Thanks for the sweet comment! A long, hard human-powered approach makes the summit soooo precious. Mount Sir Alexander is perfect for that as there is NO trail from any direction.
I love to see you're still using the bike for your adventures.
Way to go!
They are still talking about you in some areas of Argentina as the crazy biker, pedaling to the mountains :)
In some places where I arrived on my bike, loaded with climbing gear, I was asked if I know you.
I may be off to the Puna soon again. By bike, of course.
Thanks Janne! Are you sure? That was 16 years ago. I'd love to know more, where, who? Puente del Inca? Fiambala? Ahhh, Puna memories, sweet! I hope you find your Shangri-La!
In Fiambalá yes. When the discussion came up another local person also joined in, so you can say at least two persons remember you you there :)
I'm trying to recall where else it was, and I think it was once in Mendoza talking to some climbers which I had told I was climbing and biking. Also in either Las Grutas or at Cazadero Grande while there with the bike, on my way to (or from) the Puna peaks.
I also heard about a French and a Swiss (different years, not together) which had been in the Puna with their bikes climbing, but I don't remember their names.
Incredible! They kept me for hours in the Fiambala customs station for red tape, and the Argentine military at Las Grutas fed me till I was almost busting. I also talked with the old hermit at the desolate Cazadero Grande. It seems that in doing low-impact travelling, one does high impact on people's memory.
Thanks for posting such an awesome report about such a great trip. I truly enjoyed reading it and viewing your pictures. I voted a ten only because the scale doesn't go any higher.
If everyone didn't vote 10 all the time, then 10 would mean something. But we all want a 10 on our stuff, so we vote 10 on everyone's stuff. That's the SP way.
I only vote 10 when I think something is really awesome. Otherwise I don't vote. So, yes most votes are 10's, but I DO think they are earned.
Meeting those folks in the remote hamlet was totally unexpected and the kid's drawing blew me away, precious!
that was totally awesome!
for another bike+climb outing! I first discovered how great this combo could be when I was in the Canadian Rockies, and your photos really make me want to go back :-D
And congrats on finally finishing this project! So what are you planning on taking on next?
I'd read your Calgary to Vancouver bike/scramble TR a while ago, nice! I started the bike n' hike style in '84, same start and end cities, but via Mt. Robson where I got hooked on climbing. Still riding the Mt Sir Alexander high, but maybe next would be a Seacycle (katamaran peddleboat) expedition, weaving around islands, icebergs, and glaciers along the coast of Alaska, if I can get an adventurous sweety to come along!
"maybe next would be a Seacycle (katamaran peddleboat) expedition"
Very similar to a type of trip I'd love to do someday - kayak approach, ideally somewhere on the BC coast!
Wow. That is one of the coolest adventure I've read about. Nice work. Very inspiring.
This is one of the coolest trips I have ever read about, great job and thanks for sharing your adventure with us!
This is an amazing accomplishment. Your efforts and determination are most respectable. Congratulations.
amazing thanks for the beta and great story
mountain obssetion is the best there is.
Mountain obsession is the second best (if you know what I mean) in life, as long as it doesn't turn to dangerous loss of judgment.
It sure makes for intense living! Now that you list the types, it seems that hang-gliding is missing from the list!
Stunning - just stunning. This is one I´ll read over and over again. Cheers, Martin