’s everyone doing? Busy summer! Here are some photos from our 7-day mountain bike trip through the San Juans. Alpine, canyon, desert, mud and slickrock – and a variety of weather including hot hot days, hail and lightning! Scorpions, lizards, tarantulas. 7 flats amongst us; watch out for those cactus. Riders: … More 20160828-0903 Bikepack Durango Colorado to Moab Utah
Beginning in the town of Banff, the Canada Section of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route takes you through some of the most spectacular terrain on Earth. It’s as though you’ve entered the forest primeval, a heavily wooded setting that can feel like rain forest – especially if it’s raining. The first 70 miles or … More 20160714: Montana bound on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
We rode towards the hotel that looked like a castle. The thin air felt like it was strangling me. My heart was beating out of my chest, and every big gasp of air sent only a trickle of oxygen to my lungs. I kicked my pedal and rode over a small dirt mount, diving into … More 20160617-18: Pedal Spray Lakes West
With no direct way home from work in west-central Alberta, I decided to ride the Thursday night bus into Jasper National Park and make my way home through the mountains. Parks Canada’s Jasper in January three-week long winter festival was in session in conjunction with Pyramid Lake Resort’s Winterstruck festival and the Lake Louise Ice Magic international ice … More 20160115: Winterstruck: 3 days in Jasper and Lake Louise
After the Highwood fatbike outing I got the idea to enter a 60k fatbike race in Idaho, JayP’s Backyard Fat Pursuit, in the greater West Yellowstone ecosystem. I can handle 60k on snowmobile trails; might take me all day but it’s not singletrack…Right? Wrong. Picked up my first fatbike DNF (did not finish). What an … More 20151219: State of Snow (Greater Yellowstone)
Here are real-life testimonials on winter cycling: “Holy power requirement! The effort that it took to churn this thing along the flat was substantial, keeping me working pretty hard to sustain a pace of around 7 km/hr! The human body just doesn’t produce enough steady power to run a snow-bike…” “Pant loads of resistance…” “The … More 20151205: Fatbike Highwood Pass (How To Feel Like A Weakling)
Aunt Helena, on visit from Toronto, lamented that there didn’t seem to be much to do in our mountains at this time of year. My jaw dropped. Are you kidding me?! Granted, you won’t find many (any) organized tours and some visitor centers will have closed, but hey, early winter in the mountains means that … More 20151130: November Subzero! Bring on the snow and ice.