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    Whistler!

    opening day for Garbonzo yesterday and of course I had to take the DHR up for some initiation. Everything is open and surprisingly dry, a lot less snow than same time last year up top. First run was o-sin, goats gully, in deep, F train and then all the way down DM, lower A, and off the big GLC .

    forgot to bring a camera .

    what's the word fellow homies, who's here, who's coming, where and what are you riding.


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    Maybe you could go buy one at one of those overpriced whistler shopping stores....j.k... squamish has your camera, you could find just a cheapo....we gotta see some pics of the trip. and the dhr on the couch in the condo,
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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    opening day for Garbonzo yesterday and of course I had to take the DHR up for some initiation. Everything is open and surprisingly dry, a lot less snow than same time last year up top. First run was o-sin, goats gully, in deep, F train and then all the way down DM, lower A, and off the big GLC .

    forgot to bring a camera .

    what's the word fellow homies, who's here, who's coming, where and what are you riding.

    Lee and Sharon are looking for you over in the DH forum:

    airwreck jewel

    Get lots of sunscreen - gonna be hot here next few days.

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    I will be there but not this year :(

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    heading there 21st to 28th july, with my new DHR. soo stoked. dirt merchant is calling my name!
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    What's the reality...

    of a a guy from AK living in Whistler and living somewhere on the cheap for the summer? Are there places to cram in to make rent cheap? Any of you guys live there and mind housing a co-Turner owner? I was down last summer, and can't wait to get back but a week isn't long enough. A week in a hotel room at 250/night is crazy.

    That's one of the best videos I've seen of the park by the way. Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfbkr50
    of a a guy from AK living in Whistler and living somewhere on the cheap for the summer? Are there places to cram in to make rent cheap? Any of you guys live there and mind housing a co-Turner owner? I was down last summer, and can't wait to get back but a week isn't long enough. A week in a hotel room at 250/night is crazy.

    That's one of the best videos I've seen of the park by the way. Nice.
    250 a night is totally overboard. Try Whistler employee housing. Post at NSMB.com also. If you can hang here all season, do it!

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    prof, that is a great vid, thanks!(except it made me realize I suck...)

    okay, back to wrenching, btw, no liftlines this morning, saturday. Hard to pass that by but I'm tired (thursday all night flight in, friday ride) and the bike needs some love.

    need to go buy a disposable camera.



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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    prof, that is a great vid, thanks!(except it made me realize I suck...)

    okay, back to wrenching, btw, no liftlines this morning, saturday. Hard to pass that by but I'm tired (thursday all night flight in, friday ride) and the bike needs some love.

    need to go buy a disposable camera.


    Ok, I know extended play is going now, but really dude.....you need to stop surfing the web, get the rig dialed and get out on there pronto!

    E, you've picked your trip perfectly with Garbo opening up yesterday. We'll see if we can make it up next weekend.

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    ahhhhh yes! you must see seasons if ya havent yet. thanx for that reminder prof.
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    Fly there in a week.

    But just chipped the stantion on my fork riding today and it's pissing oil out

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    Tagging along with the DFT Aug 19th
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Ok, I know extended play is going now...
    did sweep upper and lower mountain if that makes you feel better .

    The bike park seemed less crowded today then yesterday (friday).

    There is a new step up above GG entrance to the right of the old one so you get a straighter shot at it and good thing too, it's big, pretty sure it's the biggest step up on the mountain now.

    The DHR is sick. More difficult to jump, but once you get it in the air it keeps flying . There is no doubt that I am going farther off stuff than I ever have. Have to work to not clear the trannies on pretty much everything, especially lower CIU. Kinda missing the highline, but we'll see what I have to say after I get back on it.

    It was nice to get a solo day in and refresh my memory of all the good/sick lines.

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    Prof, I was standing in the LBS when I saw that very segment on the screen there. I bought the Seasons Disc on the spot.

    AW break that place in for us real good. The krew talked about our pending trip all day.
    Faster is better, even when it's not.

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    hey east coaster's, you flying WestJet? noticed they have a Newark flight. Great airline, funny flight attendants, and they allow 2 carryons, 2 checked bags 60 pounds max each, and only 40 bucks for the bike if under 60 pounds, although of some friend were way over and still only 40.

