12th Annual White Mtn Research Center Rally. Bishop, CA

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  1. RAZR

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

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    The 12th Annual WMRC Ride in Bishop, CA.

    Thursday July 21 thru Sunday July 24. (some folks show up on Wednesday)

    DO NOT SEND ME ANY MONEY, THIS IS AN " UN RALLY ".

    Mark @Stonewall asked me to keep this unRALLY going, so i am.
    this is the official WMRC that has been a tradition for 12 years!

    DO NOT MISTAKE THIS RALLY FOR COPY CAT GS RALLY. THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. RIDE WHAT YOU RIDE. WHETHER ITS A 2 STROKE MX BIKE. LARGE STREET BIKE. EVERYTHING IS WELCOME AS LONG AS YOU ARE PLATED. THIS AREA IS OPEN TO PLATED MOTORCYCLES.



    GOOD NEWS!!!! the rates are now $14 per person per night.
    for everyone. even if you show up in an RV.
    Colleen wants to keep it simple since it got a little confusing last year.


    you need to pay for 3 nights even if you stay less.


    this camp area is reserved for Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night.

    if you want to stay longer, pay more.
    YOU PAY COLLEEN OR DALE YOURSELF. DO NOT PAY ME.

    i reserved the same Horseshoe area as we've always had.

    pay for yourself the moment you arrive at camp.

    go to the camp store and pay either Dale or Colleen.
    :freaky

    CAMPGROUND

    Again, this year we will be using The Browns Owens River Campground.

    http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/owens.html
    It is located on the Benton Crossing Rd ( also known as the Green Church Rd ) 6 miles east of US 395. Turn East at the Green Church just north of Crowley Lake and just south of the Mammoth Airport. The campground has showers available from 8 am until 4pm, very clean restrooms, and a small store with Beer and Ice. They also have a grill for Breakfast and Lunch.


    DO NOT CALL THE CAMPGROUND!!!

    I have spots in the horseshoe area again.

    I WILL BE IN CAMP SPACE #78.
    NEW WHITE FORD TRANSIT VAN, BLACK KTM.



    Also the Camp Ground is located at 7,000 ft. The nights can be cool, that's why we use it. Also there are COWS on the road, that's why they call it "Open Range"

    Showers are available 8AM-9PM for $2 a token. 1 shower is available 24/7 locked from the inside.

    Store is open 8AM-5PM

    Check Out is at Noon.

    Quiet Hours (generators off hours) is 10PM-8AM

    Pay at the store when you arrive. This campground can handle RV's of any size. If you like to fish, bring your gear. The Fly fishing is fantastic here. FYI this campground " Does Not Take Credit Cards" ( no land line, but cell phones work great ), but they will take a check and of course cash.

    Rhonda is no longer part of Browns Campground. Dale and Colleen are in charge.

    PM me or post if your in and I'll put you on the list :deal

    keep in mind this is an unRally.
    come out and ride with friends new and old.
    the ride up to the top of WMRC on Sunday is not an organized ride. but you will easily find other riders to cruise with.

    IT WILL BE COLD AT NIGHT

    AND YES, THERE ARE STILL COWS ON THE ROAD

    Twice a year the White Mountain Research Center opens their gate. they used to only have the gates open one day a year. Located in the Bristle cone Pine Forest, this is the only time of the year that you can ride all the way up to the station and check it out ( 13K ft ).
    It used to be the first Sunday in August, but now it's July 24 this year. as well as Labor Day Weekend. July is a better date for everybody over Labor Day and it's closer to the traditional date so we're sticking to the July date.
    ride dates are 07/21/16-07/24/16, with the open gate on Sunday 07/24/16. sorry, no cookies and milk up top or the open house this year.
    ride up to the White Mountain on Sunday to see the amazing views.
    .
    The area is loaded with great dual sport riding and camping. This a great weekend of riding the high country , with much cooler temps. I will be making the trip, hope you can join me. The pic reports below say it all.

