2014 Western Canada Summer Ride & Camp (KTM 950/990/1190)

Discussion in 'Canada' started by MissFortune, Feb 5, 2014.

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How many days long should the ride be?

  1. 4 Days (BC Day long weekend plus a day)

  2. 6 Days (BC Day long weekend plus 3 days)

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  1. MissFortune

    MissFortune mostly right-side-up

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    A chance to get together, meet & throw around route suggestions for the ride taking shape on the BC Day long weekend. Bring your maps!

    Next Wednesday, Feb. 26. 7:00pm

    As it's a bit central, let's meet at Woody's on Brunette Pub, just off Highway 1.

    935 Brunette Ave.
    Coquitlam BC
    http://www.woodyspub.com
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  2. canadius_maximus

    canadius_maximus Quaere verum - Seek truth

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    Hello Jessica,

    Can't make Wed nights, alas - but I look forward to what ride options emerge from the evening's sessions - hopefully I'll be able to join the ride itself.

    Cheers,
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  3. MissFortune

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    Hi - A quick reminder that we're meeting tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Woody's on Brunette Pub, just off Highway 1.

    To refresh memories, the idea is to discuss route options for a +-4 day point-to-point camp and ride on the BC Day long weekend (1st weekend of Aug).

    Non-KTM riders are welcome, so long as you don't tease up about how long it takes to change the oil on a 9xx. :rofl

    935 Brunette Ave.
    Coquitlam BC
    http://www.woodyspub.com.
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  4. MissFortune

    MissFortune mostly right-side-up

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    Four of us had a very productive discussion last night. We confirmed/decided the following:

    Duration & dates: Four days. Leave Vancouver in the early evening on Thursday, July 31st. Return to Vancouver the evening of August 4th.

    Format: Camping light. Use minimalist camping gear, buy prepared food along the way rather than cook, etc.

    The ride in a nutshell: Take some of BC's better known & most epic technical riding sections and string them together into a loop, connected by trails/abandoned gravel roads where we can find them and more commonly traveled FSR's where we can't.

    Thursday Evening:
    Cultus Lake area - Thurston Ridge to Bridal Falls. Harrison East. Camping location TBD.

    Friday:
    Harrison East to across the river from Boston Bar via the Nahatlatch boundary area. North to Lytton, a ferry ride across the river and South to Boston Bar.
    Connect on Hwy 1 to gravel to Hwy 5. Short connection South on Hwy 5 then Southeast on gravel to Tulameen. Coalmont, Princeton then on to the Whipsaw. Offroad from the Whipsaw East to the South Okanagan (Need some help figuring out a good West-East route south of Princeton). Camping location TBD in South Okanagan, perhaps East of OK falls.

    Saturday:
    Need to develop a route heading North between the OK falls area and roughly where Hwy 33 heads into Kelowna. Graystokes Rd to Lumby. Lumby North to the Shuswap area (routes needed). Camp somewhere in the Shuswap to Kamloops area (TBD).

    Sunday:
    Continue East. Looking for fun routes in the Kamloops to Bonaparte Lake/70 Mile House areas to fill up the day (anybody familiar with Harp Mountain?). Possibly start on the trails in the China Head area and camp somewhere nearby, around Clinton/Lillooet.

    Monday
    China Head trails, Seaton, Anderson Lake to Pemberton. Harrison West back to Vancouver.

    It was fun to get together with some passionate riders and work through the different ideas. :D Obviously, there's lot's of planning to do yet and I'm definitely looking to some locals for great route suggestions.

    As mentioned before, the core group prefers the more technical, challenging routes and this ride is shaping up to be a reflection of that.
    I know that I've got to get more practice to get in so that I don't hold up the group or have them get sick of helping to pick up my bike, lol.

    I'll post a pic of the map we marked up when I get a chance.
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  5. MissFortune

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  6. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    Rebecca,

    You might want to check out the Bridal Falls section, it was gated at Bridal Falls the last time I checked.

