The guys behind the beauty at Sweetgrass Productions have done it again; On The Road with SOLITAIRE is an emmy-nominated twelve-part series that delves into the details of two long years skiing the Andes, filming the incredible Western-inspired, beautifully-filmed SOLITAIRE and making friends (and enemies) along the way.
Over the next seven weeks, we’ll bring you a new On The Road With SOLITAIRE episode every seven days. Every Thursday, look on the Osprey Facebook Page and Osprey Twitter stream to find a brand-new, never before seen episode of On The Road With SOLITAIRE and — as is the case with all Sweetgrass films big and small — prepare to be awed.
We decided the sunny, sunny lanes of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was an excellent choice for our last Monday in August. Anyone of you ever ridden in this city?
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Image: Dylan Passmore
Forget bottled-at-the-source. How about dunking your entire face into the source!?
David and I woke to a drizzle that shimmered in sideways curtains. The camp grounds of Refugio Heilo Azul stirred with hikers waking, packing, coming and going.
In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry riding forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia. Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark…
Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.
Down a dirt road, kicking up a roiling tail of dust behind the boat trailer we drive beside the Futaleufu river, further and further into Chile’s wild interior.