BIKEPACKING ACROSS THE ATACAMA

beyond trails in the world's driest desert

Written by Secret Compass

To the west of the Andes, in northern Chile sits the driest non-polar desert in the world, the Atacama. With Robin Munshaw, Lorraine Blancher embarked on her own human-powered venture, taking to the unmapped trails and canyons as they bikepacked across the desert.

“Every new trail you travel, on or off the beaten path, brings uncertainty,” says Lorraine. “Riding bikes in a place like this forces you to pay attention to the terrain and listen closely to suggestions on how to move through it. Instead of success and failure, you come to think in terms of adaptation and forward motion.”

 

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