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    Kootenay Trip 09 - Photo Heavy -

    I spent a few weeks up in the Kootenays this summer with the Family this year and the last week I sent the kids and GF back to the island....and met up with CraigH and hit up some amazing trails....here are the photo's from my end.

    We met up in Nakusp and headed straight up to Revelstoke....first day was Keystone Basin:







































    Was a GREAT ride....I am a n00b to riding alpine singletrack...don't have much of this on the island and I LOVED it...this is one of the greatest rides in BC from what others have said, and I agree....WOW....

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    For day two we decided to stay in Revelsoke and ride Sale Mountain/Martha Creek. This one did not work out as intended as my little car would not have made it up the road....so we drove to the top in CraigH's awesome van and then rode half of the trail...and rode back up the road to the top...this is not recommended....not fun...lol. We were the 2nd group of riders to ride the new re-route and it was great...a fun trail, I would recommend this one to people heading up there too....enough with words...onto the pics....(not many as this is mainly a faster downhill trail...)

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    Day 3-4

    Day three we drove down to New Denver and hit up some of the local trails...now...not many photo's this day, but the trails were fun...not quite what I was expecting but still fun. OK....so no real photo's of the trails...just the Galena trail on the way back to town...a great fast rail grade trail....





    The view from our campground...


    Then we hit the Wakefield trail....TONS of downhill...this one is a brake burner....


    The end of this ride is at the lake in the background...in a town called Silverton....right behind those trees on the right hand side....












    I don't know if I would do two days here again...unless there are other trails...the Wakefield trail is a must do...but other than that the pickens are rather slim IMO.

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    Day 5-6

    From New Denver we headed down to Rossland...this is what I have been waiting for...the first day we rode lower Oasis (upper had been closed due to logging...and the lower may be close soon too). Really...didnt get many photo's of Oasis....its FAST wide open ripping....so fun, but not too much tech on this trail...wish the upper was open....hear great things about it...anyway...umm..here is the meager photo's...




    after that we headed back to the campsite for lunch...then headed out and rode the top of Whisky and crossed over to ride Crown Point...THAT trail is fun....I have one photo of this trail...and its a blur...lol...so much flow on one trail...my god...good times.

    Day 6....the big one...Seven Summits. This trail has been on my TO RIDE list for a few years now...after losing 30 pounds last winter I thought I may have a chance of finishing it this year...lol. I was a little nervous but CraigH and I hit the trailhead WELL prepared (Very heavy packs!)...and I was stoked....

















































    That was an amazing ride....I can see why it is listed as an IMBA Epic ride...its got everything...and SO WELL BUILT....I gotta give the Rossland builders a TON of props for the well built, well signed FUN trail network, never seen anything like it...amazing. Not only that but Rossland is a great little town too.

    So thats it....6 days of riding and I was left wanting more....I wanted to stay in Rossland and explore but I had to be at work on Monday....there are so many places to ride in BC...this does not even scrape the surface of how amazing this province is....I can't wait to get out and explore the Kootenays some more.

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    Looks like great fun...

    That was the Monashees not the Kootenays...even though it was Kootenay Lake and Kootenay River...

    Good news is you still have the Selkirks and the Kootenays left to ride.

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    Semantics....west kootenays works for most people.

    Yeah, thats the great thing...so many places and trails in BC....love it.

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    Kotenay is the region.

    The Monashees, Selkirks, Purcells, Kokanees, etc are mountain ranges within the Kootenay region.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kootenays

    There's a bit of confusion, as there's some geographers that refer to parts of the Canadian Rockies as the Kootenay Ranges, but for the most part no-one uses that designation.

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    Awesome photos, looks like a great trip

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    Awesome post ! .......................hmmmmmm high alpine singletrack , I`m starting to drool . How come you didn`t post this in passion ?
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    cheers for sharing, all those trails are on are on my 2010 to do list.ive hit wakefield before and that was one of my fave trails ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherijumper
    How come you didn`t post this in passion ?
    It is there:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=566301

    Now that the weather has turned crappy, I can post my pics from the trip in the next few days.