    Heading north on the East Harrison, be careful of the Kookpi Traverse. There have seen slides in the area. One section is really ugly. Nothing a good rider can't get through, but not a place to get complacent.

    Also heading east from Princeton, you can head up the Princeton-Summerland Rd. I've ridden some of the FSR's up there before and found the road surface a bit looser than average. I would also recommend turing south before Summerland on the Shingle FSR and hitting the road to Apex Mtn. The descent on the Nickleplate is awesome with cool switchbacks and a great view.

    I wouldn't recommend the KVR between Brookmere and Otter Valley (North of Coalmont) Continue on the Brookmere Rd. Much more fun with curves and elevation gain. And less cows. Also from Coalmont I would take the KVR, since it takes your through a canyon and a couple of cool tunnels.

    Mike
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  7. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    I heard a rumor that there is no gas/beer in Goldbridge nowadays, so something to be aware of.
    Of course KTM's with their dual tank systems probably wont be bothered!
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  8. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Brailorne has fuel
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  9. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    :lurk................I am watching the route develop and will plan on joining in somewhere.
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  10. pne

    pne Long timer

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    this looks fun, I'd love to tag along if blue ktm's are allowed :deal
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  11. Lurkerlou

    Lurkerlou Been here awhile

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    Sounds like the meeting was very productive to say the least.

    I like camping and cooking etc but I think it's a great idea to not have bikes laden with food etc. and keep the weight low so the ride isn't dictated by 600 lb motorcycles struggling to make it through tougher areas. I have been spending most of my time trying to reduce and re size my camping gear and extended ride goodies this spring. It's really amazing how small some of the newer stuff has become........good enough reason to spend some money.

    It is a long way out any thoughts on also keeping this thread alive for other rides in the immediate future?

    I actually got to ride today here for the first time this year. Thermometer hit 2 so I headed out on 2. :freaky

    pne if it works out and you are riding out from the East I'm in the Kamloops area and we could meet up to ride down to the coast, or it's a free place to crash en route.
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  12. MissFortune

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    Hope you can make it.....it's shaping up to be fun.

    Yup! Just gotta be an agressive rider who's still good company after a long day.

    I hope to ride once a week once the snow is gone. Mostly weekday evenings, but probably a few weekends. If people want to use this thread to meet/ride together before the August ride, go for it. I'll post my plans, too.
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  13. MissFortune

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    Hi Mike!

    The hope is to get out there and pre-ride a bunch of it. We have lots of gaps to fill in still, so thanks for the suggestions.

    I agree with getting to Okanagan via Apex. I think there some previous DSBC rides through there too; there might be some good tracks around. I also like the idea of maybe dropping into Summerland from above. Maybe somebody has an Apex to Summerland off-road route?!
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  14. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    Rebecca,

    I think it was the 2009 GVMC Routledge Run that used that route. Skidmark at DSBC should know the route. Just remind him of the Spius follies / ice capades.

    They also used a cool overgrown road now single track to get to Tulameen. I don't have the route sheet but I can make a GPS track if you like.

    Mike
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  15. pne

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    I'm on a purebred dirtbike so I will be trucking down if I can make this, although there's space in the back if you want to load up and skip the pavement parts.

    Oh and it's -30 here and something like -50 with the windchill right now. :cry
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  16. MissFortune

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    Yes....any gps tracks in the area would be appreciated. I'll start tucking them all into a folder to piece together later. I'll track down Skudmark, too.

    Cheers
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  17. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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  18. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    I posted up some questions about the Bridal Falls route on a 4x4 board. The responses ranged from, barely doable on a quad to impossible due to some rock slides. Google Earth does show a track that can work. So it still may be worth investigating.

    Mike
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  19. MissFortune

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    Yeah....if spring would come already, we could get up there and take a look.
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  20. Lurkerlou

    Lurkerlou Been here awhile

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    Any new info on this Kelds ?
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