Geoff Gulevich - Green River Utah

Nov 24, 2011
by Ross Measures  
 
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Filmed and Edited by Ross Measures - Photos by Harookz.

The three of us had a creative goal in mind to produce our own riding segment, shoot some amazing photos, and merge it all together in an article on Pinkbike. We hope that you enjoy Geoff's riding first and foremost, as well as my video and Harookz's photos. A lot of blood, sweat and beers went into creating this media for you - Enjoy.


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For those that don't know, Green River is a town in Utah, and for any freerider looking to film a video segment, the ability to ride and build here is endless, it is a mecca. The grey and gold covered cliff mesas are home to some of the most uniquely shaped landscape that you'll ever see, the best part, it's all shaped in a way that caters to the bike. Erosion here causes the hills to have the perfect balance between smooth rolling hills and sharp knife edge cliffs and ridges, together these build natural lips and landings.


Warming up on a natural huck - naturally shaped lips and landings are everywhere.
  The perfect balance between smooth rolling hills and sharp knife edge cliffs and ridges, together these build natural lips and landings

L-Ridge


The town here is small, it caters to the passerby of the nearby Interstate-70, with restaurants, motels and gas stations littering the main strip, the population of nearly a thousand are good small town people perfectly content with the small town lifestyle. There aren't any tacky tourist shops or traps, with the town marketing the tourist towards its world class watermelons, river rafting, and the River History Museum.


The main strip of Green River.
  Not quite the lights of the Vegas strip - but they're a nice sight when you're driving back from the desert each night starving and tired.

There is a lot of this in the town.
  The town is littered with abandoned businesses - these are bordered by bustling restaurants and busy gas stations.


Geoff Gulevich has been on a trip here before, so has Harookz. I have been here briefly while passing through on my way back from various events in Colorado, but together the three of us had never been here on our own creative mission. For the past couple years it had become a goal of ours to come here, as many have before us, and try to create something with help of the unique landscape. There have been so many video segments filmed here, so to be unique is difficult, we decided to embrace this idea and look for a few unique lines while interspersing them with the classic hips and ridge lines that Green River is known for.


Geoff boosting the AP hip.
  I'll be honest, this hip was a poach, Alex Pro hit it last year - the lip is like 25 feet tall and the run in starts a few hundred feet up a ridge line.

Shotgun slug holes are in all the signs here.
  The signs here all seem to have holes in them.


Rolling into the town late at night is a bit of a shock for someone who comes from a city of two and half million people, it's small, and it operates small with most of the restaurants closed by 9pm. That's ok, it's late October and we'll be done shooting by 6:30, plenty of time to eat. Once we're settled in we'll hit the hay as soon as possible, the next week is going to be hectic, early rises to shoot and explore, and long afternoons until dusk in the heavy heat. Exploring the landscape here is key as so many of areas close to town have been picked over, having 3 or 4 sets of eyes to comb the landscape is ideal, as is keeping an open mind with stuff that could look really cool if worked the right way.


Geoff hits the moon rock in the golden sun at 7 AM.
  7 AM moon rock session - golden light out here is really really gold.

Geoff and Kevin in front warm up on some mellow trail style lines.
  Kevin leads out Geoff on a fun warm up descent.


With a 4X4 truck one can get in and out of the zones quite easily, but to truly explore the untouched, a quad or dirtbike is necessary. Water here is sparse, so bringing buckets in from the Green River is necessary to pack lips or landings, carrying these without an ATV sucks, we found that out the hard way. Luckily we had Kevin Soller assisting us, Kevin was more than game to carry the water on his back or to help carry gear up the hill for us. If you don't have an ATV, try to bring someone willing to carry in the gear for you! We lucked out with Kevin, not only did he bring his handwork to the table, but he brought comic relief to a trip that verged on way too serious for our liking quite a few times.


Kevin Soller helped us all week - and provided laughter the whole week. He wore this mask at least half the time.
  Kevin has his own brand of style and humor - It's amazing + he shreds!

20 minute hike in.
  20 minutes on foot in - 20 minutes on foot back to the car. ATV on the list for next time - check.

Its not often you get to see a bat up close like this - we got lucky.
  This is bat country - Literally.


