SMWI*: Real adventure isn’t polished


Alpinist Kyle Dempster embarked on an inspiring journey to bike across Kyrgyzstan’s back roads on his bike.  His goal – ride across the country via old Soviet roads and climb the country’s most impressive peaks along the way. He was alone.  He carried only a minimalist’s ration of climbing gear.  Ten Kyrgyz words rounded out his vocabulary.  He’d purchased his bike just weeks before and had never bike toured.  Upon arrival, Kyle found himself pulled into the Kyrgyz culture – heavy drinking, friendly curiosity and families carving existences out of yurts in the foothill.  From his maps, he picked a circuitous path of back roads between the regions incredible mountains. When he arrived, he found that the roads had been abandoned.  Crumbling roads led deeper into the heart the Kyrgyz wilderness before disappearing all together. After crossing a few rivers and nearly being swept away in the process, Dempster realized that his path back was blocked.  He had to keep, pedaling, pushing and carrying his bike.  It meant crossing rivers raging with summer snow melt and navigating game trails.  As his options dwindled, Dempster became more desperate. The camera becomes an outlet.  Overwhelmed by his predicament home, he narrates a letter home telling his family he loves them.  He executes one final river crossing before reconnecting with civilization and its roads.  Part meditation on true spirit of adventure and part epic travelogue, The Road from Karakol is the story of a unique spirit who pedaled to the road’s end and decided to keep going.  The documentary is slated for release later this summer.  Watch the trailer and get ready.  

“When the road ends, will you keep going”

“I hate flies”

“Definitely gotta love the Pantera that’s just pumping through my headphones right now!”


Comments

  1. Wow. That’s determination and humor and intensity and commitment. And all this time, I considered myself intrepid for making it to the coffeemaker every morning.

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  2. Looks great!

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  3. I never know whether to consider these folks courageous or stupid. Maybe both.

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  4. That IS real adventure…and I can only imagine what that journey did for all that lives inside that extraordinary human being. Thanks for sharing David. 🙂

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  5. Looks like a great program. I’ll look forward to watching. My morning run today all of a sudden seems like a piece of cake! 🙂

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  6. Was there a camera man/crew with him?

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