A Study of Self: Methods & Madness (Film)

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Last summer, the Coyote Collective team set out on a Fastest Known Time attempt to link together all of the 14,000-foot peaks in California under their own power. The group covered 800 miles on bike, 100 miles on foot, and racked up nearly 100,000 feet of vertical gain. Watch the 35-minute film documenting their adventure here…

Words, photos, and film by The Coyote Collective (@thecoyotecollective)

Hypothesis: The California 14ers could be linked up by bike in under nine days, covering 800 miles of riding, 100 miles of running, and nearly 100,000 feet of vertical gain. In August 2020, we set out to test the hypothesis, starting from Mt. Shasta.

Charlie, Jonny, and Connor rode their bikes, and Colin and Nick followed along in the van, filming and having an adventure of their own. We didn’t know how things would unfold, only how hard we’d worked to make it all come together, and how much fun we were having figuring it all out with our best friends. We were field testing our lives — planning out a route and diving headfirst into bikepacking. We were taking a chance on something we believed in.

Was our hypothesis correct? Did we break the speed record and find fame and glory? Check out our scientific beatdown in the first film project from The Coyote Collective, A Study of Self: Methods & Madness.

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