Bikepack Through Northern Chile in 'Beyond Trails: Atacama' - Video

Feb 20, 2018
by Sarah Moore  


“Beyond Trails: Atacama” follows the ambitious human powered adventure of Lorraine Blancher and Robin Munshaw as they embark on a multi-day bikepacking expedition through unmapped trails and canyons in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. The Atacama Desert, known to be the driest non-polar region on earth, is a barren and inhospitable place. As mountain bike explorers, the endless kilometers of natural ridgelines scattered with unmapped wild trails and historic salt trade routes created by earlier civilizations offered adventure and challenge beyond the confinement of traditional mountain bike trail networks.

bigquotesEvery new trail you travel on or off the beaten path brings uncertainty. Riding bikes in a place like this forces you to pay attention to the terrain, listen closely to suggestions on how to move through it. Instead of success and failure you became to think in terms of adaptation and forward motion.Lorraine Blancher


Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.
Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.


Lorraine Blancher in Beyond Trails Atacama A Film Presented by Osprey Packs

Beyond Trails Atamacama Follow Osprey athlete Lorraine Blancher as she explores the mountain bike trails on the border of Argentina and Chile.



29 Comments

  • + 30
 I love jumps, gravity racing, and 'freeriding' or what ever the term is today. All that said, this article shows the 'Yin' of MTB to the "Yang" of my points. So cool to get out and explore on two wheels.
  • + 9
 You're absolutely, 100% mother f*ckING right, sir!! Preach!
  • + 0
 Keep your Yang out of this
  • + 14
 Love the visuals, LB. Super beautiful location and cool to learn about a new region. Thanks for the great storytelling.
  • + 2
 Thank you @lacykemp - it was a unique adventure and I am stoked you enjoyed it!
  • - 3
 @lbbikes: You know the saying "show, don't tell" - I think it applies here. That or ditch the script and just improvise your voiceover.
  • + 4
 @northernchimp: VO is challenging to do well, for sure. But without it, there would be a lot missing to go along with this particular story.
  • + 8
 Now that, that is adventure.
  • + 5
 Very Cool, videos like this make me want to work in the Adventure photography industry aswell
  • + 1
 How did you find the seatpost bag with the bike? I tried it on a bikepacking trip in Iceland, and it frustratingly hit the rear tire all the time, with the full suspension and all. I ended up rotating it around and strapping it to the top tube.
  • + 2
 @ldhbaker - I was surprised at how well this system worked! The seat bag was laterally stable and when I cinched the longer of the two side straps, I could get the bag to curl up and away from the tire.
  • + 3
 Oh WOW!!! I always wanted to go to Chile and cross the Atacama desert.. Raw nature and beauty! What an awesome adventure and video!
  • + 6
 viva chile mierda
  • + 2
 I made a custom rack that was basically top tube extended to run a bag with full suspension and dropper. Xc skis, so fairly lightweight. My buddy used the ortlieb and it seemed strong.
  • + 3
 How does the dropper move with the bag on the post? Or is it just not used?
  • + 1
 I don't think it does - I tried it and it didn't work at all, between the dropper post and the bag constantly hitting the rear tire. Ended up with a different arrangement.
  • + 2
 you just don't use it. there are bikepacking seat bags that are compatible. you'll still drag tire on the bigger hits tho
  • + 3
 Hi @dargside and @ldhbaker - The dropper post + seat bag is definitely a challenging mix. As @iamameathead mentions below, there are bags that are dropper post compatible, but they have challenges too. We kept it simple and lowered the seat post manually when needed.
  • + 1
 I imagine it’s handy when you wanna camp somewhere but want to do a ride away from camp without your gear.
  • + 3
 Never imagine there is a beautiful place on earth like Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. Super nice video.
  • + 3
 Beautiful adventure! Amazing landscapes! Well done!!!
  • + 2
 Chile is in another level
  • + 2
 Nice!
  • + 2
 My backyard!!!
  • + 1
 Beautiful TR!!
  • + 0
 Bike+meat+cigarette.
  • - 1
 Sweet truck
  • + 2
 Donkey - Feltcher. Oh my.
  • + 2
 really, that's what you get out of this article?

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