When it rains here, the desert becomes impassable, the dirt becomes thick and heavy, the sandy patches become quick and the potential to get stuck is huge. The next day on the other hand will be amazing, the dirt moulds however you would like, creativity becomes unimaginably easy. It rained for the last two days on us, washing us right out of Green River earlier then we had hoped.


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Hopefully with the Behind the scenes video and some of the lessons we've shared here, some of you will be inspired to get out and create your own trip. Road-tripping with friends on an adventure like this is an amazing experience that I would suggest to anyone looking to follow in the foot steps of big mountain freeriding in Utah.

While it's a bummer that we had to leave early, we know there are 3 or 4 lines that we left out there for next time. The hunger to come back and get them in the bag combined with the lessons learned on our first trip here on our own will only help us next time. We were pleased with what we did capture and what we were able to produce for you guys. Keep your eyes peeled to the magazines and advertisements as well for Harookz's ultra bangers, these photos are just a sample of the amazing images he captured.


The Hoo Doo huck.


Geoff Gulevich is a professional freerider from North Vancouver. He is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Bikes, Dakine, Adidas Eyewear, Pro-Tec, Marzocchi, Vans, Shimano, Skull Candy, Cove Bike Shop, Kuat, Lezyne, Chromag, Honey Stinger, Whistler Bike Park, Quintin Co, TFJC. - To follow Geoff add him on Facebook or Twitter.

P.S. there is an Easter Egg hidden somewhere in the article.
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78 Comments

  • + 23
 Yeah I'd say this is pretty epic. Wow! Great job to all you guys collectively.
  • + 9
 Dope video Ross! Some dialled shredding by Geoff, that ruben to the hill was gnar. Video and photos have a chill feel I am stoked on and would like to see more of! Good work boys.
  • + 7
 Geoff Gulevich is a Boss! If you haven't been to Green River... get there!!.
  • + 3
 Yesss, just went down last weekend and it was incredible as always. How can you beat 30 buck a night hotels?? Also, it's tight to know who built that hip jump at the end there because it looked like SO much effort went into building that thing.
  • + 2
 For sure, Alex Pro is sick. His line at Rampage was epic, and he was the first one to send it. Seeing that in person was like an early x-mass present. Utah is the best winter spot to shred!
  • + 1
 Haha, naw not Alex's hip, I never came across that yet. I'm talking about the last shot... too bad the other side ends in death or else you could do the most amazing shots on that thing.
  • + 1
 But yes, everything else you said is true.
  • + 2
 Utah Wilderness wants to make much of the area bike free. The entire San Rafael Swell area is being discussed as being closed to bikes . Look into it and be vocal. Save biking in Green River!!! There are biking festivals in the Green River every spring and fall (very xc trails are the norm), come and check them out and ride the area!
  • + 3
 On the first view, as the camera is with the front tire, as it is rolling down the hills, I thought maybe, just maybe, this will be the Garden of Eden. Dope!! Felt like I was there...
  • + 4
 Holy F*ck, this guy has some serious balls, I am guessing Geoff's motto is GO big or GO home! Sweet riding man! Keep pinning! Big Grin
  • + 2
 That manual he pulls around 4:42 I just...BRAAAAAAAP Big Grin
  • + 3
 Looks like his motto is "go big or go big" to me Razz
  • + 2
 Finallyyyy a video with kickass music! cool as hell trip, guys!
  • + 1
 Great trip & images! Gully it's one of my favorite freeriders... my buddy Carlos Blanchard took some pics of him in Austria last summer and he told me that he and Harookz are very good guys. Work well done!

