Saturday, September 13, 2014

Lorna Lake Drop - Chilcotin Mountian Biking

I went to the Chilcotins in 2010 and vowed that this would be a place to return to year after year. It is amazing how life seems to get in the way of these sort of trips and it took 4 years to return. This really is a mountain bikers playground with miles of scenic fun single track to enjoy.

Day 1 - Float Plane Drop to Lorna Lake - Big Creek to Elbow Pass - Tyaughton Creek - Spruce Lake (gear dropped here by plane) (5-6 hoursih)
Day 2 - 
Group 1 - High Trail to Windy Pass - Spruce Peak Ridge Ride - High Trail back to Spruce Lake (6 hours ish)
Group 2 - Tyaughton Creek  to Deer Pass - Trigger Lake - Hummingbird Lake - Spruce Lake (8 hours ish)
Day 3 - Gun Creek Trail - Tyax Lodge Patio ( 3 hours ish)

The weather was perfect - warm days and cool nights, no bugs and a great crew to ride with. The food was fantastic - from steaks to BLTs to the unburnable Yun Pup to dinosaur egg oatmeal. A lucky floatplane rescue of another group at Lorna Lake reminded us of how remote some of this area is. 

Ride Fast - Take Chances
Ron charging through Big Creek 
The Robertson Conquerors

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Brohm Ridge Hike

We had a wonderful day up on Brohm ridge sept 6th. This was Gran Fondo day in Squamish so we got an early start to avoid road closures. This area has such high potential for public use but the current access is really limiting as it took - 2 x delicas w 7 people took about an hour to get up the very rough Cat Lake FSR from the highway. The road gets progressively worse as you go. We parked at the gate 1385m after briefly descending we climbed up past the snowmobile cabin to the height of the ridge at 1700m - this is the most tiring part of the hike. There were a few people at the snowmobile cabin doing some maintenance to the road. We took a break at the highpoint to change Mark and Arlo's diapers - it was a little weird watching Laura (mark's new fiance) change his diaper but you know, whatever floats your boat. Though it was foretasted to be very hot in town, the breeze and the cool alpine air were quite refreshing and best of all there were no bugs.

From here the walk undulates along the ridge and is actually a really good bike ride. There was only one group of dirt bikes up there on this day and they just went up and back sticking to the trail. We had lunch around 1900m, this is the park boundary and there is a quick bit of exposure on the trail get passed (this could be bypassed by taking a low route through boulder fields) a few others continued another km up the ridge to the edge of the Warren Glacier at around 2100m. About 6 hours of hiking round rip with a number of stops.
Mt Garibaldi ....and Mark looking good - you may not be able to see greg because he is skinnty and his shirt isn't there too take up space