The Deliverance - One week in the Oregon backwoods - Part 4

Feb 26, 2010
by Margus Riga  
This morning was what we had been waiting for. It was the payoff for hanging out in a zone for a week. It was the light at the end of the tunnel. It was sunny and it was foggy, and it was on.

View part 4 of 4 inside,Incase you've missed any of the story so far, check out Part 1 here.

Part 2 Here.

Part 3 Here.



This was the Oregon we pictured in our minds. Mossy, mangled trees, greenery spurting out every nook and cranny, and a fog covering everything in a blanket of mystery.
This was the Oregon we pictured in our minds. Mossy, mangled trees, greenery spurting out every nook and cranny, and a fog covering everything in a blanket of mystery.

Jeesus is my homeboy.
Jeesus is my homeboy.

We were like a bunch of kids in a candy store. It was almost too much stimulation. Everywhere we looked, there was another epic shot, another hit, another piece of perfectly lit up trail.
We were like a bunch of kids in a candy store. It was almost too much stimulation. Everywhere we looked, there was another epic shot, another hit, another piece of perfectly lit up trail.

To our complete and utter disbelief the fog was not burning off, like it usually does. And thankfully the riders found the perfect trail for shooting. There was a bit of everything on it. High speed DH sections, ladders, loam, and sick angles for shooting. I think the name of it was Granny's Kitchen.
To our complete and utter disbelief the fog was not burning off, like it usually does. And thankfully the riders found the perfect trail for shooting. There was a bit of everything on it. High speed DH sections, ladders, loam, and sick angles for shooting. I think the name of it was Granny's Kitchen.

Both Curtis and Alan race the DH circuit, and they were just loving the fact that we wanted them to go as fast as they could, following each other as close as they could.
Both Curtis and Alan race the DH circuit, and they were just loving the fact that we wanted them to go as fast as they could, following each other as close as they could.

Alan not even waiting until the dirt had settled to slash this berm.
Alan not even waiting until the dirt had settled to slash this berm.

Check out the death grip on Alan. No fingers on the brakes. That means there's only one thing on his mind: SPEED.
Check out the death grip on Alan. No fingers on the brakes. That means there's only one thing on his mind: SPEED.

Holy shit. What a morning. Time to pound back some food, wash the bikes and get ready for the afternoon session.
Holy shit. What a morning. Time to pound back some food, wash the bikes and get ready for the afternoon session.

With so many shots in the bag from the morning, I had no issues taking some behind the scenes shots of Ambrose working the cable cam. This ain't easy. It took almost three hours to set up this difficult cable shot, which will likely equate to about ten seconds of usable footage.
With so many shots in the bag from the morning, I had no issues taking some behind the scenes shots of Ambrose working the cable cam. This ain't easy. It took almost three hours to set up this difficult cable shot, which will likely equate to about ten seconds of usable footage.

After the cable shot, we had time to session one more section. So it was right back to the top.
After the cable shot, we had time to session one more section. So it was right back to the top.

No Dakine tailgate jewelery for us.
No Dakine tailgate jewelery for us.

Alan and Curtis were just killing this section. They came at me so fast, I had to pull the trigger and immediately throw myself off the trail every time they passed.
Alan and Curtis were just killing this section. They came at me so fast, I had to pull the trigger and immediately throw myself off the trail every time they passed.

Last shot of the day.
Last shot of the day.

Thanks for all the hard work boys. Both Curtis and Alan hiked about 4500ft on this day, to hit lines for our camera again and again. To put that into perspective, Brown mountain and the Black Rock trails are 1500ft high.
Thanks for all the hard work boys. Both Curtis and Alan hiked about 4500ft on this day, to hit lines for our camera again and again. To put that into perspective, Brown mountain and the Black Rock trails are 1500ft high.

Reflecting and relaxing from an epic day.
Reflecting and relaxing from an epic day.

The next morning consisted of a couple of helmet cam shots and some video filler to close up the story. This was the last riding shot of the trip, taken in the first light of the day.
The next morning consisted of a couple of helmet cam shots and some video filler to close up the story. This was the last riding shot of the trip, taken in the first light of the day.

