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March 8, 2020, 11:17 p.m.
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Re: NSMB 2020 - Full Suspension Bike Thread

Posted by: UFO

The Trance's ugly 2 bolt seat clamp is also key, I've found over torquing the clamp even by a bit does affect the return on the post, the 2 bolt spreads the clamping force out some.

Another thing that can help is putting the bolt or quick release cam on the opposite side of the split in the seat tube. This tends to not put extra force on that single point and create uneven clamping pressure.

March 4, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
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Re: I've plateaued...what to do about it?

Posted by: SixZeroSixOne

Yeah, riding alone isn't helping! Particularly night rides when I'm out exercising my dog!

When I'm out with riding buddies there isn't a huge difference in skill or fitness levels amongst us but it's very rare that we stop and scope out or session anything.

I know that Endless runs various training courses but just wondering whether there is anyone else locally (North Shore). I know Ryan Leech does on-line training but I'm sceptical about how effective that would be (for me, at least...)

ask your buddies who wants to improve their riding and then commit to taking some time on a ride to scope stuff out and session some things. also ask around to see if you know someone with a higher skill set who's willing to come out on the odd ride and show you how to pull off some of the moves you're looking at. it often doesn't take a big push to start to elevate your riding and having a buddy or two who wants to do the same things can really help create a positive riding atmosphere and help you progress.

March 4, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
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Re: I've plateaued...what to do about it?

do you ride by yourself a lot? are your riding buddies at the same level? sometimes having a riding partner who's at a higher level than you can help you to up your game.

March 3, 2020, 2:48 p.m.
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Re: Do you support or agree with the nationwide Protests?

Posted by: chupacabra

I wasn't trying to criticize you

Take the Pender Harbour Dock Management plan for example.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/natural-resource-use/land-water-use/crown-land/crown-land-uses/regional-initiatives/6043_penderharbour_dockmgmt_brochure_print1.pdf

So if you own a dock there, and if you look at the map you can see there are plenty of them, you can't replace your aging dock unless you hire an archeologist and meet the management plan requirements and even then it will only be considered. In the most stringent zone, you are SOL and you no longer have a dock. This plan was developed without any input from the community because their history is irrelevant. Many of the dock owners are fishermen that have already given up various fisheries in other agreements with other first nations and now they want to change the name of the main parts of town, again, with no consultation. Trust is a 2 way street.

The problem with the government groveling is that it comes in the form of sacrificing rural communities.  Some of the worst land stealing in the province happened right here in Vancouver's Stanley Park, but there are too many votes.  Instead, the communities that have actually been living side by side with first nations people the whole time are the sacrificial lambs.

Don't worry about it, I didn't take it that way, it's just back and forth discussion.

I agree there needs to be some concession and understanding on the part of Indigenous people as well. Part of the problem is trying to comes to terms with 300 year old injustices in the context of modern life. We can't just turn back the clock for the sake of land claims and ignore the benefits and opportunities of modern life that exist. From a groveling standpoint I was thinking about how discussion takes place. IMO Trudeau and Horgan should have been meeting with these chiefs much earlier in consideration of how their culture operates.

March 1, 2020, 8:57 p.m.
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Re: NSMB - 2020 - Hardtail Thread

If you're in Metro Van get and ordering out of the states get it shipped to Point Roberts or Blaine and depending who you order from you'll get free shipping saving you some bucks. Time it with a fill up of gas and you can save yourself another $15-30. Between the two it's worth the drive down. Don't want to deal with line ups? Set up an account at InOut Parcel where they have secured storage lockers you can pick up from 24hrs a day for as little as a $3.75 charge.

https://inoutparcel.com/

I'll add tho, check with pricing from your LBS, depending on the difference throw them the business instead. I'd say more than 50% the pricing is close enough at the LBS that I'll just go that route. The gas things makes a big difference for me tho as I have a 140L tank

Feb. 27, 2020, 8:32 p.m.
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Re: The Oil Patch

the company is now denying any involvement but that seems contradictory to what they previously said

https://rdnewsnow.com/2020/02/27/local-oil-and-gas-company-looking-for-answers-over-controversial-decal/

Feb. 27, 2020, 4:36 p.m.
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Re: Do you support or agree with the nationwide Protests?

