at 1:21 PM
sorry, back to the trail. the singletrack continued down the slope, fast and snaky. as mentioned, once this trail started going down, it meant it. losing 800m in 8km of trail is a lot of fun.
speaking of elevation, this elevation vs. distance map makes it clear what makes this ride so amazing. the elevation is all gained early, the entire day is spent in alpine and subalpine meadows, and then you get to come ripping down at the end. sweet.
at 10:18 PM
not because it's true, just because i don't want people talking about us that way. a while ago our neighbours gave us their old dog bed. niko likes it, but the boys love it. a great way to lounge on the deck.
ty has been engaging with music more and more. his favourites are the drums and the piano. he is also big on singing his abc's.
ty likes trailrunning on little mountain, so i anticipated his enjoyment of the big boy berms and bike jumps. we were not disappointed.
after running downhill for about 5 minutes, ty entered a trancelike state (previously noted in niko) in which all concerns aside from speed receded into the background. he would trip and fall, only to jump up, give a little shake and take off. one of these recoveries was digitally captured and is featured in the opening seconds of this clip. forgive the extreme shakiness; it was hard to keep up with ty on the trail while filming and carrying zeke on my back.
a few friends attended, including graham, a BC emigree like myself, who also can't believe how amazing his backyard is. i only took 3 pictures the entire weekend. on the way to whistler i stopped in north van and biked on the famous north shore with my buddy chris. the first full day of the conference graham and i enjoyed the lift access trails in the bike park and after an exhaustingly full day i slammed myself into a tree on crack addict and called it a day. there were evening lectures schedule, but i opted to lie in the hottub and use the jets on my bruises so that i could get in a big xc ride the next day.
pictured above is the start of "kill me thrill me" which led to whistler's famous "comfortably numb" (picture below) which was an accurate description by the end of the afternoon. i made it to the evening session that day, but unfortunately the keynote address was the worst lecture of the weekend and i went for a walk and talked to kylie instead.
after the conference was over, a stop in squamish on the way home was essential. our good friends chris and yael have recently bought a house here, and chris was excited to tour me through his new backyard. here is chris on the climbing trail leading to "angry midget". what fun. nice backyard chris.
at 7:01 PM