The Red Bulletin November 2019 (UK)

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Danny MacAskill

Kilimanjaro: Mountain of Greatness (2018)

Hans Rey is one of my heroes in

riding, almost a mentor – he’s

been there and done it all. So

when he asked me to join him

in summiting Mount Kenya and

Kilimanjaro in one trip, I jumped

at the chance. I’d had a lot of

bike time that summer, having

just filmed Wee Day Out, but

I wouldn’t say I was particularly

fit. That said, I was about to

climb Kilimanjaro with a 51-yearold

who has a passion for whisky

and beer, so I thought I’d be fine

fitness-wise. It ended up being

a hell of a trip. We made a quick

ascent on Mount Kenya, and I’d

come straight from sea level and

never done anything at altitude

before. I got altitude sickness

and had to be helicoptered off.

The next day, we travelled

through to Tanzania to the foot

of Kilimanjaro and, the day

after, started making our way

up. My body fared a lot better

up there. That final climb with

the bike on my back is one of

the hardest things I’ve ever done

– nobody normally carries that

weight at that altitude. Type-two

fun – I think that’s what people

call it. But the beauty of lugging

your bikes up there is getting

to descend 5,000m back down

to base camp.

“This is me doing

a 180 between

some rails on ‘The

Bridge to Nowhere’”

Seaside Trials (2019)

This is a film I made for one of my new partners, Adidas. We had

quite a short time-frame, so I went to a place near Dunbar in

Scotland that I’d scouted for Way Back Home. It’s known as ‘The

Bridge to Nowhere’ and it crosses a river, taking you to a beach

[and at high tide the bridge is cut off on both sides]. I waded out in

my bare feet and took my bike to get some cool shots. We filmed

between Dunbar Harbour and Glen Coe so that we could have

a contrast between mountain bike and trials. This [right] is me

doing a 180 between some rails. Very easy riding – although it was

very windy – but it made for a cool and unusual shot.

My process hasn’t changed that much in the past 10 years.

Scouting is an important part of making the films – not wasting your

time on things that won’t make it in. But I’m still as ambitious as

ever, trying to come up with tricks that are really out there and that

you’ve never seen anyone else do. Going through the process of

trying to make them work in the way that you hoped is a lot of fun.

It’s been an amazing 10 years and I’ve got enough ideas written

down in my books to last another 50 years.

MARTIN BISSIG, ADIDAS OUTDOOR, DAVE MACKISON

66 THE RED BULLETIN

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