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!