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Aug. 13, 2014, 7:27 a.m.
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Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

I'm wondering what your definition of a "full" pack is.

If you mean a 30-40L pack with overnight gear then it'll be a bit more of a grunt going up windy pass. You'll also find that it's difficult to get your head in a good riding position as your helmet will hit the pack for the steeper sections of the lick descent.

If you mean a reasonable size pack with all your tools, spare long sleeve, rain jacket, food, at least 2L of water and a few first aid items. Then that's the minimum for what you should be using anyway for most rides in the Chilcotins or any remote back country area.

Gun creek trail is a fun trail with some good views on the upper sections (don't forget to stop and look behind you for the best views). It's only about 3 hours from the lake back to the road and then another 30-45 back to Tyax. So pretty short.

If you want the epic views then up over Windy to lick is pretty awesome. Until last year we said I'd never ride/hike up in Windy from spruce (we've done it the other direction). It wash't actually as bad as we'd thought. I was actually able to ride more than I would have thought.

Aug. 12, 2014, 6:38 p.m.
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free bc topo maps

That must be new.

Last time I looked it was going to set me back about $3,000 a year for a business/developer licence. All for a piece of software that I found awkward to use. And their extension API was not very good.

Good job I had a client willing to fund development of a custom GIS solution.

Aug. 12, 2014, 4:23 p.m.
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free bc topo maps

while we're on the topic of maps, anybody know of a place with a plotter that will print google maps for you?

I'd be interested in that too.

The way you could do it so you get high quality is take a map tile server (e.g. bing) but instead of using an existing javascript API create a simple HTML page that creates a grid of images for the next level of detail zoomed in than you want. Then you get 2x the pixels per inch when you want to print it. Then take that html file in a browser and convert to a PDF for printing.

If using the government topo maps you could look at using www.gdal.org to clip and seam images together into a larger maps.

What I'm currently working on is the ability to take open street map vector data supplemented with my own data and produce geo-referenced PDF's from that. Then I can get I nice big map with smooth lines rather than pixelated jpegs from a tile server. Biggest challenge right now is that when you download OSM data it doesn't always give you all the vertices for lines or polygons in a given download area.

Yeah I know you can do it using ESRI tools but I'm to cheap and where is the fun if you don't code it all from scratch.

Aug. 12, 2014, 2:28 p.m.
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free bc topo maps

The provincial PDF's are geo-referenced so is you use PDF Maps on the iPhone/Android you can see where you are.

http://www.geobc.gov.bc.ca More provincial data

http://store.usgs.gov/b2c_usgs/b2c/start/(xcm=r3standardpitrex_prd)/.do US maps

http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/geogratis/Home?lang=en Federal 1:20k maps

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=13/50.0996/-122.9610 Open street map use the in browser ID editor to add your own trails

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mountain_biking Use these tags to tag MTB trails properly

http://www.opencyclemap.org Open street map with trails.

http://openmtbmap.org Exports to garmin.img files with trails.

July 29, 2014, 5:03 p.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

other than I have an excuse to do nothing and drink beer.

Tapering and carbo-loading. You'll be all set for the race!

July 29, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
signature trail (non WBP)

So many good options. Here are a few.

Pedal out to function junction. Riverside, high line, road to climb babylon by bike, down see colours and puke, into high side (will be dusty). Down riverside, cross over suspension bridge. Up to loggers lake, down ridge. Then if you feel good go ride train wreck. Some of this is on the route for the enduro race here http://www.worca.com/events/sea-sky-enduro-series-4-whistler-valley-cheakapotamus/

Lower sproat, piece of cake, a-la-mode. For a bit more challenge with some rock rolls go down three birds turn right and back up a-la-mode. Continue on lower sproat, up road to go down Danimal North, up whip me snip me, down lower beaver pass, bob's rebob, get over it, down mel's into emerald forest.

Great views but a more challenging trail is up the flank to Howler. Might not be the best on a 5" XC bike though.

Yummy numby, reverse along comfortably numb, down jeff's trail to sea to sky. If you want you can head out to parkhurst to see the ghost town and back to finish at lost lake. Alternate is take foreplay (end of comfortably numb) after yummy numby, but it's a little rockier.

Get the whistler trail maps app for iPhone/android or the following site http://trailcheck.in

July 28, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

Craig,

We camped in the valley before the pass around where the campsite marker was on the map.

We saw a black bear about 200m from our camp just before we were thinking of heading to bed. Made lots of noise to scare it off and stayed up for an hour or so longer making lots of noise and light with our headlamps to make sure it new we were still there.

We didn't get lost on the trip but did have some non optimal routes through some of the sections.

