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Mtn Biking at North Shore BC (w/ vid)

Getting ready to get beat up by the trails here

The first actual day here in Vancouver, BC could not have been better. Got a decent sleep and woke up around 9am (much needed), then started the morning off with some pretty delicious breakfast from a little chinese bakery. I can’t tell you what it was called but it was basically a roll with ham and egg, and another with chicken in it. However, it tasted a lot better than the simplistic way I’m describing it!

Now time for some real fun, Mountain Biking at the North Shore. Loaded the bikes up and off we were. It is only about a 15 minute drive so that was nice. Glen had told me about it so I somewhat knew what to expect…or so I thought. “It’s steeper and more technical than what we are used to back home”, he tells me. Ok, sounds good to me!

We were able to borrow some shin guards from his cousin which were very useful! Especially since we were using flat pedals and when you come off there is a very good chance your shin is going directly into the metal protrusions on the pedal, it can really tear you up! As we got closer I see more and more people with full face ‘motocross’ style helmets and I’m really starting to worry about what I’m getting myself into…let the fun begin!

All geared up and off we go. It was probably less than 50 feet and I already stopped and said “uh, we are going down that?!” Apparently so! I actually ended up walking this first small section (20 feet or so) until I was a little more warmed up. The terrain was completely different than back home. Much steeper, rockier, man-built features, roots everywhere, it was pretty amazing but definitely took some getting used to. But, you warm up to it, then your confidence goes up and you try more and more and surprise yourself on what you can do and how much of a beating you can give your bike.

Then, it happens, your falling down a steep section, falling off a rock or a tree stump, and down goes your confidence again. It’s a vicious cycle, but in a good way, it was incredible.

This was definitely 10x better than any other mtn biking I’ve done and I will for sure be back to get some more in! I had some great falls, got through a lot I didn’t think was possible, and learned a lot just from this one time. It’d be nice to head back to the trails we’ve been doing in Oregon recently and just fly through them after this terrain we were just on.

I’m hoping to get some rock climbing in tomorrow, weather permitting, so finger are crossed. If the rain sticks around there are some good hikes up the Chief in Squamish. So I guess I’ll find out…

p.s. this is a quick edit of the video, just some random segments. it was quickly mounted to my handle bars so it’s a little shaky, sorry. I need to work on the mount so it’s smoother.

July 17, 2012 - 2:27 AM

Jaime Casal - The video doesn’t really do it justice. I need to find a better angle to shoot from, 80% of the areas shown were much steeper. It was a pretty neat place.

July 16, 2012 - 7:54 PM

Connie Marshall - what a fun Video glad that some people aren’t afraid like me and younger!!!

July 16, 2012 - 7:40 PM

Susan Karamesines Casal - What a beautiful setting!
If you were worried about going down this it must have been crazy – Mr. Fearless!
Considering this camera was mounted on the bike this video is really good actually. 🙂

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