Weekend Inspiration: ‘The Road from Karakol’

Tagline: When the road ends, will you keep going?

This is one of the best videos I have seen in a while. A winner at the 5Point Film Festival, “The Road from Karakol” documents a journey by Kyle Dempster, a two-time Piolets d’Or award-winning alpinist, to Kyrgyzstan in 2011 by bicycle. During the solo journey he also did some climbing in the surrounding ranges.

The film grabs you from the opening scene: “Hello! My name’s Kyle, it’s 7 o’clock in the morning, and I’m naked in Kyrgyzstan. You might ask, ‘Kyle, why are you up so early?’ Well, it’s because I have to cross this river and it’s the lowest time during the morning. So, I’m naked, and here we go!” With the water rushing and crashing in the background, you see what it is like to step into the blank spots on maps.


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