Trailer: Berrecloth, Brown and McCaul Search For the Yeti in New Feature Length Film

Oct 8, 2019
by Ryan Berrecloth  

Chasing The Yeti intro cover

In 2001, the Kingdom of Bhutan created the Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary, a 253-square-mile protected habitat for the migoi, known in the west as the yeti. The sanctuary is also home to pandas, snow leopards and tigers, but the Bhutanese maintain that the refuge was created specifically for the migoi. This exclusive region has long been off-limits to most outsiders, but in April 2019, professional mountain bikers Darren Berrecloth, Casey Brown and Cam McCaul led the first team to ever ride bikes in this hidden corner of the Himalaya. Their eight-day journey in search of the yeti led them through some of the world’s most stunning, high-altitude singletrack while also bringing awareness to a country that bases its GDP on ‘happiness,’ rather than financial indicators.

While most of the world no longer believes in the yeti’s existence, many of Bhutan’s mountain dwellers insist this mysterious ape-like creature still roams the Himalaya’s farthest-flung reaches. Eager to find out for themselves, this ambitious trio embarked on a world-first expedition through a never-before-ridden region in search of the mythological beast. The chase for the yeti began in earnest.

To pursue the yeti, these intrepid riders venture high into the Himalaya, scouring this other-worldly landscape for signs of the elusive creature. Their path is fraught with peril, from precipitous river gorges to the rigors of extreme altitude and physical deprivation. While tackling these obstacles, the crew comes to expect the unexpected, as each day leads from one discovery to another. Will one of these discoveries be the yeti?

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
Pioneers Darren Berrecloth, Casey Brown and Cam McCaul.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
The Tigers' Nest. This monument holds significant meaning for the locals.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
Big trips mean you need proper luggage to get your gear there in one piece. This was where the trip started once the team landed in Bhutan.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
The team rode through a variety of communities. This scenery was common in the lower elevations.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
The Mountains and Valleys are BIG in Bhutan. Just a taste.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
If you like culture in your films you will enjoy this scene as we get a local to share stories of the yeti.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
What would you think if you saw a bike for the first time later in life?

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
The crew ran into some snow at high elevations. Put some serious pressure on the trip. No big deal if you're a donkey though.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Two pro's know what to do.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
We got lucky on the trip and witnessed a rare ceremony.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
Archery in the Himalayans??

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
Certainly one of the more rewarding times during the trip for the team as they introduced bikes to some locals for the first time.

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga

Chasing The Yeti is a full length mountain bike film starring Darren Berrecloth Cam McCaul and Casey Brown. They travel deep into the Himalayan Mountains on an epic search for the Yeti and ultimately adventure where nobody has ridden bikes before. Photo credit Margus Riga
Ambrose Weingart behind the lens. Delivered another great film!

Chasing the Yeti is NOW available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Vimeo Plus!

Link to the film: https://geni.us/ChasingTheYeti

Website: www.chasingtheyeti.co

Instagram updates: @cleverbearsproductions

Directed by Ambrose Weingart

Photos by Margus Riga

Upcoming premieres below for Whistler October 12th and Vancouver October 17th. If you are interested in putting together your own showing reach out to ryan@cleverbearproductions.com for more details.

