Matt Hunter Explores Patagonia - Video

Mar 15, 2017
by I Am Specialized  
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TRAIL HUNTER: PATAGONIA

Wild—a simple word that’s easily uttered and liberally used. But out here, in Patagonia, that tiny word Hulks up to full size. Out here, wild exudes an air of sheer, infinite space, zooming right up to your face to scream, “YOU ARE SMALL AND I AM BIG.” And for Matt Hunter, traveling for this latest edition of Trail Hunter, time spent on the trails in Patagonia helped reinforce the true meaning of that simple, four-letter word.


Trail Hunter Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

Trail Hunter Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

Once in Patagonia, Matt and his friends rode in both the south and the north of the region. In the south, the weather was slightly unhinged and they found themselves fighting against the winds, every day. “It was pretty tough bike riding weather,” said Matt, before adding that riding in this area also held a special draw. “It was really cool for me, because I love my home and that place [the south trails] had the same latitude—or a similar latitude—south as I live north of the equator. That was pretty neat to kind of visit that opposite part of the world. But that area was extremely extreme weather.”

Trail Hunter Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

Trail Hunter - Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

bigquotesThe word 'wild' gets used a lot, I think falsely. But this is one place I would count as being truly wild.

Days later, traveling to the north of the region presented Matt and his friends some extremes of terrain. Here, they were literally riding on volcanoes.

“One place had erupted recently and everything was coated with this ash,” says Matt. “It was very, very lunar... We were climbing through these forests of really cool trees called Monkey Puzzle trees, and then reaching the alpine, and riding on a moonscape, basically. It was volcanic ash [and] quite soft. It was so hard to ride, even on the flats, it was just…sinky.”


Trail Hunter Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

Trail Hunter - Patagonia. Photo Dan Milner

The experience of Patagonia has left an indelible impression on Matt. The landscape, the weather, the camaraderie, those unexpected moments, (the impromptu hang drum session around a campfire—“It’s so clear and cool sounding”—being a prime example) and the welcome reminder of just how wild “wild” can be was everything Matt looks for in a trip like this.

“You can feel it,” he says. “You're just out there in this big space, and for me, that's what I seek mountain biking. It just feels so cool to be out there in that wild kind of place.”


Trail Hunter Patagonia - Photo Dan Milner


CREDITS
Written by: Janeen McCrae
Video by: Matt Miles
Photos by: Dan Milner
Riders: Matt Hunter, Matt Miles, Rene Wildhaber, Euan Wilson, Dan Milner
www.specialized.com


149 Comments

  • + 144
 Mad props to the cinematographer and photographer who follows Matt on these trips with all that gear.
  • + 24
 Matty Miles is an insanely stylish rider! I'd love to see him get out behind the camera and in front of the lens more often.
  • + 5
 That dirt out there looks so responsive and yummy! I've never wanted to roll on dirt more than right now damnit!
  • + 2
 @FRguild: For sure, but he is killing it behind the camera as well, I really like his videos.
By the way, Matt should write a book about all his journeys and show us where to find these awesome trails, that would be sick!
  • + 26
 I favourited the video before I watched it as I knew it would be awesome
  • - 2
 that is very irresponsible of you what if the video wanst awesome?
  • + 15
 @fercho25: then you unfavorite the video....
  • + 9
 @fercho25: Trail hunter video. Always awesome.
  • + 5
 What if it was another E-MTB video?
  • + 10
 @abzillah: nothing but negative props for E crap
  • + 2
 @properp: email, ellsworth, education, eggplant, edward, excellence, e-vite, the letter e. . . .
  • + 20
 I know I will get ripped apart for this, but I don't understand some of these pieces that come out. They attempt to illustrate the awesomeness and beauty of "wild" or untouched "wilderness" and they do that wonderfully with some of their shots. And then in the next moment they are showing massive roosts in what looks like untouched forests. That type of riding is always glorified here on PB and we all do it, myself included. Just seems like that glorification would be more suited to bike park riding not to wilderness areas like Patagonia in relatively fragile ecosystem like an alpine forest. Beautiful project nonetheless.
  • + 36
 I dont understand why people think a roost destroys fragile ecosystem. It will rain and the roost will disappear. Its not like it was an open pit mining operation, jeeze.
  • + 14
 I think most of us would roost those turns if the occasion presented itself. In that case the video represents reality
  • + 34
 @steelpolish: I completely agree with you on this one. The saying goes "take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints". Displacing a bit of dirt, that's our footprint. Stay on the trail, don't trample actual plant life, carry your garbage out with you and have fun.
  • + 18
 I get what your saying and definitely don't fault you for your concerns. I share some of the same. However, for myself... I've settled on a balance between enjoying nature (w/ the occasional roost) while still appreciating it and protecting it as a whole. People who are hardliners and feel like humans shouldn't 'intrude' into nature at all, preserving it completely... I think are missing the point. But then again, people who feel justified in raping nature for all of it's bounty should burn in hell. HAHA. Use it, but use it wisely. Enjoy it, but don't be greedy or abusive. :-)
  • + 26
 I think we as riders should respect the trail, the more roosts, the more likely dirt will be washed away in the next rain, so it enhances erosion.

