Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Opal Cone October

At least once every time that they visit I like to really tire out my father in law David. This time we decided to head up to the Elfin Lakes area of Garibaldi Park, the classic alpine access in Squamish. I recently bought and Rocky Mountain Vertex that simply flies uphill, lending this to David quickly evened out any cycling speed advantage and made it a pleasant ride up to Red Heather (about 40 minutes). The temperature overnight had dropped down below freezing at 1400m elevation making the trail a little bit slick so we took a little bit of air out of the Vertex's tubless tires to improve grip - ooops. It turned out that when I was packing my bag, while remembering the ever important summit beers, I forgot to put in my pump. The lower pressure caused a patch inside one of my Maxis Ikons to leak and I was left with VERY low tire pressure for the rest of the day (9PSI!!!) The road up to Red Heather has been recently repaired which should help to make it skiable with another anticipated low snow year on the way. Many of the alpine colours have faded by now but it is still a wonderful time to be up high. Mt Garibaldi had her cloud cap for most of the day so we couldn't quite see everything but wow what an area. Past Elfin lakes the trail has been recently upgraded with a machine and is pretty much a road all the way until just before Opal Cone it is a manageable grade that would be great to bike but for some reason BC Parks has limited Bike access to Elfin. There is an opportunity to create an incredible bike loop that starts at the Diamond Head Trailhead past Elfin lakes to Mamquam Lake and out via new trails that would link to the Mamquam FSR.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Howe Sound Highlines

What a fantastic day of riding above Howe Sound in this endless summer.
you couldn't make up a prettier place to ride bikes

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Up Up and Away and the Sproatt Alpine Bike Trail

The RMOW and WORCA are working on a wonderful project for the Sproatt Alpine across the valley from Whistler, it is not yet complete but we wanted to go and take a look. Mid week adventures are becoming more common with a few friends with some flexibility in their schedule and young Arlo safely in daycare. We shuttled a car up to the Callahagn access point of the trail which is the same way that Canadian Wilderness Adventures  uses to access the alpine for their snowmobile, jeep and ATV tours. It takes about 35 minutes on the logging road to get to the parking spot after which there is another 30 minutes of steep pedalling and hike a bike until you get into the alpine. The alpine trail is going to be fantastic, twisting and turnining amongst the alpine meadows at a gradual grade that is perfect for biking. It looks very will built and is elevated above the grade so it will not be too muddy in the spring. The trail is not yet complete and ends fairly abruptly before you have to make your way on older but completely ride able single track to the start of the Up Up and Away trail that is the current descent option. This trail is steep, loose and eroded (it would be extremely difficult to stay on your bike in the wet). WORCA has plans for a blue descent trail in the area at some point in time but for now this is the only option. The trail spits you out just above Function Junction where a beer at the brewpub would be an excellent idea. Thanks Jake for the Photos.

Mags and some Men - Whistler in the background