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2017 will be my first time racing Buckin’ Hell. I was signed up for it last year but ended up going home to England and my flight back was on race day. Maybe I dodged a bullet? Who knows. This year I will be there though. It’s going to be a great build-up race for the Squamish 50/50 which is more or less one month after this race.

In terms of elevation gain, it looks like this race is slightly more difficult than the Squamish 50k! Whether or not the terrain will be as gnarly and technical, I’m not too sure. I’m familiar with the Baden-Powell trail coming out of Deep Cove and also the upper part of this course around Mount Seymour, but I’m not sure what lies in between. Much of the same I would imagine! I’d say it’s comparable to Squamish, so this really should be a good test for me before the main event of the year. July 22nd though… this could be a hot one!

Here’s what it says about Buckin’ Hell on the race website:

With almost 2600 meters / 9000 feet of climbing and descent through the rough and rugged North Shore Mountains of British Columbia, Buckin’ Hell earns its name! The race starts and finishes oceanside in the stunning Panorama Park, Deep Cove and runners ascend Mount Seymour while travelling through remnants of old growth forest before topping out over 4000ft above to enjoy magnificent mountain views. Buckin’ Hell is an absolute showcase of some of the best trails and vantage points that Vancouver’s North Shore has to offer!

START/FINISH in the stunningly beautiful Deep Cove! Distance options of a 15km short course, with 900 meters of climbing and descent, and a 50k ultra distance and two-person relay race. Local favourite trails such as the Baden-Powell, Dales, Neds, Severed, Old Buck and Brockton Lookout. This is one of the most challenging and technical 50km races you’ll come across!

Buckin’ Hell 50k Route Map