Friday, August 19, 2011

Whistler, British Columbia

I took a trip to the northwest last week. Flew into Seattle and drove up to Whistler, British Columbia to do some downhill mountain biking and hit a few north shore trails. We spent a little over a week on Easy Street, right outside the Whistler Village and got to ride the park for 4 days. Incredible. Fog, sun, no rain, perfect. We also got to hit a few trails outside the park: A River Runs Through It, Gargamel, Half Nelson, and the I-5 Colonnade in Seattle. Pretty cool trails, except for the Colonnade which was so dusty and dry it was a little disappointing. I know it's under an expressway, but seriously....water, calcium chloride, done.

A River Runs Through It was incredible, huge skinny lines (300+ ft), teeters on skinnies, drops through trees...great stuff. Gargamel was a hike and a half, especially since I decided it would be a good idea to take my D700 up and some lenses; gets a little heavy after a while. Half Nelson in Squamish was a two mile downhill pumptrack, listed as having 68 berms and 102 jumps and tabletops. Pretty sweet.
After Half Nelson we decided to drive then hike to the top of the mountain, and later learned they were having a cougar problem in the area....smart.

Enjoy a gallery of photographs from the trip - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Whistler-British-Columbia-0806

A few pictures from Whistler, Squamish, Seattle, etc

cyclecide hanging out in Georgetown, Washington
cyclecide hanging out in Georgetown, Washington

Peace Arch, United States, Canadian Border
Peace Arch, United States, Canadian Border

TSA the new American religion
TSA the new American religion

Jon on a bridge on A River Runs Through It, Whistler, British Columbia
Jon on a bridge on A River Runs Through It, Whistler, British Columbia

On top of the world, Whistler, British Columbia, getting ready for a long downhill mountain bike run
On top of the world, Whistler, British Columbia, getting ready for a long downhill mountain bike run

The fog rolled in at Whistler Mountain Bike Park
The fog rolled in at Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Mark hitting a drop on Gargamel, Whistler, British Columbia
Mark hitting a drop on Gargamel, Whistler, British Columbia

The view from Garibaldi above the Half Nelson Trail in Squamish, British Columbia
The view from Garibaldi above the Half Nelson Trail in Squamish, British Columbia

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