Conveniently in the right place at the right time for the Red Bull Rampage (funny that), Sack had offered to help one of the competing riders, Nic Pescetto, with his trail construction. Not expecting anything to come of it, he got the surprise of his life when Nic accepted! Some brief organisation ensued and it was confirmed - we were going to be ‘diggers’ at the Red Bull Rampage!
Up and at ’em much earlier than usual, we trekked to the site entry and caught the 4x4 shuttle to the new Rampage site (the only way in!). It was a surreal experience to be among all the pro riders and people we had only ever seen on TV, not to mention the scale of the landscape around us. We spent a good 1-2 hours scaling the sketchiest of cliff faces before we finally located our rider. The rest of the day was spent digging (trail building), chatting and spectating some test runs. We struggled to comprehend the insanity of some lines and vertical drops - unreal! We stayed to witness a sensational canyon sunset and more practise sessions, and missed the last shuttle down. However, the camaraderie of the day lived on and we ended up in the back of a very nice guy’s ute for the long, bumpy ride down.
Back at camp, we endured a conversation with our ‘mini-celebrity’ neighbour before finally enjoying a long, hot shower to remove the orange dust and return to human colour.