An Argentina Adventure - Episode 5: Dawn Patrol

Oct 27, 2012 at 18:14
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  

EPISODE FIVE
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With the trip winding down, we simply had to get one dawn patrol ride checked off the list. We ascended in pitch-black darkness with headlamps to the top of a 3000 foot ridge and waited for the golden light to appear. The sunrise was worth the suffering. On our last day, we rode with locals on their home shuttle trails and it turned out to be the most fun day of the whole trip. Their warm spirit and big passion for mountain biking rubbed off on us and it was the perfect end to an unforgettable trip.



EPISODE FOUR
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Right outside of the town of Bariloche is some of the sweetest ribbons of singletrack any of us had ever experienced. Not only that, but directly in town is a top quality shuttle zone that had us saying "one more run" over and over.



EPISODE THREE
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When we were above Catedral, we could see a snowcapped Volcano in the distance. We were told that soon we'd be riding almost all the way up the it in coming days. A three hour climb through rainforest, past huge waterfalls and incredible vistas put us into a glacial moonscape. We climbed and hiked in dense fog over volcanic rock up to over 7000 feet. Out of nowhere a refugio appeared, a welcome sight for a bunch of cold and tired guys. After a late night and lot of red wine, we were greeted by a bluebird morning and the realization we were on the edge of a massive glacier and in the middle of a mountain bike playground.

EPISODE TWO
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Our first day of riding had us giddy - we knew we'd stumbled upon something big. It was so gratifying to come so far and be rewarded with such great riding and awe-inspiring terrain. The riding above the Catedral bike park had us feeling like we were riding on Mars with jagged red rock spires in the distance. The next day we climbed for two hours up to a refugio, which is a mountaineer's hut staffed year-round. With epic views of the lake and the Andes, we descended into what seemed like a natural bobsled track full of little drops and rock gardens. Another all-time day and further confirmation we hit the motherlode.


EPISODE ONE
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***WARNING, NO RIDING IN EPISODE 1***
When we travel together with our bikes and gear, we use the term "Shock and Awe" for the airport check-in experience. Seven guys with seven overweight bikes and gear bags is a sight to behold and Air Canada's check-in staff have come to know us well. Our trip down to Buenos Aires was smooth and we had a fun (too fun) night there before heading to Bariloche the next day. There, we met our amazing guides and we had enough time to get a quick rip in to work the cobwebs out from two days of travel.


OVERVIEW
Sitting on the edge of the Andes, Bariloche is famous for its Catedral ski resort, the biggest in South America, and for its notoriously rugged backcountry terrain. After bouncing around various ideas of where we should take this year's Rocky Mountain adventure, we dug deeper and discovered that Bariloche has a burgeoning mountain bike scene with killer trails and passionate locals. That, and Argentina's warm sunshine in February sealed the deal.

The trip wasn't about finding big hucks, shredding scree slopes, heli-shuttles, or filming for a feature movie. It was about finding a true mountain bike adventure and sharing it with close friends.


So, we pulled together the team of Thomas Vanderham, Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Andreas "Dre" Hestler, as well our very talented friends Margus Riga and Ambrose Weingart to capture the trip's visuals, and headed to the Southern Hemisphere. With the help of our amazing guides, Martin "Cepi" Raffo, Bojan Magister, and Gonzallo Serenelli, we found the adventure we had hoped for and much more. From the friendly and welcoming locals, to the jaw dropping natural beauty surrounding Bariloche and its world-class trails, we'll remember this trip for the rest of our lives.


