Most adventure types long for a trusty mobile living space. Unfortunately, the cost of such motorized luxuries tends to put most dirtbags out of the running for rides like Sportmobilesand Earthroamer packages. You can now add the VW-customized Doubleback to the list of super-cool but highly impractical backcountry adventure rigs.
So sure, it’s expensive as hell at almost $90k but you must admit, you’d love to spend a week in one. The designers of the Doubleback took the common slide-out room feature found on motorhomes and campers and applied it to the rear end of a VW camper van.
When you go to the Doubleback website, don’t bother watching the video, all it does is show you that it’s a van (even using the now annoying tilt-shift effect) and that it can drive down an empty road. And it doesn’t even do that well.
It looks like the result of a Chevy Corvair Rampside being exposed to gamma rays. You wouldn’t like it when’s it angry. I could see a ton of nights spent in the bed of this rig, which is the “re-imagining” of Jeep’s early Forward Control truck. Plus you could park it anywhere along the beach. What’re they going to do, tow you?
“The Highest Pass” is a documentary about seven followers of a contemporary spiritual guru named Anand who set out on motorcycles along one of the world’s most dangerous roads in northern India to witness, possibly, their teacher fulfill his vision of dying in an accident at age 27.
The trailer shows us the possibility for a film that seemingly exposes the innards of a distant mountain culture often shrouded by our pining for its surface-level wilderness and commercialized adventure. I would love to hike in this part of the world, no question about it. However, there is always something else going on in the places we love to explore beyond the places we love to explore.
Color me intrigued. It comes out in April and hopefully makes it to a nearby theater.