Whistler Action

Aug 15, 2000
Yep! We survived a week of riding/partying in Whistler BC. We rode tons of crazy trails - most of them considerably longer and steeper than those around here. It was really nice to ride in a region that is totally bike friendly. Many of the trails are set up and sanctioned by the city. In fact, we met the environmental co-ordinator for trail maintenance while out riding! She was taking a few out-of- towners like ourselves out for a tour, and gave us a run- down of how things work around the valley. Very interesting stuff.We have a bit of video from the expedition, which our own Gord McDowell will be editing into a usable form. Expect to see the wipeout of the year on this one...The Mimo Bike Launching experience! Deanr actually had a better and longer wipeout, but we did not dare pull the camera up and down Pemberton's Cop- Killer, which rates as the hardest trail I have ever (mostly) ridden. Sections of it are actually featured in Kranked III, and man it is wild stuff... There's even a huge-ass double jump over logs that Danny would love, and a 10 foot rock-face huck that might even make his blood run cold. I was just happy to make it down the Chute (not the line featured in Kranked III, but the somewhat less gnarly one to the left of it) with a bit of tripod action to control speed coming out the bottom of the thing, where it cuts a sharp left on a nasty steep pile of scree rocks & stuff... This trail ate 3 bikes and is not recommended for people with vertigo problems, or who don't like loose sketchy scree slope riding...
The other wicked trail we did in Pemberton was naturally Tower of Power, a nice rock-ride all the way. Its also in Kranked III, although we did not ride the face in the vid on the front wheel... The other trail of note was the stellar Ride Don't Slide at the top of Whistler mountain. This thing is a 1:40-2 hr climb up to the snow base of the peak. Amazing views all the way up, but a lot of work getting there. (1000m pure vertical from the base, according to the altitude watch!) Its totally worth it though, as its a bit like Kodiak Karnage at Fernie, but a zillion times longer, steeper and more technical. It runs from the top almost all the way down as a single wild trail. Lots of turns, steep descents and all of it in soft, mossy type stuff. Big trees, waterfalls you name it, this one is swweeeet! But you can only ride it usually in August, as there's snow on the top of it most of the rest of the year! We have some vid of about a 10 foot rock chute that we goofed around on for a bit - so watch for that! Unfortunately, we did not get to do Hawaii 50, which apparently has one hell of a cool gigantico log type ride, and a number of nasty wheelie drops due to pain and time constraints, but we'll be back next year fer sure! More later Check out the photos

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