At the same time, if you ride a bike you are responsible for damaging Mother Earth. Anything that uses plastic, metal or rubber contributes to the downfall of our planet. It takes one barrel of oil to make an auto tire, so best case is about 4 to 6 bike tires per barrel of oil. Plus the factories to make the rubber, tires, aluminium/carbonsteel, refine the oil, transport the parts. Then the factories to make the computers to design the bikes blah blah blah!

Unless you live in a mud hut, growing all your own food,and never using any technology, roosts are the last on an almost endless list of thing you can do to better our planet!
  • + 26
 @Bomadics: Oh by no means do I think this is a major issue. It is just confusing as to it is always glorified in the videos in wilderness areas. Just seems unnecessary I guess.
  • - 30
flag supercusty (Mar 15, 2017 at 15:47) (Below Threshold)
 You sir ianswilson815 are a flaming pussy
  • + 25
 I agree with ian. It's a contradiction and something which people use to point to bikers as jerks
  • - 4
flag me2menow (Mar 15, 2017 at 16:44) (Below Threshold)
 @Bomadics: Amen; there are 50000 more things more worth crying over.
  • - 5
flag nick1957 (Mar 15, 2017 at 16:54) (Below Threshold)
 motocross bikes roost mountain bikes skid grew out of that at 10 years old
  • - 9
flag steelpolish (Mar 15, 2017 at 20:26) (Below Threshold)
 @leelau: Its odd that a lot of people on Pinkbike have an issue with roost. This tells me that most people cant ride well. If you smash a corner correctly, you will roost. Its fun and neat thing to do. Roost in corners is a riding style. Its akin to people telling me, "stop doing manuals. You are adding twice the weight on a single contact patch of your rear tire. That creates a deeper rut". Oh my, God, a deeper rut, perish forbid. I made a rut in Patagonia where there is no people and no one will notice. Oh my God. I am ruining the environment.
  • + 7
 @Crooks: Yes! Have fun, don't be stupid, and most importantly, DO NOT drop your trash and leave it. Thats whats screwing things up. Not a bit of roost for God's sake.
  • + 14
 @steelpolish: That is not what I said at all. I understand roosts are part of riding and I have no problem with them. What I said is that it seems a bit like unnecessary glorification of roosting in an area that they themselves are stating is "wild" or "wilderness" or in that forest. Why not show huge roosts in the lava ash or loose rock fields? I am not bashing anyone for a riding style just an interesting choice of shots is all.
  • - 17
flag me2menow (Mar 15, 2017 at 21:01) (Below Threshold)
 @ianswilson815: you know whats even more unnecessary than the glorification of roosts? Unnecessary complaining about roosts in a video filming riders riding on types of dirt that would move if blown on.
  • + 2
 If you added up all the roosting in the history of humankind, it still wouldn't compare to the environmental damage of taking a jetliner from North to South America.
  • + 2
 @FRguild: if you add up all the murders in the world 1 more is ok then
  • - 9
flag me2menow (Mar 16, 2017 at 11:28) (Below Threshold)
 @nick1957: You guys are the biggest wusses on the planet earth; I'm convinced that the portion of the population that gets most butthurt by 'roosting' is self-righteous commenters on pinkbike that cant ride fast enough, so they think people in videos are skidding. Literally no one cares about this shit more than you guys. This is such a non-issue that youve built up in your heads. Be sure to give each other high fives for being so awesome and progressive at the trailhead.
  • + 9
 Boy I sure wish I could ride as fast as all you skidder guys, geez maybe even be able to roost like all you fast neeto people, and then I cuwd go all viral and stuff too!
  • + 4
 @Bomadics: Totally bro. If I were only as fast at @me2menow i could be all roosty and enduro and stuff
  • - 1
 @KruaThaiEnduro: But since that wont be happening any time soon you might as well cope with your current skill level through sarcasm and downvotes on pinkbike right? ;o
  • + 1
 @leelau: they will always find something.
  • + 3
 I get your comment, and I sometimes also feel like this type of riding is glorified in the community. That said, I am certain that this "problem" does not compare to the lifestyle most of us live and the diet we follow. If you want to preach preservation and "herperderp i love nature and animals" and in the same breath you don't separate your trash accordingly and you eat meat (livestock is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution) then you should honestly reconsider your entire existence ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • + 1
