The third part of our freeride film series Outlaw Diaries is finally ready. Prepare for a rough adventure far away from the usual bike destinations.
The first part of this series took place in Germany near Patrick a.k.a Bengel's hometown. The second one brought us to British Columbia, following the tracks of all those legendary freeriders that set the foundation for our sport and inspired Bengel's way of riding. After returning to B.C. for 6 years in a row, the time had come to seek for something new.
We left our comfort zone in search of a place where we could be pioneers again. A wild place, where no bike tire had touched the dirt before, with infinite opportunities to ride, especially steep and long runs. The east is calling. The Wild Wild East. Join us on a trip to the wilderness of Kamchatka, Russia.The first time Bengel's tyres touched volcano dirt. This was the first run of the trip with perfect ground conditions. Maybe the conditions were so good because it was raining for days. We learned pretty fast that when it rains in Kamchatka it pours and it pours for days. So we had no other option than just let it be and have a little fun with our riding. After this splash action, we took a swim in that giant puddle.The unknown is what makes people curious. And nowadays it gets harder and harder to be a pioneer in this world.About Kamchatka
Kamchatka is a peninsula in the Russian far east. It’s located in the Pacific Ocean north of Japan. It has a wild coastline with 160 volcanoes, 29 are active at the moment, rising from sea level up to 4.700 metres. To get there you take the longest domestic flight in the world from Moscow all the way to the east. Until 1990, Kamchatka was a restricted military area that was closed to the public and especially for tourists. Those who are interested in winter sports might have heard about it. It became quite famous for heli skiing over the last few years. But for mountain bikers this part of east Siberia is still no mans land.
We visited Kamchatka for two weeks in late September 2017. It was exactly the time when the short summer comes to an end and the giant birch forests turn from green to gold. The weather on the peninsula is as rough as the landscape and we experienced everything from pouring rain, strong storms and snow to three perfect blue bird days. We had to learn that nature is the boss in Siberia and so we had to take the opportunities that the weather gave us.Ready for takeoffEndless possibilities and limited time. Checking the landscapes and all the opportunities from above. "Could this one work out or does the distances deceive us again?" We had to experience that the dimensions are really difficult to guage in Kamchatka especially from the heli. Sometimes scanning the faces from the ground was a good alternative.
Did Patrick plan to take a helicopter flight to the top of a Russian volcano when he started mountain biking 15 years ago? Probably not. He just ended up there after sticking to his passion for riding bikes, no matter what happens in life.
Filmmakers: El Flamingo
Photography: Constantin Fiene
Watch Outlaw Diaries I
and Outlaw Diaries II