DVDAZE 2017 Death Valley January 26-29

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by RAZR, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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  2. Buster714

    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    That's so gnarly dude. You hit the double double looking back as if to know it would fuck someone up. Weird seeing myself out on the ground. Normally it's just the bike that takes a nap. Good thing Rob was there for the mouth to mouth. I think it was the smell of bourbon that woke me up.
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  3. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    I'm sure that Vicodin and brothel trip made you right as rain. Glad you woke up from your dirt nap.
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  4. Pitster

    Pitster miniac

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    Any reports on current snow pack on South pass and other areas?
  5. 1224R

    1224R Long timer

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    was just there.... 3 ft toward the top... impassable but you cab get to boxcar cabin no problem....
  6. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    That's a good story, have another one?
    Dude, it wasn't mouth to mouth, it was my dick to your mouth................I was to your right hand at about 16 feet away during that whole flip flop and couldn't believe what I was seeing.:eekers
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  7. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    what a great weekend!
    here's a quick report... more like a road report.
    Friday was the Echo-Big Dune-Amargosa Valley-Chloride Cliffs loop. Echo was in great shape. some sections have more exposed rock, which made it more fun. the steps are the same and maybe actually easier since the Jeepers have stacked the rocks up to the steps more than years past. Big Dune was damp and firm. not like your wife. Amargosa Valley was firm and fast. not like you. Chloride Cliffs Road was damp and rain rutted and a blast.
    Saturday was the Big Loop. Ubehebe-Racetrack-Lippincott-Saline Valley Road-Saline Warm Springs-Steel Pass-Eureka Dunes-Death Valley Road-Crankshaft Junction-Ubehebe.
    Ubehebe to Ractrack is not as washboarded as years before. some corners have more exposed gravel/babyhead rocks. Racetrack dry lake bed has more tracks than reported last week. 4X4 dickheads are entering from the backside and driving on the dry lake bed. fucked. Lippincott is same. maybe even more tame since the rocks seem to have been smoothed over with high traffic and moisture. Saline Valley Road is smooth, less washboard than before. the wash between Saline Warm Springs to Steel Pass is pretty rough as you could imagine with all this rain. the road is faint. rocks in the middle of the road. square edge from water flow. Steel Pass had about 4 inches of snow completely covering the road with tire tracks which made it slightly icy. the steps are no different than years before. Eureka Dunes road was normal with a few puddles. Death Valley road was fucked. in the higher elevation area was about the same amount of snow as Steel Pass but there has been more traffic through there so it was pure ice and no way to try to ride the "soft" snow on the sides because it has a layer of crust on top of the 'powder'. (skiers and snowboarders know what I am talking about). it was sketch. the snow was almost down to the level at Crankshaft Junction. the gravel between Crankshaft Junction and Ubehebe was less washboarded than years past. no washouts from the rain. just the usual spots. it was cold all day since we were up in elevation all day.
    we decided to go up to Chloride Cliffs on Sunday since on Friday, I got a flat just before the road that goes up and it got dark while changing the flat.
    well, we had heard there was snow and ice on Chloride Cliffs road going up to the cliffs but wanted to check it out.... yeah, there was snow. a lot of snow. more snow than any of the areas we had been through the day before. I got past the mine that's about half way up. the truck tracks went only a few feet past where I got, but it was silly at that point. Herrhelmet and I were laughing our asses off at how stupid it was riding up the snow slipping sideways. good times though. we rode around for awhile then packed up and headed home. @notmybikemodelname was missed.
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  8. KLRalph

    KLRalph Because KTMalph sounds funny

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    Though a little cold, it was a great weekend! Sure beat riding home in the rain like last year. Thanks again RAZR for pulling it together.
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  9. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Great report. I was wondering about Death Valley road and Steele Pass. Sounds like a great trip. Any pics of all the snow?
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  10. Buster714

    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    Oh, thaaaaaaaat's why they call you whiskey dick. :photogEpic day. I couldn't believe it either. Esp trying to figure out where the eff I was sitting at Bikinis. That's the hardest I've ever had my bell rung. Ya ding a ling.
  11. catfish

    catfish Squidicus Adventurous

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    Thanks for non-organizing Razr! I might even ride with you next year! ;-)

    Will definitely bring moto ramps for the truck next time. I had 2 good days on Ms.Beta & one day on Ms.Treachery. :-)

    Monday I stopped at Panamint Springs & rode to China Camp Springs. The koi were a trip. Rode down the canyon to the end, and tried hiking down to Darwin Falls from above. My knee lasted only about halfway, so I limped back. Amazing LARGE amounts of horse shit back there.

    Just setup camp about a mile from Hammertown. Its already a zoo over there. I'll be here until Monday for the King of the Motos.

    Come on out! :-)

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  12. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin ride'n 2 live

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    GREAT ride reports! Anybody else show up?
  13. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    if you were there, you would know
  14. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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  15. herrhelmet

    herrhelmet A Serious Man

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    Speechless. That canyon shot is amazing. Definitely can't wait to see full version.
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  16. chrisBTSC

    chrisBTSC Been here awhile

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    What make/model drone are you using for the footage?
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  17. dunerat

    dunerat WTF?

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    Awesome as always
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  18. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    Impressive! Any plans for a "one night only" showing at the Amagosa Theater?

    I wonder if that drone could shoot an aerial view of all of Steele Pass? Someone has some good video editing skills. Ride reports have now gone to a whole new level. :)

    Long Way Down Steele Pass. Where do I get tickets to see the movie?
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  19. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    DJI Mavic Pro.
    this one or the Phantom 4 Pro are both the best on the market
    what i found out this DVDAZE weekend is that after it flies a few canyons over, your remote control loses communication with the drone. scary situation. even though it's fool proof and would RTH 'return to home'.
    best case scenario would be to have the drone follow me through Steele Pass. i'm still nailing that feature down. the opening title shot is the drone following me. you just can't ride over 20-25mph which is hard to do. i felt like i was going to fall over going that slow.
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  20. Buster714

    Buster714 I'll ride anything

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    Shit, I woulda went for drone footage! :lol3