Jumbo Pass

Published on September 14, 2014,






On a random tuesday morning I  sauntered down main street, fresh brew in hand, enjoying the familiar sights of the hometown which I hadn’t seen in quite some time.  It was my first day back at the homestead after being on the road and I was looking forward to sleeping in my own bed for a night or two.  That is until I crossed paths with friend, local ski tech, and mountain guru Mike Jones.  “Headed up Jumbo Pass in about and hour, you in?”  … Sipping my coffee, I thought for a moment.  Enjoy a day at home, soak in a little familiar, or scrap it and head for the hills…




Bikes bounced in the bed of the truck as I followed the dust of Mike’s truck 50km into the backwoods of the Purcell Mountains.  It’s pretty wild how many incredible locations the Kootenay’s has to offer, and how few of them I have actually seen.  On the approach a new goal was firmly cemented, spend more time exploring the backyard.



A few hours of hike-a-bike and we were standing on an alpine saddle with the towering peak of Jumbo to the east and cascading glaciers to the west.  This is why you never say “no” to a new experience.  A chill day at home or one hell of a day in the mountains, it’s never really a contest.