Com­bin­ing cycling and camp­ing, bikepack­ers often cov­er 30 to 80 miles of trail a day, allow­ing for longer expe­di­tions in less time com­pared to stan­dard foot trav­el. For inspi­ra­tion, check out these eight awe­some bikepack­ing routes.

The Ari­zona Trail, Arizona
The Ari­zona Trail spans 800 miles through a vari­ety of Ari­zona ecosys­tems rang­ing from the Sono­ran Desert to the San Fran­cis­co Peaks, with remote land­scapes and scarce water defin­ing much of the trek. Pack and plan accord­ing­ly, and be ready to clean sand and dirt out of your derailleur. The Ari­zona Trail can be yours on a bike in less than a month.

Kokopel­li Trail, Col­orado & Utah
The Kokopel­li Trail fol­lows the Col­orado Plateau for 140-plus miles, con­nect­ing Grand Junc­tion, Col­orado, to Moab, Utah, and expos­ing the beau­ti­ful scenery found between these two icon­ic adven­ture loca­tions. Skirt­ing along sin­gle­track, hard­pack, and slick­rock, the Kokopel­li Trail mean­ders along the Col­orado Riv­er through ghost towns and dense pine forests.

The Kenai 250, Alaska
Eas­i­ly acces­si­ble from Anchor­age, the Kenai 250 begins and ends in the small com­mu­ni­ty of Hope and dives into the Chugach Nation­al For­est, con­nect­ing some of Alaska’s best sin­gle­track. With sev­er­al looped route options, the Kenai 250 is cus­tomiz­able for the time and ener­gy you can spend cycling. With the remote sec­tions of the Kenai 250, wildlife sight­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties include griz­zly bear and moose. Prop­er plan­ning and self-suf­fi­cien­cy is vital.

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Green Moun­tain Grav­el Growler, Vermont
The Green Moun­tain Grav­el Growler links the best moun­tain bik­ing in Ver­mont to the area’s many fine craft brew­eries. Along­side 13 craft brew­eries found on the 250-plus mile looped route, rid­ers on the Green Moun­tain Grav­el Growler will ped­al past post­card-wor­thy towns set against rur­al Ver­mont countryside–it’s espe­cial­ly scenic with Autumn colors.

Tour De Chequamegon, Wisconsin
Home to the Amer­i­can Birke­bein­er, it’s no sur­prise that the Chequamegon-Nico­let Nation­al For­est hosts many adven­ture activ­i­ties, includ­ing the eas­i­ly acces­si­ble Tour De Chequamegon bikepack­ing route. Span­ning 110 miles with­in the Nation­al For­est, and uti­liz­ing for­est ser­vice roads to nav­i­gate the glaciat­ed ter­rain and con­nect with over 40 devel­oped camp­sites, the rel­a­tive­ly flat ter­rain of the Tour De Chequamegon makes it a great intro­duc­tion into bikepack­ing. For a lit­tle com­mu­ni­ty spir­it, the annu­al Tour De Chequamegon Group Ride takes place each Octo­ber, which can help with rid­ing logistics.

Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota
Tout­ed as North Dakota’s best-kept secret, the Maah Daah Hey Trail expos­es back­pack­ers and bike rid­ers to a scenic show of Bad­lands infused with prairie grass. The Maah Daah Hey Trail stretch­es 144 miles, and the total trail sys­tem adds an extra 50 miles of con­nect­ing trails. Each seg­ment of the Maah Daah Hey Trail intro­duces users to a vari­ety of land­scapes includ­ing ice caves, mas­sive plateaus, and jagged out­crop­pings, expos­ing a rugged side of North Dako­ta worth vis­it­ing. A major high­light along the Maah Daah Hey Trail includes Theodore Roo­sevelt Nation­al Park, where roam­ing bison and fer­al hors­es share the stun­ning landscape.

