Patagonia bound - by the slow road...


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Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 12, 2013 - 12:05pm PT

I even set aside a pack with all my ice climbing gear, ready to be shipped down if/when I actually make it. :)

Jun 12, 2013 - 12:50pm PT
Good luck on your amazing journey!

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:58pm PT
You crazy, man. But God loves all nutters. Bon voyage!

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
Good luck! If it was me, I'd have to have a much more padded seat:-)

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
I have a Brooks, but I have found this Stella SMP, with a complete cut-away is more comfortable and less numbing of my privates on those long days. :)

Jun 12, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
Yeehaw. Sounds like a fun trip.

Can you share any more details about the bike and what kind of repair tools & supplies you will carry for on the road fixes?

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2013 - 02:39pm PT
Surly LHT (best deal out there). its a tank and rides nice.


4" crescent, set of allen wrenches, two lightweight spanners that each cover all 4 sizes, metal tire irons, spoke wrench. ultra lightweight cluster removal tool. 6 extra spokes. some grease, chain repair snap links and a chain tool, small screwdriver. extra cables and brake pads. One extra lightweight folding tire and two tubes, some extra bolts for racks etc.

all up I carry between 40 and 50 lbs of gear (excluding food and water), stove, tent, sleeping bag etc. tools, books, extra clothes, rain gear, electronics (tablet, gps, ipod)....

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 02:47pm PT
What an adventure! Have fun. Skip getting kidnapped in Columbia please. I met Glen a couple of times while I was in Argentina.


Jun 12, 2013 - 03:26pm PT
Good on you for stepping out...WAAAAYYYYYY out. Safe journeys and happy trials Mike, keep us updated will ya?

Jun 12, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Happy trails and trials...please share the highlights and lowlights...and be safe.
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jun 12, 2013 - 04:55pm PT
You better post regular updates or I'm gonna kick yer butt
Magic Ed

Trad climber
Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Jun 12, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Looks good. Last year a young man rode a totally beater bike from Buenos Aires all the way to the Potrero Chico in Northern Mexico to climb for a couple of months.

Jun 12, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Thanks for the bike beta. Have a blast!

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Jun 12, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Great choice of bicycle,the long haul trucker rocks.

Best of luck.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jun 12, 2013 - 06:58pm PT
Crazy. Have fun and good luck with weather! And hope you only meet great people along the way.
tinker b

the commonwealth
Jun 12, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
bad ass. have fun out there.

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 5, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
Two and a half weeks into it now. Dropped into the Amazon basin this morning in pouring rain. Wore a poncho, cycling shorts, and flipflops. Ha. Everything soaked but warm enough. Tomorrow I have a 5500 foot climb over 30 kilometers, (with my 100 lb vehicle) back up into the mountains at Pasto. Then two days to Ecuador. Everything has been going smoothly so far - with the exception of getting pick pocketed in Bogota. I didn't need that damn IPod anyway. Ha


The Granite State.
Jul 5, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Hell yeah!

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 5, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
If you are in Patagonian Chile Dec. thru Feb. stop by for some good food, shower and.....adventure. We are just off of the Carretera Austral on Lago General Carrera, the most beautiful lake you'll ever see.

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Jul 5, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
I'll second that... Hell yeah! Now this is an adventure.
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