Ultramontane No. 05

Mar 16, 2012
by Derek Dix  
 
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That nunu cool guy title sequence.

Let’s be honest. I’ve gotten all nostalgic about the passing weeks in almost every opener of every entry. I’ll save you the headache and cut to what I think is our most visual release to date.


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We were blessed with some amazing sunny days and some icy weather to make 50 Tyson or Gucci Mane fairly envious. If you’re baffled by those two rap references, links are included. I’m baffled by how I can sit here listening to melodic banjo accompanied by the soft voice of Bon Iver (congrats on that award by the way) and drop those references, but life is life, so take it as you will.

Last weekend we were subject to the biggest windstorm Vancouver has seen this winter... while we were camping... but that was with Nick Dent, so you can read about that in his section below. I have a fair bit more to say about that, so read the second half.

For now here’s Connor and myself getting up to our normal routine of shooting each other ride... oh one last thing to add: since these releases are every two weeks, I just want to throw it out there that we are out shooting and editing for each release right after the last one came out. We don’t really have a stockpile of media we’re sitting on. We’re keeping things fresher than the expiry listed on your milk.

Some more dinosaur terrain. Except not. Real life.

This is honestly an old gem but I wanted to see it get used for something.

Various bark and moss species.

Sunny days results in shooting super tight to avoid hard sun-spots.

Contemplating life on the bluffs with some old ass moss.

Check board of lens flares and lichen. Instagram can salt a driveway.

Steep rock roll.

Connor died here almost. Just not as close as the long rock face.

There s a big ass tree on the side of the trail.

Nick rode this at night on his DH bike. This is what it looks like head on and during the day.

Corner blaster in the snow.

If you know what s after this I m not a shy guy to say we didn t ride it in these conditions.

Slick steep bridge.

This section claimed Connor after riding it solidly 4 times prior. Watch the video and you ll know what I mean.

Snowy creek crossing

Starting and ending a ride.


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Ultramontane & Company Presents: Nick Dent
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Nick Dent has been a long time friend of both Connor and I - we grew up riding and racing downhill together. His dad used to always trailer us around to all the BC Cups when we were U17 and Juniors. He’s a stand up guy and his own man, nobody rolls the way he does... I suppose that could be part of the reason he’s former national champ. For a bit of background behind his video part, he works in the film industry as a full time job, he’s done some major productions like Mission Impossible No. 04, Autumn Frost and Super Man.

For this reason we decided to get a bit more cinematic for his intro. He was fairly adjusted to the long hours for filming due to his career path so there were no complaints on his end about the perseverance it would take for us to get there - hopefully it delivers. If you really don’t get the reference from the intro it’s parodying Drive - which stars Ryan Gosling. Girls love him, so single guys listen up - if you can talk to a babe about Ryan Gosling’s acting career, to her you’re the next best thing... possibly.

On to what went down in real life producing this release. We set out to do a night shoot which fit with the intro somewhat well - and the song has a good vibe to accompany the night time so that’s a bonus to boot. We decided to put the icing on the cake we would end up camping to do some trail work and ride in the morning. That went over amazing, Vancouver saw the biggest windstorm of the year and we were kickin’ it in tents in some old growth forest. Not sketchy whatsoever. On the upside to that, it was old growth so it was easy to assume those trees had been there long enough not to call it quits that night, and it was nice that the ones in our proximity did in fact stick it out.

Hearing trees come down in the distance however was one of the most surreal things I’ve heard in a while. At first we all thought it was either a nearby shotgun going off, which would be incredibly odd for where we were, or to kick up the weird factor, somebody playing with homemade explosives. Through the night there were about five trees falling that woke me up - each fairly frightening to hear the shattering crack of the trunk followed by the earth shaking thump of the tree hitting the ground. Good thing we checked the weather forecast and noted everything except wind speeds before we set out.

Nice enough to let Nick drive the official Ultramontane vehicle.

