Video: Slashes

Dec 20, 2012 at 0:01
Dec 20, 2012
by Nathaniel Wynans  
 
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On February 24, I decided to go out for a ride. It was a normal fall day, rainy, cold, but nothing out of the ordinary. But what I found on that ride would take me on a new adventure, and would totally change the environment around me.

I decided I would go ride the "Comeback". It's steep, fast, and makes you earn your descent with a good climb at the beginning. But as I turned onto the trail head, I saw a sign that stopped me in my tracks. It read "Warning! No access permitted between 7 AM and 5 PM. Road building in progress" I got a big lump in my stomach. I knew what this meant. Loggers were coming. I immediately forced my pedals down, racing up past the sign, ignoring the warnings, and my bikes cries of pain as I mercilessly drove the pedals around and around. I found warning tape across the trail, warning me to go no farther. I quickly ducked under it, and 50 feet later, I came upon utter destruction. What had once been a small, single track climb, surrounded by tall fir trees, was now a pile of stumps, smashed trees, loose sticks, and over turned dirt, covered in machine tracks. It made my heart hurt. I layed down my bike at the edge of the road to be and carefully stepped through the maze of stumps and sticks, and surveyed the damage. Gone was the dark, tight, singletrack, surrounded by trees at least five times my age. Now there was nothing, but a graveyard - where beauty once stood was now a wreck. It made my heart sink, not for the trees that had been destroyed, but for the many more that would be taken and the trails that would be lost. But then my creative juices started flowing. "Why not show this to the world?" I thought? "Expose everyday people to what riders experience." Rushing back to my bike, I rushed home, grabbed my camera, and returned to the site of the damage. My mind was coming up with new ideas, new angles, new words, a story to tell. I spent the next few nights brainstorming, writing, and editing. Over time, I gathered footage, interviews, time-lapses, and edited it all into my final product: Slashes. I never could have guessed how much work this 15-minute short film would take, but it is finally ready. So sit back, turn up the volume, hit full screen, and watch my creation in HD. I hope you have as much fun watching it as I did making it.
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85 Comments

  • + 45
 That's the best short film I've ever seen on pinkbike. Real riders, great filming, great content. Thanks for making my day! VOY
  • + 34
 The hard-tail section is so good, absolutely loved it!!!
  • + 15
 Yeh, hardtail section was ace. Can always use more of that.
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 Really enjoyed the way it was put together and that it focused on overcoming adversity through building or resurrecting the trail. Really great job guys!
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 Could you tell me how you did those cable cam shots? They looked awesome. And a fantastic vid by the way.
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 Ill put up some pictures on my profile, thanks!
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 Awesome video. Logging is a vicious cycle. We need the jobs that it produces . Im a carpenter it's how I make my living using wood from logging. I also ride my bike everyday in the woods and pay fees to clubs to maintain our trails and participate when I can in clean ups and building. I use the money I make from construction to pay for my bike,lift tickets and so on. I love the environment and support it in everyday possible.logging is a nessecary evil. I hope I speak for many others who depend on the wood industry to take care of our family's and put the money back into the mtb world.
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 This is brutal! Every DH trail we ride in the kootenays is accessed from a Forest Road. In BC they are not "fire roads". They are logging roads. Roads that were built to harvest the the trees. Without the harvest there is no roads! So your trail got logged - rebuild it. Many of our favourite trails here have no legal right to be there. I have seen bilke trails cause envirnmental damage from water diversion, sedimentation, erosion - not to mention litter!

