Video: Fresh From the 'Barn - Kevin Landry in Squamish

Aug 6, 2013
by artbarn  
The Death of Adventure, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Strava:

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  -Squamish B.C.

Several years ago, when mountain biking was slightly more fringe, there were certain trails that were steeped in lore. You’d hear whispers about ‘such and such’ hitting that new gap or ‘what’s his name’ greasing the new rock roll or ‘that guy’ airing to flat because he overshot the transition. You would ask around trying to find directions, ‘what road is that up?’ ‘What drainage is that in?’ These questions were usually answered by blank looks and hesitant mumbles. Every once in a while photos from these trails would surface, or segments would be seen in a video. These little snippets and blips would only provide fuel for the proverbial fire, inspiring people to find and ride these trails. This was part of the adventure of mountain biking, and you were fine with failure… at least you knew where not to look next time. You found these trails with loose directions, trying to interpret the land thinking, ‘Where would I put the trail if I was building it?’

  -Landry 'swiss carrying' up a rock line

If you have spent anytime in Whistler you have met and ridden with Len Hornridge, or you may have heard of Lenco, his stud mechanic alter ego who has wrenched for Stevie Smith and the Devinci WC crew. No doubt you have seen his follow-cam work, chasing Richie Schley in the early New World Disorder films. Len’s trail philosophy is pure.

bigquotesTrails find you when you're ready - Len Hornridge

-this is what happens when people find trails before they are ready...
  -this is what happens when people find trails before they are ready...

This statement, however eloquent and simple has a much deeper underlying theme. It is about community, with the amount of time, blood, sweat and tears that go into building a trail, not every rider should get the privilege of riding it. To be able to ride these trails you had to build relationships with the builders, or their close friends… you had to join their community. Maybe you just had to ride with them for a while until they showed you their trail, maybe you had to move some buckets of dirt, or trade directions to your own trail. Or inversely, you may never have found it, a real secret trail that the builders never intended to share outside their group. Maybe it was just whispers of a trail you heard, from no one person in particular, requiring you to combine their information and explore to find the trail. That was part of it, what made it an adventure. For me, infamous trails like Titties and Beer (aka Jack the Ripper), 306, Mad Flow, Dead Fall, and Grin and Holler were all discovered with minimal directions and lots of bush whacking.

  -Which way does this trail go?

With the recent popularity of Strava-equipped GPS and iPhones, some of that adventure is removed. The lore, the mystery, the search is gone. Obviously trails built and intended as tourism products need to and should be Strava’d by everyone. Trails built by the local riders, however, are a different beast. If you have heard rumblings of a new trail, now you search for its segment online vs. searching for the access road or its drainage. Or perhaps there is a handy article profiling the trail with GPS coordinates and recommendations for how much water and how many bars to bring.

The fun is still there, albeit a different type. Who doesn’t love racing their friends and trying to shave off a few seconds? It fosters competition, and going for the KOM can be great motivation to keep hammering up that climb. However, the dark side of Strava is that segments become public and eventually advertised on Facebook. Once somebody has claimed the KOM on a new segment, it’s open season. Now someone just has to stumble upon a trail, be happy with the way they greased a corner, Strava it, and it becomes public knowledge. This narrative is obviously the outcome of a growing, diversifying sport. As mountain biking becomes more main stream, “secret” trails become public. Why it is happening is not worth debating. What is up for debate is if the new Strava normal has made our trails too accessible, whether it has killed the adventure.

  -Is there a Strava segment up there?

The above edit, may have some lines in it from some ‘less well-known’ trails, these trails may be Strava segmented, or may not have been… We cheated, either our friends built the line or we did. See if you can find them, without Strava, they are in Squamish B.C.

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  • 47 1
 Girlfriend says "sell your short travel bike, you have your dh bike, you have more fun on the dh bike anyway.." listens to girlfriends, sells bike (yesterday!) watches this video - time for new short travel bike........ and a new girlfriend. Awesome vid!
  • 48 4
 She probably wants you to get rid of the DH bike too mate! Never listen to a womans opinion on toys and money.
  • 26 0
 Times have really changed... now a 160mm bike is a "short travel bike"! Smile
10 years ago, those where the DH bikes!
  • 3 9
flag mate1998 (Aug 6, 2013 at 5:11) (Below Threshold)
 @OzMike If you can buy one of these:

