We here at Salsa are excited to present our second ISSUU publication; Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes. Follow Kurt Refsnider and Kaitlyn Boyle’s two-wheeled immersion in the geography, culture, and rhythm of the Southern Andes through their trip journal and photography.
Unfamiliar environments, mediocre maps, a language barrier, and resistance to a strict itinerary all played roles in how this bikepacking trip went. Though Kurt and Kaitlyn are never ones to hatch garden-variety travel plans, they faced much more than they bargained for.
When all was said and done, though, the impression this part of the world left on them was palpable. As Kurt said, “I was told there was nothing in Patagonia. But here, I found everything. In Patagonia, I found a place where modern exists with a strong retention of the timeless sense of frontier freedom.”
We hope you enjoy Bikepacking Patagonia: Finding Everything in the Southern Andes, and that it inspires you to pedal out, ready to embrace the unexpected. Some of the greatest rewards of bikepacking reveal themselves when you do.
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I had to live on both coasts a couple of times to realize that maybe being born in the Midwest wasn’t just arbitrary. I’m drawn to the terrain here, and if you catch me with one of this region’s supreme IPAs in hand, I’ll talk your ear off about my favorite spots. I’ll always take every opportunity though to explore every nook and cranny anywhere I can on a bike, because that’s what makes me feel most alive.