Adventure of the week: Flashes of the Altai

Unsupported mountain biking and packrafting in one of the most remote parts of the world? Why not...
© Joey Schusler
By Red Bull Australia

For cinematographer Joey Schusler and his childhood friends Mason Lacy and Sam Seward, simply travelling to one of the world's most remote regions wasn't enough. They wanted to make their trip a real adventure.

So, armed with mountain bikes, packrafts and minimal equipment, the trio set out on a self-supported quest through the Mongolian Altai. Many people dream of taking trips like this, but few actually do.

Over the course of 12 days, they rafted down hypothermia-inducing rivers, rode their bikes over snow-covered mountains, managed to smile for the camera through it all and even made time for a spot of sunbathing.

An Altai nomad with his eagle © Joey Schusler

They also managed to link up with some of the Kazakh nomad locals (there's an oxymoron for you) to grab some incredible footage of their traditional garb, their eagles, and to give the kids some cycling tips.

It's not difficult to see why this inspiring, five-minute distillation of one hell of an awesome journey has made our Adventure of the Week.

Cinematographer: Joey Schusler
Editor: Joey Schusler and Thomas Woodson
Location: Mongolia's Altai Mountains

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