Must Watch: Braydon Bringhurst Attempts to Climb the Whole Enchilada in '8600FT'

Nov 1, 2022 at 21:15
by Canyon  


bigquotesThis project has been inspired by my family and friends that are climbing their own figurative mountains. My hope is that this film shows my process of overcoming challenges and maybe, somehow, that can help someone else.All love, Braydon Bringhurst


Words: Canyon

“The Whole Enchilada” is one of mountain biking’s most epic trails—attracting expert-level riders from around the globe to Moab, Utah, to challenge its nearly 8,000-foot descent over raw terrain of rugged rock drops and boulder fields. But no one has ever tried to ride up every inch of the trail—until now.

Inspired by his family and friends, many of whom are dealing with figurative mountains, Braydon Bringhurst sets out to climb this iconic trail. Braydon wanted to show the process of making it up what many would say is an unfathomable climb. Having worked closely with Dr. Craig Manning, a renowned performance psych, throughout his collegiate athletic and academic career, Braydon learned something he wanted to share with others: It's just as much about the mental strength as it is the physical.

With his wife and friends rallying behind him to share this message, and after putting forth great efforts, we present to you this 1.5-hour feature-length film, “8600FT.”


CHARITABLE RAFFLE TO BENEFIT MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY

Mental health practices are a recurring theme in “8600FT”—and to benefit mental health awareness, Braydon is raffling a custom Canyon Spectral 29, an exact replica of the bike ridden in the film. All raised funds will go to Crisis Text Line, a mental health non-profit that provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need. Crisis Text Line is building an empathetic world where nobody feels alone, and your donation today can help propel their important work.

Click here to donate and be entered to win: https://www.classy.org/fundraiser/4217784
(NOTE: Eligible shipping in USA only)

Venue The Egyptian Theatre Boise Idaho Photo credit James Stokoe
Photo: James Stokoe

SCREENING TOUR TO BENEFIT LOCAL TRAIL ORGANIZATIONS

Prior to the digital release, a month of exclusive pre-release screenings of “8600FT” were held in four locations—Moab, Colorado Springs, Boise and Encinitas—to sold-out attendance with all ticket-sale proceeds donated to benefit local trail organizations: Utah—Trail Mix, Colorado—Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, Idaho—SWIMBA, California—SDMBA.

Be on the lookout for additional screenings following the global digital release.
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Presented By Canyon
Produced By Braydon Bringhurst
Written By Kim Cross
Directed & Edited By Nicole Bringhurst
Principle Cinematography & Photography By Burst Media Creative / Tory Powers
Motion Graphic By Jake Vanheel
Sound Mix & Design By Sean Campos
Project Artwork By Dennis Nussbaum
Supported By Maxxis, Smith, SRAM, RockShox, Zipp, Time


8600ftfilm.com


198 Comments

  • 232 0
 There’s always gotta be someone going the wrong way on the trail. Sheesh


