Video: Thomas Vanderham, Iago Garay, & Kim Hardin Explore Stunning Colorado in 'High Rollers'

Jul 2, 2019
by Dakine  
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The singletrack options in and around Crested Butte, CO are endless. The "low" elevation (7,800 ft above sea level) trails surrounding nearby Gunnison feature smooth desert boulders, playful lines, and countless options while the high alpine trails a bit north top out at over 12,000 ft. In between are aspen covered forests that serve up the type of riding you dream about. As free-range cows graze in the alpine fields, their cowbells can be heard clanging in the distance, invoking a scene straight out of Switzerland. But this is the wild west, and our crew of riders, Thomas Vanderham, Iago Garay, and Kim Hardin, set out to explore the stunning landscape of America's highest state. What they found were lung-busting climbs deep into the alpine, aspen forests ablaze with colors, high-speed singletrack with endless natural flow, and a town full of locals that live to ride.



Thomas Vanderham and Kim Hardin travel easy with their Dakine Bike and Split Roller bags.
Thomas and Kim build up their bikes in the garage.

Iago Garay and Kim Hardin roll through the desert terrain of Hartman Rocks outside of Gunnison.

Kim gets her swerve on.
Iago finds a different line.

Iago make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here....

The next morning dawned early with a bit of fresh rain, making for ideal conditions and moody views.


Snacks come out of packs when its time to relax.
Iago Garay getting jiggy with it.

Kim and Thomas speed by another epic vista.
Kim plays it cool with Thomas hot on her heels.

The crew searches for new adventures around every bend.

Heading out to Doctor Park for some high speed glory.
Thomas is all smiles knowing what comes next.


Thomas prefers speeding on one wheel.


You know that scene in Return of the Jedi where they are on speeder bikes through the Ewok forest? Same but different.

The colors were popping as we made our way out Star Pass.
Alpine bliss in Crested Butte.

What goes up...
...must come down.

To the victors go the spoils.

Vanderham is as Vanderham does.

Warn the town, the beast is loose. Thomas keeps it pinned at the end of another long day.


Photos: Alexandra Erickson
Edit: Tyler Malay
Special thanks to Crested Butte and Meyvn Creative

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31 Comments

  • + 4
 I always liked Vanderham, that dude can shred. I do feel like Matt Hunter is missing from this trip, though! Love those big mountain riders. Cool pics, rad article. Good job guys.

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Heads up: Ya'll left some open BBcode open in the article.
  • - 3
 #learntocode
  • + 2
 thanks for the heads up on the code, that was on PB during the editing/publishing process, its fixed now. Glad you like the video, its so fun watching these guys ride in person.
  • + 1
 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Easy... They got their heads wrapped around the rainbow tags, currently. :-)
  • + 6
 Dig the products but man, the commentary in this ad reads like described video.
  • + 1
 agreed.... hard to read.
  • + 6
 Vanderham's Riding is what 90% of pinkbikers want.
  • + 4
 I skied a 2000 vert chute from the trailhead of 401 today. It's G2G for other sports hahaha. The lower stuff is coming online
  • + 3
 Even the cows stopped to watch the ripping.
  • + 1
 The article mentions cow bells...??? Lived much of my life in CO and never heard a cowbell one (enter Christopher Walken, lol). Great video though, totally homesick.
  • + 3
 glad you like it and hope you make it back to CB soon. So fun there. The cowbells up near 403 were a clanging alright, so cool to hear from off in the distance....
  • + 4
 lol "highest" state
  • + 1
 #weedistight
  • + 1
 Going to be there in 2 weeks. This isn't helping my excitement. Way to cheat the Doctor, not climbing up the road. Not wading the creek Crossing.
  • + 9
 You should load your pack with a bunch of rocks to get the extra tough guy experience.
  • - 2
 I'll be there next week to ride (mtd and moto) and hike through the wildflowers. However, on my way over from Salida, I'll give Hartman Rocks a pass. IMO, the "low elevation" riding is much better in the Arkansas Hills and Methodist Mountain trail systems surrounding Salida. The folks at Salida Mountain Trails have done a phenomenal job. The aggregate of trails collectively known by the locals as "Upper Cottonwood" includes a five-mile downhill with lots of jumps and berms, and its own Star Wars section..
  • + 2
 Hartman Rocks is awesome, I would highly recommend! I rode a lot of trails at Hartman and they didn't disappoint. Everything was easily accessible, and you could do shuttle laps if you wanted to. The downside to Harman, is that every trail is relatively short. I agree, Salida has some pretty amazing trails. My first impression of it was that the peak was S-Mountain, but I was incorrect. Dude Abides, is pretty sick, and so is Sand Dunes. I rode other trails but these were my favorite.
  • + 2
 Hartmans' kicks ass. As seen in the video...
  • + 1
 Riding there this weekend. Curious if any locals know a kid friendly bar that will have the UFC fight?
Jon bones and Holly!
  • + 1
 I believe they road Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Doctor Park, Teocali Ridge...
  • + 1
 Oh the feeling I get every time I see Thomas Vanderham
  • + 1
 That cow shot got an LOL out of me
  • + 1
 Dr park is awesome!
  • + 0
 Don't come to Colorado, it isn't that cool!!??
Hahaha
  • - 1
 I didn't realize CB was G2G... guess I am heading there this weekend!
  • + 5
 Not sure how CB is shaping up now, this was filmed in September. Have a good one!
  • + 5
 I skied a 2000 vert chute from the trailhead of 401 today. It's G2G for other sports hahaha. The lower stuff is coming online
  • + 1
 @benjam1n: nice! Gotta take what the mountains are willing to give...
  • + 1
 @dakine: any chance of a list of trails in the video? Thanks!
  • + 1
 @swiltshire: we wont spell it out for you, but if any of the CB locs want to chime in, go for it. The Alpineer is a good bike shop that will steer you in the right direction if you make it out there.
  • + 1
 @dakine: I believe they road Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, Doctor Park, Teocali Ridge...

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