Farwell Canyon was first featured in the late 90's freeride movie Kranked 2 and still stands up today as a mecca of big mountain riding.
I had the opportunity to revisit Farwell Canyon in Williams Lake, BC for the first time since 1999, and ride with locals and new generation big mountain wild men, James Doerfling and Jeremy "Jer-can" Stowards to shoot with photographer Margus Riga and cinematographer Mitch Cheek from Solos Productions.
I first visited this area shooting for the movie Kranked 2 with Richie Schley as Froriders and I did the first descents from the top on a bunch of the lines there. It was such a rush to ride this wild new terrain on our then state-of-the-art 5" travel Rocky Mountain Element and Pipeline, complete with V-brakes and 4" forks.
We used the first MTB POV helmet camera, a 1942 16mm film Gsap camera that they used to attach to the bottom of the wings of military planes in WW2. The filmers of the Kranked series bolted the camera to a helmet, which we called the "Misery Dome" because it was so heavy, loud and downright scary!
This time around it was tiny little GoPro's, big SRSuntour Rux forks and I was riding with two gnarly dudes that grew up riding here!! James and Jeremy are awesome, all around rippers and slay the steeps. We had a blast hanging out, carving turns and shooting for a day and a half. I was so stoked to ride with these guys on some fun, cool terrain that I hadn't seen for almost 20 years! Good memories and more good times!! Freeride is in a good place with the new generation!! - Brett Tippie
Tippie riding these chutes for the first time since '99.
Doerfling carving it up.
Jer-Can looking focused.
The opening section of the "The Classic" line as ridden by James.
The scariest section of "The Classic", is this chute. Once you're in, you're committed to the end. It feels like stepping into an open elevator shaft. You just drop in, and hold on, and make sure that you make the left turn or slam into the wall.
Tippie throwing up rooster tails.
Tippie in a reflective moment.
James gettin' sideways.
Doerfling seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
In the running for best MTB camp spot in BC: Farwell Canyon.
Tippie's Tepui home away from home. Pretty sweet set up.
Godsmack is the trail that has been here the longest and put this zone on the map. Doerfling ridge running on Godsmack.
Jer-can in a wheelie nice picture.
Williams Lake's finest.
Tippie taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of BC.
Good to the last drop.
Tippie, chute to thrill.
Jer-Can gettin' some.
Doerfling dropping into some the final descents of the day.
Another unforgettable adventure.
The riding mightbe done for the weekend, but the campfire stories go well into the night.