Chasing The Yeti Whistler Premiere Saturday October 12th

Chasing The Yeti Vancouver premiere

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49 Comments

  • 38 4
 In search for the Yeti... If you google "dentist+Kathmandu" at least 20 hits come up. It means there are at least 5 Yetis in Kathmandu.
  • 7 5
 @WAKIdesigns I also enjoy the fact they are self proclaimed pioneers when clearly the area has been settled for thousands of years.
  • 7 3
 @makripper: I think they are talking about them being MTB pioneers, nothing to do with this trip.
  • 7 3
 @BiffBoomBang: they 100% aren't the first people to MTB in bhutan.
  • 3 3
 @BiffBoomBang: www.bhutanmountainbike.com/?page_id=63 the testimonials go back 5 years lol and thats just this just the first company that came up when i googled mtb buhtan.
  • 4 0
 @makripper: A photo from Bhutan hangs on the wall in the class room
Nobody:
Two stoners: we should smoke there
Bearclaw: we should ride there
  • 4 0
 @makripper: I wasn’t saying that they were, or even that they are pioneers for riding there. I was saying that they likely meant berrecloth and crew are pioneers in the world of mtb, completely unrelated to this trip.
  • 2 4
 @BiffBoomBang: yeah I'm doubting that. Good try bro
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: why not both?
  • 2 0
 @BiffBoomBang: Yes thank you for clarifying. "Exploration" would have been a better way to phrase it. Was certainly the first trip for the athletes to the region.
  • 2 0
 @makripper: what are you doubting? if you're trying to say that The Claw isn't a legend and pioneer of mountain biking, you're just plain wrong, and I've said that I agree that they probably aren't the first to ride there.
  • 1 1
 @BiffBoomBang: im doubting that's what you originally ment and now you are backpedalling lol
  • 1 0
 @makripper: omfg man, I don’t even know why I’m trying at this point. You’re just looking for an argument.
  • 1 0
 @BiffBoomBang: I'm really not. If you weren't why did you lose it when i stated that they aren't pioneers in the sense that was portrayed by the article? It's ok to let things go
  • 7 0
 Stoked for this. Bhutan is an amazing place, truly pristine and unspoiled--nowhere else like it in Asia. There's huge potential for MTB there, members of the royal family and the former prime minister are mountain bikers. Itching to go back there and ride.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. Tons of potential and the riding blew the minds of the crew and athletes. Scenery is phenomenal and the team did a fantastic job capturing it.
  • 5 0
 Sounds more like searching for animal chin. After all these years, the search continues.
  • 1 0
 Wake up and smell the concrete!
  • 1 0
 This is cool. I've got the "Into the Thunder Dragon" DVD where Kris Holm and Nathan Hoover cross the Himalaya by mountain unicycle (MUni). There was a big part about the yeti and archery so apparently it indeed is big there. And just like with the bikes here, the people there were open minded enough to give it a shot. I see some similar landmarks here so I wonder if they take the same route. Would be interesting to see their riding style to that of the unicyclists.

@ChasingTheYeti (Ryan Berrecloth): Do you have a segment too? I recall seeing you in the Roam video and your riding was right up there, but I don't recall having seen anything from you since.
  • 2 0
 Thanks. Will need to check out the Thunder Dragon piece.

Ryan had a couple segment after Roam, his last one in "Builder." He's more involved on the production side now.
  • 1 0
 @ChasingTheYeti: Cool, I've got all three Collective dvds but I'll need to check Builder someday.

