Over the last few decades, mountain biking has impacted a lot of lives. Whether you're a retired professional rider or a grown-up Mom/Dad-shredder with groms of your own, almost any veteran mountain biker can recall when the sport came into their life. For AAron “Moose” Reichert, one of the most life-affirming experiences was being introduced to the 12 Steps program many years ago while he was incarcerated. Another, was riding a mountain bike down Hawaii’s Skyline trail for the first time.
We first met Moose back in 2003 when we traveled to Hawaii to film The Collective
. Moose had established himself on the island of Maui and was instrumental in helping us capture some of our proudest moments of the first Collective film. He was also on hand when we returned in 2011 to shoot a video with the first members of Trek’s C3 Project (Brandon Semenuk, Cam McCaul, Andrew Shandro, Rene Wildhaber), which subsequently became the inspiration behind the NotBad
series. When we returned to Hawaii once again to film Return to Earth
in 2018, we’d come to learn a lot more about Moose and the hardships he had endured. Moving to Maui and falling in love with mountain biking played a large part in him healing old wounds.Some of Moose's more difficult moments before his life-changing move to Hawaii and finding mountain biking. As depicted by artist Taj MihelichThe Islander
is the fourth episode of Return to Earth: The Series
and explores Moose’s rollercoaster journey and how much he has since given back to his adopted community on the island of Maui. He’s a firm believer that bicycles can change lives and every year he partners up with other local businesses to give hundreds of bikes to underprivileged kids.
Watch the full 22-minute episode now on the Outside TV app.*
Constructing and riding the jumps and features of Return to Earth
's Hawaii segment.The Islander
also reveals the technical execution of the final scene of Return to Earth
’s Hawaii segment, the climax of the film. A team of 22 people including nine riders, four dedicated trail builders and a film crew worked for weeks to ready the custom course, which was constructed on a private plot of land in the hills of Oahu.
Moose is a shining example that it’s never too late to turn your life around. Bikes can help with that, too.Return to Earth: The Series
was developed in partnership with Freehub Magazine. Animation by the talented Taj Mihelich. Photos by Sterling Lorence and Anthill Films.
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