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 I live in Bariloche, Argentina. I had the pleasure of seeing them ride, they are great riders and they seem really nice people too.
Argentina is waiting for all of you to come and visit!!!
www.pinkbike.com/video/283330
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 I want to take my wife to Bariloche for our tenth anniversary (in 5 years). I lived in Buenos for a couple years. People from Bariloche said I was in the wrong part of the country.
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 I was in Bariloche in 2007, such a beautiful place. I ended up hiking on some random trail (as I did not have a bike) to the top of a hill that look over a stunning little lake. I want to go back so bad.
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 Too bad at the moment in Argentina the government don´t allow the Argentinians or anybody else to import bikes and other components. Poor chaps down there don´t have enough cash as it is to buy good bikes, only the few rich ones can afford one and now with the Government´s restrictions on imports, forget it. Many Argentinian friends of mine have told me they are thinking of giving up the sport as a consequence of that.
  • + 14
 time to start a smuggling ring
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 We got such a beautiful country, every province has its charms, in south as in north, i live in Salta, last year they shooted the latest mtb movie here. We would love to receive more mountainbiking/outdoor sports tourism, for you, the money exchange is almost 6us$ / 1$ar so you can have cheap fun, for us, as @trickytracker said, buying a nice dh bike is 30.000$ar or impossible, there are almost no imports here, just unfair, cause i dont want to give up the most beautiful sport ever for that reason. A bike parts smuggling ring would be all i need
  • + 4
 At 3:54 in video 5 check out the smile on that kid. It will make your day, those kids are having an awesome time.
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 Coming from the wet rain forests of Vancouver island it puts me at awe to see the beautiful landscapes of your home land. I would love to make it go Argentina on day, good edit as well, shows a good local prescriptive.
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 Surely you can go to America or somewhere on "holiday" and purchase your self a whip and bring it back in a bike box then the gov can't get there mits on your hard ear'nt cash.??
  • + 0
 ^^@dhmanu.
My above comment.
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 @madhabits
We could do it but the government has implemented high taxes and banned most imports, here one can not buy dollars so traveling abroad is increasingly difficult. get a proper bike in argentina is 7 to 8 times more expensive than in Europe or USA and practically not available. Could you buy a downhill bike in the UK if this cost 20-30000 pounds? The situation here is quite difficult my friend
  • + 4
 Maybe we should go ride there and leave our bikes in return for some guiding and accommodation!
  • + 2
 So what you are saying is some frame builders need to move to bariloche and start a company. Cruz del Sur: Southern Cross. Simple four bar design. Tried and true. Start with some deore or X-7 equipped bikes with Domain R's or some other cheap fork and sun rhyno lite wheels, and deore cranks. If it takes off we can advance the design.
  • + 4
 DHmanu, I only hope the situation in your country gets better soon very soon !!
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  • + 20
 Next time you should really consider CHILE, you can't imagine the trails we have here!
  • - 3
 Argentina is beautiful ... but better Chile. Definitely a lot more interesting.
  • + 2
 Bariloche has a lot in common with chile, including a lot of people, or so my buddy from there tells me. He says his family just became argentine a few years ago.
  • + 1
 Chile and Argentina is the same thing. It's Cordillera de los Andes, Chile is so beautiful as Argentina in Cordillera's zone
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  • + 20
 So many awesome places to ride in the world.... Shame I'm not going to even scratch the surface.......
  • + 3
 Aint that the truth. My plan is to vacation where I can bike and bring my bike or rent one. This summer I drove halfway accross the country to visit my brother and brought my AM and XC bikes. Introduced my brother to mountainbiking and we had a blast. It was great to ride somewhere different with different terrain.
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 Trains are the cheapest way to get your bike to your vacation. If you are flying drop off the bike at the train station and ship it for 12-20 bucks without taking it apart. Pick it up at a station where you are going. Just gotta find a station within an hour of where you are visiting.
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 My self and a few extra friends we guide this guys riding on our back yard.. Incredible sensation to ride with them, great people, and great riding, you are all invited to do the same. Just let us know!!! cepi@gravitymtb.com.ar
