Ultramontane No. 02

Feb 3, 2012
by Derek Dix  

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Since the last release it’s been two weeks. As the crow flies…14 days. That one is for a measure of distance not time. Think about it. There have been wet days, snowy days, and dry days, none of which have been exceptionally cold. All of which we have been out riding and shooting.

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Light patch before dropping back into the trees.

Things are getting into full swing with a new trail in the works which we plan to have wrapped up by the “on-season”… When we will start working on something else that’s sitting under snow.

Dirt clumps snow on the soil drainage rocks drainage in action.

Wet rooks with mossy rock faces behind.

Cruising through the salal.

Days are starting to get longer and at times the weather has me second guessing if it’s Spring. Granted this is something that comes with living in the territory of South Western BC. There has only been about three days that it wasn’t possible to get out and ride a good mountain trail around Vancouver.

Passing under the looming rock.

Light patch in the woods foggy corridor trapped in a white room.

Snowy corridor.

Connor and I are grown men. Adults. Always ready to accept challenges that life can present to us. Right now this comes in the form of producing content for this project daily to meet the tight timeline we set… Additionally it means we need to remember it’s not the best to lug around a 60+ pound camera/tool pack every time we walk out the door.

Dropping into the dark woods.

Fog set in the trees dirt work in the snow dark woods cutting blow-down trail markers saw dust on the snow.

These two issues still are better than the childhood nagging you get from mum reminding you to “wear your layers.” We do. All day, every day, and thanks to this we’ve been dodging cold season the way some 40-somethings try to dodge ‘growing-up’.

Hiking up to do some work.

Hitting the trusty I went too big rock with an exceptionally slick take-off.

One thing that has been consistent weather wise, is how thick the fog has been. Connor and I were talking about how all Summer people are postponing shoots in hopes of a cloudy day or fog set into the woods, but during the Winter it’s something that happens on a fairly regular basis. Winter is the most mountainous season out there, which is great for a sport with the word mountain in its name. We’re on our bike, on the mountain. I’ll let you mull that over a second time if need be.

Sharpening hatchets.

Dirt work hike out packing up the truck.

Creek water and coffee time

Pt. 02 -- Ultramontane & Company presents Andreas Hestler

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Slippery corners right at the snowline.

Andrea Hestler aka "Dre" started his career in mountain biking in 1986, the same year that the creators of Ultramontane were born. 25 years later after a long and successful world cup career Dre still has an unrivalled passion for cycling and adventure. It was only a matter of time before Ultramontane and Dre collaborated. Dre showed us the ropes with all-mountain riding and continues to smash us with his old man strength.

Cool woods.

We have a lot of fun shooting with Dre, he always has a story or plans for a wicked ride. He also has a keen interest in photo and video, which really helps when putting in the hours making a edit.

Snowy filming.

No one is more deserving of this legendary track than MTB's own DRE!

Iron clad rocks.

That concludes ULTRAMØNTANE No. 02 - Our next release will be on February 17th, 2012.

Thanks to these guys for all the support: Mountain Equipment Co-op | Spicebox Whiskey | Sombrio | Smith Optic

If you do the social media thing don't be a stranger: ultramontane.ca | Twitter | Facebook | Vimeo | Tumblr


  • + 14
 So far, one of the best projects I ever saw on pb. Its safe to say that this is absolutely the real deal, looks like a lot of hard work.
I personally would like things to get a little more story driven (not neccessarily with a cheesy voice over), I thought the building section especially seemed more like a collection of nice images than something that tells the story of what you really built there that day. Your images work well, and the quality is consistent, Im just afraid that eventually it will get somewhat repetetive. You have all the great ingredients for a great story: passioned people, great footage, and some really sick trails, maybe you should bring a bit more background info/documentary style into this. I for my part think that your project would really benefit from it.

Whatever you do, I hope to see a lot more of this.
  • + 6
 That is a good looking Orange Derek is on in this edit! I like to see all the effort you guys are putting into this series, keep it up!
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 Really like these articles... Please do keep them coming!
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 Thanks again for the bike Tyler! It's insanely fun to be on a shorter travel bike.
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 I definetly love what you are doing. that is the first that i ride on enduro during winter to prepare my DH season. today, that's very cold here !there is lot of snow !It's carefully to stay at home !though, when I see you video...I am asking why I still sitting on my computer...
very nice job and edit !to me, you are very courageous to go out, with this weather, wet and cold...
thank you to share with us your work !
I've got now a reason to keep my bike in the garage : watching your edit, is so sweet...
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 BANG BANG! Two for two, boys. Real nice work Conner. Your extremely hard work is showing. Can't believe I was surprised to hear "Still Dre" on the Dre edit.
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 This is fantastic. I love the mood you guys set your photography crops and the vid edits are spot on. Damp determination.
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 I faved it before even watching cause I know it's gonna be good.
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 okay I watched it and don't regret my decision one bit
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 this is great its just like glentress and innerleithen the boys have got it to hell with siting about in the winter or any bad weather get out and do something.i will be up before daylight and on the road to glentress tomorrow.
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 By far some of the best quality video on the web! looking forward to more from you guys!
  • + 1
 That Andreas vid is awesome. Makes me wanna ride sooooo bad. Too bad there's several feet of snow in the valley bottom in Revelstoke.
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 man i love these vids..makes me want to ride everytime and think about the video. then i realise we dont have snow and trails that long here in texas. AHHHHHH!!!!
  • + 3
 Siiick! Love these and can't wait for the next one!
  • + 3
 Still, got love for these dudes and their edits!!
  • + 1
 I did pipeline in 2006 when i was starting out, great video and photos! makes me want to go back!
  • + 1
 I bought a Pipeline back in 99, it was my DH race/freeride/all mountain bike back in the day.
  • + 1
 love it! shows how much passion and love you guys and gals have for mtn biking
  • + 1
 damn thoose photos are so nice must have been a lot of work but its rally good
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 1:12.00 mark. Thanks! Smile Good work guys!
  • + 1
 sweet shots and awesome video!
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 *t* that second video is so awesome!!! what song is that????? *t*
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 Some really great winter scenes in this. Keep up the good work.
  • + 1
 Inspirational once again, to say the least!
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 what the song in first video?
  • + 2
 20 miles, by Deer Tick.
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 Stoked to see people gettin hyped on Deer Tick!
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 Love it.
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 Some quality work!!

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