jk, great feat and great cause.
  • 59 0
 #dontbeasalmon
  • 62 0
 don't worry, it's mostly climbing going the other direction too.
  • 19 7
 @speed10 On an e-bike.
  • 25 1
 @bigtim: Ive seen it. Just a reminder that we need to keep advocating for mental health
  • 3 1
 oh man, if you didn't add JK part your comment would have been misused into oblivion Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Painful. I'm sure he had an extended session on the foam roller that night.
  • 31 0
 okay... so... if 10 years ago, I was told that I'd watch/love a 1.5 hour edit about climbing only someday............. I would have laughed... I mean Chris Akrigg (yes I have to google how to spell his name... every f*cking time!) started edits with amazing climbing, but BB combined explosive power moves with endurance. f*cking impressive! Also Thanks to Canyon for sponsoring him and things like this!
  • 1 2
 @haybine: your doing it wrong. Big Grin
  • 1 0
 #marincounty
  • 19 0
 The hardest part of doing this would’ve been not being able to swear
  • 6 1
 @PHX77: AH Sheesh! .... Dag Namit! ..... Biscuit ...... Biscuit! ..... Geeze..... Geeze! ...... Geeze biscuit!!! ...... SHiieezh ...... damnit! (under breath but loud enough for someone close to hear)* ....... shit* ....... GEEZE! (loud) ..... GEEZE BISCUIT!! ....... WTF!! MF!!! F YOU CLIMB!!!!
  • 1 2
 @PHX77: Yeah, but wdym hard without being able to swear?
  • 1 0
 @bman33: Because if they couldn't because of the movie they could just edit it out? Or because he's lds?
  • 7 0
 @sethgale: he’s mormon so he can’t swear or drink pepsi. Some of my good friends are Mormon and they really have a good sense of humor about it.
  • 2 0
 @kcy4130: Really you said it right!
Like when you see Akrigg climbing impossible stuff you enjoy it sooo much!! Yes I enjoyed it and it was " no way" so many times!!
  • 4 1
 @PHX77: Well as a member of the LDS church/ mormon, we can totally drink pepsi, and mormons still swear. sometimes. Not as much but i'll say one every once and awhile, I wont say the F-word or anything but i'll swear sometimes and coke and dr pepper are my favorite sodas.
  • 2 1
 @PHX77: Like pepsi is totally fine for us and we'll even drink monster or red bull, we just dont have alcohol or coffee
  • 2 0
 @PHX77: pepsi? I’m not lds, but have worked in some very big lds areas. They have the most robust craft soda in those areas. Imagine a soda menu that is the same size as beer menus in most places. It is great if you like soda.
  • 5 0
 @sethgale: but the F word is one of the best ones!?!? It’s so flexible as a verb, adjective adverb, even a noun sometimes. You should really rethink your values. What about the C word? Is that on the banned list? In England in Canada you can just say that to whoever you want to and nobody minds.
  • 2 0
 @PHX77: There is no banned list, Its just not something I do were not really supposed to swear but one less bad one every once and awhile is ok, and i have very much set my standards, and i just wont say the f-word and what good comes from saying it?
  • 1 1
 @PHX77: Like were not really supposed to say it and its below my standards so what good comes from it?
  • 2 0
 @sethgale: I’m not religious at all but totally agree, I avoid saying that. In my opinion it just doesn’t add anything. My gf says it all the time though so it doesn’t bother me.
  • 1 0
 @Austink: Yeah, people say it around me so i don't care at all, Just I myself wont say it. No point.
  • 1 0
 @PHX77: Hold on, there must be another C word you're referring to cuz nobody is getting loose with the one I am thinking of, in Canada, ever.
  • 1 0
 @rexluthor: Im not sure.
  • 1 0
 @kcy4130: It was like watching "The Dawn Wall" on a mtb. Amazing.
  • 47 0
 Foot Dab = Start Over
  • 8 1
 Yup, but there is no "no dab challenge" sign on the We like there is for Pipe Dream, so he gets a pass! :-)
  • 10 0
 when i heard about this was thought the plan was the clear the whole thing without one mistake, which would be absurd most people can't ride that trail downhill without getting off the bike, so this is impressive on another level
  • 11 10
 @numbnuts1977: Pipe Dream is literally the worst trail in the world. Other than the comedy of taking new groups there to see them fight about which way was worse, that trail should not exist.
  • 7 1
 @alexisfire: Nothing in Moab is 'good' for beginners... But they all flock to the area anyways.
  • 6 0
 @corposello: the ride up to burro pass is pretty smooth..................
  • 6 0
 @alexisfire: it isn't a very shreddy trail but the techy bits present entertaining challenges. riding it clean is certainly respectable
  • 2 0
 @twonsarelli: agreed. I would LOVE to have a trail that techy inside the city limits of my town
  • 2 0
 What am I missing? He puts his foot down a bunch in the video. Does he just go back to the beginning of each section after dabbing?
  • 4 0
 @loopgaroo: yeah -- this how rock climbers operate. you don't have to have to get everything in a single, continuous effort, but you do have to clean every section. This is why Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson spent night after night on the Dawn Wall
  • 1 0
 @loopgaroo: You can clearly see him clean every section without dabbing on the final attempt.
  • 36 0
 Braydon is such a good dude! Inspiring for sure!
  • 6 0
 Seconded. Had a chance to meet and ride with him in Moab. Solid dude with big heart and insane skills.
  • 66 42
 Unreal achievement but the scripting and life story aspects were pushed a bit over the top.
  • 34 5
 Man that trend is annoying. Thanks for the heads up.
  • 22 11
 I was expecting more riding and less talking.
  • 21 58
flag peterman1234 (Nov 2, 2022 at 13:16) (Below Threshold)
 @the-one1: it was self-produced, so seems like the film could have used a few professionals around to raise an eyebrow at the overall length, editing, and the fake drama.

