Stories

Every adventure creates a story and nothing makes us more happy than being able to share these tales and experiences with others. If you love adventure, travel or just getting out on the trail then this is the place for you.

Across our ‘H+I Stories’ you’ll find travel inspiration and advice to help you towards your next mountain bike adventure. We also have great tips to improve your bike handling, maintenance skills and fitness; all from the minds of our outstanding team of international guiding experts.

We hope you enjoy delving into each story and look forward to hearing any advice comments you might have too.

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Crossing Land and Water – Bikerafting the Great Wilderness

Bikerafting adventure! Join guest blogger Catriona Sutherland on a Bikerafting expedition on the north west coast of the Scottish Highlands.

Exploring the Yukon In Photos

Join us for our ‘Yukon in photos’ feature as we travel to the Yukon and show Scotty Laughland the MTB wonders that lay in Canada’s north western territory.

MTBMinute – how to hike a bike

Master the art of hike-a-bike in our latest #MTBminute video

Tackling the Old Ghost Road on 2 Wheels

We take the Yeti Tribe on a 2-day expedition into the rainforest of the Old Ghost Road in New Zealand

New video documentary: RJ ‘Ripper’ Magar

Watch the new video documentary on our guide RJ Ripper Magar, Nepali mountain bike legend!

How to pack your bike

Learn how to pack your mountain bike for travel in our latest #MTBminute video

MTBminute Attack Position

Learn how to master the attack position in our #MTBminute video.

MTBminute Shimano Brake Bleed

Learn how to bleed Shimano brakes in our first #MTBminute video.

24 Hours In Trieste

Here’s our handy guide for how best to spend 24 hours in Trieste before your mountain bike tour in Croatia

The Developing Croatian MTB Scene

Discover the developing Croatian mtb scene

International Yeti Tribe Gathering New Zealand In Photos

See all the photos from the 3rd International Yeti Tribe Gathering in New Zealand!

Our Top 10 Mountain Bike Trails Around The World

See which trails rank in our Top 10 mountain bike trails around the world

Mountain Bike Tour Colorado Photo Diary

Delve into the diverse trails and landscapes of our new mountain bike tour in Colorado in Ross’ fabulous photo diary

RJ ‘RIPPER’ – A National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2018

Our Nepali guide RJ ‘Ripper’ Magar has been nominated one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year!

Pre Season Scout on Skye – Mountain Biking the Quiraing

We head to the Isle of Skye to ride the Quiraing, a landscape straight out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

The Art of Adventure video

Watch our new edit of video footage taken from Spain, Chile, Slovenia and Norway and get a flavour of the Art of Adventure™

At Home With Our Local Guides: Erin Greene, Queenstown

We catch up with our local New Zealand guide Erin Greene on her home trails around Queenstown

Riding the Mustang Valley, Nepal

Guest blogger Catriona Sutherland takes us along on her mountain bike journey into the wild and windy depths of the Mustang Valley, Nepal.

At home with our local guides, Jono Baldwin, Carrbridge

Ross catches up with our guide Jono Baldwin on the trails and on the snow

At home with our local guides: Alex Glasgow, Plockton

Meet our Scottish guide Alex Glasgow at his home in Plockton on the west coast

Fresh Yeti SB5 Build For 2018

Take a look at Euan’s new Yeti SB5 build as it prepares for its first outing to on the Yeti Tribe in New Zealand, early 2018….

Kinlochewe with Scott Laughland and Greg Williamson

Trail hunting around Kinlochewe with Scott Laughland and Greg Williamson – in winter!

At Home With Our Local Guides – Fort William with Mark Clark

At home with local guide Mark Clark in Fort William

Way Out West With Joe Barnes and Max Schumann

We recently caught up with Joe Barnes and Max Schumann for a big day of hike-a-biking and slippery, exposed singletrack on the west coast of Scotland

Riding With Hans Rey

We caught up with old friend Hans Rey to show him our local Inverness trails – in the winter!

