MOUNTAIN BIKER / PROJECT MANAGEMENT - LOGISTICS
Damian Stones is a Mountain Biking Adventurer; Damian has been involved in mountain biking for 20 years. Riding and planning adventures remains a key feature of his life whether that be family trips such as the Heaphy Track, or adventuring in the New Zealand backcountry with friends. He is the Landscape Architect for Dirt Art trail building company here in New Zealand and Australia. He is also a freelance bike skills coach and graphic designer.
PACKRAFTING LOGISTICS / RAFT GUIDE / MOUNTAIN BIKE /
Deane has spent his whole life adventuring in the NZ outdoors and has been a passionate mountain biker since a teenager now using the bike to reach the furthest corners of remote backcountry. Deane is a very experienced white water raft guide and kayaker, having spent more than a decade exploring and developing rafting operations on previously un-rafted rivers on the West Coast of the South Island. Going where others haven't inspired Deane and this has lead to no less than 4 first descents of steep creeks in Golden Bay.
RAFT GUIDE / MOUNTAIN BIKER / ADVENTURER
After successfully completing the Tour of Aotearoa earlier in 2016, this trip is combining the two outdoor passions of Muel's life...biking and boating! A commercial river guide for the last 18 years, both in New Zealand and overseas, with a bunch more experience in other outdoor fields. Muel is a very keen mountain biker, with a real love for the outdoors, he is super excited about this journey, incorporating a wide range of skills which will test and push each member of the team.
CINEMATOGRAPHER AND STORY DEVELOPMENT / FILM MANAGEMENT / EDITING
Cinematographer - Simon has lived and worked in many places, including Australia, Canada, France and Spain but it's the South Island of New Zealand that he calls home. Simon is passionate about the outdoors, conservation and the unique and beautiful shooting locations the South Island has to offer. Simon found his focus (pun intended) with film-making via photography. What's left of his spare time is distributed between rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and spending quality time with his wife Dani. Despite calling himself a film-maker, Simon does not own a television.
MOUNTAIN BIKER / ADVENTURER / PHOTOGRAPHER AND WRITER
Grant is an established commercial photographer based in Nelson, New Zealand. Beginning as an outdoor adventure and rafting photographer in the early 90s, he progressed into wedding portrait and a multitude of commercial work. Grant's career has come full circle back to photographing people enjoying New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors. He has been published in North America, Australia, England and New Zealand focusing mostly on mountain biking. Mountain Biking Australia featured my article, on The Old Ghost Road and Heaphy track duo, including cover photo. Companies such as Macpac and Ground Effect clothing have published his work over many years and he has always contributed to Hedgehog House Stock library.