Monday, July 4, 2011

Bikerafting Alaska's Lost Coast.

Long before I'd finished the video below, I knew that I needed to do more than just compile said video. I knew that I needed to do a full-blown writeup with explanatory images appended. Too many stories to be told, none of them properly tellable in video form.

And I will. I'll probably do a full-on gear-geek-out (what worked, what didn't, why, and what I'm changing for the next one...) too.

But not now. Summer is short, much to be done while it lingers.
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We successfully traversed from Yakutat to Gustavus. In Roman's words:

225 miles total.
135 miles riding every sort of beach sediment you can imagine.
65 miles paddling lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, sloughs, oceans, bays, fiords -- we used our boats 25 times.
25 miles of mostly stumblef*cking.

We averaged 3.3 mph on bike (including rest breaks), 0.6 mph stumblef*cking on the boulders or f*cksticked bear trails, and 2.3 mph on the paddling stretches. That's with the fat bikes on board.
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Please, please take the time to sit back and relax with this one. I feel strongly that it is worth watching in it's entirety, perhaps more than once, and not just on your iphone while commuting. Sooooo much crammed into that 10 minutes--watch it twice and you'll get twice as much out of it.

Thanks much for checking in.