December 15th – David (Bothy Bikes), Andy (Backcountry Biking) and Olly (Rock Solid) decided to be movie promoters for a day, and put on a screening of Reveal the Path, together with two other short adventure films.
Reveal the Path is a film about adventure biking, inspiration and discovery, starting off in Scotland and traversing the globe (via public transport!)
During the afternoon Andy let a short ride out from Bothy Bikes – the trails were pretty icy at first but things improved as height was gained. A few folk turned up with a different idea of what sort of ride we were doing!
I wanted to have a sense of journeying to and from the event (as well as wanting to drink lots of beer) so rode out to Glenmore Lodge (great venue!) from the shop. It was fun riding along the Old Logging Way trying to guess which tyre tracks might belong to fellow film goers. As it turned out it was only the Nates from Gavin’s Salsa…
The first film shown was The Logan Traverse, a 370 mile Alaskan ski/packrafting trip which didn’t quite go to plan. Using packrafts as pulks is a great idea – must try it sometime!
Next up was the main feature – I enjoyed the Scotland section, interesting to see us from another perspective, although it’s a shame they didn’t choose a better route. It was cool when they met up with Iona on her Fargo – lots of cheering for that bit!
Lastly we had the Lost Coast video which is part of what inspired Andy and Rob from Backcountry Biking to get into bikerafting.
Once the films were over everyone headed up to the bar for the gigantic raffle. Star prize was a signed print from Salsa Cycles which was kindly donated by Pat from Ison distribution alsong with some other Salsa and Surly goodies. Thank you Pat! We also had some Reveal the Path and Ride the Divide DVDs and lots of stickers. Yay, stickers!
Check out their website for details of some of the wonderful trips they arrange.
After a fair few beers, it was time to go. Dawyd and I headed back via the Cairngorm Club Bridge, Loch an Eilein and Inshriach Bothy. Sublime riding on the frozen trails with a head full of adventurous possibilities!