Video: Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH Team - New Zealand, Part 2

May 12, 2015
by Smith Optics  
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Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

After three long days of dodging bad weather and doing more driving than riding, we were gaining ground. We were heading up the pass through the Southern Alps towards the Canterbury high country, the home of popular ski fields just outside of Christchurch.

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2. Photo Paris Gore.

With nothing but riding on everyone's mind, we headed straight to Cheeseman Peak ski field for the afternoon. Sitting at just over 6,000ft, Cheeseman is known for its open rolling terrain and epic landscapes. We snaked our way through single-track surrounded by the native bush just before dusk. These were the conditions we had been dreaming of since arriving in New Zealand. After the first post-ride beer was cracked, we were faced with the realization that the next day would be early morning. Joey and Thomas had that look in their eyes, they were scheming up a plan for dawn.

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

bigquotesToday I rallied the troops. 4am wakeup call and we were on our way back up to the top of Cheeseman ski field. The hike up was brutal, but we were instantly rewarded with a stunning sunrise upon our arrival to the summit. Now to go down. Steep, full speed scree shredding. I had never ridden anything quite like it. - Joey Schusler


Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

bigquotes3/10/15 - woke up today at 3:30am with a fever and night sweats before our 4am departure. Climbing up the fire road felt like the most soul sucking, pain fueled 2 hours of my life. Dry heaving about every 200ft I made it to the base of the scree field. I couldn't move, I hunkered down while the crew pushed on. The fear of missing a shot is the most frustrating part of my job, but days like today have to happen every so often to give yourself a solid reminder that it's all about the experience. - Paris Gore

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

"Spelunking" or "caving" was a nearby road side attraction for many summer travelers.

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

Established in 1857 Flock Hill Station is a high country farm nestled in the heartland of the Southern Alps and where we found comfort after every ride. It was like summer camp in the mountains. We stayed in the bunkhouse, cooked meals in a communal kitchen, and laid in the grass listening to hundreds of sheep in the nearby field until dark.

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2

From shingle scree fields to beautiful beech forests, Craigieburn ski field offers a variety of terrain as the single track drops you from the ski lift to the root covered forest floor. In the winter, Craigieburn is operated by a non-profit organization of enthusiastic club members and seasonal staff. It exists solely for the purpose to fuel the passion of the mountains. We would say it accomplishes the same in the summer.

Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Life Beyond Walls with the SMITH team - New Zealand Part 2
Our time in the mountains was up, we were back in the RV, back on the road, and back on this crazy journey heading south to Queenstown.

Team Riders:
Joey Schusler
Lars Sternberg
Mike Hopkins
Rosara Joseph
Alex “KrunkShox” McGuinnis
Carolynn Romaine

Photos: Paris Gore, and Joey Schusler
Film: Joey Schusler and Thomas Woodson
Words by: Mallory Burda, Team Manager

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24 Comments

  • + 27
 I thought it said "life behind bars" for a second :'(
  • + 1
 me too! I was so excited Frown
  • + 9
 Same! Haha Still a great article and video though Smile
  • + 23
 At least they ride their bikes in this one.
  • + 8
 MUST...RIDE....NZ....
  • + 2
 I think Joey Schusler reclaimed the Joey Schusler Award for wearing your race kit the longest off the track, as mentioned in this interview with Ed Masters
www.pinkbike.com/news/casey-brown-team-bergamont-fort-william-photo-epic-2014.html
  • + 3
 Can't believe the award is still around, but what can I say... It's an honor to win my own award! haha.
  • + 4
 Some people have it rough. I on the other hand gonna go back to my machine and enjoy life not riding my bike in rad places...
  • + 4
 that, friends, is the life!
  • + 3
 Beautiful looking trails in Craigieburn. Basically everything about NZ looks rad.
  • + 2
 if anybody has any good places to ride near ashburton please post it!and any advice on rental car/rv companies would be amazing
  • + 2
 mt hutt, christchurch, craigeburn, wharfdale track. nothing real close.
  • + 2
 so should i pack my bike and bring it or is there rentals there that are decent?have you done the heli biking?
  • + 1
 If in christchurch go to vic park and worsleys. Oh, and dont forget Queenstown
  • + 4
 What a ridiculously awesome vid and article. holy crap!
  • + 3
 Who wants to go halfsies on a camper?
  • + 1
 when are you going to be there?
  • + 2
 I'm going for the ski season but will stay long enough I'm hoping into spring so i can bike/hike
  • + 3
 So much better than the last episode, glad to see this is turning around!
  • + 2
 ...how'd your saddle end up after the Kia had a go at it?
  • + 1
 Now with actual bike riding!
  • + 2
 Take me back to NZ. Now.
  • + 1
 I spy with my little eye... a Transition patrol carbon....
  • - 1
 I got ahead of myself and thought this said life behind bars Frown

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