Kris Holm is a legend and a BC local. So if you're still from there you may want to talk with him someday. Here is the official trailer of Into the Thunder Dragon:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6DMC8_0Xpg
  • 1 0
 I've read some great mountain climbing books about climbing in Nepal. The authors always are left astounded by the spiritual nature to the relatively untouched part of the world. These areas are about spiritual enlightenment ,understanding your insignificant place in the world. You don't need a bike or climbing gear. Just an open mind.
  • 1 3
 Quite frankly I think the Buddhist or Yogi peace/bliss is an outdated hype. And pretentious form of escapism among Westeners... The rejection of ego is as much rejection of self as embrace of ego and rejection of nature. We live in one world they live in another. Inevitably rejection of ego is the most egotistic thing to do. It is hard to find more selfish folks than climbers or athletes. If you think that going on out on a spiritual journey is not a form of a*sholery and getting locked in the office is not a form
Of altruistic sacrifice, a form of rejection of ego, you need to rethink a thing or two. Singularity with the universe is not for everyone. It is a luxury and many die without ever getting close to it, no matter how hard they try. Just like psychedelics are not for everyone. It is all hard. It is supposed to be hard. And it is all easy and bliss is at the reach of your hand. Or rather at the reach of your thought. Enlightenment is no different from learning to jump or to cheat on taxes.
  • 2 0
 @Sshredder Great point. This is something we tried to highlight in the film and one of the reasons Darren wanted to explore the region in the first place. Their culture, not ours. We got really lucky with timing to witness a ceremony and the spiritual aspect is present throughout the trip.
  • 3 0
 @WAKIdesigns: If you've been told all Buddhism/yoga/eastern spirituality are about "rejection" of ego, it's time to find better translations. Or that you can get there by the "reach of your thought"? An ironic proposition for the subject no?
I wouldn't bother replying except to provide reality check to this idea that, 'the modern sophisticate recognizes Buddhist/Yogi peace/bliss is dated hype that merits no investigation, unless one is a pretentious, self-absorbed escapist'.
You can go about any spirituality, or career, or relationship, or worldview in your pretentious self-absorbed way, or you could go about it any other 7 billion ways you see fit.
Or, just maybe, one might learn some valuable models from cultures who've lived damn hard lives for thousands of years, and yet are most often smiling.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I agree with every thing you are saying. Can spirituality be nothing more than feeling your place in the big old universe. The climbing books I read have little to do with spirituality. The climbers find a common vision with the Tibetans . Yep challenge is good. The world will give you good times and bad times. It's about accepting ..... Everything. The good and the bad. You don't need to travel anywhere to feel spiritual enlightenment . Mountain climbers reach spiritual Bliss while hanging on to a sheer granite cliff with a thousand feet of exposure. They describe the sensation of feeling that everything has it's place . They feel in perfect tune with the universe. Sort of like riding a double black diamond trail and the fear is replaced with a feeling of contentment.
  • 2 1
 @WoodenCrow: yeah because everyone in these cultures are smiling. Not. The thing is these cultures are also learning from us on how to get sht done. Depression and bitching is a byproduct of civilization that realizes itself by expansion by going faster and faster which is inherent drive of every living and non living thing. A giant galaxy will devour a smaller galaxy. One star has more gas around it than a smaller one, you cannot say that a red dwarf is a humble star. A bloke born in conditions allowing him to become a wolf of Wallstreet will become one and he will be one of many. Some of them will take the pressure, some will turn it up and some will leave. It is all a matter of circumstances. “Holistic” cultures is not only a Western idea, recreational style of thought, they simply have more time for reflection. We have more opportunity to accumulate surplus. Enlightenment, Nirvana is a recreation like almost anything else. Buddha, Jesus were Sennas, Musks of it. How silly is Western fascination with Yoga when we have had gymnastics for ages? How much honest “spirituality” and insight is in Yoga how much drive to group affirmation by performing mediocre form of exercise? Some may celebrate Yogi, Lamas, I will celebrate my boss snd office cleaner. She runs my world.

I have spent time with immigrants from many cultures, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, Nepal, India, Iran what not, they tell stories. Films like this paint a greatly distorted picture. We love to cherry pick
  • 2 0
 @WAKIdesigns: When your cup is that full , you can't pour anything else into it.
  • 4 0
 They were looking for it in the wrong place. It hides in Colorado.
  • 1 0
 Love it! But man, the camera crew that has to haul all that gear also - kudos to them in a big way. I love to see a back story on how this film was made.
  • 2 0
 they usually hire locals (ie. cheap labor)
  • 1 0
 Camera crew looks like Ambrose with a BlackMagic camera on a tiny tripod. Since he's biking up there, that's all I'd want to take too...
  • 1 0
 Yes Ambrose, Margus and the crew did an amazing job to pack their camera gear around and to get some great shots showcasing the region.
  • 2 0
 Yep Ambrose killed it hauling his big ol camera bag throughout the journey!
  • 2 0
 @makripper: locals/horses carried the cooking supplies/tents but we had to have all the cam gear on our backs.
  • 3 0
 How can they not be on yetis?
  • 4 0
 The movie would start and finish at the airport baggage claim
  • 2 0
 Thought this was team rumors after a quick glance at the title.
  • 2 0
 Was waiting for that one lol!
  • 1 0
 What a cool part of the world, this is awesome!
  • 1 0
 You missed a name on the title of the page.......
  • 1 0
 Dig it, send me on my fattie with panniers, I will find that yeti!
  • 1 0
 Anyone reminded of Where the Trail Ends Nepal segment?
  • 1 0
 If they have compound bows I'm sure they've seen bikes before
  • 1 0
 I was blown away when I rolled up to that high mountain village and they all had hoyt/matthews bows. They make so little for income but spend such a large amount of bows. Craziness but its their national sport and they take it seriously.
  • 1 0
 Considering the royal family is into cycling for 2 generations, they have surely indeed seen bikes before (check out the Tour of Dragon). Can't wait to see the movie though. Bhutan is a country like no other. I wish everyone to spend some time there. No better place to reflect on his own life and reboot.
  • 1 0
 @FlorentVN: Ya it's pretty hard nowadays to run into anyone that hasn't seen bikes before.
My opinion would be that its the first time the locals saw bikes up this route as its quite a mission lol.
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