The Road from Karakol

Taking a trip solo is never easy but always life-changing and inspiring. Traveling alone with his bike, a camera, and little to no idea of his whereabouts, Kyle Dempster takes the term “solo-trip” to new hieghts as he “granny gears” throughout the barren mountainscapes and forgotten Soviet towns of Kyrgyzstan. It looks like the trip was well worth the hardships encountered and I’m glad Kyle made it back to share his journey with the world. - Todd Heath

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In summer 2011, Outdoor Research athlete Kyle Dempster took off on his bike across Kyrgyzstan with a couple mostly-accurate maps, a trailer full of climbing gear, and a vocabulary of 10 Kyrgyz words. He spent two months pedaling and pushing the bike more than 1200 km on roads of variable states of neglect, wading through wild rivers, dealing with corrupt military checkpoint staff, and soloing a handful of unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. He recorded the journey, his camera his only partner, friend, and sometimes the only receiving end of his conversations for days at a time.

In 2013, Kyle’s self-shot footage of his journey in Kyrgyzstan made it to the desk of filmmakers Fitz Cahall and Austin Siadak, who were asked to look at the footage and see if there might be enough to chop together a 4-minute climbing film. They saw a lot more potential in it, and turned it into the 25-minute “The Road From Karakol,” which debuted at the 5Point Film Festival and took home the Best In Fest award.

Artist: Lemolo
Song: Open Air

Artist: Exit Music
Song: Modern Age

Original score by Amy Stolzenbach

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