The Road From Karakol
July 4, 2013 4:45 PM   Subscribe

In 2011, American alpinist (twice the winner of the prestigious Piolets d'Or award) and coffee shop owner Kyle Dempster, went on a two-month solo biking and climbing odyssey in Kyrgyzstan. He took a video camera with him and the video he shot from his two months was edited to form The Road to Karakol.
posted by gen (11 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I was riveted for the entire 25 minutes of this documentary.
posted by gen at 4:46 PM on July 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Wild, there will be a screening Port Townsend WA (the Olympic Peninsula) across the water from here. I should totally try to go.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:52 PM on July 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

Here's the full movie.
posted by KokuRyu at 4:53 PM on July 4, 2013 [7 favorites]

Saw this a week or two ago. Quite the adventure, however the idea of moving all that weight over non-roads—on a bicycle—doesn't appeal to me much. And I love bike touring.
posted by flippant at 5:40 PM on July 4, 2013

He mentions food caches at one point. Did he have an advance team that went ahead in a 4X4 dropping off food and toilet paper?

Just curious.
posted by KokuRyu at 6:02 PM on July 4, 2013

It's a stunningly beautiful country. It's also the last place in the world I'd want to try and cycle across. Might be a different story if it was just around Issyk Kul though...
posted by the duck by the oboe at 7:36 PM on July 4, 2013

Incredible. Loved it.
posted by Edward L at 9:09 PM on July 4, 2013

flippant, it obviously didn't appeal to him much, either -- although he enjoyed the landscapes and people he met, his palpable enthusiasm at finally having a mountain to climb was clear.

KokoRyu, the film was sponsored by gear outfitter Outdoor Research -- apparently [OR blog] he was wearing a lot of kit from them but the actual genesis of the film was after the trip. I assume that meant he had just as much support as he felt he needed (e.g. I wondered about a few pick-up type shots, such as him slow-pedaling up the mountain highway), though he definitely seemed completely on his own during the off-road/off-map experience part.
posted by dhartung at 10:57 PM on July 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

There are few times when I wish I were a man. Watching Kyle bicycle solo in a country such as Kyrgyzstan is one of those occasions.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:14 AM on July 5, 2013 [1 favorite]

I dunno, in my foreign travels I've noticed that Western woman sometimes become "honorary men" to the locals. Besides, even as a man, I'm not sure I would have survived the military checkpoint.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:24 AM on July 5, 2013

Wonderful! Thanks for posting.
posted by maupuia at 1:18 PM on July 5, 2013

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