Alpine Lording With The Nomads - Video

Nov 2, 2017
by The Nomads  
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Take a ride high into the alpine with The Nomads Chris and Dylan as they explore Whistler’s new, very popular and absolutely stunning Lord Of The Squirrels trail. The trail is rated blue and is built around the idea of AM and XC use. Chris is riding the Santa Cruz Tallboy and Dylan riding the Santa Cruz Hightower fitted with Enve Composites new next generation Enve M series Wheels, DH Bars and AM stems.

Photo - Chris Johnston

It was an early 3am start, climbing by moonlight up the machine groomed climbing trail Into the Mystic. We were nearing the top as the sunrise came over the mountains on the horizon it was a spectacular sight. Traversing through the alpine we descended from the peak of Mt Sprout. The trail passed by alpine lakes and meadows eventually winding down through stunning old growth forests to the valley floor.

Photo - Matt Staggs


Whistler Off Road Cycling Association (WORCA) was extremely happy to have completed the new alpine descent trail, Lord of the Squirrels, after 5 years of planning and 3 years of construction. The trail was officially opened on the 29th August.

Photo - Dylan Wolsky
Photo - Dylan Wolsky

While the Sproat alpine network is comprised of blue rated trails, the effort and exertion required to successfully and safely complete the loop rides definitely lands on the more difficult side of the spectrum. Sproat may seem close to civilization, but this ride is a true backcountry experience and needs to be treated with the respect it deserves. Riders planning on riding the alpine loop should prepare for an all day adventure!

Photo - Dylan Wolsky
Photo - Dylan Wolsky

Trail Fun Facts

Full trail loop - 18km+
Total Hours Building - 8784 hours
Full Time Trail Builders - Anywhere from 2 - 6 over the three years
Handbuilt Trail - 6.9km
View Points - 9 +3 secret ones
Elevated rock walls - 60
Armoured Drain Crossings - 17
Bridges - 29
Volunteer Trail Days - 13 days
Volunteer Trail Hours - 1,800 hours


Elevation

Mt Sproatt - 1834m
Flank Trail - 1000m
Start of LOTS - 1700m
LOTS Climb - 207m
LOTS Descent - 906m





Photo - Chris Johnston

Video - Matt Staggs Visuals
Photos - Dylan Wolsky, Chris Johnston

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49 Comments

  • 36 0
 It's funny because they're not riding Nomads.
  • 2 1
 Ahhh man you beat me to it!!!
  • 8 2
 It's even more funny because they're not riding in the alps.
  • 2 0
 No shuttle horses, no care...
  • 2 0
 should call them the "TallTowers"?
  • 4 0
 We thought no one would notice....haha We like to ride and race just about anything on two wheels. The name "The Nomads" originated from team members being from all over the world living and racing in Canada.
  • 1 0
 @Prax: since the Hightower is basically a Tallboy LT plus some updates to geo, I call mine the Highboy Talltower
  • 8 0
 Great trail with amazing scenery. Although I'll admit I walked a good portion on the way up (although I was passing people who were trying to ride).
  • 4 0
 Yup. I did the same thing.
  • 3 15
flag MMOF (Nov 3, 2017 at 11:45) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah, that is a brutal climb and an e-bike would help. You definitely have to earn the ride down but definitely worth it.
  • 11 1
 @MMOF: this is pinkbike, not e Bike monthly.

