Video & Photo Story: This is Home with Kurt Sorge

Jul 14, 2022 at 8:16
by SHIMANO  

Just downriver from Nelson, British Columbia, professional freerider Kurt Sorge has hand-crafted a compound that dreams are made of. Originally designed to progress his freeride career, Kurt's backyard has become not only a world-class proving ground for local freeriding hopefuls but also a way to reflect on the simple pleasures in life. After traveling the world for many years and competing at the highest levels, Kurt returns home to B.C. to find peace and solace in the mountains.

Really big jumps, a small cabin, and mountains as far as the eye can see are all Kurt really needs for his humble existence. Addicted to the unlimited hang time and vast mountainous terrain, it's clear that Kurt has found his place in this world. Huge trains on the backyard jumps, solo freeriding deep in the mountains, and a quick dip in the local creek, This is Home.

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Alex Volokhov in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Alex Volokhov in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Nelson British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada

Kurt Sorge This is home in Retallack British Columbia Canada


Photography by Sterling Lorence @eyeroam


116 Comments

  • 127 11
 Amazing pictures, but yeah, this "small cabin" and "humble existance" is definitely way more than many of us will ever be able to afford.
  • 64 1
 All well deserved.
  • 21 1
 @nathanhughes: Well deserved for sure
  • 30 4
 Looks like a ~2br home to me; made of wood and on some land in the mountains. Should be allowed to call that a "small cabin", surely?
  • 6 3
 @mi-bike: I don't know what's the situation in your region, but where I live, in the Chamonix valley, you would be able to sold a 5000 ft2 terrain in the mountain with a house like this at the very least 900 000 euro.
  • 32 0
 Well, "many of us" haven't won Rampage three times for example.
  • 11 0
 @jurassicrider: Not sure that a comparison with expensive Chamonix is relevant. Anyway, I was only commenting on the cabin, which seems of modest size (for a principal place of residence, that is).
  • 32 3
 lol at complaining about housing prices in Chamonix and comparing them to the middle of nowhere outside Nelson (which is already in the middle of nowhere)...get back to work.
  • 33 1
 Watch out, middle aged pinkbiker with opinion coming up: Don't get me wrong, he deserves it; Sorge has been one of my all time favorite mountain bikers for his style and attitude. But I don't understand why the outdoor media tries to cast all these athletes like they are a group of sages. Thats not a cabin, its a house in the mountains. I wouldn't classify an individual who has won multiple Rampages, deals with multiple sponsors, injuries, media exposure, etc., as having a "humble" or simplistic existence. That is hard freakin' work, and you need some sort of ego to play that game as well as he does on that level.
  • 22 0
 @jurassicrider: I think you vastly overestimate what a plot of land accessible only by boat or rugged logging road, located in the outskirts of a remote BC mountain town would have gone for 10ish year ago... Wink
  • 15 0
 nicer/larger home, with large detached shop for sale on 10 acres, prolly up the hill from Sorges is currently listed at $729,000 Can
Keep in mind, it’s not accessible by land for a portion of the year, only by boat, which is a pain in the ass, as it’s not really on the water.
Its a cabin, a nice cabin, but a cabin in the woods for sure.
I think some people have an idea of a mountain hut for bc skiing in mind when they see the word cabin.
My guess is Sorges place, 10years ago, was prolly $120,000 at best
  • 3 1
 @onawalk: sounds about right, which is sad
  • 3 0
 @jurassicrider: There is a lot more land in Canada.
  • 2 0
 @BornOnTwo: what is sad?
  • 6 0
 @jurassicrider: This is a ridiculous comparison. Comparing prices in Europe to Nelson, BC, really? BC alone is nearly twice the size of France with about 4million people total and probably half live in Vancouver. Not every cabin in the woods is cheap but if you want to go remote and off the grid there are plenty of places. Just be careful what you wish for. Living remote is nice but it is also a lot of work.
  • 3 2
 Yeah yeah, ok, got it....I don't know British Columbia, so I thought Nelson was an expensive place like towns on the coast. But still, one can't really call this house a small cabin, unless North Americans and Europeans have a different perception of what a cabin is.
  • 7 0
 @onawalk: trendy towns getting gentrified are expensive. Plenty of affordable remote land . Probably no Wi Fi , no cable , maybe you get cell service. Grocery shopping could be a 50 to 100 kilometers. Your neighbor s are bears .
  • 6 11
flag wolftwenty1 (Jul 20, 2022 at 9:51) (Below Threshold)
 @jurassicrider: This 'cabin' is literally middle of nowhere man. To put it into perspective for your Gen Z mind...the closest Apple store is 5-6 hour drive away, lol.
  • 4 3
 Oh my.... So many PB users screaming "millionairs live", "humble my ass" yadayadayada. The same people complaining about his definition of humble would tell their realtor to stop stealing their time if he came with an offer even close to the prices mentioned here. All they would say is "No bus? No train? No grocery store? Where should my kids go to school? Where is the next dentist, hospital or doctor? No bar or club nearby? And you expect me to pay this shitload of money for a cabin in nomansland?" Envy can be hard to deal with.

