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Touring, Downhill

Skelu’la7 or “Why I Will Never Again Forget Bug Spray”

On my Crown Mountain trip report I mentioned the rather mellow bug situation, and how I thought some passersby were overreacting, what with bugnets and their general hardcore posture. Now, I’ll try to regale you with an instance this past … Continue reading

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Back on Cowichan Valley Trail

This trip took place on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish First Nations, including the Tsawout, Songhees, Esquimalt, Malahat, Cowichan, and Tsartlip. Last year, I lead a group of VOCers on a bikepacking trip along the Cowichan Valley Trail on Vancouver … Continue reading

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Biking at Mayne Island

  After having gone almost five years without having biked outside of BC’s mainland, I was more than ready to join Sasha Soda and five others on a biking trip at Mayne Island. Thankfully, with the summer rollout of Vancouver’s bike busses, which … Continue reading

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Sea to Sky Trail Report

The Sea to Sky Highway has been the main connection between those of us living in the Vancouver Lower Mainland to access many destinations in the great outdoor that British Columbia offers. Every time I sit in a car going … Continue reading

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Gravel Cycling on Fisherman’s Trail

After weeks of cold and wet weather, Vancouver finally gave us the forecast of a warm and sunny weekend. Excited about the prospect of another adventure-filled summer, I decided to run a trip to the local’s favourite, the Fisherman’s Trail, … Continue reading

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Cowichan Valley Bikepacking Adventure!

This trip report is a collaborative effort by Brendan Tai and Chester Chan Day 1 and 3 are written in Brendan’s POV. Day 2 is written in Chester’s POV. Day 1: Vancouver to Gordon Bay Distance: 136km Elevation Gain: 1,314m … Continue reading

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Bikepacking the Englishman River: The Newbie Experience

Since our bike touring trips earlier this summer, Youtube’s algorithm has bombarded me with bikepacking videos. A common theme of discussion often comes up: What is bikepacking? This led me to ask even more questions: What is the difference between … Continue reading

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Bike-Hike-Bike in the South Chilcotins

Between Friday July 30 and Monday August 2nd, 3 VOCers went out to do something they had never done before. Well, 2 of them. And there is no coincidence that this group bikepacked the same route that Isaac Borrego hiked last … Continue reading

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Toba Expedition

Before we begin, a shout out is in order to the Neil Mackenzie Trust and the VOC for putting together the Neil Mackenzie Adventure Grant. Learning about this grant for grand expeditions inspired us to dream up a longer combined … Continue reading

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Bikepacking Salt Spring – June 19-20, 2021

As someone who has spent a lot of time in the saddle but never carried panniers or even a rack on my bike, a bikebacking trip was long overdue for me. From the invitation of my co-worker and friend, Anna … Continue reading

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