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    Do it Craig, would love to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy
    Do it Craig, would love to see them.
    I was going to post them tonight but MTBR was offline for a while.

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    Day 1: Keystone Standard Basin


    Top of the cut block above the parking lot, leaving the horse fly clouds behind






















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    Day 2: Sale Mtn & Martha Creek


    View from the top of Sale Mtn


    View from the top of Sale Mtn


    Trail head behind the microwave station




















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    Looking North up Lake Revelstoke/Columbia River




    Looking South towards Revelstoke


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    Day 3: Idaho Peak, New Denver


    Lots of smoke in the valley


    Sister ferry on the drive from Revelstoke to New Denver


    Small fire close to the ferry dock & highway








    Old Generator (motor?) at mine works


    Old mine works


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    Day 4: Wakefield trail, Silverton, BC


    Scenic place to prep your bike for the day


    Looking North up Slocan Lake




    Road to the top of Idaho Peak visible in the meadow below


    Slocan Lake in the distance








    Mine tailings










    Looking back towards the top of Idaho Peak








    Abandon dump truckl at one of the old mine sites




    LGM rides the Wakefield, bottom trail head








    LGM & Slocan lake




    Beginning of the ride back up for van recovery






    The climb back up takes a while, taking pics is a good reason to stop


    LGM @ top trail head






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    Day 5: Rossland: Lower Oasis, Whiskey & Crown Point


    Lower Oasis


    Whiskey


    Crown Point

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    Day 6: Rossland, Seven Summits
































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    What campground were you at in the New Denver posts?
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    I think it was called centennial...it's the one right in New Denver.

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    God...has it already been almost three years...time flies eh. I gotta make it up there again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy View Post
    God...has it already been almost three years...time flies eh. I gotta make it up there again soon.
    CraigH and I were lucky to ride those trails again last year. Add Frisby Ridge in Revelstoke to your ride list, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy View Post
    I think it was called centennial...it's the one right in New Denver.
    Yes, Centennial Park. Open May 7 to October 15. Showers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy View Post
    God...has it already been almost three years...time flies eh. I gotta make it up there again soon.
    MP, you missed a load of trails when you were here last in New Denver. Alamo, H road, Sandon Wagon rd., Wilson Creek trail .....

    You need to come back ASAP, ride them and head up to Revy and ride Frisby and Mt Begbie as mentioned above. Maybe do this: Kaslo Suffer Fest | EVENT

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    Quote Originally Posted by telebiker View Post
    Yes, Centennial Park. Open May 7 to October 15. Showers!
    Any better than the one in Silverton?

    What's the best schedule for New Denver. We're looking to do 7 Summits then drive up to the New Denver area afterwards.

    Have a full day in New Denver then maybe a morning ride before we head off to Nakusp for a family reunion. would you ride Wakefield in the afternoon and the others in the morning?

    Second week of August if anyone is around there and wants to join / guide us
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    Quote Originally Posted by skifreak View Post
    Any better than the one in Silverton?

    What's the best schedule for New Denver. We're looking to do 7 Summits then drive up to the New Denver area afterwards.

    Have a full day in New Denver then maybe a morning ride before we head off to Nakusp for a family reunion. would you ride Wakefield in the afternoon and the others in the morning?

    Second week of August if anyone is around there and wants to join / guide us
    I don't think Silverton's has showers and it is smaller. New Denver has grocery and beer store, restaurants within walking distance. Either way, mid August is a busy time in the valley and camping spots will be at a premium.

    Although the Wakefield trail is mighty scenic, as a ride it's a real brake burner. Plus, unless you shuttle it, it's a +/-30 km ride and about 1500 m climb from town to the start of the descent. There are better options which are all singletrack and will satisfy your uphill and downhill cravings. My favorite is up Sandon Wagon rd, H rd, Queen Bess Rd. Then down Alamo to either Choices and back on Sandon Wagon rd or Alamo straight back on SWR to town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telebiker View Post
    I don't think Silverton's has showers and it is smaller.
    I've never stayed there but the campground in Silverton has a new bathroom & shower building.

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