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Sept. 9, 2009, 9:14 p.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Nice Free GPS Map Resources

For those with Garmin GPS devices check out the following sites for some nice free maps to load into your device.

Transparent Trail Maps for PNW
http://www.switchbacks.com/maps/NW_Trails.html

Not much for BC but looks good for Idaho

US TOPO Maps and a lot more
http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/

For example 1:24k of Washington http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/95/

Enjoy!

Aug. 21, 2009, 8:48 p.m.
Posts: 141
Joined: July 31, 2009
Sun Valley/Stanley point and shoot

In the middle of September if you had 7 days of riding in the Ketchum or Stanley area what are the must ride trails?

From other peoples lists I have the following so far.

  • Fox Peak - Adams Gulch
  • Fisher Creek
  • Pioneer Cabin to Johnstone Creek, Long Gulch
  • Corral Creek
  • South Fork of Warm Springs
  • Bald Mountain ski lift trails Cold Springs and Warm Springs
  • Redfish Lake Loop
  • Red Warrior Creek
  • Lodgepole Gulch
  • Wolftone Creek to Kinsey Creek
  • Kinsey Creek to Curran Gulch
  • Howards Trail to Mars ridge

We plan to get the map from the bike shop when we get there to get more details.

Aug. 10, 2009, 10:49 p.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
trail recommendation around Whistler?

Here are a few suggestions to start you off, the non-bike park trails are different from the bike park and the shore and are a lot of fun. Most trails are more technical XC than downhill trails so be prepared to climb up.

  • Lost lake trails, this is about a 1 - 2 hour ride depending on your skills, more XC ish. Take the single track with Frank Zappa song names out and back.
  • River runs through it (do all the sections including the Barts Dark section). Kind of XC with optional stunts here and there.
  • Ride up stone bridge (there is a double track short cut) and then down Danimal North, then ride back up Stonebridge and ride Beaver Pass.
  • Tack on the climb up Lower Sproat to Beaver pond onto the above to add a little work out, follow a piece of cake and another unnamed single track to make the climb more enjoyable.
  • Climb/push up the Flank trail from the Cemetery to either High society or Cheap thrills
  • Kill me thrill me is a nice technical XC trail north of Emerald estates
  • The farside/riverside trails and the ridge trail are a nice afternoon out near function junction.

There is a two books that the bike shops and grocery stores have up here which are worth looking at to get some more info on the trails.

Aug. 5, 2009, 10:51 p.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
tenquille....

Yeah, I figured that Guiness wouldn't be something he'd want to associate with for a while ;)

Well MrsGurstin has been calling me it since that evening so I just assumed it was my new name

Aug. 4, 2009, 6:12 p.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Tenquille Pictures

Here are a few pictures before and after the weekend on the Tenquille trail exit at the end of Pemberton Meadows.

We managed to get back in this morning about an hour before it was closed except for emergencies.

Tenquille exit Friday afternoon

Heli water bombing

Tenuquille exit Tuesday 9:15 before the Hurley was closed

July 31, 2009, 8:20 a.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Pictures

So on the way to Whistler with all our biking gear for a fun weekend of riding in the Chilcotin's we hear on MtnFM that Blackcomb is a burning.

As we pass the Callaghan we see lightning strike down on the the side of a mountain. We later heard a rumour that there was a fire there also.

When we get to Whistler we poke our noses out on out deck which is just on the opposite side of the highway from the main village and we get a primo view of the Blackcomb fire.

It's a little smokey this morning, but for now it seems to be staying up on the hill.

The helicopters have just started up again now so I guess they are getting ready to fight the fire again.

Here are a few pics from last night and this morning.

Water bomber

Smoldering on Crystal Ridge

Morning smoke

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