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Aug. 17, 2020, 11:57 p.m.
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Re: PSA - the bears are out too

Posted by: Brocklanders

So was just having a chat with someone about the grizzly factor a few days ago in the Chilcotins. Have a friend who was bluff charged near Eldorado cabin a few years back. 

This is the first attack on a rider there I have heard of.... Not too far from Spruce lake...

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/man-injured-grizzly-bear-attack-bc-1.5689571

I just got back from a 4-day self-supported tour on Friday.  I've done 3-4 day tours almost every year since 2014.  This doesn't really surprise me.  There are 200+ Grizzlies in the park and even if you make as much noise as you can, there are so many blind areas.  It was really just a matter of time.  There were also a ton of people in the park this year, or at least way more than I'd seen in the past.  It just seems like a bit of a numbers game.  More people, mean more encounters.  New docks, pit toilets, bear caches, picnic tables, trail work, etc.  My money is on more people visiting the park in the near future.  It's just my two cents, but these things seem a bit counter to keeping a healthy wildlife population.

My group met a hiker while staying at Lorna that had a run-in on Wednesday with a mother and yearling that were hanging around Lorna/Elbow Pass.  She had a surprise encounter and met them at close range while cresting Lorna pass.  She ended up letting out a puff of bear spray to send the bears back over the pass, so she could retreat.  My buddy and I came in Relay and the group ahead of ours saw a grizzly in a meadow about halfway into the Relay trail.  We talked to some people that had seen a grizzly up on Manson Creek trail.  Our group ran into a bear that we spotted early about 100m off, close to the Tyax Bear Paw camp.  We waited him out until he was done eating.  The place is special but it does seem like the park would benefit from fewer visitors.  Would definitely be curious to hear what others think.

July 21, 2020, 2:38 p.m.
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Re: WBP 20

Posted by: nickel

Literally no one was wearing a mask in the village outside the lift lines. I was really disappointed tbh. The village was slammed with people to the point social distancing was not viable and no one except myself and a very small handful of others were wearing masks. 

I went into the village Saturday to grab some food.  In addition to the lack of masks, the "I'm here to fucking party crowd" had definitely showed up in numbers.  Hope the park stays open during phase 2...

July 2, 2020, 10:09 a.m.
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Re: Best riding/cornering technique vid ever!

Posted by: Matt_D

edit: I don't know how to link to a specific time but aforementioned Australian is at 3:23. The whole video is gold!

Probably not his first (or last) rodeo.  Super classic!

June 27, 2020, 10:17 p.m.
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Re: Whistler Trails 2019 (not WBP)

Not sure if this has been posted here yet but WORCA is trying to raise money for the upper half of Chipmunk Rebellion. Flowy descent that extends LOTS to the valley floor. Given the hordes of people that ride LOTS, you'd think more than 49 people could find a couple of extra bucks.

https://www.amilia.com/store/en/whistler-off-road-cycling-association/shop/fundraising/622622

June 17, 2020, 4:20 p.m.
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Re: Help me sort my front fork out.

Posted by: LoamtoHome

I've heard mixed reviews...

Total bullshit. His space is constantly full of industry folks. People that know, know. Dude is managing all of the suspension tunes for Norco! You like the new Norco Sight and associated suspension setup guide...Arthur was a major part of both.  IMO, an amazing resource.

May 31, 2020, 9:22 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: Silk

The builders of Fromme pinch ourselves each day knowing we are able to build legal world class trails just outside of a metropolitan area.

We pinch ourselves knowing that we get to ride it.  Appreciate you!

May 13, 2020, 12:31 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

Posted by: FLATCH

Then you should understand that when you pay thousands a year in taxes how some may be pissed off when six months a year they come home from work and can’t park anywhere near their house. So much of this me me me attitude.

You got me dying...residents can't park anywhere near their house 6 months out of the year???  Space is at a premium now.  We should all be nice and respectful to each other.  The parking lot will open again :-)

April 6, 2020, 3:05 p.m.
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Re: North Shore Trail Riding Etiquette and Behavior in a Global Pandemic

I saw they just added that so I've deleted my post. I chatted with someone over Facebook at DNV that gave me opposite info.

March 23, 2020, 7:50 a.m.
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Joined: April 11, 2011
Re: Going for a ride?

Posted by: RAHrider

I have personally admitted 3 patients to hospital this week that I was sure were going to be COVID - all looked pretty shitty with high fevers and respiratory symptoms. All had high ferritin and LDH with normal white blood cell count and low lymphocytes (supposed to be the calling card of COVID). They all had influenza. But we have found COVID in the community, it is going around and unless you isolate, you will perpetuate it. If you want to go riding, stay away from other riders and don't hang out in the parking lot.

Those of you that think that you will be fine, you are probably right. But the pregnant lady, or the guy on chemo or the old lady with COPD or heart failure that you infect won't be so lucky. Be smart. Follow the rules. I have a patient with zero immune system. If they get COVID, they will die. They have been living with no immune system for a year and I have treated them for multiple infections but COVID would probably ravage them and we would have nothing to treat with. Imagine being that person, holed up praying not to be infected and meanwhile your neighbours are acting like it doesn't matter what they do. Think of the people not so lucky as you and follow the damn rules. You will not be the one treating a ward full of COVID patients, that is my job. The least you can do is keep some distance from everyone else.