Oregon’s Big Coun­try Trail
Span­ning for more than 350 miles in South­ern Ore­gon, the Big Coun­try Trail takes rid­ers into remote areas full of nat­ur­al beau­ty. Not suit­able for inex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers or unpre­pared cyclists, the Big Coun­try Trail has lim­it­ed water sources. Despite the rugged con­di­tions and some­times hard to nav­i­gate dirt trail and sage­brush, the views and untouched wilder­ness makes it worth­while. High­lights include the Trout Creek Moun­tains, the remote feel­ing of back­coun­try trav­el, and the south­ern Ore­gon unique sight­ing of wild horses.

Great Divide Moun­tain Bike Route—Montana, Wyoming, Col­orado, and New Mexico
Fol­low­ing the Con­ti­nen­tal Divide for over 2,500 miles through four states, the Great Divide Moun­tain Bik­ing Route will test your legs and spir­it. Tra­vers­ing upon hall­marks of the Nation­al Park Sys­tem, includ­ing Glac­i­er, Yel­low­stone, and Rocky Moun­tain, the Great Divide tra­vers­es wilder­ness rang­ing from lush riv­er val­leys to high desert plains and fol­lows a pri­mar­i­ly non-paved path includ­ing for­est ser­vice roads and sin­gle­track. Rid­ers must work for their rewards on the Great Divide Moun­tain Bike Trail, and no mat­ter how fit you might be, 2,500 miles is noth­ing to sneeze at. Deeply engage in train­ing and trip plan­ning, and per­haps break the trail up into small­er chunks. The Great Divide Moun­tain Bike Trail will get you hooked on bikepack­ing for life.

Before explor­ers had maps, com­pass­es, and hand­held GPS devices, humankind was nav­i­gat­ing the world using direc­tion­al clues in the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment. There is infor­ma­tion hid­den all around us—in the sun, moon, stars, clouds, weath­er pat­terns, chang­ing tides, plant growth and more. Here are a few quick nat­ur­al nav­i­gat­ing wilder­ness tips:

Use Clues To Find The Sun
The sun ris­es in the east and sets in the west. In the mid­dle of the day, the sun will show you which way is south. Even if you can’t see the sun on a cloudy sky, you can ass­es which direc­tion is south by feel­ing a damp rock. If one side feels dry­er or warmer than the oth­er, chances are it’s the south­ern aspect. Be warned: the myth about moss grow­ing on the north sides of trees is just that—a myth.

Learn To Find Polaris
Polaris is less than one degree from the celes­tial pole—making it one of the eas­i­est ways to iden­ti­fy car­di­nal direc­tions at night. Also called the North Star, it has been doc­u­ment­ed over the ages in cul­tures through­out the North­ern Hemi­sphere. “It was Gra­had­hara in North­ern India and Yil­duz in Turkey. It has been known as al-Qiblah to the Arabs, in tes­ta­ment to its aid in find­ing the direc­tion of Mec­ca. The Chi­nese had at least four names for it,” writes nav­i­ga­tion expert Tris­tan Gooley.

To find Polaris, use the Big Dip­per as ref­er­ence. You’ll see the three stars of the dipper’s “han­dle,” and four stars that make up the “dip­per.” Mea­sure the dis­tance between the two far­thest-right stars in the dip­per, then fol­low an imag­i­nary line between them and up and to the right. The dis­tance to the North Star is five times the dis­tance between the point­er stars. (Tip: Polaris is the bright­est star in its imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty, so if you see two stars of sim­i­lar bright­ness close to each oth­er, you’re look­ing in the wrong place.)

Use Nat­ur­al Handrails
A handrail is an immov­able nat­ur­al or man­made land­mark. You can use this as a point of ref­er­ence as you trav­el. For exam­ple, hik­ers might look at a map and make a men­tal note to keep a riv­er on their left-hand side as they trav­el, and boaters might stay between a chain of islands and the mainland’s shore. Using a handrail can let you trav­el rel­a­tive­ly quick­ly while stay­ing on a route as you’re nav­i­gat­ing in the wilderness.

