Gloam Season feat. Cody Kelley
Hot off the heels of being crowned a World Champion at the inaugural Trophy of Nations in Finale Ligure, Cody Kelley hopped on a plane flying to the dark and ferny Pacific Northwest so we could join forces for a few days of filming. A wild week ensued jam packed with photoshoots, coffee, meet and greets with local rippers, classic Washington weather, and too many Wu-Tang Clan references.
Gloaming is a synonym of twilight or dusk. It comes from the Old English word for twilight, "glōm," and the Gloam Season is upon us in the Pacific Northwest. The lengthy, warm days of summer have disappeared, replaced by a near permanent state of twilight. We delve deep into the woods, where legends, ghost and ghoul haunt the shadows. Sufficient lighting in the thick trees is hard to come by this time of year, but when you find it a magical world unfolds.
Disastrous might be too harsh of a word to describe our first day of filming, but it's not far off from the truth. The weather channel would have deemed it "adverse conditions" and we took a beating. The "light drizzle" we expected overnight had been more of a downpour and the trails were just a bit wet…
After the debacle of the first day, the weather shifted and we were graced with blue skies and freezing temperatures for the remainder of the photoshoot, but the trails were still loose under tire.
To put it bluntly, day three was a long day. Our third day in a row of climbing with full camera bags and we wound up filming in two different locations. Each location came with different light coverage making it that much more difficult to get the footage to look like a cohesive unit. While one location had soft, almost mucky dirt, the other mainly consisted of hard pack.
Friday was a bonus day. We'd originally planned to work on a separate project, but the storm from earlier in the week left the trails we were going to shoot unrideable. After talking through our options, we decided to go to a central location that would be easy to film bonus footage for Cody's video: The Summit Ridge Bike Park in Black Diamond, WA. These trails are perfect for filming if you're looking for a location with very limited elevation gain. Five minutes from the parking lot is a big line of doubles and fast corners that are maintained incredibly well by a small handful of volunteers. If you're reading this, we're big fans of your work!