DUST

Bike (USA) - - Contents - BY WILL RITCHIE | PHOTO: JUSSI GRZNAR

The first trip to this iso­lated lo­ca­tion within Bri­tish Columbia’s Fraser Val­ley whet pho­tog­ra­pher Jussi Grznar’s ap­petite for the big ter­rain’s pow­er­ful po­ten­tial. Grznar is an ac­com­plished snow pho­tog­ra­pher, so en­vi­sion­ing dra­matic moun­tain land­scapes is noth­ing new to him. Last sum­mer, wild­fires in­haled forests sur­round­ing this patch of the Fraser River’s desert, forc­ing the crew to pull the plug dur­ing the first trip at­tempt. “It was so smoky, you couldn’t see 10 feet in front of you,” Grznar de­scribes. “We knew there were se­ri­ous for­est fires in Canada, haunt­ing us as the trip was de­vel­op­ing.”

Af­ter the 11 p.m. es­cape, the crew’s truck broke down some­time around 2 a.m. and Ma­son Mashon, Grznar and KC Deane camped be­side it, far enough from flames for a brief re­prieve.

Grznar didn’t hes­i­tate when he got the call for the sec­ond trip. Mashon and Deane climbed this ridge as a bonus lap, hoist­ing bikes from the eight-per­son te­pee be­low that acted as their base camp. It’s rare that the two close friends ap­pear within the same frame; Mashon is a tal­ented pho­tog­ra­pher as well, mak­ing the cap­tured climb of even deeper im­por­tance to Grznar. Here’s to sec­ond chances.

JULY 16, 2017 | 9:21 P.M. | FRASER RIVER, BRI­TISH COLUMBIA

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