Bear Bones, the first five years … part 2

Perhaps, before we depart on the second leg of our journey down memory lane, I should apologise a little for part one. Given the title, many of you were probably expecting a retrospective look at the first five years of Bear Bones and instead, you got the three years prior to the first five years […]

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Highland Trail part 4 – Karl Booth.

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again, it might be a worthy motto to live by but it’s one that can be hard to live with. When you’ve given something your all, used every last ounce of resolve, fought tooth and nail and still ended up on the wrong side of success […]

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The passages of time … Ghost Roads.

Long, long ago, in a land not far from here, there existed a network of roads that criss-crossed the countryside joining farm to hamlet and village to town. They conveyed the righteous toward salvation, eased the passage of animals and goods, kept the news and gossip flowing and transported the bodies of the deceased from […]

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Bear Bones ‘Note to self’ stickers.

Do you ever have a wobble, a moment of self doubt, the feeling that you’ve mistaken your intentions with your abilities or that the world is conspiring to make your next hour on earth feel like an eternity in Hell? Do you find yourself sulking and sullen as you trudge up the fourth hill of […]

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Highland Trail part 3 – Rich, Shona and a tandem.

Don’t confuse simple with easy. While it’s true that bikepacking and in particular racing, can strip away the largely superficial aspects of life and provide a simpler existence … it often, isn’t an easy one. Changeable weather conditions, long days and big miles and lack of sleep aren’t the usual ingredients most people would include, […]

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Highland Trail part 2 – Ian Fitzpatrick

I generally consider myself a glass half full type person but I’m also a realist, so I happily accept that sometimes things won’t turn out exactly as you’d hoped. Luckily, life tends to balance itself out and on occasion your glass isn’t just half full but overflowing. It seems you can do no wrong, every […]

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Bear Bones, the first five years … part 1.

Although ‘Bear Bones’ is only five years old, it was actually conceived over three years earlier. I realise that’s quite a long gestation period but these things can’t be rushed. As a pre-bikepacking bikepacker, a random post on Singletrackworld caught my eye. Its title contained the words ‘great divide’ and loosely woven through the thread […]

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Highland Trail part 1 – Philip Addyman.

‘They’ say that, it’s the taking part rather than the winning which counts. I say, that’s an untruth spoken by and for those of us who’ve never won anything beyond a coconut. However, there are other ways of winning. Sometimes it’s not about crossing the line first, it’s about crossing the line, knowing that you […]

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Food for thought … No one told me there’d be days like these.

As bikepacking becomes ever more popular, it seems that there’s ever more people trying to tempt the unwary to venture away from the trail centre or off the sofa and into the hills. The words and images used, make it a tempting prospect but you must exercise caution, as these words and pictures are often […]

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