BTW: I think living a humble live (fishing, biking, hiking etc) has nothing to do with the worth of your housing. You can be humble and live in a nice house ;-)
  • 2 0
 @onawalk: Current prices of $729,000 Can when 10years ago, was prolly $120,000 at best as you said yourself
  • 8 0
 @MikeyMT: no need to be rude, and you're 8 years older than me by the way. You also need to realize that in Western Europe, even deep in the mountains, you will still be roughly at 2h at the most from a big city, so distances are very different from our two perspectives.
  • 4 0
 @jurassicrider: you will have to pardon @MikeyMT ; the scales of space are different in the western US compared to europe. He lives in Bozeman, so once he drives past the trendy boutiques and navigates the traffic clogged with Escalades and Audis, he is only about 20 minutes from Montana, where there is a lot of room to spread out Wink
  • 2 1
 @MT36: lol. Touche. At least we have one real(ish) bike trail these days.
  • 1 0
 @MikeyMT: Ha! Cheers brother
  • 1 0
 That cabin tho !
  • 1 0
 @jurassicrider: Chamonix is close to all commodities : 1h from Geneva airport, Mont Blanc tunnel for Italy, 1h from Switzerland, etc and it is an all over the year resort. The main problem is that France is over populated as many part of Europe and lands are getting harder and harder to get.
But I would looove to have access to this kind of remote cabin around here ! It is getting impossible nowadays unless your family had some lands
  • 1 0
 @Altair74: Yes absolutely. Haute Savoie is way overcrowded anyway. Even places like Queyras or Ubaye that used to be more remote 10 years ago are now too expensive and crowded.
  • 1 0
 KS: This is home. Me: This is holiday.
  • 54 0
 Cabin in the mountains, waterfall to swim in, land to build your trails. He won the game.
  • 2 0
 Came here to say the exact same thing!
  • 23 1
 It's inspired me to give up my current way of living and go simple. 1st thing on the list is buy a humble speed boat
  • 1 0
 Hahaha, electrified I presume.
  • 1 0
 EXACTLY
  • 21 1
 Bunch of haters in here, JFC. Great short film, Kurt. You've been an inspiration to many of us for many years...keep doing your thing.
  • 20 3
 "Humble existence" ;"cabin" lol-pretty dope
  • 2 0
 I wonder what the land in such remote area would cost?
  • 2 0
 @Muckal: even if you were able to buy such a piece of land in Germany - lets say near the Alps it would be a massive hassle they let you build these jumps.
  • 8 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: yeah, the cows could be scared
  • 3 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: I didn't even think about Germany. That's nearly impossible here, obviously.
  • 1 0
 @Muckal: check Craigslist you will get some price range
  • 6 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: It would be a massive hassle to build these jumps in the US as well, even somewhere remote if you actually get a permit. You'd need to pay for geotech reports, drainage plans, critical areas studies and probably a bunch more bullshit. The local planning dept might even say no after all that because you're displacing all this dirt and cutting down all these trees for "bike jumps". Best case they let you do it and make you spend an extra $20k on mitigation. Don't even get me started on what happens once your neighbors find out and start complaining. If you go ahead without a permit, next thing you know someone complains and you get a lien placed on your land by the county. Owning land in the US can be a real hassle if you want to do anything fun.
  • 2 0
 @WestwardHo: crazy that even in the US its like that, wonder how Strait did it. The German 4x Legend Guido Tschugg once tried this in my neighborhood without asking too many authorities -they made him cut down everything.
  • 2 0
 @WestwardHo: It varies state to state, in Colorado I'm pretty sure you can get away with building jumps like this on your private land as long as you're not planning on opening the jumps to the public for recreational/commercial use, and if you're remote enough that the jumps aren't a nuisance to your neighbors. You'd probably even be able to apply for some state tax benefits for clearing trees as "fire mitigation / fuels reduction". I know people that have done this, not to this scale, but built jumps/trails on their land, I even know a guy that installed a tow rope on his property for uplift, no problems. ...now if you're paying a mortgage and your home is owned by the bank and you have insurance it's probably a whole different thing, the bank/insurance company probably will not like you building jumps on your property
  • 3 0
 @WestwardHo: I had to check your profile and yup, looks like you live in seattle. This comment makes sense now lol.