Some shadowy rocks some riding some light beaming some more riding all paired beside a snowy hike into the woods.

Rooty and steep corner.

If this was snowboarding its a down-flat-down rail or something.

Cypress development Steep rock section Sense of scale between the light cast from a head lamp and the moon Illuminated forest

Technical rock section.

Moon and some sort of shooting star through the woods.

Ending the night ride below the snowline... and preparing for a traverse and ascent back up the mountain.

Arriving at camp.

Pasta and some old growth cedar.

Smores looking at the snowfall out the tent getting out the tent snowy bikes.

Base layers are a crucial element to winter fun. If you get it you get it.

Deep snow in some more old growth.

Clearing some windfall to stay in the coolguy books.

Some icy and slippery stuff.

Brown woods look a fair bit more attractive after fresh snow.

Icy corners.

The contast between open trail and forest is uncanny. Much like 50 Tyson looking both like Mike Tyson and 50 Cent -- you may have to google that one.

Pushing down the hill as the snow thins.

Freshly groomed corner in some old growth.

One last blast before wrapping up the day and leaving the fresh snow behind.


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That concludes Ultramontane No. 05 - Our next release will be on March 30, 2012.

We also are going to be giving away a framed print. The frame is hand milled by Chris Fisher of Ultramontane & Co. - Chris Fisher Once we hit 1000 Likes on Trusty 'Ol Facebook we will pick a winner at random, so be sure to like and share.

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

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67 Comments

  • + 13
 Oh man... (Gathering my words).

Incredible Episode boys. The mood is ultra-epic, and the write-up/photos are the best yet. Riding in the first video is super burly (glad you stayed in one piece, Con-easy). Such a good job with Nick's edit, too. Superb angles. That trail is winter-mint.

I'm goin riding tomorrow and I am PUUUU-UUUUMPED!
  • + 4
 The word epic isn't big enough. Speechless.
  • + 2
 Thank you PB making me discover this web serie ! Love it
  • + 7
 Very nice stuff! Some of the photos look almost surreal. I especially like the last photoSmile
  • + 4
 every single one is worthy of POD and most could easily win POM or POY. what language am I speaking? lol
  • + 1
 All of them are amazing. The snow and darkness adds a wonderful effect to the pictures. WHY AM I NOT OUTSIDE RIDING???? IT'S ONLY RAINING AT MY HOUSE!!!!!
  • + 4
 This is the best one yet! it looks so gnarly with the snow, i say VOD!
  • + 4
 You guys are so freakin hardcore. I feel like such a wuss now for ever having any excuses of not going for a ride. Stay safe and keep them edits coming, I see a big future with these quality movies and pictures. Guys face exploding snow = picture of year!
  • + 1
 I feel this video is their best yet, great riding with a realistic touch. I love these videos, but they have all had a touch of glamour that I feel most of us average riders find we dont have in our life, interesting jobs, great health and a fleet of awesome bikes. I was able to indentify with this video and it still had the great filming and riding we have come to love from their other videos. 9.5/10. ty montane!
  • + 1
 The thing I love the most about Ultramontane's videos is that they really have a great way of showcasing the lifestyle of riding! Winter,spring,summer or Fall they manage to show weather and conditions don't have to stop you from riding your bike. Well done gentlemen!
  • + 1
 only thing that irritates me here is that you are camping/cooking which is great and love it, but when we see you riding you have nothing on your back or on your frame. I appreciate you might put it down but from a practical/realistic perspective, this just doesn't feel right?
  • + 1
 Derek and I hiked in just before dark and setup the campsite, cooked dinner, had some Spicebox N smores and hiked out in the morning.
  • + 3
 They likely have a base camp set up and leave the gear there. Nobody wants to see video of them humping the gear up on their bikes with compressed suspension.
  • - 1
 No I appreciate that, but it's just a little thing that irritates me
  • + 4
 Another mind blowing entry is this epic series! Great job guys, the Drive intro was sick!
  • + 2
 nightriding THAT trail at night with snow with a windstorm. I'm not sure how one could make it harder without getting contrived. Applause!.
  • + 1
 Some of the best filming ever! i think this is a lot better than alot of the more advertised and wrote about films that you see. awesome riding, awesome scenery and second to none filming. well done lads
  • + 1
 steep ice covered ladders......................where do you get stones for that, seriously great technical riders, i get pucker just watching the vid!!!!
  • + 1
 You guys are hardcore. I've been skiing and snowboarding these past weeks because the snow was amazing but you didn't stop riding Smile
  • + 2
 I'm gonna be honest...I got pretty used to looking forward to these articles/edits. Not exactly ready for them to end man.
  • + 1
 LOVE THE PHOTOGRAPHY!!!!!!