    Info On White Mountain Research Center:

    White Mountain Research Center, with its principal office located in the Owens Valley near Bishop, was established in 1950 to provide laboratory facilities for any qualified research investigator wishing to utilize the high-mountain environment for his or her work, and to serve as teaching facilities for field courses conducted in the region. There are four separate laboratory sites: one in the Owens Valley; a second at Crooked Creek, at an elevation of approximately 10,000 ft (2,090 m); a third at the base of Mt. Barcroft, at an approximate elevation of 12,500 ft (3,801 m), making it the 11th highest high-altitude station in the world and the fourth highest in North America; and a fourth, the Summit Laboratory, atop White Mountain Peak, at an elevation of 14,246 ft (4,340 m). The Summit Laboratory is the fourth highest high-altitude research facility in the world and the highest in North America.

    Extra info on the area.
    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/
    http://www.sonic.net/bristlecone/home.html
    http://www.wmrc.edu/
    http://www.ca.blm.gov/index.html


    we all have smart phones and can look up motorcycle shops if you are in a pinch and need to fix your bike.

    here's what i've found on the internet ...

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/chad-banta-repairs-bishop





    you are responsible for yourself.

    BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING. TOOLS. TUBES. WARM WEATHER GEAR. COLD WEATHER GEAR. EXTRA PARTS. ETC.


    there will be dozens of riders so you will find someone to ride with. there are noobs and more experienced riders. there are big bikes and small bikes. everyone is welcome and everyone will have a great time!


    elevation is 4K in Bishop. 7K at camp. 8K in Mammoth. 12+K at White Mountain Research Station(Barcroft Station).
    the weather can be 100 degrees in Bishop and 70 in Mammoth and 45 at the top of White Mountain. dress in layers.


    (please don't quote this post)

    I will be constantly adding info to this post and the following few posts with information.



    Ride Reports from WMRS I in 05
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90943

    Ride Reports from WMRS II in 06
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157256

    Ride Reports WMRS Ride III in 07
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=254807


    4th Annual WMRS Ride IV Ride Report 08
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369576

    6th Annual WMRS Ride VI -- 2010
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585045

    7th Annual WMRS Ride VII -- 2011
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=691829

    8th Annual WMRS VIII -- 2012 thread
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793467

    8th Annual WMRS Ride Report 2012
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=814892

    9th Annual WMRS 2013 thread
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=892306

    9th Annual WMRS Ride Report 2013
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=909348

    10th Annual WMRS 2014 thread
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=986808

    11th Annual WMRC 2015 thread
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/11th-annual-w-m-r-c-ride-bishop-ca-july-23-26-2015.1068495/
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  2. RAZR

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

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    please go and sign up to www.GPSXCHANGE.COM

    then go to Countdown's page and download tracks you wanna ride. he has a ton of great loops of the area.


    http://www.gpsxchange.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=27


    :deal






    GAS

    Crowley Lake General Store
    http://crowleylakegeneralstore.com
    474 S Landing Rd
    Bishop California 93514
    United States
    (760) 935-4666

    Mammoth Shell
    3011 Main St
    Mammoth Lakes California 93546
    United States
    (760) 934-2998

    or other gas stations in Mammoth.

    Bishop
    Inyo Shell Mart
    1290 N Main St
    Bishop California 93514
    United States
    (760) 873-6335

    or other gas stations in Bishop.


    bring gas cans if you're trucking in.


    campground has ice and some camp foods and some prepared food. and firewood.

    buy shower tokens from the camp store.


    food closest to camp is...


    Tom's Place
    http://www.tomsplaceresort.com
    8180 Crowley Lake Drive
    Bishop California 93546
    United States
    (760) 935-4239

    Crowley Lake Store
    http://www.crowleylakestore.com
    529 S Landing Rd
    Bishop California 93514
    United States
    (760) 935-4666

    Restaurant at Convict Lake
    http://www.convictlake.com
    2000 Convict Lake Road
    Bishop California 93514
    United States
    (760) 934-3803

    tons of restaurants in Mammoth and Bishop.

    a HUGE Von's Supermarket in Bishop. also a Smart and Final in Bishop.

    these are things that have been brought to my attention in past years.

