Three days in the backcountry - Part 1 of 3

Aug 7, 2010
by Margus Riga  
There are some rides that can't be done in a day, but can be done in three.

This photo essay is on those three days...
5PM, Bralorne BC...shuttle truck was loaded, and the meter was on.
5PM, Bralorne BC...shuttle truck was loaded, and the meter was on.

Last minute supplies at the Goldbridge General Store. It was now a three hours' drive to our vehicle drop point, and first night's camp spot.
Last minute supplies at the Goldbridge General Store. It was now a three hours' drive to our vehicle drop point, and first night's camp spot.

Breaking past the edge of civilization, we were now in nature's hands.
Breaking past the edge of civilization, we were now in nature's hands.

We arrived just before dark, and set up camp. From here, we left our vehicle and rode out first thing in the morning.
We arrived just before dark, and set up camp. From here, we left our vehicle and rode out first thing in the morning.

After battling for four hours through mucky, mangled, swampy, buck brush-infested trail, we broke through to the sub-alpine.
After battling for four hours through mucky, mangled, swampy, buck brush-infested trail, we broke through to the sub-alpine.

This was the last river crossing and chance for a water refill until we get to our second nights' camp spot, which was on the other side of a really big mountain.
This was the last river crossing and chance for a water refill until we get to our second nights' camp spot, which was on the other side of a really big mountain.

Some really big mountains.
Some really big mountains.

Looks all easy and breezy at the top. P.J. Hunton, trying his best to look relaxed after having just used his bike as a pick axe to gain the last three hundred feet to the top.
Looks all easy and breezy at the top. P.J. Hunton, trying his best to look relaxed after having just used his bike as a pick axe to gain the last three hundred feet to the top.

Off the top and Into the eye of the storm. Right after this shot was taken, a punishing rain hammered us all the way down the steepest and most treacherous part of our descent. Only to stop right when we got to the bottom.
Off the top and Into the eye of the storm. Right after this shot was taken, a punishing rain hammered us all the way down the steepest and most treacherous part of our descent. Only to stop right when we got to the bottom.

Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Cooking it up at the
Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Cooking it up at the "Bike Porn" camp spot...our home base for the next two nights.

Steaks over the fire, bare hands style...rugged.
Steaks over the fire, bare hands style...rugged.

Stay tuned for Part 2!


23 Comments

  • 12 0
 Man I'm jealous. Just what I want to do right now..... great photos, what a trip! I'll be heading out into the South Chilcotins at the end of August for 10 days, your story is inspiring. Ride on!
  • 18 0
 I'm jealous too.. this defines "real" mountain biking i think
  • 2 0
 that looks pretty damn awesome! cant really imagine what its actually like sat behind a computer tho . . .
  • 7 0
 Eating STEAK??? On a camping trip??? Either that's super rugged and you just killed a Caribou or you're carrying a grocery store with you. Ramen Noodles FTW!
  • 1 0
 eff the noodles i kept some gov issue MREs from my last deployment gona bring thoes to my next epic
  • 2 0
 Putting the epic in biking!! A couple good buddies did the Colorado Trail last year over 14 days self supported. Good times!! Can't wait to put my new Enduro to the multi-day test!!
  • 1 0
 Just makes me wanna quit my job and go ride for the rest of the summer. True epic journey. Peace and watch out for the BEARS !!!
  • 1 0
 To me, that's what a prefect vacation is...well... Did you have a good local brew? THATS a perfect trip. Either way, soooo awesome.
  • 1 0
 Wow that is truly epic looking, i wish i lived in bc so i could do this....
  • 1 0
 Fun stuff. Sucks about the rain though. THat would've made choosing lines fairly tretcherous.
  • 1 0
 lol wilderness hiking + camping and then GOIN DOWN! to the bottom of the hill fosho.
  • 1 0
 Such an amazing set of pictures, makes you really feel insignificant! Love it!
  • 1 1
 Great, beautiful and spectacular all in one guys! You need to invest in a Go-Pro to properly document your fantastic adventures.
  • 1 0
 I think this should be a rite of passage for any mountain biker at some point in their lives. truly awesome.
  • 1 0
 Nice! Can't wait for the rest of the story! What camera did you use?
  • 1 0
 I love the shot of the grey/black mountains. Truly epic!
  • 1 0
 That them there some mountain men!!! nice work!
  • 1 0
 Fisheye looks awesome on PJ. Davidson?
  • 1 0
 that's killer, climbing a peak and shredding down the other side
  • 1 0
 7th shot of big mountains, very nice.
  • 1 0
 Great stuff. Well done..
  • 1 0
 so sick.
  • 1 0
 so jealous....

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