EPISODE 1: Thomas Vanderham’s TRAIL CRAWL
Anthill Films is excited to announce, Dream Capture, a new 5-part series of short mountain bike stories. Presented by Sony and released throughout the 2013 season, each short story will be shot exclusively with Sony's new Action Cam.
There’s nothing like flowing through your favorite trail. And anyone who’s ventured out to trail networks in different regions knows how great it is to ride through new forests, features and dirt with new friends. So when SONY gave Thomas Vanderham the opportunity to link together his favorite trails in a non-stop road trip he started making plans. Here’s what Vanderham had to say about being a part of the Dream Capture project:
"I think every rider out there can relate to a dream week of riding. My goal with Trail Crawl was to ride as many of my favorite spots as physically possible in a week and capture every single moment on the Action Cam. It was a crazy trip and one I’ll remember for a long time. Thanks to everyone who came to ride with me and the crew!"
The Trail Crawl kicked off at the infamous Kamloops Bike Ranch with a bunch of locals, including Graham Agassiz and Matty Miles. Followed by a quick hop to the Sunshine coast for a session with the Costal Crew’s Kyle Norbraten and Dylan Dunkerton. Then it was back to the mainland for a rock smashing session with Adam Billinghurst in Pemberton, and some dirt roosting in Squamish with local shredders, Luke and Reece from the C4 crew. Next, we met up with the guys from Freehub Mag to hit the flowy trails of Bellingham Washington and then made a mad dash down the coast for a pinner trail ride in Hood River Oregon with the Dakine crew.
The first five days of the trip covered a lot of ground in the pacific North West. But to get all of Thomas’ favorite trails to fit into one week, it only made sense to jump on a plane to link Oregon with southern Nevada. An obligatory night was spent in Sin City that resulted in a more “traditional” crawl. But it wasn’t long before Thomas and the crew got back on schedule and laid tracks on the slick rock of Moab Utah with his friends from Western Spirit Cycling. The Crawl ended on a high note with a stop at the original Rampage site for a run down King Kong, and some of the other epic ridgeline descents that the zone is known for.
After one week, The Trail Crawl had condensed an insane amount of riding, into one continuous blur of great people, good times, rad trails, amazing places and maybe a few beers.
Trail Crawl Stats:
Kilometers Covered: 6680km Trails ridden: 14 Hours away: 168 Flats: 1 Trips to the hospital: 0 Close Calls: 4 Beers Drunk: 328 Moments to forget: 2 Stops for gas: 15 Meals: 24 Coffees: 24 High fives: 50 Cameras: 7 Hours of footage: 24
A big thank you is extended out to all of the locals, guides, and friends who made Thomas’ Trail Crawl possible. Stay tuned for the next installment of Anthill's Dream Capture short series shot exclusively on the Action Cam by Sony. New stories will be released throughout the season, featuring riders: Matt Hunter, Brett Rheeder, Casey Brown and Adam Billinghurst.