Pemberton, BC as we know it now is a town based on another town and has remained a very isolated valley until the highway to Whistler was paved in the 70’s. Due to this remoteness, locals would sometimes spend vacations close by in the alpine at the Tenquille lakes' cabin. When it came time to film in the days of Fall for ArtBarn’s upcoming film "You Like This", Tenquille stood out to me amongst the rest of Pemberton’s offerings.
Originally a pack horse trail for miners to access the alpine mountains in search of their trade, it remains one of the oldest routes in the Pemberton Valley. Left over is an old hut that had been retrofitted for small family outings. These days are long since gone as the cabin is in serious disrepair, but the trail below the lake remains among this unforgiving landscape.
After a long shuttle it’s time to begin climbing the roughly 900m of elevation gain during the multi hour hike & bike. Here you have a choice of entering the trail or continuing down into the bowl and onto Tenquille Lake. After hiking back to the ridge above the hut, you will enjoy a solid forty minute descent down one of the best, beat in horse trails I’ve yet to ride.
This area is a prime example of nature’s destruction and regeneration as in July of 2009, the Camel's Back sympathetically burned alongside Copperdome Mountain above the Pemberton valley. With this fire directly threatening the meadows, firefighters used the 90 year old pack trail to Tenquille for access into the fires. They left the trail in far better shape than before establishing an even faster rip than the old bush whacking shred it once was.
I’ve known Kevin Landry for several years, but only had the opportunity to work with Taylor Loughran late in 2010. Since few trails epitomize the type of riding I enjoy most, I choose to film on the old horse trail that leads down from Tenquille Lake. I cherish any time I am able to spend in this mountain range. While it is usually a blazingly quick shred down to the valley it was nice to get the chance to really know the trail on our hikes up to film.
Without a doubt, I am looking forward to working with Art Barn again in the future and I hope you enjoy what our effort produced over the Fall of 2010.
-Dan SkoglandYou Like This - Facebook Page ARTBARN Vimeo channel www.artbarnproductions.blogspot.com