Eastern Sierra Ride Oct.27-28th

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by NSFW, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    This may be one the few weekends left before the snow takes over.

    Our base camp is at the French Camp near Tom's Place just off the HW 395. It's north of Bishop, south of Mammoth and Mono Lake.
    Right now, there are 3 riders (a 650XL and 2 KTM 640) and 2 GS showing up Saturday morning. We'll all be tent camping.

    Plan to be there by 10pm Friday or Sat morning around 9.

    We're thinking of heading to Wheeler Crest (near French Camp) on Sat and Coyote Flats (south of Bishop) on Sunday.

    See link below.

    wheeler crest http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/4x4/wheeler.html

    coyote flats http://www.sneakersmc.com/bishopmaps.htm

    The rides will be easy to mild, nothing crazy, mostly exploring and enjoying the sceneries.

    Riding Coyote Flats on Sat will bring us closer to socal at the end of the ride.

    If you'll let me know by end of the day tomorrow, we can add more food to our groceries. All the cooking will be done by one of the guys. You don't have to bring any food, other than your snacks and drinks. We split the grocery expense at the end of the day. We can stuff many of our stuff on the jeeps so we don't have to load up the bikes too much.

    Hope to see more guys this weekend in spite of the short notice.

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  2. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    have out there---i did that coyote loop last weekend and there are definitly some loose tricky sections that will require help going up and serious caution going down using heavy bikes
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    I heard there are easy routes to bypass the tougher trails.

    Normally, if it's going to spoil the ride, I will take another route.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    h8c
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  4. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    3 bikes and 2 jeeps, and bunch of cool guys.

    It wasn't too cold that weekend.

    Did Wheeler Crest Saturday.

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    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    At 11,300ft, unfortunately the sun was out and the view down below wasn't there.





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    After a little while, the jeeps showed up.
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  6. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    The trail is mixed mud, snow, rocks and sand!




    The trail at 10K feet.

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    Picture was taken on the way up at lower elevation

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    Stucazzo on his 640lc4
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  7. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    I thought this guy hates chains!

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    Time to ride!
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    It surely was a dry year, stucazzo in front of a dry lake.
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    We move on past the lake!
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    stucazzo troubles began. this is really pretty steep! good thing the jeepers caught up.

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  8. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    From another perspective. Now it looks steep.

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    stucazzo starts thumping again
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    Made it to almost to the top.

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  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    Back to the camp.
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  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    Next morning we headed to Laurel Lakes @ 11,000 feet.

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    Big Al - former desert racer and champion mx rider!

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    The jeepers to my rescue. Dang, that 640A is damned heavy! At high altitude, you'll only half as strong.

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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    4x meets 2

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    Looking down below

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  12. STU CAZZO

    STU CAZZO Been here awhile

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    Thanks Joel and the crew who gave me some push to conquer these trails. The 640 was a bit too much weight but i didn't lay her down! It was a alot of fun with you and the guys. I would go for it again anytime! Lets do some more High Sierra rides! :1drink
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  13. Oni

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    Looks like a great trip Joel! :clap Some awesome riding up there for sure!!!
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  14. buenfeelings

    buenfeelings Been here awhile

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    Glad I didn't bring the big beemer out there.

    Cheers,
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  15. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    Glad in a way you and your friend didn't go. Dropped my bike 3x, not really for newbies or big bikes.
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