Alright well here’s a little video i shot with North Face a few months ago that found it’s way to the Internets. We put this thing together in like a day and half and I thought it turned out pretty well. Ok, I’m out, morning shift in the “Loam Factory”.
Well Whistler was insanely short. 18 hours of driving for one lap of shooting on Garbonzo. I mean we did get to test the new Norco Range 650B which was a serious eye-opener. There are few times where I have actually ridden a new concept/technology and been able to feel the difference immediately. For our one lap of the day I followed teammate and DH wizard Nick Geddes off the top sporting, half lids, no pads, and bike’s we’ve never ridden. Riding a bike park in the small helmet feels all sorts of wrong, but we opened it up in a few sections, and no joke this whole 650B concept is sticking around. The extra wheel diameter dampens the bigger holes, the larger traction patch of the wheel is definitely noticeable especially under braking, and it feels like a 26″ in the corners… It’s sick! This is my version of a teck savy post and I really only do one of these every couple of years, so this is my way of saying I am seriously impressed with what Norco has done with the new bike. I’m interested to see if we can squeeze it into a DH chassis because I think there could be something there… but we’ll see.
Alright so that was my one day in Whistler, and then the plan was to make my way to Tyax air-strip, jump in a plane, and do a fly over scout mission of the Bralorne with the Sherpas. But as the cookie crumbled, weather moved in and put the kibosh on the plans. We were then scheduled to head to Lilloett and get our beaks wet in the land of big lines, but we also got hosed with a nasty forecast moving in there for the week. So with mother nature not working for us on the road, I headed to where the clouds would be welcome… home. I have a few sections here that have been marinating in sun waiting for clouds and this is the week to polish them for the silver screen. The crew rolls in today and we should be pulling the trigger before the sunsets. “Loam Factory” will be in full production mode for the next few days. So stoked to finally shoot this stuff. I will keep you folks posted. Oh and for the record, no-one should ever drive 18 hours for one lap of riding/shooting… write that down. Bogus indeed ha.
Alright so I will give it to you straight… it’s finally summer. Usually at this point in the season I would be all for the endless days of sunshine, but at the moment I ain’t diggin it. Here we go, you guys get to be my venting audience for the next few lines… So I put in a ton of work in this Spring prepping a handful of trails that we had scheduled to hose down with the old motion picture movie maker, but when it came time to put motion to the movie wheels we got skunked. Snookered by whomever decided it was time to flip the summer switch. All these pristine lines of loam are sitting marinating in cinematic leperacy… Sunspots, hotspots, highlights, shadow gardens call them what you will, but the forest is no place to be shooting on a sunny day. With highlights plaguing our plans, we kicked back and did the only logical thing we could, put down the cameras and went riding. After a day of trying to “zen” clouds into position we were forced to work the caffinated rooster and graveyard shifts. Lemons into Lemonade right? Right. Nic (Teichrob) www.nicolasteichrob.com being a season vet isn’t phased by much, so we made the call. Our new hours of operation looked something like this Sunrises, Sunsets, hike, build, bike, dodge mosquitos, drink coffee, repeat. It’s not the easiest shooting we’ve ever done but in the end we killed it. We were both pretty stoked that our late night and early morning prospecting produced a small sachel of photogenic gold. The shots are pretty all-time so we were both pretty pumped that the weekly prospect turned into a It’s a bummer we didn’t get the chance to hit any of the new features but that just means there’s a ton of potential waiting for a rainy day. Alright I finished ranting. The next post will make up for the past few moments of your life that you will never get back. But if makes any difference I am definitely feeling “way mo betta”. Heading to Whistler Saturday to hang with the Norco fellas and give the new Range 650B a go. Should be sweet. Road trip on!
Boom! Birthday weekend for the World’s best country… Canada Day. Parades, Fireworks, Friends, a few drinks, and like the rest of the month, a little rain. Even with the dismal weather the festivities were a plenty. But amidst the good times, I had a bit of work to get done, which saw me spend the majority of the weekend tossing dirt in the forest. We start filming in a few days and I needed to make a few last minute tweaks to the trails I have been working on. And so I logged my few hours of sweat equity to make things mint and yesterday the first treads were laid. The “Loam Factory” was working double shifts over the holiday, because ooooh buddy! this track is ridiculous! “Brown Pow” in full effect. It’s an insanely good feeling when you build something that works out exactly how you pictured it. Pretty stoked to be done with the buckets and shovels. This week is should be beauty eh!