 People are so butthurt by roosting. It does next to zero damage. We even ride dirt biked and sometimes after trying muddy uphill many times it really gets "destroyed" but after a week and some rain you almost could not even tell if anyone was riding there. Then there are huge deforestation just for wood for heating in winter in time when we have many heating options and nobody cares.
  • + 15
 Pro Tip, If frost or cold over night temps are expected, Bring a large freezer zip-lock bag, Place shoes into ziplock bag, seal tight. place ziploc with shoes inside of sleeping bag at the foot while sleeping. Wake up to warm shoes.
  • + 3
 Nice one @levon, great tip, thanks. I've done this with snowboard boot liners when snow-camping to stop them freezing, but in all honesty, our shoes on this trip were getting a hard time - soaked through one day, frost the next, +30C heat the other. The frost was unexpected that morning but they warmed up quickly once the sun came out on camp.
  • + 2
 Also, a large ziplock bag filled with air and wrapped in a tshirt makes a great pack pillow. So does an inflated water bladder.
  • + 6
 that´s not only Patagonia,it's a mix of the south and the last part of Chile... Patagonia. Very nice video but with a misleading title...
  • + 0
 a part is near puerto natales right? when I went there i dont remeber such dense forests where are those?
  • + 2
 I don't agree, it is South Patagonia + North Patagonia including some central-south lake region volcanoes which are within Patagonian northern latitude, see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patagonia
  • + 2
 @fercho25: that region is huge, in the northern part you'll find all the forest you'd dream of and more
  • + 3
 Haced caso del chileno...
  • + 3
 Yeah!, There is no Araucarias in patagonia That could be near Pucon. Still awesome.
Cheers from Chile Smile
  • + 2
 Also could be part of Argentina, they have huge amount of terrain and let's be honest, here in chile everything is private property. In argentina you still can ride open areas without getting warned to leave.
  • + 4
 Juraria de guata que el volcán que se vé en el video es el LANIN, al SE de Villarrica/Pucon...
  • + 2
 Estoy casi seguro que la ultima foto del post es dentro del parque Torres del Paine, ellos van desde Serón al Campamento Las Torres... Solo por preguntar, estará permitido andar por ahi o es por eso que en ninguna parte mencionan donde anduvieron metidos? Seria un paseo la raja jajaj
  • + 2
 @Fenrisvarg: así es, en la cuenta de instagram de Matt Hunter se ve que estuvo en Pucón y luego viajó al sur
  • + 2
 I thought so too @papodhpuq until we got to the volcanoes... It seems that Patagonia's boundaries have been redrawn to include some of the Volcano region (now called "north Patagonia") by those Chilean powers that want to compete with Argentina's tourism-luring vast expanse of patagonia that reaches as far north as Bariloche etc. So yes our trip was in the south and the volcanoes, and both are now called "Patagonia" (even though they are vastly different in feel)
  • + 2
 @fercho25: yes part of it is near Puerto Natales. Javier, our local guide has great connections down there to ride trails on some estancias - amazing forests and open mountains. Go ride with him!
  • + 1
 @DanMilner: can I have a contact number or email?
  • + 0
 @fercho25: here i am, contact me to my personal email, javier@patagoniamtbtrails.com we where riding with Dan the Matts, Euan and Rene, we are planing our next season
Cheers
Javier.
  • - 1
 @FernandoGonzalez: no esta permitido, contamos con un permiso especial de los dueños de estancia cerro paine es un paseo que ofrecemos en www.patagoniamtbtrails.com, muchas personas que estan interesadas en ofrecer un servicio diferente nos han dado todos los permisos y espacios para que podamos desarrollar esto, no damos nombres de los lugares, para que no lleguen a romper todo, saltar rejas, cortar alambres como sucede lamentablemente... esta fino el viaje.
  • + 7
 Patagonia is truly unparalleled. So few humans and so much vast nature. Experience it before it changes.
  • + 10
 Or change it by experiencing it. Facepalm
  • + 3
 Increíble, fabulosa la producción... Para quienes no conocieron algunos lugares de la Patagonia y no les parezca conocido a lo que vieron, basta con mencionar que son mas de 2000km con distintos tipos de vegetación y con mucho por recorrer. Acá se pueden improvisar los mejores trails.
