Exploring The Queendom: Part One - Video and Photos

Sep 24, 2016
by lbbikes.com  
Every now and then, the draw of adventure pulls you well off the beaten path.

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When no road, trail or terra firma pathway can connect you ...

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

... you become creative ...

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

... to get exactly where you dreamed to go.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

And when you're there, you don't want to leave.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

The day doesn't need to end, roll out your bike and continue to explore until the sun sets.

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

Exploring the Queendom with Lorraine Blancher

The adventure continues - Part Two coming soon.

Music: The Paper Kites - Willow Tree March

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

Lorraine Blancher: Accredited Association of Canadian Mountain Guide (ACMG) - Day Hiking Guide and Professional Mountain Bike Instructor Association (PMBIA) Mtb Skills Instructor gratefully supported by - Race Face, Fox Racing Shox, Five Ten, Crankbrothers, Troy Lee Designs, Sport Oxylent, CLIF Bar, Specialized Canada, Osprey Packs and Vittoria.


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75 Comments

  • + 35
 Not even remotely jealous. Id much rather be walking round Lidl looking at the monthly rubbish than being there.
Who am I kidding. Thankfully I just bought beers (Green Geko of course) in said Lidl so can drown my sorrows.
  • + 21
 Props to all the videographers and photographers who have to haul drones, camera bodies, lenses, batteries, riding and camping gear - then still keep up with the pro riders. Thank you for bringing these kinds of footage back for our viewing pleasure.
  • + 18
 Wonder what the carbon footprint of that trip was...
  • - 2
 Going to have to agree with you. Epic adventure but kind of defeats the purpose of biking when you have to drive/boat/heli before you even start pedaling.
  • + 5
 Who gives to shits about carbon foot print. We are all huge foot prints just for watching this on our devices and then going out and riding our bikes made in huge factories. It must be rad to have a boat load of money or have someone pay for you to go ride and do things like this.
  • + 15
 @Shinobi13: Maybe those of us who care about the wild places we like to visit? Yes, we all have an unavoidable footprint, but that doesn't mean we should just give up - we can still work to decrease that footprint. The world is not binary, and there is a huge space in between zero footprint, and heli rides to work every day, that we can make a difference within.
  • + 3
 Probably a lot less than Where the Trail Ends, producing Rampage, or even a small pro World Cup team and I don't read or hear people asking about those...
  • + 6
 @kevmocal: Valid. Not to mention all those damned cars that follow the TdF for a month! You're right, there's not enough attention brought to the matter at hand. I get it, just because one's a mountain biker doesn't automatically infer that they agree with anthropogenic climate change and wish to address it in their own way. But, as Delusional states so succinctly above, we need to begin to be aware of the impacts all of our actions make if we care about those places.
  • + 1
 doesn't have to be though. i hear these guys are planning to spoc it:

www.selfpropelledoutdoorclub.com/Flashdance.html
  • + 1
 Yeah and WC DH is green. They could've heli'd directly into the area. But a Heli bump is likely cheaper
  • + 11
 ingenious tent setup!
  • + 4
 How do people find places like this to go to? I feel the urge to go get out there but everything I can find is like an overrun hiking trail that isn't very "remote" at all. I guess what I'm tryinna say is where the f*ck do I even start ? Bike not required, I just want to go see Earth like this.
  • + 6
 Go to where the trail ends then just keep on going, or look on google
  • + 11
 @aljoburr: or go where google ends
  • + 9
 KILLING, Robin.
  • + 1
 Yeah, awesome work mate!
  • + 3
 i wondered what was hanging from the forks in the tent picture - then found a review of it on bikeradar - SPOT GEN3 tracker goo.gl/GbPmQM looks like a useful bit of kit
  • + 2
 I'm a big fan of the SPOTs, been using them since gen1 for backcountry shenanigans they keep getting better. (They also make it easier for loved ones to rest easy while I'm out).
  • + 1
 Thanks for that link. But I wonder when that device could be replaced with a satellite phone?
  • + 2
 It's popular but it's one of the worst ones out there. www.outdoorgearlab.com/Personal-Locator-Beacon-Reviews
  • + 2
 @SithBike: Satellite phone serve a different purpose. You still need a GPS to know where you are when calling for help with a sat phone. Plus sat phones costs a lot more to operate.
  • + 6
 Who's still riding CB wheelsets???
  • + 8
 sponsored riders and people not affected by internet opinion. CB hasn't sold me a bad or defective part yet, and that includes a dropper, 2 sets of pedals, 2 different mini-tools, compact tire pump and grips. All of these items were also very well priced. Other than the grips all of these parts are still being used on my older bikes or are in my pack.
  • + 2
 .... and me, for more than 6 years on my xc bike.
  • + 4
 @Filberico - I've been really stoked on these wheels and I've pushed them hard this summer!

I was excited to use a system that would allow me to fix a broken spoke without compromising my tubeless tire system - there's NO Compressor where I love to ride. Spare spokes breakdown nice and small - fit in my pack ...

