My legs trembled as I stood my ground, struggling to maintain a foothold in the finely decomposed detritus with a heavy backpack and bike on my shoulders. The pitch of the mountainside had become preposterously steep. Simply looking up at the ridgeline above could easily send me and my top-heavy load tomahawking backward down the yawning scree slope below.

Inhaling with each tiny step, I inched my way upward, digging one foot firmly into the loose debris before shakily lifting the other alongside it. Every hard-fought bit of progress was met with an almost equal measure of backsliding as the brittle shale crumbled and shifted underfoot. It was truly a case of 'two steps forward, one step back.'

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Film by Max Berkowitz and Kevin Landry.

This adventure was partially supported by SCOTT Sports, with the crew riding 2018 Genius bikes.