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Building New Zealand’s Epic Pike 29 Track – Video

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Epic, different, and very New Zealand, ‘The Pike 29 Memorial Track’ is of one of our favorite semi-recent films. Find more of Beta‘s picks here.

From the creators: “The Pike 29 Memorial Track was built as a living memorial to the men who died in the 2010 Pike mining disaster. It was sculpted into the landscape by passionate mountain bikers and track builders and is a world-class and first-of-its-kind mountain bike track which doubles and New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk.

This video shows some of the exploits of the team who built it called the Bush Walruses. MTB track designer and digger operator Milty Coultas, explosives specialist and track shaper Tom Woodward, and tree fellers Logan and Felix. We cut the track through the bush over three long years while exposed, battered and frost bitten by the elements on the West Coast. It was the most extreme construction site that any of us had worked at.”

Click here for more information on building the track.

pike 29 track
Photo: Tom Woodward