What Scottish mountain bike stunt rider Danny MacAskill did in his latest video was so treacherous that his parents worried whether their son would come back alive.
"I was very apprehensive that he would seriously hurt or even kill himself," Peter MacAskill told The Press and Journal of the U.K. "Danny didn't go into details of what he did, to stop us worrying."
What Danny MacAskill did was perform his usual array of mountain biking tricks, ride his mountain bike on some insane, death-defying lines on the 7-mile-long Cuillin Ridge of the Isle of Skye, and climb atop the infamous Inaccessible Pinnacle, a spectacular sight you see in the image above.
"I've always wondered whether it would be possible for me to ride my mountain bike up there," MacAskill said at the beginning of the video. Well, turns out, it is possible. See for yourself in the video called "The Ridge," made by Cut Media, based in Glasgow, Scotland:
As you can see, the scenery is spectacular and the stunts are vintage Danny MacAskill—the front flip over a wire fence at the 6:10 mark is a thing of beauty, too.
But climbing the 3,250-foot Inaccessible Pinnacle with mountain bike in tow is particularly stunning, not to mention daring.
Stu Thomson of Cut Media wrote about that part of the 10-day shoot in a blog, saying, "The day on the Inaccessible Pinnacle (THAT shot in the middle of the film) we left at 4 a.m. to be there for 7 a.m. That scene of Danny is about 7:30 am. Never in my life have I seen a crew of blokes so ecstatic to be awake at 7:30 a.m. That day was super special."
Thomson also explained that on most days the 10-man crew hiked a minimum of 2,952 feet to get up to the ridge and generally spent two to four hours going each way.
The effort was well worth it, as "The Ridge" is every bit as entertaining as previous pieces of works by Danny MacAskill, including "Epecuén," “Industrial Revolution," and "Way Back Home," the film that elevated him to fame for his stunt riding.
"Ever since I was a kid growing up on Skye, I have always dreamt about riding a bike up on the Cuillin Ridge," Danny MacAskill said, according to Bike Magazine. "The project took a lot of planning and was probably one of the most physically demanding films I have ever worked on. It was definitely a labor of love, [and] I wanted to show off the island for how it is, and make everyone who lives there proud to be from this amazing part of the world."
He definitely did them proud.
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