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Seattle, WA

Adventure seekers from Washington and California who are inspired by mother nature's playground. Our goal is get out from behind the desk and experience as much of it as possible. Camp, van, bike, board, dirt, snow, coast, - life. WAE is curated collection of our travels, ideas and experiences. 

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An annual affair

Michael Dorian Bach

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What is now an annual affair, we once again headed north to Whistler, British Columbia. Justin and Derek made their pilgramage up from Southern California. We met in Seattle, loaded up the gear and bikes and 4 hours later we’re in the mecca of mountain culture.

As always, to maximize our riding time and save a nights stay, we were out the door by 4 in the morning. More importantly, we learned a gem of a life secret from Derek – Jack-In-Box egg rolls in the morning gives you wings. And they taste good too.

“Today we’re feeling like gold, five hundred thousand sold Slick Rick Gold, rope on, hella cold” Something about gold on suspension parts makes a boy happy. Justin and I had new equipment to try out. First runs. This place chews up bikes and spits them out. Luckily we’re covered in gold. Results – That 2013 Marzocchi 888 is hella gold and hella plush.

Right as you pull up to the day parking lots, you’re treated with this. One glance and you know you’re somewhere special. Even before making it to the official bike park, you have access to a free to use public play area full of dirt jumps. As Justin gets out to stretch, the smile on his face foretells the entire trip.

This is what happens when your music selection is limited by what’s downloaded on Spotify due to the lack of mobile internet when you’re in international territories. JT bumping all day everyday. He is one smooth motherf*cker. Now only if we can ride as smooth as JT swags.

Justin flying high in his spaceship coupe on the rock wall on Blue Velvet.

Pop shot off of the rock sender on Blue Velvet. Rider: Michael Photo: Justin

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“I gotta testify, come up in the spot looking extra fly. For the day I die, I’mma touch the sky.” Rider: Michael Photo: Justin

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Derek had a pretty hard crash at the beginning of the day on our last day in Whistler. He landed flat off of the big drop on Blue Velvet and essentially exploded. When we got to him, we found the bike about 20 feet away in a grass ditch on the side of the mountain. At first glance he looked and felt fine. The body armor did its job. But the impact was so hard that he bruised his entire arm under the elbow guards. Check out that hematoma. It’s bigger in real life. It sucked because that morning Derek was riding better than ever.

Short review of the Trek Session 9.9. Love. Long one coming soon.

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Beautiful British Columbia is written on every license plate we saw. And without exaggeration, they’re not lying. This place is one of the most scenic places on earth. From the green glacier lakes and rivers to the majestic snow capped mountains, we can’t get enough. We’re now back firmly in reality and counting the days until next summer until we can do it all over again.