Monthly Archives: September 2013

Short note for the digitally excitable

This bikepacking blog is now being written  and (hopefully) read in two places – on my self-hosted WordPress platform and on my site in a new distributed network called the Red Matrix (currently in developer preview, but already impressively functional).  … Continue reading

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The Princess Ride (versus ye olde hiking trail)

An ostensibly fun project idea inspired by literature: Take a hiking trail you know fairly intimately and re-route it for fellow bikepackers. You would bypass the impossible bits to eliminate pushing and carrying, and also attempt to ensure that good … Continue reading

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Biking base in Catalunya

A friend of mine has a small house to offer near Xerta, Terres de l’Ebre. That’s in Spanish Catalunya – and reportedly a superb region for trail riders. Prices start at € 150 per week, which strikes me as more than … Continue reading

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Things I learnt this summer

Simple questions tend to pile up over the years, because I am not good at asking them in public. So it’s always a relief to file a few of them away. Here are a couple of answers the 2013 season … Continue reading

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MotionX revisited – and much appreciated

Not to launch into a fussy and superfluous comparison of outdoor navigation apps for iOS, but I took a look at a classic today and have decided to keep it for a single, apparently unique feature. I normally use Scout … Continue reading

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The Cevennes – a preview?

No, the 2013 season hasn’t run out of puff just yet. But the days are getting shorter already, and with fresh memories to exploit, it’s a good time to start contemplating next summer’s routes. The picture above was taken by … Continue reading

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The backpack experience

Backpacks generally get a bad press in the bikepacking world – conventional wisdom being that weights over two kilos should be on your bike, not on your back. I venture to disagree, strongly suspecting that many people’s dislike of heavier … Continue reading

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