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Oct. 21, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
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rossland/trail/castlegar - the kootenays - for living

anybody here living in these areas, say close to trail? what's it like and how are the job prospects? i'm contemplating gettin outta dodge and doing something different. would connsider a bit further north to kaslo or new denver too.

I live in Rossland, made the move from Van in 2008. Don't regret it for a second. Everything is literally in your backyard. trails less than 5 mins pedal from any house in town, ski hill/xc ski trails 5 mins drive, and trail is 10 mins away for your big box/ hospital/ airport/etc.

I'm not sure what your financial/mortgage situation is, but if you are worrying about money you could potentially lose on your pension, do the math and figure out what you could buy for what you have paid off on your mortgage (or what your house is worth, or what rent is, etc) and i think you will find financially its a no-brainer as well. Houses are max 500k here, good 3-4 bedroom places will be 300, and decent older/smaller places can be had for 200. plenty of places sub 150. Trail is way cheaper than that. And for a reason. Not the pollution, but the perception of it. Yes historically the smelter was terribly polluting, and lead levels were bad in soil etc. This has all been remediated, and the smelter is pretty clean these days.

Main thing with the Koots is, to get a good job takes time and/or creativity. There are lots of good jobs in certain industries (electrical/engineering/industrial carpenter/pipefitter associated with the smelter, pulp mill in cgar, etc) theres also the regional hospital in trail so lots of doctors/nurses live in Rossland. Tons of cat/heli ops if you want to guide or be a chef, resort jobs at the ski hills, etc. Beyond that, lots of people go away for shift work (myself included- some of the time). Otherwise, there are jobs, but its just on a small scale. IE your job is probably there, but you might have to work doing something else for a while until a position opens up, since there is just less to chose from. And the region forces people, for better or worse, to get creative, open their own business, cobble together different/freelance/season work, or even just do low paying jobs they enjoy, since the cost of living is lower. No one cares about keeping up with the neighbours, having the latest car, eating at fancy restaurants (friends and potlucks are the go to), and buying shit all the time to be happy.

Like some people recommended, just load up your bikes and family and camp/stay/hang out in and around the different towns and get a feel for them to figure out your jam. Theres a ton of small towns within a 1hr driving area that people commute back and forth to, between nelson, the valley, trail, castlegar, salmo, rossland, etc. They are actually all fairly different too, from sleepy retiree towns to blue-collar avg joe towns, to hippy towns, to redneck, and everything in between.

Kaslo and New Denver are beautiful but small and isolated. You arent going to want to commute from there to any of the major centres, and they are pretty limited in stores/restaurants/amenities. kaslo is like 1500 people, new denver 500. but they are located in some of the most amazing mountains around for skiing, hiking, riding and camping.

anyway thats enough rambling from me, come check out the area, spend some time, and most importantly, dont be afraid to just go for it. The communities here are so open, friendly, and amazing. that was my favourite thing once i had made the move. Yeah there are only 4000 people in Rossland, but most of them have moved here for the lifestyle, and are into the outdoors, being active, are well-travelled, and have a great outlook on life. Good luck!

Sept. 23, 2015, 10:08 p.m.
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compressors for auto (portable)

http://www.amazon.ca/Industries-MV50-SuperFlow-High-Volume-Compressor/dp/B000BM8RT8

Thats what I use. From the 4x4 forums i read, its the perfect mix of being big enough to actually air up 4 reasonably sized tires but isnt super heavy duty/expensive. Good for busting out to very change a flat bike tire too. Or fill up inflatable rafts for river floats. or whatever. Love it!

Feb. 8, 2014, 10:34 a.m.
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The Camper, Trailer or Adventure Vehicle Thread

1987 VW van with 2009 2.5L subaru engine, full folding queen size bed, fridge, custom cupboards/drawers, dual batteries, 2WD with LSD

what she used to look like:


surgery


painting (interlux boat paint and roller)

Aug. 19, 2013, 8:50 p.m.
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Ecuador?

