Eric Porter’s backyard paradise

BikeThe session went on well after the sun set

Photography by Justin Olsen

Pro rider Eric Porter moved to Northern Utah several years ago because he saw the boundless potential of the area’s varied terrain. As a mountain biker, he knew the region’s diversity would give him limitless outlets for exploration. And he started in his own backyard.

Every rider wants a roll-in to their jump line that starts from the window of their loft, don’t they? Porter's Diamondback Bicycles teammate, Carson Storch, prepares to sample the goods.
Every rider wants a roll-in to their jump line that starts from the window of their loft, don’t they? Porter’s Diamondback Bicycles teammate, Carson Storch, prepares to sample the goods.
When your backyard has one of the area's best jump spots, your buddies become your dig crew. Porter's teammates Kelly McGarry and Storch know this all too well: No dig, no ride.
When your backyard has one of the area’s best jump spots, your buddies become your dig crew. Porter’s teammates Kelly McGarry and Storch know this all too well: No dig, no ride.

Carson Storch makes even the smallest jumps look good.

Taking the skills developed in backyards like Porter’s, Carson Storch shows he can lay it flat farther afield, on one of the many trails in the nearby Wasatch Mountains.

For many mountain bikers, jumps aren't everything. With more trails in the Wasatch being legalized—and subsequently improved—the options for trail riders are seemingly endless. Here, McGarry and Porter blast through the trees and chunder of a local favorite.
For many mountain bikers, jumps aren’t everything. With more trails in the Wasatch being legalized—and subsequently improved—the options for trail riders are seemingly endless. Here, McGarry and Porter blast through the trees and chunder of a local favorite.
One of the Wasatch's defining features is its aspen forests. It's easy for Porter to grunt up a climb when he knows he'll soon be descending through a sea of white pillars.
One of the Wasatch’s defining features is its aspen forests. It’s easy for Porter to grunt up a climb when he knows he’ll soon be descending through a sea of white pillars.

Above the treeline, smooth ribbons of singletrack serve up staggering vistas of the Wasatch's many peaks. Bike's editor, Brice Minnigh, has had the good fortune of chasing Porter up and down these trails. Photo: Anthony Smith
Above the treeline, smooth ribbons of singletrack serve up staggering vistas of the Wasatch’s many peaks. Bike’s editor, Brice Minnigh, has had the good fortune of chasing Porter up and down these trails. Photo: Anthony Smith

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For Eric Porter, it’s important to immerse his two boys in the mountain lifestyle. And he’s looking forward to many more fireside chats recounting the day’s adventures with his family. Photos here courtesy of Subaru.