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Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by n16ht5, Jul 29, 2012.
Outstanding pix. Inspiring!
This weekend my friend Tom and I went back up to the mountains to go riding and camping.
Friday evening when after we set up camp we went out for a ride... and planned to get back around dusk.
Went playing on Cougar Rocks.. I thought you could get to the top from here...
But I think you need a trials bike.. and some big kahunas
So I headed back down
Looking back up where I came from
So then I got the great idea of taking the Jimmy Creek trail down as a short cut to the camp.. It is not on the map, but I had it penciled in on a old trail map I had found in the closet.. Probably years since I last rode it... and there was a big black diamond penciled in next to it...
This was at about 10:00PM and after about the 25th tree we had to jump/pull/cut/bushwack around or over.. and we had a long ways to go yet. Got back around 11:30PM.. We were so happy to have made it back. Cooked some manwiches up and hit the sack.
So the next day I got an even better idea to ride across the mountain range to the north mountain trail system... and take another shortcut that I had penciled in years ago
The trail we went down was another black diamond trail (according to my pencil years ago).. turning around after we met the first set of trees was not something we wanted to do... getting back up even without the trees was much more fit for a trials bike from the rutted out drops and switches with such a steep incline.
Well we finally made the campground at the bottom of the next valley and we were hot and hungry. We had just dropped about 3,000+ft in elevation on one short trail with over 15 trees across it and no chainsaw (next time I am bringing a top handle with extra gas)
Time to cool off
Skivvie dipping in the glacial-fed creek... felt so nice!
Now on to the next (unmarked black diamond) trail
Thankfully it was cleared just a few weeks ago! We didn't see a single tire track, however. Not even a hint.
..Double diamond unmarked trail? :eek1
It was difficult to keep the tires from sliding off
Coming out of one of the switchbacks.. We were getting very tired and worn out from last night's night trail spectacular and today's downhill tree jumping frenzy.
Tom said "I am done" about here and slumped down next to his bike to take a nap in the shade.
Having come this far I pushed on, as some of you would expect me to
The views were getting to be incredible.. You can just make out Glacier Peak in the background. You can see we were getting higher than some of the glaciers too
And the flowers were out as usual
And then I made the summit.. I didn't take a picture of it, but I smashed my rear brake disk guard off on a big rock climbing to the summit. Luckily the brake rotor was spared at the expense of the guard.
7,820ft... the highest point in elevation that you can ride to in the state
You can just make out Glacier Peak
Looking over the edge of the ridge while coming back down.. While riding down I noticed my front tire felt very sloppy. I didn't bother to look at it though as I was more concerned with getting down the mountain...
Looking at the trail going back up
Having a Rekluse while going downhill on steep switchbacks combined with a bunch of gas and water strapped to your fender is a bad combination. I had a close call while coming down a switchback where I could not get my rear end to swing around because of the extra junk on back, and yet I couldn't get my foot to swing over the rear for the same reason. And then on top of that, with a Rekluse there is nothing to hold your bike back when it is in gear.. it is basically as free rolling as neutral. Luckily there were some trees that held me back on the edge from flying to oblivion.
So that sloppy front tire turned out to be a flat front tire :huh
One that was too big for Slime to stop...
Oh well, I have Tubliss.. who needs air with that, right?... ?
Not to mention that I have about 10mi of road and gravel plus 25+mi of mountain range to go on singletrack left before we get to camp...
I figured I could throw my spare front tube in if I need to later on...
So it was getting late.. and dark. And we hadn't even passed Klone Peak yet.. still a few hours from camp at normal riding speeds...
And of course I didn't forget those pesky tires...
Or maybe I did
What the heck, one more summit for the road eh?
This is Klone Peak, 6,820ft of mountain... yes it was not a part of the route back, but it was close by
Hmm.. it's getting awful dark. Dang these bugs are big. Man am I tired...
Downed my last gatorade and headed for camp.. and didn't stop until we got there. Rode flat front and rear through the dark at speeds I probably shouldn't have gone.
But we made it. Yeah, I didn't take any pictures when we got back that night. We were done. 85 miles of riding that day and who knows how many trees in the past two had done their job to wear us out.
And the Tubliss held up like a champ. Without Tubliss in there I woud have probably been completely hosed.. we only had one spare front tube between the two of us.. and prying a trials tire off with two tiny little 5" tire irons in the dark with man-eating bugs on top of a mountain is not fun or easy. The Tubliss kept the beads of the tires on the rim, and made a cusion of 100PSI buffer to protect the rims from total annihilation while slamming over rocks and creekbeds at 25+MPH.
Now I know what is TOO low of pressure to run while riding rocky trails.
When we first got back I touched the back tire and it was burning hot from running so far so fast. I am amazed that the tire did not disintegrate!
The carcass is pretty stiff on the Dunlop MX front tires... thankfully. Neither tire was pluggable as the gouge was too big in the front and the rear was gouged in the soft trial tire sidewall.
The tire still took a lot of damage from running flat all day.. side lugs are chunking off and most of the other lugs are rounded off now
the rocks took their toll on his tires too, although he was running much higher PSI than I was and did not get any flats (he also did not ride the super rocky section at the top earlier that day).
Let's get out of here.. Sunday morning
Looks like another great ride and report!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Chris!! Dude, you're an adventure magnet. Wish I could have joined you this weekend for the second chapter of Gnarnia. Looks awesome. Let's stay in touch for another one soon. Great photos as usual.
You gotta come next time, Andy
Nice ride, you animal.
I like the view at about 2:18 on the video. Makes your palms sweat just a little.
Gnar -nia indeed! The PNW is the best!
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I can't believe you made it to 7,820 ft. I've pushed my mountain bike up where you were riding. Now I'm gonna have to by a newer 250. I've been wanting to anyways. You are the first single tire tracks up there this year, that's for sure. Trying to work my way around Tommy Creek up to Mad Lakes, but the 250's suspension won't be able to take the rock garden just after you enter the Alpine from the Entiat side. I've enjoyed reading about your many forays into our world. sorry you had to drive all the way home for food after Playing around up Miller Peak and such. Stores usually close by 9 pm around here and it sounds like Cle Elum was a bust for food that late too. Hope to see you up the Entiat Peaks. Gonna ride around Pot Peak today and play on the black diamond trail just a little with the 650.
I know how a 650 can be on trails.. scary at times
went riding again. This time I went to Deadman's Pass with WetsideRider
Here is the top.. 7,400ft. Pretty fun scenic trail
Horsehead Pass on the right... looking down to Boiling Lake
We camped Friday night, got up before dawn and set out. Here is shortly after breakfast
Gets pretty scenic right away
Heading up Horsehead Pass
Deadman's in background
Looking out toward Uno Peak
you can just make Dan out on the right leg of the V
what kind of cut is that??