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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Pariahtize, Feb 22, 2012.
I believe he headed out about 4am this morning.
Um, can you expand on that "Crack House" question? No, I've never been there. . . think it's in Moab area though?
If you like towers (med to smaller sizes), there are many in the SSRS. Most all are moderate climbs, many with clean aid moves/portions. There's lots of good rock, and plenty of crap, or just too soft. Also lots of slabby climbs (and long ones) on the front reef (the uplift facing east along hwy 24). I'll pm you some links to a website that has good pics, descriptions, directions, et al.
The FA I'm finishing is a tower FA. . . beautiful line and setting.
WELL, I don't know exactly where I stand with this ride now. . . . I just looped it hard about two hours ago. Jacked my shoulder, knee (not too bad), throttle wrist (not horribly painful), and my f'in bike! By gawd I'm a dumbass.
Think it's a partial left shoulder separation - but hopefully just a bad, deep tissue and bone bruise.
Bike: instrument cluster, light assembly, bark buster trashed; exhaust (baffle and pipe to header connection pinched in deep, and hanger bent), brake light switch, brake light and rear fender, sub-frame (bent), and likely bar riser trashed; bars?, rear brake (feels weird), plastics seem beat up only. That's the obvious stuff. I'll tear it down this week.
I came out of a fast corner in fairly packed dirt, hit third and brought the front up, and up and riding it out, and up and. . . rear brake, rear brake! Shit! Looped it at about 50 (?).
I was just going out for a little local put. Incredible.
I'll update my intentions in a few days once I better understand (bike and personal) damage.
Hope ya'lls rides were better than mine this wknd!
Hey!!! No getting hurt, not this time of year!! Thanks for the beta on the Swell climbs, I'm excited to check some of them out. I've kinda been on a solo aid kick lately, maybe I can find something exciting to spend ALL day on!!
The Crack house is right off Gemini Bridges rd, fairly close to the Bridges themselves. Its a really cool feature but just painfully difficult if you are off the couch. The following sequence is of me last fall.....WAY OFF THE COUCH!!!
"OMG!, This is gonna hurt me"
"OK all I have to do is get the feet up for a split second for the pic"
"quick.....QUICK...snap the pic!!!"
"ok....good enough...F$%k this...lets go ride motorcycles"
Cool pics, that place looks wild! Beyond my physical fitness to boulder that roof.
Most of that stuff on the link I sent is good for solo-aid. . . that's mostly what I do out there; if it's above 5.10, and I'm solo, I typically aid it. Great place for solo-aid! Some tall(er) towers worth the efforts out there that I still haven't climbed.
My shoulder is SUCKING! I'm looking at about 1000. in parts for repairs (that's to make it right) - I'm considering letting my insurance take that hit (Progressive). I can have the bike ready enough for riding - not sure yet on this shoulder. Heading to the Dr.'s for a check in 15 min.
Damn, you had better take care of yourself! Its dangerous getting off your bike when your moving that fast!
Sweet, rock climbing on the ADV forum! We are such a diverse bunch:)
Desert towers are pretty cool. I had a thing for scaring the shit out of myself a decade ago. Those were the fun days when all I needed was more chalk every weekend and not a rebuilt engine like this past weekend...
Caprock was amazing. Day one was very wet and slippery as snot. I took it easy and finished mid pack with no injuries or major get offs.
Day 2 was amazing. After a day of rain it was 60 and sunny. The dirt was epic. Incredibly sticky and zero dust. Keeping the front tire down was a real problem, I have never felt what it is like to steer the rear tire around a corner until Sunday. Its awesome! But, somewhere along the fast tight course I tore a large hole in my radiator hose and never noticed it.... On the last transfer the engine started knocking fairly badly. I pulled over and saw my wet boot and soaked skid plate.... Damn, I just had that top end rebuilt!
Long drive. 40 hour trip with 20 hours of driving and 4 hours of racing.
Ill post more in my racing in the rockies blog.
About our trip.
I may need some minor bio mechanical adjustments in the next couple weeks in which case ill be out for a month or two.
Our bodies and bikes are jacked, WTF!
Get better P!
Get well soon Cam. After no shoulder issues since an AC separation 30+ years ago (SL350 full body slam), I was fine until this winter. A few weeks of rest mostly cleared up an overuse injury, but resulted in several pounds of body mass increase (must be muscles building back up, right?).
5MOH, Red, Waterfall is a great day ride. I was with Tom on that loop last year. I think he & Tony did Hell 'n Back first, whereas the old folks just did 5MOH from the Lone Man end. I did however set a personal best time on 5MOH.
Cam - hope the doc has some good news for you.
Silver - Soo.. did you catch the engine before it was too late, or is it back to rebuild again?
