WF Tincup, Cumberland, and Hancock Passes

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Pablo83, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    The route: St Elmo, Tincup pass, Tincup, Cumberland Pass, Hancock Pass.

    After reading the info below I'm guessing this would be best for a 650 sized bike, but I'm sure a qualified rider could get a 950 SE thru it all. It looks like a 4-5 hour tour, but I haven't done any of it so I don't really know. Who's in?

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  2. lightfighter

    lightfighter where does this go?

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  3. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    This is post #35 in the routes thread. I'm guessing this is the hard part.

    [EDIT] This is NOT Hancock, this is something more difficult, see below.

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  4. katbeanz

    katbeanz earthbound misfit, I

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    Paul, That's actually Schofield Pass N of Crested Butte. Hancock is rough and has some ledges. Duke or Gaspipe said that Hancock, TinCup and Tomichi are all about the same difficulty.
    I met John Wesley at the SLAP rally, nice guy and a very skilled rider.:thumb
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  5. Geek

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    Hancock isn't that tough (I think those photos you posted are to the devils punchbowl at Schofield)... probably the south side of Tomichi is a little tougher; I guess it comes down to rider. If you go through the obstacles at speed you don't even notice 'em (last time we rode it was in the dark).

    Tincup isn't technical its just a lot of scree. On the Husky its nothing... on an Ascott VT500 it beat the crap out of my kidneys :D

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    The "toughest" stuff on Hancock is about like this... iirc this was about 1/3 of the way up the south side:
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    This is at the top of Hancock looking at Tomichi - you can see the road going up Tomichi on the far side.. the top of it is the V-notch

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  6. GSL

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    Geek? :scratch In that last pic, aren't you looking AT Hancock, FROM Tomichi?
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  7. cojoel

    cojoel Been here awhile

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    I think you are right GSL. That is my KLR in the picture.
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  8. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Thanks for the info everyone. :thumb The pics are great. So I'm guessing this route would be best for a 650 sized bike.
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  9. Geek

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    We are looking from south to north.

    Which pass is the southern of the two?

    its all a blur :D I definitely know we were on the southern peak though as it was dark by the time we got to the top of the northern peak and then popped out near St. Elmo to BV
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    That's definitely looking at Hancock from Tomichi. :nod (Tomichi is the southern pass)
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  12. TNC

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    Slightly OT, but what's that rear knobby on the Husky in that pic above. That's your bike, isn't it Geek?

    I thought the same thing on the one pic above that looks like Crystal Mill to Schofield.
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    Geez...I'd seen a TerraFlex before, but somehow that one looked even gnarlier. Thanks.
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  15. duct tape

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    I'm looking forward to a new RR. Every time I ride tomichi and hancock I keep thinking that hancock is harder, lots more loose round rocks and ledges. Most folks here seem to favor tomichi, at least the south side. It's been two years since I was up there though. My youngest son is about ready for the next step up so we'll be returning hopefully this fall.
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