Best buy and best performance bikes on earth
  • 4 2
 I'd take the Banshee Rune in this video over some cheap feeling and cheap looking yt anyday!
  • 1 0
 yeah i u want only a frame for a complete enduro bike's price buy the banshee frame
  • 1 0
 Those YT industries bike look sweet and amazing value for money too.
  • 3 0
 You get what you pay for!
  • 1 0
 I just got a santa cruz nomad 2 days ago and its sick!
  • 19 1
 One day I'll find a car like that than can drive itself back down and shuttle me.
  • 4 3
 And one day I will be so trained that I will race every uphill...
  • 7 2
 htfu shuttles are for pussies
  • 11 2
 man I really need to step up my game if this is considered "XC in BC." No joke i would want my DH bike for that trail
  • 8 0
 ya "XC" is quite a stretch. Didn't look like a 100mm bike to me haha
  • 5 0
 I have to agree with this article. I was super lucky to be able to spend over two months last summer living and riding in Squamish. In Squamish you can buy great maps that map out most of the trails and we had one however, the best days out were the days that the map was forgotten at home and we ventured out onto new trails without know exactly where they were going to go or how they would be. There is nothing like the feeling of riding a new trail without any expectations and being blown away. On a side note videos always make Squamish look so much more mellow than it is. Those rock slabs are super steep and gnarly I wouldn't ride down then let alone walk down them.
  • 5 0
 I always chuckle when people spray up pictures and videos of a zone and when asked where it is, they say "it's a secret" with tight lips. If you wanted it to be a secret, then you shouldn't have posted pictures and videos! Now you've just started everyone (including the conservation officers) cross referencing mountain features on google earth! I'm actually pretty stoked with the vibes around here as late. People are finding these old packhorse trails that go up into the alpine and trying to get more people to ride them so that deadfall and overgrowth get taken care of!
  • 4 0
 Is it just me or do trails only get better when more people ride them? Local trails have been ridden more now that you can find them on Strava, more people are enjoying them, and the trails stay cleaner. Guess it depends on the type of people that ride them but local trails near me have only gotten better with the added accessibility.
  • 6 0
 There is a certain number below which the trails maintain their natural character, a certain number they become a chundered mess, more people and with some maintenance they get beat into a nice trail.... Also line choice and how water drains off the trail will set the limit on how many riders that trail can take before it becomes chundered.
  • 1 0
 Yes this is very true. Im realizing its probably less of a problem on the trails near me because you can't take a car to the top. Gotta earn those turns, and a lot of unexperienced riders are probably turned off by giant climbs to start a ride
  • 1 0
 The more riders on a trail, the more 29erDHbike-swallowing braking bumps there are.
  • 6 0
 Nice riding, buddy can rip. Guess im headed to squamish
  • 8 4
 The infamous "leaving the car shot" Super classy.

Good riding though.
  • 5 1
 Ill build a trail like that one day....
  • 6 2
 Strava, quickest way to make you an asshole, Period.
  • 3 0
 Another great video from Artbarn. Glad we could help out with the Duthie pack.
  • 4 0
  • 3 2
 Sick roosting lando as always. Can't wait to see if I can get fastest strava time cause I know where those trails are. One wrist and all
  • 2 0
 saw him on frisby ridge last week. "nice bike man". this is going to faves. fine xc style dude. sending that drop
  • 2 0
 All of Squamish is ridable on a 6" & 6". I only take my DH bike out for the park. My two cents. Great Vid!
  • 3 0
 Agreed. And I find it hard to ride the park, with all the awesomeness in Squamish!
  • 1 0
 Looking at a map of the "highlands" There is about 30 trails on the map. I can spend the next few years riding all these gems. And once and a while a stash finds meSmile
  • 1 0
 landry i love it, tackle the strava polarity and make all see that you can ride and enjoy whatever you want with whatever you want
  • 1 0
 Yeah bro! Some gnarly shit I can still relate to! haha, won't find any trails like that where I live, count yourself lucky. This has to be my all time favourite vid I think.
  • 2 0
 Well done Artbarn and crew! quality again, and good article!
  • 1 0
 Trails find you when you're ready - Len Hornridge......alright, I'm ready........where the hell is it!!!!
  • 2 1
 I wish i lived in Squamish!
  • 1 0
 those trails look amazing, so much fun
  • 1 0
 What music is in this vid?
  • 2 0
 Trampled By Turtles: Burn For Free
  • 1 0
 Any video with Trampled By Turtles is going to be good.
  • 1 0
 Don't get Lenny started about strava!!
  • 1 0
 Len sounds like such a wise man. Couldn't agree more
  • 1 0
 Len lives for do u think Zanskar became so popular?
  • 1 0
 Where is Zanskar? I've been looking for it lately, with no luck
  • 1 0
 found these trails tonight. wow. new favorite trail.
  • 2 2
 Best enduro edit i've seen yet
  • 2 5
 Anyone have the trail list for this vid? The last Squamish vid was too much for my skill level, but this I could manage with a 6 and 6.
  • 17 2
 cbc neds into aline bro
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