    It was hard to keep the bike under 60 with a cardboard box, and the dakine bags are 10 by themselves. We brought lots of parts and tools and had one peice of regular luggage pushing 60. Parts are expensive and the shop wrenchs are busy, so be prepared. Also suggest doing carry on with the helmets to free up space in the luggage.
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    Shame all that snow has to melt.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    AW break that place in for us real good. The krew talked about our pending trip all day.
    and we're still talking about it all day too ...

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    Tnx brotha. Helmet under arm check.
    Hardcase reserved from LBS. I already paid xtra for "Bike" luggage...hopefully they won't sweat me on the total weight.
    Flying AC... WJ sounds cool though.

    Folks have been chattering about getting traveler's insurance or AAA. word is that normal US HC won't touch third-world nations like Canada.



    Dude, the Boneyard is psychotic. I plan to get no closer than the nearest chair with beer service:








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    me too!

    Looks like I'm gonna be able to make some Whistler Days this year as well. Getting in July 14, not sure for how long, but no later than the 25th. Now I just need to convince my self I can ride one more year on my 04' Big Hit, and don't need a highline (or blindside).


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Prof, I was standing in the LBS when I saw that very segment on the screen there. I bought the Seasons Disc on the spot.
    That segment and this one are my favourites,this one is great as well, cool intro with his son.

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    I've just returned from Whistler - didin't realise the whole mountain wasn't open until this weekend (bummer!).

    Took my new 5 Spot - I think I had the shortest travel bike on the whole mountain last week. Sure was tough on a 5 inch bike with a Pike!

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    Just got back from Whistler. I am staying at the C$N Backpackers Hostel in Pemberton, 20-30 min from Whistler for $26.50 a night. Pemberton has everything you need, beer, food, coffee. groceries, and gas

    By riding bud came up from Vancouver for the day and we were there riding both the lift and trails for about 6 hours. Very hot today but still an incredible experience It's one of those places that you must ride, like Moab, Fruita, and St George area. Highline was brilliant but a RFX would be cool too.

    Go to Whistler!
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    This thread is hurting me! ... I need to check my shedule


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    Gotta plan it...

    I live in Alaska, and made the trip last summer. For 1 week it cost a lot of money. Close to 2500 actually. I had to rent a bike each day (which is what you should do if you don't have a downhill bike) and It was worth it, but having a group go would make it much cheaper. Hotels are 250 a night, and take 5 people. At that they are 50/night. Maybe there are cheaper places, but if you have to rent a car on top of it I'm not sure it would be worth it. We walked/limped each morning to the rental bike shop and jumped on the first few chairs each day. Being in a hotel right there and in the village was cool. What I'm saying is, if there are people out there looking for a trip to Whistler next summer we should start talking. I'd go this year, but I already have a bike trip planned this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla

    Folks have been chattering about getting traveler's insurance or AAA. word is that normal US HC won't touch third-world nations like Canada.
    This is the one I got for my last 3 trips up there:

    http://www.imglobal.com/coverage/patriot_extreme/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla

    Dude, the Boneyard is psychotic. I plan to get no closer than the nearest chair with beer service:









    ooh that looks fun


    Shame that stuff isn't on a trail somewhere
    STRAVA: Enabling dorks everywhere to get trails shut down........ all for the sake of a race on the internet.

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    TB, saw you wheeling the blue bike to the lifts this morning, you were probably done riding by the time I finally got on the hill. Hopefully we'll bump into you, how much longer you here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikezilla
    Tagging along with the DFT Aug 19th
    I'm planning on being there that week too.

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    Heading up wednesday night....

    You guys have walkees? Set 'em to 5-29 and I'll check in!

    Airwreck, how is garbonzo?

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    garbonzo. awesome!
    radios, yes.
    too hot for the locals this past weekend, mountain was almost deserted. Got some clouds today.

    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Heading up wednesday night....

    You guys have walkees? Set 'em to 5-29 and I'll check in!

    Airwreck, how is garbonzo?

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    Pulled the trigger on a place with Kevmo for the weekend! We're heading up up EARLY Thursday morning. I'm planning to work in the afternoon and will try for a late afternoon park run / evening swim on Thursday.

    I heard from a lil' birdie that Friday is Jewels' b-day. I see some celebrating in our near future.

    EB

    EDIT: E, don't forget the Phat Wednesday DH race. Course this week is Angry Pirate, World Cup Singletrack to Ho Chi Min. Sounds like CBX might do the Loonie Race on Thursday with some friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick.
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    12 more photos to go on the disposable camera, then processing, hopefully one hour and to CD, so be patient, unless somebody shows up with a digi cam...

