Cliff Edge Riding

Gold Bar Rim

Video by Nate Hills. Posted by
May 4th, 2016

Riding as close to the 400ft cliff as possible with Kyle Mears on Gold Bar Rim in Moab Utah. #FollowCamFriday Don’t even think of falling left. Don’t ride these lines in the wind.

Would you? How about that gap at 10 seconds…

  • Howard Roark

    Fuuuuu… noooooo….

  • Andrew Drennan

    that makes my hands sweaty

  • yahs

    Was in moab last week. There is no need to ride that close to the edge on this route.
    Sure death if make a mistake. Really worth it?

    • Cam McRae

      Only for some. Many would say the risks we take riding on trails are excessive. Or riding in Moab at all. I no longer judge other people re their risk tolerance unless they live in my house or put others at risk

    • Who’s to say if it’s worth it or not? Same question can be asked of free solo climbers, those that choose to summit Everest without oxygen or perform stunts on street bikes at high speeds. Do we question those ‘daredevils’ or just watch them, suffer palpitations, and realize it’s not for us? Maybe it’s the POV footage that is eliciting this reaction but I do find it interesting that’s the thing early commenters have found worth noting rather than, say, the skill of the riders (if you’ve seen any of their other vids you’ll see they often ride highly exposed lines at speed) or anything else.

      • Nat Brown

        I completely agree. And I almost don’t want to comment given that I have something unpopular to say. When things like this do actually end in death it is obviously a tragedy to those close to that person, but for us from a distant perspective, we can’t really know how it feels to those who are close because we’re not in those relationships. There is enough diversity in relationships and how people live their lives that it’s thoughtless to assume that these things are simply selfish and irresponsible.

        However, from our perspective of distance, we do benefit from people defining boundaries, even when paid for with lives. It’s useful to humankind. There are daily risks we all take (for convenience even), but the risks only stick out when people do extraordinary things. These kinds of tragedies are personal, and we disrespect the people involved when we take the tragedies of others as our own. If only more people would care about the nameless people being killed around the world because of the actions of others, sometimes us.

  • Chris

    No matter how awesome you are (and I’m pretty damn awesome ;-)), at some point you will fvck up. I’ve ridden exposure like this but with age realized there’s no margin for error.

  • Kail Marks

    I just hope they don’t have kids at home or a significant other that relies on them for financial support. As Chris said, no matter how awesome you are, mistakes can and will (eventually) be made. This may be the old man in me talking — but that kind of riding is pretty dumb. I mean, we all have a threshold — I used to huck 20+ footers and all, but it was never guaranteed death like this.

  • David Dickerson

    It truly is riveting to watch insane POV like this. Same goes for some of the Red Bull competition spine rides. I’m sure the ride is exhilarating for the guys with the nuts and experience to pull it off. It’s not for me, but I sure do appreciate that people capture and post this stuff so I can live vicariously.

    I’ve got limits that I push at but it’s relative to my experience and skill – that’s the key. Push your own boundaries and realize other people’s edge is much further out than your own. That being said, my own point of view is that some of the things I see people do, including climbing Everest, it’s pretty self centered; in the end it’s only for the person making the conquest. Right or wrong, not sure who decides that one. When I see another climber, snowboarder, cyclist, etc that ‘died doing what they love’, I have to wonder if they knew that was going to be it, if they knew they wouldn’t come back from it, would they still choose to do it? Ego pushes adrenaline junkies – not a dig, just a fact. I’ve got kids and people that depend on me, that’s a deciding factor on just how close to that edge I will get any more.