Outdoor Research: The Road from Karakol

“Hello, my name’s Kyle. It’s 7 o’clock in the morning and I’m naked in Kyrgyzstan.”

So begins Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster‘s solo film of a bike journey across Kyrgyzstan. With little more than a few sketchy maps, a trailer of climbing gear, and a vocab of 10 Kyrgyz words, he spent two months biking over 1200 km on dodgy roads, wading through rivers, dealing with menacing military checkpoints, and soloing unclimbed alpine rock. He recorded the journey, his camera his sole partner and friend.

Earlier this year, Kyle’s self-shot footy made it to the desk of filmmakers Fitz Cahall and Austin Siadak, who were asked to see if there might be enough to chop together a 4-minute climbing film. They saw much more potential in it, and edited it into “The Road From Karakol,” which debuted at the 5Point Film Festival and took home the Best In Fest award.

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Kyle rides the road from Karakol. Photo courtesy outdoorresearch.com
Kyle rides the road from Karakol. Photo courtesy outdoorresearch.com

More on Outdoor Research’s diverse team of athletes here.

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