Anyone ridden there? Mtns galore, sounds like paradise. I see a few operations offer "mountain biking" but just wondering whether anyone has any recommendations or experience? Hopefully some real singletrack/dh rather than fire roads on 15yr old hard tails. Probably heading down in november for a general (NBR) trip but hope to get a day or two in if possible

Thanks!

Aug. 4, 2013, 9 p.m.
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Mining in BC

People always seem to forget where things come from. Say no to mining, sent from my iphone. Where do you think your prius batteries and your fixie come from[HTML_REMOVED]? trees?

The thing is, unless people start cutting down on their consumption and demand for ridiculous items like new cars every 2 yrs, new phones, blah blah then they have no leg to stand on when it comes to mining. If we "need" these materials, then we need to mine them. If we mine them, fuck being a NIMBY, it should be done here. THe regulations in canada (these days) are ridiculous. So much paperwork and environmental assessment even to dig a hole to take a shit in the woods, let alone open a mine. ANd despite that, many companies are willing to invest billions here. And yet, everyone says, not in my backyard. So all that metal we need now gets mined in the next guys backyard. The 3rd world, no political backup, no options guys that now are getting expropriated from their homes and since they are in buttfuck nowhere indo or africa, way slacker environmental standards, so shit just gets dumped into the rivers, etc. So overall, more pollution and disturbance to the earth and none of the money getting funnelled through our local economies. Yeah, thats way better.

I guess all I'm saying, is protest or change the actual problem (our consumption/waste) and not the means (the mine)

June 2, 2013, 8:19 p.m.
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All in One Day

Top shelf right there.

But music playlist or it never happened. ;)

playlist is in the end credits. I would copy paste but im in camp with slow internet. And Dave picked the tunes so i cant remember track names. So yeah, useless post by me!

May 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
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Bringing back gas from the states

I live 10mins from a rural crossing, and get shit shipped to USA all the time. Since im down there anyway, its stupid not to gas up, since its much cheaper. But yeah dummies that drive an hour, then sit at peace arch for hour, then save $20 on groceries and $20 on gas are funny. Not worth it at all IMO

Im sure filling up your tank is a grey area/allowed, but I would be willing to bet that you technically arent allowed to bring jerries back.

May 13, 2013, 7:22 p.m.
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Work/Life Balance Careers

I think the key is just living within your means, and prioritizing fun vs work. The past 5-6 years Ive worked seasonally, Apr-Oct type of thing doing mineral exploration (geology) and then ski bumming/travelling/living in the winter. I can make enough money in 6 months to easily live the winter. Part of that though is i live in the koots where a house doesnt cost a million dollars.

Choices though, all of my shit is reasonably priced and bought with real money,no payments on cars, tvs, fucking fridges, quads, whatever. Instead of going out and buying that new SUV that you totally need to drive to work and back, why not buy something thats like 5 yrs old, is still awesome, and most importantly, doesnt make you a slave to your job. I see so many people, even in my position, who try and make up for lack of free time by buying new/fancy/ridiculous things, and then as a result have to work even more to keep up with payments. Buy something cheaper, then you can afford to work less.

I love/hate people who say their job is their life, and that they are bored with time off. I wish that I could think like that, but ultimately, although i love my job, its nowhere near as sweet as having fun.

Theres so much more to life that work. Society should have gotten to the point that we are working less, not more.

THat being said, this year I signed a fulltime contract, and although Im not loving it, its nice to imagine that i can save enough money to pay off the mortgage a bit sooner, and then when im older, live super cheap.

May 10, 2013, 12:52 p.m.
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Riding in Thailand

very very nice….

congrats on stepping out of the box….

many people in Trail live like they are on a one way train….

live in a valley think like a valley

glad to see you have a global perspective! :rocker:

This may be one of the trail/rossland differences. No shortage of travellers up in Rossland.

May 9, 2013, 9:14 p.m.
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All in One Day

2:35 powder fields/bowl jumps…

do they still call it that?

minibowls!

