Video: Laura Battista, Angie McKirdy & Megan O’Brien Explore a Lesser Known Corner of the Chilcotins

Nov 18, 2021 at 8:09
by 7mesh  

In the parlance of our times, the Chilcotins, if you are to believe social media, have been done. Ridden, rated, reviewed and photographed to no end.

For those who don’t know our backyard of British Columbia, we’re talking about the Chilcotin Ranges, a subdivision of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains. They’re an awesome place to ride bikes, but some would say documented to death. But don’t believe all you read - there’s still a lot more to discover. In “The Crunchy People”, three of Squamish’s best mountain bikers, 7mesh ambassadors Laura Battista, Megan O’Brien and Angie McKirdy take a trip into the little known area of the Shulaps for one last time in the alpine. Along the way, they open up about why they ride, the importance of community, and why a dose of discomfort is good for the soul.

We gratefully acknowledge that the Shulaps Traverse is on the unceded and traditional territories of the Secwépemc, St’át’imc, and Tŝilhqot’in First Nations.

By car, the Shulaps Range is about five hours north of 7mesh’s hometown of Squamish (which is itself about an hour north of the city of Vancouver if that helps orientate you). Up in the Shulaps, the riding is way more mixed - think ungroomed high alpine and hike-a-bike. It’s dramatic. Some might say epic. You can decide which after viewing the film, which documents the 21km route and the challenges of biking in a wild part of the world. It was also a great opportunity to get three of Squamish’s best mountain bike riders in one place, to talk about their love of the sport, the support that comes through community, and why a dose of discomfort is good for the soul.

Angie McKirdy
Megan O'Brien
Laura Battista


  • 19 1
 Great video, thanks 7Mesh for regularly producing quality content! 50 kilometres north-east of the Shulaps Range my crews have spent the last two summers building trails in the Marble Range. Check them out on Trailforks:
  • 4 0
 power to the builders
  • 1 0
 Hope you're doing well T and thanks for the work. Will be good to check out
  • 2 0
 @leelau: All is well, busy as usual. Yes, please check out the development near Clinton. I think you'd enjoy it.
True destination trails, an epic climbing trail and a gnarly, Cariboo style DH fall line trail. Anthill film coming out soon, partially featuring the new DH at Jesmond.
  • 1 0
 Best kind of trail builders!! The ones that actually WANT you to ride their new trails. Be there next summer I hope
  • 8 0
 Great edit! love 7mesh and backcountry stories!
  • 5 0
 Yep, these three are the real deal. They work hard play hard and lift everyone up along the way.
  • 3 0
 Great Edit! You guys are doing it right! Thanks for the content! You’ll always learn something when out for a pedal with Laura. No question one of the best riders in the world!
  • 3 0
 Awesome vid! I would love to go and ride in BC, the landscape there is beautiful!
  • 3 0
 Looks like a real good ride!
  • 1 0
 Needs more beer!

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