Photos by Kelsey Toev
A couple weeks back we stumbled across a super-gnarly looking rock roll video in BC. One of those things that makes you say, if it looks that sketchy on camera, it must be insane in real life! We hit up the old DM’s and sent Steve Vanderhoek a message and asked him to share a little bit about his line and fire over a few extra pictures so we could see more. It got our palms sweaty.
Theres nothing I like more than a steep slab line! Im always hunting the Sea to Sky corridor for the next one but eventually I wanted to find and build something I could put my signature on. The goal was to create the scariest line I had ridden. I came across this one in January while I was hiking around and for the longest time I didn’t think it would actually go, so I avoided putting a shovel to it. Super steep slab with an awkward gap a short ways down into a precision landing that points you straight at a 100 foot cliff band with a mandatory sweeping right over chunky and uneven rock. Very little margin for error! I couldn’t get it off my mind so in May I put in about 3 weeks of work to make this and several other spicy lines below rideable. I threw the last buckets of dirt and scraped the finals bits of moss the same day that Kelsey Toevs and Connor McCracken came to film me ride it all for the first time. Fortunately it all worked smoothly and Ill say its definitely one of the scarier things I’ve done on two wheels! Heres some clips from the day. -Steve
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