Exclusive Screening: Watch 2,700km Bikepacking Epic ‘The Great Escape’

‘Shunpiking’ means to travel by any route except the easiest, fastest, or shortest. And that’s exactly what Aaron Rolph set out to do. Watch this exclusive premiere of ‘The Great Escape.’

In this film, British adventurer Aaron Rolph “reimagines” a popular traverse across Great Britain known as Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

Most of us aren’t familiar with the route, which is typically 1,400 km long. But Rolph decided to take anything but that “short” route — he’d shunpike all over the British Isles, bikepacking 2,700 km.

Along the way, Rolph goes kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding, mountain biking, camping, running, climbing, and skiing — the list goes on.

Specifically, Rolph downhill mountain bikes at BikePark Wales, camps from a suspended wire bridge, and skis mountain gullies in the Nevis Range. All along his road trip by bike, there are laughs, hiccups, and, sadly, a few injuries.

aaron rolph on his bike

Read on to learn what gear carried Rolph through his epic, cross-country adventure.

Aaron Rolph’s Gear List

Runtime: 29 minutes

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Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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