The Trail to Kazbegi - Video

Dec 14, 2015
by Joey Schusler  
Views: 16,939    Faves: 339    Comments: 29


What happens when four like-minded adventurers head into one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges with nothing but their mountain bikes and enough food to survive for 10 days?

The answer? What doesn’t happen? Terrifying lightning storms. Raging-river crossings. Snow-covered glacial pass traverses. Mind-melting descents. Constant fights with vicious dogs. Tense encounters with over-zealous border patrol guards.

Images for The Trail to Kazbegi video
Images for The Trail to Kazbegi video

All of the above were just another day following “The Trail to Kazbegi,” a self-supported mountain bike mission through the highest reaches of the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. Our four-man team - adventure filmmaker Joey Schusler, Bike magazine editor Brice Minnigh, photographer Ross Measures and mountain man Sam Seward - spent half of June 2015 exploring the crown jewels of the Georgian High Caucasus on a feature assignment for Bike.

Along the way, our crew overcame countless obstacles and experienced some of the most spectacular scenery and trails they had ever encountered. They also were treated to the unparalleled hospitality of the Georgian people and the benign indifference of the elements on their quest to reach the magnificent Mount Kazbek. In the process, they cemented lasting friendships and proved, yet again, that life is simply better in the mountains.

Images for The Trail to Kazbegi video
Images for The Trail to Kazbegi video


MENTIONS: @joeyschusler / @rossmeasures / @yeticycles



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80 Comments

  • 29 1
 Fantastic as always, the true spirit of getting out on two wheels! Thanks again Joey, you inspired me to ride Mt. Elbert with a buddy last summer and it was, without a doubt, the coolest experience I've had on my bike.
  • 4 0
 That does it...I'm doing Mt. Elbert next year. I did Herman's gulch to Jones pass this year and it was epic. This kind of adventure is why I bike.
  • 30 0
 Arguably the best film of mountain biking this year. The scencery is majestic.
  • 3 0
 my words!
  • 9 0
 Enve, Yeti, gold teeth and sledding down snow fields. I ask -- are you not entertained? Nice job Joey and co.! Must be incredible to have a group like that, each pulling their weight to successfully complete a trip of that magnitude.
  • 13 3
 One of the reasons why I got a Yeti right here.
  • 9 0
 Wow. Simply stunning geography.
  • 7 2
 Loved Georgia on foot and always wanted to ride those green mountains.....but shredding to Kazbegi and missing Tsminda Sameba temple??? That is just waste of great opportunity for view of a lifetime!
  • 9 0
 hi all from Georgia.
  • 5 0
 Usually talent is focused in one area -like, say, riding a bike- but sometimes you get jerks like Joey who are good at everything, apparently.Including filming/directing/etc. Well done!
  • 3 0
 Really enjoyed that, amazing the shots you get with a portable little drone these days. Thanks for sharing the adventure. I'm going for a ride now, how could I not?
  • 5 0
 Wow! That's one of the best mtb videos I've ever watched. Great job!
  • 3 0
 Awesome film! Really well done and so inspirational. Makes me wanna go out riding on an adventure myself. Thanks for making my morning a little better!
  • 4 0
 Thank's guy's that was inspiring. Great vid, really gives me a kick up the ass to do something like this.
  • 3 0
 Wow, kudos to the group, it gave me a strange feeling... like what am I doing at my office's desk ?, I should be outdoors riding my Yeti !!
  • 4 0
 Absolutely mint, that vid captures the whole point of why we love this sh*t

:-)
  • 1 0
 Incredible photography, really nice short film, congrats! I'm enjoying these Schusler movies the most.
Georgia seems like an amazing place to visit, beautiful mountains, people.