In the morning after the camp you end up crossing the small creek a few times. Had Teva's on for the first time but then just got feet wet for the others. After a short while you see a creek coming down the slope on the left. The traverse to the summit starts there. We missed it so put some switch backs in to get up to it. The map shows it correctly.

In the meadows Todd was talking about we followed his tracks for a while, your flagging for a bit. Got into the forest a little early but then found the traverse path to get into the opening at the bottom of the rock field. I think if I were to do it again I'd have fun dropping through the meadow then using the GPS cut across at the traverse line.

For navigation I took the map and scanned the section. Clipped it to the appropriate UTM 5km grids and resized it so it had 3 metres per pixel. Then saved as TIFF. Created a TIFF world file to geo-reference it. Then I could convert to a geo-spatial pdf viewer so you can use it in PDF Maps app on the iPhone/Android. Using the TIFF I also created GPX files by manually tracing the image for the appropriate routes. The PDF maps on an iPhone 4G was accurate enough to see where you were on the map.

July 28, 2014, 9:54 a.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

Castle Pass adventure

I think that is the best way to describe this route.

We did a two day version of this loop on Saturday/Sunday. Slow going with the extra weight of overnight gear. Especially with the softness of the deactivated road and trails on the first day after the torrential rain last week.

Did you spray paint some rocks in orange at the river by the debris flow after the log crossing? Was trying to figure out of the debris flow was new or just got rain soaked. CraigH was it there last time you came through?

Pics and TR to come

July 24, 2014, 3:48 p.m.
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Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

Apparently it's not too hard to find going east to west, but we were going the other way and the trail ends at a river crossing with a big swampy meadow on the far side.

As it turns out the ride down the east side of Lorna Pass was so good we would have been sad to miss it so things worked out great. :clap:

Right I remember that creek crossing. We did find the trail however. After that the bugs were super bad on the climb up. The descent from Elbow is super fun too! Coming from the Graveyard area is a much nicer way to do Elbow.

July 24, 2014, 9:01 a.m.
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Joined: July 31, 2009
Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

Just read this on http://www.southchilcotin.ca Facebook page

RAIN!! Lots of it all night long! Road 40 to Lillooet is closed indefinitely. www.DriveBC.ca is not reporting the road closure but I just called Lillooet Interior Roads office and they confirmed it is closed. Crews are assessing the situation. They are dealing with debris flow issues in various locations and will update as more information comes in.
Drivebc.ca have posted the closure now: Debris on Highway 40 Both directions - Closed in both directions from Gold Bridge to Junction with Highway 99, due to multiple mudslides. Estimated time of opening currently not available. No detour available. Next update 10:00 am. Updated on Thu Jul 24 at 8:38 am PDT. (ID# 171264)

July 23, 2014, 2:51 p.m.
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Chilcotins - Spruce Lake

Looks like awesome ride. Glad we aren't the only ones who've tried the Warner pass route (last year). Great scenery up there but after all that slogging up from Taseko lakes the mainly non-ridable descent was a bit of a downer.

July 23, 2014, 10:40 a.m.
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2014 NSMBA Toonies

And practicing the rolling start tag swipe.

July 22, 2014, 1:41 p.m.
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Anyone shuttle anymore?

So I remember why I personally don't shuttle.

With non-shuttling you get to the trail head. Then ride your bike. Then go home.

With shuttling you need to figure out how many people are coming. Do you have enough vehicles to get everyone up the mountain and for retrieval. Back and forwards a billion emails. Then you load all the bikes on the truck to the top. Drive to top. Get bikes and gear off truck and get ready to ride. Ride for 10 minutes. Get bikes, people and gear into truck drive to top. Transfer bikes to other vehicle. Then drive back down.

Riding time 10 minutes, shuttling time 1 hour.

July 21, 2014, 9:05 a.m.
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carrying tools and spare parts

I think people need to learn to be responsible for their own actions. Society has too much hand holding. Save the support for those that really need it due to circumstances outside of their control.

So if you don't have a pack or any tools and you ask for a tube then you aren't going to get one. If you have made an effort to carry some gear but say you happen to have not got a tube that day, broken parts that are unreasonable to carry all the time then you'll get help. If you're lying bloody by the trail then you'll get help.

July 13, 2014, 7:36 p.m.
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Deactivated Trails and Stunts

We still do. It is just hidden in fares. I prefer the transparency of knowing when and what I am being taxed, or charged, for.

The alternative is that the ignorant masses think healthcare is "free", they money to pay teachers falls from the sky out of a unicorn's butt, etc.

Making customers have to add additional taxes and fees on top of a published price is not transparent it is just very annoying.

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