Tippie, Doerfling and Stowards: Generations - Video and Photo Epic

Nov 15, 2016 at 22:00
by Mitch Cheek  
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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.


bigquotesI 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


Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Tippie riding these chutes for the first time since '99.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Doerfling carving it up.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Jer-Can looking focused.

The opening section of the The Classic line.
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 commited to the end. It feels like stepping into an open elevator shaft. You just drop and hold on and make sure you make the left turn or slam into the wall.
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.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Tippie throwing up rooster tails.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Doerfling decending.

Tippie approves.
Tippie in a reflective moment.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
James gettin' sideways.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Doerfling seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

In the running for best MTB camp spot in BC Farwell Canyon.
In the running for best MTB camp spot in BC: Farwell Canyon.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
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.
Godsmack is the trail that has been here the longest and put this zone on the map. Doerfling ridge running on Godsmack.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Jer-Can givin'er.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
And again...

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Jer-can in a wheelie nice picture.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Williams Lake's finest.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Earning turns.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Tippie taking in the awe-inspiring beauty of BC.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Good to the last drop.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Tippie, chute to thrill.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Jer-Can gettin' some.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Doerfling dropping into some the final descents of the day.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Tippie too...

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
Another unforgettable adventure.

Images by Margus Riga for the Tippie Doerfling and Stowards Generations - Video and Photo Epic
The riding mightbe done for the weekend, but the campfire stories go well into the night.

These amazing pics are brought to you thanks to SRSuntour - check them out here.

Big thanks to Bjorn Enga for the Kranked 2 footage.

Video: Mitch Cheek
Editing: Andrew Young
Photos: Margus Riga
Riders: Brett Tippie, James Doerfling and Jeremy Stowards


MENTIONS: @SRSuntour / @solosproductions / @andrewyoung / @bretttippie / @jim77 / @Margus




56 Comments

  • + 55
 Tippie is the reason I mountain bike. Still absolutely shredding!
  • + 10
 I'll always remember that "wanna go for a ride?" he asked on a phone call in one of those early kranked movies. Still got it in my ear and the answer is still YES! Smile
  • + 15
 tippie should be the official face of mountainbiking
  • + 7
 Dad can definitely ride.
  • + 30
 These are some of the best pics I've seen of Farwell. Photo epic is right - damn!! Also, "Jer-can in a Wheelie nice picture"... my day is made.
  • + 8
 Tippie in a reflective moment.
  • + 16
 That Stowards guy is stepping up his game, good on him, and James podium looks like a test mule? come on Knolly release your new DH bike... Wink

Always good to see Tippie going down a chute fast. Kudos to Margus for great pictures ;-)
  • + 3
 Yes! Podium!
  • + 1
 His tire shows 26
  • + 1
 Actually just noticed two different wheel sets, but seems like the same bike. The Podium print on the top tube is the new style though so there's a chance.....
  • + 11
 So this is yet again another one of those "screw the PB calendar" situations (no offense, I already ordered one).

Just choose 12 of these and make me a 2017 calendar and I'll be happy. Nice job boys!
  • + 9
 Not to take away from the epicness of this video or photos (they are unreal), but does anyone else want to see more of the rider's rigs? I would love to see more of James' Dodge and Tippie's Tundra, not to mention what other rider's ride around in.
  • + 4
 Their rigs.? , you mean their bikes right .? Podiums and maiden !,,,
  • + 1
 @Lagr1980: Rig is slang for vehicle, usually referring to a truck, jeep or van.
  • + 1
 @CSullivan: There was a feature on Tippie's Truck a while back!
  • + 1
 @CSullivan: ; ) sorry man, I'm an oilfield worker ..
  • + 8
 Tippie is the granddaddy of big mountain riding, so much respect. That retro footage was done when I was a kid, and there he is doing chutes that most would walk away from 20 years later. Proof that freeride is a state of mind.
  • + 5
 Killing it gents! Love the new guard of big mountain taking notes from the man who's been carving the steeps a new one for over two decades and still lays an edge like no one else! So rad! Pass that torch! Much love to you all!
  • + 5
 That has to be some of the most epic scenery on the Earth. Those shots a breathtaking. Solid MTB adventure, thanks for sharing...and reminding me that i live in flat-as-fuck FL.
  • + 8
 Tippeeeee snappin' out of those carves yooo!
  • + 7
 For some reason riding like this actually is better seen in the still shots than the video IMO
  • + 5
 Bummed we missed you boys by a day. What an incredible zone "steeped" in history. Can't wait to make it back!! Great photos and aerial shots!
  • + 8
 Awesome photos Margus!
  • + 6
 cool story! sitting around that camp fire would be the funniest thing you would ever experience with Tippie!
  • + 3
 I ask a legit question about the legality of the trails and I get down voted below the threshold? This is an area located in the Chilcotin (although not in any parks or protected areas) and it does not appear on Trailforks. Is it not reasonable to ask whether or not bikes are welcomed?
  • + 5
 It is in Williams Lake, in the Cariboo.
  • + 4
 @pooler: About 50 min drive West of Williams Lake in the Chilcotin, to be precise.
  • + 1
 Pretty easy to find the likely zone on Google Earth in about 30 seconds. Looks like it's crown land?
  • + 1
 It's a forest service road that is accessible to the public. I have heard of some people getting some static from local farmers and the trails are not sanctioned(as many are clinically insane!) but in general I think it's cool.
  • + 2
 Got me an envelope I'm sticking cash into in anticipation of getting one o' them enduro'ing machines what all the kids is has these days. Why not? They are true, do-all rigs. Still...I love seeing big bikes on big hills. Long live downhill bikes! Whoo!
  • + 2
 Holy Crap, Stowards took me to Whistler on the last day of the season, when I was that 16 year old German exchange student that wanted nothing more than to ride BCs trails, a few years ago. And now Im seeing videos of him with Tippie, Im stoked. Definetly one of the nicest people in mountainbiking I have met.
  • + 3
 Wow, that was a fast edit and post. What, did you guys leave just yesterday?

And now the snow's falling and all I want to do is get out and ride my bike. Good jerb you guys. / Sigh
  • + 5
 Hell yeah boys !
  • + 5
 AWESOME GUYS!
  • + 2
 I got a chance to ride Williams Lake with Doerfling 9 years ago. James was a super nice guy and the riding out there was amazing so many incredible trails.
  • + 3
 Some Sixteen Horsepower fits very well with this video. Good work!
  • + 2
 Farwell Canyon is incredible. These are the best pics I have ever seen of it. What a gorgeous day!
  • + 2
 I am a simple guy. I see doerfling, ı hit the fav button
  • + 3
 Yea dudes, so sick!!
  • + 2
 Aside, man -- these photos are top notch! Well done.
  • + 1
 Pics are stunning, what I'd give for a week there with the boys and the big bikes
  • + 2
 Great guys ,great Tippie Smile .Great Knolly !!!
  • - 1
 Does it damage the tread on their tires to drag the back wheel down the whole chute like that?

It seems like it would wear it down really fast.
  • + 1
 I can feel the dust even by juat watching the video. Niceee
  • + 1
 the color contrast of Williams Lake pictures is always so awesome to me.
  • + 1
 Doerfling is at another league...
  • - 1
 I wonder if Tippie makes those noises when he is doing eerr other excercises??
  • + 1
 Stowards? Stalwarts?
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