Dude watched Free Solo a few too many times… then tried to build up the snotch much like the boulder problem on El Cap. Even included a cute little elevation profile with points to zoom in on/cut to, just like they did with Honnold’s route.
  • 18 10
 hmmm, there's a lot of salt here. might have to get my bike sprayed to prevent corrosion.
  • 25 11
 @peterman1234: you sound like a real expert. What do you do for a living, manage a grocery store?
What silly and self absorbed comment.
  • 13 1
 @peterman1234: pretty sure he and his wife both graduated from film school...
  • 23 0
 Hilarious that he did it on a bike that didn't do particularly well during the impossible climb!
  • 1 0
 That's what I was thinking too. Surely a shorter travel trail bike would have been easier?
  • 3 0
 This point is pretty important, you should absolutely do your market research before picking your tool but after all its less about the tool and more about the rider so if your gut screams for a bike thats not optimal for what you ride, just get it and get out there and have fun!
  • 20 0
 Showing Sat November 5th at Bikesmith Cyclery Prescott, AZ.
Donation requested, all proceeds to PMBA (Prescott Mountain Bike Assoc)
  • 6 0
 Got to see it in theaters over the weekend, it was fantastic. Definitely the best way to experience this masterpiece.
  • 15 0
 I´d never thought I would be watching someone going uphill (except of Chris Akrigg of course).

Stubborn.

Massive respect to Braydon for keep trying, I´d probable ate my bike after few times.
  • 21 0
 You need to add Jeff Lenoksy to your library
  • 2 0
 @alexisfire: Thank you!
  • 16 0
 I'm impressed the cameraman ran the whole way
  • 8 0
 They should make a video about that! Have another camera guy chase him. And so on.
  • 5 0
 That’s Greg Montgomery. He is an accomplished cross country runner which is why he also coached Braydon for the project.
  • 10 0
 He rode up Grafton Mesa, he rode up the waterfall on the Barrels, both trails and sections respectively that are VERY challenging to safely ride down. TWE, another level even beyond these, maybe two...well done, Braydon.
  • 1 0
 Are you talking about the section on the True Grit Epic course? The DH is pretty easy, doubt I could make it up. But I need to try it now.
  • 3 0
 @JSTootell: Yes, that's it. It's doable for a competent rider without too much fuss going DOWN. Up is another story...
  • 1 0
 @psyfi: On my list of stupid stuff to try now. I will be out there in a couple weeks.
  • 9 0
 I don't know Braydon, but I knew Cody and he was one of the nicest guys ever. His loss was tragic. Braydon obviously has some serious skills. More importantly, he's raising money for a good cause. We probably all know someone battling depression and your contribution might make a difference. There's a long way to go for him to reach his goal. Skip your next post ride meal and donate a few dollars to the cause.
  • 11 0
 Big Veronica Vaughan vibes with the “well I knew a guy who…..” stories.
  • 10 0
 But you can imagine what it would be like...
  • 5 0
 @bronco5: No yelling on the bus.
  • 4 0
 @rocky-x: O'doyle Rules!
  • 11 1
 "It's just a bike ride." - Braydon Bringhurst
  • 8 1
 I would have way more respect for Braydon's achievement if he did it using Crank Bros' patented pedal strike self-eject system.
  • 2 1
 You mean, their regular flat pedal shoes?
  • 1 0
 @kmo344: turns out it's just there pedals. Shoes are okay with PNW pedals. They were God awful slippery death machines with their own pedals.
  • 1 0
 @Ososmash: Good to know. They are pretting disappointing with Chromag scarabs/dagga pins. Night and day different between them and 510s
  • 6 0
 Got to see it in Boise. Braydon is a humble and inspiring person. I wanted to apply some of the things that Dr. Manning talked about the next day! Great watch.
  • 8 0
 Climbduro
  • 5 0
 Upcountry
  • 1 2
 @dllawson819: Downcountry is in the other direction.
  • 3 0
 Wow, insane to even try that. I have a rule that I'll attempt a crux move three times before I give up and move on. No way do I have the mental fortitude to try something 50+ times...

