Blackcomb just legalized Dark Crystal, a user-built trail, the day before, on Friday, 9/22/17. The builders claimed they were trying to build a mellower trail where you don't have to be on the brakes continually and to have more flowy sections. It sounded like something Francine could handle. So, we made our way up the road on Blackcomb mountain, to the base of the Crystal Chairlift. We had never biked that high up the mountain.
|Base of the Crystal Express Chairlift|
The descent on Dark Crystal was a little sporty, and a bit above Francine's ability level, and she did a fair amount of walking. Kevin was able to ride most everything. The roots were a little more slippery than yesterday, and definitely had some steeper sections than yesterday.
|First rock slab on Dark Crystal|
|Kevin - much steeper than it looks|
|How nice to have a flat section|
|One of the many, many, times Francine chose to walk|
When Dark Crystal ended, and dropped out on the Blackcomb access road, we split up. Kevin went down a trail towards the bottom, and Francine took an easier way, that eventually followed Kevin's route down to the Blackcomb base area. Francine broke two spokes, probably yesterday on the descent, and we headed off to Whistler to get some nipples so Kevin could fix her wheel and get it back in true.
Kevin was quite happy that Francine insisted on such a technical trail.
2700 feet and 11 miles.