How to ride wet trails

Ross and Mark demonstrate how to ride wet trails to prepare you for our mountain bike tours

24 hours in Molde

Read our top tips on how to spend 24 hours in Molde before your mountain bike tour in Norway with us

Capturing the essence of mountain biking in Nepal

Read Catherine’s account of her first experience of mountain biking in Nepal, on the roof of the world

Mountain bike tour Norway in Photos

Join us on our maiden Mountain bike tour Norway voyage as our pioneering clients get to grips with the fjord’s trail offerings.

Switzerland Mountain Bike Tour in Photos

Read all about our new Switzerland mountain bike tour – in words and photos

24 hours in Kathmandu

Out top tips for spending 24 hours in Kathmandu before your mountain bike tour in Nepal

How To Corner

Chris Gibbs shares his top tips for cornering with confidence

By bike and boat

By bike and by boat: Ross Bell shares a day’s adventure in the Scottish Highlands

The art of hike-a-bike

Learn how to master the technique of hike-a-bike to tackle tough climbs leading to incredible descents

Trail features jargon-buster

We’ve created this simple glossary to help you understand all the jargon mountain bikers use to describe different trail features.

Filming our mountain bike tour in Spain

Read all about our trip to Spain this year to film our sensory adventure in Andalucía!

8 tips for perfecting a manual on your mountain bike

Chris explains how to do a manual on your mountain bike

Yeti Cycles EWS Colorado

Join Euan in the pits with Yeti Cycles at EWS Colorado

Norway rider reviews

Read the first rider reviews of our mountain bike adventure in the fjords of Norway

How to master the attack position

Scottish guide Chris Gibbs shares his tips on how to master the attack position

Photo gallery Yeti Tribe Gathering in Chile and Patagonia

Photo gallery Yeti Tribe Gathering Chile + Patagonia, by Joey Schusler

How to organise a group tour

H+I director Catherine shares her tips on how to organise a successful group mountain bike tour

Artemis World Cycle, supported by Alex Glasgow

Follow our guide Alex as he supports Mark Beaumont in his bid to ride around the world in 80 days

10 years of mountain bike adventures

We’re celebrating 10 years of mountain bike adventures this year!

How To Ride a Scottish ‘Water Bar’

Here are our step-by-step tips to conquering the infamous Scottish water bar

24 hours in Santiago

Read our top tips for spending 24 hours in Santiago de Chile

5 tips for your first mountain bike tour

Read our 5 top tips for nailing your first mountain bike tour!

How to check your mountain bike helmet

Our guide Chris explains how to check your mountain bike helmet is fit for purpose

24 hours in Christchurch

Read our handy guide to spending 24 hours in Christchurch, New Zealand

Trail hunting amongst volcanoes in Chile

Trail hunting in the Volcano Region of Chile with Matt Hunter, Rene Wildhaber, Matty Miles and Dan Milner

24 hours in Queenstown

Read our top tips on how to spend 24 hours in Queenstown, New Zealand

Photography Tips To Take Your Holiday Snaps Up a Level!

Read our photographer Ross’ top tips for taking your holiday photos to the next level

Croatia Mountain Bike Tour in Photos

Read the photo diary of our new mountain bike tour in Croatia

Why we don’t use the term ‘Enduro mountain bike tours’

Find out why we think there’s so much more to a tour than the latest terminology…

Tips on how to travel with your bike

Handy hints and tips on how to travel with your bike

Why do I need a 20 Litre Backpack?

Our guides explain why you need a 20 litre backpack for big days in the mountains

24 Hours in Whitehorse

Read our top tips on how to spend 24 hours in the Yukon capital of Whitehorse

Take Care of Your Trails

We join IMBA’s ‘Take Care of Your Trails’ Day and head for the Tea Hut Climb in Torridon.

