Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of Ryan Creary

Exploring Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton Through the Eyes of Ryan Creary

Ryan grew up on the east coast of Canada in New Brunswick. This was where he first discovered mountain biking; he used to race on the rooty and soggy coastal bush trails around the province’s local circuit. After university, Ryan migrated west to British Columbia, and he now calls Revelstoke home. The high alpine trails that surround the town are one of the reasons he loves Revelstoke so much. “I love to ride my bike both up and down; it’s like ski touring for me. Revelstoke is surrounded by long logging road climbs with amazing downhills and some of the best high alpine singletrack in western Canada”, he says. Ryan is very passionate about the outdoors, and when he’s not taking photographs, he spends his time biking, kayaking and climbing in the summers. A long time contributor to Bike Magazine and many other mountain bike publications around the world, Ryan has been a full time professional mountain sports photographer for almost 20 years. Always on the hunt for exquisite light, moody scenes and unique angles - “I’m intrigued by the subtle moments of the activities I pursue as well as the cultural side of mountain sports.” “I just love the old burns and different color hues in the Okanagan - Jay Starnino speeding down Jabbarocky on the Rose Valley network.” Kelowna, BC “Jay Starnino and Sabrina Gauthier heading down the Connector Trail towards Rocky Screech at sunset. Crawford Trails at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park - Kelowna , BC Being based in Revelstoke and getting to ride rainforest trails, its a real treat to hit the Okanagan’s semi desert like trails....
Exploring Kelowna with Guestagrammer Niall Pinder

Exploring Kelowna with Guestagrammer Niall Pinder

Niall Pinder is an adventure sports photographer who spent the last five years in Kelowna, currently living in North Vancouver.  “I’ve been riding mountain bikes for the past 24 years, and my goal is the capture the freedom and adventure of mountain biking in images. A group ride in March a few years back with some really good friends.  Smoke from a controlled burn was sitting all over the valley, and we were riding through the burning slash.  Unplanned, but it was a really unique and fun day for shooting and riding.    Slik 50 trail, Rose Valley, West Kelowna / rider Geoff Sanz.A One of the neat things about Smith creek is that every so often you poke out the these beautiful views of the valley.  Anthony pinned it through this section, which in Smith Creek style is sketchy dust and pebble on hardpack. Holy Pail trail, Smith Creek, West Kelowna / rider Anthony Evans. I have always liked this shot because it sums up Vapour Trail perfectly:  you can absolutely fly down it and catch these amazing sunset views.  It’s just such a fun trail to race your buddies down. Vapour Trail, Crawford, Kelowna / rider Dave Shearer.   This was shot during filming of Kelowna Harvest.  This trail was unsanctioned when this was shot, but MTBco has put in countless hours advocating for the Gillard trail system, and the area is finally sanctioned.  Its a huge step for Kelowna mountain biking, because its an amazing riding area with great lines and big woodwork.   Yo Mama trail, Gillard, Kelowna / riders Matt Monod and Anthony Evans....