OUTLAW DIARIES III
WILD WILD EAST
The third part of the freeride film series OUTLAW DIARIES is finally ready. Prepare for a wild bike adventure with Patrick „Bengel“ Rasche far away from the usual bike destinations.
The first part of the series took place in Germany near Patricks hometown. The second one brought him to British Columbia, the mecca of mountainbiking, following the tracks of all those freeride legends that inspired his way of riding. For the new chapter it was time to seek for something new.
"The unknown is what makes people curious. And nowadays it gets harder and harder to be a pioneer in this world.“, he explains his mission.
„Bengel“ left his comfort zone in search for a place where he could be a pioneer again. A wild place, where no bike tire has touched the ground before. The east is calling. The Wild Wild East. Welcome to the wilderness of Kamchatka, Russia.
Kamchatka is a peninsula in the Russian far east. It’s located in the Pacific Ocean north of Japan and has a wild coastline with 160 volcanoes rising from sea level up to 4.700 m. Until 1990 Kamchatka was a restricted military area that was closed to the public. For mountain bikers this part of east Siberia is still no mans land. The team, consisting of Patrick „Bengel“ Rasche, his longtime friend and photographer Constantin Fiene and the El Flamingo crew visited the Russian wilderness for two weeks in late September 2017. The weather on the peninsula is as rough as the landscape and they had to learn that nature is the boss in Siberia.
Ever dreamed of heli biking on volcanos with an old Russian army helicopter? Here we go. Join Patrick on his adventure in the land of fire and ice.
Looking for untouched terrain to ride and film I stumbled across pictures of giant volcanoes surrounded by beautiful nature in Kamchatka, eastern Siberia. Straight away I was hooked on the idea of exploring this place and riding my bike down some of those volcano faces. A few months later I found myself on top of a mountain and roughly got the call through the radio from the filmers out of the helicopter. After ninety seconds of hauling down steep grades over sharp rocks I hit the brakes as hard as I could to stop my bike before it ran into big boulders, trees and bushes. That heli day was the highlight for sure, but all in all the whole trip was so special and such a unique experience that it took us quite a while to digest it all. Throwing yourself into the unknown and trying to ride bikes at this place wasn’t always just a pleasure. But when we had a barbecue two weeks later and recalled the trip with all the anticipation, effort, risk-taking and crazy moments we all felt so satisfied. The pressure was off and we all realized that we me made it happen and just pioneered new ground in mountain biking. - Patrick Rasche
In summer 17 we were not sure about when or if another Outlaw Diaries video would be produced. One day Bengel gave us a call and came up with this idea. Two months later we found ourselves with him and his photographer-buddy Constantin on the plane to Kamtschatka. It was a trip into the unknown and we really didn’t know what to expect at all. What we experienced in those two weeks shooting the movie was just mind-blowing. The infinite landscapes and huge active volcanos and the completely different and raw lifestyle of the people there really caught us. We learned a lot on that trip. For example, how hard it is to sit for hours and hours in the back of a jeep on the bumpiest roads of the planet, trying to find some rideable spots. Have you ever tried to reach a location in a wild landscape where you can’t even find a path to walk? Or when it takes four hours to hike up what looked like a small hill from the distance? And what a thrill it is to approach those spots in an old Russian helicopter, with one of the three pilots jumping out of the flying machine to chop off trees in the landing area every time we try to land somewhere in the wilderness? Yes it was a crazy time and the perfect destination for the third part of the Outlaw Diaries series. In the end the trip showed us what big potential Siberia has to offer and we know for sure, that it was not our last time in the wild wild east. We just scratched the surface in the wildest place we’ve visited so far. - El Flamingo