August 18, 2022

Episode 69: Gary Chrisman and his Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Adventure

On this episode: Mantras, billionaires ranches, fried chicken, DFL, and Yellowstone. We’re talking with Gary Chrisman an amazing bikepacker with a long history of outdoor adventures — skiing, BMX, backpacking and more. We talk about his “soulful cycling challenge” circumnavigating the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, riding 1,200 miles with 85,000 feet of elevation gain over 14 days.

This conversation with Gary reminded us that epic adventure can start right at your doorstep.


Show Notes

  • 01:10 – Introducing Gary Chrisman
  • 05:20 – What it was like when he started mountain biking in the late 1980s.
  • 08:10 – Overview of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ride (the GYE)
  • 14:40 – The health of the GYE from the view of a bike
  • 17:00 – Is the GYE an adventure that others can tackle?
  • 19:00 – Highs and lows on the GYE
  • 26:30 – How much food, water, etc. did you carry and what did resupply look like?
  • 31:30 – What bike did you take on the GYE?
  • 38:45 – Upcoming adventures 
  • 42:00 – Mapping and tools for route planning
  • 47:15 – E-bikes
  • 50:30 – Tubeless tires
  • 53:35 – Other recent adventures 
  • 57:05 – What are some mantras that work for you?
  • 67:50 – Wrap-up

You can find Gary on Instagram at @tetonmntrider

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