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  • + 14
 Was I the only one wondering where Tippie was?
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 was thinking the same thing.
  • + 17
 Tippie and 4 hour climbs don't mix!
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  • + 10
 I would LOVE to ride there!
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 just dont go drinking in the towns if you do , keep a low profile ,ive experienced some bad feeling from our argy friends .if ya dont know why read ya history.
  • + 15
 In all the time I have spent in Argentina I have never once experience any bad feelings from the people.
  • + 11
 Strange story, not shure what place did you go drinking, but in regular places to get a beer , locas are ok whith forgeing people, i'ts the usual to see lots of backpackers, staing at hostels, tons of them and no one has a problem with them, in fact locas become friends. Perhaps you went to a bad place, or you where disturbing people or offending, but unusual story. sory for my english Wink
  • + 1
 no worries your english is a lot better than any foreign language i can hope to speak ,im not for one minute saying that argentinians are zenophobic or hostile as i have met some lovely people from your country .i was simply trying to make younger people, from england in particular! aware that we are not liked by everyone in argentina especially when it comes to football fans ,no offence meant i dont even like football anymore but i did in the eighties.
  • + 4
 unleash- maybe you were drinkin just a tad too much, haha.
  • + 2
 I spent 6 weeks travelling Argentina and never experienced any bad feelings towards us, maybe it was a case of the wrong bar at the wrong time. This video makes me want to go back to Bariloche so badly.
  • + 0
 Sorry but I have spent almost a year in Argentina. Working and go outdoor at weekends and, I really felt bad with that people. If you, Europeans, Americans and other felt it, imagine for a Brazilian, that Argentines insists in compare us to monkeys.
  • + 2
 Hey @unleash...maybe you said something bad about Maradona and they heard you...LOL
  • + 1
 finally some savvy
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 the hand of god haha
  • + 2
 perhaps!! too much footbal fanatics, other great sports get under the shadow of footbal fanatism, not so popular among bikers anyway. eneasbernardo, if you say so never heard rasism against you people...
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  • + 3
 THE best chips ( "french fries") , second only to my Irish grandmas' , are in Ushuaia (the southernmost inhabited place on earth- tierra del fuego- antarctica is a puddle jump away) - at the Irish pub there. the secret is they put the raw potato in an ice bath for an hour (or more) before cutting it up into medium size strips, then lightly fried , then put in a brown paper bag with a pinch of salt and shaken until the bag has absorbed most of the oil , then served . Argentina is a F-ing paradise .
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  • + 1
 I spent a month in Bariloche this past January, and it is such an amazing place. I was only able to ride one day while I was there (at the catedral bike park), but it was great! Its amazing seeing this footage, and recognizing so much of it, having hiked and run those trails (especially up to the refiguio). I hope that some day I will get back there, and so some more riding.
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  • + 1
 I spent three months in argentina last year and bariloche was one of my favourite places that we visited. Unfortunately there was a too much snow to ride when we were there but its a phenomenal place to ride, hike and ski. One great thing that they dont mention in the video is that bariloche is the chocolate capital of south america! Its like willy wonkas down there! Its also less than £1 for a litre of beer or wine!
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  • + 6
 on the bucket list
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  • + 1
 Wow... That was just so amazing to watch! I would love to travel internationally with my bike and experience new rides, people and culture. Now that I've recently became a teacher, I will have time to do things like that.
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  • + 1
 Hahaha, Vancouver Airport, I had some troubles too whem I come back to Spain two years ago... changing stuff from bike bag to another bag, too much kilos!!!! Allways we need more stuff... hahaha.
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  • + 1
 This has to be the best series of mountainbiking yet.what an inspiration to go out and vist other countries and trials and ride mountainbikes with your friends.great videos guys.
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  • + 1
 That Dakine bike bag looks nice, it is expensive, now to find out how much it weighs. (edit: 10kg.... no danger)

