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Fall Lines Pt. III

Big Mountain Finale in the Best of NSMB 2012

Words by Callum Jelley. Photos by Mason Mashon.
December 30th, 2012
Best of NSMB 2012

Fall Lines was undoubtedly the biggest project the NSMB Team took on this season. A three-part story, with Mason, Mark, and guest Callum Jelley each taking a stab at words. This was also one of the projects that really deserved to be seen bigger – so we’re happy to re-present Part III with BIG images. It’s been an awesome year for the Team…


This is the third and final installment of Cal, Mason, and Mark’s trip to the BC interior seeking big mountain lines both fabled and undiscovered. Check out Part I and Part II, and enjoy the video and photo blowout below. Then get outside this weekend.


Aurora borealis lit up the sky with its ghostly radiating green glow, at least we were pretty sure it was the fabled northern lights, we were heading north after all. Our long day in Vernon shooting our scrubland hip had turned into a long night on the road. We were so beat in fact that we didn’t stop to shoot the aforementioned northern lights but settled on just taking in the spectacular sight for ourselves.

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Breakfast in Cariboo country.

Williams Lake in the dead of night. We had never been here before, new ground, our tired eyes needed rest and without too much hassle we found a baseball field parking lot to bed down in for the night. Using our practiced hammock and tent set up we were snoring like drunken old men in minutes.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Grasslands.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Canyonlands.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Welcome to Farwell.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Beckoning.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Mark a.k.a Clark throwing a ‘C’…

Morning broke with barely a whisper, we were driving north again. After an hour or so of smooth asphalt a hard bank left led us to Farwell Canyon along winding logging roads riddled with large fast moving tree loaded trucks. Hugging the banks of the Chilcotin facing up at a wall of huge rain rutted lines got the blood pumping. This would be our final camp, overlooked by the most impressive clay walls. We spent our first evening taking full advantage of the golden light dressing the late summer blonde grasslands above the canyon.

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Mark and Cal.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Dreamy single track.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

The Ute.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Golden Hour.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Mark and Cal racing along the bluffs.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

No shortage of golden light in this part of the country.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Singletrack and sagebrush.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Dropping in with the chest mount.

After this enjoyable and mellow single track we got right into the fishing, sharing this small pebble beach camp site with some native women who were smoking salmon they had caught ten feet away. We came close but our poor luck with fishing continued losing our prize lure to the mouth of a prize fish.

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Cal. Born to Fish.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Drying Salmon.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

There was a lot of cactus in the grass. One found its way into Mason’s neck.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Above the Chilco River.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Pretty good camping spot.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Hammock life.

The morning started with a bang. That bang was cause by Mark pointing himself at full speed off the nose of the Hour Glass. This line, we found out, was ridden in the recent Where the Trail Ends film and Mark felt the need to ‘go big or go home’. James may have flipped into the line, but Mark double fronted it. Fortunately he was OK and the day continued.

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A well deserved coffee after a sunrise session on the Hour Glass.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Hoodoos.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Everything looks good from far.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Mark and Mason taking 5 at the top of the big lines.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Determining whether a line is rideable takes close inspection. We had to walk to the bottom to discover the 4-foot deep rain rut that it funneled into.

The scouting continued under the midday sun. Mason and Mark hiked to the peak of the wall of lines above our camp. It soon became clear that recent heavy rains had left man-size ruts down most of the possible lines. Except one. Mason saw a possibility. If he could hold a meter wide line snaking down the face he could miss the worst of the ruts and should be able to manage the unavoidable tangle of ruts that lay across the base of the line. It was a ballsy move. On a ridge opposite Mason came crackling across the radio “I’m going to get myself ready, dropping in 10”. My pulse raced as he came out of the shadow and pointed into the fall line. I will not describe something you’re about to watch.

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The drop-in.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

The fall line.

Our final shots fell on a playful ridgeline into a cut out hip. Mark had been working in on it while we shot Mason’s line. After a reunion session and a Cariboo, we got about covering our final moves of the trip.

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Mark and Cal traversing out from the hip zone.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Singletrack, blonde grass, gold light. What more could you ask for?

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Cal.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Interior BC in the summer sure has its moments.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Sunset on the way home.

Fall Lines Mason Mashon Mark Matthews Callum Jelley NSMB.com road trip Spences Bridge Vernon

Which one would you ride down?

Our dust trail lit by the golden pink light as we pulled off the logging road and back to the black tar ribbon that would lead us home.

Thanks: GoPro | Cariboos | Chromag

Video by Mason Mashon and Callum Jelley with help from Mark Matthews and Heather Lafortune.


Wow. Hell of a fall series from Mason, Mark, and Cal. If missed them, here are Part I and Part II.

The boys put a ton of work into this one; leave them a comment below…

  • Mmatthews

    Man this was one of the most EPIC riding trips of my life. I’m officially addicted to big mountain riding. Mason, Callum, Heather… our whole crew killed it that trip! Cant wait for next season!

    • Specialized

      Such a life is my dream, I am jealous of you!

    • stephenmatthews

      I was gutted to miss out on that trip! Mason, Matt, and I had some good exploring of our own a month or so prior and those areas are fantastic!

      It’s so fun going that fast! Teetering on the razor’s edge of sanity.