Comic Book Recap From a Bikepacking Adventure in Redfern, British Columbia

Feb 16, 2019
by Leon Verhelst  
The majestic Redfern Lake

Andrew and I had been biking locally in Prince George, BC for a few years and yearned for epic adventure beyond our backdoor trails. We cut our bikepacking teeth at Cronin's Pass in Smithers and then last year we jumped into the deep end with hopes of swimming in the aquamarine water of Redfern Lake and summitting the surrounding rocky ridges in the picturesque Redfern-Kelly Provincial Park of Northern BC.

We completed our trip in August 2018; at that time I sat down to write a short summary of the experience. I found that whatever I wrote just didn't feel right. My companion in pain and achievement, Andrew, did successfully write a summary of the experience but it took me until now in February 2019 to get out my version of the story.

As a picture is a window into a moment, so are these pages a window into my experience over the four days Andrew and I spent on our bikes seeking and finding adventure in the true North of British Columbia.

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38 Comments

  • + 32
 I appreciated this way more than the article on, well, pretty much any article on industry sponsored garbage. Good on ya and #26aintdead
  • + 5
 Thanks man!!
  • + 1
 wooh yeah 26aintdead
  • + 5
 Mobile users, scroll down to use Desktop Version of Website at bottom of page, resolution is spot on after this. Nice job illustrating an epic, looks like it was real wilderness. Respect
  • + 4
 Really good work well done! I did a similar comic of a trip I did (not on bikes) and it's such a good memento much better than photos plus sketching a bit everyday helped me meet loads more people as it attracted passers,,-by / fellow travelers interested in what I was doing
  • + 1
 1) Filling in the details over a beer with "Comic Unplugged" would be awesome.
2) I saluted you every time the "trail" disappeared or you left the map. I'm pretty sure that would be my undoing.
3) I breathed a sigh of relief when you had the truck keys with you.

This is awesome. Well done you two.
  • + 3
 Got lucky the Skag didnt eat you alive it gets bad up there I lived around there for 4 years and have always wanted to do that trip
  • + 2
 So lucky! The skag was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever done with a bike.
  • + 3
 Great strip! All too real! And the temps each night were a nice touch, as was the post gatorate vibes.
  • + 4
 I'm on a mobile in the middle if the outback, fml this looks so rad
  • + 5
 The restaurant?
  • + 5
 Get a blooming onion and a bloat of fosters matie
  • + 1
 Btw was that a LetterKenny quote in there or is that just something you Canadians say....cause I love it. That and "Lets take 5 to 10% off there, Squirrely Dan"
  • + 3
 That was pretty fantastic. Thanks!
  • + 2
 For mobile users, switch to desktop version and zoom in. Great article I enjoyed it
  • + 3
 What a cool book! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Humbling.
  • + 3
 Great job. Seems like a common occurrence for a lot of bikepacking trips.
  • + 3
 Great idea. Looks like a legit sufferfest. Well done. Smile
  • + 1
 Weirdly....like Rogan mentions on his hunting trips...it's the suffering that makes it memorable and the highs that much higher. Nothing like plans ruined by reality...respect for knowing that's the journey.
  • + 2
 Really awesome work boys, Andrew mentioned this trip when I met him and it took a minute to connect the dots, but super rad!
  • + 4
 Fun read...ThanksSmile
  • + 2
 comix....bikes...the two best things in the world!
  • + 2
 Thank you so much for sharing!
  • + 2
 Ace!! Very much enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing and well done!
  • + 3
 thanks that was fun
  • + 2
 Isn't that how all trips to the unknown go? Great job.
  • + 2
 great read! any kind of map of your adventure?
  • + 1
 I did make an estimate map of the adventure on Strava. GPS died early on so it's basically all estimates. Not sure if you can share Strava links on here, but you can PM me if you want me to send those ridelogs over.
  • + 2
 Love it! What a great adventure
  • + 2
 Cool way to document a trip, nice work!
  • + 2
 Thanks boys! Brings back memories of some of my (mis) adventures!
  • + 2
 photos or it didn't happen! jk, this is way better.
  • + 2
 So good!
  • + 2
 Hell Yeah!
  • + 2
 I enjoyed this
  • + 2
 yewww
  • + 2
 Such a great story!
  • - 3
 29 pages of comics?

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