You know you’re going above and beyond the realms of what should be possible when you leave a local mountain guide stunned.
Seriously, everyone knows that local guides are, without fail, absolutely badass. They know every nook and cranny of their home terrain, they’re always weirdly fit, almost to the point of suspicion, and they’re more often than not scared of literally nothing.
So, when a bunch of extreme mountain bikers took on the rocky madness of the Spitzkoppe in Namibia on two-wheels, and their mountain guide felt forced to declare: “I thought you were crazy to hike up there with bicycles”, you know that the terrain must be ridiculously rough.
And it is. It is exactly that. Have a watch and find out for yourself.
Axel Kreuter, Sylvia Leimgruber and Lars Lotze are the riders, and after viewing, it’s safe to say that we have to agree with group guide Colin Uiseb on his previous statement. The trio simply must be a little insane.
The routes the group single out on the Spitzkope are absolutely mind-blowing. Devilishly steep, horribly narrow but beautifully untouched on two-wheels, it’s not hard to see where the appeal of the lines comes from, although we can’t say the same for the confidence it must take to ride them.
Some of the shots in the film are truly stunning. The mountain range stands tall and distinctive in the middle of an otherwise baron, sun-drenched desert land. The views are breathtaking by day and night, but the terrain could take your breath away in a much more literal sense if you weren’t careful.
The grip, the gradient and the inescapability of serious injury if something did go wrong left a whole lot to be desired for. These danger levels hit their peek when the group took on the gnarly-as-hell line they had been scoping since their arrival, in the days leading up to the end of their trip.
Just watching the thing is enough to give you vertigo or even the feeling of falling. We can only imagine what it would’ve been like to actually ride.