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Mountain Biking – South Chilcotins, BC

The best mountain biking ever, a photographers dream this is how I would describe the South Chilcotins. Located just inland of the coast mountains they have a spectrum of shades from the various mineral deposits in the land which is further enhanced during the autumn colours, which is when we visited.

This was up alongside Grant creek, the colors were genuinely this vivid no clever photo shop trickery. The riding was super fun, all flowy singletrack and the kind folks at tyaxair.com had done some random bush cutting making this remote ride even better.

We had a 7 day self supported mountain biking trip in Spetember 2012 chartering a float plane from Tyax Air which added a bit of excitement and saved a lot of effort. From the drop off we then just rode the back setting up base camps and doing day rides up and down the various passes and peaks. The bears, wolves and steep slopes to ride keep you on your toes, we avoided any confrontations but saw walf and bear tracks regularly even next to the tent one night! During the week we crossed at least 4 high passes climbed numerous peaks, but saw no one until the final stretch back to the road.

The picture above was alongside Grant creek, the colors were genuinely this vivid no clever photo shop trickery. The riding was super fun, all flowy singletrack and the kind folks at tyaxair.com had done some random bush cutting making this remote ride even better.

The picture below was a beautiful camp spot just below deer pass. The views from the porch were outstanding, the overnight bear footprints circling the tent and along the path were less than awesome….time to move camp.Camping just below Deer pass

We camped at the end of Lake Lorna, this shot is after a pretty brutal climb up to Deer Pass and a hike along Warner Ridge. The view was mind blowing.Lake Lorna from Warner Ridge

This shot was riding back to base along the famous Gun Creek trail. It is truly epic riding.Gun Creek Meadows

We concluded that this might not be tracks from a dog, it seemed slightly unusual that 6 dogs had taken themselves for a walk on their own. It seemed we were stalking the fresh tracks of a pack of wolves, along some admittedly sweet singletrack. This shot was taken in the mud alongside a creek. The wolf was standing looking upstream probably searching for our approaching scent blowing down wind.Wolf Tracks

No friends at the campfire? Easy just set a long exposure and move around the fire, you instantly look more popular (and maybe just a bit creepy…) This camp spot on the way down towards Warner Lake felt a bit exposed to the world (and wildlife) so we stayed up late with a huge fire roaring.

Campfire

Fun times drifting in the loose corners on the descent down Gun creek. The autumn colours really added to the scenery with the larches turning great shades of rust and yellow.Further along Gun Creek trail

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