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    12 more photos to go on the disposable camera, then processing, hopefully one hour and to CD, so be patient, unless somebody shows up with a digi cam...
    AW, you and Jewels both forgot the camera???
    Must've been hectic the day you left. You ever get your goodie box from the Frieze? How many bikes did you bring?
    Hope you guys have a ball, stay safe and make it home in one piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    AW, you and Jewels both forgot the camera???
    Must've been hectic the day you left. You ever get your goodie box from the Frieze? How many bikes did you bring?
    Hope you guys have a ball, stay safe and make it home in one piece.
    yep, jewels had to surf all day instead of pack . Brought the HL and DHR. Dane's here and killing it. Yesterday was his first full day, literally, he was at the dirt jump park at 6am, lesson at the bike park at 10 am,and then rode with him all afternoon until 8:30. We are definatly having a ball and trying really really hard to be safe, but there has been some moments.

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    a day in the life of a whistler addict.
    thought I could be a dh racer. finished one minute out on a four minute course.
    so I tried freeriding. stepped on my fork and broke it.
    drank some beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    a day in the life of a whistler addict.
    thought I could be a dh racer. finished one minute out on a four minute course.
    so I tried freeriding. stepped on my fork and broke it.
    drank some beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    a day in the life of a whistler addict.
    thought I could be a dh racer. finished one minute out on a four minute course.
    so I tried freeriding. stepped on my fork and broke it.
    drank some beer.
    Talk about a reality check, eh??

    See you two manana!!!

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    reality .

    hey, I came in eigth place in females.
    p.s. never ride clown shoes with a 13 year old...

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    a day in the life of a whistler addict.
    thought I could be a dh racer. finished one minute out on a four minute course.
    so I tried freeriding. stepped on my fork and broke it.
    drank some beer.
    Awwwwcrap! The Totem or Boxxer? Fixable?

    was it good beer at least?

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    Proof that AW is in We-Slur!

    Hung out with E and Jewels this weekend. They were in a camp most of the time, but got some ride time with them on Friday. Got a bit of riding with FM as well.

    E showing off his air skills on Freight Train. Not bad for an old man.



    More pics with a write up here.

    Cheers,
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    Nice pic EB..

    Dam the Higlines look gooooooooooood, bad ass picc..........

    Just riding a muddy trail. . ..

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    Lots of fun for my first day on the mountain, here's to the rest of the week

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Lots of fun for my first day on the mountain, here's to the rest of the week
    we were looking for you, it was our last day riding for the trip. How's the hands feeling?

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    Getting there on the 29th staying until the 2nd. Taking a week to hit Sun peaks, Silver star and then Golden on the way home. Gonna be fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    we were looking for you, it was our last day riding for the trip. How's the hands feeling?
    Yeah, we should have arranged something. I did wonder if it was you and yours I passed on one of my runs yesterday. A group with a few people and there was a lady in pink armour and a DHR resting amongst the bikes.

    Fingers and forearms are definitely feeling it after day 2

    Favourite trails today were Orginal Sin, Upper and Lower Joyride and In Deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud
    Getting there on the 29th staying until the 2nd. Taking a week to hit Sun peaks, Silver star and then Golden on the way home. Gonna be fun!!
    Was just up in Sun Peaks on the weekend, what a blast. The only time I had to wait in line was when riding in our group of 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Favourite trails today were Orginal Sin, Upper and Lower Joyride and In Deep.
    Say no more......I know your kind.

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    Hay Airwreck and Julie, was great to meet you!

    I'm sure EB filled you in on the ride we did saturday, great stuff despite the rain.. I liked it better than cheap thrills- less tech but more loam and flow. I got some more great park riding in sunday and monday, was starting to get comfy in the air again by the end of the trip.

    Hmm lets see, I think I can make it up there again in a few weeks....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Say no more......I know your kind.
    Speaking of which, thanks for the tour of joyride, I went back for more yesterday. Zane and I got two solid top-to-bottom runs in, including some goats gully- then Zane and I went and looked at the manager....maybe next time!


    The roller looked "OK" but the exit looked, eh, a little sketchy to me...

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    Looks like I missed this party as I was in Golden racing Psycosis. Headed up to Whistler today to make the most of my last day's holiday. All I can say is that conditions right now are PRIME. Man have I missed Garbanzo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Speaking of which, thanks for the tour of joyride, I went back for more yesterday.
    No worries, brotha!! So stoked to get a tech run on the lower mountain with someone that truly appreciates that type of trail!