Nice layout is there screed on the wood ladders or just drop in and stay off the brakes?

Very very motivating, thanks.
  • + 2
 All of your edits have been amazing, but the nick section has to be my favorite so far! Keep up the great work
  • + 1
 i..... have to say this... i love you guys... you guys r best... i feel better rider now... when i see this video...love so much...
  • + 2
 Cool video! Smooth chill riding, and Winter camping is dope too!
  • + 2
 rad! mtb at its best! must watch
  • + 1
 these guys are gnarly! and the photography is top notch, simply radness all around!
  • + 1
 Great video, Once again you guys proof that riding is more about willing power than anything!!! Keep the good work!!
  • + 1
 combination of the night ride and the song was surreal Smile ) best video of this year so far, for me of course Big Grin
  • + 2
 Makes me proud to call myself a MONTANE BIKER........amazing.
  • + 2
 avery 15 seconds i see myself in this video have a massive crash..
  • + 1
 Great edit, great riding keep it up guys I would hate to see this series go away
  • + 1
 i just cant get enough ULTRAMONTANE!!!!
  • + 1
 Unreal footage.....but the skiing in BC is so epic right now!
  • + 1
 Great work! Great riding.
  • + 1
 seeing that demo left out in the snow just PISSES ME OFF!
  • + 1
 That was great. Thanks for this series. I really enjoyed it.
  • + 1
 ride at night with the cold and snow is incredible, yeahh!!
  • + 1
 LOL! I love the OTB at 2:03
  • + 1
 VERY COOL, but all ofthem should be wearing fullface helmet.
  • + 1
 they will soon if the snow/icy/frozen cedar riding continues........
  • + 2
 best one yet
  • + 1
 awesome awesome awesome awesome ! ! ! !
  • + 1
 How's the slash holding up?
  • + 1
 The Slash has been incredible, confidence inspiring like a DH bike and designed to pedal for hours. Highly recommend it!
  • + 2
 I love where we live
  • + 1
 Jesus christ. So simple and so beautiful.
  • + 1
 That photography is unreal
  • + 1
 POD's and VOD's all over in my opinion!!
  • + 1
 I realy wish articles could be added to 'favourites' haha.
  • + 1
 So great! Sad to see the serial end so soon.
  • + 1
 This is one of the riding videos ive ever seen! good job
  • + 1
 One word Epic. nice bikes nice surroundings.
  • + 1
 WOW!! Those guys r for real!! That's some impressive sh*t right there!!
  • + 1
 Ultramontane segments always get me stoked!
  • + 1
 Excelent! Love all of them! Keep them coming.
  • + 1
 Drive was indeed a great movie. But this was better! Love the vibe.
  • + 1
 ...1:01...sounded like a helmet replacement was in order...Crikey!
  • + 1
 I concur, you`re supposed to hug trees, not headbutt them !
  • + 1
 smores!
  • + 1
 good techie riding
  • + 1
 Smokin!
  • + 1
 Drive.
  • + 1
 This is AM at its finest
  • + 1
 inspiring!
  • + 1
 Badass!!
  • + 1
 So good.

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