Building The Pike 29 Memorial Track – Weekend Watch

Join Mitty Coultas, Tom Woodward, Logan and Felix on their three year build of The Pike 29 Memorial Track. The team were camped out deep in the bush, battled with the elements, machinery and connected with the nature around them. The 10.8km stretch of trail serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives in the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster.

“The Pike 29 Memorial Track was built as a living memorial to the men who died in the 2010 Pike mining disaster.

It was sculpted into the landscape by passionate mountain bikers and track builders and is a world-class and first-of-its-kind mountain bike track which doubles and New Zealand’s 10th Great Walk. This video shows some of the exploits of the team who built it called the Bush Walruses.

MTB track designer and digger operator Milty Coultas, explosives specialist and track shaper Tom Woodward, and tree fellers Logan and Felix. We cut the track through the bush over three long years while exposed, battered and frost bitten by the elements on the West Coast. It was the most extreme construction site that any of us had worked at. This video featured in the 2020 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.” 

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See Tom’s Cook Islands video here

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