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Silk Road Reflections

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2019 / Kyrgyzstan / summer / The Silk Road Mountain Race / Travel

It has been a few days now since I have been off the route of the Silk Road Mountain Race. I’ve been wrestling with myself about how to properly articulate my experience with this endeavour. To begin with, this is by far the most extreme challenge I have ever faced. It has pushed my mental and physical capabilities beyond limits I thought possible. The ride has left me completely empty, eager to be filled with […]

First days of SRMR and an unfortunate outcome

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Kyrgyzstan / summer / The Silk Road Mountain Race / Travel

To say last 3 days have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. I’ve been through an immense variety of severe environmental conditons, physical hardships, and emotional states… I was forced to scratch far earlier than I imagined from the Silk Road Mountain Race. In the end, it was a combination of things that led to my early withdrawal from the race. I was suffering from minor altitude sickness early on, but I was not […]

First Impression of the Tian Shan and One day til the Grand Depart

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2019 / Kyrgyzstan / The Silk Road Mountain Race / Travel

The last couple days have been eye opening. Tai and I went on an overnight into the mountains to acclimatize (minimally at least) and shake out our legs and gear a bit. We chose a nearby location named Chomkorchak, maybe 30k or so south of Bishkek and only get up to 2500-ish meters. Let me first say that the mountains here are just massive. You see the peaks at a distance and their prominance is […]

How to follow along with The Silk Road Mountain Race 2019

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The start of the Silk Road Mountain Race is within a few days here in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I am up at 6am feeling like a million bucks after finally getting a good night sleep. My body doesn’t quite know what time it is after traveling for 30+? hours, and New York City is 10 hours behind. The future is pretty cool. The Grand depart will take place Saturday August 17th and 9am local time (GMT+6) […]

The Silk Road Mountain Race, Kyrgyzstan 2019

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2019 / Kyrgyzstan / Kyrgyzstan / The Silk Road Mountain Race

Video:¬† I am within two weeks of embarking on the biggest boundary-pushing adventure so far in my lifetime. I am participating in the @silkroadmountainrace – a self-supported off-road ultra-endurance bikepacking race in high altitude mountain wilderness in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Tian Shan loosely means ‘the heavenly mountains’ or the ‘celestial range’. There is no doubt in my mind that this event is going to push every fiber of my existence to it’s […]


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Exhibition Opening Saturday October 7th 2017 7-10PM 110 Troutman Street Brooklyn NY 11206   An immersive experience ascending two downtown Manhattan skyscrapers. Both buildings once had observatories for the public to experience. Photographs will be printed near life size and enlarged from silver gelatin prints. Perspective and relative scale will get you as close to the visceral feeling of ascending the building yourself. You will be able to pick up an exhibition book the day […]