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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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Watch Chris Benchetler and Kimmy Fasani’s New Zealand AdVANture
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Watch Chris Benchetler and Kimmy Fasani’s New Zealand AdVANture

Watch Chris Benchetler and Kimmy Fasani’s New Zealand AdVANture

Chris Benchetler has a lot going for him. Not only are his newly-redesigned skis some of the hottest on the market, he’s also now a proud father. Related: A Closer Look at the Inbounds Slide at JHMR This past summer he and his wife Kimmy Fasani took their newborn son Koa on a three-week trip to New Zealand, giving Koa his first taste of one of Earth’s most diverse and beautiful countries. The trio went climbing, surfing, skiing, and generally enjoyed NZ’s substantial opportunities

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Santa Cruz Drops All-New V10 29” DH Bike
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Santa Cruz Drops All-New V10 29” DH Bike

Santa Cruz Drops All-New V10 29” DH Bike

Yeah yeah, we know it's not bike season anymore, but big news from the bike world: Santa Cruz finally released their drool-worthy V10 downhill bike to the public. We’ve seen it beneath their team riders all World Cup season, and now you can finally buy it. RELATED: How Does a Mediterranean Island Sound For Some Warm-Weather MTB? The bike is available in two options: with 29” and 27.5”-inch wheels, featuring 215mm of trail-destroying rear travel, a 63.3-degree head angle, and a healthy long

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Video: Nicholi Rogatkin and Reed Boggs Go Ski Biking
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Video: Nicholi Rogatkin and Reed Boggs Go Ski Biking

Video: Nicholi Rogatkin and Reed Boggs Go Ski Biking

What do pro freeride mountain bikers Nicholi Rogatkin and Reed Boggs do when the snow starts falling? Ride their bikes of course! Well, this time it’s not their DH or slopestyle bikes, but rather it’s ripping around on Sno-Go snow bikes at Utah’s Brighton Resort. RELATED: Nicholi Rogatkin Makes History at Crankworx Whistler Crankworx Triple Crown champion Rogatkin and Red Bull Rampage competitor Boggs show that dirt skills translate pretty well to snow. Who wants to give this a go?