Patagonia bikepacking –  the beer trail from El Bolsón to  Bariloche

Patagonia bikepacking – the beer trail from El Bolsón to Bariloche

Part 2: The desert

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After two nights in El Bolsón, we felt recharged and ready to continue our adventure. 

Instead of taking Ruta 40 back out of town, we took a smaller dirt road that ran parallel with it. We passed tiny houses and hop farms getting ready for harvest. Just before rejoining the 40, we had to be careful crossing a bridge that was ready to fall apart. 

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Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

Patagonia bikepacking: Huella Andina and Ruta 40 from Bariloche to El Bolsón

Part 1: The mountains

Ever since our Tahoe Rim Trail trip, my cousin and I had been planning to go on another adventure trip together. Since both of us like to bike, we quickly decided that we wanted to go bikepacking. Both of us wanted to visit Patagonia, so we started planning our trip to Argentina. 

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Colorado adventure trip with Andrew Skurka [Trip report]

Colorado adventure trip with Andrew Skurka [Trip report]

For me, the best way to learn new skills is to work with experts. Most of my backpacking has been on established trails until now. I wanted to learn the skills needed to safely and confidently start planning my own off-trail adventures. Andrew Skurka is one of the backpackers who I’ve followed online for several years. I’ve learned a lot from his insightful articles and videos, so when I saw that he’s arranging guided trips, I knew I wanted to go on one.

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Garmin Fenix 6 vs Suunto 9 in-depth comparison

Garmin Fenix 6 vs Suunto 9 in-depth comparison

I’ve been trying to find a good hiking watch for a long time. When Apple Watch 4 came out with its improved sensors, I wanted to see how well it would work as a GPS watch. The watch and software were leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, but it didn’t work well for what I needed it. The hiking view offered minimal useful info, not even altitude. The battery only lasted for a few hours of activity, making it less than ideal for long-distance hiking.

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