We're pleased to announce our latest storysite; HELL BIKING REVISITED
In August of 1988, three mountain bikers from Alaska, Roman Dial, Carl Tobin, and Jon Underwood, undertook a difficult expedition across the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range. They traveled in minimalist style, carrying no shelter, a single packraft, and riding rigid 26” wheeled mountain bikes. Their intentions weren’t about garnering accolades or celebrated ‘firsts’, but in Dial’s words, “The idea was maximal riding of the highest expedition ethic – fast, light, bold”.
Their experience, a precursor to modern bikepacking, was shared in Dial’s article “Live to Ride, Ride to Die, Mountain Bikes from Hell” in the October 1989 issue of Mountain Bike magazine.
In 2018, four friends repeated the route to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hell Biking ride and pay homage to one of the most influential events in modern adventure cycling history. This is the story of Hell Biking Revisited.
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I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.