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