Posted by: chupacabra

This is the history that is usually shared, but it should include how and why so many non-natives came to Canada and not just their relation to the British and Canadian governments.  This is why I object to being called a settler.  It is a way of framing the narrative that Canadian history is that of white people landing on the shores and looking at all the resources for the taking when that is not the reality for most non-native Canadian family histories.  This history that most of us know, the one in this link above, is the personal gut-wrenching history of the first nations vs the cold political apparatus of the government and racism.  It doesn't say anything of the stories of the people fleeing famine, or the many reasons that someone would leave their family and everything they have ever known to have a better life in a place they have never been and will likely never return from.  These are people that were as connected to the lands they came from as the native people that lived here but were so desperate they left it all.  This is not a story that can be reversed, so we need to decide together what the future looks like, and if the attitude of the courts is that the millions of non-native residents are just people knocking on the door it will not work.

This is what is going on in the small town I grew up in.  https://www.coastreporter.net/opinion/editorial/editorial-madeira-park-is-more-than-just-a-pretty-name-1.24075707  This is how unrest is created by a government more interested in looking progressive than doing their job for the people that elected them.  Madeira Park is a community formed over 100 years ago, not a mountain or an island, and as you can see the history is complicated.  This comes after a dock plan that was very unpopular and a number of longhouses were built in local parks as territory flags.  In some cases, landowners that only have water access to their properties are being told they must remove their docks.  Most of it happened without consulting the community.  This can't be the answer.  If Pender Harbour wasn't a tiny town this would be much bigger news.  Imagine if the Ironworkers Bridge had to come down because it was over a traditional oyster ground.  

If we can't agree on a plan that puts us on equal ground in the future we are screwed.

My point is not to discount the contribution of non-Indigenous people towards the building of Canada, but recognize that building came at the expense of the peoples who were here first and it continues to affect them to this day. The predecessors of modern Canada destroyed cultures from coast to coast to coast and you and I are reaping those benefits today. I share the idea that there are some compromises to be made on both sides, but I believe you would have a hard time convincing the majority of Indigenous people that their lives are much better off after colonization than before. 

It's a complicated issue but if you wanted to boil it all down to one word that word is trust. Indigenous people in this country generally do not trust "whitey" and his government and I think it's more than fair to say we haven't given them good reason to. That's not to say there aren't good people out there trying to do good things and rebuild some of that trust, but on a whole we're doing a shitty job. We have to be the ones to make the first move, so when Horgan refused to meet with the herditary chiefs a few weeks ago that sent the age old message that Indigenous people don't matter. Does an action like that build trust or break it? Right now Indigenous people have the upper hand when it comes to rail blockades and they could shut down this country indefinitely if they really wanted to. Our governments need to start off with doing some  grovelling if they're going to get this sorted out.

Feb. 27, 2020, 1:12 p.m.
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Re: Wuhan Coronavirus

Posted by: chupacabra

I have a cold right now and every time I cough my co-workers look at me like I am that little monkey on Outbreak.

black suv's will be arriving shortly to escort you to a safe location

Feb. 26, 2020, 8:29 p.m.
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Re: Do you support or agree with the nationwide Protests?

here's a great history lesson to help explain why we've gotten to this point

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ob8FxjYbksJICPfIB2j0CLxNvrBLGusQ/view?fbclid=IwAR2ksfU4uLGd1lwMV-GMoEgb8ujhKHAqU5S-WkhJSVOv05cAdTsCa_mP_eU

Feb. 26, 2020, 8:18 p.m.
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Re: Do you support or agree with the nationwide Protests?

Posted by: FLATCH

So how do we feel about those “protesters” trying to set a loaded freight train on fire. Seems reasonable.

I do like that some of the usual suspects are getting outed for their habitual protesting. Basically shit disturbing anarchists who protest anything and everything under the sun and seem to be enjoying their time in the spotlight. How do you think FN really feel about their protest being hijacked for others political gain.

Don't make the mistake of ignoring a serious issue simply because some nitwits have jumped on board the protest train.