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The weath­er out­side may be fright­ful, but you don’t have to let that keep you off your bike. With prop­er prepa­ra­tion and the right frame of mind, you can make moun­tain bik­ing a year-round sport. Fol­low these tips to keep on track right through winter.

Prep Your Bike
The good news is you don’t need a spe­cial­ized bike to put tires to snow—unless you’re look­ing for an excuse to buy a new ride, in which case go for it. Keep your tire pres­sure about 10–15 psi below nor­mal for the smoothest, most skid-free expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. If you want to invest in a win­ter tire, choose one with wide-spaced lugs to help pre­vent the buildup of slushy frozen mud. Be sure to clean your bike after each use, as your tires will like­ly kick up a cor­ro­sive slur­ry of ice and road-clear­ing salt.

Dress for Success
As with most cold weath­er sports, dress­ing in lay­ers and sport­ing win­ter acces­sories can help keep you com­fort­able and safe. Obvi­ous­ly, the more the tem­per­a­ture drops, the more you’ll need to bun­dle. Your needs might range from adding knee warm­ers or thick­er socks at about 55° Fahren­heit to long-sleeve jer­seys, vests, and cycling tights at freez­ing temps. For snowy or extreme­ly cold con­di­tions, invest in a pair of win­ter cycling gloves and a pair of stretchy water­proof cycling booties to be worn over your reg­u­lar bike shoes. Add a pair of well-fit­ted sun­glass­es to help with the glare from the sun or snow.

Get Psy­ched Up
Prob­a­bly the biggest chal­lenge of a win­ter ride is get­ting moti­vat­ed to head out in the cold when you could be sip­ping cocoa by the fire. But when you’re appro­pri­ate­ly attired, you’ll be ready to han­dle the ele­ments. And every­body gets stir crazy just hang­ing around inside. Exer­cise is a great mood boost­er and stress reliev­er, so get out there and go for it.

Loosen Up a Little
In the cold, we tend to tense and hunch. But if you want a fun, injury-free ride, you’d bet­ter relax. Keep your arms and legs flex­i­ble to absorb the shock of frozen ground. Make like a cow­poke and keep a stand­ing, bow­legged stance. The faster you trav­el, the far­ther ahead you need to look. Focus­ing on the track below your tires makes it impos­si­ble to pre­pare for unex­pect­ed obsta­cles ahead. If you’re feel­ing a lit­tle shaky or are strug­gling to stay loose and flex­i­ble, give your­self a pep talk. Stay­ing pos­i­tive and stay­ing focused can help you to gain con­fi­dence as you ride.

Hydrate!
Chilly weath­er doesn’t exempt you from drink­ing water. Even though your sweat might evap­o­rate more quick­ly in the dry, cold air, you’ll still be sweat­ing hard. A good rule of thumb for a low-tem­per­a­ture ride is to con­sume 16 ounces of water per hour, but we all sweat at dif­fer­ent rates. You can fig­ure out your ide­al hydra­tion plan by sim­ply weigh­ing your­self before and after a ride. If you weigh less after your ride, you’ve prob­a­bly per­spired hard and need to up your water intake. If you’ve gained some weight, you could be over­do­ing it, so sip a lit­tle less next time.

Respect Trail Closures
Bikes can be tough on sen­si­tive trail sys­tems, etch­ing them into a messy, haz­ardous criss­cross. Gen­er­al­ly, if you’re just deal­ing with fresh crisp snow, it’ll be fine to ride. Avoid super mud­dy trails, which are sus­cep­ti­ble to scar­ring from your tire tracks. Check con­di­tions before head­ing out to find the best spot for your ride.

Be good to your trails, and they’ll be good to you.

