Team Yeti - Nevados de Chillan

May 5, 2014 at 16:19
by Yeti Cycles  
While most racers headed back home after the Enduro World Series in Chile, Jared Graves and Richie Rude opted to stay in the southern resort town of Nevados de Chillán for a few extra days to enjoy the local trails. After a week of high intensity racing, the laid back atmosphere of exploring new trails was welcomed. Without the pressures of racing the clock, the trails could be enjoyed to the fullest. The region boasted incredibly unique terrain that the team had never seen the likes of before. All of this added up to prime riding conditions as the crew made the most of their time in this beautiful place. 

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
With dust still hanging in the afternoon light, Jared Graves gets a taste of the hero dirt that defines much of the terrain in Chillan.  Wet or dry, the trails were simply amazing.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
High above the Las Trancas Valley, Jared Graves drops in.  A week prior, this trail was a hike a bike liaison stage during the EWS to begin day two.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
The surface above treeline is a stark contrast to the grippy forest loam below.  Foot out and flat out is the only way to ride this kind of terrain and Jared found it quite similar to what he rides at home in Australia.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
The Chilean hospitality is always second to none, and I don't know what we would’ve done without the help of Felipe Vasquez and his shop MTB LAB.  With bikes cleaned, bags packed, new friends and memories made, it was finally time for all of us to head home.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
While this view is quite impressive, the trails hidden under all the bright fall foliage were nothing short of incredible.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
The trails above the Nevados De Chillan Bike Park are too steep and too rugged to ride up and as is common with much of the big mountain terrain in Chile, the only option is to hike.  Always eager to get some extra training in, Jared Graves had no problem doing a few hundred lunges in order to reach the good stuff.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
There isn't a trail with more history in Chile than Parvazo.  Reached only by driving up 40 mountain switchbacks to the base of La Parva, this is the place mountain biking got its start in Chile.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
One shot, four seasons.  Spring temperatures, winter snow, fall color and summer dust greeted us as we explored the backcountry trails in Chillan.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Simple living.  We rented a small cabin in Las Trancas and our only source of heat was a very small wood-burning stove. It was a group effort to keep the fire burning during the cold morning and evening hours.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Being on the opposite side of the world means opposite seasons.  While spring was blooming for most of us in North America, it was the height of fall in Chile.  The vivid colors stood out in stark contrast to the raw and rocky mountainsides.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Hero dirt, golden light and Jared Graves fully pinned.  What else do you need to know?

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Jared Graves snakes his way through the forest of bamboo and beach trees.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
No turn is safe from the force that is Richie Rude. He relished in the combination of amazing traction and loose loam, blowing up every corner in sight again and again.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
It's all about flow in Nevados De Chillan.  Each trail we rode seemed to get better than the last as we effortlessly twisted and turned through the forest and into the valley below.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
There may have been a nice groomed run on the inside of this corner, but Richie Rude knows that to hit the real brown pow you need to go a bit out of bounds.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
After two week of roughing it in the Chilean mountains, Richie Rude was finally able to grow a mustache.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Welcome to the Andes.  Where Chillan was full of forest and loam, Parvazo is loose barren and unforgiving.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
If you look closely you can see 3 of the 40 switchbacks that it takes to reach the top of this trail far in the distance.  With almost 3500 feet of descending this is a trail that needs to be on everyone's bucket list.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
So long Nevados De Chillan.  A fitting view to end our last day in this beautiful place.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
After about 2500 feet of descending, you reach the first tree on Parvazo.  In the distance under an inversion layer of clouds lays the capital city of Santiago.

Team Yeti in Chile. Images by Dave Trumpore.
Richie Rude on his final run in Chile on a remote and rugged trail that ends nearly at the doorsteps of 6 million people in Santiago.

Riders: Jared Graves & Richie Rude
Photos: Dave Trumpore


23 Comments

  • + 23
 I've been riding the parvazo insane dh trail for more than 15 years now, I tell you the last photo of Richi Dude is waaay more scaring than it looks, you got death cliffs on each side of the trail, and theres absolutely no grip, at that point your arms and knees are destroyed, one mistake and your done... and most people ride parvazo with dh bikes, its super steep, loose and fast,.. so seeing this guys with enduro yetis sb66's.... respect
  • + 17
 we demand a video please
  • + 7
 Not one photo here will not be a POD
  • + 5
 How many POD's can you get in an article! Amazing work yeti - proud to be one of the tribe!
  • + 4
 You had me at yeti, great bikes great riders. Nice pics fellas
  • + 4
 Looks better than riding DH bikes in the rain.
  • + 1
 Even more than the amazing scenery and cool shots, I LOVE the fact that these guys are still on 26" bikes.

(I also love the fact that I have the same bike... heh heh...)

Tribe Proud!
  • + 0
 Great photos. Absolutely stunning. I can only imagine how good the riding is. Oh and I think Rude needs to hit some weights, he's looking a little thin.
  • + 1
 Fantastic photos dude! Was nice meeting and shooting alongside you! Thanks!
  • + 1
 muito bunitas fotos vose pilo bei uma bke parabeis
  • - 2
 tell those dorks to keep the dirt on the trails and stop throwing it off in the corners. That shit is irritating, that right there gives land managers good reason to build boring machine trails. This isn't super cross.
  • + 1
 Have you ever ridden a trail that has 4-6" of dust in the all the ruts, berms, and corners? I am guessing that's a no based on your above comment. Just an FYI, those trails and corners were "blown up" by 300 dorks over 3 days the week prior during the Enduro World Series and are still in perfect shape. Why is it that anytime there is a bit of dirt in the air a bunch of whiners start talking nonsense.
  • + 1
 and the bikepark is closed now, winter is coming, the trails will be destroyed and they will rebuild them in spring
  • - 1
 "No turn is safe from the force that is Richie Rude."

Nope, I have never ridden anywhere except right here. In fact, I am totally new to mountain biking. Please tell me more.
  • + 5
 A bit dense this one....
  • + 1
 Proper terrain there!
  • - 1
 i doo not really like their bikes, but the vids and photos coming from yeti are always more than good!
  • + 1
 when was the last time you rode one?
  • + 0
 tuesday. two of my riding buddies are riding a sb-66c.
personal preferences. nothing more. ;-)
  • + 1
 amazing photos
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