Feb. 24, 2020, 10:30 p.m.
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Re: Trump.

Posted by: ReductiMat

So do you hate Trump and Bernie the same amount?

sometimes, a funny pic is just a funny pic

Feb. 24, 2020, 8:39 p.m.
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Avalanche awareness

I'm sure many of you who hit the backcountry have already read about this on FB, but in case you haven't Adam's story about the loss of his wife Laura is a strong reminder that we always need to be mindful of the environment we're playing in. 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/laura-kosakoski-avalanche-death-1.5473338?fbclid=IwAR2YQNtwzxPI85__v4uhYOYj53bizhY-K71YI-RAqOJDmfKhVN_h6NpbXmk

The following is from his FB page

After Laura’s eulogy and obituary, this accident report is the hardest thing I have written. I have been putting off writing it for weeks, but it has been eating at me. I did check with our partner on the day, Kevin, before sharing it and had him review it for accuracy. We hope that by sharing this that someone can learn something that may save them from enduring the horror that we, as well as our families and friends, the search and rescue crew, the first responders and the medical staff have endured.

Kevin Hertjaas and I had been trying to coordinate schedules for a few months to ski together. We finally made plans to meet at the Fenlands Recreation Centre in Banff on Friday January 10th at 8:30am to carpool. My wife, Laura Kosakoski joined us too.

Kevin is a well-known and internationally respected ski guide with accreditation with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the Canadian Avalanche Association. Laura and I both have operation level avalanche certification and training and both logged over 80-days of backcountry skiing in each of the past 3-years, with extensive experience before that as well as a lot of summer mountaineering. I am also a member of the Avalanche Canada Foundation Board of Directors. We were all very experienced and well trained. Despite Kevin being a guide, this was not a guided day out, this was a recreational ski day for all of us.

There was new snow that week, but temperatures were forecasted to be cold, around -15 Celsius and the avalanche conditions were considerable in the alpine and at treeline and moderate below treeline. There was a deep persistent layer in the snow that was reacting unpredictably that we all knew about.

We wanted a more casual day of powder skiing, with Kevin needing to get home early, so our options for where to ski were limited. After a good discussion, we agreed to go and check out the Hector South area in Banff National Park along the 93 North. It is an area that has increased in popularity this past year, but one that none of us had been to yet.

After locating the likely access point in the trees from the highway, we pulled over and sorted our gear. We had two inReach Minis with us, as well as a siltarp, a small emergency bivvy bag and full avalanche and cold weather gear. With the equipment sorted, we began climbing the ridge through the trees around 9:30am. We all commented on the surprising ease of access and quick travel up the trees. It was also warmer than anticipated, so we stopped to de-layer.

When we finally reached treeline, we opted to start by climbing a west facing slope. As we climbed above treeline, we noted that there was a solid windslab that had a drum-like feel and opted to transition before committing to bigger terrain above us. The wind had also picked up at this point and we put on warmer clothes.

We noted a small slide path to skiers right of where we were. We identified that there was a risk we would trigger a small wind pocket as we entered it. Kevin went first and, as we suspected, he triggered a small pocket of snow that he was able to ski away from easily. I followed a line more to the right of where he was, trying to avoid thin spots that were a concern. I skied without issue and then Laura joined us. We regrouped in a small cluster of trees and decided to go and look at a south aspect instead.

We climbed up through the trees to the ridge, happy that there was no obvious overhead risk. Once on the ridge, we traversed up to the high point. The wind was starting to pick up and the visibility was limited. We transitioned from there and skied back along the ridge to a bowl/chute a little farther down to skiers left of where we were. Kevin and Laura skied first and enjoyed great snow. I entered farther left of them and also had great powder skiing. We had no signs of any instabilities in the snow on that run. We did observe big wind lips and wind loaded areas on skiers left of the lines.

Since there was a track in already, we decided to do one more lap before heading out. When we ascended back to the ridge, we noted that the wind had really picked up and it was cold. We were happy to call it a day.