It’s no secret that Cal­i­for­nia offers some of the best surf­ing, skiing/snowboarding, moun­tain bik­ing, and rock climb­ing in the Unit­ed States. The state’s diverse geog­ra­phy is a big rea­son why so many action sports ath­letes call Cal­i­for­nia home. With the sup­port of Clif Bar, Jere­my Jones (Pro­fes­sion­al Big Moun­tain Snow­board­er), Greg Long (Pro­fes­sion­al Big Wave Surfer), Hila­ree O’Neill (Pro­fes­sion­al Ski Moun­taineer), and Matt Hunter (Pro­fes­sion­al Moun­tain Bik­er) skied, climbed, moun­tain biked, and surfed their way from the Sier­ra Neva­da Moun­tains to the Pacif­ic Ocean in a sin­gle day of end­less adven­ture. Watch as these world-class ath­letes put their ath­leti­cism to the test out­side of their com­fort zones while enjoy­ing a “Dream Day” in California.

How many of your favorite activ­i­ties can you pack into a sin­gle day?

Ray Petro
Ray Petro

For hard­core moun­tain bike rid­ers, Ray’s MTB Indoor Park in Cleve­land is a leg­endary des­ti­na­tion. Built out of the neces­si­ty for a place to ride dur­ing the long Ohio win­ters, the park is the brain­child of Ray Petro, a man who saw the poten­tial of such a facil­i­ty, and pur­sued that dream even when every­one around him said it was a fool­ish endeav­or. The sto­ry of how this place first came togeth­er is the sub­ject of a new book enti­tled Ray’s: The Inspi­ra­tional True Sto­ry of the World’s First Indoor Moun­tain Bike Park by Johnathon Allen; it shares the tale of how Ray was first saved from sub­stance abuse and addic­tion by his love for moun­tain bik­ing and lat­er came up with the con­cept that would even­tu­al­ly become the MTB Indoor Park. It is an inspi­ra­tional sto­ry filled with wit, charm, and humor that is sure to enter­tain read­ers – whether they are moun­tain bik­ers or not. Recent­ly, we sat down with the author.

Johnathon Allen
Johnathon Allen

THE CLYMB: How did you orig­i­nal­ly meet Ray? When did you become friends?
JOHNATHON ALLEN: The first time I spoke with Ray was in 2008 when Moun­tain Bike mag­a­zine asked me to write a pro­file on him. But we didn’t meet until 2010 when I went to the Cleve­land park to do a sto­ry on Women’s Week­end for Bike. We’ve always had a nat­ur­al rapport.

THE CLYMB: What ini­tial­ly drew you to Ray’s sto­ry? What made you want to write a book about his life?
ALLEN: He’s had such a crazy unique life. He’s real­ly one of the last peo­ple you’d expect to change moun­tain bike cul­ture. I think that’s what makes his sto­ry inter­est­ing. When I did the pro­file for Moun­tain Bike I knew there was a great book there—one that would be appeal­ing to addicts and entre­pre­neurs alike, not just moun­tain bikers.

THE CLYMB: What did you find more interesting—the sto­ry of Ray’s life or the tale of build­ing the world’s first indoor moun­tain bike park?
ALLEN: Giv­en the sor­did cast of rock stars, mob­sters, coke deal­ers, and FBI agents … this is not your typ­i­cal moun­tain bike sto­ry. The two are almost one and the same. But if I have to make a dis­tinc­tion, the sto­ry of how the first park mate­ri­al­ized is pret­ty amazing.

THE CLYMB: What traits do you see in Ray that you believe helped make him a suc­cess­ful per­son? 
ALLEN: Ray is relent­less at what­ev­er he sets his mind to. And he’s very com­mit­ted to his vision. Once he gets an idea in his head, he obsess­es about it in a way nor­mal peo­ple don’t. It’s a qua­si-man­ic trait com­mon to a lot of the suc­cess­ful cre­atives I’ve known. 

