Strength in Numbers in Nepal - Teaser

Mar 6, 2012
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Riding in Nepal on a trail at four thousand meters (13,000 ft) elevation and looking over at a mountain that is eight thousand meters (26,000 ft) tall is a surreal experience. The fact that the trail below your bike has never seen tires on it makes it even more surreal.

Anthill Films traveled to Nepal in the fall of 2011 to shoot a segment for Strength in Numbers – premiering April 2012. We went to Nepal with Rene Wildhaber and Andrew Shandro to tell the story of Nepal’s young and growing mountain bike culture.

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Most people have heard of Nepal. It is well known as the home to many of the tallest mountains in the world and its bustling capital city Kathmandu. Many have heard tales brought home from trekkers suggesting supposedly abundant forests of wild marijuana found growing all over the Nepalese hillsides. Unless you have been to this isolated nation, it is hard to separate fact from fiction. A trip to Nepal is an adventure of constant discovery – from the vast spread in climate from region to region, to the rules of the road when driving. As Mads Mathiasen a Danish expatriate who has lived in Nepal for 17 years and operates Kathmandu-based Unique Trails says, “Very few people realize how big a contrast there is in Nepal. From seventy meters above sea level, the lowest place in Nepal to 8850 meters the top of the world in Everest. You have every climate zone imaginable from sub-tropical to fully arctic. They think the Himalayas and they think cold.”

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

There is a lot of trail to be explored in Nepal. It is a country with few roads and where walking is the primary form of transportation for the majority of the population. Trails connect the people. From the urban jungle of Kathmandu on up to the remote villages surrounding the peaks of the Himalaya. Kathmandu. Hetauda. Pokhara. Jomsom. Kagbeni. The Upper Mustang. These are places to experience. They will be forever locked in your mind, easily revisited in an instant with the slight stimulus of a photo or story from a fellow traveler.

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence

Like the trails we experienced in Nepal, Strength In Numbers is about the threads that tie different communities of mountain bikers together. The bike is a tool of connections. Tire to ground. Foot to pedal. Hand to handlebar. Effort put out, in turn rewarded with full body happiness. Go to Nepal, meet the people and find singletrack that has never seen a mountain bike. It is the place to do it.

Photo Sterling Lorence

Photo Sterling Lorence


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All photos courtesy Sterling Lorence

Look forward to a feature story on Nepal coming in the May issue of Bike magazine.

Our trip was made possible by Ride Nepal, with assistance from Big Mountain Adventures.
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Strength in Numbers is produced, written, directed and edited by Anthill Films in co-production with Red Bull Media House. Presented by Shimano and Trek in association with Contour HD, Clif Bar, Pinkbike.com and PRO Components. Additional support for the film is provided by the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Kona, Toyota Trucks, Scion, Oakley, Easton, Evoc, Big Mountain Adventures, Verbier St. Bernard and Ride Nepal.
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38 Comments

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 "Strength in Numbers" and "Where the trail ends" are going to be epic. Can't wait to see them this year!!!
  • + 5
 Is that even happening? I haven't heard anything about "Where the trail ends" in ages. Been waiting for it for quite some time, loved the trailer.
  • + 2
 ya ive venn looking forward to it since the begining of 2011
  • + 6
 I've heard some pretty big things about "Where the trail ends". Phantom shots and all that... Supposed to be on the same level as "The Art of Flight"!
  • + 0
 i remember when i first got into x sports it was a year ago. I heard about ARt of Flight and Where the Trail Ends, and I was super exited. Both trailers inspired me to go out and try those sports for myself. I now have won many MTB races and have started to snowboard. When Art of Flight came out, I literally sh*t my pants
  • + 2
 I live in Gobi Desert. When I first saw "where the trail ends",I found the big mountain where it is,it's really too big mountain for freeriding.So I have gotten a plan to make the video of "Gobi Desert" to show the people what we local guys do over here.
  • + 1
 I think MTB is pretty far away right now from the quality production of something like Art of Flight. We'll get there though. Maybe even start heli shuttling to hughe mountains and then dropping in.
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  • + 11
 Anthill FTW!
  • + 2
 I Lol'ed when the kid took out the camera. Love what I saw so far!
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  • + 5
 Nice work Anthill Films!!! We can't wait for Strength in Numbers! Folks, if you'd like to ride these trails yourself give us a call - we've got an amazing 11-day Nepal trip this October called Himalaya Heights! It's going to be awesome. ridebig.com/trip_nepal_himalayaheights.php
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  • + 6
 looks like an epic experience
  • - 1
 Riding a whore-s bare back, it's always a wild ride. Uncalled for, probably.
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  • + 5
 2 movie trailors in the same day! soo stoked for this season
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  • + 5
 You lucky bastards! Cannot wait for the film!
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  • + 1
 Having studied in Nepal in college, then taking up mountain biking several years later, I can still picture (and fantasize about riding) the ribbons of perfect singletrack lacing those mountains. Wow, this is going to be amazing!
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  • + 5
 What an incredible place! This is gonna be an amazing film!
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  • + 2
 i was totally confused wen they wer DRIVING UP THAT RIVER!??? i meen who does taht haha
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  • + 4
 amazing! cannot wait!
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  • + 0
 Feels like a section out of the first Collective! Shandro and Watson in the purcell mountains is hard to top but this looks promising!
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  • + 0
 How come the videos are not showing up? I click the views link and it takes me to where video is linked from and shows there but not in this article.
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  • + 1
 ill be honest, thats not my cuppa tea,
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  • + 0
 Congrats. Its fantastic and was great to be a part of it in Nepal. Look forward to the premier.
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  • + 0
 So are the abundant forests of wild marijuana found growing all over the Nepalese hillsides fact or fiction? =-)
  • + 0
 100% fact! Smile
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 Cherry on Top to finish a DH session
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 Refer to this for photographic evidence... Wink

www.pinkbike.com/photo/7949248
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  • + 0
 1:26...I hope that little fella was alright after nutting the camera...
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  • + 0
 Mr. Lorence, your pictures are amazing.
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  • + 0
 The countryside is staggeringly beautiful.
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  • + 0
 Mountain biking videos done right!
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  • + 0
 Looks awesome
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