540 Miles (A Colorado Trail Documentary)

In effort to check off a few bucket list aspirations, 64-year-old retiree Dave Baumann set out on his mountain bike to bikepack along the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. 540 Miles, A Colorado Trail Documentary, follows Dave’s journey. Watch it here…

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Created by Davis Yates (@summitninemedia), 540 Miles follows retired Coloradan, Dave Baumann, on his first bikepacking trip, segment-riding the 540-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango. Dave takes a patient approach to his journey, absorbing the CT’s geology, scenery, challenges, and the people he met along the way, section by section.

The beauty of [the Colorado Trail] is that at times it’s your best friend and it’s a joy to be on, at other times it’s a son of a bitch.

  • 540 Miles, A Colorado Trail Documentary
  • 540 Miles, A Colorado Trail Documentary

According to the editor and cinematogrpher, Davis Yates, this documentary took 21 days to shoot, several months to edit, and gobbled up nearly two terabytes of footage and files. Shooting came with its own range of challenges, from tiring and long shooting days, late nights with little to no sleep, bike crashes, a self-inflicted drone injury, close calls with search and rescue, water shortages, and sore legs.

540 Miles, A Colorado Trail Documentary

For more on the Colorado Trail, make sure to check out our official route guide. Also, for a couple recent articles, don’t miss Aakozikwe and Liquid Sunshine.



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