    Gotta 'preesh Chase launching the diving board into the steep rock roller. I'd love to say the kid has more ballz than brains, but he's too sharp to say that.......that lil' sumbich. Oooh, to be 15 again!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Yeah, we should have arranged something. I did wonder if it was you and yours I passed on one of my runs yesterday. A group with a few people and there was a lady in pink armour and a DHR resting amongst the bikes.

    Fingers and forearms are definitely feeling it after day 2

    Favourite trails today were Orginal Sin, Upper and Lower Joyride and In Deep.
    That's where we were in afternoon, top to bottom with Fatcrobat and D1. Anybody gapping that last ladder double on lower joyride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    Anybody gapping that last ladder double on lower joyride?
    Chase hit that on our last run of the weekend......as do a bunch of our buddies. It's definitely on my list of "to do's" this year as it's apparently easier than rolling them (which, I actually believe).....but talk about a commitment after rolling through all that gnarly shite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Chase hit that on our last run of the weekend......as do a bunch of our buddies. It's definitely on my list of "to do's" this year as it's apparently easier than rolling them (which, I actually believe).....but talk about a commitment after rolling through all that gnarly shite.
    Kinda feel like it's a good thing we went home because I probably would have done it the next run through. Did the In Deep ladder double, stoked to finally get comfy with that one at least. So many stories to tell.... epic vacation!

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    Looks like you guys had some good fun up there.

    I was up there for the first time this last weekend.

    Never been down any run there. Buddy took me down a steady run of double black diamonds from the top down first thing. Pretty damn scary committing to blindly follow someone down that stuff.

    What's that one huge roller that goes into a kicker at the bottom? Drop in clinic or something? I thought it was going to be a little drop and aired it out the first time down, not knowing my buddy in front just rolled it. x 1,000,000

    There was actually a brown spot in my underwear after that scary moment of awesomeness.

    I'm hooked.

    Edit: Sushi Village + Dumbo sake (1/2 gallon) = epic

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Chase hit that on our last run of the weekend......as do a bunch of our buddies. It's definitely on my list of "to do's" this year as it's apparently easier than rolling them (which, I actually believe).....but talk about a commitment after rolling through all that gnarly shite.
    Definitely less scary gapping it than rolling it. Just go slow. The landing's a fair bit lower than the take off so you will travel further than you expect. I have no problem coming to a dead stop at the previous corner, then rolling in dragging the brakes lightly to scrub off speed before hitting the lip.

    I have a feeling the In Deep ladder double has been made easier. I always used to struggle to get the speed for that one but was having no trouble with it yesterday.

    My "I'm done" moment of the day came on "Too Tight" when the tree my bars had been clipping all day finally decided it had had enough and grabbed a solid piece of lock-on grip. I rode it out for a few metres until the next tree decided to stop me in my tracks.

    I think I realise why so many people can get away with not wearing armour at Whistler. If you're local, and pop out in the afternoon for a 4 or 5 runs, you're not going to get tired and you'll be fine. My problem is that I get there for the first lift, and ride until I literally can't hold the bars anymore, stopping only for 20 minutes or so for lunch. The last few runs of the day are always sketchy as hell and usually end in a crash of some sort. I should probably work on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    Kinda feel like it's a good thing we went home because I probably would have done it the next run through. Did the In Deep ladder double, stoked to finally get comfy with that one at least. So many stories to tell.... epic vacation!
    I always seem to hit Lower Joyride towards the end of a day/weekend where I'm totally worked and don't have the arms to feel like I can hit that with any control. Next time up, I'm gonna ride it earlier while I still have some reserves in the tank.

    Good on ya for the In Deep double. I like how they put yellow tape on the tops of those this year. You gonna make it up in August or September?

    YoPawn, you got the name correct. Drop In Clinic is that short little off-shoot from No Joke/Freight Train. Apparently, some guys air/hip into that.......not kidding.

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    EDIT: I hear ya Big-Ted. Basically, you said what my buddies have said......scrubbing speed before you hit the ladder because it's really a stepdown. The grom in the pic above (chase) didn't scrub any speed and went straight to dirt off of it.