As an aside, so what tyres do Moab local usually ride? They looked like Minions which I wouldn't have thought would have been first choice for sandstone....
  • 3 0
 I just watched the film on YouTube last night. Having ridden down those sections, I am blown away by the achievement. Beyond that though. I really appreciated the human side of it. I can watch riding videos any time, but I think that a good story with some depth is way better. Thanks for putting this together and to Canyon for supporting it.
  • 7 2
 saw the premiere in Boise - great time! Braydon is awesome and this was an insane accomplishment!
  • 7 5
 Mears: "I would say without a 100% certainty no one has ever cleaned the entire thing. It's not even a thing I think anyone would think of."

Lenosky/Trail Boss: "Hold my beer"

Jokes aside, well done Braydon. Inspirational!
  • 3 2
 *with
  • 4 0
 I'd love to see Lenosky do this. No diminishment of anyone here- I think Lenosky could make all those sections individually but I think the fitness to do it all in a day would be challenging. Also a lot of internet cuts leave out all the failed efforts, I really liked watching Lenosky's horsethief video because it did show him dab, and figure it out. I'm kind of a sucker for climbing vids.
  • 14 0
 @ICKYBOD: thank you for the support. Having the fitness and stamina to attempt all those sections in one day is INCREDIBLE. It's a massive accomplishment.
  • 1 0
 @jeff-lenosky: love your videos Jeff
  • 1 0
 @jeff-lenosky: Your shredit VS reality video is one of my favorite MTB vids. Really enjoyed seeing what it takes to figure out all the angles on something like that.
  • 3 1
 I love those efforts. Just another good bike ride! That's really cool to see your state of mind you're going through before/during... Awesome job mate and to your support crew who seemed to be amazing!

What was your crux, like did you think of one point of your ride where " If I pass this point, I know the ride will be done" or did you stay focused the whole way and never thought about it much?
Rad!!!
  • 2 0
 This movie inspires me to session climbs that have challenged me. I have a love/hate relationship with TWE. The final climb to burro pass looked beyond painful. Love Braydon as a rider and ambassador for our sport. His authenticity really shines in this movie. I don't know if I would call it art, but worth every minute to watch.
  • 2 0
 Found it funny that the bit which took most attempts was the only 'difficult' section I reckon I'd have a chance of getting up clean. And the snotch... WTF!? But he got the hard part 4th attempt...nadgery little steppy switchback after it was 20something goes?

Full kudos for doing it though. I have literally zero chance of ever being able to ride like that.
  • 5 1
 Just rode the WE on Saturday - very impressive feet of bike control and athleticism Braydon!!!
  • 5 1
 Chapeau Braydon. I lost my little brother in 1998, so, feels. ps. nice to meet you at Kim and Chris's the other week.
  • 4 0
 I don't like climbing, I don't like god, I don't like bike videos longer 4mins... But I loved this great watch!
  • 5 0
 I just watched the whole enchilada movie backwards, to get the idea.
  • 10 5
 *2600m
  • 5 0
 2866.667 Freedom Units.
  • 4 0
 Well worth the watch! Braydon’s effort is inspiring.
  • 3 0
 Just like all good rides...it finishes on a downhill back to the parking lot. Amazing effort to see but wont be trying.
  • 4 0
 mass respect. great goal and accomplishment.
  • 4 0
 Nobody mentioned his bmx background!
  • 1 0
 It's in the video. Back in the 80s, i was also building such tremplins.
  • 3 0
 Not to mention his pole vaulting background!!
  • 2 0
 Legendary feat! Never stop climbing!... on the bike or navigating through life. The climb is always worth the effort! Amazing job Braydon!
  • 5 0
 Best mtb film I've seen!
  • 2 0
 What an athlete... You're not use to think that about a gravity/youtuber athlete... Seeing his trajectory might be the most original part ...
  • 1 0
 Braydon, I have a curious thought and probably already taken into account.

