Sam Harney
Great Divide
Sparwood, BC

SHUT DOWN! Relatively early in the trip our first climbing attempt sent my spirits plunging into a very dark place relatively quick. We had picked an awesome route in BC but were soon forced off the mountain. The imminent afternoon thunderstorm forced us to make a quick guess as just to where the route was without any sort of topo for the climb. This led us to start, unknowingly, off route and hundreds of feet up without any sort of protection. We soon made a depressing, semi-thoughtful decision to bail after coming to our senses. Climbing a sketchy route that we weren't sure we were even on, 1000ft up into "prime grizzly territory" without any food or water in a quickly approaching lightning storm without much of an idea of how we were going to get down, didn't sound like the best way to approach the first part of our trip.

By the time we down climbed back to our bikes, we had been caught in a heavy downpour. As disappointing as it was to have to pass up our first climb, I knew there would be plenty more down the road that we should save ourselves for. Keeping a positive attitude was my strongest attribute when it came to pushing all this climbing gear strapped to a beast of a bike. This first attempt to climb was just a fluke. I would continue to tell myself this as we continued to ride, push and kick our bikes throughout the rest of the Canadian portion of the ride.

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  • What was the genesis moment or inspiration for your upcoming adventure? When Blackburn took us under their wing. We were only half serious about doing the ride beforehand and would not have done it at all this year without someone to report to.Thanks guys for the inspiration!
  • What is your goal for the route? Have a better time on the road then I could have possibly had if I had stayed at home. I was having a pretty good time at home!
  • Have you traveled by bike in the past? Yes. Pacific NW, SF-Palm Springs, Trans AM, Portland-Panama
  • What do you hope to get out of this journey? A contact list full of new friends and some remarkable tan lines on my rippling thighs.

My Must Haves

  • AK-47 keychain
  • Stubbs Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Portrait of my buddy Taylor
  • Big Buck Hunter

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