Three days in the backcountry - Part 3 of 3

Aug 9, 2010
by Margus Riga  
Packing up our site on our last morning in the backcountry, it felt like an eternity had passed since we rode out from our vehicle drop point three days ago. Not sure why that was, but it may have had something to do with the fact that the only time we weren't physically doing something, we were sleeping.

Be ready to be visually stimulated inside,
Mmmmm, breakfast.
Mmmmm, breakfast.

Riding in the backcountry is a lot like skiing in the backcountry...every turn must be earned.
Riding in the backcountry is a lot like skiing in the backcountry...every turn must be earned.
Keep on pushin'.
Keep on pushin'.

In this barren, treeless, alpine landscape, life manages to pop up in the strangest places. Like on this rock. I have no idea what this orange stuff is, but I'd bet it's like a million years old and has a really strange name.
In this barren, treeless, alpine landscape, life manages to pop up in the strangest places. Like on this rock. I have no idea what this orange stuff is, but I'd bet it's like a million years old and has a really strange name.
This bush tripped me right out for like five minutes.
This bush tripped me right out for like five minutes.

Getting to the top and seeing this, we thought it was going to get real nasty weather wise. But for some reason it didn't. I am always amazed how fast the weather out here changes...either for the worse or for the best. It's always just a roll of the dice.
Getting to the top and seeing this, we thought it was going to get real nasty weather wise. But for some reason it didn't. I am always amazed how fast the weather out here changes...either for the worse or for the best. It's always just a roll of the dice.

With time and the weather on our side, we decided to session this natural alpine booter.
With time and the weather on our side, we decided to session this natural alpine booter.
...and attempt to ride some backcountry gnar.
...and attempt to ride some backcountry gnar.

World's sickest lunch cubby.
World's sickest lunch cubby.

After a lunch of beef jerky, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate, it was back to the business of exploring the alpine goods.
After a lunch of beef jerky, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate, it was back to the business of exploring the alpine goods.

P.J. Hunton, trolling for tasty lines.
P.J. Hunton, trolling for tasty lines.

Found one!
Found one!

What took two hours to get up, took two minutes to get down. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.
What took two hours to get up, took two minutes to get down. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Nothing to do now, but pick our way off this mountain, and onto the trail that leads us back to our starting point.
Nothing to do now, but pick our way off this mountain, and onto the trail that leads us back to our starting point.

Time to head 'er home.
Time to head 'er home.

The problem with backcountry trails that rarely get ridden, is that if no one takes care of them, the plants will. Back to battling the bushes...
The problem with backcountry trails that rarely get ridden, is that if no one takes care of them, the plants will. Back to battling the bushes...
...and weather.
...and weather.
A mini rain storm made the trails so sticky and muddy, that we couldn't even ride downhill. There's nothing as aggravating as having to carry a perfectly good bike down the trail.
A mini rain storm made the trails so sticky and muddy, that we couldn't even ride downhill. There's nothing as aggravating as having to carry a perfectly good bike down the trail.

Holy shit! We made it. Cheers and beers.
Holy shit! We made it. Cheers and beers.

A super special thank you to our gear sponsors: Knolly Bikes, Norco Bikes, and Easton Havoc wheels. Thanks for making products that are truly built for this shit.

-Margus Riga


20 Comments

  • 5 0
 i do hope you attempted to ride from the worlds sickest lunch cubby. that would be some epic gnarly shit!
  • 1 0
 I second that... looked like something out of NWD...
  • 5 0
 An epic journey and some really brilliant pictures, thanks for sharing it Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Oh well, back to reality. I like to be on a bike in any capacity, but a trip like that is a whole nother level of consciousness. Can't wait for the next one! Good to see you guys hitting some booters along the way too.
  • 3 0
 Thanks for sharing this. GREAT photographs. Your report is filled with PODs. What a great time youall had...Pinkbike members are riding vicariously through you pictures. Very cool.
  • 2 0
 absolutely.... i could give half of them the pod if it was up to me. The black and white one..... amazing.
  • 1 0
 Hey guys that looked like a great ride! what a crazy adventure it must have been. The orange stuff id a type of lichen by the way. its a composite organisms consisting of a symbiotic association of a fungus and usually green alga. how crazy! Keep riding !
  • 3 0
 What an Epic ride that was. Thanks a bunch for sharing, that was just unreal.
  • 1 0
 That's not a beer guys, that's piss !
For real beer taste Belgian beers Big Grin

You've made an awesome article from an awesome trip !!
  • 3 0
 What the Earth am I doing in Ontario? Get me outta here!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 what an awesome looking trip. that is exactly the kind of stuff that I love. Epicness and shredding.
  • 1 0
 agreed Smile
  • 2 0
 Thanks for sharing guys, you rule!
  • 1 0
 sick photos. what pack did you use (the red one) and were you riding clipless?
  • 1 0
 Holy cow, that was such an amazing collection of shots Margus and what a great trip too!
  • 1 0
 yeah man, every single part of this photo story was just amazing as always, keep it going dude, please!
  • 1 0
 All the pics in your article are really nice man! nice place. nice shots!
  • 1 0
 thanks for push me to get back to allmoutain
  • 1 0
 Well done lads. I enjoyed the whole thing...
  • 1 0
 Spectacular series. Great biking, amazing landscape, fantastic photos.

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