Video: Kenny Smith Hunts Big Mountain Lines in the Chilean Andes

Mar 30, 2021
by Cycles Devinci  

The Good, The Bad & The Foolhardy // Chasing Shadows in Chile's Andean Highlands

Three veteran mountain-bike adventurers—freerider Kenny Smith, photographer Margus Riga and journalist Brice Minnigh—head deep into the Chilean Andes in a multi-day search for singletrack, scree chutes and some elusive, black-powder bowls. Seasoned in the self-styled art of unsupported wilderness bikepacking, the longtime friends adopt a loose expedition plan that leaves plenty of room for spontaneity and shenanigans in a laughter-filled mission that is equal parts Spaghetti Western, The Three Amigos and a twisted Stephen King novel.

Credit Margus Riga

Credit Margus Riga
Credit Margus Riga

Credit Margus Riga



26 Comments

  • 16 0
 Cool video!
I totally get exploring unknown (for you) terrain, but why not contact a local and ask him for directios or even to guide the adventure? There is a really good guide called Pato Goycolea from Innermountain.cl that could’ve help you guys. In those two valleys you went there are some sick lines that are completely worth riding!! And really close to Piedra Numerada or Federacion (first day of the video). Cool to watch, the laughs with your friends is whats all about anyway!

I love watching Chile on Pinkbike, hope to see more of this!
  • 1 0
 Wondering the same. I totally get the appeal to discovering things yourself, though.
  • 4 0
 Thanks for your feedback & recommendations! Jorge Diaz at Sportvibes.cl provided good help. Exploring the unknown was part of the plan.
  • 1 0
 @cyclesdevinci: Agree...
Figuring it out on your own brings way more adventure. You do potentially miss stuff from a guide but blind exploration is priceless.
  • 2 0
 That totally true! Cheers Max.
  • 10 0
 Love seeing Kenny Smith content. Hain train around the world. Legend.
  • 7 0
 The Hein* Wink
  • 2 0
 Wild to explore on a bike like that. It has never appealed to me. The ultimate version of a vision quest is to go to the other side of the planet in search of something and get skunked only to realize that time with friends is priceless.
  • 4 0
 Finding rideable scree is like looking for a needle in a haystack. The joy is in the hunt though! Way to go all in, only one way to find out for sure.
  • 3 0
 Kudos to these guys for getting out there and really exploring the unknown. Really inspiring to see, and looks like it was a great adventure!
  • 4 0
 Looks like an awesome trip guys! Real well shot & put together too—no small feat.
  • 6 0
 This is rad!
  • 4 0
 A Kenny Smith and Kirt Voreis video!? Would be amazing!
  • 1 0
 Hi guys! Nice video!
We invite you to see what we are doing here in Chike riding the highest peaks of south America by bike.
You can see some of our videos in the YouTube channel "Inner mountain Chile".
The highest mountain that is in the valley on the first minute of your video is called "El Plomo" (5.424mts) and it was sacred for the incas and also all that valley that you ride.
You can contact local guides for you other expeditions an know more about the places that you visit and of course ride bigmountain lines!.
Cheers and good video!
  • 4 0
 got Riga'd?
Crazy adventure guys!
  • 3 0
 I love the adventure content. They should make a show called "Real Riga'd" about crazy mtb adventures, as a nod to the mountaineering/rock climbing show called "Reel Rock". Reel Rock's a good show, btw.
  • 3 0
 Amazing and soul warming. Pure thing.
  • 1 0
 Seems that they wanted to find some Where the trail ends style stuff but the chutes came out to be slightly disappointing in terms of rocky debris and so on
  • 2 0
 Anytime Devinci and Kenny Smith put content together its a must watch. Keep it up!
  • 2 0
 Thanks @wheelza! We really appreciated working on this project! The guys at Freehub killed it!
  • 2 1
 Amazing. Mountain bikes are for adventures, not skills! Pleases also publish more gravel-bike content - but make sure there's a scenic backdrop.
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/20359108
this photo looks like a half dug face with the rider coming out of the eye.
  • 1 0
 PG represent! Norbs be proud!
  • 1 0
 Great Vid. Kenny is a legend!
  • 1 0
 Oh trailforks... You led them astray. Can they get thier $36 back?

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