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    Squamish - last week in Aug

    What originally started as a trip to Bend, OR, now has evolved into a week long trip to Squampton for my girl and I. Woohoo!

    Our airbnb is in Garibaldi Estates, right next to a trailhead. I must be dreaming..., I can practically roll out of bed and onto the trail!

    I've been doing some research regarding trails and their ratings... and understand that a blue rated BC trail can still be quite challenging. Black BC trails may have mandatory TTF's with no bypass available, and the only difference between a blue and a black can be one mandatory trail feature with no option line in the middle of an otherwise blue trail (so the trail ratings tend to prevent rude surprises for people riding on blue trails).

    Although I've only been seriously mountain biking for a few years, I've been on two wheels for most of my 51yrs (bmx racing, motocross, crotch rockets, etc.), and am looking to challenge myself on this trip.

    I've been comfortably riding black Pisgah trails (Black Mtn, Pilot Rock, Trade Ridge, etc.) and am curious to learn (from locals) how this might translate to BC trails, and what might be some good trails to check out to get a gauge of my skill level relative to Squamish trails in particular.

    I also understand that just because I might be able to comfortably ride a blue trail in Squamish doesn't mean I can tackle any blue trail in Whistler; it's actually the opposite.

    Btw, I'll be using a rental from somewhere - I haven't locked that down yet.

    Thanks!
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    The black trails are often quite steep as well as having mandatory TTF's. I imagine you've checked out TrailForks

    https://www.trailforks.com/region/squamish/

    These videos are full of black and double black trails.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwq8vzezRTk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXqgKMh4RTU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvK4Oxl_1wY

    This is typical Squamish blue (Word of Mouth) and a new school flow trail blue (Half Nelson)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDrip7m8uE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfaKcnfScmc
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The black trails are often quite steep as well as having mandatory TTF's. I imagine you've checked out TrailForks...
    Thanks!

    Yeah, I've been all over Trailforks, and looked at many videos. A lot of trails look doable to me but most of us know most vids do not convey trail steepness well (if at all).

    As far as slabs go, I was thinking of checking out a Room with a View. TF says, "If you want to learn how to ride slabs - this is a great trail to practice on."
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    Honestly, even the green and blue trails are all a great ride if you don't need to have your adrenaline pinned for hours on end.
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    Although this trip is about challenging myself, I'm sure I'll be looking forward to those moments of reprieve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchips View Post
    Thanks!

    Yeah, I've been all over Trailforks, and looked at many videos. A lot of trails look doable to me but most of us know most vids do not convey trail steepness well (if at all).

    As far as slabs go, I was thinking of checking out a Room with a View. TF says, "If you want to learn how to ride slabs - this is a great trail to practice on."
    Room with a view as well as leave of absence and Rupert are good intro to slabs before taking on things like boney elbows

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodchips View Post
    Although this trip is about challenging myself, I'm sure I'll be looking forward to those moments of reprieve.
    Ill be camping in Squamish from the 23rd til 30th. Pm me if youd like to meet up for a ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin267 View Post
    Room with a view as well as leave of absence and Rupert are good intro to slabs before taking on things like boney elbows
    I never did get over to Room with a View, but I did do LoA and Rupert, and while I thought they were fun, I don't think they did much to prepare me for larger, more serious slabs.

    On the LOTS descent, however, there was one roll I did that made feel real good about rolling heavier slabs, and based on this, I stayed the course with hitting Cream Puff the following day.

    After a successful Cream Puff run, I felt confident enough to roll the entry slab to SOT, etc.

    Unfortunately, I didn't get back over to Alice Lake to run heavier slabs there, but am already looking forward to the next trip!

    BC riding completely blew my mind - loved every moment! I made a trip report in the Passion section (for those interested).
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    One of our fav squamish rides is doing a three loop doing Rupert, Credit Line, Entrails. Our friend from Ohio rode with us and just walked sections he wasn't comfortable with.
    One of fav whistler rides is , Rockwork Orange, Korova Milk Bar, Wizards Burial ground, techincal stuff that had sections that challenged and we did not ride all of.
    Finally got to Pemby, we only did Freak Boy and Cream Puff. Cream Puff was good, don't think Freak Boy was worth the effort.

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