    As for the In Deep double, I don't think it's been made easier this year, but they did mark it with that tape, so what do I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted
    Definitely less scary gapping it than rolling it. Just go slow. The landing's a fair bit lower than the take off so you will travel further than you expect. I have no problem coming to a dead stop at the previous corner, then rolling in dragging the brakes lightly to scrub off speed before hitting the lip.
    Good to know. It was a bum-buzzer to roll, I can see where gapping might be smoother.

    Lets talk about the manager! I looked at it and was close to give'n 'er. I'm pretty solid on rollers and figured I'd go as slow as possible on the approach. The exit sketched me out though- the transition from ladder to rock is pretty narrow and you have that turn right away. Has anybody tried it, is there enough room to scrub speed before the end of the ladder?

    As for the psychology of whistler, friday (riding with Airwreck, EB etc) was my first day there this year, at the beginning of a 5-day trip I found myself passing on a lot of things I wouldn't have even thought twice about last year. By the end of the trip I was still probably only %80. Having seen so many buddies get wrecked there gives me pause, fortunately I have the option of "next time" only being a few weeks away.

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    well, what a great trip. I thought 11 days there would be too long, but it was great to take a couple days off and gradually get back into it. Just like fm said about being 80%, it took a while to gain those skills and confidence back. Big mahaloz to CBX for the flow. I finally got the flow down DM and Aline hitting everything to the glc. I finally found love, it just took a few consecutive runs to link it all in my head. And also a shout out to brodiegrl, it sure was great to have your wheel to follow in osin and in deep. It was great meeting everyone and thanks for sharing your stoke/expertise. -julie

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    YoPawn, you got the name correct. Drop In Clinic is that short little off-shoot from No Joke/Freight Train. Apparently, some guys air/hip into that.......not kidding.
    Does anyone have any pics of that drop in clinic giant roller? Can't seem to find any searching.

    I want to see if it was really as scary as I thought it was going down it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    Does anyone have any pics of that drop in clinic giant roller? Can't seem to find any searching.

    I want to see if it was really as scary as I thought it was going down it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Lets talk about the manager! I looked at it and was close to give'n 'er. I'm pretty solid on rollers and figured I'd go as slow as possible on the approach. The exit sketched me out though- the transition from ladder to rock is pretty narrow and you have that turn right away. Has anybody tried it, is there enough room to scrub speed before the end of the ladder?
    As we were looking at it earlier a guy rolled it and was probably airborne for most of the roller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshall Willanholly
    Hmm. Looks damn easy in the pic!

    I aired it out down to the bottom first time over it. Nothing like expecting a 4 footer and getting a 10 footer.

    Likely what lead to the destruction of the upper rocker bearings on my Reign x1. Talk about full compression! My helmet felt like it weighed 300 lbs going into the kicker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    Lets talk about the manager! I looked at it and was close to give'n 'er. I'm pretty solid on rollers and figured I'd go as slow as possible on the approach. The exit sketched me out though- the transition from ladder to rock is pretty narrow and you have that turn right away. Has anybody tried it, is there enough room to scrub speed before the end of the ladder?
    Haven't done it for several years. What can I say......I'm a junkie for the container stepup!?!

    I view this move in two very similar ways.
    A. Start rolling it slow up top.......right before it gets to vert, off the brakes and manual the front end so it goes on to the ladder (e.g. like the bottom of Empress) OR
    B. start by rolling it as slow as possible and when it gets to vert, drive the front end down (e.g. like on filthy ape) so it remains in contact the entire time. If you trust it, you're not gonna go OTB.....if you panic on the other hand.

    Most of the times folks crash after cleaning it by grabbing a handful of brake as soon as they get onto the ladder and they're way too far in the back seat. The folks who just stack straight into the ladder at the bottom have no business even attempting this one. I'd personally never ride this in the wet because that rock and ladder get slick as snot (usually they close it anyway, but still).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    I view this move in two very similar ways.
    A. Start rolling it slow up top.......right before it gets to vert, off the brakes and manual the front end so it goes on to the ladder (e.g. like the bottom of Empress) OR
    B. start by rolling it as slow as possible and when it gets to vert, drive the front end down (e.g. like on filthy ape) so it remains in contact the entire time. If you trust it, you're not gonna go OTB.....if you panic on the other hand.
    EB
    OPtion A sounds better to me.
    So were you able to check your speed in time for the transition from ladder to rock? I was more concerned about crashing there, after cleaning the roller.