I live in cowlitz county and its a vastly different experience. I'm building a house right now and have severely under reported my dirt moving and the county does not give two shits. I did have to file a geo report and a cut and fill section of a planning clearance permit, but I said I'd move like 50 yards and I probably have a 300CY dig out of exposed soil open for the last 2 months. I think as long as you play their permitting games at the bare minimum level you're pretty free to do whatever the F you want in Washington, King and Snohomish county being an exception.
  • 13 0
 I live in the us. Central California in the country. And I Have a huge motocross track in my backyard. So do quite a few of my friends. We've been on these tracks since I was a kid. The secret is don't ask the government for permits and they will never find out as long as your neighbor isn't a fun ruining douche. @WestwardHo:
  • 2 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: It is like that here too, in areas where you have populations in Canada you need to get permits after permits from everyone (especially the conservation authorities), in rural BC maybe not but you need to figure out a way to get to the property - yourself, food, materials - can get expensive and time consuming.
  • 1 0
 @nskerb: I'm actually in Olympia these days but Thurston county is right up there with King and Snohomish when it come to petty tyrants in the planning dept. They get paid even less down here and and they seem to enjoy denying permits even more lol.
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: That blows. Find some land in Lewis. Those guys give zero f*cks about anything lol.
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: Maybe in California or Oregon. In Montana you can basically do whatever you want on your own property.
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: Permitting can be a hassle county-to-county, but we all find a way to do it. As people mentioned above, I know many people with massive compounds and trail networks on their land in California. The trick is to have enough land not to have neighbors close enough to complain. What the county can't see or hear reports about is all good. No Trespassing signs are still respected. There is still a TON of free land in the US. On the other hand, I know people with massive plywood (loud) half-pipes that consume their entire suburban yards with neighbors on all sides and no issues. Ask for forgiveness, not permission. Be kind to your neighbors and animals.
  • 1 0
 @WestwardHo: I grew up in the forests of Alberta where I eventually owned some land, then moved to the wide open spaces of kamloops, and now I’m in Colorado. I know there are places in Canada like within city limits or near residential areas that you’d need permits to move dirt, but my experience with owning land was that I could do anything I wanted on my property with any machinery. Never had issue with authorities. Same with building trails on public lands, we just built whatever we wanted, our biggest concern was always atv riders or dirt bikes destroying our jumps. But hey, it’s a free country, so what can you do? Colorado has not been the same experience, I’m nervous anytime I step foot off a sanctioned trail that a government official will step out of the trees and fine me. A local bike shop actually got in trouble from the county because someone wearing a shirt with the shop logo was spotted skidding around a corner on a multi use trail.
  • 16 0
 What a dude, what a career. His riding and his cabin show that Sorge has style
  • 15 0
 Wow one of the best short films I've seen in a while!! The riding is sick and the locations are incredible!!!
  • 4 0
 It's a great series (also check out the Matt Hunter episode for example) and whoever produces these for Shimano does a fantastic job.
  • 3 0
 @ullsen: yeah, "This is home" episodes are some of the best mtb edits of the last years imo?
  • 6 0
 Riding is incredible, huge jumps, the nac followed by the cancan is so stylish, beautiful scenery, beautiful story and everything else that a "must watch" video needs. But pinkbikers focus on a single sentece and complain about it.

By the way, I think he meant he could've lived in a much more luxurious way, but chose not to. Or whatever. Interpret the way you want.
  • 11 0
 Was fortunate enough to have a Summer home in Nelson, BC from 2007 to 2012. In 2008 at the age of 41 I was riding Shitacker solo and wanted so badly to hit the wooden step-down that was there at the time. I was eyeballing it a bunch but scared and had no one with me. Flying down the trail come two very young kids...Kurt and Garrett Buehler...no idea how old they were at the time but they were very young (definitely in their teens) and Kurt was impressed that this 40 year old dude from the states recognized him from his segment in "Stripped". Anyway, they were two of the nicest kids I ever met and spent the time to help me get over that thing and then attempt to follow them the rest of the way down...was an awesome day and an awesome time. So very cool to have seen all the success Kurt has achieved over the years....well deserved.
  • 9 0
 Worked hard, humble, top of his game, stoked to see the success paid off and how he set himself up! YEW! Haters will hate but this should motivate people to go after their dreams and work hard for the life they want. I love how his parents commented on the fact that he is still on the go all the time. Inspiriting!
  • 10 1
 > all Kurt really needs for his humble existence

