80 mi. / 129 km2 days
The Alpine Loop: A Ride in The Clouds34 May 6 Christophe Noel USAWith a high point of 12,800 feet, Colorado’s Alpine Loop is breathtaking—literally. Although the terrain is not technical and the distance nothing too protracted, the Loop’s two main mountain passes are lung searing endeavors but offer vistas worth the effort.
Evernew Appalachian Set Review: Ethereally light8 Jan 21 Christophe Noel / gear
At 161g complete, Evernew’s Appalachian pot set is certainly a minimalist titanium marvel. But there’s more to camp life than skimming weight. So how does it perform?
Salsa Deadwood Review: Trail Tested28 Aug 31 Christophe Noel / bikes
If the last few years have taught me anything, it is to keep an open mind with regard to bicycle design. Conceding that resistance to change is futile, I have since become eager to adopt all the strange and new offerings on the market like the forthcoming Salsa Deadwood.
Rocky Mountain Sherpa Review: Long Term Tested14 Aug 17 Christophe Noel / bikes
After 1,000 miles, here are thoughts and impressions on the world’s first full-suspension bikepacking specific bike… beyond the beautiful paint job.
Salsa Bucksaw: A year in the life of a squishy fatbike8 Jul 27 Christophe Noel / bikes
It was over a year ago when I had the rare and enviable opportunity to not just attend the launch of the world’s first full suspension fatbike, but organize the event itself. That product was the Salsa Bucksaw, a bike I had the privilege to ride months before the general public, and better yet on my own backyard trails…
144 mi. / 232 km5 days
Bikepacking Iceland: Landmannalaugar to Skógar24 Jul 14 Christophe Noel EuropeFor the adventure cyclist, few places hold more allure than Iceland. It is an otherworldly landscape dotted with glaciers and volcanoes, the rugged interior webbed with tiny roads, narrow trails and an endless network of rivers. At the center of this small island is a route connecting the trekking center of Landmannalaugar to the towering waterfall at Skógar.