May 9, 2013, 9:13 p.m.
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Riding in Thailand

Hey guys

So, we went riding in Thailand back in December, thought id finally post a vid and some pics and give a review.

Short Version: IT was legit, real shuttle DH riding on real bikes, fucking amazing, good local riders and guide companies, and way better than we imagined

Long Version: So we'd been in Thailand for a couple weeks, down south, doing the whole beach/climbing thing, and then headed inland and north to chiang mai. Super cool city, medium sized, less of a party and gong show 20 yr old dummy scene. Haha anyway we were there to climb, and had some great days in the (thankfully after crazy heat on the coast) cooler weather. Climbers, check out Chiang Mai rock climbing adventures. Around 5 bucks for hour drive to crag, lunch, water, and drive back, and super amazing, well developed crag with super cool limestone climbing, including routes up to 3 pitches long inside a cave and then topping out through a hole in the ground to the surface.

Anyway we met some cool kiwis and we were all keen to go mtn biking for a day off, and researched some places to rent bikes. We pretty much pictured riding some 90's klunkers on fire roads, which would have still been cool. Then we heard about "X biking".

http://x-bikingchiangmai.com/home/feature/ride-with-x-bikingDespite the cheesy name, these guys are legit. Got some sort of pro deal with banshee, so had new FR/DH bikes with quality gear. Surprisingly, the guys have been mtbing for like 10-15 years, and are pretty killer riders.

Its kinda expensive by thai standards, but for us, amazing! all day with bike, fullface, gear, head guide, tail guide, and dedicated shuttle driver for less than $100. And the trails! Super fast and flowy, even though most are supposedly just ancient hiking trails. Shuttle up 1000 vertical metres past some cool temples, and then off to the woods. Kinda jungly and rutted in places, and then it opens up to open forest with super nice tall grass, bamboo and super fun fast singletrack (actually riding was easily 90% or more singletrack. Some fun built sections, berms, etc, even the odd "north shore" bridge or drop. Some rocks lower down, the odd ledge and cliff to huckMainly just fun fast, moderately techy DH. We only got 3 laps in, and then were absolutely spent, and rocking huge shit eating grins!

Anyway, guides were sick, let us ride what and where we wanted, and seemed stoked to have some people who knew how to rip mtn bikes. Totally worth the money, in fact I'd go back in a heartbeat for a couple weeks, bring my own bike, and just tag along with the shuttles. (we met an expat living in chiang mai who was doing just that).

Thats probably about enough talk, here are some shots:

crazy horse buttress

the cave

biking

Pics dont really do it justice, heres a quick couple minute vid of the action:

https://vimeo.com/65870502

May 7, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
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All in One Day

So, people always talk about "shoulder season" as if its a bad thing. I disagree. Much fun can be had on the same day. Rossland BC, March 2013

https://vimeo.com/65153563

Sept. 7, 2012, 8:10 p.m.
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Cheap data roaming in the US...is it possible?

not sure if you are over for short periods of time or not, but if you are going for longer time, just get a US phone. I bought a motorola droid outright, and then use verizon, where even as a canadian, you can prepay for a plan that has unlimited data, calling, and texting. And i just activate it, pay for a month, and then let it lapse. Next trip, even if its a year later, just reactivate the phone, pay for the month, and then have unlimited everything for the whole trip. no worries, internet radio all day, stream movies, and most importantly google maps, etc all the time. Sure its $75 per month, but at telus' ass raping prices thats like one FB status update while roaming in the US. Well worth it IMO. Probably not gonna work if you just go over for the day once in awhile, but we go on 3-6 week road trips all the time and that $75 is the best spent money of the trip.

Nov. 4, 2011, 8:04 p.m.
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Travis Rice/Redbull what will you think of next?

http://live.tetongravity.com/_News-Travis-Rice-To-Hold-Supernatural-Event-At-Baldface/blog/5430382/75233.html?as=75233

June 20, 2011, 6:41 p.m.
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jackass ryan dunn dead

one beer in the photo doesnt mean he was shittered. Though he probably was. Just saying

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