FitTrip Bikes’ Marine Review: The Heart of an Adventurer

I rode through the heart of the monsoon season along the Konkan coast: my first bikepacking ride in India, that took me through 1000+ kms of salt, sand, gravel & country roads, not to forget the jaw-dropping vistas. My only support: a trailbike, nay, a fatbike to be precise: the Marine. Are fatbikes niche and how did mine hold up through rocky mud roads, record rainfall & floods? Here's my take on the Marine fatbike.

Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 3 - There and back again (to Osla)

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make a final push towards Har Ki Dun in a approaching snowstorm. This is the third and final part of the trek journal

Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 2 - Taluka to Osla and beyond

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make my way from Taluka to Osla and beyond in Part 2 of my trek journal.

Har Ki Dun March 2017. Part 1- Nainbagh to Taluka.

Har Ki Dun Valley is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. This valley is at an altitude of approx 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka (Uttarakhand). Travel with me as I make my way to Taluka village in Part 1 of my trek journal.

Alone in the Wilderness

At age 51, Dick Proenneke chose a life in the wilderness, built a cabin for himself in the extreme rugged clime of untouched Alaska. He lived there for the next 30 years, his life a meditative exercise in living responsibly, simply and joyfully. Over the 30 years, he wrote in his journal every day, maintaining a rich documentation of his daily life, his commune with nature around him and a meticulous recording of meteorological data. These journals & the film footage he has recorded using his 16mm wind-up camera let us look into a life led with a strong work and wilderness ethic, a life led with extreme contentment.

He would have turned 100 in 2016. We celebrate the man, his life and his message in this review.

The 5 gadgets that are always in my backpack

We've been often asked about the electronic gadgets we carry on our trek. Here's our list of the 5 gadgets we absolutely don't leave without. Life is so much simpler with them, these basic must-own gadgets ably equip us on our treks. This list of life-saving, trek-saving and memory-saving items should help you decide what makes it to your backpack.