Video: Insane Covid Build & Ride Project - 'Big Wild' in Squamish, BC

Nov 25, 2020
by OneUp Components  

A short story documenting Matt Bolton's Covid trail building project in the Squamish backcountry. You know a slab is steep when you have to rappel down to build your line. Covid can't kill freeride.

A big thanks to all the lockdown trail builders around the world.









Video and photos by Robin Munshaw. Supporting photos by AJ Barlas.

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82 Comments

  • 34 0
 Thank you. I needed this after watching "rowdy road riding"
  • 3 0
 Preach!
  • 15 0
 Can never get enough trail build / ride content. Was just telling my buddy "that's the trail we'd build there." What a work of art.
  • 11 0
 a) inspires me to build a line.
b) that shot of Matt gapping off that rock into the forest is one of the closest video representations of real gnar I've seen.
c) Slugs are getting all the video clips this week.
  • 11 0
 That was freakin’ amazing! So nicely put together Robin, and well built/ridden Boltz!
  • 7 0
 As a builder myself, this edit absolutely nailed it...the riding part is where I differ (vastly/sadly). 10/10
  • 7 1
 That last pic: soooo beautiful
  • 2 0
 That beautiful drive down the Sea to Sky highway, trying to keep your eyes on the road while nursing the buzz from Whistler adventures. Memories that evoke a lot of happy emotions for sure.
  • 1 0
 @dkidd: - stop in Squamish next time on the way up and ride some classic trails
  • 1 0
 @orphan: that was my usual M.O. unless it was an after-work twilight-pass ride.
  • 7 1
 Loving everything from OneUp right now!!
  • 4 0
 A Rider, a builder, a man without a pickup at the shore ? Didn't knew that such thing exists.
just joking, sick work !
  • 4 0
 One of the most humble and talented guys around ????
  • 3 0
 thanks Ruby!!
  • 3 0
 Not sure if I liked the tunes but did like the vid.
  • 10 0
 hey dude, matt from the video here, we had some other music lined up but with licensing it was way to expensive. We went with this song for the chill vibe and smaller less known artist!
  • 2 0
 @mattboltz: good call. Nice to support artists during this time.
  • 2 0
 @mattboltz: Soundtrack is always a matter of personal taste, I think you did a great job! It really fits the whole setting, cut and images and creates such a cool mood. Good job!
  • 3 0
 Excellent vid! Love the style and the storytelling
  • 4 0
 Nice one Boltz
  • 3 0
 what a video and what a trail. keep these coming!
  • 2 0
 Awesome work dude! Had a blast building at home during this covid season. Shred on!
  • 2 0
 That trail is amazing, great work! Curious how long distance wise is your trail or how long is an average run down it?
  • 3 0
 Hey dude! Matt from the video here - there is actually a couple different zones in here but the main trail is about 1000m long 3-4 minutes of riding
  • 2 0
 Poetic. Marvellous. Different from most videos - thank you!
  • 2 0
 Stoked for you Matt, the builds look amazing.
  • 2 0
 Right on! Great vid, rad riding!!
  • 2 0
 Yeah bolts! Liking the vibes.
  • 3 0
 Oh Squamish I miss you.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know the song?
An initial search didn’t turn up anything for me.
  • 1 0
 hey dude! it's shoe shine by Chris Molitor
  • 1 0
 @mattboltz: Thank You sir,
Appreciate it
  • 1 0
 @mattboltz: Respect for the riding, and building
Well done
  • 2 0
 classic squamish cheesy-ness
  • 2 0
 Awesome build, and great edit!
  • 2 0
 Proud of you Buddy! So so good.
  • 2 0
 really cool edit. well done sir
  • 2 0
 that trail looks amazing
  • 2 0
 This is quality content.
  • 2 0
 So rad! Nice work Matt!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome
  • 2 0
 Yeah Boltz!
  • 1 0
 Rad! I need to go to Squamish some day...
  • 2 0
 Nice forearms
  • 1 0
 haha - not shown, the wrist pain after digging for 8 hours
  • 2 0
 Pire epicness !
  • 1 0
 Nice Job Boys-That was Sweet!! U r Building some Dope Shit!!
  • 1 0
 thanks steve!
  • 7 7
 Serious question: Is this sanctioned/legit trail work?
  • 23 5
 Serious answer: Your mom does unsanctioned work.
  • 12 0
 Not the answer your after perhaps, but this looks like entry level slab ‘rock climb route setting’ not ‘trail work’ to me, which has been ‘legit’ in that area for about 50 years.
  • 7 1
 Most of the rock lines in the vid are not in a sanctioned zone and they aren't "trails" per se. The are one or two feature hits linked by old trials bike / climber trails. Theres lots of quite places to build stuff like this in Squamish.
