HOW TO USE THIS SITE

Have a quick read on how to use this site, as my definition of easy might not be the same as yours.  I’ve given a rating in terms of length and in term of technical difficulty.  The technical difficulty does not take into account the length at all.  For instance, cycling up to Mt Finlayson, I would consider to be 5/5 in terms of technical difficulty even though it might take a brave soul only 90 minutes to get to the top.

 

Length:  Given in both km and duration.  To give you an idea, I am a reasonably fit 51 year old.  My current bike is a Rocky Mountain DH Race, which was built in 1998, so not exactly considered nimble.  I constantly stop to record waypoints on my gps, take plenty of pictures, and stop to chill out and relax.  So, I think my duration times are pretty conservative.

 

Technical Difficulty:  Completely independent of the length, this is my assessment of how difficult the terrain is to overcome.  It obviously depends a lot on the skill (and fitness)  of the mountain biker (or hiker), but I would rate on a scale of 1-5 very subjectively:

1/5:  Very easy.  99% rideable with a road bike using thick tyres.  Mostly flat.  Very few obstacles like tree roots, logs, or rocks to cycle over.

2/5:  Comfortable most of the time.  Minor hills, coarse stones.  Occasional logs or roots to cycle across, but 99% easily navigable on a mountain bike.

3/5:  Slightly challenging.  Steeper hills, larger rocks, more roots and logs, but rideable.  95% navigable on a mountain bike.

4/5:  Quite challenging.  Not all hills rideable.  Sections of rocks, roots, and logs need to dismount.  75% navigable on a mountain bike.

5/5:  Extremely challenging:  Essentially not suitable for mountain biking on the basis of steep grade, loose rock, fallen trees, thick brush.

 

Ascent:  Total number of metres climbed according to my gps data

Highlights:  The best of the track.

Track:  The uploaded map shows the track and elevation using Gaia GPS, a gps smartphone app.  On your web browser, you can take your mouse and run it along the profile, and the map will show your location at that particular elevation.  If you haven’t been in the area described before, I would highly recommend either of:

1.  Print the map and bring a compass to get bearings

2.  Save the page on your smartphone browser.  It gets a bit finicky to toggle between the profile and a map without deleting the map entirely.

3.  Below the elevation profile is a link to the .gpx file.  Download this into your gps device.

 

 

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