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