Burn the Witch!
  • 2 4
 @KiwiClint: :-). I know but seriously...try that climb.... Helidrop next...
  • 1 0
 @MMOF: what is it? 2500m vertical?
  • 2 0
 my dork logger said 4500 ft total.. but its pretty sustained steep, wish I had one smaller gear... great ride.. well worth the effort.. stunning..
  • 4 0
 I rode it on august 27th and the trail was an absolute zoo. I've never seen so many people on a trail before. Dozens and dozens, perhaps hundreds of riders. A good portion of them were out of their league and suffering. At 12:30pm, The first lake had about 75 people hanging out around it, with a constant stream of riders passing by. It's a beautiful and fun trail and I thoroughly enjoyed it but the hype is beyond belief. Avoid riding this on the weekend.
  • 8 0
 ....er maybe avoid Whistler during Crankworx season. Rode the trail in September and it was pretty quiet...also dont forget the out and back Happy Hour trail...some amazing views at the top!
  • 5 0
 did this trail in september and saw no one else all day , it was amazing !!!
  • 1 0
 lucky.. I was there september 12? mid week.. lots of people.. great times nonetheless..
  • 2 0
 A gentle but never ending climb up with only a few steeper bits to get your heart rate up, and a super super wonderful, fun but not all that difficult (by Whistler standards) descent.
  • 2 0
 stiff climbs to get up to the Into the Mystic trail. ....and plenty of steep gnar options to finish the ride after the lord of the squirrels
  • 3 0
 Wow, trail looks absoluuutely incredible, bucket list stuff for sure. And a shout out for Sydney local Matt Staggs Visuals - top job on the video!
  • 1 0
 great ride if you are there.. don't miss it.. unreal scenery.. well worth the effort, but it is an effort and we saw many in over there head.. its 4500 feet up and while its not technical, its a rather steep grade. I wished I had a smaller chain ring for this one..
  • 2 0
 I always think it's funny that the video seems so peaceful, when in reality these guys were riding along with the annoying buzz of a drone following their every move.
  • 8 0
 We struggled to here the drone over the "buzz" form our Chris King hubs! haha All seriousness though we really wanted to capture the experience that comes from riding high alpine single track. We hope you enjoyed the video!
  • 1 0
 I think you meant the buzz of those freakin' mosquitoes. Take bug spray when riding up there. It will make your stops more enjoyable
  • 2 0
 Please, filmmakers, hit me up in the future and I’ll score your film for FREE and give you something with more than four chords.
  • 4 0
 Two words - bucket list
  • 1 0
 you just have to cross one border...
  • 1 0
 @colincolin: so do you, you just have to do it in a plane Smile
  • 4 1
 Why, oh why, start at 3AM?!?!?!?
  • 3 0
 When fun becomes a drug.
  • 2 0
 Seriously!
Logical reasons I can think to get up that early:
- It's stoopid busy and you're trying to beat the crowd.
- You really are that slow, or it is that difficult.
- It's in a place where lightning is common and you have to leave the alpine before the storms (happens in Colorado).
- It's August in Moab.
- You want great light for the photos. But then why even mention it like you're some crazy bad ass hard man suffering for your art.
  • 2 0
 Because the sunrise at the top of that mountain with just couple of people there is incredible. Although I went up the night before and camped, so maybe you're right...
  • 4 0
 @corvus1: Yes 3am was an early start. Riding over the summit at sunrise in the alpine is and will always be an amazing experience. Camping the night before would have also been a great option!
  • 2 0
 @corvus1: We don't get thunder storms here often. I don't think we had one this summer. It does get busy and that probably played a part so the film would not have other people in it. And up early to catch the sunrise. I've ridden the entire system twice this year. I am stunned at the popularity. I gather there is a certain FOMO aspect to it all. There were a few heli evacs this summer and I think other rescues too. While the descent is rated intermediate, when a rider is tired from the climb it becomes more challenging. Plus the super dry summer and high number of riders really took a toll on the trail. It is a great trail system though and I look forward to riding it next season.
  • 2 0
 @thenomadsmtb: Totally get it. I was an alpine/rock/ice climber till I discovered MTB in my mid 30's. Super early starts were pretty much required for that stuff and it killed my motivation to get up early these days. Alpine sunrise is great, but at 40+ I'm loving sleeping in, a strong espresso, and book to pass the time till the temps are perfect, then riding for several hours to catch sunset at the pub Wink
  • 2 2
 That climb is brutally long and you need a good rest before heading down. Enjoy a swim, take plenty of pictures, have some great food and then shred down. Be rested enough to have a blast down. In September the trail down was pretty much "shredded" and needed a lot of work (hats off to the WORCA builders and I will continue to support you).
  • 3 0
 Looks absolutely stunning!
  • 3 0
 No amount of Ads will convince me to spend that much for a wheel set. No.
  • 1 0
 Sweet video. These kinds of alpine trails are so awesome even without the gnar seen on the lower technical trails in this area.
  • 2 0
 we need more Whistler coverage
  • 1 0
 You should start at 5am to miss the crowds!
  • 2 0
 Damn, is it really that bad!?
  • 1 0
 @ianswilson815: pretty busy mid day.
  • 1 0
 @a-m-c: Huh good to know. We were considering it when I was up there this past summer but didn't get around to it. I'll do it next time early morning. Takes away from the scenery and solitude when the top is jam packed with people.
  • 1 0
 I think this was a bit of an anomaly as it was the first summer that it was fully open. Although I guess most people will still be doing it on the weekend, so those days will be bad
  • 3 0
 @ianswilson815: I think the trail was very popular in August around Crankworx. We rode the trail a handful of times over summer only passing a few people.
  • 2 1
 SCENERY FOR DAYZ !!!

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