Photo Epic: Mayhem at the Farwell Canyon 420

May 9, 2018 at 11:47
by Margus Riga  




The infamous William’s Lake/Red Shreds 420 weekend has been going on since anyone can remember to welcome the start of bike season. This year, amongst a gathering of over a hundred people from all parts of the world, a band of misfits including Kenny Smith, Alex Pro, Fraser Newton, and Margus Riga journeyed up for 24 hours of mayhem. This is what went down.



Band of misfits. Left to right Fraser Newton Qwinn Hanley Alex Pro John Rempel Kenny Smith Jonas Lomax and not in the photo Kevin Bartowski.
Band of misfits. Left to right: Fraser Newton, Quinn Hanley, Alex Pro, John Rempel, Kenny Smith, Jonas Lomax, and not in the photo: Kevin Bartowski.

Redneck 101. Get a Dodge. The older the better.
Redneck 101. Get a Dodge. The older, the better.
Kenny Smith and Alex Pro discuss the finer details of BC s backroad maps.
Kenny Smith and Alex Pro discuss the finer details of BC's backroad maps.

Lillooet pit stop to pray we all live through the weekend.
Lillooet pit stop to pray we all live through the weekend.

Calm before the storm.
Calm before the storm.
Kenny and Alex knew of a shortcut backroad all the way to 420. Only problem with it was the snow we encountered about thirty-minutes in. Three inches of lift will only get you so far. This is where we turned around.
Kenny and Alex knew of a shortcut backroad all the way to 420. Only problem with it was the snow we encountered about thirty-minutes in. Three inches of lift, will only get you so far. This is where we turned around.

All backroads start at Coyote Dr.
All backroads start at Coyote Dr.


Morning coffee game... weak but strong.
Morning coffee game... weak, but strong.
Fraser Newton s coffee game...stronger than mine.
Fraser Newton's coffee game... stronger than mine.

Basecamp.
Basecamp.

Kenny surveys the possibilities.
Kenny surveys the possibilities.



Morning meeting of the minds.
Morning meeting of the minds.

Lunch making station.
Lunch-making station.

Helmets Check. Everybody wearing only black Check.
Helmets: Check. Everybody wearing only black: Check.

Send it budday
Send it budday!


No hike no ride.
No hike, no ride.

Skid break.
Skid break.


Alex Pro dropping in blind. Way steeper than it looks.
Alex dropping in blind. Way steeper than it looks.

Alex dropping down into the creek bed line.
Alex dropping down into the creek bed line.
Jonas Lomax.
Jonas Lomax.

Linehunter.
Linehunter.

The infamous William s Lake Red Shreds four-twenty weekend to welcome in the bike season has been going on since anyone can remember. This year amongst a gathering of over a hundred people from all parts of North America and possibly even the world our band of misfits from Pemberton Whistler Squamish and North Vancouver made it up there for a twenty-four-hour stint. This is what went down

Quinn Hanley finds another new line inside the hoodoos.
Quinn Hanley finds another new line inside the hoodoos.

Fraser Newton following suit.
Fraser Newton following suit.

Jonas Lomax didn t crack a smile all weekend. Maybe its because all the lines were so serious.
Jonas Lomax didn't crack a smile all weekend. Maybe it's because all the lines were so serious.

With the main line in the canyon shut down because a Hoodoo had fallen down the chute we decided to explore other options. Kenny exploring his options.
With the main line in the canyon shut down because a Hoodoo had fallen down the chute, we decided to explore other options. Kenny exploring his options.


Ride or die or just die.
Ride or die or just die.

Kenny.
Kenny.
Alex.
Alex.
Quinn.
Quinn.

The riding here is only good in the spring and fall when the ground still has moisture. After the spring the desert climate dries everything into concrete.
The riding here is only good in the spring and fall when the ground still has moisture. After the spring the desert climate dries everything into concrete.

 How far did you say Doerfling hiked up here to ride this line Oh up there eh . Ok we re going in from ten feet higher. Kenny and Alex.
"How far did you say Doerfling hiked up here to ride this line?" "Oh, up there eh?". "Ok, we're going in from ten feet higher." Kenny and Alex.
This chute was so steep the only other way down besides riding it was on a shovel.
This chute was so steep the only other way down besides riding it was on a shovel.

 Doerfling who
"Doerfling who?"


Big mountain lines for big mountain thrills.
Big mountain lines for big mountain thrills.

Across the valley there were mellower options. I think they were called trails.
Across the valley there were mellower options. I think they were called trails.

Shuttle pick up point.
Shuttle pick up point.

Alex dropping into arguably the most famous line out here...Godsmack.
Alex dropping into arguably the most famous line out here... Godsmack.

Fraser.

Godsmack.
Godsmack.


Scope and...
Scope and...
...drop.
...drop.

Alex following Kenny down the last section of Godsmack.

Jonas.

 Just one more chute.
"Just one more chute."





It ain't a redneck party without someone jumping through the fire.

Wergk d.
Wergk'd.

Recycling game was strong at 420.
Recycling game was strong at 420.

Master of ceremonies Mark Shreddie Savard.
Master of ceremonies: Mark "Shreddie" Savard.
Hauser.
Hauser...aka James Doerfling.

Until next year biatches.
Until next year.



33 Comments

  • + 30
 Photo of the year levels up... Beautiful set!
  • + 4
 I rate this article 420 out of 100.
  • + 1
 @colincolin Loved it 320,987 percent!
  • + 16
 Freaking amazing pictures, Margus, talking athmosphere!
  • + 11
 people still drink Budweiser?
  • + 5
 Except when they are drinking grapefruit beer.
  • + 1
 and cider?...at least the riding looked rowdy!
  • - 3
 Or Rainier??
that stuff is undrinkable....
  • + 1
 @2004vizsla: Don't talk shit on Rainier those cans keep me going
  • + 6
 Amazing, I need a button that faves every shot in the article!!!
  • + 2
 Whenever you see the Red Shred's boys you know you're in for a good time! What a trip. I was dehydrated for a week afterwards. Ride the Caribooooooo!!!
  • + 3
 420??? WOW I love 420 !!! Godbless all Stoners !!!!
  • + 1
 Ok where are the stoned photos? or is the riding just too serious now? lol.
  • + 1
 wicked photo epic @Margus what an amazing time up there sending lines with so many shredders cant wait for next year
  • + 1
 The greeeeeeen bench!!
  • + 1
 Effort on a nice mountain DH shoot is amazing thanks
  • + 1
 Sick set! So bummed I couldn't go this year. Next time....
  • + 1
 oooh I noticed the balisong
  • - 2
 Yeah not sure what it has to do with a cup of coffee. Notice how it's intentionally in the frame. Some serious wannabe gangster shit right there.
  • + 0
 Had to read twice to make sure it's not "Farewell Canyon".
Excellent photos btw!
  • + 0
 420 ride but not a mention about cannabis?
  • + 2
 do you ever NEED to mention it when you are amongst the trees....
  • + 1
 James! That's who.
  • + 1
 Epic. Wicked shots.
  • + 1
 Prognar
  • + 0
 No vid?
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