Van Isle ADV rider's sign in...

Discussion in 'Canada' started by longwaytim, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. thinking

    thinking Island 690

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    No worries
    No one has committed as of yet the plan was to camp on Friday night and then there is a built in contingency to venture off in different directions on Saturday, depending on bike and rider preferences. I think one guy is actually just holding down the camp while others explore. I will no more on Wednesday when we all meet for coffee.
  2. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    The plan is to meet at the 19/28 Chevron in Campbell River around 3 PM Saturday and ride North as time permits... Will camp up past Woss and head up Kinman in the AM, ride all day and back to C.R. for evening..
  3. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Camp and ride Friday evening to Sunday out of Campbell River, the loose plan is to leave around 6 pm from 19/28 Chevron..
  4. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Can you Pm me the camp coordinates as Wos area is on my vacation route in a couple of weeks. Not sure of a good spot near Wos.

    Thank you.
  5. Flying_Celt

    Flying_Celt Adventurer

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    I'm in...near YYJ. Taking Don Hatton's course next weekend...looking forward to it.
  6. Raconnol

    Raconnol Long timer

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    Bob (Blue Jacket) took the DH course last year and reported back all positive comments.
    The following weekend took us up along the Mt Provost Powerline route which is day 2 of the DH course.

    You should have tons of fun, do stay hydrated! :)

    Rick

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  7. Flying_Celt

    Flying_Celt Adventurer

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    Very cool - can't wait! This was from Musgrave Rd on Saltspring last Saturday.

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  8. Raconnol

    Raconnol Long timer

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    @Flying_Celt you live in North Sannich.
    I as well, just off Green Park Estates. We should try and get out on some big bike stuff. :)

    Rick
  9. Flying_Celt

    Flying_Celt Adventurer

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    I am up in Dean Park - would be happy to join up to explore some more of the island. Drop me a pm anytime.
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  10. StromB

    StromB Adventurer

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    This is Bob from Rick's entry above. Musgrave Rd - that's where I dropped my Vstrom for the first time, right at the end when I stopped and put my foot down onto shoulder that wasn't unexpectedly low.:-) Took the Don Hatton course soon after that. At the time, I thought it was good. I've taken better classes since then though. If you're new to big ADV off-roading, you'll get a lot out of it. Let me know - Rick too - when you're up for a group ride, presumably including a large proportion of forest roads.
  11. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    Recently bought a Vstrom 1000 for my longer road trips so I could travel off pavement more comfortably.

    Never going to be a true off-road rider, but wondering how suitable the Strom would be for a course like Don Hattons (I live in the Cowichan Valley).
  12. tbrown-bc

    tbrown-bc Been here awhile

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    "Ride what you brought" ... too many guys get caught up in the bike and/or bike setup. Call Don see what he says. Some of it will depend on your size/strength/fitness, but IMHO any teaching is better than no teaching. There is _lots_ to learn. Even turning a big bike around on a small trail is a skill !! : ) - Tom
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  13. Flying_Celt

    Flying_Celt Adventurer

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    I really enjoyed the course. I learned a lot of technical skills...I could feel my confidence and capability improving through the weekend. This is a challenging course that can push you to your limits. Tooth - I'd talk to Don about it - likely the bike is fine with nobby tyres. This give me a good foundation to explore more of this amazing Island that we have.
  14. Raconnol

    Raconnol Long timer

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    Here is my posting from this last weekends ride.

    Big bike friendly and lots of older guy breaks and sensibilities.
    Gary, our guide in the Hi-Vis inflatable vest really knows the area well, and kept us out of the really steep and rocky sections.
    This is a very informal group with the only agenda is getting out, having fun and not busting up our bikes or ourselves :)

    It did become a long day as the gates closed early, at 4; and due to the rapidly advancing fire season, our normal ride arounds have been reinforced with heavy concrete blocks and other unmovable objects.

    Not an issue for dirt bikes but rather impossible for larger ADV bikes.

    Rick
  15. Flying_Celt

    Flying_Celt Adventurer

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    That was fun!
  16. Shorepig

    Shorepig Adventurer

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    Good times on the TCAT this weekend! A section from Campbell River to Hwy 28 was gated due to high fire threat. Drove south from Sayward and came to a bridge that was decommissioned near Stewart lake and had to back track north to cross the river. Then instead on driving north to Woss we left the TCAT and headed south to Gold River. That's a fun road!

    Damn I need to move to the island! It's nice to not see piles of garbage and shot gun shells everywhere! What a gem. IMG_5548.JPG IMG_5555.JPG IMG_5569.JPG IMG_5574.JPG
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  17. tbrown-bc

    tbrown-bc Been here awhile

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    Some nice shots there. Gunnerbuck does a pretty good job of keeping the Van Isle TCAT up to date, so I'm surprised there'd be a route over a decommissioned bridge, unless you've got an older copy of the route.!?
  18. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    However, when doing remote dry camping I have come across quite a bit of trash in places. Not the firearm shells and shot up appliances seen at places in the US, but lots of cans and other debris.
  19. Shorepig

    Shorepig Adventurer

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    Ya. I was using an old version and Gunnerbuck did send me the new TCAT but I didn't get it into my gps in time :)
  20. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Yep, I was at work on Friday so could not mail you the track until I got home that evening, looks like you did well enough with out them... Nice picture of Warden peak in the clouds..