Ever had a large animal growl outside your tent in the middle of the night? Or better yet, lost your tent mid trip as it flew off a mountainside? These are just a couple of the misadventures Franzi Wernsing and Neža Peterca endure in Sisters in the Wild, an original story that follows their challenging bikepacking trip across the Italian Alps. The 10-page feature contains an amazing set of photos by Franzi and Neža, and is one of more than a dozen new stories we’ll be printing in the first issue of our 148-page publication, The Bikepacking Journal.
“There are no bears in Italy, right?” Neža questioned with a slight tremble in her voice. I’m used to wild camping and I’ve spent many nights sleeping outside, but this noise was something completely unfamiliar. Our hushed voices didn’t seem to deter the animal from moving closer, and it confidently started digging up the ground only a few meters away from us. “I don’t think so!” I answered, feeling a great lack of confidence about what I’d just said. I shuffled around, trying to find my phone. “Maybe we should google it?” I suggested, feeling a newfound appreciation for the invention of mobile broadband.”
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