Thanks for the post.  I just don't think people understand the severity of the situation.  My mom and sister in law are in the line of fire down in the Seattle area.  The world has lost 40 medical staff to date.  Yesterday, 300 doctors in BC signed a letter pleading with people to stay home.  I'm sympathetic to the individual needs of soothing the mind in order to cope, but it's crucial to practice distancing now.

March 22, 2020, 3:32 p.m.
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Re: Going for a ride?

Posted by: FLATCH

Besides there’s just as much risk going to the grocery store right now.

That's why we should only be making essential trips to get groceries. I was on the Shore this AM for a quick walk on Fishermans. Biking in groups, running in groups, nearly no one observing social distancing recommendations. Business as usual at Interriver park as well. It's no different in Vancouver. Have a look at the following entry from the latest updates. This isn't just local sentiment...

Vancouver Sun Updates

Nov. 1, 2019, 3:29 p.m.
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Joined: April 11, 2011
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: syncro

Maybe I overstated the dogpile analogy, but so is saying that his post was a childlike rant. His response was that he's kept most of those ebikes short term and then sold them on to other people so the batteries didn't need to get recycled as they were still in use. He also stated that the batteries are good for many thousands of km's. The hypocrite suggestion came from the idea that a pedal mtb is way more green than an e-mtb. Sure the pedal mtb seems greener, but it's not by a huge margin. For example if the ebike is being ridden to the trail head instead of being driven then there's a chance the ebike may actually be more green. I'm not sure where you're from, but in BC there are mandatory recycling programs for most things these days including batteries, so the chance of an ebike battery here in BC not getting recycled is probably pretty low.

I agree that the footprint with ebikes is potentially bigger, but it's not guaranteed. Like you say there is a continuum of consumption and waste. Maybe that is more important than generating funding for trail crews but it's a bit off topic from my previous post that got this green bit started of trying to tie trail funding to mtb'ing purchases considering that they are essentially a luxury item - especially if one is buying new.

I've been perusing this forum for a long time.  Most of what Norona has posted over that time sounds like it comes from a child.  Not sure what to say...

I'm from Western Washington and have been in BC for 10 years.  Honestly, I have no idea what percentage of lithium batteries end up being recycled in BC, relative to other places.  I couldn't find it with quick google query.  You're right, the footprint probably does depend on your use case.  I personally couldn't ride an e-bike cleaner than and acoustic.  I hope people are using this line of thinking when purchasing these bikes.  I'm all-in on a luxury bike tax.

Nov. 1, 2019, 1:29 p.m.
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Joined: April 11, 2011
Re: ebikes on the Shore

Posted by: syncro

Maybe for some, but is it fair to say that about everyone? I know Norona is an easy target for a lot of reasons in this thread, but to light him up on the enviro front without knowing the whole story is a bit much imo.

I don't understand what you're going on about? During one of his childlike rants, Norona alluded to the recycling of his batteries. Rightly, someone asked him where he recycled these batteries. His response (though hard to read) suggests that he doesn't recycle the batteries and that everyone who rides a bike for leisure is a hypocrite. What am I missing?

I'm not a pedal-assist hater, but I think it's important to point out that the footprint is bigger with these bikes. All personal mountain bike consumption is not equal. One of my favorite riding partners is on a 2006 Slayer and can't be bothered with the marketing. He consumes far less than I do. We should all acknowledge that there is a continuum of consumption and recognize where we exist on its scale. Far more important than generating funding for trail crews.

Sept. 9, 2019, 4:46 p.m.
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Re: Kids NSMBA Fiver (Sunday 9/8) - DFL finisher

Posted by: gramm

Agreed that the guy could have chosen a different trail for the time the race was on.  Lots of people climb Griffen, one would want to so they can avoid the boring road climb.....and to climb single track.

If you're choosing that as your climbing trail on a busy Sunday at 11 am, be prepared for many encounters where you're likely not going to get the courtesy yield.

Sept. 9, 2019, 12:01 p.m.
Posts: 477
Joined: April 11, 2011
Re: Kids NSMBA Fiver (Sunday 9/8) - DFL finisher

Yeah, puzzled. I figure he has to be one of the self-entitled, grumpy forum members.

I used to occasionally climb Upper Griffen, and definitely appreciated the courtesy of getting a yield when I was the uphill rider. That said, ignoring the fact that it was a kids event, that system is so busy now that you couldn't pay me money to do that climb on a Sunday in September. Especially given the climbing alternatives.

Sept. 9, 2019, 11:33 a.m.
Posts: 477
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Kids NSMBA Fiver (Sunday 9/8) - DFL finisher

Many thanks to Endless biking and the NSMBA for hosting another kids Fiver on Sunday. Super cool for young kids to be able to get a chance to compete in such a supportive environment.

My one gripe is directed at the middle-aged++ dude who decided to repeatedly ignore the teenage race volunteer and climb Upper Griffen, despite knowing kids were racing down it. Then, proceed to reprimand kids on the way down for not yielding to the uphill rider. Had I known you ignored a race volunteer and lit up the kids when I encountered you (pushing your bike because you couldn’t make the climb) as my 8-year-old daughter was dropping into Upper Griffen, I would have let you have it. You finished dead fucking last, buddy. May you have 1000 unpleasant Ebike encounters this year!

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