We stood at the top of the run, to skiers right of the chute we had just skied and identified a possible creek hazard below us. We also tried to spot a nice access across the creek to exit onto the lower slopes. There was a cluster of trees at the bottom to the right of the path that we said we’d regroup at.

At around 11:30am we gave Laura the honours of skiing first. She skied skiers right of the line and then enjoyed great powder turns down the 400 meter or so line. When she was about two-thirds of the way down, Kevin dropped in a few meters left of her line and started skiing. Wanting to keep my eyes on them, and wanting to watch Kevin ski for pointers, I moved forward onto the ridge crest. I was a further few meters left of Kevin’s entrance and as I moved forward onto a possible entry point, the slope below me gave away. I fell off the slab I was standing on that was starting to move at my feet. I secured myself, yelled avalanche as loud as I could and watched the avalanche pick up speed and move the whole length of the slope. I followed it, trying to see if I could spot Kevin and Laura until I saw a big powder cloud shoot through a small bench at the bottom into the creek. I was shocked at the size of the slide.

As Parks Canada Visitor Safety noted in an accident report posted on December 12, 2020, it was a “slab avalanche 80m wide[…] The crown tapered dramatically along the crest of the ridge from nearly 2m in heavily wind-loaded drifts to as little as 40cm. The avalanche ran approximately 550m. [It] ran on a weak layer of facets and depth hoar near the base of the snowpack. The avalanche caused most of the snow to be removed along its path, exposing the ground and scrubby trees in many places”. They rated it as a size 2.5 avalanche.

Once the powder cloud settled, I moved as far right as I could, to the other side of a small ridge, so that I wouldn’t trigger anything else on top of Kevin and Laura below me. I skied very cautiously down the line. I could see Kevin below me, so I skied towards him. When I was approximately 50 meters above him, he told me that he saw Laura shuffling out of the way of the path into the trees and that prompted him to do the same which saved him from being caught in the slide. He told me to start yelling her name. We both yelled “Laura” approximately 3-times without a response. Kevin then instructed me to put my beacon into search mode and to get out my shovel and probe. Being below me, he initiated the beacon search and was quickly drawn into the gully. The steep angle of the slope and the debris made doing the search complicated. As Kevin yelled out the reading on the beacon, the best reading we got was 3.8 meters. We both knew instinctively that the situation was very serious.

Due to the depth and angle of the slope, we began digging at that reading. We had to clear some snow before we could start probing. After removing over a metre of snow, Kevin probed and I deployed the SOS on my inReach at 11:45am. When he finally got a probe strike, we started moving snow as quickly as we could.

With the angle of the the slope, we had to start tunnelling from almost 10 meters back of where the probe was to avoid more snow falling into the trench that we were digging.

As the time ticked away, I was trying incredibly hard not to panic and Kevin was doing everything he could to give me tasks to keep me focused. It took us almost 45 minutes, or more, to get to Laura. We were pulling out small broken branches, as well as very large and heavy slabs of snow, which slowed our digging.

When we finally got to Laura’s head, there was no obvious sign of trauma, but she was very blue and non-responsive. Kevin checked her airway, but there was no breath, although he told me there was one to keep me on track. Due to the position of her body, we could not perform CPR, so we had to keep digging to remove her from the hole.

Kevin left briefly to correspond with the Parks team via his inReach to state how serious the situation was. I continued to try and dig Laura out. Kevin soon joined me and after a further 45 or so minutes of difficult digging we were finally able to free her. We cut off her pack and hauled her out of our deep tunnel. Due to the steepness and depth, I would sit up slope of her and drag her up my body and across my chest as Kevin hoisted her legs from below. We had to do this about 5-times before she was clear of the entrance.

There were no obvious signs of serious trauma on her head or body, but there was a deep laceration on her thigh likely from a ski. I removed all the warm clothing I had in my pack and the bivvy bag. Kevin started five rounds of CPR without any response. We opted to cease CPR and put her in the bag with all our warm clothes to try and keep her as warm as we could.

We then prepared a possible landing area and waited for the Parks team to arrive by long-line. I was trying not to panic and Kevin kept making up tasks for me to do. When the team finally arrived, around 1:30pm, they packaged Laura out and then flew Kevin and me out by long-line and I collapsed into a screaming crying mess.

