Friday, July 3, 2015

Up Up and Away.... It's Canada Day!



Each year as July 1st approaches I start planning another ideal Canadian day. It's not that I need an official holiday to celebrate living in the best country in the world but why not take it up as notch on "The Day" we call Canada Day. For me this means getting high into the alpine in the first days of summer and looking far and wide across our vast coastal mountain ranges. Just outside our door in Squamish exists such a place that will give us just what we're seeking on this day.


The temperatures were set to reach a blistering 33 degrees in the Sea to Sky valley too we settled into our 4 hour climb early in the day. Even Canadian forest assess roads have indian paintbrush wildflowers....          


We reached the subalpine and our views began to open up....  


I had some fun this Canada day trying to capture the same images I snapped on a Fat Bike ride back in March. Plus 33degC vs Negative 10degC was quite a variance....        


WORCA is building a phenomenal alpine trail in this area that will soon allow everyone easy access to this Canadian alpine wonderland....  
 


 


It didn't take long to jump into the first tarn we came across. We spent an hour or so enjoying this Canadian alpine beach....  


Another piece of the new trail....


July....


March....




This is one of my favourite Sea to Sky vistas....


More contrasting seasons....  




Not quite true same but an equally glorious view of Garibaldi Provincial park's Black Tusk....


Hello Whistler Blackcomb....


The only thing left to do was to drop into 1500m of sweet Canadian single-track....      



With an hour of sunlight left we stopped for a few pints and a swim at one of the many Whistler / Squamish beaches. Oh Canada!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Mountain Life Summer 2015....


This Spring I was approached by Mountain Life Magazine to contribute some local mountain bike photography and share some stories. These guys always do an amazing job of capturing what the Sea to Sky lifestyle truly is. I'm honored to have a couple of small pieces in the Summer 2015 issue!



             



Monday, June 22, 2015

Squamish Summer Solstice in Disneyland....




On the longest day of the year it seems fitting to tackle the longest ride in the Sea to Sky corridor. Brett and Juneau joined me to sample the alpine rock and loam on the airy Disneyland trail. This area is a special place and truly demonstrates how beautiful the coastal fiord of Howe Sound is. The forecast called for some hot temps but instead we experienced some dark high ceiling clouds with some rain showers. This made the 5 hour ascent much more manageable.                



We settled in on the long climb / hike a bike and Juneau came close to her first Grouse encounter.  


There were a few uphill riding sections....


But way more uphill pushing sections....


Brett just picked up a brand new 2015 Norco Range Carbon C7.2 from Republic Bicycles in Squamish. This was a pretty good first big ride!


We came across a tree that was a real Dick!   


And after a few hours the grade eased and views of Howe Sound far below started to open up....



We meandered around some pleasant alpine tarns... 





Midway through the ride the sky became angry and dropped some precip on us. This is typically a place you don't want to ride when wet....    



The rock features in the high alpine are spectacular in this place....



Far below in the small town of Squamish, many riders were just rolling in from the test of metal....  


The Sea to Sky Gondola looked pretty cute from here. If you look closely you can see it in the upper right hand corner....


Juneau was having the best day of her life!


The weather sorted itself out somewhat and we dropped in for a very long descent....


And steep.....


With my ongoing knee problem I installed a One Up Components 44T X-Cog. This thing was amazing and shifted buttery smooth. Highly recommended if you want to save some energy on the climb!  



Once we re-entered the forest we got loose in the loam....


And Juneau did her own version of loam hunting....

 
With more daylight left in the day Brett and I enjoyed a few pints poured from my Squamish pub and celebrated the epic ride. Brett gifted me this custom tap handle last week. Who knew he was an artist! Long live Long rides!