How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
Did you get out and enjoy the great outdoors in the waning moments of 2016? Did you stay at home and pop a bottle of bubbly with all of your closest friends? Maybe you spent the night devising a plan to attain your New Year’s resolution.
Regardless of how you celebrated the advent of 2017, one thing is for sure: it probably wasn’t as hair-raising as mountain biker Kyle Mears’ New Year’s Eve.
Mears — who lives in the mountain biking mecca of Moab, Utah — woke up on the final day of 2016 looking to ride a line that elicited a little bit of fear in himself. It’s safe to say he accomplished that:
“Fear is a funny thing. It keeps you safe? Why do I want to be safe … I was scared sh**less here,” Mears wrote in the Instagram caption showing his near-vertical descent, which has been viewed over 10,000 times since he posted it on New Year’s Eve.
Mears also made sure to credit mountain biking pro Kenny Smith, who was the first to conquer the line.