My first North Shore Experience that is. I had plans to ride the Mt. Fromme trails today but bike rental and transport logistics didn't make that convenient. I rented a Norco Fluid LT from a shop at the base of Mt. Seymour and rode that mountain instead. I decided to ride the 6 or so road miles to the start of the CBC trail near the top, a decision I soon regretted. The road ride was hot in the late morning sun. There was a long fire road and probably some pushing up some steep singletrack as an alternate route. I opted out of it to save my strength for the crazy trails. In retrospect, I think climbing dirt in the shade and some pushing would have been better. Anyway, I climbed up in the heat while watching countless cars bristling with freeride bikes go up the mountain. One dude driving down gave me a "Right on!" pressumably for not being a shuttle monkey that day and freeing up some parking lot space. If only he knew that I would have preferred a shuttle myself. The heat was no fun.
Stopped to take in the view at the Deep Cove viewpoint
After a few more miles, I was finally there. Here we go...
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Some nice rockwork...
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I was concentrating on this skinny so much that I forgot that I was in the wrong gear for the steep ladder climb at the end.
I stalled and put my feet down and put the brakes on. No good, I just slid backwards and fell into the bog. It was a good fall, about 5 feet, at least it was a soft landing
Not everything was both high commitment and high consequence. There are the skinny planks that are only a couple of feet off the ground or the logs that are 10 or so feet up but are pretty wide.
Too many fun (and funny named) trails, so little time...
Here's the bottom of Ned's Atomic Dust Bin at the intersection with Dirty Diapers.
I rode only a handful of trails but I was worked. I survived the crazy Shore trails with just a few pedal-pin scrapes from the awkward dismount at the bog skinny. The bike didn't blow me away like the Enduro SL that I rented in Whistler did (the SL climbs and descends very nicely). I guess it was mainly suspension setup to blame. Too much monkey motion and the brakes also engaged a little too close to the grips. That just about killed my confidence. If I ever come back to this unique trail system I'll be sure to bring my own bike. Fear of damaging the rental kind of made me a little tentative. I'd hate to spend more money for busted parts on top of everything. It was a fun but mentally exhausting ride. However, once you find your groove (and have good equipment) and learn to silence your upper body, the skinny planks and ladders are really a lot of fun to ride. I like the xylophone-like sound that the ladders make when you ride them fast. It would be a perfect group ride since it's like riding in one big playground. It's like being a little kid again out there. The Mt. Fromme trails are supposed to be more pristine as there is no way to shuttle to the top. Maybe someday...
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