Video: MGM Alternative Series Features Trail Builders & Supports Local Trail Association

Apr 18, 2021 at 12:08
by Miranda Miller  
This is the first episode of MGM Alternative’s 'BUILT BY:' series where we learn a little more about the people who have shaped our community and without even knowing it, given us personally so much in return.

For the first year of our channel, MGM Alternative will donate all the money generated from YouTube ad revenue to our local trail association SORCA. So by watching, liking and subscribing you’re in turn, helping out the trails that so many people enjoy!


In an area within walking distance from school and close enough to 7/11 for all the forbidden after school snacks, Coho Park is a sanctuary where there is constant building and riding to be had. On trails like 7Up and 4Play there have been 1000 renditions of the same trail by 1000 different kids. Ourselves included. The original trails are still the main blueprint but they’ve been updated over the last 20 years to shape another new rider’s dream. We’ve always loved trails like 7Up and 4Play as they are never tired of or forgotten about, but always evolving. They have supplied pleasure and recreation to multiple generations of young riders.

Andy Vathis photo
Andy Vathis photo
Andy Vathis photo
Miranda, Remi and Jesse messing around in Coho Park. Not much has changed. Andy Vathis Photos

bigquotesFor the first year of our channel, MGM Alternative will donate all the money generated from YouTube ad revenue to our local trail association SORCA. So by watching, liking and subscribing you’re in turn, helping out the trails that so many people enjoy!

Not long after we graduated high school and Coho Park was taken over by the next wave of riders, a new trail ‘Credit Line’ was built. It was fast, fresh and was full of roots and rocks but had awesome corners and flowed together.

So what do Credit Line, 7up and 4Play have in common? They were all built by Jim Harvey. Along with countless other Squamish classics that have all truly stood the test of time. Thousands of rides later and they’re still staples and favourites among our riding community. We talk to Jim to learn more about where he came from, his path through life and how trail building and cycling became part of his journey. He talks of his evolution as a trail builder, his misdemeanours, and his love for the outdoors and the area we live in. Listening to Jim speak he has the enthusiasm of someone half his age. He has an excitement about his work for the experience it can create. It feels like his desire for exciting and unique experiences, good or bad, has steered Jim through his life.

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Remi rides Jim's first trail build "Mid-Life Crisis"

We’re standing on the side of Man Boobs, in the late afternoon, and there is a constant stream of people. It is obvious that they are in the middle of their own unique and exciting experience. A break from the stress and an outlet for their energy, riding down the trail that was built by Jim.

bigquotesIt is obvious that they are in the middle of their own unique and exciting experience. A break from the stress and an outlet for their energy, riding down the trail that was built by Jim.

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26 Comments

  • 32 0
 Bravo, this is how to do youtube influencing and local trail knowledge educating! Hopefully you can make the contribution ongoing though if it's successful!
  • 3 0
 Year two we'll be saving for Jesse to buy a lambo tho...
  • 2 0
 @mkem: I know a guy who sells luxury cars....
  • 13 0
 I learned a lot about Jim Harvey from this article the video and the incredible variety of his builds (Mid-life Crisis, Value-added, Sec 57, ManBoobs, Credit Line etc). An insanely entertaining combination of jank, tech and flow.
  • 10 1
 In a medium dominated by throw-away 'Must Watch!' shred-its it made a refreshing change to watch something interesting and learn about the history of the local trails. Thanks! And huge thanks to Jim for Value Added in particular!
  • 12 0
 Nice content MGM!
  • 8 0
 Great series, doesn’t feel forced.
  • 7 0
 Great content guys! Jim is a LEGEND. Love every single one of his trails here. Marc My Word tops my list though.
  • 2 0
 yyyessstech!
  • 6 0
 This might be my favorite series going at this point. Bravo Miranda, Remi, and Jesse!
  • 3 0
 Nice video guys. That was awesome. I would say Jim has pretty much rooted Squamish to where it is today in regards to mtn biking. He is the pioneer and a deadset legend. I can also say that I have cleared that Value Added climbSmile ...its harder now but if the conditions are right its doable.
  • 3 0
 Love these MGM!!! Whoop whoop!! Supporting the local building community and giving huge props and recognition to a well respected builder of these iconic trails! Thanks Jim! Thanks MGM!
  • 4 0
 More of this - This Is RAD!
  • 1 0
 Great reminder to not go back to Squamish. Looks like it really sucks. Thankful for Covid, so dangers of me getting anywhere close are pretty low. PS. Great initiative and worthwhile use of social media funds. Well done!
  • 3 0
 Thanks for that! Rode Value Added today and didn't make the climb without hand-assists - surprise!
  • 2 0
 We've got another hands on rider!
  • 3 0
 Love this. MGM has been a great follow so far. Great work M, J, and R.
  • 3 0
 That was awesome! So great to hear the stories behind the trails
  • 2 0
 Nice work, great combo or real, informative and entertaining - keep up the good work, digging into the stories Wink
  • 1 0
 I have a video of me, circa 2000, riding Midlife Crisis. Looks like it hasn’t changed a bit!
  • 1 0
 What more can you say, Thank you Jim.
  • 1 0
 Great article. Power to the builders.
  • 1 0
 what a rad guy! Such a great video ! thanks for sharing this!
  • 1 0
 chapeau.....
  • 1 0
 That was satisfying.
  • 1 0
 Awesome!

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