By default - I had many Whistler Bike Park days on them, hitting the bigger jumps / drops and they're still tight and true. I'm genuinely impressed. (I just wish they were a bit wider - cheeky smile.)
  • - 1
 @lbbikes: I ride handbuild DT wheels,no need for spare spokes..
  • + 4
 That's my backyard! Lorraine and I explored a different awesome area there last fall Smile
  • + 2
 We'll go again @tranny-wrecker!
  • + 4
 Very cool! Way to get out there... Good bike shelter too. Couple of capable B.C. girls right there!!!
  • + 5
 Beautiful scenery!
  • + 2
 I could really go for some Perfect Storm (oatmeal stout) from Townsite Brewing right now, so good.
  • + 2
 Good eye @deiru! You can't go into the local mountains without the local brew!
  • + 1
 27 years ago I had one of the best adventures in my life in Poweel River, this video just made me travel in time. Thnks Jerome for a great trip Cheers
  • + 1
 Just amazing! Been lurking Google Maps but can't find this zone. Can you share details? (Haven't watched the video yet sorry if answer lies within.)
  • + 2
 It's South Coast Matt. Think of old glaciated terrain.

@brule - but it would have been a waste in bad weather
  • + 5
 That's up at the head of Powell Lake which heads north east from Powell River for close to 30 km, into some very rugged mountains. I know this from growing up in PR and holidaying there often after moving away, spending a fair bit of time on Powell Lake. Looks like some shots are from one of the many "floathouses" that line the lake. After boating to the end of the lake, logging roads could conceivably get one fairly close to that zone, but getting from roads end up into the alpine would likely be hell- BC coastal bushwhacking at its finest!
  • + 1
 @aka-bigsteve: thanks a lot. Not planning on being there in the near future but it's a beautiful spot and nice to know this info.
  • - 3
 You are a tool.
  • + 4
 I'm going to just leave my lotto numbers here: 50°15'36.29"N 124°17'58.20"W
  • + 1
 @mtnmanjake:
HAHA. I had google maps open in that exact area. Hit enter on you coordinates and it just zoomed in.
  • + 2
 @north-shore-bike-shop: Super easy to get to. Think day trip...
  • + 2
 @mtnmanjake: Part2

50°19'57.60"N
124°23'9.39"W
  • + 1
 @grumpybuilder: I actually thought it was somewhere else.
  • + 2
 That's one of the most unique landscapes I've seen.... kind of like Yosemite on steroids.
  • + 2
 I HATE live in the desert... Well, we also have beatiful landscapes, but you cannot find water easily...
  • + 1
 This is an amazing trip and beautifully documented. I am enraged with jealousy. Seriously, what do you do for work and are you hiring interns/apprentices? hahaha AWESOME!
  • + 1
 Lorraine is the best! If any of you ever need a guide In the BC area, she's the best! So full of knowledge and eternal stoke. You won't be let down.
  • + 2
 Curious if the tarp is bike specific
  • + 2
 Try Zpacks - Cuban Fibre Custom flys - 175g - they do the best bags and some very neat light gear all custom shipped state-side
  • + 3
 @Cerihughes - It's a classic Siltarp - uber light, waterproof, durable and diverse - perfect for creating a Bike Fort!

rab.equipment/us/accessories-equipment/shelters-tents-bivis/siltarp2
  • + 3
 Stunning images!
  • + 2
 If you want company to go on adventure like this I can go with you !!
  • + 3
 Wow that was amazing
  • + 1
 love to know what pack sthey are using in the pic befor the tent pics the blue one looks like u can get a lot in it
  • + 1
 @mark4 Not sure of the exact model, could be the predecessor to these packs... www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&gender=mens&category=Packs&subcat=Daypacks&model=Alpha-FL-30-Backpack
Arc'teryx gear is unreal.
  • + 2
 @mark4 I'm a bit of a minimalist when it comes to my gear and this Arc'teryx pack was ideal for what I needed to haul my gear on this trip.

Lightweight - Highly water resistant / weatherproof construction / taped seams / 'watertight' zipper - uber durable ripstop material.

It's a favorite (for many adventures)!

arcteryx.com/product.aspx?language=EN&category=Packs&subcat=Duffle_Bags&model=Carrier-Duffle-40
  • + 2
 @lbbikes: Try Zpacks - Cuban Fibre Custom flys - 175g - they do the best bags and some very neat light gear all custom shipped state-side
  • + 1
 Incredible pictures! Those massive slabs of rock must feel great to ride as well.
  • + 1
 @lbbikes take me next time!
  • + 1
 kinda like the opposite of this: www.pinkbike.com/video/60472
  • + 1
 Moab of the north...Rock riding is fun!!
  • + 1
 It's strange that nowadays you need a helicopter to get to the trailhead..
  • + 1
 Fucking ace! Lorraine's killing the game!
  • + 0
 Wow....that whole thing is intriguing, boating, flying, biking....stunning landscape......
  • + 1
 "He can't say that! Can he?
  • + 1
 Where is this? Where is the queendom?
  • + 1
 Yeah is that a custom tent idea or does someone make that tarp?
  • + 1
 Try Zpacks - Cuban Fibre Custom flys - 175g - they do the best bags and some very neat light gear all custom shipped state-side
  • + 1
 @Olybyke - It's a classic Siltarp - super diverse and ideal for creating a Bike Fort - lightweight, waterproof, durable, etc

rab.equipment/us/accessories-equipment/shelters-tents-bivis/siltarp2
  • + 3
 Looks like it's just a normal tarp strung over the bike to me. A standard tarp will do you well for many different setups like this. I quite like having the bike outside the tarp though for a bit more internal room.

This is how I had mine setup this weekend: goo.gl/photos/6dLrpZk5ynMR8bBs6

That's one end tied off to a tree, and the other with the guy line running over the bottom bracket. You could use a bike at each end as well if there were no trees around.
  • + 0
 Lorraine, this is rad and so are you! Claire Smile
  • + 1
 Good work! nice
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