Ultramontane No. 03

Feb 18, 2012
by Derek Dix  
 
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What of it


Two weeks later and another release... In that time frame we had some sun (which can be a rare sight), some cloud, and some light rain. Nothing compared to the weather for Release No. 02... With the lack of snow we decided to do something about it in partnership with Margus Riga. But that's for the future though. Release No. 06 to be specific.

With that said I suppose you could put it that we had great weather, except there's no such thing as bad weather. Just soft people. So honestly I've got no clue where that leaves us except just in line to make our next release. No. 04; That one has a special guest... The God-Father of Freeride. If you can't put together who that is after that helpful hint you should ask for some DVD's (or VHS's) all the way back to 1998 (or earlier), set aside a slow evening and give yourself a history lesson.

For this release our focus was on what we like to call "The Makers" which is why the focus is shifted a bit towards 'making' and what goes on around it. This is also the best reason to select a fine man such as Chris Fisher, but we will speak on that once you scroll down to his section.


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Ascent into the woods.

Manual out of a tight corner --- riding a pedal trail backwards.

Little boost off a rock.

Fresh cut. Hike with bucket. Tools in the basement corner.

Stylish over the ladder roll.

Fast root section.

Making coffee and pasta while trail work happens.

Sit down pedal -- the most aggressive action.

Light cracking through the trees in a pedal section.

Single track and large rocks.

Some stone work and a cable from the logging that went on at the start of the 1900 s same diameter as the root it sits beside.

Ample fern and big trees with some single track.

In a patch of light past a snag. Salal and Oregon Grape chillin on the forest floor.

Single track with moss and salal.





Pt. 02 -- Ultramontane & Company Presents: Chris Fisher





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Chris Fisher, or as most call him "Fishman" or as he can be called if you're into rap... "Fishmane"

In all seriousness though, he is a fine craftsman and maker. He has a passion for all things hand made, and that's something we relate to and heavily believe in. He works a 9-5 as a finishing carpenter focusing on cabinetry and furniture and in his off-hours he shreds on his custom hard tail, hand-built in a garage but none other than Brain Kelly who is the man responsible for many of the creations of Cove Bikes.

We felt the combination was unbeatable with such an all-encompassing love of craft between his bike, it's builder, himself and us things fell into place and his & Company release solidified itself in a fluid process. The whole idea of him riding a hand built hard tail can be fairly well romanticized. The whole 'feel of the bike' thing connecting with the 'feel of materials' in your hands. That's heavy stuff. Real talk.

Inside the burned stump. Connor filming as Fishman squares up some wood.

Steep and technical but no issues on the custom hardtail.

Working the band saw and crossing the bridge.

Moving through the woods at good speed.

The Shop some rotors some leaves with a military shovel wood chips on the window sill.

Roots into chunder and stone.

Airing out the rock.

Through the stump... and in the shop.

Quick pump through the hip.

Manual over the bridge

Licorice Log cuts close to the tree.

That concludes Ultramontane No. 03 - Our next release will be on March 02, 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
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73 Comments

  • + 71
 Who else would simply love to go there and ride and build with thoose guys??
  • + 7
 Ride, build, video, and photograph with these guys.
  • + 5
 ^^^ raises hand.
  • + 4
 and eat there trail made food with there redneck spoons
  • + 5
 Definition of mountain biking found
  • + 2
 More like caveman spoons. I've personally made caveman chopsticks before. Worked great. I still have them actually.
  • + 1
 This all second growth forests. Amazing how fast and well the trees come back
  • + 1
 Great video! They had all that equipment, tools and even a coffee grinder and they go and leave the spoons in the house!
  • + 1
 I think the spoon thing is a reference to "Alone in the Wilderness", the guy who hand builds the log cabin in Alaska. Dick Proenneke makes plenty of awesome spoons. I just so happened to watch that before this episode was released!
  • - 3
 I'm just going to say. These edits are terrible. Maybe it feels very close to really being out riding, but it's boring. Your trying to make it too epic. I actually can't watch the whole thing.
  • + 21
 Man, these videos are so good. After watching any of these I'm always impressed and inspired to ride [and build!].

Great shots, sweet trails, awesome riding, good music - just the whole package. Keep it up guys.
  • + 1
 the trails and scenery out there are simply unbelievable !!!
  • + 18
 i love this sport
  • + 6
 Great job guys! Fishman and his lovely BK special are a perfect addition. This series is TRULY a "by the people, for the people" thing. No flashy race gear and bubba scrubs, just stuff that dedicated mountain bikers experience in the woods. There is nothing more inspiring than this.
  • + 2
 Me thinks you guys cleaned up the bike room a bit for that shot...
  • + 1
 ...you got us. The basement got some love as well for the first video but now that they're clean and organized they're going to stay that way!
  • + 2
 As an avid trail-builder myself, I recommend this tool to you guys: www.prohoe.com/field_hoes.html

Try out the 70F. So many people bench cut with picks, compact with shovels, etc, with this prohoe you can do all of that and more. I'm not affiliated with the company or anything, but I was introduced to the tool a few months ago and it really is a tool every trailbuilder should have. You may find it'll end up replacing half the other stuff you regularly lose.

