The Last Trip of the Year

Dec 31, 2016
by Mata Riveros  
The last trip of the year

It was the adventure of the year, either conscious or unconsciously, we had been preparing ourselves for a few months already for this voyage. After several days of going downhill and doing little pedaling at La Dormida, Parvazo, Refugio Alemán y Machalí, we had formed a brotherhood set out to search for the longest slope and with conditions more like the ones we’d get on site that day, or at least from what we imagined. The challenge wasn’t a simple one, 4 hours of experiencing the mountain in all of its plenitude; high up in the mountains with its ever-changing landscape, filled with improvisation and obstacles. A minefield, which at times was fluid, sometimes felt jammed, sometimes steep, dry and loose, and then very firm under the shadow of the pre-cordilleran forest.

The last trip of the year

We had been waiting for it like anxious kids ever since a storm pushed back our excursion, initially planned for October. And although going downhill as far as we could was the main purpose, the mountain, that sacred place nearer to the gods for ancient wisdom, brings us closer and connects us with the basic cycle of water and thus to life. From the highest parts of the cordillera covered in slippery and playful spots of snow, eventually, we arrived at the land of muleskinners; green and wet fenced esplanades for animals during the summer season. Finally, on lower land, millenary gorges appear, whose core is a creek that makes the forest sprout all around it and where the biggest trails of humans begin to appear.

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

For someone who is not used to it, the adventure begins the moment the hangar that contains our ascendant opens, a helicopter of omnivorous graphic designs set up with a solid rack to transport the 5 bicycles. The take-off, the first sights of Santiago from the height, the mountain over-flight, and the landing on a windy esplanade at the top of the Ramón Hill with the city blossoming at its feet, are different and exciting sensations for the common citizen.

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

Needless to say, the descent was a demanding and strict delight. There was very little margin of error for switch backs, slopes, fast and rocky areas, river crossings, a few steep slopes and some free ride.

From the moment you get off the helicopter and ready yourself for battle, everything seems to go by as if you were in a movie with different scenes; helicopter, city, mountain, bicycles, and hours of journey make for the formula of fun. We even had time to refresh ourselves and to play at a swimming hole, a glorious moment to replenish the muscles and escape from the heat on the last kilometers of our voyage.

The last trip of the year

The last trip of the year

An experience that was completely worthwhile. It was the coronation of a year full of sacrifices and scuffles so we could be on the hill with friends doing what we like the most, it’s something that everyone who claims to be a cyclist must try, at least once, in their lifetime.

Special thanks to Diego Puelma www.andeshelibike.com


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31 Comments

  • 12 1
 3rd to last picture, when you realize that your friend is cannonballing into knee high water
  • 2 0
 There may be a drop off there. There's a few rivers near me where there's very shallow river areas that have drop offs of 10+ feet. Find those is always a blast.
  • 2 1
 Nice.
  • 6 0
 Shit! I soooo have to do this. I'll make sure my next trip to Chile is with my bike and gear. Esta wevada no me la pierdo CTM!!
  • 2 0
 jajajajaja
  • 1 0
 wuuuuaaaaajajajajajajaja
  • 3 0
 Wow what a great way to end the year! Congrats on that work, terrific shots!!!!
  • 2 1
 hahaha Thanks!
  • 5 1
 Must be nice to be able to afford a trip like that!
  • 6 0
 Better question to ask yourself:
How much would you have to save to do it yourself?
  • 2 0
 @tehllama:
Right!?
  • 3 1
 @tehllama: yep, if you want to do it, figure out what it costs, and make it happen. It's just money, they print more every day, and there's a million ways to get a little more of it for yourself. Craigslist odd job section is your friend, especially if you're somewhat handy and or have a truck.
  • 4 1
 Does anyone else see helibiking as a way for very few to make a huge carbon footprint?
  • 2 0
 If by very few, you mean (the) 1%, then yes.
  • 1 0
 pta necesito ir!!!! maldita pobreza intercambio viaje por estadia y tour a todos los senderos de corral!! jajaj saludos
  • 1 0
 jajajaja! si juntas peso a peso créeme que valdrá la pena! Saludos!
  • 2 1
 eeeepa!! mata superlativooo!!
  • 2 1
 Gracias Pato!!!
  • 2 2
 I know this is the least important thing about that article, but those are really ugly helicopters…
  • 2 0
 ahahaha do you mean the stickers?
  • 1 0
 Bike racks are cool though
  • 2 0
 more like ANDEEZ NUTZ
  • 1 0
 Keo! subiendo de nivel Don Mata Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Muchas Gracias Jairo!
  • 1 0
 Great shots, great place!!!
  • 2 1
 Amazing journey ????
  • 2 1
 Yeah! Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Tremendas fotos !!!
  • 2 0
 Gracias Don Pablo!!!
  • 1 0
 viva chile mierdaa!!
  • 1 0
 Puta la wa bueena!

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