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Aug. 12, 2013, 12:28 p.m.
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Pick apart my itinerary for a 10 Day trip

I'd dump Day two for a Seymour XC day, which might suit your partner. Apart from that, can I quit work and tag along?

Travel to and ride duncam in one day? No sale

Duly noted. It does sound like a huge undertaking for one day of riding. This was to appease my partner in crime. He saw some video that had him hyped on Mt Tzou.

And the 2 way ferry cost for 1 day on tzou. Rad mtn but it will be much easier to hit the shore.

Or maybe substitute ssc for tzou - easier as a day ride, much cheaper (no car needed), on your way to squish, and you get a wicked scenic ferry ride with dolphjns jumping over the boat n shit

Thanks for the suggestion! I assume that SSC=Sunshine Coast? What would you recommend to ride for a couple of dirtbag Americans? Should I be looking somewhere other than Roberts Creek?

Aug. 12, 2013, 10:52 a.m.
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Pick apart my itinerary for a 10 Day trip

Fellow shredders

I will be arriving for 10 days of much anticipated Canadian riding the 16th. See my previous thread for more info if you would like. http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=155373

I think we have pretty much narrowed down our itinerary for the trip. Should we take something off or add something else? We will be completely mobile and camping the whole time, so let me know if we are going astray.

Day 1- Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham, WA (flight lands in Seattle)

Day 2- Duncan for Mt Tzouhalem riding (concerned b/c of the camping issue, but just might make it a long day and drive somewhere else to camp)

Day 3- Squamish Alice Lake area

Day 4- Whistler XC stuff

Day 5- WHistler DH day (delayed to give them sometime to fix issues from Crankworxs)

Day 6- Chilcotin Spruce Loop

Day 7- More Chilcotin (hopefully to include Pearson and onto you know what)

Day 8- Pemberton

Day 9-Squamish (university side)

Day 10-Travel and fly home.

We will probably be looking for 30-40km per day and on 6" bikes. I really wanted to hit some Shore trails, but my partner is less excited about it than me. We don't mind driving, and we are pretty seasoned. I don't think there is anything within an 8hr radius that we haven't ridden near home.

Thanks in advance for your help.

July 19, 2013, 1:15 p.m.
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Investors Group... I'm gonna snap!

You should still poop on his desk.

this would be the perfect time to employ the services of http://www.poopsenders.com/

July 18, 2013, 1:11 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

If you are heading up to the Chilcotin, don't take your rental RV over the Hurly.

Go via the Duffy [HTML_REMOVED] Highway 40. Ya it is longer, but will save you the incredibly slow climb up the switchbacks (in an RV) on the Pemberton side and might save you the time changing a flat on your RV.

Thanks for the advice, but I think you have me confused with someone else that is planning on invading the same sweet BC singletrack. We rented a Toyota RAV4. Still have the same recommendation?

July 18, 2013, 12:45 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

If you want to get in a ride in WA on the afternoon you arrive, check out this site for a few suggestions beyond the token ride at Galbraith/Bellingham http://mountainbikebill.com/WA-Bellingham.htm. He has maps and some GPS tracks. Not all of them are up to date but they at least have directions so you could pick something not too far out of the way.

If you like backcountry riding you need to check out the Chilcotins just north of Whistler/Pemby. Tyax air can fly you in, and then you ride out. http://www.tyaxadventures.com/aircraft-flights/summer/. The terrain up there is pretty amazing. If it were in the US you would go to jail for riding there because it would all be designated Wilderness.

Closer to town one of the older school trails I really like is Comforably Numb. Twisty, turny, rocky and technical. Perfect for the bikes you are bringing. You can loop it from town, just ride the singletrack from north to south. Lots of other great trails out there too.

Great advice, evdog. Thanks!

The link for the WA trails is a big help. I hadn't started on narrowing down that ride, yet.

Within the last couple of days, I stumbled upon the amazing stuff up in the Chilcotins. We are definitely headed there for a couple of days. It sort of changed the dynamic of the whole trip. I have already been in contact with Tyax and will be working that out shortly.

Comfortably numb is definitely on the list, thanks for the directional advice.

Since we decided to head your direction least week, I don't think I have gotten much work done at all. I pretty much spend the whole day planning, dreaming, and watching videos. Not sure why we took so long in visiting the awesome trails you guys are blessed with.

July 17, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
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Beer

Yeah, I agree, Alibi should be first choice.

Duly noted. Thanks guys!

July 17, 2013, 1:54 p.m.
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first world problems

I really like Sumo Mandarin Oranges and all the f-ing store had was navel, clementines, tangelos, valencia, and blood varieties.

is it too much to ask to just have the damn oranges that i like?

July 17, 2013, 1:41 p.m.
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Beer

thanks for the suggestions. i've got a raging beer boner right now. checked the st augustines beer list and i don't know a thing on it. looks like i might end up drinking too many brews that night.

willing to hear more suggestions just in case, but many thanks for the start.

