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June 8, 2009, 7:05 p.m.
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Squamish - Mashiter Trail CLOSED due to Vandalism

I know trail modifications/improvements/changes in Squamish or any town can be a contentious issues.

I have to disagree with wall eater on this one though.

I hate approaching a trail and suddenly finding it dumbed down.

Some improvements I love - some I despise.

The roller coaster and jack trail improvements I hate. I am pretty sure it was done for the test of metal racers (I am one as well). I love novelty and interesting sections, for me that makes a trail.

The test is a funny course. 90[HTML_REMOVED]#37; road-style with some technical bits. I am worried to see the technical bits disappear and the road percentage/style get higher. Thank god the Plunge is considered sacred. For me the run out of roller coaster to the road always was that last little dose of fun before entering suburbia.

However, I am old enough to know that this issue comes up everywhere. It seems like only yesterday when the skinny off the old road to function was improved and every one was furious as it was the fun technical thing to be done on the way to work. I still miss that thing. Who did cut the trees?

I love the trail builder moto "build back better". I guess "better" for some means easier and less technical. Lets not make things too easy out there, otherwise I might as well get back on my road bike and jump rail tracks for fun instead of mtn biking.

NOT to hijack the thread - the new bridge is truly a work of art. I am in awe. Makes me want to vandalise my front porch to see if I can hire the team to re-build it.

May 20, 2009, 3:33 p.m.
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Looking for suggestions on a small camera

Hey Those that Know,

My old small camera is just about dead. Screen goes funky unless I hold it just the right way. I don't think that that is a good sign for its future use.

I want to buy a new small compact camera in the 300$ range. Stopped at London drugs and got lost in a sea of jargon from the kid at the counter who must be a dungeons and dragons whiz.

The question…

What is the best camera that cost 300$ or less that would be great for taking on my travels? I would prefer something small and compact. Don't care if it is waterproof.

Any recommendations?


May 6, 2009, 2:51 p.m.
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Joined: Aug. 7, 2008
Squamish Trails - High and Dry

Quick question to the trail building/maintaining/and re-viveing coalition in Squamish.

Is there a plan for High and Dry (the trail to the left of the second part of Pseduo-pstuga.) It is on the trail map. Yet, that thing is presently awfull and un-rideable.

I imagine there might be a reason, for it to be left to rot. However, it looks like it could be resurrected into a fun technical trail.

Had some freinds recently ride the top part of it, thinking they were on Pseudo-pstuga. I imagine this happens all the time.

April 15, 2009, 8:17 a.m.
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Squamish XC - where to start?

Tonight's Loonie race will be a ride on one of Squamish's newer trails. Personally, I think it is a fantastic addition to the trail network as it begins as a flowy descent followed by some very flowy uphill ascents. It is XC dream ride!!!

If you have a chance head up to Squamish (don't forget to sign up for your SORCA membership) and join the race. The sponsor for tonights event is PEPE and GRINGO's which is one of squamish's better restarants.

Check out the SORCA website for more info.

March 23, 2009, 1:31 p.m.
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Nine Mile and Plunge Conditions

Whoops my bad!
Clarklewis is correct!

Trail was Another man's gold

I need to add some trails and trail names beside those existing trails.
The names that come to mind are

"Another trailside distraction"

then across the road to

"One Woman's fold"

and then finish with the plunge (not the rip - as I am not man enough to do that!)

March 16, 2009, 1:40 p.m.
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Nine Mile and Plunge Conditions

Nine mile will be a while.
Rode the plunge yesterday from Darwin's.

Road still has lots of snow. Trail is completely clear. Two logs down across trail (very obvious).

I took "another road side attraction" to Darwin's (snow free but had to walk a section due to rot and trail work).

Feb. 4, 2009, 10:07 a.m.
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How's ValleyCliff/ DeBeck's hill

Plural is ridable right now.

Some snow on the road on the way up debecks (from gate to 1/2 km up)
Some snow on the trail.

Worth doing but feels like a teaser as it is a quick decent.

Oct. 2, 2008, 10:19 a.m.
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Joined: Aug. 7, 2008
Samauri Pizza Cat

**_Samauri _Pizza Cat.

That is pretty original. I am guessing that it refers to the Mauri's in N.Z.
I hope they do not change the spelling to Samurai.

When is the whistler colouring book coming out?


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mauri may refer to:


The bodies of these fish are normally naked and elongate. The chin barbels are usually absent, nasal barbels are usually present, and there are usually two pairs of maxillary barbels. Most of these fish lack an adipose fin. Some of these fish also lost pelvic fins.[8]

Is that the samauri Pizza cat? Is so I have a few friends that fit the description perfectly.

Aug. 9, 2008, 9:31 a.m.
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Whistler Mountain Bike Guide Book

Impressive - new standard for guide books.

You probably already saw this but there is a great review in the Georgia Straight this week about it. Buried after a review of the stein hiking trail guide.

Aug. 9, 2008, 9:15 a.m.
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Love the trail - hate the name

Alright maybe it as a result of the departure of D. Kelly but what happened to grrreat names in the bike park. There have been some legendary ones - fatcrobat, original sin, heart of darkness, no duff, clown shoes, joyride etc.

Karate monkey was never my favorite name. The gong was fun and the trail is fantastic. Schleyer is just a little bit ego centric (but some people need monuments of themselves). And the national - detroit rock city name change - well lets not go there.

Ninja Cougar? Great trail terrible name. Next, Whistler will be offering colouring books. Also some of the cliches being posted by the whistler pr world are just painful (ie "your job is better than my vacation" {cheddar-fromage}). How much do those pr people get paid?

Then again maybe I am the only one that thinks the name is lame. Listening to forty year olds in the line-up state that they rode ninja cougar makes me think they should stay away from Buffalo Bills. Not many woman in there have such nice curves - brake bumps maybe. However, most of the forty plus women in Whistler are in better shape than the twenty year olds in the city.

Everyone hates a rant - but I am sure some of the staff who should be riding will defend the name. The trail… Well all I can say is I am impressed by the work of the trail crew. Well done another great asset to the park.

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