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Recovering in Revelstoke

The Singletrack6 madness was followed by four days of relative relaxation in the Revelstoke campgorund. Suffering from the after effects of heat exhaustion (walking hurt my stomach?) I didn’t get an awful lot of riding done. There was a lot of lazing and reading. But of course a little riding.

First on Frisby Ridge…

Then I took the boy out on the Macpherson Trails while the others actually went for a proper ride. He’s still riding pedal-free, but is getting better and better on his run-bike. He’s quite the cautious descender though – no madcap rolls down anything and everything for this boy.

Then there was an aborted attempt at Keystone Standard Basin. I’d finally recovered from the heat exhaustion, but bonked on the first hill and couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. Struggling on, eventually it got so bad that I could barely walk my bike along, and had to have a lie down. Once it occurred to me to eat the rest of the food I had with me, I magically felt fine, but decided heading back to the car probably wasn’t a bad idea. Apparently my body wanted about 10 times the calories I’d fed to it (although I’d spent most of the morning eating).

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Finally biking Revelstoke I: Frisby Ridge

This was a bike trip that ended up being so epic I’m going to have to split it into three posts. We’d been wanting to ride some of the trails in Revelstoke for a few years now. First up on the hit list was Frisby Ridge, just to the north-west of Revelstoke. A nice flowy trail that was built with bikes in mind, it’s a simple out on back with basically all climbing on the way out, all descending on the way back. We were hoping it would be easy enough for towing the Singletrailer (and it was).

The climbing was slow and steady, and finally we left the forest and emerged into an alpine wonderland. So many wildflowers! The views! The perfect blue skies! The alpine lakes! The perfect strip of single track! We found a few piles of snow to cross near the highpoint, and decided to drop down to the lake that’s the official end of the trail. There we had lunch, and nearly fell asleep. I suspect it’s an enchanted lake to be honest. It was very difficult to get back on my bike and ride uphill again.

I managed to avoid falling asleep on my bike, and the descent was fantastically good fun. There was a lot of yelling of “Wheeeeee! Down the hill!” from the Singletrailer.

Then it was back to the campsite, and some splashing about in the cold cold Revelstoke Lake before dinner. Day One successfully complete!

Distance: 25km return
Elevation gain: 850 metres
Max elevation: 2010 metres