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Whistler in the Rain?

Aug. 12, 2014, 8:13 a.m.
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So I'll be going there for the first time tomorow (riding my bike from Parkgate to the Seabus then to the main terminal and from there I take the Epic shuttle to Whistler). So excited to do this ride, but rain's in the forecast. Will that dampen my experience or enhance it?

Aug. 12, 2014, 8:22 a.m.
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it's so dry and the forecast rain is so minimal, it shouldn't be a problem. we actually could use a couple days of steady rain.

Aug. 12, 2014, 8:22 a.m.
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it won't rain all day
it won't be dusty
bring goggles?

Aug. 12, 2014, 9:43 a.m.
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Whistler's always dusty in the summer.

Aug. 12, 2014, 10:24 a.m.
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Pick up a Muckynutz type fender if it gets really wet. They're light, cheap and incredibly effective.

There's nothing better than an Orangina after cheating death with Digger.

Aug. 12, 2014, 11:42 a.m.
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Thanks guys. Good idea on the fender. I might do ghetto tube set up for that. :).

So excited to ride!

Aug. 12, 2014, 12:04 p.m.
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Btw, should I wear something heavier or would a windbreaker be okay?

Aug. 12, 2014, 12:04 p.m.
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The whole valley is a dustbowl right now.

Aug. 12, 2014, 12:04 p.m.
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Was also thinking of ghetto windbreaker/ garbage bag. Lol!

Aug. 12, 2014, 12:06 p.m.
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My guess is that it's going to be pretty humid with the rain coming in and all. I say wear something light. The WhistlerBlackcomb website has pretty accurate weather forecasts, so have a look at that.

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Aug. 12, 2014, 10:28 p.m.
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If it's really coming down; jacket, pants, shoes with lace covers, goggles, fender, and spare gloves. I find if I have all that I'm fine all day.

Aug. 12, 2014, 10:59 p.m.
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road in the rain a couple weeks back up there got soaked too the bone , it still gets cold in the wet and the trails can get really greasy , i was wearing my TLD DH shorts and they weighed 100lbs with all the water and muck . tears off would be nice or a clean cloth to wipe the goggles down .

fenders of some kind a must same with a down-tube deflector shield ( MEC has them cheap ) . spare gloves and a tube and such are a must , i did my best Aaron Gwin down Crank It Up with a flat rear tire , it was my BDay so it was worth the chance of blowing the rear wheel up riding the rim out LOL .


Aug. 18, 2014, 11:13 a.m.
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Thanks for the tips, guys…. the conditions were actually perfect on the 13th (when it rained) and not so much the following day (dry, dusty).

And so I also came to realize, that even with two days (I orginally planned for one), I did not have enough time. The two trails I was so looking forward to hit (Dirt Merchant and A-line) had jumps that were way too big for me to hit cold (I usually work up to it). So I rolled them once and never came back (and even then, I only managed to cover maybe a third of all the intermediate to advanced trails).

Really enjoyed Blue Velvet and Crank-it-Up as well as Upper Freight Train, along with most of the single blacks and a few double-black runs. Goat's Gully was an ass-kicker, and so was Lower Canadian.

Thanks again! Hope to be back soon… and with better skills (again, hopefully).

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