A two-wheeled ski expedition
Three mountaineers recently pulled into the parking lot at Bunny Flat with hopes of summiting Mt. Shasta ... a common enough sight during the spring climbing season.
Uncommonly, this trio was all on bicycles, having just cycled 115 miles from Mt. Lassen which they had climbed and skied the previous day. Even more unusual was that their bikes were towing small trailers packed with all the gear and supplies they needed to be self-sufficient for the next several weeks.
Their ambitious goal was to climb and ski seven major Cascade volcanoes in Northern California and Oregon, traveling from one to the next without using fossil fuels. They dubbed it the “‘Cano Tour.”
Entirely human-powered, the expedition was the brainchild of Andy Cochrane, 32, who corralled two friends – Wyatt Roscoe, 31, and Charlie Hagen, 33 – to join him in summiting and skiing Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta, Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Thielson, South Sister, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood while transporting themselves from peak to peak via bicycle.
It wasn’t the first time they had individually or collectively undertaken challenging endeavors. Their exploits include sea-kayaking from Cuba to Florida, bicycling from San Francisco to Anchorage, Alaska, and riding in the grueling high-altitude Leadville (Colorado) 100-mile bike race.
Hagen and Roscoe grew up in Jackson, Wyoming, biking, skiing, and spending a lot of time outside. Cochrane grew up in northern Minnesota with a similar childhood. None are pro athletes but train almost daily and compete successfully in amateur races. Hagen is a mechanical engineer, Roscoe an industrial designer and Cochrane a freelance writer and photographer.
They successfully completed this ‘Cano Tour in 16 days after having logged 650 miles on bikes and climbing 33,000 vertical feet on skis and more than 60,000 vertical feet on bikes.
You’ll have a chance to watch their ambitious tour at home soon, since it was filmed with plans to present it in spring 2021 at mountain film festivals and YouTube channels – a good deal for armchair athletes who prefer the comfort of their couch to a bicycle seat.