Flying up and going to stay and ride bikes from the Demo Center for 3 days and fly back to reality. Leaving Sep. 19th, coming back the 23rd. So will be in the park 20th-22nd. Goals: Ride every day and get faster and more comfortable each day rather than cripple myself on day 1 and stagger around with blisters for the next two. Going with Colonel Clealan, so I have a "guide" and staying with someone who is practically a local. They've given me most all of what I need I think as far as ideas and strategy to get in and out. Things that should make it easier: Demo Center - no working on my own bike (V10, Gambler, etc) Ride with a Camelbak (which I will hate since I just don't DH with a pack) Taking my own D3 helmet (which means waiting to get my checked bag rather than fast tracking with just carry on), gloves, knee brace, knee pads, gloves, goggles, Rain Jacket & a hoody. Give me a run down of stuff I should leave behind, stuff I might forgot and "the bunker survivalist's guide to Whistler" list. Do I take my own pedals (Crank Brothers Mallet 3) Oh, and after searching all these threads about you guys breaking yourselves off days/weeks before your big Whistler trip, I'm going all in on bubble wrapping myself and hiding in my bed until then.