24 hours in Ljubljana

Read our top tips on how to spend 24 hours in Ljubljana before your mountain bike tour in Slovenia

24 hours in Malaga

Read our top tips for spending 24 hours in Málaga before starting your mountain bike tour in Spain with us

24 hours in Quito

Read our tops tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Quito before your mountain bike tour in Ecuador

Exploring with the Trail Hunter in Patagonia

Exploring rugged Patagonia with the Trail Hunter, Matt Hunter

24 hours in Inverness

Read our top tips for how best to spend 24 hours in Inverness before your mountain bike tour in Scotland

International Yeti Tribe Gathering – Chile

Find out what we got up to on the second International Yeti Tribe Gathering in Chile in January

Riding with the H+I Adventures team

We invited Ross Bell to join us for one of our lunchtime rides. Find out what he made of it…

Mountain biking at high altitudes – handy tips

Handy tips for mountain biking at high altitudes in the Himalayas of Nepal and the Andes of Ecuador

Skill and fitness levels explained

An explanation of the skill and fitness levels required for our mountain bike tours around the world

Rider photos: mountain biking Namibia

Here’s a beautiful selection of riders photos and reviews of our mountain bike safari in Namibia

Reviewing our 2016 mountain bike tours

Join us as we take a look back on a very successful year of mountain bike tours in 2016.

Report from our Chile mountain bike adventure

Our Scottish guide Jono travelled to Chile recently to join our mountain bike adventure, and he gives us his report…

Scotland’s number 1 mountain bike tour operator

We’re very proud to have been voted Scotland’s no. 1 Mountain Bike Tour Operator of the Year by our industry peers, read all about the award…

Top 10 kit items for a mountain bike tour

Find out what Euan and Jono list as their top 10 kit items for a mountain bike adventure…

Mountain biking the Norwegian fjords

Read all about our brand new, world-first mountain biking expedition in the fjords of Norway…

12 Months of Adventure

We’re proud to bring you #12monthsofadventure in 2017! From January to December we have an unforgettable trip lined up every month…

Matt Hunter & Thomas Vanderham ride Scotland

Diary of our epic coast-to-coast Scotland adventure with Matt Hunter & Thomas Vanderham, riding for Shimano

Rainforest riding in New Zealand

Ride through rainforests on the Old Ghost Road on our mountain biking tour on New Zealand’s South Island

H+I Adventures riding FOX suspension!

H+I Adventures now riding FOX suspension! Read all about our new deal with the suspension experts

Crafting our Slovenia video

Take a look behind the scenes of what went on when we filmed our new Slovenia mountain biking video

International mountain bike guides in Scotland

Our international mountain bike guides have been visiting H+I Adventures HQ in Scotland recently, here’s what they got up to…

Mountain biking in Ecuador

Read director Euan’s tour diary of his recent mountain biking tour in Ecuador: volcanoes, haciendas, rodeos and all!

H+I Adventures 2016 Update

Here’s a quick round-up of all the adventures we’ve been getting up to so far this year at H+I Adventures

New rider-designed H+I t-shirts

New rider-designed t-shirts arrive at H+I Adventures HQ

New photos: mountain biking in Torridon

Check out these new photos of our mountain biking adventure in Torridon

Mountain biking with the girls in Slovenia

Diary of a girls’ mountain biking adventure in Slovenia!

International Yeti Tribe Gathering: Chile 2017

Join us in January 2017 for the second International Yeti Tribe Gathering in Chile + Patagonia!

Cairngorms photo gallery

Take a look at the photo gallery for our new Cairngorms Adventure in Scotland

New biking and whisky adventure Cairngorms Scotland

Biking + whisky adventure in Cairngorms – new itinerary!

Top 5 reasons to go guided

Discover the top five reasons to go guided in our latest blog

Mountain biking New Zealand’s South Island – rider reviews

Read the first reviews of our new adventure in New Zealand!

My favourite day of the Scottish coast-to-coast

In this blog our guide Alex tells us about his favourite day of the coast-to-coast Scotland mountain bike tour

Spain Through a Guide’s Eyes

What’s it like to lead a trip through wonderful Andalucía?

Coast-to-coast adventure: A Tour Diary

Read one guide’s vivid account of our Coast-to-coast adventure, by Kevin Henderson, mountain bike guide, poet and artist

Find your bike-happy place… in Southern Spain

Where’s your bike-happy place? Southern Spain, perhaps?

