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Mitigating the Unpredictable: Bikepacking Through the Andes

Through the volatility of adventure, Bikepacking takes all the strenuous aspects of biking we adore and turns it up a notch. For Lorraine Blancher, traversing the Andes by bike meant raising the intensity even higher.

As documented in the new edit "Beyond Trails Atacama" by Wildland Media, Blancher set out from British Columbia to South America with the goal of riding historical trade and game routes through the high mountain passes. There was one caveat though: Getting there meant eluding the unpredictable snowfall of the Andes. As a result, the professional mountain biking coach's plan goes quite awry. However, as the piece demonstrates, a successful bikepack is never measured through checked off an itinerary: It's about the adventure that unfolds through the process.

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THROWBACK: Middle Aged Dads Tear Up Bellingham
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THROWBACK: Middle Aged Dads Tear Up Bellingham

THROWBACK: Middle Aged Dads Tear Up Bellingham

Transition bikes gives you... your future. These 40 year old dads shred Bellingham, like pork shoulder on the barbecue. I just realized there's no 'Q' in barbecue. Seriously, though, you can stay in shape and ride hard way past 40. Sure, your bones and joints may take a little longer to heal and, as one guy on a chairlift in full body armor commiserated to me a couple weeks ago, "I've got work to do, I don't have time for that shit" - but get out there and have a little fun. Extra props for

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Singing Park Ranger Will School You On River Safety
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Singing Park Ranger Will School You On River Safety

Singing Park Ranger Will School You On River Safety

Summer is officially here – river rats rejoice! The water can be enjoyed by all, whether your choice of vessel is an inflatable inner tube or an actual kayak. Rivers, however, are ever-changing. They can vary from a dry trickle to a knock-your-Chacos-off kind of current. And as this park ranger reminds us in the best possible way, don’t be stupid. Check the weather, wear a life vest, and perhaps bring a paddle. Happy Friday folks, and stay safe out there this weekend.

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WATCH: The Best GoPro Clips from North of Nightfall
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WATCH: The Best GoPro Clips from North of Nightfall

WATCH: The Best GoPro Clips from North of Nightfall

Axel Heiberg Island isn’t your conventional mountain biking destination. Remote and completely disconnected from the world, traveling there alone takes a gargantuan effort. When Darren Berrecloth, Carson Storch, Tom Van Steenbergen, and Cam Zink decided to visit the island for a bike expedition, they knew they’d riding lines unimaginable to the rest of the world. RELATED: Red Bull’s ‘North of Nightfall’ Pushing The Boundaries of Mountain Biking Thankfully, we can get a taste of their