THE CLYMB: You’re a moun­tain bik­er your­self. What was your reac­tion the first time you heard that some­one had built an indoor moun­tain bike park? 
ALLEN: Actu­al­ly, a friend in Cleve­land told me about Ray’s the first year it opened. My friend sug­gest­ed I come out and do a sto­ry on it. But I just shrugged it off since I live in Ore­gon. We have world-class trails. Why would I want to ride inside a fac­to­ry build­ing in the Mid­west? How inter­est­ing could it be? I was very wrong.

THE CLYMB: And when you rode the park for the first time? What were your thoughts?
ALLEN: Wow.

THE CLYMB: In writ­ing this book, did you dis­cov­er the secret of what makes a suc­cess­ful indoor moun­tain bike park?
ALLEN: I like to think so. But there’s some­thing inef­fa­ble about Ray’s. If you’re going to reach the kind of cult-like sta­tus that entices peo­ple to dri­ve cross-coun­try, I think you need more than just a cool prod­uct peo­ple real­ly want. You need soul.

Ray Petro
Ray Petro

THE CLYMB: Why do you think no one else has been able to repli­cate Ray’s suc­cess? Is he the secret ingre­di­ent?
ALLEN: I wouldn’t rule it out. But the fact is, usu­al­ly oth­ers try­ing to do the same thing set­tle for a build­ing that just isn’t big enough. The Lum­ber­yard in Port­land is a good exam­ple. You can only pack so much bike wattage inside a for­mer bowl­ing alley. Ray was very for­tu­nate to hap­pen on the Cleve­land ray­on fac­to­ry when he did. It gave the idea the room to grow.

THE CLYMB: What is the most inspir­ing aspect of Ray’s sto­ry for you per­son­al­ly?
ALLEN: If a crazy, off-the-rails coke­head par­ty ani­mal can change his life so rad­i­cal­ly that it changes the world, then any­one is capa­ble of anything.

THE CLYMB: What has the response from read­ers been over the book so far? 
ALLEN: Peo­ple love it. It’s a great story.

THE CLYMB: What mes­sage do you hope read­ers take away from the book?
ALLEN: I guess that depends on who they are. If they’re an addict, I’d want them to real­ize they have the pow­er to rad­i­cal­ly change their lives for the bet­ter. If they’re an entre­pre­neur, I’d want them to feel inspired to keep pur­su­ing their crazy dreams. If they’re a moun­tain bik­er, I hope it makes them want to ride the parks. There’s noth­ing else like them.

THE CLYMB: What’s next for you? Any oth­er books in the works? New projects?
ALLEN: I have some fresh pitch­es mak­ing the rounds. We’ll see what catch­es. I’d love to do anoth­er non-fic­tion biog­ra­phy. Few things are more intrigu­ing to me than telling real sto­ries about real people. 

You can get a copy signed by Ray him­self on the book’s offi­cial web­site

Kel­ly McGar­ry didn’t win the Gold at the Red Bull Ram­page 2013, but he did win mas­sive props for his 72-foot-long back­flip over a canyon gap. This new footage from his GoPro Cam­era gives us palm-sweat­ing insight into what it’s like to put togeth­er a Sil­ver Medal run.

Watch his face melt­ing speed down the spine. Hear him hum gui­tar riffs as he amps him­self up for big hits. Lis­ten to the crowd erupt in applause when he lands the canyon gap back­flip. And be in awe not just of McGarry’s run, but of our abil­i­ty to be right there with him. 

In this video, pro­fes­sion­al tri­als rid­er Mar­tyn Ash­ton takes a $10,000-plus Tour de France-qual­i­ty road bike and rides it like he is out for a romp on his tri­als bike. Watch as he takes this car­bon fiber rig off drops, ped­al-kicks gaps, flips, spins, and all out shreds on this rac­ing machine. You might need some­one to pick your jaw up off the floor after watch­ing this video.