Mountain Bike Tour New Zealand: Storming the South Island

Mountain biking in New Zealand in pictures

Mountain biking in Chile: two days at Huilo Huilo

Two fabulous days at Huilo Huilo on our new mountain biking adventure in Chile

For the love of bike!

In our latest blog, our guide Chris Gibbs talks about his new purchase, the Yeti SB5 and the love of bike.

Mountain biking in Namibia: photo gallery

Photos from our Adventure in Namibia, Africa

Tastes + Trails: A Mountain Bike and Food Adventure

Read our Tastes + Trails tour diary of mountain biking + foodie adventures

Mountain biking adventure in the Yukon: in pictures

Rider photos from our adventure in the Yukon, Canada

Mountain biking in Nepal – is it still safe?

Our local guide Mandil confirms that Nepal is safe for biking

Mountain biking in Slovenia: photo gallery

Excellent rider reviews + photos from our new adventure in Slovenia!

What to wear on your mountain biking adventure in Scotland

No such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes…!

Photo diary: biking Torridon + Skye Scotland

Photo diary mountain biking in Torridon on the west coast of Scotland

Foodie mountain biking adventures across the globe

Discover our delectable foodie mountain biking adventures around the world

A day of dusty trails in Ecuador

Join us and our friends from EVOC as we enjoy a day of mountain biking dusty trails in Ecuador

Riding techniques explained

We’re going back to basics in our mountain biking skills series, looking at riding techniques and how to tackle them.

Award-winning adventure in Namibia

There were big celebrations at H+I Adventures recently when our new mountain biking safari in Namibia was awarded one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s ’50 Tours of a Lifetime 2015′!

Mountain biking adventures in Europe

If you’re looking into mountain biking adventures in Europe this year, we have a whole buffet of incredible choices to whet your appetite for adventure!

World-class mountain bike guides

Meet our world-class mountain bike guides, who will make your mountain biking adventure with us truly unforgettable

What to pack for your mountain bike adventure in Scotland

Our local guide Chris gives you an insight into what to pack for your mountain bike adventure in Scotland with H+I Adventures

New H+I Adventures riding tops in!

Our brand new H+I Adventures riding tops are now available to purchase along with your mountain biking adventure with us!

H+I Adventures partners with Global Rescue

We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Global Rescue to provide all riders on our worldwide mountain biking adventures with the best medical advisory, and medical and security evacuation services available.

Mountain biking Skye + Torridon: in pictures

Our mountain biking adventure on the beautiful west coast of Scotland – Fort William, Torridon, Skye and many places in between

New mountain biking adventure in Slovenia!

3 countries, 2 wheels, 1 week…experience our incredible new mountain biking adventure in Slovenia, Austria and Italy

Meet your mountain bike guide in Slovenia!

Meet Danijel, your expert guide on our new mountain biking adventure in Slovenia, Austria and Italy

Mountain biking in the Yukon: it’s not all about the trails!

Delicious home-made meals and luxury mountain accommodation await you in the Yukon

Coast-to-coast Scotland: a tale of singletrack to seafood

There’s a reason our coast-to-coast adventure is achieving international recognition (showcased in Outside Magazine’s Travel Awards 2014, and featured on CBS News in the USA). It is, quite simply, the ultimate point-to-point ride in the UK for the mountain bike adventurer.

Rider feedback: mountain biking holiday in Ecuador

When you come on one of our mountain biking adventures around the world, not only are you there to have the time of your life, but you’re also (whether you know it or not!) shaping the future of our tours.

Coast-to-coast Scotland: award-winning adventure!

Earlier this month (March) Outside Magazine in the United States voted Scotland as the Best Biking Destination 2014, and showcased our coast-to-coast Scotland mountain biking adventure in the award.

New mountain biking holiday in Spain: ultimate Sierra Nevada!

It’s been hard work: riding superb Spanish trails; eating jamón, chorizo, luscious tomatoes, and freshly-baked bread; drinking smooth local wines; and sampling the best accommodation in Andalucía, but we’ve struggled through to bring you this unbelievable new mountain biking holiday in Spain. You’re welcome.

