Video: Mining for Nugs

Sep 25, 2012
by Scott Secco  
 
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You heard it here first - in five years Retallack Lodge will be a staple of movies and photo-shoots just like Utah, Kamloops, or the Post Office. It's that good.



50.040295, -117.144921. Two seemingly random yet extremely precise numbers. Numbers which, for those knowledgeable in geographic coordinates, will lead you directly to the doors of Retallack Lodge.

Retallack is absolutely iconic amongst those who ride snow. For snowboarders and skiers, the cat-skiing here is legendary. Thanks to countless editorials and videos (including Tanner Hall’s ‘’Retallack the Movie'') it’s a winter Mecca; a necessary pilgrimage for those who like their powder deep and their pillows soft.* But powder hounds can only ride so long. Inevitably the snow melts and toques are packed away until next season.

‘It’s in the middle of the middle of nowhere.’’ That quip from Cam McCaul passed through my mind several times on the drive out. Halfway between New Denver (population 504) and Kaslo (pop. 1,026) the Retallack tenure is far from big cities and the distractions they bring. But maybe this isn’t such a bad thing? The phrase ‘splendid isolation’ springs to mind. And while it’s original usage refers to Britain’s political maneuvering in the late 1800's I think it works well here too. We had internet in the lodge but no cell service and thus no distractions. No Instagrammed food pictures or #hashtagged digging shots. No texts, no calls. Just a singular focus on a simple goal - riding bikes.

We had friends, bikes, cameras, and beer. What more could you ask for?

*Soft pillows can be found on the slopes and the lodge’s beds.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Garett Buehler Linden Feniak and Mike Hopkins.
  Eyeing up the 'Mine Drop'

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Evan Schwartz and Mike Hopkins. Check out more photos and a video http www.pinkbike.com news Video-Mining-for-Nugs-2012.html
  Backlit snow roost... just another day at the office for Doerfling.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Evan Schwartz Garett Buehler and Mike Hopkins.
  Mike Hopkins leads Kevin Landry down the Retallack 'Lodge' Trail.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Evan Schwartz Garett Buehler and Mike Hopkins.
  Doerfling floating through the dust on Paddy Kaye's (Joyride Bike Parks) latest machine-built masterpiece.

Scott Secco getting the angles set.
  Secco working the crane. This corner had a good five feet of dirt behind it until spring floods eroded the bank.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Garett Buehler Linden Feniak and Mike Hopkins.
  That's a whole lot of talent in one truck. The cabin on the left houses guides during the winter season.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Garett Buehler Linden Feniak and Mike Hopkins.
  The crew playing naglin (also known as stump or hammerschlagen) around the campfire. This was the night we almost killed ourselves camping at Sledder's Cabin. Turns out the wood stove had two vents... we opened one.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Evan Schwartz Garett Buehler and Mike Hopkins.
  No shortage of vert.

A week up at Retallack lodge exploring their tenure trails with James Doerfling Kevin Landry Evan Schwartz Linden Feniak Garett Buehler and Mike Hopkins.
  Ridgeline moto trails are fun on downhill bikes. Who knew?

Stay tuned for more content from our Retallack trip



Video/Words: Scott Secco
Stills: Garrett Grove
Special Thanks: Piers Zdan, Kevin Landry, Phil Pinfold, Amber Jmaiff, and Linden Feniak
Riders: Mike Hopkins, James Doerfling, Garett Buehler, and Evan Schwartz
Sound: Keith White Audio

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63 Comments

  • + 37
 oh man this is pure sex on wheels..... orgasmic...when I come back in the next life I'm going to stand in the line where God is injecting freeride talent....
  • + 4
 you can do that!!! Only because of those videos everthing looks so difficult
  • + 5
 everything about this edit made it fuckin classic
  • + 2
 Living in Kaslo... I saw them set up the mine drop. Pretty sick!
  • + 4
 Geez, i wish i wasn't stuck in a windowless room listning to fluid dynamics... FMD (fu*k my day)
  • + 14
 Holy Mary mother of God- such a bangin edit. Sick tune, stylish riding, beautiful scenery and dope editing. Good bloody work!
  • + 1
 couldnt have said it better
  • + 2
 Awesome shit man !

