You know your family is hardcore when the slow biker recognizes the coldbike family on the trail in BC when he is from Newfoundland and you are from Calgary. I somehow failed to snap a photo of Malcolm, but he is my favourite kind of people. http://theslowbiker.wordpress.com/
The kids and I got back recently from our trip to the Chilcotin mountains of BC. We tricked my friend Vik into coming along and carrying some of our heavy food. Our plan was to take from 5 to 7 days to make a loop up Gun Creek, over Deer Pass and down past Spruce Lake and back to our original parking spot. Having kids along meant a lot of extra weight in gear and food since they eat similarly to and adult and sleep in a sleeping bag at night.
I've been wanting to get my mountain bike to the Chilcotin Mountains of BC for a couple years now. All the photos I've seen have been stunning and the trip reports glowing. I've chatted with a few people about getting a trip together, but nothing materialized until this summer when Doug agreed to a tour.
I didn't realize at first that he intended to bring his kids, but that became an interesting aspect of planning the trip since neither of us had been to the area.
Our original plan was to ride the ACA CDN GDR route in the Flathead Valley around the start of the Tour Divide in early June so that we would be riding north and passing all the southbound racers. It was a splendid idea, but Sharon's knee surgery date was too close to the trip schedule so I had to delay the start to the beginning of July.
My first blog post about Tadhg fatbikepacking has gotten some super positive feedback.
When I arranged to get Tadhg his Mukluk, a couple of people questioned the wisdom of buying a kid a real bike. They thought I should get him a BSO for a couple of hundred dollars because: Read more…
Summer of 2012 was drawing to a close we wanted to get something of an adventure in before the summer ended. So the two kids and I decided to go for a five day, four night bikepacking trip in the Elbow Valley. Tadhg and I had done the Elbow Loop trail a number of times before and we both enjoyed it as well as Elbow Lake and so we decided to add an out and back trip through Elbow Pass to Elbow Lake to the main 42km loop.
Our first day started early in the afternoon after a swimming party in the morning. The first leg is an easy and relatively flat section of the trail to the Big Elbow campground. We had the entire campground to ourselves. The kids played an assortment of games involving sticks and rocks and after a relaxing supper, we got to bed relatively early.