LEt's be realistic. It is a working forest. Let's recreate in it, work in it and enjoy all of it's life cycles. As a forest professional, I can assure you that much more thought to the ecosystem goes into every cutblock than will ever go into planning a recreation trail.
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 This has happened multiple times to me in PA and NY. Some trails get rebuilt and some just are forgotten about. So heart breaking when you come across "Where the trail ends. . . ", and not like the recent kick ass movie. Ride to live, and live to ride. Great film, you guys rock!!
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 I love the fact that every one got stuck in to build and ride. Where I live you build the FCC knock it down and the younger generation can't be bothered to re-build. But once you re-build they are quick to ride it again.
  • + 7
 Our trails just got logged and theres just 5 young folk and no powertools trying to rebuild.... it just aint happening... Dead Horse
  • + 12
 Well im not the one to say, but shouldn't you be out helping instead of criticizing?
  • + 1
 i'm one of the 5 young folk who actually builds stuff Smile
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 Glad everyones enjoying the video! If you could all head over to vimeo.com/55185000 and please vote for me in FilmCAN 2012 by "liking" the trailer you find there I would be so stoked. Thanks everyone!!
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 Hmmm here in Canada we have trails built and maintained on conservation land. So although we pay a small fee to maintain them and are not allowed to build on this land. The parks themselves are building and adding every season. And never will b any logging! We also have private land owners who build on there land and charge a small fee to ride. Most of us in the city need travel at least 30 km before we would ever find a untouched area to build our own trails so I find riding the well built and maintained conservation area works best. We do build small hidden features in the city's forestry however these are usually found and destroyed due to liability issues.. Loved the video all the best with your building....and shredding..
  • + 1
 Not exactly true. Maybe where you are from but I think that is the exception not the rule. Unless you are talking about commercial bike parks and that is completely different than what is in this video and every country has them,
  • + 1
 So the situation is the same in Tuktoyaktuk?
  • + 2
 Thanks guys. I'm Canadian too, most of our trails are built on crown land or land owned by island timberlands (logging company)
  • + 1
 Is completely true I live in the Gta area in Ontario and I am surrounded by conservation areas that all have dh ,single track ,features built for free riding. All built and owned and maintained by the government. We are charged a 100 fee for the season and can go as often as we like...
  • + 1
 that isnt Canada.. that is just your area. $100 seems fair to me ...
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 I like what the guy @ 2:19 has to say about the clear cut! Their more than just destroying trails they destroy ecosystems as well!
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 Been lucky in our neck of the woods, the logging companies and our trails association (BORCA) have an agreement set out to keep the singletrack clear of debris ---- a fantastic shared-use relationship.
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 U guys are hella luck that u have loggers. Here in Marin county we have rangers that bitch at. And stupid horse people who trample on ur bike. I wish my riding life is as easy as urs is
  • + 1
 it is not that easy to live here in b.c., i don't think the rangers destroy your trails, and we have stupid horse people too! dut what is worse than horses trampling trails, is horses pooping on trails. Its horrible when your pinning down the fastest trail and then you either have to run your bike into the bush, bunny-hop and hope you make it, or get covered in it.
  • + 1
 Haha i feel you bro ive had a mouth full of horse crap before many times
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 This is a good representation of MTB life on the Island. North to South we MTBer's all face these issues, challenges and rewards. Great edit guys. Van-Isle REPRESENT!!!
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  • + 2
 Great film! Makes me want to make a short about my local spots and riding community.
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  • + 2
 I don't really have to deal with logging issues in my area so I can't really relate, the worst we get is storm damage.
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  • + 2
 Good video and amazing narration. I think we have the next Morgan Freeman here
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  • + 3
 Where is it Fall in February?
  • + 2
 That would be Port Alberni, where it rains all the time.
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 Are you kidding me? if logging and development continue, one day, our world will be forrestless. Maybe not in your, or your childrens lifetime, but one day inevitably. Don't give in, fight that bull.
and terrible riding.
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  • + 3
 great job nathaniel again .. gotta love port alberni ..
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  • + 2
 Good job, Nice to finally see it Smile
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 Its a shame. People really have no idea how important trees are.
  • + 11
 Ya as a renewable resource
  • + 2
 Oooh... There is way more to them than just that. And I ain`t no crazy treehugger (except when things get too wild on the trail). Dope vid! I like it how you show everything that was going on. When things work out and when they don`t. Respect!
  • + 6
 Yes, trees are important as a renewable resource, no question there. However, they are also important as living organisms in their ecosystem. Providing soil stability, carbon sequestration, shade for streams and headwaters and several other crucial functions as well. The practice of clear cutting and mono cropping makes for poor soil quality and leads to erosion, sometimes of whole hillsides. Logging should be done selectively, never completely clearing a whole slope. This would leave better quality soil, trees and, perhaps most importantly for us, trails!
