Rossland: Seven Summits Trail
After two days and a night in Penticton we jumped back into the wagons for a four hour ride to Rossland and the famous IMBA epic, The Seven Summits Trail.
The initial climb is big, but once you’re on top, it’s a series of shorter summits. It’s worth taking a break and preparing for the longest part of your ride. Can you figure out which summits in the background are part of the trail?
After that initial climb, these moments come often. Don’t let the IMBA Epic designation fool you, these trails are not buffed to a polished sleigh ride. I was pleasantly surprised by the technical challenges. Leanne had stitches by the end of the day, and I had four flats from rolling at reckless speeds into chunky rock gardens. I don’t flat often, but I learned a few things about equipment in the interior. It pays to have some thicker rubber under you than normal.
To give you an idea of the diversity of the trail, these two images are the bookends of the ride. On the right is the early climb to the top. On the left is Seven Summits creator and trail master, Stewart Spooner, enjoying the fruits of his labor on the later sections of the trail.