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Adventures in Argentina’s Rugged Northwest

 

Michaela Trimble, writing for National Geographic, has some adventurous suggestions for the region surrounding Salta:

  • Overland to Tolar Grande and the Puna
    • Nine hours south of Salta to Argentina’s high-altitude Puna
  • Hike to Hidden Rock Art Galleries in Guachipas
    • Two hours southwest of Salta
  • Cycle the Wine Region of Cafayate
    • Home to beautiful red-rock canyons
  • Llama Trek in Purmamarca and Tilcara
    • This area is a UNESCO World Heritage site

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Watch: The Backyard – Mountain biking British Columbia

Meet B’yauling Toni, the 17 year old Canadian who is cycling 31,000 km around the world

B’yauling Toni’s goal is to be the youngest person to cycle around the world.

Watch: Flashes of the Altai

Three friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and packrafting adventure. The goal was to traverse the Mongolian Altai over 12 days. The only inhabitants of the region are Kazakh nomads.

Shanghai teacher is attempting to be the first person to cycle across Antarctica

Mark Agnew, writing in the South China Morning Post:

[Leandro] Martins is trying to go one step further than Daniel Burton, who was the first person to cycle to the South Pole, by passing through the landmark and onto the coast on the other side by covering.

Getting ready to camp on the Arctic Ocean

Jon Golden, as told to Nina Strochlic, National Geographic:

T MINUS SIX MONTHS
Gearing up: I’ll be photographing a team of extreme adventurers mountain biking across the frozen Arctic Ocean in Canada. I’ll be on a snowmobile, which is still hard work, so I need to get in good shape. A few months before, I start running and doing core workouts. In the Arctic you can’t sit down if you’re tired—you have to keep moving or get in your sleeping bag. I also put in a request to my sponsors for some gear: a down-filled sleeping mat and gloves I can shoot with.

T MINUS TWO WEEKS
Essential packing list: Our camp in Auyuittuq is 50 miles from civilization in any direction, so I take everything I need for the 2.5-day February trip.
– Emergency beacon
– A satellite phone (which will be on for only two hours a day, so I go over safety protocols with my family beforehand)
– Macadamia nuts (they have the highest fat content)
– A toothbrush with pre-applied toothpaste
–  A dozen camera batteries. The cold zaps their power, so I keep them in my vest or sleeping bag.
– Two sets of long underwear

How This Woman Rides 20,000 Miles a Year on Her Bike

Wired:

Ultra-endurance bicycle racer Lael Wilcox puts more miles on her bike every year than most people do on their cars. Here’s how she trains for and rides some of the toughest races on earth.

Cycling the Frozen Road into the Canadian Arctic

Ben Page:

Self-shot and edited whilst cycling around the world, this short film charts my winter journey into the Canadian Arctic as I completed my bike ride up the American continent. Compelled by Jack London’s assertion, that ‘any man who is a man can travel alone’, I sought an adventure of perfect solitude. Yet, as I came to realise, the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romantic images I’d held of this land. The Frozen Road is an honest reflection on my solo trip; of the wonder, terror and frustration I experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world’s ‘last great wildernesses’.

Notable awards for the film:

‘Special Jury Mention’ – Banff Mountain Film Festival
‘Best Director’ – Bilbao Mendi Film Festival
‘Spirit of Adventure’ – 5Point Film Festival
‘Best Adventure Film’ – New York WILD
‘Best Exploration and Adventure Film’ – Fort William Mountain Film Festival

Featuring in the Banff World Tour 2018

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