Fall 2017,  Hornby Island reporting in.   It’s THAT time of year!

Fall 2017, Hornby Island reporting in. It’s THAT time of year!

Thompson: Dry Cold (Brass Monkeys: Happy) -18.2 °C 4cm Snow Expected by Thursday Whistler Village: Raining (Otters: Excited) 4°C 12 mm Expected  Rossland: Freezing Fog (Bears: Hibernating) -3°C 20cm Snow Expected By Tonight Coquihalla: Blizzard Conditions (Truckers: Worried) -16°C 26cm Snow Expected By Friday Hornby Island: Dry (Local Riders: Grinning) Sunny 13°C Winds: Light. Trail Conditions: Tacky. Expected Rider Accumulation: Whoever you bring with you Its THAT time of the year again. Sidewalks are rolled up, leaves are crinkling, apples are crunching, trails are epic.   The crowds have receded back to the concrete jungle. The locals have retreated to studio and farms to recover from the summer onslaught and BnB’s are sitting idle. But wait! Its THAT time of the year again! (Don’t tell anyone cause its my personal favourite) Golden sun slants through reed straight second growth, dewy grass sparkles like jewels in the morning light, skies clear of summer smoke allow vistas from Mt. Baker to North of Campbell River and mist hugs the ground at dusk. Its THAT time again. At the summit you look down on eagles soaring and watch thousands of Bonaparte’s gulls feasting on krill in Lambert Channel. Wait! What’s that? Whales! Also feasting on krill! Who ever thought one could whale watch from your bike at the top of a mountain? Descending is only interrupted by air under wheels on the various optional hits or pure terror (fun) on the built drops and berms of Yer Mom. Mushrooms lurk in the forest, deer scamper off the trail as you climb Four Dead Aliens to the panoramic mossy views on Outer Ridge....
Exploring Cumberland and Hornby Island with Stephen Shannon

Exploring Cumberland and Hornby Island with Stephen Shannon

Growing up in the West Kootenay, Steve Shannon developed an early love for the outdoors. He began skiing at age two and by high school was firmly addicted to exploring the mountains around home by a variety of means. From those early childhood past times, his appetite for adventure has only grown. His interests have led him around the globe, from racing his dirtbike in the International Six Days Enduro in Chile and Greece, to photographing races in Romania and Mexico. Recent adventures have taken him rafting the Grand Canyon, skiing in Iceland and Norway and mountain biking in the Nepalese Himalaya and Canary Islands. Cedar bridgework highlights Munday’s Child, named after the longtime local builder. Framed by moss laden trees, this lower elevation trail is a visual delight. Trail: Munday’s Child Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby Fireweed in full bloom and the Beaufort mountains lining the horizon. 50:1 is fast and flowy through one of the many cut-blocks in the Cumberland Forest. Trail: 50:1 Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby Following an old abandoned railway, Short Line and Steam Donkey provide a gentle climb up to Vanilla, Truffle Shuffle, Bear Buns and more. Remnants of the railway are still hidden on the side of the trail, some more obvious than others. Trail: Short Line Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby One of the signature descents in Cumberland, Bear Buns is a must ride. It’s quite a climb up to the top, but the reward is a descent full of features. Rocks, roots, berms and flow - this one gets the heart pumping! Trail: Bear Buns Location: Cumberland Rider: Jeremy Grasby...