  • + 2
 So damn beautiful but this series is making it impossible to try to plan the next bike trip. Everywhere Matt goes he makes it look like the next place I have to ride. And it's not just the sick riding, music and cinematography/photography but that chill vibe in all the videos is exactly how these trips should feel.
  • + 2
 www.patagoniamtbtrails.com we organize trips down here!
  • + 7
 talawaa palinda
  • + 7
 I want this guy's life.
  • + 2
 Wow! First time I hear or see a handpan on an MTB vid. Minus points for calling it a Hang _drum_ in the article. It's not a drum even though it may seem like one. Spectacular scenery nonetheless!
  • + 4
 That forgot to show the riders screaming in sheer misery when the put on their frozen shoes.....
  • + 1
 Those are some of the trails that we have in southern patagonia, torres del paine, estancias near puerto natales, riding with an amazing crew having fun with what we love.... riding bikes... www.patagoniamtbtrails.com its where you can get info about our trips in Southern Patagonia.
  • + 1
 For me Hunter's videos always bring sense of peace and relaxation, instead of aggresive and adrenaline rush side of mountainbiking. Dont get me wrong, i like the both side of mountainbiking alot. But balance in life always a good thing to have. Big props to the crew.
  • + 1
 The problem is that westerners go to wild, serene places and shred the sh..it out of them. Did anyone ask if these places need dust kicking riders that clearly disturb the fragile trails they have over there. Thanks God we can't go everywhere on our super duper all over the mountain Endurocruzokonas. We are a threat to true wild places out there
  • + 0
 why did the producers provide no indication of where this was shot and the people that live there? It's not like these places exist in a vacuum, and are uninhabited. You may have been going for "epic, natural, untamed places" sort of vibe, but there are real people that live there, it's not a fairy tale place. I loved the cinematography, the riding and the editing, and I felt like I may have recognized some of the places that were ridden, but I find it a little disrespectful to the people there that you didn't mention them... don't think of this as plain criticism, and please continue with this series, I love it, but also please recognize the people and the places that you visit...
  • + 2
 Hey @slyfink wait of the magazine stories I shot. There will be features in a lot of mags in may countries that talk about all this, with beautiful portraits of locals. The film focusses more on the riding and overall feel ('bike porn'), and was steered away from anything documentary-like. Just a director's decision. So keep an eye out of the full story features coming soon. That said, the places we rode are not heavily populated (apart from hikers in the south) - and we kept away from any towns (apart from for re-supplying) and kept out in the wilds as much as possible. Certainly when in the volcanoes we didn't see anyone else at all for 3 days.
  • + 1
 @DanMilner: Awesome, thanks for the response. I will totally look for those articles. I was really keen on finding out where the volcanoes section was shot, as I've been to, and ridden in Pucon, and the trails in the footage seemed very familiar.
  • + 1
 @slyfink: The volcano part was 3 day remote traverse on a 100Km long trekking trail that I discovered and have been waiting for years to go back and ride. Look for the magazine stories out soon in MBUk, Bike Germany, Cranked, Solo Bici, Velo, Spoke, Vojo and more to get the full scoop on this amazing adventure.
  • + 4
 Watching this from my cubicle at work...
  • + 3
 Another amazing video in Chile?! with epics landscapes, trails and weather? thats common stuff here, cheers!
  • + 3
 you have one of the most stunning coteries on earth. I love it. Great trails, great scenery, great people.
  • + 1
 @DanMilner: thanks bro!
  • + 2
 @luchof: Hah I see that somehow my computer thought "coteries" is a word and autocorrected it! I meant to say "stunning countries on earth". Have spent nearly 2 years of my life in Chile and Argentina, I always like going back. Good times.
  • + 3
 Wow. Best Trail Hunter episode yet
  • + 2
 Alaska was the best one
  • + 8
 @ibishreddin: Lone Wolf?
  • + 0
 @ibishreddin: Agreed. You could say it was the best one just from this one line alone.