We later found out that Laura’s core temperature had dropped to 24 Celsius and that she had no heartbeat. She was flown to Foothills Medical Centre on Calgary where they slowly began trying to warm her core temperature and revive her. We do not know how long she was like that. They were able to revive a faint heartbeat, but she never regained consciousness. After receiving very professional care, she succumbed to internal injuries and was declared dead just after 6:0ppm on January 11th.

Assessment of the day:

We were well trained, well equipped and despite it being our first day out together as a group, we had communicated well about our objectives, what we wanted from the day and our observations. Despite that, we made mistakes that had fatal consequences.

Mistakes we made:

We knew that the forecast was for considerable danger, but we were likely too complacent with that forecast and were not cautious enough. We often ski in that rating, or higher, but we let our guard down. We knew that any avalanche would likely trigger on a deep layer with serious consequence and that the layer was unpredictable.

There were also signs that we should have paid closer attention to. We had earlier reactivity on a different aspect, there was obvious wind loading along the ridge and we underestimated the terrain’s potential. Given the avalanche bulletin for the day and our earlier observations, we should have skied safe zone to safe zone and not skied until the person was clearly in a safe area.

I likely moved forward onto a wind-loaded convex roll that triggered the slide. I should have approached the line further right where there was less loading. I know this, but because I wasn’t getting ready to ski into the line, I didn’t think about it properly.

Based on where Kevin remembers last seeing Laura, it appears as though she was standing on the edge of the safe zone, but was not well placed in it. I speculate that she was taking a photo because we never recovered her phone, so she may have not been as well protected as she could have been to take the pictures. She was either knocked by the wind, debris, or part of the slide and pushed into the gulley below her, which compounded the effects of her burial. It is also possible that the part of the trees that she was by were taken out because of the branches and deadfall we were digging out around her.

Laura was not wearing a helmet that day, which was unusual for her. I do not know if this had any impact on her survival, but given that there were trees around, as well as the density of the blocks around her, it might help in a different situation or scenario. There isn’t a good reason not to wear one.

Performing a beacon search in complex terrain is difficult. Digging and moving that much snow is incredibly hard. Despite having done deep burial practices, being fit and motivated, it took a very long time to move that much snow. The tunnelling required to get to her was much more complex and difficult than I was ready for. It would be even more difficult if there was only one partner skiing. A factor to consider.

This was a worse-case scenario, on top of a worse case scenario. Even if statistically low, the worst can happen. It is a reminder that the mountains don’t care about your level of training, preparation, or how casual your days are. They are dangerous and demand full attention and respect and discretion is always warranted.

Feb. 24, 2020, 1:52 p.m.
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Re: Water line in front yard - need a plumber - NV

it shouldn’t be an issue to reroute the line like XXX_er say but you do need to be aware of where any other services are located. I wouldn’t worry too much about the cracked line, you’ll have to shut off the water at some point anyway. If you do it yourself plan the new line and dig that trench first to leave the old line in place till you’re ready to switch it over.  

I’m working up in Berkley over the next few days, if you’re close I can come by for a look and give you some free advice. I’m too busy to offer any help with actually doing the work tho. 

Get a couple of quotes from say Milani, North Shore Plumbing and Daryl Evans Mechanical (mtb’er I think) as a place to start to see if it’s worth trying to save any money by doing some of it yourself.

Feb. 24, 2020, 12:29 p.m.
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Re: Water line in front yard - need a plumber - NV

Imo your decision will be based on time vs cost. If you have the time to dig up the old pipe yourself which will be the bulk of the work then you may only need a plumber to actually do the connection. You can do it yourself tho as it will just be a compression fitting at the street side and at your pressure regulator inside the house. Finding the line should be easy, as it should basically be a straight line from the shut off to the house. As you already know where the shut off is just dig back from there. You could just replace the broken section of pipe, but it’s probably worth doing the whole thing. It ultimately depends on the condition of the pipe and where/why it broke.

Feb. 24, 2020, 12:23 p.m.
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Re: Water line in front yard - need a plumber - NV

and expensive

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