    Here's the feature we're talking about (pics really don't do it justice)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FM
    OPtion A sounds better to me.
    So were you able to check your speed in time for the transition from ladder to rock? I was more concerned about crashing there, after cleaning the roller.
    That's a good pic of it. You're right, it doesn't do it justice.......do they ever?

    FM, I think with your skills on the steeps, you'd be fine with either option. I think you bring up a good point though in that the roller is only half the battle, so you have to get your weight forward enough after rolling/manualing it, so you can effectively brake and navigate the right hand corner without your front tire washing out.

    Not hitting it in a while, I'm not sure where my braking started/ended on the exit. Next time up, I'll make a point of getting a couple runs down it. I'm sure some others on here have hit it more recently.

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    some random guys that wanted their picture taken with us.





    Did most of my riding (and photo taking) of this 13 y.o. kid. That's a specy big hit grom, 24 inch wheels, he's 4-11.



    he says he doesn't like drops.



    or skinnies



    or roots and rocks



    and especially wet roots and rocks.



    Disposable camera shots coming soon!

    Thanks for the great shot of me EBX!

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    What Ts said

    The Pure stoke thread was pretty cool too, Darcy rocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck



    Thanks for the great shot of me EBX!

    Great pics. I need to buy a compact camera to put in my pocket for next time up there.

    That's the only one I think makes the riding look harder in the picture than it is when you're actually riding down it. At least after a pitcher of beer

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    few more photos.

    Schleyer drop, in the rain. We did the Richie Schley camp and spent the day riding with Wade Simmons and Brett Tippie. Amazing day of riding, Wade was unfazed by the rain, and Brett kept us laughing through the tense moments. This is fellow camper Ryan from Vancouver.


    Funny moments included Wade not knowing that filthy ape and triple hump actually had names or where they even were for that matter, but I talked him into doing them anyway . Here's Gerrard from Van on part 2 of the triple hump.


    Chasing Wade down the mountain was a highlight of the trip. Finally got all the way up the new far right step up on paradise island thanks to Wades tow, and boosted the opening hits on Freight Train best ever riding behind Cory Lelerc, who also gave me the nudge I needed for the In Deep ladder double.

    Couple more shots of Dane, here he is rolling down the Joyride roller, that's the landing for the diving board shot of chase that ebx posted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by airwreck
    few more photos.

    Schleyer drop, in the rain.

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    Funny watching people miss the sharp turn into the woods after this drop and instead try to ride off the edge of the rock

    Myself included

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement
    Funny watching people miss the sharp turn into the woods after this drop and instead try to ride off the edge of the rock

    Myself included
    I <3 Schleyer. So much flow.....

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    he's 4-11.
    so did ya stand on a box while coachin him or just look up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cactuscorn
    so did ya stand on a box while coachin him or just look up?
    that hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    I <3 Schleyer. So much flow.....
    Me2!

    I wonder why they put the double-black diamond on that trail though?

    Keep the noobs out I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn
    Me2!

    I wonder why they put the double-black diamond on that trail though?

    Keep the noobs out I guess.
    When Schleyer and Joyride were created, they were difficult by most people's standards. The first time I rode them was on a 5" "FR" rental......I was sh!tting myself going down them.

    Also, back then, A Line wasn't nearly what it is now.......it was more like Crank It Up in skill level. Hell, even B-Line has stepped it up in the past couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    When Schleyer and Joyride were created, they were difficult by most people's standards. The first time I rode them was on a 5" "FR" rental......I was sh!tting myself going down them.

    Also, back then, A Line wasn't nearly what it is now.......it was more like Crank It Up in skill level. Hell, even B-Line has stepped it up in the past couple of years.
    I actually find B line harder than A line.

    Braking bumps from bloody-firey hell.


    I'm doing a Crankworx week at Whistler and Silver Star this year. I'll have to watch myself there as I hear their blues are equal to Whistler double blacks. Can't imagine what a SS double black looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YoPawn


