A Farewell to Kyle Dempster

A little less than two years ago I stumbled across an amazing video. After watching it at least three or four times, I posted it here on Expedition Portal where it appears I was not the only one moved by its beauty, powerful message of perseverance, and most importantly of our shared appreciation for adventure. Kyle Dempster was the only player in that film. There didn’t need to be any others as he filled the narrative all by himself. It was a complex and compelling tale of comfort zones, personal limits, and a willingness to test them. A lone climber traveling Kyrgyzstan by bike and bagging peaks along the way, it spoke to the type of man Kyle was.


On August 22nd, Kyle Dempster and his climbing partner Scott Adamson went missing in Pakistan while attempting a climb of Ogre II. After exhaustive efforts to raise funds for a search, and several days combing the mountains, that search was called off. From all of us at Overland International, we want to thank Kyle for sharing in his adventures. We hope the families of both Kyle and Scott find solace in knowing their short lives were well lived.


Safe travels, gentlemen.



May we all dare to live as big as Kyle and Scott. If you have a few minutes, watch The Road From Karakol.

Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.