Bike Mountaineering - Harald Philipp Descending the Gnarliest Summits of the Alps
VIMFF Mountain Bike Show, presented by Arc'teryx and Norco Performance Bikes
Tuesday, February 12, 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm)
Rio Theatre (N.B. 19+ adults only!) MAP
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Wednesday, February 13, 7:30 pm (doors 6:30 pm)
Centennial Theatre MAP
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Harald Philipp's multimedia presentation shows an European perspective on extreme mountain-biking. The audience joins him hiking and climbing up steep mountains and descending glaciers and via ferratas. Videos and photos show the most spectacular mountain ranges, from Matterhorn to the Dolomites and Tirol.
"Born into a family of mountaineers, I didn't really have a chance at being 'normal' at all. It started at the age of eight, when my mom took me up to some of the most impressive summits of the Alps. Climbing the Dolomites, ski touring Gran Paradiso and Mont Blanc got me addicted. Really addicted! A shame we lived in Germany and six hours away from the Alps, so the only mountain sport I could do at home was mountain biking.
Having tried all disciplines from CC-racing to Freeride-Contests and Downhill-Marathons, I ended up creating my own discipline in hiking up mountains and descending them by bike. You can name it bike-mountaineering. I call it big fun! Living in Innsbruck, Tirol since 2005, I've got my playground right at my doorstep. Tons of well explored but never biked mountains are waiting for me. First-descended some of them already, Watzmann, Göll, Hochkönig, Plattkofel, Piz Boe and many others. And the greatest thing is, that there are more projects around here than I could do in my entire life.
Besides being an athlete, I'm self-employed as a bike guide, showing my guests the most beautiful trails of the Alps and instructing riding skills. Check out my website summitride.com for more information!" [Harald Philipp]