Building a Memorial and Bikepacking the Impassible in Pakistan

Essays From the Field
We’d been on the Choktoi Glacier deep in the Karakorum Mountains of Pakistan for about a week, building a memorial for two departed climbing friends and boyfriends. Our basecamp was at about 14,000-feet in elevation, and slowly our bodies began to adapt to the shortness of breath and thin air. The locals--every single one of them--while all super nice, felt the need to tell us that bikes have never been up to into the mountains. We soon found out why. Read the rest