Video & Photo Story: First Descents in Remote British Columbia with Kenny Smith

May 6, 2020
by Sarah Moore  


Every great adventure starts with a visionary. Kenny Smith’s dream was to combine two passions - mountain bikes and helicopters - into one once-in-a-lifetime trip. The plan was simple: visualize the route, then make it happen. Between the initial vision and journey's end is a whole lot of fun. Join Kenny Smith and crew as they explore remote parts of British Columbia by bike and heli.

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga

"I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my new career in aviation with my passion for bikes. Exploring BC from the air opens possibilities for riding in zones I've never imagined. There's so much unexplored terrain in BC, it's hard to describe until you see the scope of it from the air." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

"Planning a trip like this is stressful not knowing if the lines will be rideable. The relief of seeing the zone and getting some tires on the ground is unbeatable. What you see from the air and the reality on the ground can be two different things." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

"Dropping into the first descents with Fraser and Charlie is a feeling I won't forget. We rode pockets of small rocks but found sections of sand, boulders, and lots of shale; pretty much every flavour of rock you could imagine." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga

"Riding next to glaciers in remote British Columbia is unbelievable, and ultimately they created the terrain we were riding." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

"The lines were big, and so were the hikes out." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

"We got into some crazy wind mid day and made a windbreak out of our camping gear. It made for a nice mid day rest after an eventful first 24 hours." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

"The feeling of staring at infinite riding options has become an obsession." - Kenny Smith.

Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga
Photo by Margus Riga

Photo by Margus Riga

"It is always an honour to work on a project with Margus and Matt behind the lens. They're an amazing team to work with. Margus was the one who got me into the exploring remote places and multi day adventures. He's a beast and look forward to many more trips like this." - Kenny Smith.

Featured Riders: Kenny Smith, Fraser Newton, Margus Riga, and Charles Diamond.

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25 Comments

  • 17 11
 How polluting is the heli? I love Kenny and his whole attitude, but I think it's time to lose the heli- in sports.
Than again, I could be wrong....https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2012/may/25/will-i-am-helicopter-carbon-footprint
  • 6 7
 Search for the pollution from the ocean ships first Wink You know the ones that carry majority of goods you use and buy on daily bases. Well I will make it easier for you:

"Ships contribute a significant amount of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) calculated that ocean-going vessels released 1.12 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2007. This is equivalent to the annual greenhouse gas emissions from over 205 million cars, or more cars than were registered in the entire United States in 2006 (135 million)."

"It has been estimated that just one of these container ships, the length of around six football pitches, can produce the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. The emissions from 15 of these mega-ships match those from all the cars in the world. And if the shipping industry were a country, it would be ranked between Germany and Japan as the sixth-largest contributor to global CO2 emissions."
  • 3 0
 @IrishTom: That was an interesting article you linked to. Not sure on the CO2 sequestration parts of the story but the rest is hard to argue with. .
  • 2 0
 @kusa: I hear ya man, hadn't seen the information on shipping before.

Not sure what point your making, but I make an effort to reduce my impact on the environment and it aint' easy if the infrastructure is built on fossil fuels. It also may futile if there are large scale polluters carrying on-is that your point maybe?
  • 3 0
 Fair comment and I wonder the same. It's worth thinking about, and as hard as it is to rein it in (both individually and as an industry), mountain biking has become something of a tourism industry that seems to thrive on stuff like this. So much of what we do accounts for some degree of pollution and pointing out some other activity that pollutes to a greater degree doesn't diminish your point. It seems to me that only amounts to a high sounding excuse for burying your head in the sand or just a distraction.
  • 8 3
 aside from the heli drops...these dudes are workin for it! ...another growing niche in free riding. I'd like to see more footage of this style of riding accessed by 4X4's. I'm sure it wouldnt be as remote, but for myself and other blue collar riders, it would offer up more possibilities. cheers!
  • 1 0
 Have you a Chilcotin Hogyssey? Same dude, same area, awesome stuff.
  • 3 0
 The scenery is breathtaking and I'd go there, no questions asked. But the riding doesn't seem particularly enjoyable. Am I the only one thinking that?
  • 1 0
 Sweet. Got a look at the N part of this zone last spring on a Heli flight in to the Waddington for skiing and all I though of was mtb possibilities on the way in. Great beta.
  • 2 0
 What a trip, camping up high with bikes and good weather is about as good as it gets. Got me all frothed up for the melt!
  • 1 0
 Kenny Smith is awesome!! Don’t think we see enough content from him!!
Another one of those key words to immediately watch an edit when it comes on.
  • 2 0
 I love the wheel straightening technique!
  • 2 0
 Amazing Shots! We can make something similar in the Peruvian Andes Smile
  • 1 0
 "Top 10 camping spot".... meaning he has another 9 at this level?? Amazing.
  • 1 0
 Yeah Kenny! Fraser... Dont die!
  • 1 0
 Man this looks incredible. One day... one day.
  • 1 0
 Some insane landscape shots in this one!
  • 1 0
 Looks like a sick spot. Great photos and video!
  • 1 0
 in my finest Canadian accent, "what a feckin sender, bud"!
  • 1 0
 I never complain, feel free to give me a shout next time Kenny! Hahaha.
  • 1 0
 Do you need a crowns land permit for this?
  • 1 0
 The Dream
  • 1 0
 What an awesome trip!!!
  • 1 0
 So wicked!!! Yeah boys!!
  • 1 1
 MUST BE NICE..........

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