Video of the Week: Beyond Trails – Atacama

Where do you find inspiration? Do you seek it in the exploits of adventurers long past, the stories of overlanders circumnavigating the globe, or perhaps right here in the articles and posts shared amidst our members? I find that inspiration can be found anywhere if you know where to look, but sometimes it is simply everywhere. Take the world of bikepacking for example. There’s just something so beautiful and primal about exploring the earth under your own power, and few people have the stamina and determination to do it. Lorraine Blancher and Robin Munshaw certainly do though. Their drive to explore the unknown has led them to some of the most remote regions of our planet, and if their videos don’t inspire you to do the same, I don’t know what will. Their most recent trip followed unmapped trails through the Atacama, down the foot trails of our ancient ancestors. This video tells their story.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.