Black Rock is one of those mystical places that shines all on its own. Riding here is like being in a bubble. <br> There's no-one else around but other riders, and nothing but bike trails, with no hint of the outside <br> world to interfere with the lone purpose of this place: killer riding.
Black Rock is one of those mystical places that shines all on its own. Riding here is like being in a bubble.
There's no-one else around but other riders, and nothing but bike trails, with no hint of the outside
world to interfere with the lone purpose of this place: killer riding.

And yes, there are skinnies here too.
And yes, there are skinnies here too.

With all the stories of crazy rednecks, the locals that ride here are truthfully the nicest, most helpful, bunch of stoked dudes anywhere. Thanks to all the locals we met for letting us taste the goodness.
With all the stories of crazy rednecks, the locals that ride here are truthfully the nicest, most helpful, bunch of stoked dudes anywhere. Thanks to all the locals we met for letting us taste the goodness.

Though Black Rock rocks, I wouldn't suggest straying far from the safe confines of Brown mountain, because from what we could tell, every single residence surrounding the area is of the
Though Black Rock rocks, I wouldn't suggest straying far from the safe confines of Brown mountain, because from what we could tell, every single residence surrounding the area is of the "Homestead" status. That is it must have a beat up vehicle decomposing in the front yard, the yard shall have various pieces of busted furniture, industrial machinery and you name it strewed about in no particular order, and the dwelling shall be made of various pieces of wood, tin and stuff.

The town of Falls City in all it's heavenly glory.
The town of Falls City in all it's heavenly glory.

"What, you want us to come inside for some tea...aaah, no thanks, I think we'll just be making our way back home."

This concludes part 4 of 4, we hope you enjoyed our trip. Check out BRMBA to learn more about their amazing riding area.


56 Comments

  • + 7
 you guys are amazing photographers. Any way to find some of these shots in a larger format? say for me background?
  • + 1
 I'm wondering too!
  • + 1
 I could use a new background at work also! Those shots are epic.
  • + 1
 ha.i was just wondering the same thing
  • + 1
 what kind of camera gear do you use? just curious.
  • + 2
 Hey Margus,
Good Article, and some great shots, glad you guys had a good time out on the trails, some good stories are always to be had when ripping up the Black Rock Trails (ever get the chance ask Romanuik about his Boondocks story when the boys of DropIn came through)!
Got to say though as you mention at just about the end of the series the Falls City Residences really have stepped up to support the trails and trails builders. You won't find a friendlier crew then everyone there at Home Town Grocery there in Falls City; Nils supports the trail builders and volunteers, fixing up lunches on some of our organized work days to making sure the store is stocked with your favorite energy drink.
People sometimes think Black Rock is this mythical place but really it's just a group of riders that love providing the best trails we can!
So as you head through Dallas and Falls City be sure to waive at those locals, they help us keep the trails open for all of us : )
Rich - BRMBA President
  • + 1
 Rich - thanks for pointing out that Fall City is actually pretty great.
I've only been riding a short while - and its all been at Black Rock.
The folks in Fall City never make me feel like I'm invading their home turf and are always pretty damn friendly to a bunch of outsiders.
Thanks for all the work & amazing trails - see you at the next BRMBA trail building day.
March 14th for all those close enough to make it!
  • + 2
 Ambrose, these shots are so fresh and different than any other shots i've seen of our zone. I really like the tree shots, the forest floor looks like a blanket. The shot of the roost really encompasses winter riding in western Oregon. Nice Work.
  • + 1
 Ambrose was on video (still to come in a month or so), while this write up and the pics were all taken by Margus Riga. Both very talented professionals.
  • + 2
 By far the best photos and riding on pinkbike. You guys truly bring to life the soul meaning to ride in an element that is soo sick. Stuck in snow and cold a$$ weather and these photos just brought me back to life, Big up to knolly riders and those sweet bikes!!
  • + 5
 episode with the best pictures! unreal
  • + 1
 agree, absolutely love that photo session
  • + 3
 Wow. Those photos are astounding. Those bikes are sick. It's amazing to find such ridiculous riding in the middle of nowhere.
  • + 1
 lol... that stuff about the crazies at the end, reminded me of the movie, the book of eli. especially the way the pictures have been processed. all in all, awesome photos, I wish there was more trails like that around here.
  • + 2
 last shot: if you look closely in the background of the supplies they were trying to take, there was a "for sale, not theft sign".
  • + 1
 falls city is such a dive... anyone who come to ride and stops at the store gets the "good ol' family discount"... but that town could be 10x worse and i would still go back almost evey week to ride...
  • + 4
 Fortunately, that "nowhere" is only 70 miles from Portland!! Salute
  • + 3
 Wow, forget the words.... Those pictures are surreal! I would love to have been there to shoot along side you guys! Stunning!
  • + 4
 i'm moving to portland
  • + 1
 i think this pretty much makes the best series I have seen on PB. these shots made my day and made we want to go ride. trouble is, our winter is not that mild...
  • - 1
 i like the fact that there is some some exposure for what have here. but ladies and gentleman i am very upset that all the photos here are without color or depth. the land here is green and brown, the sun is yellow and im sure that everyones pale skin doesnt look grey when i look at it. canadas north shore and englands dh runs have color in the photos. just appreciate a little more artistic capability representing where i was born and raised. not a f-n nuclear fallout.
  • + 1
 cool story bro
  • + 1
 Great shots Margus...when I lived in Oregon, we called the junk piles in people's front yards "folk gardens." Tho I must say I've seen my fair share in BC too!
  • + 1
 I must admit that this photos are really fabulous. Can somebody tell what kin of camera was used to make this photos?

