Exploring the Queendom: Part Two - Video and Photos

Oct 31, 2016
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When the draw of adventure pulls you deep into the mountains, it can take you to familiar places but often times into terrain you've not yet explored. Wherever that journey leads, there is an incomparable feeling deep within when you arrive exactly where it was beckoning you to go.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

At the end of the Canadian alpine riding season, Wildland Media and I were grateful to make a second trip to a majestic granite mecca deep within British Columbia's Coast Range, nicknamed 'The Queendom'. A glimpse into our first trip and how we got there can be seen in Part One.

With only 48 hours to explore, sleep was willingly traded for finding new lines in a landscape where trails are formed instantly by the creativity of the rider. Our days started before sunrise and finished long after it set.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Our goal was to go deeper and further than before, to traverse a remote ridge that had previously caught our imagination - a series of recently exposed glacial benches cast with a couple stunning blue lakes.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

The Queendom alpine landscape is without human fragmentation, pure in all its form. No roads. No trails. We were delivered up to the alpine thanks to a nearby boat access and helicopter serviced logging operation.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

A saying within the mountaineering world is 'what looks good from far, is often far from good'. Each mountain range, each peak, has its own unique form and there is an art to understanding and navigating their character.

Gentle rolls can mask large cliffs. Gradual streams can lead to falls. Car size rocks can teeter upon touch. Keeping yourself in check and humble is an important lesson you may not get to learn twice.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

With every pedal stroke into the unknown, we deepened our understanding of The Queendom, a geomorphic masterpiece sculpted by nature on the Sunshine Coast near Powell River, British Columbia.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

As the light faded we made our way back to camp. We were full of heart, yet ready to rest. The constant intensity of adventuring into the unknown leaves you elated, but in need of a recharge that only some rest can provide.

After a nourishing mountain meal, we fell asleep to the starscape and dreamed of adventures to come.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

The adventure continues as Part Three - The Story, is coming soon ...

Exploring the Queendom: Part One - Pictures and Video

Wildland Media: Specializing in outdoor adventure photography and videography, particularly in the backcountry.

Lorraine Blancher: Accredited ACMG Day Hiking Guide / PMBIA Mountain Bike Instructor gratefully supported by - Race Face, Fox Racing Shox, Crankbrothers, Sport Oxylent, Troy Lee Designs, CLIF Bar, Five Ten, Osprey Packs, Specialized Canada and Vittoria Tires.

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27 Comments

  • + 17
 No matter how you measure this, it is special. It is unique and despite that, every one of us who seeks it should at least have a chance at experiencing it. In America, all is banned. In Canada, freedom is found! I'll spend my tourist and adventure money in the land of the free and so should you!
  • + 4
 amazing terrain and photos. what an awesome area to go ride.

hate to be a hater, but this is two separate zones across the Valley from each other. each about a max of 5 km long that's rideable it appears. not exactly somewhere to go unless you have $$ burning in your pocket for heli time to bump around here and there to ride some admittedly epic rock lines.

what would really be cool would be to do a long ridgeline hike/climb on the ridge that extends way north from Part 2's content. doesn't really seem too bike friendly though.
  • + 2
 Hi @grumpybuilder!

It's an amazing place - as mentioned in a private message to you, I'll send you various route info if you're genuinely heading in there. Let me know what you're thinking and I'll give you insight. I've been on handful of other ridges in the area (not on this trip).

As mentioned in the Article - There's definitely some good terrain for riding and there's definitely some not - and I'm not exactly sure where you're assuming I've only gone ...

The point IS to link long rides! (It's kinda why I'm doing it - cheeky smile!)

It's what I love to do.

(I spent many years working for CMH Heli Ski / Summer Adventures where it was my summer job to guide people on some sweet and unique adventures deep within the Columbia Mountains. They've been doing this for over 35 years - heli skiing for over 50 years. They kinda invented it. I'm honored to have been there when Hans and Leo would still come into the lodge and even in the mountains! My main passion is mountain biking ... and if you know me - I like to ride. I've been blending both those skills for awhile now, exploring various remote ranges in a nontraditional way to link up my ultimate rides, etc.)
  • + 1
 Awesome adventure! Serious question, does water drip through the tarp where the bike tyre is sitting against it supporting the middle? I'd be keen to know as its a very compact way of setting up. I'd just be worried about condensation dripping through.
  • + 4
 What the hell? I grew up in Powell River and I've never heard of this place. Looks nice though.
  • + 3
 I live in the best place on earth (to me, anyways)...that's my backyard Smile

I rode up in that general area with Lorraine last year Smile
  • + 1
 That rock looks amazing. Any word on climbing in that area?
  • + 3
 @wideload46: World class climbing
  • + 2
 I hope you realise how lucky you are! I would do anything to live there!
  • + 3
 @Lbbikes.com Surprised you didn't take the heli bike rack up there with you?
  • + 2
 "Exploring the Queendom" sums up a few things for me:

1. Why I love the planet we live in.
2. Why I love this sport.
3. Why I'm moving to Canada.
  • + 4
 This is just beyond beautiful. Would love to get to this place.
  • + 4
 I'm excited for part three. Super unique videos..
  • + 2
 Man, those CrankBros wheels are so sexy, I just wish they had good reviews!!
  • + 3
 Ok you got me. How much does a Heli Lift cost per trip?
  • + 3
 Incredible. Keep it up Lorraine
  • + 4
 Incredible. Slablandia.
  • + 2
 Whats the code to spawn a yellow buzzard?
  • + 3
 Coffee ad?
  • + 1
 Looks amazing LB! Nice work!
  • + 1
 Wow... there are some POD-worthy images here!
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