Had you used the same rear tire (DHRII) in a soft rubber compound and reversed the tire, would it have helped?
  • 1 0
 Actually, not reversed the tire. Just soft rubber.
  • 3 2
 Bit overhyped / drawn out to be a full length film for sure, but so is all the 2 minute riding content i've ever posted on social media in the hope someone wants to watch... and Braydon is obviously on another level. Sick!
  • 2 0
 i ride this one in october 2016 with my friends and the snotch is pretty impressive in dowhnill but wow ,man, climbing it, it's totally madness. Respect.
  • 3 0
 No alarm clock shot or slomo coffee making in the start. Missed opportunity.
  • 4 0
 Respect...
  • 6 1
 Find out what it means to me.
  • 5 1
 Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me
  • 1 0
 @bigtim you need help to clean those crusty socks under your bed?
  • 3 0
 Nothing wrong with a few hike a bike.sheesh
  • 3 0
 Cant he just jib an hop up to the top like hes a trials rider......
  • 4 0
 I think some back hops and wheel hooks may have helped cut down on the number of attempts. I'd like to see lenosky try these sections a little slower
  • 10 2
 You should probably put out an instructional video to help guys like him.
  • 4 0
 just makes it even more impressive. arguably keeping within classic mtb skills which makes this even more mid-bending
  • 4 0
 @housem8d: i've personally never cleaned a techy climb using trials skills. and it is totally because i chose not to, not because i don't have any decent trials skills...
  • 1 0
 @twonsarelli: true, but his riding style is relatable to most of us who do “tech climbs”

; after seeing this my local climbs look like bike paths

Ride on!
  • 5 0
 @hare-on-a-tear: slower? come on!! I can go fast-ish sometimes ;-)
  • 2 0
 Psh. I could do that if I had flight attendant on my bike.

(struggles to climb local blue trail)
  • 1 0
 haha
  • 4 1
 That’s one of, if not the best mountain bike film I’ve ever seen.
  • 4 1
 Wonderful underlying message. Inspirational and fun. Amazing job Braydon.
  • 3 0
 Good show, wish I could have seen it in person
  • 2 0
 So good and inspiring. That looked really, really hard. What an accomplishment!
  • 3 0
 99 percent of people walk their bikes down the snotch. this is wild
  • 1 5
flag sethgale (Nov 3, 2022 at 13:05) (Below Threshold)
 I didn't
  • 1 2
 But its also not 99% ive seen lots of people doing it, but it took me a lil bit to get the courage.
  • 2 1
 Watched the entire thing. What an amazing feat. His wife is wonderful, she understands him and knows what to say to help him when he is struggling.
  • 2 2
 Loved the idea and he's and incredible rider. I struggled to make it through though, just found the tone a bit over serious and dreary. Could have easily chopped 30 mins out of it and made it much tighter and more engaging.
  • 3 0
 Redefined epic riding.
  • 2 0
 Awesome. A heroic Up-duro effort. Well done.
  • 2 0
 Amazing. Great riding and great life lessons. Nice work Braydon.
  • 3 1
 That was awesome! Nice work... now we need you to climb up Mt Kilimanjaro
  • 1 0
 What motor was he using?
Kidding.

Incredible feat of athleticism physically and mentally, bravo BB!
  • 2 0
 *reaches for climb switch. Amazing effort, mind over matter
  • 2 0
 Im actually super impressed this was crazy.
  • 1 0
 A know a man who once said, "Embrace the suck to celebrate the Glory" ~a USAF Capt.
  • 2 0
 Wow.
  • 2 0
 Effort. Well played.
  • 8 7
 Must Watch: Braydon Bringhurst CLIMBS the Whole Enchilada in '8600FT'
  • 2 2
 Down votes for supporting my friend, rad..
  • 1 3
 @deuceringsting: You support your friend by providing spoilers on his 1.5hr film? Rad.
  • 2 0
 @Fill-Freakin: His movie poster says "climbs" numbnuts. Not a spoiler.
  • 1 0
 I try this hard; I just accomplish less for my trouble.
  • 1 0
 Very inspiring. Incredible effort. Great film. Kudos BB!
  • 1 0
 Truly awesome. Great movie as well. Way to go!
  • 1 0
 BRUTAL
  • 1 0
 mormon power
  • 1 2
 no dabs bottom to top .... 6hrs23minutes06seconds on 5-20-2023
  • 1 0
 Yeah, hopefully it's on Strava so people can try to bag the KOM.
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