Anyone got experience of it and the pro's/cons compared to other bags?
  • + 0
 soft bags rip....hard shells protect!!
  • + 2
 Never pay overwheight charge for my soft bag!
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  • + 1
 If I have to come back to Argentina for work for a long period of time I'm bringing a bike! Ill take a week off of work and go riding.
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  • + 2
 Man we need GOOD BIKES,like yours just HELP US and bring CANADIAN or US BRANDS to this F' Corrupt Country.
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  • + 1
 Dudes, What a freakin trip!! Let me know next time you go. If you remember, I speak Spanish and can go pretty fast for an old guy.
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  • + 1
 I will take Bariloche as my second wife. And if my first wife complains I spend all my time with Bariloche, I will invite my first wife to join us. Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Sweet!! South America Rocks!! As Vanderham says, it is such a different terrain compared to the northern hemisphere that they feel an "in Mars" sensation.. Stund.. Hahaha..
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  • + 2
 Amazing place my country! for all the types of riding! soon I will go to Bariloche to spend some days riding there! Cheers!
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  • + 2
 GENIO WADE !!!!! GRACIAS POR VISITAR ARGENTINA OJALA VUELVAS !!!! TE ESPERAMOS!!
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  • + 3
 so nice to see this awesome riders riding in my city, hope they come back.
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  • + 3
 Song: Stairway by Yukon Blonde. Amazing Canadian band!
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  • + 1
 Fantastic series! Thank you Team Rocky Mountain. I wish my Slayer could do that. Oh, wait, it's not the bike... Wink
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  • + 1
 Incredible Ride dudes, maybe someday can do a ride in Mexico where I'm from Smile
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  • + 1
 This is just choicest travel blog type video thing. Tell you what, if I win the lotto tomorrow night, I'm taking alla ya.
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  • + 1
 Anyone knows what song is that in Day 3? "it doesnt matter why and it doesnt matter how"?
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  • + 1
 argentinians neighbours, let me tell u that u have a beautiful country ! wow, those videos and landscape are awesome !
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  • + 1
 that last movie should of been longer like a 30 min. sux they compressed all the fun in 5 min. but a great video regardless.
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  • + 1
 Episode 3 is already up! www.pinkbike.com/video/283664 It said password protected, I typed ''rocky'' and it worked.
  • + 1
 they must have changed it.... does'nt work anymore...
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 you can find the best trails for MTB in PERU (check this out) --> www.pinkbike.com/video/282197
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  • + 2
 Wow. What an experience. Those guys are lucky dudes
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  • + 1
 seeing this it's such a shame i wasn't already into biking when i lived in Bs. As.
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  • + 1
 Great series...yes, Lucky guys indeed...even with them having to endure their First World Problems in the first Ep...Smile
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 Amazing. come to chile next time
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  • + 2
 so cool! my dream itinerary!
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  • + 1
 I'm in Ituzaingo right now working at the yacerata dam. Wish I had a bike and a week off...
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  • + 2
 I would not be able to ride with scenery like that, so beautiful!
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  • + 1
 To Live,To Be Free,To Ride...
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  • + 1
 Quilmes beer the flavor of the meetings... only in Argentina Messrs.
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  • + 1
 this kind of video put the rocky mountain slayer on my list of bike to buy
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 The trip of a lifetime .... EPIC ... !!!!!!!!
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 2 hour climb eh...back to the gym for me
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 Wait... you can ride a bike uphil??? That doesn't sound like any fun to me...
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 Kona box ftw.
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 Brodie as well...
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  • + 1
 Is Wade rocking on some 650Bs???
  • + 1
 Don't think Rocky MAKES a 650B bike do they??? EDIT: N/M, yes they DO... so you could be right aye. I'd certainly be rocking the 650B's on a trip like this but not on a Rocky seeing as the only bike of worth to me is the Slayer and there's no 650B option. Rocky needs to take some cue's from norco on how to put together a COMLETE and amazing bike line. The Slayer would be a pretty awesome bike with a bit more standover and some 27.5" wheels IMO... otherise the rest of Rocky's lineup (the SS bike is cool) is typically "MEH". BUT, at least were not seeing any more of those god awful RM/RMX platform bikes... I'll put on my nomex suit now.
  • + 2
 rm's 650b bike altitude.bikes.com
slayers a killer all-mtn bike
  • + 1
 I agree the Slayer is a killer looking ride... I got to take one for a spin this year at one of the Oregon Enduro events and was pesently surprised (never been much of a Rocky fan), then I got on one of the 29r "BC-XC" bikes and wished I hadn't.... yeah I'm not much on the "buffed up XC bike" thing Rockys pushing these days and I think they've flat out got their head up their asses not using the Slayer chasis for the 650B option. Norco's Range Killer B is , IMO, a far better option (better suspension platform and more "abuse ready"). If the Big S would finnaly get off their laurels and make a 650B Enduro/Evo I'd be in heaven...
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 Wait, now I just reaized that this is a new for 2013 chasis??? I just accidentaly jumped onto their main page and tried to look for it and the Altitude frames totally different for 2013 aye wonder if that'll be across the board or if this is gonna be a "dedicated" 650B bike???. Now I'm waiting for some beefy forks to follow cause these Fox 34's/15MM don't cut it for me, and I remember when 32mm stancions were "big" hahahahaha.
  • + 1
 this is a pure 650b only design frame
  • + 1
 The 2011 onward slayer will fit a 27.5 x 2.2" rear wheel/tire. It is tight, but it will fit.

Andreas is running the Mavic Crossmax (see white rims) 650b with 2.2 Conti Mountain Kings.
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 There was a high resolution picture of it that has mysteriously been deleted...

here is the google of it:

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 Does the professional MTB lifestyle cause alcohol problems?
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 I just love the Argentinian Patagonia!!! It s amazing!!!!
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 Quite an awesome series. Thank you.
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 Margus, your photos rock! Good work, buddy.
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 great feature
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