July 17, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
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Beer

Interesting thread to wade through for a souteastern US boy. a lot of stuff you guys are talking about, I've never seen, or heard of for that matter.

lots of local craft brews to be had for us, too many to list my favorites. little breweries and tasting lounges are popping up all over. the best mtn biking in the region is near Asheville, NC where there are 15-20 breweries and a population of 85,000 people. pretty crazy brewery per capita ratio. the market is getting saturated with craft beers. the new thing here is craft whiskey, and we are seeing a lot more of that lately.

love stouts and quadruppels

favorite belgians are:

N'ice Chouffe
Rochefort 10

any tips on where a visiting beer snob should hit up with one night to kill in Vancouver?

July 14, 2013, 9:08 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

Good looking out! Luckily, we are arriving the16th and leaving the 25th. I think we will try to time in order to miss the hoopla. Looks like we did well by delaying our original date by a week.

July 12, 2013, 8:32 a.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_book_info[HTML_REMOVED]cPath=67_68[HTML_REMOVED]products_id=193

also available here in person

http://www.mec.ca/shop/?q=backroads%20mapbook

Awesome! That's exactly what I was looking for. Delorme makes an Atlas [HTML_REMOVED] Gazetteer for each state here, that is very similar.

I went ahead and downloaded this one. We should be set on that end. Hopefully, we will be able to find some places to pitch our tent.

Is the best way to support your site by buying the Brocard and socks deal? You guys are already helping me out, and I am sure I will have some more annoying questions.

Thanks again.

July 11, 2013, 6:44 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

By any chance are you one of the "Happy Fun Racing" guys?

Nope, never heard of them. I did some research on Forest Rec Sites,and that will be our plan. My mission now will be to find maps that have forest roads on them. No such luck, so far. We don't mind a bit of partying, but will probably stay farther out.

Are we crazy thinking we can show up on a Friday night and expect to find a spot somewhere? I would be more than appreciative of a hint on where to look. A private message would work too. Any hint around Squamish, whistler, or Pemberton would be awesome. We will probably move a couple of times during the week. Do people leave their gear set up at the sites while away for the day?

We will skip the Olympic Peninsula. You only have to tell me six times. I will study the evergreenmtb site for some beta on B'ham.

Thanks again guys.

July 11, 2013, 1:22 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

Keep going North and spend a day or two in Pemberton to complete the Sea to Sky experience. Excellent single track climbing (probably some of the best anywhere), descents as nutty and steep as you like, and the option of continuing your climbing all the way up to the high country. From what you describe I think you'll like it.

I knew that I had forgotten something. I was reading up on that area yesterday, and added it to the list. Honestly, you guys have so much riding, it's overwhelming.

Thanks for the response.

I am incredibly hyped to say the least. I will update this thread with riding plans and more questions as they develop.

If any of you make it toward the Southeast (Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, or Alabama), I am your guy. I have been riding 16 or so years in the area and know it all.

July 11, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

Yes to Forest Rec Sites but what kind of vehicle are you renting? Logging roads in BC are a lot rougher than those in the US. A high clearance vehicle would be a good idea, eg small truck or SUV, the problem is that most rental companies will not let you take rental vehicles on gravel roads.

We are renting an smallish SUV. I can't say that I have ever seen that clause on our rental agreements. If it was there, it's never stopped us before.:coo: We have used a rental all over Colorado and Utah's back country roads.

Something to keep in mind, though. Thanks

The Olympic Penninsula is not on the way North, in fact you are heading South once you land at Sea-Tac airport.

For some reason I thought there was a ferry that could get us back across. We arrive around noon and just wanted to get to some good riding away from the city. It will take a little time to put the bikes together. I have done some hiking there in the past and thought it would be a quick scenic area to hit.

Do you know of something that we should hit instead?

Thanks again for the quick response.

July 11, 2013, 11:16 a.m.
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The dreaded "Coming out for a trip" thread. Some questions

First off, thanks for any help you can lend us.

My best bud and I will be heading out for a 9 day trip in mid August. This was planned last minute, as our trip to Idaho fell through. We are from the Southeastern US, but ride all over the place. Each year we take a long trip and primitive camp along the way while freestylin' our plans.

I have some riding questions, but I will keep doing my research before asking the same thing that hundreds others have asked before me.

The main thing that I am concerned about is the camping. We don't need any facilities, as a matter of fact, would prefer the solitude. We camp all of the time and really hate the campground experience. From what I can tell, the pay campgrounds are darn near booked anyway.

In the USA, you can find lots of free camping on Forest Service Roads. Is there something similar up there?

We are flying into Seattle and driving up.

Our tentative plans are:

Olympic Peninsula ride after our flight lands and on the way North.
A day in the Mt Fromme area
Two days around Squamish
Two days around WHistler(maybe a day at the park)

That leaves us a few days to fill. We like really long epic rides in the back country. Don't mind the climb, and like to get nutty on the downhills. I am excited for your TTFs, as those are mostly found in bike parks here. We could never get permission to build something on public land like you guys have. Any suggestions? The more tech, the better, but we will be on All Mountain bikes. Like drops and jumps, but prefer to keep it in the 5' and less realm.

Thanks again my brethren to the North.

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