    I'm doing a Crankworx week at Whistler and Silver Star this year. I'll have to watch myself there as I hear their blues are equal to Whistler double blacks. Can't imagine what a SS double black looks like.
    Whoever told you that is pulling your leg. The only Double Blacks at SS are so labelled because of their steepnes. Maybe Double Dog is a double black too in which case it is so because of the wooden stunts built as part of the Red Bull trail builders competition last year. In general, I find SS to have a better selection of flowy trails for intermediate riders, but sort of lacking in expert terrain. It is, however a lot of fun regardless of your level, and the lack of crowds, lift lines, and braking bumps is something to behold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted
    Whoever told you that is pulling your leg. The only Double Blacks at SS are so labelled because of their steepnes. Maybe Double Dog is a double black too in which case it is so because of the wooden stunts built as part of the Red Bull trail builders competition last year. In general, I find SS to have a better selection of flowy trails for intermediate riders, but sort of lacking in expert terrain. It is, however a lot of fun regardless of your level, and the lack of crowds, lift lines, and braking bumps is something to behold!
    Ted's exactly right. Double dog does have some really cool and challenging wood work and World Cup has the most amazing back to back wooden berms you've ever ridden. I think you'll dig Silverstar a bunch.

    Small section on Double Dog created as part of the trail builder contest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted
    Whoever told you that is pulling your leg. The only Double Blacks at SS are so labelled because of their steepnes. Maybe Double Dog is a double black too in which case it is so because of the wooden stunts built as part of the Red Bull trail builders competition last year. In general, I find SS to have a better selection of flowy trails for intermediate riders, but sort of lacking in expert terrain. It is, however a lot of fun regardless of your level, and the lack of crowds, lift lines, and braking bumps is something to behold!
    Actually the guy who told me that can boost 30 footers, but cries for mommy when stuff gets steep.

    I'm exactly the opposite. I can sip tea with one hand while rolling 60 degree pitches, but pucker my ass and endo off 5 foot tables.

    Good GOD! Waiting on a new frame AND an epic BC trip is brutal. No sleep...

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    that hurt.
    then dont tilt yer head back so far next time.

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    A selection of my Silverstar shots:

    My gf playing in the skills park



    I think this is "Super Star"



    Wall-ride on Double Dog. Yes, you gap from that ladder off the side of the shot.



    Infamous berms on World Cup



    Pipe Dream. The doubles have now been filled in to make table tops as per insurance requirements apparently.



    If you guys are camping, I can thoroughly recommend the Cedar Falls Campground. It's a beautiful secluded location, and right at the bottom of the hill from Silverstar, within a few minutes drive of Vernon for groceries, nightlife etc. Alternatively, I seem to remember the hostel in the resort itself being very cheap. The one thing I would say is that the resort itself is DEAD once the lift closes. This ain't the party town of Whistler...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted
    Alternatively, I seem to remember the hostel in the resort itself being very cheap. The one thing I would say is that the resort itself is DEAD once the lift closes. This ain't the party town of Whistler...
    Bingo! We did this last year and it worked out great. The couple running the hostel are bikers (he's a park patroller) and super cool folks. The hostel is totally empty in summer and we got a big room for cheap and we were the only ones in it. The hostel has an interior room in the basement for hanging/ locking bikes up (we also cable locked them in there) and a nice communal kitchen and pool table area for hanging out. As Big Ted said the village itself is a ghost town at night, so you might need to head to Vernon for any "action".

    More double dog features. The entrance to a killer berm/wallride.


    The exit requires you stay high and pop off onto the berm. No cheater line unless you want to stack into the ground.


    And another on Double Dog.


    If you want to do a pretty fun ride out of the park, there's a pretty well known trail that you can ride just down the road from the park and it eventually will reconnect you with the road going back up to the resort. Drop a car at the bottom or it's a long push/climb back up the road. Can't remember the name and there are a few intersections to figure out, but the folks at the hostel can help you there.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    I C==8 Schleyer. So much flow.....
    I like it too. But...?

    Taking it easy for all you sinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big-ted



    Infamous berms on World Cup



    Pipe Dream. The doubles have now been filled in to make table tops as per insurance requirements apparently.



    If you guys are camping, I can thoroughly recommend the Cedar Falls Campground. It's a beautiful secluded location, and right at the bottom of the hill from Silverstar, within a few minutes drive of Vernon for groceries, nightlife etc. Alternatively, I seem to remember the hostel in the resort itself being very cheap. The one thing I would say is that the resort itself is DEAD once the lift closes. This ain't the party town of Whistler...
    Yeah, my buddy mentioned Cedar Falls.

    Silver Star looks like my style. Smooth, flowy, no brake bumps, no crowds. That's going to be a big difference from being at Whistler for Crankworx a couple of days.

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    Going to Diablo on Saturday, I'm wondering if I can ride the lift to the top and ride to the bottom quicker than the first lift takes at Whistler.

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