Video: December Loam

Mar 6, 2013 at 11:22
Mar 6, 2013
by Alex Savage  
 
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Living amidst the rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, a day with cloudy skies and fog so thick you can't see the house across the street isn't abnormal. When Jeremy called asking if I wanted to come out filming, I thought to myself, doesn't he know that it’s December? That it’s been snowing for two days and you can't see more than 15 feet in front of you? Do I really want to leave my warm house and haul 30 pounds of camera gear up and down the mountainside in these conditions? But I couldn't say no to Jeremy’s endless psych, and I knew that if he had something he wanted to film it would be special. I layered on thermal and rain gear in a haze that morning and hauled my equipment out the door to meet Jeremy and Pat.

As we drove up the old logging road to reach the trails Jeremy had been building, it looked pretty grim. I was thankful to be sitting in a typical oversized, big-tired Squamish truck, or else we wouldn't have been able to get through the densely packed snow. We parked precariously in a snow drift and ventured into the forest, which on the coast, with its heavy coatings of moss, soaring old growth trees, and twisting roots always appears enchanted. Opposed to the road, the ground was covered in only a faint layer of snow, the massive trees successful once again at keeping the nasty weather out of our playground. Psych was high. The boys were ready to start riding.

Jeremy had built several features on the mountainside in the fall and had hit all of them successfully but one. The infamous jump had punished him in November with a crash into a tree and a month of recovery. He told me that he’d save that one for the end of the day.


Squamish has been undergoing a big shift from a mining and logging town to an outdoor recreation hub. The lumber mills and mines have been closing down and in their place mountain bikers, skiers, and climbers have been moving in. Jeremy built this trail upon an abandoned mining zone. Their bikes roll past a moss covered mine cart and old mine entrance that appear camouflaged in the photos, slowly being swallowed up by the forest.


We spent the day filming and riding above and below the snow line, in and out of the rolling fog. Jeremy was right, this trail was something special, worth the cold, wet mountainside slog to capture on film.

And the fateful jump? Jeremy hit it, landing softly in that December Loam, narrowly threading the trees. We returned to our warm houses, happy and injury-free.

Video, photos, and words by Alex Savage. Visit our website at Savage Films.
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76 Comments

  • + 32
 Come on PB, what the f*ck are you playing at ? ... the new embedded player is absolutely sapping every last little bit of bandwidth !!

I can no longer watch vids so I might have to go elsewhere
  • + 19
 For those that are having technical problems with the PB player, you can also watch December Loam on vimeo: vimeo.com/61030845
  • + 1
 Thanks for that Alex, much appreciated but that doesn't sort out the rest of the abortion previously known as PB !!
  • + 13
 Why are people having problems watching videos.. I have not had any problems with any devices, even my cell phone plays them with no problems..
  • + 1
 Really sick vid... And I haven't had any problems with the video player.. Not sure what the problems could be.. To each is own.
  • + 3
 I think the video player works for most phones.. maybe this is their version of that "Pinkbike App" think everyone wants haha... but yeah, it blows on computers
  • + 3
 No problems on computers either, guess i am just lucky or others a need to upgrade and get rid of dial up.
  • - 3
 i think you are trying to play all these high deff videos on your calculators you call "computers"...welcome to the 21's century where computers got bad ass...
  • + 2
 Having issues playing vids? Stop using IE!
  • + 1
 I'm having problems watching it on my laptop using Firefox, but on my desktop I have no problems watching it using firefox.
  • + 1
 I look forward to seeing the vids pinkbike put on for us . Gutted I can no longer play them on my ipad. Come on pinkbike sort it out please
  • + 1
 I too am not having any problems. My guess is that those having the problems are suffering from old software or poor bandwidth; neither of which are a Pinkbike problem. Try updating all of your software; browser, OS, java and anything else. Or, just use Chrome - it works flawlessly.
  • + 1
 I have an I pad and it works fine , only vids that don't work with me are the ones that involve flash player
  • + 1
 Thanks guys it works now.
  • + 1
 I have a macbook/chrome and never had an issue. haven't tried my ipad.
  • + 1
 ^maybe because they fixed it like 3 days ago..
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  • + 14
 Beautiful area, the problem with skidding and carving all that loam up on a trail straight down is ….extreme water erosion next year you will be able to name it the rut bin. Excellent display/film on how not to build and ride trails in the PNW. thanks for that
  • + 4
 ^^AMEN^^