www.carlosblanchard.com
  • + 1
 Awesome with a capital Awe!!!!... That terrain rocks, big mountain rocks.. Videos like that get you stoked to ride.. New plan for the day... I'm gonna borrow my mates Gopro and go and find some unriden lines around Queenstown.. theres got to be heaps!..
  • + 2
 That big yellow rock must be one of the most pictured rocks in the USA. I saw it already 2-3 times on pics and vids and rekkon it! Smile
  • + 1
 And then you had to go and ruin that perfectly unatural balanced rock ! Couldn`t you just leave it there ?
Bottom line the feature is an amazing film, but the extras ... big turn down for me !
And the last photo POD!
  • + 1
 Gully, Kevin, Ross and Harookz... how much crazy shit when on in the background? I'm guessing lots..
Awesome video, Ross and Geoff. Stoked on that first lil' bit, especially.
  • + 1
 hahah yep was a good time for sure.. if you want a laugh there is another link hidden in the paragraph just above my photo
  • + 1
 Oh I saw it. You love your tacos, eh?
  • + 1
 I've often looked at those bentonite hills and thought, man those look steep! Thanks for confirming! nice riding! For everyone here who thinks these line will be easy, they're not...
  • + 1
 awesome vid. I must say that the helmet cam in the beginning was so good, put you right there in his eyes. to bad you didn't use lil' more helmet footage.
The music was very good too, who's the artist?
  • + 2
 Lil' Wayne - She Will (Instrumental)
  • + 3
 Agreed - that was perfect use of helmet cam - the exposure was scary. Great job all around, boys.
  • + 3
 I love film burn on digital shots!
  • + 3
 Awesome! Some of the best content on PB!
  • + 2
 I clicked behind the scenes because of that watermelon lol
  • + 2
 The pictures just make you want to ride.
  • + 1
 Gotta love utah! Some of the best, and certainly most varied, riding in the world
  • + 1
 such a good vid, there was some sick shots in there. i kept waiting for weezy though hah
  • + 1
 NOW THAT, is a sweet edit, more of this kind of thing please!! Spectacular!!!
  • + 2
 ok its a fact Gully has way more fun than is healthy
  • + 2
 he needs to have another bike for his balls behind him...sick video
  • + 3
 What bike is he on?
  • + 3
 Rocky Mountain Flatline
  • + 2
 Super sick vid too! Way to go Ross
  • + 2
 Awesome video,

good music, song?

Serious skills, props Smile
  • + 1
 Lil' Wayne - She Will But it appears to be an instrumental version
  • + 1
 found it, thanks
  • + 3
 this is a bat country Big Grin
  • + 1
 yeeee, fear and loathing
  • + 2
 Where's Kevin's taco stand?
  • + 2
 Freeride is not dead!
  • + 1
 those dakine hats with woodsy camo and/or orange are dope.
  • + 1
 ło ło ło ...... best film Smile
  • + 1
 wheres Drake N Weezy !!!?
  • + 1
 What pack is that? Dakine? BUt which one???? A new 2012 one?
  • + 1
 Hey man this is Big Water, Utah not Virgin Utah
  • + 1
 Fuck yes! More big mountain riding and less dirt jumps please!
  • + 1
 Easter egg at the end of the first video?
  • + 2
 nada, its a hidden link somewhere in the written portion.
  • + 4
 Found it, took me a period of about 2 minutes. Super cheeky Ross.
  • + 1
 found it as well! took 2 min, sneaky....lol
  • + 1
 oh wow... were is it? I don't see it -__- please help
  • + 1
 6th paragraph, last period.
  • + 1
 oh ok thanks, I'm mainly speaking in french, I didn't see it like you guys! Thanks alot!
  • + 1
 We had a quad for you guys!! Haha
  • + 1
 I may borrow it on my next trip...
  • + 1
 How about POD and VOD on the same day!?!?!?
  • + 2
 insane stuff!
  • + 1
 Super dramatic cool vid )
  • + 1
 I LOVE MY SPORT!!!! The best of............
  • + 1
 doesn't look very green Smile
  • + 1
 cant stop here this is bat country
  • + 0
 Cool video, but was Gulevich having a day off? Most of it seemed pretty tame.
  • + 1
 they actually got stormed out the last 2 days with a few wild lines they had left... have to plan a long shoot strategically so you don't blow it on day 1.
  • + 1
 Makes sense, shame as well cause I bet there is some crazy stuff up there for him to get gnarly on.
  • + 1
 All around killer deal
  • + 1
 100% pure dopeness!
  • + 1
 this should be vod!!!!
  • + 1
 Honey Stingerss!!
  • + 1
 great video!!
  • + 1
 I WANT A YELLOW'S BIKE!
  • + 1
 Killer job guys!
  • + 1
 Dope vid!
  • + 1
 speechless !
  • + 1
 Looks #$%$^% sic!
  • - 1
 Some of that looks sketch but sick

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