Another tidbit from the @shotsfromabove short film we just released (see link in profile for the full film). ~
as much we admire the explorers traveling to the ends of the earth on large scale expeditons it’s the everyday man (or women) exploring their own backyard that often inspire the most. guys like chris dahl-bredine, who built an experimental aircraft in his garage in order to bring a new perspective to his life & creative vision. there isn’t much glamour in this type of exploration. no sponsors footing the bill. just hard work, cold mornings & sometimes a bit of duct tape. part cowboy, part photographer, part mechanic, chris' work blends a blue collar work ethic with a special eye for landscapes and the interconnectedness of it all. ~
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I have a big announcment to make. most of you know i love being outside and on my bike covering big miles in remote places. first, a bit of history before i make this announcement: my love for multi-day adventure started with backpacking 5 years ago where soon after i became part of an ultralight community, learned everything i could, and wholeheartedly adopted the ultralight philosophy of self-propelled backcountry travel. this gave me a huge advantage and i credit a large portion of my long days and big miles to the light load i carry. it's no secret my dream has always been to hike the pacific crest trail but due to career and parental goals requiring too much of my attention, i cannot take 4 to 5 months off from life. enter: the tour divide. a 2,750 mile mountain bike race across the usa on the cotinental divide mountian range and it can be completed in 3 to 4 weeks if you're fast and injury free. so 2 years ago i set my sights on this route, bought a mountian bike, and started bikepacking all over oregon incorporating my ultralight mentally into bikepacking. i covered 1,200 miles in my first year and never stopped training and learning. i have "offfcially" signed up on the "un-official" starters list for the 2018 tour divide and this june 8th myself and ~200 other crazies will be heading south on the great divide mountain bike route for the mexico border. this is all very exciting and terrifying at the same time, but i have never trained harder for anything in my life and "someday" never comes so 2018 it is. all the miles on the bike, maps and forums, the deadlifting, core, and squats in the gym. all of this helps but it's your encouragement and cheering from the sidelines that keeps us endurance athletes grinding when the going gets tough and the weather gets rough. the likes and comments go a long way, truly. thanks to everyone in advance who follows me on this crazy adventure and the prep leading up to june! #tourdivide2018#salsacycles#ridethedivide#bikepacking#ultraendurancecycling#endurancecycling#laufforks#greatdividemountainbikeroute#salsabeargrease#ultralightbikepacking#endurancebikepacking#montbellpdx#onyxracingproducts#ultralight