This insane video shows how one little mishap on the climb up Colorado’s Schofield Pass can quickly escalate into a very dangerous situation.
Dirt biker Rick Hogge was riding the off road trail, near Crested Butte, last week (4th September). The start of the video shows the exposed descent down the canyon and then Rick taking a moment to gather his thoughts before the climb up the other side.
His anxiety was not misplaced; this is super technical terrain. What follows is off-path madness and splashdown into the punchbowl as Rick crashed 400 feet down a cliff face and into the waterfall!
Incredibly Rick was completely uninjured and climbed out within 15 minutes of the incident. “Most importantly, thank God for your protection,” the Texan wrote in the video description, also answering a few questions (below):
So what happened?
Riding a dirt bike across obstacles typically requires the rider to maintain momentum. As can be seen, I chose a riding line on the left as I thought it looked easier. I wasn’t going quick enough and the front tire got kicked to the left which caused my throttle hand to twist and … well .. you saw the rest.
How about the fall?
First I grabbed for anything to slow me down; check out the shadows. No, time didn’t stand still or slow down. I thought of my kids, called out to God and fell perfectly into the water. Once I surfaced, I thought I was going to drown but thankfully the edge was close by and I was able to gather myself, take a deep breath and patiently wait for help.
Thankfully, Rick’s 2019 KTM 300 XCW is also alive and kicking. Check out the recovery video below: