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Nov. 21, 2011, 8:51 p.m.
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Lazy start to the season...

Well the start of the season was a while ago up north, but this was the first full-on weekend of shredding for me! I got invited by my good friend jayric up to go on a trip to the monashee powdercat lodge near revy. And well, I would be stupid to turn that down, so I packed up the truck and headed down. It was worth the drive from PG to vernon…

https://vimeo.com/32491230

The snow was deep, blower, and a ton of fun to ride. A huge thank you to Tom and Carolyn (sp?), the owners of the lodge for letting us crash up there! and big thanks to the monashee mulisha crew for dragging me along.

This is just the start…I have 4.5 months off to snowboard allll season after I graduate on dec 8! The stoke is high…

Nov. 21, 2011, 7:52 p.m.
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Sled Season Begins

Nice start to the season gentlement!

Nov. 21, 2011, 7:44 p.m.
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Calling Tyler W....

I am here! sorry, was out slaying pow all weekend…

I ride softboots, and that's all I know. I know joedick rides hardboots, and he also shreds. So I'm probably not the right person to answer your question about which type is better. But I can tell you I ride softboots, and probably always will because that's what snowboarding is to me. Hard boots are obviously going to be better for touring, and softboots better for riding. So it depends on what you want to do more of. My goal is to go out and slay pow, so I usually pick gear based on riding performance over touring performance. But with that said, I usually do a few multi-day touring trips every year and do just fine with my gear. I seem to have pretty invincible feet though, I don't get blisters from anything…

As for types of softboots, I ride super stiff ones. 2 years ago I ran burton driver X, but they blew up after 1.5 seasons - the stitching for the lacing system exploded and burton wouldn't warranty it, so I'm done with them. They were good boots, but not built to last. I then rode my ultra-soft 8 year old salomons for the rest of the season and hated my life, but because they are so old and are still in good shape, I went back with salmon for this season. I now have salmon malamutes, and so far after 4 days on them I am very impressed. Super stiff, comfy on day 1, and salmon has a history of making bomber boots!

I also have the new spark blaze bindings…also very impressed so far (but only 5 days to test so far…). The burton straps look great, and they are nice and light and fairly stiff. The high backs are a bit soft, but I seem to like that so far with the combination of my stiff boots.

Hope that helps

Tyler

Nov. 13, 2011, 7:39 p.m.
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Travis Rice/Redbull what will you think of next?

Bottom shelf ftw!

You mean the movie about helicopters with snowboarding in it?

Oh I must have missed the snowboarding section…thought it was just helicopters and drunk idiots

Nov. 9, 2011, 12:29 p.m.
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New stick

130mm+ under foot for skinning on a splitboard! no wonder we are so slow…

Nov. 9, 2011, 11:13 a.m.
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Travis Rice/Redbull what will you think of next?

Hopefully it works out better than his shitty movie…

Oct. 30, 2011, 7:03 p.m.
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Getting my first splitboard

From your picture - I noticed that your bindings are incorrect: when in ski mode the outside edges of the board become the inside edges, so you can ski better; so when you are in ski mode the bindings will be opposite of what you have showing now. Reverse of what is in the picture.

Nothing wrong with his bindings…the board halves are just sitting on the wrong side of eachother…

Oct. 17, 2011, 7 p.m.
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Getting my first splitboard

Transitions for splitters are not an issue once you have done it 10 times. But what Rat said is true about flat traverses and rolling ski-outs and stuff like that…splitters get left behind (I'm a splitter). With that said, usually those flat ski outs and stuff like that are at the end of the day down the valley back to the car, so the skiers can go have a beer for the extra 8 minutes it takes me on my split to get out.

And as for board choices, cancel the mojo if you can!!! those are not what you want for BC riding. They are made for…well not sure what they are made for… but it's certainly not BC powder that's for sure. The khyber will blow your effing mind for BC riding (I ride one, have had 2 in a row now). Call up prior and they will probably still give you the "turkey sale" price if you ask nicely, which will make it the same price as the mojo.

Oct. 15, 2011, 6:39 p.m.
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The Art Of Flight (EPIC)

Xavier takes it to a new level, that guy is insane. I can't believe how he rides.

Oct. 13, 2011, 5:01 p.m.
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Hell in Della. Ollie and crew are cursed...

Neither option…push up the trail!!! way faster. That shuttle road is soooooooo long it would have taken half the time to just push up the trail boys!

Oct. 13, 2011, 8:42 a.m.
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TR: One last alpine ride...

Damn I thought I was the only person crazy enough to do that…oh well. Which way did you go up? out and back or did you do the loop between viking and sugar?

Oct. 12, 2011, 7:27 p.m.
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TR: One last alpine ride...

I've skied in this zone in the winter before, and I always thought that the terrain looked perfect for mountain biking. To save myself a bit of heat from the authorities in case they are reading, I won't post up exactly where it is. Some PG locals might recognize it…and as far as I know, I'm probably the first person to bike-aneer this route (EDIT: nope…Forest beat me to it…see below).

I went solo, just me and the grizzlies/caribou, since I wasn't sure how this was all going to work out. I had never seen what the trail surfaces looked like, only covered in snow. So it was a total exploratory mission/deathmarch, which might have a little bit to do with all my riding with Leelau! It was a nice fall day, full-on fall colours, and surprisingly warm for october 6! The ride started off with a 3km/700m push through an inland temperate rainforest up to a big caribou meadow with some amazing views.


Right off the bat, I missed the turnoff to the trail I wanted to take, and instead wandered through the trail marked through the meadow which was a miserable swamp. So by 10:30am my boots were soaked and I already walked an extra 2km. Oh well, it's not an adventure until something goes wrong. Once I got back on track, I had to do some sweet bushwacking for another 400m vertical up onto a ridge. Check out the "trail".

At least I found some late seasons snacks…

So at this point, the "route" was extremely hard to follow. The trail was barely definied and mostly overgrown, with only some sketchy ribbons and markers in random trees to follow. It was pretty slow going and I was getting discouraged until I hit the subalpine ridge for some views across the rocky mtn trench:

Then I had a pleasant bushwacking subalpine ridge ramble to the target:

View of the pleasant ramble ridge:

6hrs of bushwacking, pushing, and carrying my bike (and maybe riding for 10 minutes…), I reached the summit:

Now for the 9km, 1100m descent starting in the alpine and ending up back in the coastal-like rainforest:

The video:
https://vimeo.com/30464934

All in all, it was a 25km total deathmarch. Over 1500m climbing/descending. Most of the climbing was pushing/carrying/bushwacking and a 8.5hr day. But the descent was 100% worth the effort. And now, I think it's time to hang the bikes up for another season and get pumped for snow season. I just officially decided to take the winter off after I graduate in december to take jan-may off and snowboard all over BC and alaska. game on!

Oct. 5, 2011, 6:04 p.m.
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North Shore Landscapes

2nd one is somewhere near greenland methinks

Oct. 5, 2011, 6:01 p.m.
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More northern BC riding - Prince George

what kind of govy support, I heard the govy guy over there in PeeG wasn't as into spending the $$$ as the guy out here ?

arent they moving the golf course out to pidherny so they needed to make amends for that?

I havent ridden there in 5 yrs

The government support is definitely nothing near what you guys are getting out to the west. From what I understand, the golf course move for scrapped and the land at pidherny is now a BC forest service recreation area. So the trails are now "legitimate" and sanctioned. As such, lots of the big manky old stunts got cut down, but lots of new work (by vollies unfortunately) is being done. Some new lines are going in and stuff like that, and its all "legal". That's what I meant by gov support…not a spending spree like smithers and burns lake!

Oct. 5, 2011, 8:06 a.m.
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More northern BC riding - Prince George

Contrary to popular belief, there is more to northern BC than mud holes and jumps made of pallets and hockey sticks. This time we checked out an area called pidherny rec area, which recently became protected from development and lots of new building is going on with lots of government support. Props to all the people involved saving this place and improving the trails in the past 4 years since I was here last!

https://vimeo.com/30061562

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