Growth: Alan Mandel - Video

Jun 11, 2017
by Andrew Young  
Views: 19,634    Faves: 332    Comments: 33


bigquotesFrom growing up in the small town of Lander, Wyoming, I had never seen a tree larger than 3 feet in diameter. When I moved to BC a few years back, I was immediately obsessed with the majestic old-growth forest of the Pacific Northwest. Since then I have always wanted to build a freeride-inspired trail through the majestic forest while integrating my style of riding into the land. I found this zone last winter after many expeditions into the woods. I built the trail in 18 days taking over 200 hours in total. Unfortunately, the winter provided some wet and greasy building conditions. Once I finished, the weather cleared up and it was the best feeling ever to ride the trail you’ve been dreaming of for years. I hope you enjoy the project as much as I have.Alan Mandel

Photo by - Peter Castro

Photo by - Peter Castro

Photo by - Peter Castro

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir

Photo by - Peter Castro

Photo by - Peter Castro

Special thanks to everyone who helped me with this project, I cant wait to start the next one!

Video: Andrew Young
Rider/Builder: Alan Mandel
Photos: Peter Castro


MENTIONS: @andrewyoung



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31 Comments

  • + 10
 That was great! Everything about it. Film/edit, trail, and especially the riding. WOW!
  • + 1
 Thanks dude!!
  • + 1
 @andrewyoung: looks steep too, vids don't normally make things look steep but this is great
  • + 8
 Can people stop calling BC the Pacific Northwest. That is Washington State. BC is not in America. Aside from that great video!
  • + 1
 he built it in washington.
  • + 2
 BC is in the Pacific Northwest. It's a geographical term unrelated to artificial national boundaries.
  • + 0
 Pacific Northwest needs to disappear all together from this site, seems to be a fad lately, I'm always thinking "thank you for the most vague description possible of where these trails are..." Searching PNW on google images and not one of the first dozen even has it in the same place, as it has no standard acceptance of where it actually starts and ends.
  • + 2
 @wildcatwilly: perhaps we don't want you to know where it is...
  • + 1
 I'd consider the coast range and west from Eugene up to coast gravity park all part of the pnw. I do think it's far to vague a statement to put in a description of a video however... one thing that's for certain however is the fact this is a badass edit! Seriously! Talk about pushing that rune to the limits!
  • + 2
 While there are many interpretations of the area covered, I think it can be defined broadly as overlapping the pacific coast temperate rainforest ecoregion, which would include the coast range from northern tip of california to southern alaska...more narrowly defined, I'd say it's the from the pacific to the cost range along the Salish Sea, roughly from Olympia/Aberdeen to northern BC.

Not useful to tell you where the trail is, but valuable to broadly define the kind of trail riding experience: big cedars, wet fall/winter/spring, rooty, loamy, young mountains and possibly coastal zones.

@scotttherider: @wildcatwilly
  • + 2
 @dontcoast: thanks for the insight.
  • + 6
 OMG what a work of art... hope someday my tires will touch loam like that.
  • + 1
 Thank you sir!
  • + 1
 @andrewyoung: this is a true gem of an edit! Pushing that rune to its limits you think?
  • + 1
 @scotttherider: cheers man! Much appreciated Smile
  • + 2
 That step-down to step-down at 1:18 is so sick! Nice work on the trail!
  • + 1
 Congrats Alan! That turned out awesome!
  • + 1
 Nice work Alan! That is a wild trail!
  • + 1
 That trail looks soooooooo good!
  • + 1
 So shrad guy! Awesome work
  • + 1
 This looks like such a fun trail!
  • + 1
 That was excellent. Well done.
  • + 2
 A slice of Canadian pie.
  • + 2
 So many hucks.....
  • + 1
 Awesome!
  • + 1
 steezzz
  • + 1
 Sick!
  • + 1
 Props
  • + 1
 Incredible work gents!
  • + 1
 Thanks man Smile
  • + 1
 Nice! That looks fun.

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