“For the reason that first hour of the primary construct for the unique Ridgeline movie it’s been the dream to take this idea to essentially the most superb locations world wide. The potential to seek out superior, distant mountain ranges the place we will check ourselves to the restrict… to essentially discover what’s attainable on a motorcycle and find out how to movie essentially the most gorgeous footage… it’s been like a operating commentary all through the complete challenge” – Gee Atherton
This movie differs from its predecessors in that the workforce “didn’t transfer a rock”. It was about exploring with associates, an journey into the mountains, the place Gee would experience no matter they discovered, together with among the most unforgiving terrain of the collection to this point. And there’s pedalling, even when it’s at racing velocity and inches from a ravine …
Work began again in June with a web site recce the place it shortly grew to become obvious to the workforce that they have been “out mountained”. There was no option to shortcut lengthy hikes up the mountain which will or could not result in discovering a cool little part of singletrack with the type of surrounding side that may make for an important shot. Lengthy days in knee-deep snow have been adopted by nights poring over IGM maps and attempting to slot in as a lot sleep and gas as attainable earlier than one other daybreak rendezvous…
Filming came about this August in noticeably much less hostile climate situations, however entry to using spots concerned four-hour hikes, roped climbs, ladders and abseils. The workforce have been burdened with digicam gear, drones, meals provides and Gee’s bike, damaged down to border, bars and wheels with a purpose to share the load. It was bodily and mentally essentially the most demanding week of the collection to this point, the place a way of journey and real concern for their very own survival drove the workforce onwards searching for among the most unbelievable scenes they’ve ever filmed.
Gee stated that from the beginning he knew that he’d movie this edit on board the Atherton AM.170, “It’s robust sufficient to face up to being bounced off cliff partitions as it’s hauled up a cliff on a rope, lighter to hike up the mountain than my DH bike, it pedals super-well and is “sufficient bike” to deal with each inch of the steep and rocky terrain.”
He was accompanied by “proper hand man” Jamie Robertson and photographer Dan Griffiths ( Moonhead Media) who’ve each been with the challenge from the start however in such perilous terrain in addition they concerned Brodie Hood a excessive altitude and journey specialist. Brodie is among the few filmers to fly drones to the highest of Everest, an skilled climber and member of the Lochaber Mountain rescue workforce.
Weirdly probably the most tough facets for the workforce to handle was that all through the lengthy days on the mountain they began to grow to be numb to the publicity and to lose that “life-preserving concern” On day one in every of filming Gee would inch his method alongside an super-exposed monitor however by day three he was sprinting as if there wasn’t an 800 foot drop simply inches to his left. Brodie and his fellow digicam man Matt McCormick from Paddy Graham’s “Legs of Metal” Manufacturing crew introduced a deep data of the mountains that stored the workforce on the straight and slender.
As Gee put it “Having Brodie with us stored us alive! Nevertheless it additionally meant that lets say sure to issues that we wouldn’t have tackled alone… There’s a sequence on the finish of the movie the place I experience down a ridge at sundown – it’s completely gorgeous, however it was so steep and uncovered and the potential penalties have been enormous. Dan and Jamie had each been with me for the “Knife Edge” filming and its aftermath so I may see that they have been actually torn about encouraging me to work close to the sting of the cliff; however Brodie devised a harness system that meant that I may practise controlling my velocity whereas he let loose the strain till I bought snug. The part of the movie the place I’m using the slowest, selecting my method down the ridge was truly essentially the most demanding of all.
Gee summed up the journey by saying “Going to locations which can be greater than us, the place now we have to carry out at our very best is at all times cool – I believe we’ve proven the potential to take this challenge world and I already can’t await what’s subsequent.”
This video was produced in affiliation with Atherton Bikes, Pink Bull, FSA and Prologo.