  • + 3
 Trees are important to everyone, but commercial logging in a sustainable way (assuming that's whats happening here) is much better than destroying ancient rainforest. It's just a shame that they destroy great riding spots.
  • + 3
 Even 'selective' logging will involve machines and lots of trail loss. In the UK the Forestry Commission are looking to convert 60% of their forests to 'low impact silvicultural systems'. This is pretty much any system that's not clear fell. It's hard to make money out of timber forestry in this country so we import over 80% of it, so it's easier for us just to manage it for other uses rather than just timber. The only reason they are going for LISS is because 4 dog walkers complain every time there is a clear fell though. I'd imagine clear felling is the only way to sustain commercial forestry but it could be done with a more environmental conscience. It'll all be replanted anyway
  • + 3
 Better to log one clearcut in a carefully selected spot than to fragment the landscape with multiple small cutblocks.
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 Hardly a carefully selected spot. And it's the clear cuts that fragment the landscape.
  • + 2
 Fragmentation refers to small cutblocks scattered throughout the landbase. This disrupts animal corridors much more than one large cutblock in an area free of these corridors.
  • + 1
 Renewable resource maybe. But the forest shown, im sure was home to many organisms who are now probably dead...
  • + 1
 You would probably be dead too if you didn't have a house built out of wood...
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 Yeah. A house made out of wood from tree farms. This isn't a tree farm. Its an ecosystem which is now rendered destroyed for about fifty years until nature takes over.
  • + 1
 Tree farms are 1000x worse for the environment than logging. Monocultures are not the way to go
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 In Canada you log approximately 1% of your natural forest per year. You're far better off having the loggers building roads in so you guys can access the forests than not. In the UK all our forests are managed very closely in comparison to Canada, we can get away building trails in woodlands that might last between thinning intervals but unless they are made official they all, sooner or later, disappear. Also, in my experience, plantation forestry is great for trails because there are fewer dog walkers and less attention from the owners until operation time, our native broadleaf woodlands are more 'precious' to people
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 way to go nathan i like your vid and i am happy to say i miss those trails i will be back to shred in a few months
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 "On February 24, I decided to go out for a ride. It was a normal fall day," isn't February technically winter?
  • + 1
 Technically, but it always seems like fall here haha.
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  • + 1
 Great job with that video! We had hurricane Sandy drop massive trees on our trails this year, but nothing like logging.
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 HAHAHA such a cool honest film Smile
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 sure wish i could build in winter. here i've got knee deep snow.
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 YES CORTLAND!!!!
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 Awesome vid Nate, can't wait to see the next one!
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 those trails look amazing!
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 February 24th! Thats my Birthday!
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 What country is this? US?
  • + 0
 Canada. Looks like duncan bc area.
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 BC, Port Alberni...
  • + 1
 Oliver's section was on Tzou in Duncan , BC
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 wow....really a great work..
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 Logging is the worst. Some loggers recently destroyed my local trails. Its tuff to rebuild when other people are swell where you wanted to and they are building to a low standard
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  • + 1
 Brilliant video! Brilliantly made! Well done
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 Turned out awesome bro! Cant wait for the next one!!
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 Good short, Hardtail section was quality!!
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 Wheres all the luckys at!?
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 What kind of camera did you use?
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 Canon t2i with Canon 50mm f.18, Canon 18-55 f3.5-5.6, sigma 50-200 f4-5.6, and a tamron 24-70 f2.8
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 F*cking loggers, every time I take a ride round my local I find another once beautiful spot trashed by them... Makes me sick seeing our world being slowly destroyed
  • + 6
 that's a very short sighted view, nearly all trails in the UK are on forestry commission land, they are not natural woods they are artificial forests put there to make money. with the current claim culture that plagues our country the FC have to knock down some trail features to stop idiots injuring themselves and then trying to sue because they did it on FC land. at one of my local forests for example any jumps or trail features have to be rollable, if they are they stay, if not the FC knocks them down.
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 ^What he said. That and they aren't just 'loggers' in this country. It's management.
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 Most excellent video!
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 Winter...is....
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 Great video loved it.
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 what is the music?
  • + 1
 Finish the video all the way through it tells you in the credits.
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 The first song is Shake it Out by florence and the machine, no idea what the second one is and third one is little talks by of monsters and men
  • + 1
 woops didnt read that comment ^^
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