Amazing riding and classic music , shame it wasnt a longer edit , could of seen more awesome riding and heard the song out Smile
  • + 9
 Plus side to staying up to write a lab report is getting to see Secco's edit right when it drops.
  • + 3
 Just spent the weekend up there at the sledders's cabin putting on a new roof, etc. Please read the instructions on operating the stove. Hate to show up and find a bunch of dead people in the cabin!!
  • + 6
 There may or may not have been whiskey, beer, and a bag of wine involved...
  • + 2
 Drinking in the Ratshack...that's a first. Wink
  • + 6
 You may have been mining for nugs, but I think you stuck gold
  • + 2
 Wow! Scott sesso has to be my new favriote filmer on pinkbike! All the vids of his are sick and this edit just top's it off! Soo rad too see guys like is ride togethor way out in the kootneys! New Denver and Winlaw have sick riding! Reason why Freeride ent and all them are out there! Such a banger! Keep em comming!
  • + 5
 I love nugs!!!
  • + 0
 Great video with some amazing terrain and big gaps. But another video that has far too many slow mo shots, film producers need to get off this bandwagon and save it for the truly epic lines or moves. I want to see people pinning it not going slow. Mini rant over.
  • + 3
 Fantastic work Scott!!! Best sub 4 minute edit ever!
  • + 2
 I need to make my way out there sometime. There are some BIG descents in the vicinity
  • + 3
 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sickBig Grin
  • + 3
 Good work seco stoked to see evan shreddin
  • + 3
 Sometimes videos are too short. This is one of those times.
  • + 3
 Great work guys! best edit I've seen in a while!
  • + 1
 Doerfling and Buehler make every video so wooorthyYY!! They shred the F**K out of anyplace.. That drop was freaking Nuts.. Nice one boys!!
  • + 4
 Best title ever.
  • + 1
 Thats so sick!
  • + 2
 awsome guys, man when he came flying towards the camera i jumped out my seat. keep em comming guys
  • + 1
 so poduim or aurum or wilson.....no lets wont get into that.... good bikes super riders!!!!
  • + 1
 Make awesome footage and production -> compress to the point where coal would turn into diamonds..

WHY? Frown
  • + 2
 Nice work Scott, killing it!!!
  • + 2
 That was awesome footage loving every second of that film right on!
  • + 3
 3:23
  • + 2
 That last pic looks a bit like the zone from Semenuk's segment in NWD 10.
  • + 1
 Same spot
  • + 2
 Song choice made for a really fresh & smooth vibe.
  • + 1
 not possible to sell any copy of WTTE by mindblowing folks with awesome stuff like this for free! ..g r e a t value Wink
  • + 2
 nice pick on da song boys.
  • + 2
 This is more exciting to watch than "where the trail ends".
  • + 2
 thought it said "mining for nigs" for a second there! sick edit!
  • + 2
 retallack rocks ! awesome in winter, awesome in summer !
  • + 2
 VOD!!
  • + 1
 worlds most brappable berm
  • + 1
 shralp trails all summer, face shots all winter.
  • + 1
 I do enjoy this. Very, very much.
  • + 1
 Nice. Classic rock tune too!
  • + 1
 What a sick place to build!
  • + 1
 Really great riding in this. Love the old cabin drops
  • + 1
 Le Epic Shit... Got me stocked .
  • + 1
 nice! what jersey is hopkins wearing???
  • + 1
 Great Vid!! Never expected to hear a clapton song in a bike movie! HOT!
  • + 1
 Nice very nice! When ill grow up i will want to ride the like this
  • + 1
 Awesome video!I wanna go and ride!
  • + 1
 Yes, Yes and Yes again! Smile
  • + 1
 Just booked my next doctors appointment cause that was way 2 sick! Big Grin
  • + 1
 can't believe stuff like this is free on the net! awesome edit and riding!
  • + 0
 What was that first song?
  • + 1
 I also mine for nugs
  • + 1
 NICE,I LIKE THE 888.
  • + 1
 they stole my song!
  • + 1
 Enjoyed it. Great vid
  • + 1
 some nice terrain!
  • + 1
 Where has Steve Romo been this yr?
  • + 0
 Song?
  • + 1
 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shuffle Your Feet Cream - White Room

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