Crankworx Day One - The Local's Scene.

Aug 10, 2013
by Margus Riga  
While Crankworx comes alive in Whistler Village, it's business as usual for many of the people that call Whistler home. I was lucky enough to tag along with the Chromag crew on their Friday shop ride. This week's mission: Black Tusk.

Chromag Whistler headquarters.
  Chromag Whistler headquarters.

Duncan Riffle and Curtis Keene popped by to say hi before a day of Enduro training.
  Duncan Riffle and Curtis Keene, popped by to say hi before a day of Enduro training.



Mid-climb break. Four hours in three to go to the top. Not your average approach.
  Mid-climb break. Four hours in, three to go to the top. Not your average approach.

Hike-a-bike on the way to the Tusk.
  Hike-a-bike on the way to the Tusk.

Insignificance under the Black Tusk.
  Insignificance under the Black Tusk.

On route to the Tusk.
  On route to the Tusk.

The jagged shape of the Black Tusk mountain and its black colouring are said to come from the Thunderbird s lightning.
  The jagged shape of the Black Tusk mountain and its black colouring are said to come from the Thunderbird's lightning.

Retreating snow pack at the base of the Tusk.
  Retreating snow pack at the base of the Tusk.

The hike up to the top of the Tusk is a slightly unnerving experience. With so much loose volcanic rock every move can be
  The hike up to the top of the Tusk is a slightly unnerving experience. With so much loose volcanic rock, every move can be your last.

The final approach to the top of the Tusk. Exposed.
  The final approach to the top of the Tusk. Exposed.

Hiking up the lava dome that is Black Tusk.
  Hiking up the lava dome that is Black Tusk.

The real Top of the World.
  The real Top of the World.

Castle Towers mountain.
  Castle Towers mountain.

The Black Tusk.
  The Black Tusk.

Garibaldi Lake. Go there.
  Garibaldi Lake. Go there.

Alpine lunch spot.
  Alpine lunch spot.


Logger s Lake trails.
  Logger's Lake trails.

Thanks for the ride Kevin.
  Thanks for the ride Kevin.


After ride decompression.
  After ride decompression.


*Please Note* - Riding in the Garibaldi Park is not allowed and this climb was accessed via the service road from the Northwest side.

Stay tuned for more adventures all week with Margus Riga.

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22 Comments

  • 15 1
 old school riders.. old skoo riding.. Chromag knows which way is up...Way up... A+ fella's!
  • 12 1
 Not sure if tan line, or just dirt from the ride... -.-
  • 11 1
 Not sure if it is legal to post gettting that high...
  • 9 1
 Riga always laying down great images and a storyline that's worth following.
  • 11 2
 There you go bike park whores - suck on that
  • 4 1
 Whistler is pretty awesome but if you are going to spend more then several weeks in the area Squamish is where its at!
  • 3 2
 I'm looking forward to riding @ Whistler some day soon. The trails look spectacular we need more bike parks in California. Canadians are so lucky!
  • 3 2
 Come to mammoth
  • 5 1
 That far from the circus that is Whistler bike park.
  • 5 4
 Mammoth isn't anywhere near whistler, but mammy and northstar are really bringing their bike parks up to speed. I'll be riding both here at the end of the month.
  • 1 0
 Go to snow summit in big bear
  • 1 0
 pretty much, if you want to ride come to the west coast!
  • 2 2
 Been there! The most beautiful place I have ever been! Wish I coulda taken my bike, would have been even more epic than just hiking!
  • 3 1
 Crazy bastards. Epic.
  • 1 0
 That green and red enduro 0_0
  • 1 2
 Nice I always said that if i had the means to do a trip at whistler, I would rather go to a mtb town and ride local trails then ride a park.
  • 1 0
 Very nice photos, thx for sharing
  • 1 1
 Is that what they call an epic ride?? Haha... Insane run!!
  • 1 0
 Great images, Marcus!
  • 1 0
 epic!
  • 1 0
 Riga number one...
  • 1 3
 I want a loop de loop for the slope style please

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