Fitz Roy Argentina

About the Adventure

Dani Bradford Lone Rucksack

On May 6th, 2017, Dani Bradford (aka Lone Rucksack) left Washington, DC on a motorcycle headed south through North America, through Central America, through South America, ending in Patagonia at Fitz Roy.

She’ll be traveling over 18,000+ miles for 5+ months, through 18 different countries—USA, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile— with nothing more than two saddlebags of gear for sleeping outside and camera equipment. 

Trip Details

Finding Fitz Roy
A Motorcycle Adventure from North to South
By Lone Rucksack

Departure Date: May 6th, 2017 from Washington DC
Estimated End Date: End of September/October, at the iconic mountain, Fitz Roy, in Southern Patagonia
Distance: Roughly 18,192 miles— from Washington, DC to the village of El Chaltén in Argentina (Southern Patagonia)
Countries: 18 countries

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“The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.” —Walker Percy

About Dani Bradford

Lone Rucksack Dani BradfordLone Rucksack documents the escapades of Dani Bradford, a dirtbag solo adventurer and digital storyteller who has traveled extensively across the globe.

In 2015, Dani completed a 4,500 mile+ cycling journey through 15 countries from Portugal to the Republic of Georgia. She has trekked across Northern Ethiopia, lived in Cape Town and South America, swam in Victoria Falls, traveled upriver in rural Albania, traversed jungle in Peru, shot video in Indonesia, and photographed fishing villages in Senegal.

Dani is a Wilderness First Responder, former National Geographic creative, Wilderness Badass Ambassador, fire-building expert, and sleeps outside more often than in.


Why This Trip?

#ladieswhocrushFor the last several years I’ve given presentations on ‘Women Traveling Solo’ at local REIs on the East Coast, sharing my own adventures in solo travel. Even with all my experience in the outdoors, I’ve still found a measure of caution, doubt, and fear is often given to women who explore the world on their own.

I grew up idolizing bad boy icons like James Dean and Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. I’ve always loved motorcycles, engines, and adventure, so I embark into the unknown on a new two wheeled expedition headed south. I hope to be part of the next generation, where little girls grow up with many women (and cultures) being represented in the outdoors. Let’s be inclusive, let’s share content that represents the world in its entirety and all the amazing cultures and people in it. Let’s eliminate the doubt and fear for all explorers, and embrace the unknown together. 

Will you join me? 

Gear List

The Bike
2016 Suzuki tu250x

The Bags
Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag
Giant Loop Fandango Tank Bag

Shelter + Sleeping
Big Agnes Fly Creek 2
Big Agnes Q Core Sleeping Bag
Big Agnes Bald Mountain 18 Sleeping Bag

MSR Pocket Rocket
GSI Outdoors Teapot
Sodo Torch

Technical Clothing
Vanson Mota Motorcycle Jacket
Patagonia Baselayer Pants
Northface Primaloft Jacket
Arc’teryx Soft Shell Jacket
Ahnu Sugarpine Boots

Epic Wipes
Surefire Defender Flashlight
Petzl Headlamp
Osprey 35 Daypack
Climbing Gear
Microtech Knife
Quick Dry Towel
Bear Mace

Electronic Equipment
Wander Outfitters USB Power Bank
Sony a7s with FE/4 24-70 lens, f/4 10-18 lens, FE/4 70-200 lens
Lightweight Tripod
GoPro 4 Black
Gorilla Pod

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