Mountain biking in Ecuador, tour diary

Our Ecuadorian mountain biking adventure starts in Quito, in the heart of the Andes at 2,800m above sea level. Waiting for a new group to arrive is, in itself, part of the tour for me because it gives me the chance to pause and re-discover the beauty of Quito, which was declared by UNESCO as the first World Heritage Site.

Scotland voted Best Biking Destination in Outside Travel Awards!

Big news: Scotland has been voted Best Biking Destination in the Outside Travel Awards 2014! And our coast-to-coast Scotland mountain biking adventure is showcased in the award!

Meet your mountain bike guide in Namibia

Our fantastic new mountain biking safari in Namibia is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know this beautiful country, its splendid wildlife, diverse landscapes and friendly people. But first of all, you should meet your mountain bike guide in Namibia, Leander. Welcome to the team Leander!

New mountain biking safari in Namibia!

Experience our new mountain biking safari in Namibia, Africa! Forget being stuck in a jeep for 12 days; this is real, hands-on safari on your bike!

A taste of the Cairngorms, Scotland

World-class food and drink in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, by H+I Adventures guide Chris Gibbs

Training for your mountain biking holiday

Thinking about training for your mountain biking holiday with us? Here are some handy tips from our expert guide, Alex Glasgow

Mountain biking in Whistler – tour diary

Mountain biking in Whistler tour diary – find out exactly what it’s like to spend a week mountain biking in the spectacular Whistler Valley, Canada

Rider reviews of our mountain biking holidays around the world

Read our round up of our 2014 rider reviews of our mountain biking holidays around the world

Interview with Bruce Duncan of Haglöfs

We sat down to chat with Bruce Duncan, Haglöfs UK Marketing Manager to discuss the product development process.

Mountain biking in Torridon and Skye with Haglöfs

Read our report on an amazing mountain biking trip in the Highlands of Scotland!

Interview with EVOC founder Holger Feist

Read our exclusive interview with Evoc founder, Holger Feist.

Meet your guide on our mountain biking holiday in the Yukon

In the latest part of our ‘Meet your mountain bike guide’ series, we’re heading deep into the wilderness of Canada, to the Yukon Territory

New partnership with Yeti Cycles

Here at H+I Adventures we’re absolutely delighted to announce the start of a fantastic partnership with Yeti Cycles, makers of some of the finest mountain bikes in the world!

Mountain biking the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Kathmandu.One of the most energetic, colourful, chaotic, and culturally-rich cities in the world. Who would have thought, then, that you could find such glorious trails in the hills only one hour from the frenzy of the city centre?

A perfect day; mountain biking in the Yukon, Canada

Oh, what a perfect day…

Key mountain bike skills part 3: how to bunny-hop

In the final part of our key mountain bike skills series, we’ve put together a short video to show you how to bunny-hop.

Key mountain bike skills part 2: how to lift your rear wheel

Part two of our mountain bike skills blog will show you how to lift your rear wheel, a useful skill to save puncturing your rear tyre, potentially destroying the wheel.

Customer reviews of our mountain bike tours around the world

Read what our customers have to say in this blog dedicated to customer reviews of our mountain bike tours around the world

Key mountain bike skills part 1: how to lift your front wheel

In the first part of our mountain bike skills series we show you how to lift your front wheel to get over trail obstacles successfully

Top 5 kit items in our bike packs

Our mountain bike guides share their top 5 kit items for successful, safe and enjoyable mountain bike tours around the world.

Guided vs self-guided mountain bike tours – what’s best?

Here’s why we believe a guided mountain bike tour will give you the best, safest experience and best value for money

The Guardian features our worldwide mountain bike tours

We’ve been featured in the Guardian’s world travel guide. Read on to find out more…

Hans Rey, Steve Peat and Danny MacAskill Scotland video!

Here it is! Our long awaited video featuring Steve Peat, Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill

Heli-biking with Steve Peat, Danny MacAskill and Hans Rey

We’ve just spent five days riding the west coast of Scotland with downhill mountain bike world champion Steve Peat and trials stars Hans Rey and Danny MacAskill. Read on to find out more.