  • 2 1
 @housem8d: ????????????????
  • 3 0
 Thanks bud
  • 2 0
 @Silocycle: No worries! Smile
  • 7 15
flag peebeejay (Nov 25, 2020 at 9:06) (Below Threshold)
 @banffowen: ripping up the forest floor, and building structures isn't route setting, and it's not legit in a park.
  • 1 0
 @peebeejay: I agree, the forest floor thing was all about the one off money shot, but I think there is precedence for the slab features in the "area" (I think we are both talking about the same place). There is a long history of "extreme" activity there. I love when something new is built. Even though I may never ride it, I do on occasion get to see people riding the stuff.
  • 8 0
 @peebeejay: 11 years on pb and this is your first foray, must have struck a chord. Welcome from the silence!
Say what you like about what you see in this video but note the hypocrisy; Tearing down trees, roots, moss, all organic life, building benches (structures) stairs, bolting anchors, tearing up the ground to make approach routes s completely a park of route setting.
I'd be willing to bet a few bucks none of this edit is in any type of park other than 2-3 shots from smoke bluffs park, which is a park only for the user purpose of granite scrubbed clean being recreated on. Routes or rolls... I think the non-vertical granite is simply a place the two groups need to share these days. Bikes share with countless runners, maybe a very few slab climber need to share with bike riders... luckily young Matt is one of the very few capable/interested enough to do so.
  • 1 0
 @banffowen: The Smoke Bluff park has a management plan (2017) which talks about route setting, cleaning and trail development for climbers and all users.
  • 4 0
 @peytodog: Good point Ron, not debating that and thanks for mentioning it. I'm just pointing to the perhaps little difference between Hevy stealing away and opening a new crag and Matt pushing some dirt up to a transition below an otherwise unused slab. It's always irked me that if a trail is established for foot traffic to a climb, boulder or hike it's not discussed in the lense of 'sanctioned or not' but if tires are the intended use it's a big deal, it's a 'rogue trail build' How about all those rogue trails off the mamquam fsr heading every which way up the slihanhay? I've seen heaps of them, maybe one on a map. 'Unsanctioned' but socially swept under the rug in most discussions I hear. It's frustrating only second to the idea that bike trails cause erosion but horse traffic does not (more of a Banff N.P sore spot to be fair)
Anyhow, thanks for all you do, I know it's a tough, loud, entitled crowd here, and it's getting more crowded by the day. Cheers, Owen
  • 3 1
 @banffowen: I’m not trying to stir the pot, just genuinely interested in how it all comes together in a spot like Squamish. There’s a well established trails association that works for land access, right? Is there friction between this kind of work and the sanctioned work, or does it all just get tolerated? I mean, pretty well regarded sponsors are happy to attach their name to it, so it must be fairly well accepted. It’s not really my business, but I’d like some insight to see how it compares to our local scene.
  • 3 0
 @Silocycle: most of the trails here are technically 'unsanctioned'. Many have become legit through age rather than permission! We are just extremely fortunate to have landowners and managers who either don't mind trails being dug on their land, or at least tolerate it. #thanksbob
  • 2 0
 @wallheater: I’d also add to the #thanksbob a #thankscliff , mike and a lot of others who built the early relationships with the land owners and some managers and built trust and respect. It’s gone a long way over the years to avoid the war in the woods that so many other towns have experienced. Sorca and Worca were/are pretty good at making mtb respected here.
  • 1 0
 @Silocycle: lol Silo you did good work here. And, you even managed to drag some of the local know-it-alls in to the foray. Big Grin Props for starting this convo. The guys building in this video did it right. They built in secluded zones well away from the main walking trail through the area.
  • 1 0
 @Bikedude666: Apparently not even one of the sports Meccas is free of the contentious relationships that move our sport along. I really appreciate some of these dudes for weighing in. Interesting stuff.
  • 1 0
 thanks to the pcu
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