(sorry for my English... I'm from Slovenia)
  • + 2
 I still think BlackRock didnt get the showcase it needs. That mountain has SO MUCH MORE then what they showed.
  • + 0
 They've shot a video too they won't show the best parts in a press release......
  • + 1
 Where can I find the full feature?
  • + 1
 What full feature are you asking about? Story - all 4 parts are here. If you are looking for a video, there is not one in any articles, but will be one that is released for the web in a month or two.
  • + 1
 The video is what I was alluding to...
  • + 0
 once again sick write up and the pictures are fucking awsome!, i just wish that you guys took a video camera, it would have looked sick!
  • + 3
 Not to worry there is video of it but you got to wait a bit. It will be worth it though.
  • + 1
 Can't wait for that! Thanks for coming back to Black Rock.
  • + 0
 swwet, im not bothered about the wait, i know it will be worth it Smile
  • + 2
 This whole series has kind of a "Blair Witch" theme going on.. I like it!
  • + 2
 This is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo sick! Everything here is POD! Smile
  • + 1
 Absolutely breathtaking. I'd say this one post has about 3 of my top ten fav pics of the year.
  • + 1
 Love the shots. Black rock is so sick. these pictures are unlike any other pics that show case BR.
  • + 1
 Awsome story, with great pics. Would love to ride this place! Looks sick! Get me out of OZ!
  • + 1
 Black and white in the forest is difficult to pull off but you guys nailed it this time! Keep up the good work!
  • + 1
 These articles make me feel very priveleged to have learned everything i know how to do on a mountain bike at black rock!
  • + 1
 The best photos I've seen yet! all PODs
  • + 1
 great series and amazing photographs. thanks for sharing. cheers
  • + 1
 Amazing photography, hope to see more.
  • + 1
 this is tight. i love your photos.
  • + 1
 wow! simply amazing, such good pictures!
  • + 1
 Excellent photos...great photo blog!!!
  • + 1
 I can hear the banjo's in Falls City now........
  • + 1
 Nice Curtis...Jesus Indeed. Keep sherdding
  • + 1
 mad props to the photographer Wink sweeeet pictures
  • + 1
 great shots, looks like a sweet place to session !!
  • + 1
 Photos are sick, but there's should be movie even not professional.
  • + 1
 sick photos in all parts. i want moreee...
  • + 1
 pods all over it
  • + 1
 Ihanata!!
  • + 1
 One word: AMAZING!!!!
  • + 1
 awesome pics

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