Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Garibaldi Lake

Sarah moved to BC and then I promptly left town for a week for work, upon my return I wanted to make sure that we had a really good weekend. A few calls later to Heidi and Mark and it turned out pretty well! Garibaldi Lake  has a really well defined and marked  trail that is easy follow at night, so we were not too concerned about the 6pm Friday start. 
Arriving at Lesser Garibaldi Lake in the dark

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Chilcotin Bike Day 2 - Tyaughton Creek

Day two started with some yachting on Spruce lake, coupled with some unsuccessful fishing. The camp was a bike shop that morning with everyone fixing things up from the ride the day before. It was certainly a slow start to the day which killed our chance of a long ride. Everyone set out up Tyaughton Creek crossing the freezing creek on several occasions along the way. We passed a group of people doing a horse supported trip which is a good idea for next year! A lot of the trails traversed the sides of hills with steep drop offs on one side, keeping us on edge the whole way.
That is a real live cowboy

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Chilcotin Bike Day 1 - Spruce Lake Luggage Fly In

Starting business school on Tuesday, the best thing to is to get as far away from civilization for a while and head to the Chilcotins for some single track. Now I really only started Mtn Biking this year but I knew enough that this would be a great trip. There is so much to see in the South Chilcotins and I have no illusions that this trip did anymore than simply scratch the surface. The plan was to fly our things in by float plane to Sprice Lake, while we biked in, we would then do a day trip the next day and bike out via "High Trail" on the last. 
After crazy drive during which we saw forest fires, tumbleweed and wildlife we got a flat tire and spent the night at the Golddust Hotel in Goldbridge. It was as good as it sounds, the receptionist is also the nightly entertainment. Goldbridge doesn't have much commerce (or any really) but it does have a tire shop and the flat was fixed first thing and we were off to Tyax Lodge to get ready to load up the plane to fly our luggage in. 
All smiles dropping our bags off at the dock to get flown into Spruce Lake

Chilcotin Bike Day 3 - High Trail to Lick Creek

The last day of the trip is what riding in the Chilcotins is all about, getting up into the alpine and enjoying the smooth single track with spectacular views of the red tinged mountains. 

A rare flat spot on the way up to Windy Pass