sustainable trail building and riding just ain't cool enough for a lot of rad hardcore "builder"/riders out there...
  • - 7
 Don't be bitching and whining cause you don't know where that trail is and don't have the skill to ride it. Stick to CBC and fawk off. Trail looks sick and nothing beats a fresh steep loan trail
  • + 3
 Totally agree andrew , for me riding down a fresh loamy , natural track is one of the greatest feelings in mountain biking... Me and my riding mates have made dozens of tracks like this , most of them you only hit a few times a year and they recover nearly fully in that amount of time. I understand that in a high traffic area this could make a some ruts but by the time it's been logged the last thing you will notice is a 4 inch rut made by bicycles.
  • + 3
 Dont you just hate people who use the word loam! ya dude those trails were loaming hard today broby. Sustainable trails??? tree huggers get the hell outta here. Coming thru with brakes on jackin and spraying roost in your face. Its called trail maintenance. They should have built that mine shaft into a drop off. Then you could have called the movie Shaft- he's a bad motha shut up about loam. Pinky player no good on any device. Oh my devices are going crazy help meeeeeeee
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  • + 10
 Squamish is an amazing place to ride. I am always stoked to see a new trail. The loamers in this vid look spectacular. The pan down the steep realey captured the level of skill involved in comiting to that trail.
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  • + 11
 Squamish is one of he best places to ride in all of BC! I do not know why they even have to say "Squamish does not suck.." I thought that was implied!
  • + 3
 Yeah, Squamish is sick! Can't wait for the summer!!
  • + 4
 just keep it quiet please, we do not need a "seymore, frome" repeat of trail "wanabegoodydobuilderf*ckers" to ride there and decide to pave it all for the good of the riding cause. shhhhhhhhhhhush. No there is no good riding there!.
  • + 2
 I agree Squamish suck.... you guys go on the shore , So I can ride relax in the week end
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  • + 10
 New PB video player! Looking good. Stepping it up! Just wish I could fav vids that come from Youtube or Vimeo...
  • + 22
 I find that the new video player kills framerate, especially in HD, across all of my devices.
  • + 8
 New player sucks. You have to wonder why they changed it, what was wrong with the old one?
  • + 7
 yaa the old one was just fine and i think less people had problems with it.
  • + 9
 don't fix anything, unless it's broke
  • + 1
 actually i can now watch hd smoothly on my computer with the new video player
  • + 5
 your a lucky one.
  • + 3
 Great video! My frame-rate is terrible on my computer in HD or in fullscreen with the new player. PB, this needs fixing ASAP.
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  • + 3
 This is an honest question. Why should we, the mountain biking community, not be concerned about trails like the one shown in this video. This trail appears to be primarily a fall line trail with a very loose surface. It appears that this trail will create an erosion problem for the trail surface and put a lot of sediment in the nearby streams. This does not appear to have the low environmental impact we like to sell to land managers and the public. Please point out what I am missing.
  • + 8
 This trail is an area slated for logging in the near future. Once the trees are cut, and machinery drives all over the terrain tearing apart the hillside, the impact of one strip of trail is the least of our concerns regarding erosion and environmental impact. I understand your point on a larger scale, and do agree in principal if unsustainable trails are built in fragile ecological areas. I also want to point out that much thought was put into where this fun fall line trail was built. Due to logistics of the trails location, it will not receive a high volume of traffic which really helps keep it loamy for those who ride it, while mitigating excess erosion.
  • + 1
 I understand. Thanks for the information.
  • + 1
 Thanks for the details Kootenay
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  • + 4
 Oh snap. Alex Savage youre the man. I loved Western Gold, any full feature riding film coming soon? Keep crushing, youre an inspiration. Boulder and ride bikes, thats pretty much as boss as you can get Salute
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  • + 3
 This is the first time it has worked on chrome for me. I thought Pinkbike and me were over. I love you Pinkbike, never leave me :-)
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  • + 1
 It hurts to say this.... but, I got all pumped when I saw the photos, then, nothing looks like it in the video.
I can't find those same angles in the video, its a shame, those were probably the best angles you could of shot from but no moving images from it. GREAT PHOTOS anyways, i am not beign sarcastic, I love em!
I will give you the benefit of the doubt that the shots went missing or something.
2:00 is a beautiful picture ill give you that one!
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  • + 6
 Love natural trials
  • + 3
 Agreed - make em steep and hard to find!
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  • + 4
 is their any way i can make the new PB vids work on google chrome? HELP!!!!
  • + 4
 I'm using chrome and the vid works on my computer... Cool vid.
  • + 3
 I haven't had a single problem with the new player. Running Chrome on Windows 7,
  • + 3
 seems lagy and buggy to me, half the time the sound is super choppy
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  • + 2
 great video with the audio off and my eyes closed, but thanks for wreaking the trails and filming it! things like this ruin the internet!
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  • + 3
 Go back to flash so I can actually watch these amazing videos... sublime video/HTML5 sucks, click play and nothing happens
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  • + 3
 Video player doesn't work in the latest version of Chrome. Was there an "upgrade" to the player? If so, please go back!
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  • + 2
 So happy I decided to move to squawesome this year. Looks exactly like my ride this morning! I can't wait for summer so more trails will be free from the snow.
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  • + 2
 Help PB!!! I can't get the new video format working on Google Chrome... what gives?
  • + 1
 google sucks all they do is track and record your browsing interests so they can sell your information to advertisers who doest know this
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  • + 1
 Oh shoot, after watching Dean Tennant's Higher Calling video I wasn't really impressed with this one.
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  • + 1
 Amazing trails, awesome forest, atmospheric weather and not a spot of mud on bike or rider!
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  • + 1
 Video's like this make me wanna ride. Even an old guy like me really dig trails like these. I'm goin ridin
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  • + 3
 Squamish rockss!!
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  • + 3
 Wicked vid Squamish #1
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  • + 1
 Brown pow is the best thing ever. I want it on my trails so much.
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  • + 0
 props on the video too bad it's being used as a vehicle to bitch about google chrome - the noob browser PS junip is great
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  • + 1
 That's the good dirt!! PacNW!
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  • + 1
 Into the faves bin in the first 15 seconds!
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  • + 0
 Very well made.... Nice work guys as the vid had emotion to it. More vids like this! Smile
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  • + 1
 How do I get work done now that I watched this....
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  • + 1
 New player not working. ..galaxy3s
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  • + 1
 Ah... Junip-Line of fire.. said it at the end of the video....
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