A voice of reasonable authority told me it's GT.
Second Billy and Howler. Also the grippier rock slab dominated trails are still riding well. Indutrial Disease drains well, 3 Birds, Lower Sproat all run pretty well. Flank yesterday was still below snowline, but there were flurries as I was riding. I'm sure it's there today as we went up to KadenWood last night for a snowball fight and night rip down Big Timber, which is also a safe bet.
Been riding most every morning before work and constantly amazed how well Whistler trails drain and flow. Especially if you are picking firmer trails or trails with lots of rock. Industrial Disease has been a real calling card to me lately given the amount of rideable rock even when wet and trail conditions similar to that of Howler. Same with 3 Birds and others in that area.
Loving fall riding here and not missing the true mud of the Lower Mainland.
That side definitely not drying out anymore with overnight cold and dew. Rode Kashmir, Kush, Downtown the other morning and it woke me up real fast. Kush seems less battered but could be moisture.
Climbed Tunnel Vision today and was surprised how climbable it is. Other than the Rocks at the top, the only hike was one small short steep on the old skid. Much potential for that with the new descent route in play. Great way to get to Cheakamus trails from Creekside.
I was tired of phones basically just cropping the bed after two years. I also wanted something with some weather resistance without massive armoured cases. I use the phone as 80% of my office and it's always in my pocket - constant photos rain or shine for site visits and inspections and lots of trail forks and mapping use riding and skiing.
2 years ago I went the path less travelled and bought a Sony Xperia Z3. 2 years later it's still working ad new and battery life is still well over a full day of active use. Have fully submersed it several times. Simple soft thin polymer case with no screen protector. Completely satisfied with this phone and was even able to delete much of the proprietary software.
Was in Japan for work this year and these things were everywhere. They know.
also forgot to mention that the next part of the tunnel vision project after the descending line is complete will be to add a few new sections on the old line so we can transition it to more of a climbing route to access cheakamus…there's an old skid road between TV and IBT that we should be able to build too, then you'll basically climb TV, peel off and traverse over to the top of IBT. That'll likely be a next year project though at this point
Wow… we were just talking about that being reversed to a climbing route. This sounds like a worthy project. I think (???) there could be a nice descent built as well from the mid TV (above HF/LMT) that would descend off a small plateau in there down to the IBT/AMPM intersection and flow right down into AMPM. At least this is what the contours show me… curious about that old skid road.
Toonie race last night was fantastic. So many good people on the trail. Finished with a front flat, but got that off the second jump on the home stretch, so just rode it out. Nice work WORCA and I look forward to next season right from the start.
This morning hit Heavy Flow/Tunnel/Big Timber before work. Some nice cleaning up and re-routing on Heavy Flow (at least from the last time I rode it). The new finish to HF/Tunnel is really coming along. Are there official Trail Days on that or is there a posted time that WORCA will be working on it to help out? That's pretty easy access from home to pop by and lend a hand in the mornings. Will be great when done.
Big Timber seems to be the only non bike-park stage of the NAET. Looked at the rest of the route online. A bit confusing, but it seems like they are trying to take the enduro out of enduro as even the majority of the transitions are bike-park and downhill. I'd be betting on pulling a bigger bike through that event as climbing is nominal.
So much park goodness right now. All of it riding so fast. We did 3 laps of Dusty's to BC Trail, the boy getting faster each lap now that he can ride it all clean and without stopping. So much fun.
A-Line fully re-opened. Other jump trails - Freight Train, DM all running fast and smooth.
Re-discovered love for Upper and Lower Joyride.
Just all good today.
That Toonie was a hell of a workout. Never rode LSD before, but good trail for riding in the wet in the dusk. Great re-rake on Hi-Hi and Highside. Passed Remi on a climb and was pretty stressed about having him bomb up behind me on Highside, but I guess I had enough time on him. I can officially say I beat Remi. My life is complete.
A-Line tech re-opened last night and it was smooth smoothie. For a few days anyway. Actually, rode like a blue square! Last jump has a nice rebuilt lip for maximum send.
And yes, DM and creek gap all good. With the rain, even Monkey Hands was tolerable!
Kids final Phat race last night as well, which kept lots of trails lower down closed. The Phat kids needs a rethink with such a HUGE level of diversity in kids' riding levels. It was the Oriental Express, which many kids look forward to. However, from my vantage point, I saw at least 10 kids who's results were pretty much throw-aways due to rider conflicts. In one case a young girl was pretty much walking the course as she didn't have the ability to ride much beyond green and saw her basically end 3 other racers' runs. Kudos that she wants to be out there, but some self-seeding or something needs to happen. In another case, a DFX coach and a blue square rider were working their way down the course, and while the coach was aware of chase riders, there was no way he could keep getting out of the way without disrupting the pace of other riders. The Mrs saw watched at the finish where a strong rider came up behind them in the final exit chicane and basically had to pull up and coast to the finish - in the Phat kids boys' categories that was probably the difference between 1st and 6th, given the top boys are so close. But, it's $5 beer (soda) league racing and better to have this than nothing just to get the kids' the feeling of racing. And the draw prizes for the kids are amazing.
raked out high side tonight….didn't need a whole lot, the rain is going to tack things up nicely. Pretty pumped on how it's held up to a really dry august!
Ready for the Toonie! Will come with the goal of retaining the air in my tire this time! Second Toonie's the charm. Not the ideal course for a slack 160mm bike, but you gotta' use what you got.
Finally did my first Toonie. I'll be back. That was a right-proper track and haven't ridden Billy's and Binty's before. Really great shape despite the heat and dust. I was having a blast and fortunately running close enough to the front that I hit the DH with fast riders that knew the trail to follow. But flatted off one of the rock drops and had to run it down to the 'early exit' where I had enough room to change the tube and finish the course. $2 well spent!
Is it just me or is Aline tech more bike swallowing than ever?
My son dissapeared into one of the hole's yesterday and I haven't seen him since. Then I got a mysterious message from a Chinese courier company saying they were shipping me a young boy that suddenly appeared out of a manhole in Beijing.
Stick to DM for the jumps!