Words by: Brent Hillier Photos by: Brent Hillier
The concept came while drinking coffee one day at my favourite little spot in Lynn Valley. The End of the Line Cafe has always been a sanctuary from the rain and cold on those wet and miserable North Shore. The type of wet day that by the end of August I’ve come to realize I not only don’t mind but start to miss. While drinking my coffee and letting my mind wander I realized the North Shore was lacking in elevation. Something that when I first moved here 8 years ago I never would have thought. Especially if you asked me that while I was panting at the third switchback on Mountain Hwy.
So the problem was recognized, more elevation was required. Blame it on the location or my slow and steady maturing approach to “old-man-strength” a solution was needed. Why not take all the things I love about ski-touring and do the same on my mountain bike. And with that thought I find myself a week later riding with a 30L pack crammed with 30lbs of food and camping gear. My first trip was a solo mission to the top of Mount Fromme. I woke up the next morning at 1200m on the peak at 5:30am, the sun rising over Golden Ear Provincial Park. I climb out of Bivy ate some breakfast, drank some coffee and jumped on my bike. My Rocky Mountain Altitude (coincident of a name) made easy work of the 1000m decent down Bill’s, Executioner and Dream-weaver.
It by no means was an extreme trip but it achieved two things:
1. A great nights sleep under the stars
2. Proof that my bike could be used just like my skis, allowing me to go deeper and further into the back-country
Before I had even finished this trip I had set my sights on the next.
Stories, Pictures and Video of all my adventures, on skis and bike.