An Australian, a Mexican, and two Canadians start up a North Shore climbing trail on a moist and misty winter’s day. It sounds like a joke set up but it’s actually the introduction to a tragedy. One of the Canadians is wearing a merino hoody, the other a rain jacket, and the two southern-born riders are in lightweight summer jerseys. Neither is packing an extra layer. Let’s just say that ‘The Whining’ isn’t a Steven King novel, but this was so intense it certainly has potential.


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