Snowy Volcano Villarica – Pucón

Previously, the idea of climbing with so many people may have bothered me but after climbing mountains, camping in nature and being outdoors for a few years, I have found myself far more accepting of crowds. The craving to get away from society has noticeably diminished and seeking pure solitude has dropped down my list of priorities. Before…

Managing Inevitable Zip Failure on a Long Bicycle Tour

WARNING: this post is about zip repair, which may be quite dull for some. But if you’re going on a long tour it could be quite handy. Top tips / short version: Clean and lubricate the zip (e.g. candle wax, soft 2B pencil, some kind of specialist zip lube: e.g. this ). Fix slider with pliers. Bring spare sliders…

Optimum Productivity on a Bicycle Tour

It’s a cliche. But it’s true. We live in a world of distraction. Every moment of our day ‘things’ are jumping out at us for our attention.  Most of them do nothing to further what is most important to us and should be classed as shallow activities with little meaning to us. In this regard, social media…

AirBnB Thief, Thank You For Robbing My Camera

No, I really mean that. This isn’t irony. A three day visit to the picturesque port city of Valparaiso in Chile turned into a testing moment of mental fortitude for me after my expensive camera and external disc drive with years of photos was swiped in a hostel I was staying in.  I had been…

Effing Hot Ruta 40 – Cafayate to Jachal, North Argentina

“Why?” Endless stretches of paved road disappearing into infinity. At times hours would go by and it was hard to tell if I had actually progressed.  The death of my phone and thereby podcasts and various educational audio literature I like to listen to compounded the boredom to ‘hard to bear’ levels. All the while…