Ahhh.. I like that.. Now I can explain the extra 10 lbs I'm carrying. I wasn't being lazy about working out this winter.. I was healing up my overuse injuries.
Hmm, must be a Front Range thing. . . I've added a little extra muscle to my abs and obliques this winter too - mostly from underuse.
Well, the results are in:
Type II separation, combined with substantial egodestructis and sack shrinklotsia.
No fractures or breaks.
Recovery: Dont be stupid, take it easy as the joint is loose and fragile more trauma could mess it up (duh).
Take ibuprofen, use ice, and if needed pain meds at the onset of sniffalitis. Try to keep it slung for the next week. If it hurts dont do it. . . if you think it might hurt, dont do it. . . if it looks like it hurt the person before you, dont do it. Range of motion exercises as comfort allows. (Basic BS). . . . I asked for a script noting mandatory wife favors, and another for the liquor store uptight bastid didnt even crack a smile.
Tomorrow Ill know more about the bike. Nearing the beginning of next week Ill try to determine my rideability (and climbability) for this trip.
Apologize for the flakiness. . . but as I get older, Ive gotta get smarter, cause I aint getting tougher!
I'm afraid it would be stupid of me (not that I'm above stoopid) to ride hard and technical terrain. If anyone is still in, we can talk about it later.
I broke my RS clavicle years ago, accompanied by a Type III AC. No doubt it bothers me at times, but all in all feels good. Ive broken many bones, but the one that bothers me consistently is the patella. . . dont recommend breaking that one at all (wear your knee guards!).
Got lucky on this get off.
Glad to hear you had some good rides, Silverboy.
Sorry to hear you and the bike may need some work - hope neither are too bad.
Lots 'o words there Cam... So, the short diagnosis is wussitis?
Seriously - glad to hear it won't involve a knife. I'm game if you want to skip 5MOH. Might actually be smart to take it easy considering it seems half my riding buddies will be benched before Spring even starts.
I will be there the 25th, 26, and 27th. I'm not looking to do 5MOH. Perhaps something more intermediate. I haven't been up Gold Bar Rim, but that was always fun on a mountain bike. Once up top, it is a huge playground.
Pariahtize, I hope your shoulder heals up well. My shoulder is not 100% either.
I have heard great things about taking Silica for tears.
Heal fast. The desert awaits.
I'll stop in for some silica then. . . thanks! Are you out for sure now (wknd of 24th)?
Tilt, we'll keep this thread updated (pretty sure I'll be making it for some riding) and we'll make plans/exchange numbers next week.
Myls, same with you if you're going to be around still.
thump, I wish I were a man of few words (they're always the cool ones), but I'm not, and don't have any plans. But yes, wussitis is one of my many symptoms Dagnabit it hurts!
Glad you're game for more moderate stuff. . . we'll just take the hardest lines on the moderate trails. There's another trail just off the exit on the south side of 70, somewhere past Westwater. . . I don't know the name and can't recall the exit, but it's a ST trail with an actual TH and parking. Any idea? Thought that'd be a good one to explore on the way out maybe?
Hope your bike'll be ready - talk soon.
I dont know about my bike? Waiting to hear the diagnosis... It runs, just started making bad noises. Does not make them when idling.
Also, I may be getting arm surgery soon. Exertional Compartment Syndrome. If so, ill be up for mellow riding only for a month or so. No falling allowed! dont worry, ill take pictures....
About your trail south of I70.
There is a trail head at the exit after RV. It leads to Mel's loop. Good stuff. Sandy whoops and single track.
This leads to another secret trail that goes under I70 at mile marker 219(no exit). It leads 10 miles north to the infamous Thompson Trail. Great trail, one of the best ive ridden.
Hey.. where'd you get my picture for the "before" shot? I don't recall signing a release for that.
Okay, I'm going out, and will be riding the more moderate stuff for a few days. . . . Would like to do the Mel's Loop as Silverboy described above on the 23rd (afternoon)?
Any who can make it post up or pm me.
Thump-co, I hope your bike is coming along ok?
Tilt2Turn, let me know your plans?
Mylsck, can you send your # so we/I can call you if you're still interested in leading us around for a day?
I'm itching to get out there! Looks like the weather is holding so far -
Im in if my bike is fixed.... Motor severely overheated....
Mels bypass would be fun. Id like to explore a little more back there.
I will arrive in Moab Sunday morning. After that, I am willing to ride as far as my (stock) gas tank allows. I don't have any set plans for riding a particular trail, but I'm sure as it gets closer, there will be a better idea of what ride is happening on Sunday. I was originally planning on being there a week, but my Mom decided to get married at the end of the month, so three days of riding.
I just did the water pump fix on my DRZ, and it held up on the test ride. Now it is me that needs to get into riding shape.
i am lurking.
you never know when or where i'll pop up!