Back in early 2012, Geoff ‘Breakaway’ Breckner started to cut a trail up from the Ashlu Valley to Pokosha Pass with the goal of a back country mountain bike / hiking route connecting Squamish to the Sunshine Coast. He’s started a Facebook page, Squamish to Sunshine Coast trail and is actively looking for people to help make this trail.
A pioneer in the BC mountain bike community ‘Break’ has five summers of rigorous, self sponsored toil making this happen. Lots of people love the idea but the reality of going that deep to build trail means that Break has pretty much done it all solo.
Break drives up most weeks and camps 9 km up the Ashlu forest service road. From there he either bikes or hikes in and works on the trail. Last year he bought himself a Haibike Enduro e-mtb to help access the trail.
In the 5 years he’s been building this trail he has only gone out with two other riders! So when I showed up he was in slight disbelief!
He had been halfway up the trail the day before working on a section and was visibly stiff. Immediately he starts telling me he is getting uncontrollable cramping in his body that doesn’t allow him to move if he overexerts himself, like he did yesterday.
But he states he’s ok, and proceeds to prepare to leave. A little concerned, I transfer everything I need into my Evoc pack including 30 amp hours of battery and a SLR. Pack was way to heavy, probably weighing close to 30 lbs. We lock up the trailer and spare batteries into the truck and we are off to the pass.
The last 3 to 4 km to make the pass are tough but insanely beautiful, even with the smokey forest fire haze and massive hungry flies.
It was a big day, and so wonderful to see the insane amount of work that Break has accomplished carving a route through the wilderness for all of us to enjoy. This last shot is of Break seized up with cramps that incapacitated him halfway down. The dude is extraordinary gnarly and made it down after suffering trailside as the cramps racked his body before passing. Terrible to witness that is for sure.
Having done some trail building on the Sunshine Coast side to make this trail happen, I have to tip my hat to the man above. He is on a mission and it is a big one. Just riding to the pass and then coming down was exhausting. To think of building trail for hours on top of that by yourself is incredible. It's going to be a world class route one day that will have people coming from all over the world to experience the real 'supernatural' British Columbia. Cheers to you Breakaway for your herculean effort and extraordinary vision.
Here's the Strava link if your interested.
Last but not least a down and dirty, quick edit of our adventure