Saturday, June 25, 2016

Canned Heat

Struthers takes it all in
Bears, elk, small town stores, rednecks getting it on in the woods, loggers, wasp attacks, big trees, strange coincidences, hobo camps, decommissioned roads, an odd German in a rental car, epic views, hundreds of kilometers of backroads and of course vast nothingness... Just your typical three day backroads bikepacking mission on Southern Vancouver Island... photos and details after the jump.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Trip Report: Blake's Tour Divide Shakedown

With the Grand Depart for the Tour Divide just weeks away Blake is deep in preparation for his journey. When he mentioned wanting to do a shakedown ride on his tour rig, I jumped on the idea of putting a route together. The dates were set and we rolled out of town...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

FBF: Bamfield 500 Ride report


“You should take the Flora main. It’ll save you a lot of time.”

Clay has a list. A lot of adventures are pursued from that list and many of those happen on the Island (I believe he has a specific section for that). So I was thrilled when talks started on a multi-day mountain bike camping tour in July 2014. Many of our friends had their name in the hat at the start of these talks but for one reason or another, Clay and I were the only ones left when the time came.
A plan was outlined if somewhat vague. The idea was to ride from Victoria to Bamfield and back. This would be done mostly on logging roads. The condition of those roads was not known but in some cases estimated questionable. The distances were somewhat unclear as well but seemed to be around the 500km mark. The climbing was also significant. Therefore we soon started referring to the ride alternately as the Bamfield500 or Bamfield Rising. To this day we have no idea of the actual km’s covered or meters climbed. It was an old fashioned tour. No computers, no GPS, no clue.

Old Port Renfrew road. We saw a bear cup and mother around the next bend

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016

Blubber Burn Classic VII Race report

Rob Parkin drops in on Niteshift 
It was a rainy day in January and the fog lay heavy over mount Work. The forecast was gloomy as the deep darkness of space, and the slick rocks in the woods were begging for blood.
Seemingly unaware of these conditions, a bunch of people of questionable sanity showed up for the 7th annual Blubber Burn.
Nicholas Kupiak was on hand and documented the race with his camera. See more of his photos after the jump.