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Deane Parker


The allure of the backcountry draws me, it always has and always will.

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Deane Parker


The allure of the backcountry draws me, it always has and always will.

For as long as I can remember I have been passionate about exploring new landscapes, what's around the corner, over that ridge, or in that gorge. 

Mountain biking was the growth of my independence to the back country, even before I left high school. Scouring maps for rideable trails in the Top of the South Island. Rivers then drew me into another medium, to explore the depths of the multitude of the West Coasts' steep and thundering ribbons of cascading white water.

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About Deane


About Deane


About Deane Parker

Starting a family steered me away from professional river running but I was never far from the back country rediscovering the bike and quickly rekindling the passion for back country trails especially in the high country of Canterbury and the Southern Alps.

Often choosing the solace of riding deep into remote mountain trails solo and overnighting at one of the amazing network of DoC huts, only to recently realise that 'bikepacking' is a legitimate genre of cycling.

The freedom to carry all you need to be comfortable in the mountains or beech forests, is an awesome experience, just like hiking on fast forward.

Image by @extremekid productions

3 adventurers, a film-maker and a photographer set off on a 6 day, 300km unsupported journey, by combining new bikepacking and packrafting technology. The Waiau-toa Odyssey was awarded the Best NZ Made Film for the 2017 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival. More about this Film : waiautoaodyssey.nz

Imagine a route, plot it, visualize it, plan it...embark. In this film that’s what two mates did with an ambitious 5 day loop of central Canterbury including a seldom biked crossing of the Main Divide at Harpers Pass.

Sam Jones, Deane Parker and cameraman Dylan Gerschwitz from @extremekidproductions set off on a trip that had been discussed for years. The loop contained a buffet of trail types from station roads to historic pack tracks to the Te Araroa route to the groomed singletrack of Craigieburn Forest and finally the bitumen of highway 73.

When you’ve pushed, pedaled and carried to the main divide through gale force winds and deep river crossings, Looking Down is Looking Up!

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Adventure History


Adventure History


Adventure History 


1989-1995 Mountain biking and road cycling, Nelson.

Professional outdoor work history

2004- present Thousands of kilometres of back country Bikepacking, hike in inflatable kayaking and pack raft trips and most recently bikerafting trips. since 2016 Deane has been acting as a brand ambassador during his trips, regular video blogs, gear reviews and coming soon a new series of video trail guides. 

2000-2004 Owner/operator of Riverplay, white water rafting and kayaking. Based in Hokitika and offering hike in inflatable kayaking and exclusive access to the Arahura river, also guided heli kayaking.

1995-2000 Director of Ultimate Descents, white water rafting and kayaking. Based out of Murchison and specialising in multi day heli rafting on the West Coast.

1989-1995 Mountain biking and road cycling, Nelson.

 

Film Work:

 

2018 Looking Down is Looking Up, Bikepacking film made as a collaboration with production company, Extremekid Productions and sponsored by Salsa Cycles. salsa coverage here, bikepacking.com here

2017 Waiau-Toa OdysseyBike & Packrafting Odyssey Adventure Film Best NZ made film for the 2017 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival!

2002 episode of Explorers, a TVNZ production that retraced some of the perilous journeys undertaken by New Zealand's pioneers. Filmed on the Buller river.

2002 episode of Adventure Guide TV, aired on TVNZ1 a 30 minute film of the first raft descent of the Upper Arahura river.

1998 Mild Seven commercial, river safety and stunt double at Maruia Falls.

1997 IMAX panda movie,  river safety and stunt double on Buller river.

First Descents

2002 first raft descent Upper Arahura river

2002 Falls Creek, Hokitika, West Coast

2000 Bliss Falls, Toaroha River, West Coast

1999 Parapara River, Golden Bay

1998 Slate River, Golden Bay

1998 first raft Descent North fork Mokihinui river, Buller

1997 Cobb river, Golden Bay

1997 Upper Waingaro river, Golden Bay

 

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Contact Us


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Contact Deane Parker

Cell: 0275840039

email: deane@deaneparker.nz

 

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