Central Sierra Noob ride

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by Hesaid, Jun 24, 2014.

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Multiple choice, choose as many as applicable:

  1. Why aren't we doing this now

  2. July

  3. Aug

  4. Sept

  5. Whenever

  6. Hotel

  7. Cabin

  8. Campground

  9. Dispersed camping

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  1. paredaks

    paredaks Adventurer

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    What an idea - be hugely fun and helpful to skills/confidence. I'd be really excited if this jives with my schedule. That said I voted before really looking at things, so throw another vote in for September as well.
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  2. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    :lol3


    actually a brilliant idea, a noobs rally at the sierra central in summer..............IN

    :clap
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  3. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    Awesome! The king of the noobs is coming! Sir Joel, AKA the Tourist.:clap
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  4. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    Have no fear (again, if I bring the little bike) as the Jeep makes short order of such nonsense:

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    And Grinch may be a bit loony, but a damn good rider and very capable of helping out. YOu can't have a nicer guy to ride with than pcvance either.

    Just remember, take the bags off and lose as much weight on the bike as possible and go slow and you'll be fine. The Dusy Ershim is a spicy meatball, but with help doable.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    fixed.....:d

    hey perry camp nelson was fun, can't wait to ride the other areas.
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  6. ADV_Riz

    ADV_Riz Adventurer

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    I'm so stoked to get out on a ride! I'll be coming on my KLR. Just got my crash bars and skid plate put on so I'll be ready for a tip over or twelve for my first off road excursion!
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  7. ADV_Riz

    ADV_Riz Adventurer

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    Oh yea and thanks Hesaid for taking the lead on this! You're a rockstar.
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  8. sfeatherstone22

    sfeatherstone22 Young Grasshopper

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    Seems like every time I view the previous RR's from DV there are a large portion attendees coming from central CA. Makes senses to have one in our backyard. I know cycleworld has their ADV rally in Sept also, and is stationed out of China Peak...for 650$ :eek1. http://www.cycleworld.com/2014-adventure-rally-series-sierra-edition-overview/

    Count me in, if you need help organizing I am happy to help!
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  9. McKay

    McKay Long timer

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  10. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    This looks too fun. Im not a riding noob but sure am camping with a bike noob.
    And an expert in enjoying myself and pretty entertaining to watch setting up camp. Please count me in with a couple of weeks notice I can usually juggle things. Ill be riding a GS so won't be doing the jeep trails in this thread but Im cool on dirt roads ala Clear Creek. Im subscribing
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  11. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    LTS has our recovery vehicle.:deal
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  12. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    We've done it before... :lol3

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  13. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Funny story: one time my buddy and I did the Dusty-Ershim trail in my '83 Toyota solid axle longbed pickup. I got up there late in the day, and lost the trail in the patchy snow. We managed to find our way out by following tire tracks with flashlights. It was early summer, so we had no shirts. By the end of the day, the seats had worn our backs so raw that we were leaning forward to avoid touching them to the seats. It was one of those times you ask yourself "what have I gotten myself into?".

    Kimberly and I would love to attend. I just put some TKC80 knobbies on the Dorsoduro, so we'll have to see how it does. :evil
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  14. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    I can't say the Xterra has never been used as an extraction vehicle, but I thought The Grinch got a fancy truck, with winches and lifts and gear and stuff? You didn't just equip him with a Woodlake set up right? Some old big block pick-up with no tailgate and an old U-Haul dolly, right?

    Seems like it would be easier on a bike, tight stuff isn't so tight, and big rocks can be gone around... But I've never done it either way.


    Well, to be honest, I had Bald or Brewer more in mind, at least for noobs. PCVance is the guy who brought up the Dusy. I think he wants to ride it. I know it's not their beloved singletrack, but sometimes it's good to broaden one's horizons.

    I'm loving the enthusiasm I'm hearing from everyone who is so anxious to get out there and wreck their bikes! I really felt that was missing from the MSF course we took...

    MV
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  15. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    Heh-heh... "Broaden one's horizons..."

    Broaden:become larger in distance from side to side; widen.
    "her smile broadened"
    <TABLE class="vk_tbl vk_gy"><TBODY><TR><TD class=lr_dct_nyms_ttl style="PADDING-RIGHT: 3px">synonyms:</TD><TD>widen, expand, stretch (out), draw out, spread</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

    "Widen", "Expand", like going from singletrack to a full 4x4 trail... I made a pun. I'm a good writer. Take that high school English teachers!

    MV
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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Don't quit your day job...:lol3
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  17. pcvance

    pcvance Walk Verplank

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    http://vimeo.com/m/76492538

    Hell yes I want to ride that trail...:norton

    It's one of the few "wide" trails that interests me.

    Is it noob friendly? I dunno...:dunno

    Ride through the John Muir Wilderness on a dirt bike.:super

    Brewer and Bald? Been there, done that.:strum
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  18. lsellers

    lsellers a DSRIDER

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    It would be something to remember all right. Imagine the stories.. the faces of... basically everyone as you ride up and over Mt. Whitney, down and out. Couldn't help but think about it as I hiked through it myself. I'd do it if the momentous fine and possible ban for life one would get for trying it. Not to mention the impact on nature. The bike is an iron mule, it's a mule trail... makes sense to me.

    Swamp can be pretty gnarly. Depending on the direction you go so can Dusy I hear. We've never made it up that direction yet either on our bikes :deal but it's on the things to do list. Maybe you can try a little bit of that while you do Mt. Tom lookout.

    I'm still looking for a route to take us from the Valley to the Desert straight through/over.
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  19. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    I think Labor Day weekend is the best date.

    As much as I like dispersed camping, I think you should utilize a campground this year so we can have a campfire.

    Maybe have easier and more difficult trail options. I'd love to test out my 410 lb bike shod in knobbies on some moderate trails, and maybe borrow Kimberly's DR350 for the extreme stuff? She doesn't have a lot of riding experience, so she'd probably do the big bike ride on the 350.
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  20. Hesaid

    Hesaid Long timer

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    So far late Aug or early Sept is looking good. Labor Day sounds great from the three day weekend standpoint, but I wonder how many people already have other plans/commitments. Dispersed vs. campground gets tricky. As dry as this year has been, there's no guarantee that even a campground will allow fires. And there's the cost. (Too) many campgrounds are now "managed" by the California Land Management company, $28 a night for 6 persons in a space, which includes one vehicle/two motorcycles. $7 for each additional vehicle/two motorcycles... This will all add up. And a crowded hosted campground where rowdy hooligans will be told to keep it down after a certain time.

    I figure I'll let the polls ride for a couple more days, and then start to narrow it down. I definitely think the idea of multiple rides for different skill levels and terrain sounds good. Can you believe some of these fools want to ride the Dusy Ershim? They're crazy I tell you...

    MV
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