Danny MacAskill & Hans Rey Take on Kilimanjaro in Mountain of Greatness - Video

Apr 16, 2018
by Red Bull Bike  

You can view the full video here.

Mountain bike legends Hans “No Way” Rey and Danny Macaskill join Gerhard Czerner and Freeride Entertainment to accomplish the first back to back mountain bike ascents and descents of Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro in new film “Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness.”

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

In the Fall of 2016, mountain bike legend and mountain bike hall of famer Hans “No Way” Rey teamed up with internet action sports phenom Danny Macaskill and professional mountain bike guide Gerhard Czerner to raise awareness for Rey’s non-profit Wheels 4 Life.

Macaskill famous for viral mountain bike videos Wee Day Out and Imaginate joined the team and took himself out of his comfort zone with this massive challenge.

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness
Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

bigquotesThis was truly a never before done feat, the first back to back mountain bike ascents and descents of Mt. Kenya and Kilimanjaro. It was something I had thought about doing for a long time since my first trip to the region back in 2004. 12 years later we went for it! Danny had never done anything like this. As amazing of an athlete as he is this was serious commitment for him to make without years of conditioning, I was super excited to have him along for the ride.Hans Rey

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

The team spent their ascents battling altitude sickness and delirium from filming at high altitudes. A pulmonary edema resulted in Macaskill getting emergency airlifted from Mt. Kenya. After a stint in a Nairobi hospital, Danny stabilized and rejoined Hans and Gerhard to face and summit Kilimanjaro.

Seattle based content studio Freeride Entertainment followed their journey in their new 25 minute short film, “Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness”.

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness
Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

The Freeride Entertainment film production crew comprised of Director Aaron Whitley, DP Alex Fostvedt, Soundman Greg Picard and photographer Martin Bissig, faced multiple challenges while filming the trip. Blackmail from the Tanzanian border authorities, guides shutting down their proposed routes and the technical hurdles of filming at almost 20,000 feet of elevation were all in a day’s work for the crew.

bigquotesThe bigger the crew the slower everything moves, that’s why we chose to bring such a small team. There are not many cameramen with the fitness to pull this off. We needed to move fast and be with the athletes at all times... High elevation effects everybody differently and you don’t know how until you are there. It becomes hard to think straight when exhaustion and the altitude kicks in, especially the big picture and what shots you need to tell your story. Many people die a year climbing Kilimanjaro but they don’t want to advertise this. The night before our summit one of our porters became deathly ill and had to be carried down the mountain and he had loads of altitude experience, there was absolutely nothing easy about this.Aaron Whitley

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

Throughout the 10 day journey, the team covered almost 40,000 feet of elevation, 99 miles by bike and foot, and two mountain summits. While also making time to donate 230 bikes through Wheels 4 Life to local organizations to improve the lives of residents of rural Kenya.


Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness


Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness
Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness
Kilimanjaro Mountain of Greatness

Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness” is now available worldwide on RedBull.TV and will be shown at various international film festivals throughout 2018.

Photos Courtesy of Martin Bissig



MENTIONS: @redbullbike @Freeride



45 Comments

  • + 36
 So who got the most KOMs?
  • - 4
flag steezer (Apr 17, 2018 at 1:54) (Below Threshold)
 KOMs??
  • + 7
 Does Kili have a strava run? Challenge accepted?
  • + 25
 Man Danny has had one of the coolest career progressions ever. I remember watching his first Inspired video on YouTube in my dorm room when it came out and being blown away. To see him go from that to full scale productions that retain the same spirit has been very cool to follow.
  • + 1
 same here!
  • + 12
 I climbed Mt Kili in 2014.... What an epic journey.. the climb down was the hardest part for me. Completely destroyed my knees coming down over 2 days. I was fantasizing around each corner there would be a nice mtn bike I could ride the remaining trail down. Would have been amazing! been eagerly awaiting this full release at long last!
  • + 3
 me and the wifey climbed in October 2016, Machame route, amazing experience. I agree the descent was more physically tough than the climb, walking for almost 18hrs straight, my knees were done. I'd do it again tomorrow though!
  • + 4
 I used to live in Arusha, next to Kili. Problem was that bikes weren’t allowed in the national parks, so there was so many sweet trails i couldn’t ride. Turkish Airlines lost my trail bike so ended up doing lots of push ups with the downhill bike.

To my knowledge only one guy managed before this to climb and ride Kili, so obviously there guys are wll connected. Permission for his kind of thing is extremely difficult in Tanzania. Looks like a sick trip though!!, :-)
  • + 6
 Pleasantly surprised Hans isn't on an ebike yet for these big adventure rides.
  • + 6
 Wow, cool adventure! I can't wait to watch the whole vid!
  • + 5
 It’s on red bull tv mate. The links at the bottom of the article.
  • + 6
 How many ballsacks did the LiteVille linkage ensnare on the ride?
  • + 2
 HAHAH
  • + 2
 Hey great adventure down there in Africa! We, here in Chile, are doing some bigmountains to. The last year we did the highest Volcano in the world (22.635 ft). Visit my profile and see ours adventures. Always you are coming to the Andes mountains to explore the reality og bigmountainbike!!
Cheers!!
  • + 5
 Hans continues to inspire. A true ambassador. Monkey see, monkey do Smile
  • + 4
 Big deal, Stan Smith climbed it in his elder years and then fell all the way down and still survived.
  • + 2
 and grew younger!
  • + 2
 Is carrying your bike on your bike really the most efficient way to climb? I've always felt just pushing my bike along side me was better if I can't ride up.
  • + 19
 When climbing technical terrain I think it is the most efficient way. If you have a pack on and can rest the down tube on the top of your pack its hardly noticeable. Trying to push a bike up stuff like this would be far more tiring on the upper body, and you can walk faster if you are only having to worry about your feet. That is at least my experience.
  • + 6
 I've always felt having a buddy push your bike up is the best option.
  • + 2
 @rrolly: Isn't that what friends are for?
  • + 5
 Danny is so rad
  • + 1
 I love the "I Closed Wolski's - Milwaukee Wisconsin" sticker (lower left hand) on the summit shot.

I've been waiting for this edit to be released for a while and it's awesome to see!
  • + 3
 Doing this in January 2020. Anyone interested?
  • + 2
 It's an awesome experience, you'll have a blast. we climbed with these guys www.climbkili.com. can't recommend them enough.
  • + 1
 I think they did this in 2016. I met both Danny and Hans at the IMBA Summit in Bentonville and they wer talking about this trip.
  • - 1
 Great riders and cool to watch. But, please turn it down a few notches with the super serious, over the top music. Just a few grown men riding bikes by choice and playing in the dirt.
  • + 2
 yup, i could watch that...
  • + 1
 This is Mountain biking!! Smile
Hans noway Ray is the man!
  • + 1
 Look like an "old" Nomad 3 CC to me ? (color scheme is the same...)
  • + 2
 2016. It was still a new bike then.
  • + 1
 等了好久,终于发布了。
  • + 1
 Epic, defined.


See you this weekend, Danny! (SOC)
  • + 1
 A great cause and an incredible adventure!
  • + 1
 So Danny is this How you broke your knee cap?
  • + 1
 Wonder if they made it to the top...oh, wait.
  • + 1
 Fantastic!
  • + 1
 legends...
  • + 1
 inspired
  • - 1
 What? No e-bikes??
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