lol, very humble indeed
  • 11 1
 Living the dream! And a catperson too. Hero
  • 5 0
 Kurt Sorge as always been one my favorite to follow : down to earth (at least seems like it), doing his thing, not a huge presence on social media, but could sell his style and riding on the shared market Maybe I’m wrong but I like to put him on the same level as Matt Hunter. Mads prop Sorge, keep going huge !
  • 8 0
 Sorge living life right; cats, boats and bikes
  • 5 0
 OMG This is Soooo good! such a dream!
  • 4 0
 Pffft totally not jealous at all, even one little bit, sitting in my stark white walled office
  • 1 0
 what a time to live in. 15 years ago, we've seen the former pro bikers living a rolling stone's life, riding bikes, having little money, just pushing the sport because it is their passion. These guys established a proper living out of their sports and seeing this video and photo story, just reminds me of my dreams as a kid and even my dreams now. having a "nice little" house, some jumps in the yard. all this is fore sure just the bright side of the medal that we see here, but hey, this is way more than any of us (also passionate) bikers will ever be able to live like and this is absolutely unaffordable nowadays. insane.

what a dream this article just let us be part of.
  • 6 1
 That is one fat cat. Garfield would be proud.
  • 3 0
 Awesome. Especially the magic boat at the start where the forks grow an extra crown.
  • 2 0
 Amazing pictures . Thanks Sterling. Yes Nelson has plenty of gnar . Flow is a state of mind . I love BC . Gnar capital of the world .
  • 1 0
 It probably is cheaper than some ski town where some of us live, but it’s none of our business how much he’s making or how much he paid for it. He’s earned it and he’s living every pinkbikers dream.
  • 4 1
 no lapdog in sight - thats refreshing
  • 3 0
 What an epic spot.
Side note, is Rockstar Energy still a thing?
  • 3 0
 You had me at Track Kitty.
  • 4 0
 Dream life!
  • 2 0
 Based on his tabletop drawing I think Sorge might be able to validly claim that he actually invented the Grim Donut
  • 2 0
 Epic work with this series, and this one in particular, Shimano. Kurt you're an inspiration!
  • 1 0
 I had the privilege to live in Nelson for the summer last year, rode enough to miss it all the time. Was absolutely spoiled with the trails.
  • 2 0
 Chuck Norris rides Mordor.
  • 3 0
 What Went Down...
  • 2 0
 What a life that young man has created...well done Dude! Smile
  • 1 0
 British “Colombia”? Kinda doing this BC legend dirty by spelling it wrong in the opening sentence!
  • 4 0
 yes, we love our cocaine in BC
  • 1 0
 Humble or not, I’m just jealous as shit, and this is the type of short video worth watching. More please.
  • 1 0
 Kootenays so cool! Also a cat dad and hey, we have the same kitchen backsplash - good taste all around
  • 1 0
 One of the best short films I've seen in a while. Got me pumped to ride my bike!
  • 1 0
 I don’t know Kurt Sorge, but I like him. I like bikes, and I like Nelson BC.
  • 1 0
 WOW...Sorge is THE MAN...great vid..excellent soundtrack...Nelson..what can you say Nirvana! Smile
  • 2 0
 Wow!
  • 2 0
 Living the dream!
  • 3 1
 'humble'
  • 2 0
 That was awesome
  • 2 0
 Must watch
  • 1 1
 Fest Series just got boring.
Why isn´t this a Must Watch?

Kurt - need neighbors?
gone to play the Lottery....
  • 2 0
 Fucking rights Kurt!
  • 1 0
 Awesome video and riding!
  • 1 0
 nice backside surfing dude
  • 1 0
 The photography.... whoa.
  • 1 0
 Gosh wakesurfing is so freaking fun!!
  • 1 0
 Seemed like a primo commercial for the Yet-to-be-released E-vil.
  • 1 0
 BAD ASS!!!!!! Great watch/read.
  • 1 0
 This video gave me a good feeling! mtb is cool!
  • 1 0
 Guy still throwing down. So skilled. Sick set up.
  • 1 0
 Rad, he worked hard for it and deserves every penny. Proud of ya dude.
  • 1 0
 legend. those freeride lines and nasty whips
  • 1 0
 that was all awesome!! such a great rider!
  • 1 0
 Gotta say, that riding set to Foals...gave me goosebumps
  • 1 0
 Great quality video. Well done!
  • 1 0
 What Evil is that ?
  • 1 0
 insurgent V2
  • 1 0
 Absolutely sick!
  • 1 0
 so good!
  • 1 0
 Absolute LEGEND!
  • 1 0
 amazing piece
  • 1 0
 Just....... Awesome!
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