Cycling Bridge River valley ghost towns

Every photographic assignment comes with its unique challenges. For Boomer Jerritt, capturing the abandoned mining towns of the Bridge River valley meant avoiding bears…and ghosts. To create the eerie opening-spread image for the Fall 2012 British Columbia Magazine feature article “Ghost riders” (image #7 below), Jerritt had to set up beside a derelict building that locals swear is haunted. Piles of fresh grizzly scat in the area added to his unease. “It’s kind of creepy being there by yourself . . . with these things to contend with and an overly active imagination to begin with!”

Luckily the rest of the adventure was less unnerving. Jerritt joined writer Danielle Egan as she explored the region by mountain bike. Below is an additional selection of his images from the shoot.

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