Oh, BTW, great photography and great video!
  • + 1
 cool coffee gadget and red pine
  • + 9
 FISHMAN FOR PRIME MINISTER!!!
  • + 8
 The photo collages belong in a gallery.
  • + 7
 This IS a gallery, and a video medium, and a discussion forum. Combine all that, and you have Ultramontane... genious!
  • + 1
 You said it man
  • + 1
 @mammal. No, this isn't a gallery this is PINKBIKE; it's way better...
  • + 3
 I meant Ultramontane is a gallery, a video medium and a forum for us to discuss issues such as the latest candidate for Captain Obvious...
  • + 1
 Hey Guys,
Could you do me a huge favour and answer the five questions from the attached link? It is about a guided mountainbike tour to British Columbia in Canada! It is mainly a guided tour in British Columbia (riding single trails, visiting bikeparks, enjoying vancouver etc.) for europeen clients to Canada (Vancouver). We want to offer those trips due to the amazing shape and landscape of BC as can be seen in the above posted video Smile

app.fluidsurveys.com/surveys/catrailride/customized-canadian-mountainbike-vacation
  • + 4
 I can not wait for the Godfathers section. Wade and these guys together is going to mind blowing!
  • + 2
 what's that coffee thing? I'm looking for something to take fresh beans when I'm travelling, it can make an otherwise shitty day turn bright.
  • + 1
 It's just a hand crank grinder, called the GSI Java Grind, just grind the beans into a press.
  • + 1
 thanks man! just ordered one, they're only $15 on amazon!
  • + 1
 Stick to the riding and keep your fingers away from the woodworking machines. Horrible dangerous finger position operating the joiner. Awesome trail riding and building though.
  • + 2
 I added it to my favorites before I even watched. I feel like I owe someone thousands of dollars. All I have are these Schrute bucks, though :/
  • + 1
 I feel like I should be paying for this. The videos and photos are spectacular. The perspective that these guys bring to the sport is absolutely unique. Top shelf! These guys are professional!
  • + 4
 Well I certainly haven't watched this 4 times in a row... Smile
  • + 1
 Amazing photos, clever writing, interesting bios. Nice work. I don't know what Ultramonte's all about, but I'm going to find out now!
  • + 3
 Truly an amazing experience.
  • + 1
 tomorrow is saturday, still quite some snow here but temperature is rising, after watching this i think i go for a ride. one word -inspiring-!!
  • + 3
 The buiders and the butchers are one of my favorite artists as well
  • + 1
 So you brought a pot and tools, but couldn't fit a spoon. Hahahaha, cool video! Keep it up.
  • + 0
 Good filming, but I found it a bit melodramatic with such a dark/long intro for a short bit of trailriding footy. Gimme at least a huck-to-flat or a river gap booter.
  • + 1
 I wonder if that Fisher bloke wants to do a life swap?! Wood mill, bike room, amazing trails. That is THE life.
  • + 1
 Ohhh man I need summer !!! fu*k i hate thoose weeks without shreding down with my bike Big Grin
  • + 1
 I love this, keep them coming. Too much snow to ride here, watching this makes me so eager to ride!!!
  • + 2
 Loving the hardtail. Sweet vids!
  • + 1
 Where can I buy their packs?
  • + 1
 Props to all builders! Stoked for the next vid.
  • + 1
 OK, who else thought he was carving a bowl & not a spoon at first?
  • + 1
 What is the song in no. 3?
  • + 1
 The Builders & The Butchers - Golden and Green

Pissed they used it as it's one I had in mind for a future edit. Awesome band.
  • + 1
 Thanks man
  • + 1
 The music on the second vid with Fishman is Builders & The Butchers too, the track is 'When It Rains'
  • + 1
 part three. But where is Part 1?
  • + 1
 Thanks for all the love, we love what we do
  • + 1
 I`m glad to live on the BC Coast
  • + 1
 You dudes sure know how to camp
  • + 1
 Can we just go ahead and fast track some VODs here?
  • + 1
 Awesome! Can't wait for next one!
  • + 1
 These photos are mind blowing.
  • + 1
 That is so sick, can't wait for the next one!
  • + 1
 awesome trail riding. that's what MTB is all about, great stuff
  • + 1
 Winter doesn't look like that in my woods
  • + 1
 is all mtb in bc downhil!?!?
  • + 1
 Gravity works differently in Canada than in the US, duh.
  • + 1
 the uphills in canada are so chill they feel like downhills
  • + 1
 Maybe the stuff you ride is like that
  • + 1
 first clip looks like Lower Seymour (Bridle Trail, Severed). That right?
  • + 1
 i need that shed!!!! :-)
  • + 1
 EPIC trail! oh man...
  • + 1
 That's life...
  • + 1
 LIVING THE LIFE!
  • + 1
 best kind of commercial
  • + 0
 Go downhill with a high saddle (thunb up)
  • + 1
 Now that is the life.

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