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    Heading to Nelson and Revy for 10 days. Advice, tips, and critiques needed.

    A buddy and I are headed to Spokane on the 20th of September for 10 days of Eastern BC biking. We did 10 days in Western BC last summer and fell in love with the beauty, abundance, design, and gnarliness of BC trails. I think either of us would love to stay permanently, but alas we need an income. Despite being enslaved by the man, we have decided to embark on another epic summer trip.

    We will both be on all mountain 150mm and 160mm bikes.

    We plan on camping but don't have anything set up due to the fact we like to be flexible and open to change.

    Ride Plan:

    Day 1
    Arrive in Spokane, pick up some supplies, head north and get bikes assembled. Any riding will be close to Rossland and short/shuttled. I would love to sneak in a night ride if anyone local is interested.

    Not sure where we are planning on camping, but looking for a free spot to throw down a tent. Might make a reservation at a private campground just to assure a place to sleep.

    Day 2
    Seven Summits: I have contacted Mountain Shuttles and plan to ride it Sunday the 21st, as we will be short on time the 20th. Head to Nelson for a place to camp. Will check Kokanee Creek and any private campgrounds along the way. Really looking for a free site off of a FSR.

    Day 3-4
    Nelson!!! I have the guide book, and plan on putting in two 8-10hr days of riding. We will probably take a lunch break each day and then try to hook up with anyone we can meet for an afternoon ride. Hopefully a local will take pity on us. I plan to try and ride everything that we can, sans trails that are for the immortal.

    Day 5 Half Nelson Half Revy
    Ride for 4 hours on anything that we missed on Days 3-5 and haul ass to Revvy for the afternoon shuttle deal with Matt from Wandering Wheels. Have access to someone's land/yard to throw down a tent. Still looking for that primo spot.

    Day 6
    Martha Creek DH and Boulder Mtn Area
    Will stay in the same spot unless there is a problem or we find a better solution.

    Day 7 Frisby Out and Back plus the Frisby DH.
    Same deal on camp

    Day 8 Keystone Standard Basin to Peak(long version)

    Day 9 Hit something we missed on the way back to Spokane
    SUGGESTIONS NEEDED

    Day 10 Fly home and be very sad for another year.


    What we need:

    We have the one day as a wild card, but think that it will most likely be spent in Nelson unless one of you fine folks gives me another idea.

    Which pubs and restaurants should we hit? Avoid? Anything cool that we should try to see or check out other than trails?

    Beta on good, free campsites. PMs are welcomed and info will not be shared. We are used to lots of roadside camping in the US, but we spent a lot of time driving FSr's last summer and didn't find many good spots in the vancouver to pemberton corridor. Is this common for Western BC too?

    Thanks in advance and I'll rep where appropriate.

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    This will fill your free day. It's to be published but in the editorial hopper. Note you can do this self-powered without the heli expense - see the links

    Revelstoke's Mt Cartier Helidrop - Part 3 by leelau - Pinkbike
    Locals' Guide to North Shore Rides http://mtbtrails.ca/

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    Thanks Lee. Your trip reports were helpful last year, as well as this year. I'd love to return the favor if you are ever in the Southeast. We've got some top notch riding....I promise. Pisgah National Forest is an amazing area.

    Thanks again.

    Looks like we will most likely switch the Revy days around to make more logistical sense.

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    Spokane chiming in here, we did a week up there last month.

    Lion's Park Campground in Rossland is supposed to be very nice. I have friends with a house in Rossland so I've never stayed there but I know lots of folks who have. If the weather goes to shi*t in Rossland or Nelson, hit the aquatic centers for ginormous hot tubs and water slides.

    What about hitting the Kettle Crest on yr way back to Spokane?
    Or, New Denver.... we heard about a trail called Butter or something like that that we didn't have time for. The locals said it was really fun much more fun than the Idaho Peak classic and too bad we missed it.

    Wadey Creek camp is really nice up N of Revy. It was inexpensive and much nicer than Martha Creek camp imsho.

    If the weather goes to sh*t in Revvy, the hot springs just east of town, Canyon Hot Springs, are really nice.

    If you've got some time for Spokane, let me know.

    Last thought... we were in shape for biking but the elevation in BC was killing us. You might want a rest day.

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    Last year it was Day 7/8 when we were starting to bonk. I'm going to pay closer attention to my nutrition and I suspect that will help.

    Good tip on kettle. I got the same advice on nsmb. We land around noon, so our plan is to head north to kettle. We would have to do a ride that finished after dark. That sounds appealing to me, but might be better off with a local.

    We definitely will be making a stop in Spokane for a couple of essentials. Is there something that is more proximal and still worth hitting.

    Also heard that Butter is a good option.

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    If ya'll are energetic, the Jungle Hill route on the Kettle Crest or the Sherman Pk loop would be good 1/2 day -ish options.

    What do you like? We've got some fun in town riding - Beacon hill for intown flow-techhy XC-DH and jumps, Riverside state part for fast singletrack cruising, Mt Spokane for shuttle runs ( or an inspired 7 mile climb on pavement)

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    If ya'll are energetic, the Jungle Hill route on the Kettle Crest or the Sherman Pk loop would be good 1/2 day -ish options.
    I'll do some research, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    What do you like?
    I like riding bikes. I can have fun on anything from beach cruiser on a greenway to super steep tech. The only thing that I am not comfortable on is BIG air, and likely that is due to lack of opportunity. 4' or 5' drops are fine, but nothing huge that would risk ending my trip on the first day. I don't have experience with DJs, so that type of jump is not my strong suit either.

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    I can't guarantee I will be available, but certainly a post on WA will get you pointers to the trailheads at a minimum.

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    Thanks for all the input and the PMs. It looks like we are going to add a trail in New Denver for the last day.

    For a stop on the ride up, we were thinking about Mt Spokane instead of KC. I would bet by the time we build up bikes and head toward KC, we will not get a ride in. It seems that the trail to hit on Spokane is Trail 140.

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    Bear Creek Lodge might be doing shuttles to the summit. Call first and ask but I think they do.

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    Thanks. I saw a note on their website and called. No answer, but I'll try again tomorrow.

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    No go on Bear Creek shuttles. Said that they can't do it. I guess we will try to work it out on the fly.

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