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29/10/2014, CANYON "At these moments, right in the here and now, time stands still."

Gone Tomorrow: Freeriding in Nepal with Rob-J

The air is thin up here. I hike up the last steep slope to around 4500 metres and try to extract everything that my legs and lungs have to give. I’m right on the limit and about to start the last descent of my time here in Nepal, on the Lubra Trail deep in the Upper Mustang and surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world. Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and
the Nilgiri (7061 m) are just a few of the summits I can see. Surrounding these giants are several “smaller” six-thousanders that haven’t even been named yet, our guide Mandil tells us that there are simply too many of them.

How many undiscovered trails and lines are still out there? How much can still be ridden? The possibilities appear endless...

They are.

Before dropping in and riding the trail down to the riverbed of the mighty Kali Gandaki for the last time, I spy an enormous
lammergeyer floating on the thermals, majestically soaring across this ancient kingdom without a single beat of its wings.
This is what it’s all about. At these moments, right in the here and now, time stands still.

For the next thirty minutes I have the whole trail to myself. You ride yourself into a trance, your senses become hyper-alert, reading what lies ahead so that each movement flows seamlessly into the next. The trail’s a high-speed mix of loose corners interspersed with steep, exposed sections all the way down to the bottom.

Make a mistake riding this fast and you’re in serious trouble, but thoughts of “what if?” have no place in the mind right now. I’m utterly consumed by the experience. The perfect ride? It’s definitely one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden. The crowning glory of my time in Nepal.

About Rob-J

Born in Prague in 1981, Rob has lived in Munich for much of his life. Rob is a true all-rounder with several dirt and freeride successes to his name. His talent was first discovered at a freeride youth camp and life has come full circle as he now organises and promotes his own events to seek out promising young riders.