Photo Story: Falling for Squamish

Sep 19, 2023 at 21:05
by joe wakefield  

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Words and Photos By: Joe Wakefield // Backpackerphotos Rider: Sergi Massot // Ridecaviar

As the scorching days of summer reluctantly relinquish their grip, and the trees prepare for their grand transformation Fall riding with friends has become my most looked forward to times of year. Fiery foliage, cooling temperatures and a well deserved Post ride-Pumpkin spiced latte are all on the agenda here!

Most Riders are Tapering off for the season, thoughts of winter looming and the annual transition from Bike to Board. Some however are Ticking off those final bucket list features and lines they have envisioned for the year if not many previous. Ramping up, dialled in and ready to get creative out here on the trails.

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Getting in the Zone and Envisioning New lines

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Preride, Reride, Freeride

Treasure Trail is an absolute masterpiece, pick your own adventure kind of deal. The main trail is demanding of skill and stoic persona, The offshoot alt lines however ... pure wizardry on two wheels. like someone in the comment section on Trailforks stated.

bigquotesHenry Goldman - Holy s***, riding this trail wet was the worst mistake I have ever made mountain biking. If you can clean all the optional rolls you are a psychopath.

Fortunately it wasn't wet and I don't seemingly associate with too many psychopaths, I do however once in a while get asked to Photograph athletes at the top of their game who's meticulous attention to detail on features and absolute confidence open the doors to witnessing lines you don't always get to experience people ride. This spontaneous Sunday in Alice Lake was one of them, the Rider Sergi Massot having a plan and hoping to execute.

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Risk to reward in mountain biking is an important consideration for riders at all skill levels. It refers to the balance between the potential risks or dangers associated with a particular trail or riding style and the potential rewards or enjoyment that can be gained from it. Speaking to Sergi on the trail about the main goal to come next, it was apparent that this feat was not hurried. time, effort and a build up of similar features and confidence had led to us being here. The risk was still very evident, but mitigated and carefully managed. We have all experienced bad crashes, friends out with injuries, sometimes worse and its often the case that as a photographer documenting these events or even as an onlooker, you may partially be the reason behind why somebody pushed that little past their limits. Sergi assured me this was not the case and me being there to photograph his progression as a biker was:

bigquotesSomething for My Grandma too proudly put on her fridge

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Feeling out the forest

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with confidence high and a gameplan. It was time...

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Quest complete. Amazing achievement

Here's to an adventurous and safe time on the trails, The amazing talent, community and access we have to nature here in the sea to sky. Happy riding!

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14 Comments
  • 4 0
 oof, last time I was there I spotted that log and joked about riding it. It thought it was a funny joke because it's obviously impossible if not suicidal. It blows my mind that humans are able to ride that thing. Much respect for pulling it off.
  • 5 0
 Squamish is nice. Please come visit.
  • 3 0
 Not being cheeky. Sorry I meant this was nice and fun to read!
  • 1 0
 Love it. Still haven’t ridden treasure trail - it’s on my list
  • 1 0
 Nice shots Joe
  • 1 0
 Nice story.
  • 1 0
 As opposed to what?
  • 1 0
 Meant for neeroleeloo
  • 1 0
 Sick Sergi!
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