The folks at Clymb head­quar­ters rel­ish the out­door oppor­tu­ni­ties that abound in and around our quirky lit­tle city. Even though we like to com­plain about the rain, we know that the cli­mate is a key con­trib­u­tor to the nat­ur­al land­scapes, flo­ra, and fau­na that we love. We take pride in our city.

Our Beloved Sandy
Our Beloved Sandy

One of our favorite haunts is Sandy Ridge, a stun­ning sys­tem of moun­tain bike trails tucked into the canopy of trees that lies just beneath the majesty of Mt. Hood, Ore­gon’s tallest moun­tain. A 45-minute dri­ve from town will have you at the trail­head. From there, you’ll be huff­ing and puff­ing up For­est Ser­vice roads then hoot­ing and hol­ler­ing as you careen down miles of ultra-flowy sin­gle­track trail.

Stand­ing around the water cool­er after a well-spent week­end on Sandy Ridge, employ­ees exhib­it a gleam in our eyes and a twinge in our low­er backs. Many of us help devel­op local trails as well as ride them. We’ve chocked up as many hours han­dling a Pulas­ki as we have sit­ting in the sad­dle. So nat­u­ral­ly, we were stoked when the phil­an­throp­i­cal bicy­cling brand Bell Hel­mets announced an excit­ing new initiative.

AHHHH!
Sun­light through the trees.

Part­ner­ing with IMBA (Inter­na­tion­al Moun­tain Bicy­cling Asso­ci­a­tion), Bell Hel­mets has estab­lished a new social-media-based fund­ing pro­gram called BELL BUILT that aims to give back to the next gen­er­a­tion of rid­ers through $100K in grants.  This mon­ey will help to main­tain three exist­ing trail sys­tems through­out the coun­try. Twelve areas have been cho­sen for con­sid­er­a­tion, and you can click on each one indi­vid­u­al­ly through Bel­l’s Face­book page to learn more. You can then vote on your favorite option, and you’ll be entered into a sweep­stakes where you can win hel­mets, appar­el, and even an all-expens­es paid cycling adven­ture. Vot­ing ends April 12, 2013.

Clymb employee Sarah enjoying an early season ride.
Clymb employ­ee Sarah enjoy­ing an ear­ly sea­son ride.

Here’s the kick­er. Our beloved Sandy Ridge just so hap­pens to be on that list. So click through to vote on your favorite area for a good cause, and if you hap­pen to be a PNW local or just don’t quite know which trail to vote for, maybe you could show Sandy a lit­tle love. Every option on this list is a great choice, and we’d like to encour­age you to vote so you can get out­side and enjoy the places you love.

 

If you like read­ing about trail devel­op­ment and the great things that are hap­pen­ing with­in moun­tain bik­ing com­mu­ni­ties, have a look at our local North­west Trail Alliance web­site here.

 

Sad­ly, many of life’s great firsts aren’t cap­tured on film that’s why it’s a spe­cial treat when we can wit­ness a 2‑year-old catch­ing his first wave or a tod­dler learn­ing to climb. Lucky for 5‑year-old Mal­colm, he’ll be able to relive his first time bomb­ing down Hel­lion Bike Trail in High­land Park, New Hamp­shire for years to come thanks to the cam­era mount­ed to his hel­met. The video is a bit long at 9 min­utes, but you don’t have to wait very long for payoff.

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Mem­bers, click through for insid­er pric­ing on dai­ly deals!

Fresh on the menu today:

De Rosa: Ugo De Rosa began man­u­fac­tur­ing bicy­cle frames at 18 years of age. Half a cen­tu­ry lat­er, still designed in the moun­tains of Italy, the icon­ic brand focus­es on using cut­ting-edge and time-test­ed mate­ri­als to build evo­lu­tion­ary rac­ing machines. De Rosa bicy­cle frames have been a fix­ture in the pro­fes­sion­al pelo­ton since the 1960’s and his bikes have graced count­less podi­ums through­out the world to this day. Click through now to see the stun­ning collection.