    PAY AT THE STORE IMMEDIATELY WHEN YOU ARRIVE. TALK TO Dale or Colleen.

    IF YOU USE GENERATORS, OBEY GENERATOR HOURS.

    DO NOT RIDE ON WALK WAYS.

    DO NOT RIDE AROUND CAMP LIKE A SQUID.

    DO NOT RIDE THE DIRT MOUND SOUTH OF CAMP OR ANY OF THE PROPERTY SOUTH OF CAMP. (it's tempting I know)

    STAY IN THE HORSESHOE AREA IN CAMP SITES 73 - 96

    YOU'LL SEE MY NEW WHITE FORD TRANSIT VAN WITH THE KTM RACING FLAG :deal

    CAMP FEE PER NIGHT IS $14 per person (this is a discounted fee for us)

    SHOWER TOKENS ARE $2
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  3. RAZR

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

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  4. RAZR

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

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    campsite map. i didn't draw this. this is from the artists at Brown's Campground. it is for reference. we have the back of horseshoe area 78 through 86 as well as the drive through middle horseshoe sites 73 to 79.
    I WILL BE IN SITE 78.

    try to double up in each site. get to know one another! :freaky

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    OscarFox Been here awhile

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    Looks like fun, IN
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    Sucks the 05' pics are pretty much gone:( That was the inaugural year, camped just outside of bishop past the town of Ravona on the west side of 395, good times!

    RIDE ON!
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    06' we had a special guest!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    RIDE ON!
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    r'elise me Been here awhile Supporter

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    I've been wanting to do this for years and I've never been able to make it. So this is the year! I'm in. Thanks Razr for putting it together.

    If anyone wants to join me for a day of DH mtnbiking at the Mammoth Bike Park let me know. I'm too old to get too brave, but I get my yahyahs on the X runs. I plan on spending one day doing that. Maybe one day loaded hiking up at Rock Creek or McGee pass in prep for my Haute Route pursuit starting the next week.
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  9. RAZR

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

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    i always love this Rally up in the Mammoth and White Mtn areas. there's so much area to explore and ride (or hike, soak, swim, fish, etc!) and the temps are perfect this time of year.

    there's a possibility i may throw together some sort of commemorative T-shirt or hat or beer coozie or shop rag or something.

    and if some folks want to do a BBQ or potluck, let's do it. :dukegirl
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    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    I've been up the jeep trail on the south side of Rock Creek. It's pretty cool if you haven't done that yet. I understand the fishing at Rock Creek is pretty good as well. Anybody fished that area?
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    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    Let's Ride! :ricky
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    Count me IN!:-)
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    GotMojo Been here awhile

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    This noob is in as well. I stumbled on photos from one of these rides a while back and it ultimately got me motivated to get a bike and learn to ride all over again. It's all YOUR FAULT!!
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    We better get overflow camping!
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    Cabrito On the mend 76% Supporter

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    This Coyote Flats video from last year is Killer!




    I'm on the fence now... Need to figure out if I can swing this.
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  17. RAZR

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

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    thanks man!
    that's a great loop!
    everyone coming to this rally needs to fit Coyote Flats Loop in their weekend.
    it is OHV green sticker so if you don't have a plate and were to truck it up to the edge near the golf course, you'd be good to go.
    that being said, watch out for side by sides and quads.
    i haven't had issues but I've heard from other riders that have seen them.
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  18. RAZR

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

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    5 weeks away folks :drink:drink:drink
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    cosmojoe Adventurer

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    myself+5, I love this "unrally".
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    Count me in. Hoping to have a buddy join but not sure yet. I'm a dirt noob and will be on my WR250R. Did the Sheet iron 300 without incident so I'm looking for other new things to try out.
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