Can't stop thinking that @TitoTomasi did a very similar trip but all on his own, cheers to all the inspiring adventurers out there.!
  • 2 0
 Yeah! Tito is the man. Love his adventures!
  • 3 0
 Excellent work as always Joey! The culture, the scenery, the riding adventures - nailed it.
  • 3 0
 This is how it's done. Thanks Joey and the guys (I also really liked the feature in Bike Magazine)!
  • 4 0
 That right there, is what it's all about.
  • 3 0
 Очень красивый фильм, респект! / Very nice movie , respect!
  • 3 0
 Can you give us more info about the camping and bag gear ?
Especially the saddle and handlebar bag !
Thank you.
  • 4 0
 The bags are from Revelate Designs. There is a full write up on my kit in the Sept/Oct issue of Bike Mag!
  • 1 0
 This is great ! Thank you !
  • 3 0
 Simply amazing! Captured the true spirit of adventure via bike.
  • 2 0
 Simply amazing! Thanks Joey and crew. That definitely got me stoked for my next riding adventure.
  • 3 0
 Awesome film looks like you had an amazing time.
  • 2 0
 If you have the kind of friends you could make a trip like that with, count yourself blessed.
  • 3 0
 Hey thats the dude who does bible of bike!
  • 3 0
 Feeling a very Borat vibe around 2:20
  • 3 0
 Thanks for sharing, guys, that was a brilliant film.
  • 2 0
 Fantastic scenery, brilliantly shot. Really enjoyed watching that with a nice coffee!
  • 2 0
 Thanks for sharing! I can really see myself doing a trip like this... on some of my past or oncoming lifes Smile
  • 2 0
 oh man that was amazing! definitely going to have to try something like that in Nepal!!
  • 3 0
 Probably most spirit capturing video this year, or maybe even on Pb ever.
  • 2 0
 This was very inspirational as well as captured the essence of mountain biking and adventure.
  • 2 0
 If Schusler had been born before 1492, he would have been the one to prove the world is round.
  • 2 1
 You speak a good Russian, guys! Welcome to Russia and also you can visit some more fantastic places like Magnitogorsk, or Gorki bike park near Sochi.
  • 1 0
 only thing that would make that any better would be if it was 45 minutes longer...and possibly narrated by warren miller... so freaking awesome.
  • 1 0
 I'm going to ride through the Alps this summer (650km) with a friend, has anyone advice about tents and bags for such a trip ?
  • 2 0
 The enve rims are definitely worth it, when you put that much luggage on your bike Wink
  • 1 0
 Yup! haha
  • 2 0
 Just had to change my background multiple times as usual..tks pink bike
  • 2 0
 Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
  • 2 0
 Froffed that! Awesome video, stunning scenery.
  • 2 0
 I’m amazed a trip like that can be edited down to 15 minutes.
  • 2 0
 another one for the bucket list .....
  • 1 0
 Everything about that was EPIC. My favorite mountain bike/packing adventure vid yet!
  • 2 0
 Wow, sick vid! Some spare tubes and chains and der hangers, I presume?
  • 1 0
 This is what adventure riding is all about! Amazing edit and good job dudes!
  • 1 0
 I'd loved to see what they brought with them. I mean, they even had a drone!? And just such small bags. Truly awesome video!
  • 2 0
 We just had the drone for a day on the front end and tail end of the trip! Definitely wouldn't carry that with me out there in the backcountry! haha. Bike Mag did a cool review of my bikepacking setup in the Sept/Oct issue if you can find a copy
  • 1 1
 Joe, what do you think about visiting other Russian mountains like Ural mountains, or Novorossiysk mountains, or Aj-Petri mountain near Yalta in Crimea?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I've herd of and seen some great riding in those spots! So many mountain ranges to visit and adventure in!
  • 4 0
 @markedone other Russian? Kazbegi isn't Russian
  • 1 2
 Mount Kazbek (Georgian: ყაზბეგის მყინვარწვერი (Kazbegis Mkinvartsveri)), is a dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus located in the Kazbegi District of Georgia and North Ossetia (Russia). -Wiki.


Cheers.
  • 1 0
 This place in this video is Geogria... I am Georgian.
  • 1 0
 great video but is it just me or was there some bike swapping during this adventure?
  • 2 1
 Thanks! No we all rode our same bikes the whole time! I was on a Yeti SB5c as was Sam, Brice was on a 4.5c, and Ross on a SB6c
  • 2 0
 thanks for the reply schusler. your riding and adventures truly are inspiring.
  • 2 0
 Great music, amazing experience.
  • 1 0
 Beautiful places, Beautiful story, Beautiful movie, Beautiful cinematography. SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!!
  • 2 1
 Omg.... the intro is just like Bearclaw's roam segment lol.
  • 2 0
 So good, thanks guys!
  • 2 0
 Wow!
  • 2 0
 Love it .
  • 2 0
 Looks amazing!
  • 1 0
 EXACTLI THIS IS MOUNTAIN BIKINGSmile
  • 2 0
 inspiring!!!
  • 1 0
 Wonderful. Great job! I am inspired.
  • 1 0
 Drop the mic...walk off stage!
  • 1 0
 Awesome stuff as usual Joey!
  • 1 1
 Great scenery, great trails, great bikes..... but Joey should speak less zzzZZZZzzzzZZZZzzzzz
  • 1 0
 What an amazing landscape.
  • 1 0
 Fantastic so many beautiful places. love it .
  • 1 0
 2:32 - Getting some!
  • 1 0
 Sorted.. top film.
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