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Cody Townsend tries bikepacking in Pandemic Pursuit of Ski Strains

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What do you get when you combine a global pandemic, two professional skiers and a thirst for travel? This epic adventure.

Cody Townsend for 2 years has conquered his ski project “The fifty. “Essentially, Townsend works your way through the list of 50 ski lines featured in the book” The 50 Classic Downhill Runs in North America “.

In the winter of 2020, however, things went a little differently – that’s how he and Michelle Parker ended up on a 1,000-mile bike-to-ski adventure.

“FIFTY goes on … but with a twist,” wrote Townsend. The goal was simple: bikes loaded with 100 pounds of climbing, skiing and camping gear, 1,033 miles to ride three classic runs (lines 28, 29 and 30). Or, as Townsend insistently called it, “a strenuous adventure and of course a festival of suffering”.

It took 11 days to reach their first destination and their first summit, the mountain. Hood. “We rode our motorcycles 600 miles to do this,” Townsend said in the film. And they still have a long way to go.

Which all begs the question: why? That is exactly what Townsend and Parker hope to answer in this short film.

“The Mountain Why” was produced by Cody Townsend, Bryan Cole and Bjarne Salen with Red Bull Media House.

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Mary Murphy

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Mary is based in GearJunkie’s Denver, CO office. She has degrees in English and Journalism and has been writing professionally for over four years. Her outdoor interests range from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to pack paddleboarding. If she’s not writing, you can most likely find her on top of a fourteen or at a local bakery.

Topics: cycling, skiing, winter

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