the mountain why
featuring Michelle Parker

Michelle Parker takes on a human-powered bike-and-ski mission like no other.

“The Mountain Why” stars Cody Townsend and Michelle Parker, two lifelong friends, riding their bikes, burdened by a 100+ lbs of skiing and camping gear, in search of climbing and skiing Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and El Dorado Peak—3 of the 50 lines that Townsend is attempting to ski in his project called “The Fifty”.

This bike to ski trip started out as an idea to navigate a world plagued by a pandemic but ended up being a profound look into the aspects of rebelling against the efficiencies and ease of modern life in search of the deeper meaning of “why” we are willing to do things the hard way.

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