 

Moun­tain Bik­ing Appar­el & Acces­soriesGear up to savor some sin­gle­track or dom­i­nate the down­hill with this com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of moun­tain bike appar­el and acces­sories by top brands in the fat-tire game, includ­ing DAKINE, Dainese, Kona, and more. Don’t miss out! 

 

Road Cycling Appar­el & Footwear: You used to dream of being in a band. Instead, you set­tled on being a road­ie, rock­ing the asphalt on two wheels every day. At least you can still wear span­dex. Gear up for your next gig with some­thing from this large col­lec­tion of cycling footwear and appar­el by pre­mi­um brands.

 

Cycling Hel­mets: Check yo’ head. Falling off a bike hurts. Whether it’s on pave­ment, slick­rock, or a root-strewn trail, do the smart thing and wear one of these hel­mets. We’re fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of styles from Uvex, LAS, and Limar to help keep your brain sharp for years to come.

 

Bike Com­po­nents, Tires, & More:  Get insid­er pric­ing on every­thing you need for sum­mer cycling for some of the top brands in the cycling world. This com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion fea­tures Brooks sad­dles, Fyx­a­tion tires, Crankbroth­ers stems, ped­als, and much more. Ride on!

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS:

Mag­el­lan Sets Sail: Did you know?

On August 10th, 1519 (that’s today!), Fer­di­nand Mag­el­lan’s five ships raised their sails to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the globe. They got nowhere fast. The fleet sailed from Seville to the Span­ish coast, where they pro­ceed­ed to anchor for five weeks wait­ing for pro­vi­sions to bol­ster their sup­plies. After the lay­over, Mag­el­lan and com­pa­ny crossed the Atlantic in three months and spot­ted South Amer­i­ca on Decem­ber 6th, anchor­ing near present day Rio de Janeiro. They sailed down the South Amer­i­can coast until they dis­cov­ered a deep brine pas­sage. On All Sain­t’s Day, Mag­el­lan’s ships entered the strait and became the first Euro­peans to reach Tier­ra del Fuego on the Pacif­ic side of the strait, which has now been named the Strait of Magellan.

Like choco­late and peanut but­ter, we’ve got two events that go great together.

DAKINE: Moun­tain Bike appar­el, acces­sories and packs. Slip into items like the Men’s Blitz Jack­et - breath­able, water­proof — or the Wom­en’s Echo Short Sleeve Jer­sey — wicks mois­ture and keeps you unbe­liev­ably cool and dry — all at up to 60% off. 

And SixSixOne pro­tec­tive bike gear. SixSixOne is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the best rid­ing per­for­mance gear and we’re com­mit­ted to bring­ing it to you at great sav­ings. Mem­bers of The Clymb can shop their hel­mets, shin guards, gloves, body armor and more at up to 50% off, start­ing now.

If you can’t access the sales events, it prob­a­bly means you’re not yet a mem­ber. Instead of scold­ing you, I’ll be hap­py to extend a mem­ber­ship invi­ta­tion if you come by and vis­it us on Twit­ter or Face­book.

For over 20 years, IMBA (Inter­na­tion­al Moun­tain Bicy­cling Asso­ci­a­tion) has brought out the best in moun­tain bik­ing by encour­ag­ing low-impact rid­ing, vol­un­teer trail­work par­tic­i­pa­tion, coop­er­a­tion among dif­fer­ent trail user groups, grass­roots advo­ca­cy, inno­v­a­tive trail man­age­ment solutions.

We’re proud to join them on their mis­sion to cre­ate, enhance, and pre­serve great trail expe­ri­ences for moun­tain bik­ers world­wide. For the next 30 days, mem­bers of The Clymb will receive exclu­sive mem­ber pric­ing on IMBA gear and appar­el. All pro­ceeds will go to sup­port IMBA in their endeavors.