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Hiking Bandelier to Rio Grande (16 miles) - Forgotten Ruins - Replacing the Stolen Bikes || VLOG

Updated: Oct 8, 2021


Bandelier National Monument while on contract in Fort Defiance Arizona (staying in Gallup, NM)


This week I drove out to Santa Fe to pick up a replacement roadbike I ordered from REI. Not wanting to waste the trip, I also stopped by one of my favorite places in the world - Bandelier National Monument - for a hike. I originally planned to hike the Frijoles Rim Trail but instead (since I've hiked this trail before), I decided to hike in the opposite direction down to the Rio Grande. This turned out to be a beautiful hike, if a bit longer than I thought (and a bit thirstier as I ran out of water early).

Be creative and find your adventure this week!! ✌️😎

The Beautiful Bandelier National Monument

My Theme Song for the Hike

A word on water - always bring twice as much as you think you need (also twice as much if you have a dog with you). This ended up being a 16.5 mile hike with over 2000 estimated calories burned. It was a nice day, not too hot, a little overcast at the end. I ran out of water early. Are you going to die - probably not - you can go for about 24 hours without water. Are you going to be VERY uncomfortable - ABSOLUTELY!! In addition, while you can go for quite a while without water, there is the problem of diminishing returns on your effectiveness (I noted this during my last mountain bike trip to Valley of the Gods). As you get progressively dehydrated, your ability to make progress decreases dramatically so take that into consideration. I would also highly recommend bringing electrolyte supplements as you can lose a ton of salts (both sodium and potassium) in high heat situations.

Overlooking the Rio Grande

More photography from this and other trips is available both on Instagram and here on the CAIRN Traveler Galley Page (both color and in the Western Shadows Galley in black and white).

The New (Replaced) Cycling Kit

A replacement mountain bike is ordered but I was able to replace my road bike with a basic model from REI this week though I will sorely miss my Trek Crossrip that had been with me for many years. Here's a list of some of the kit equipment if you're interested.

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