"when I was growing up, there was no such thing as a mountain bike."
  • + 4
 @ibishreddin: Japan. The Japan one was so mesmerizing, and I watch it all the time. Those trails.... are what I ride in my dreams.
  • + 1
 Japan
  • + 1
 Sun Valley with all the Bros!
  • + 1
 @zephxiii: if that's the alps one then, yes I change my mind.
  • + 1
 Jamaica!
  • + 1
 I wonder how the single tracks are formed? I mean it doesn't seem like a lot of hikers go there to establish a foot trail. It feels too good to be true. But it is true.
  • + 5
 These are Gauchos/Arrieros' trails en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arriero, there are no continuous routes let alone asphalt in most of Patagonia, the shepherds have lived and traded (not Pampa) using trails like these for a couple of centuries
  • + 2
 bloody amazing video, makes you wont to organise a road trip with your mates! I will be watching this again.
  • + 2
 Also usual another great Hunter vid to get my stoke going. Anyone know what song that was?
  • + 4
 www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCLDIxBxxVk
"The Fighter" by Jenn Grant
  • + 1
 @angueloff: Thank you. Really surprising it's not in the credits and almost nobody asked. She has a beautiful tone.
  • + 3
 Is this te argentinian or the chilean patagonia??
  • + 5
 chilena po choro...
  • + 3
 chilena xD
  • + 2
 Chilean Patagonia !
  • + 1
 pareciera Nevados de chillan
  • + 2
 lo mismo me preguntaba ,pero para mi " smells like Chilean spirit" !!!
  • + 1
 shuu
  • + 2
 Yeah!!! Matty Hunter riding on flat Shimano Saint Pedals!!!
  • + 2
 Bossing the bin lid at beginning have it!
  • + 1
 I loved the riding and the visuals, but the music in most of these films is boring to me
  • + 1
 He rode Stumpjumper in Patagonia? It's like bringing knife to a gunfight Wink
  • + 4
 If you're Matt Hunter, a knife IS a gun! Wink
  • + 1
 I always look forward to a Matt Hunter edit, this one is just amazing and makes you just want to ride your bike!
  • + 1
 Wow, stunning video... and totally eclipsed by an even more beautiful location.
  • + 2
 the only thing i can say i have just like matt is that rain jacket.
  • + 2
 Need to get myself a drone...
  • + 1
 If British Columbia was found in a parallel universe. It would look like this. Exellent cinematography .
  • + 1
 What were the two locations in Patagonia. I know one up North and one down South but what town or city?
  • + 1
 Near Puerto Natales in the south, and then near Pucon in the volcano region. H+I adventures do a guided trip down there, which is very close to our riding.
  • + 1
 @DanMilner: Thanks Dan. And @scottmcdaniel watch our Chile tour for an update to the itinerary that will include the riding we did in the Torres Del Paine national park that you see in the video. As Dan says, we already ride in the volcano region and are adding this southern part to the tour.
  • + 1
 @HI-Adventures: thanks you guys!!!! for make it happen!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Matt Hunter: I hate you ;-)
  • + 0
 Who got to carry all the kit? There is no way the tents etc were carried by the riders.
  • + 2
 In the south we stayed in refuges in the national park and on estancias, and rode day loops. In the volcanoes we had a local support who moved the camp each day while we rode the trails from A-to-B without all that weight on board.
  • + 1
 man id love to see a small write up on all the gear they use!
  • + 2
 Whats The song name?
  • + 1
 The essence of true mountain bike, without electric power.
  • + 1
 Does someone know how the instrument in the beginning is called ?
  • + 1
 can someone tell me where exactly that big tree is?
  • + 1
 Really like the high quality of this video!
  • + 1
 Absolutely stunning ! So makes me want to ride in the wilderness.
  • + 1
 Beautiful film and still got some roost shots in there, A+.
  • + 1
 Congrats with your kid being born today Hunter!!!!
  • + 1
 Jesus what an ugly color for Matts's bike. Liked his older stumpy better
  • + 1
 One of my favourite series, I never tire of watching Matt and Matt ride.
  • + 1
 Stunning
  • + 1
 what song is that?
  • + 1
 Nice vid
  • + 1
 Thanks!
  • + 1
 RAD
  • + 1
 New favorite video
  • + 1
 Greatness!
  • + 1
 Stunning...
  • + 1
 Singer/band please?
  • + 1
 "The Fighter" by Jenn Grant
  • + 1
 Drone credits- CIA
  • - 2
 Bit of a snoozer actually. Obviously, Matt's an insanely good rider, but this one didn't do it for me.
  • + 2
 night night
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