So what are the options when stuck on the way to Buena Vista

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by 6.5x47L, Aug 29, 2019.

  1. _CJ

    _CJ Rugged Individualist

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    It was dumb. Really dumb. I was an idiot. Long story short, I encountered downed trees on a steep downhill trail and just kept riding over, under, and around them. It was getting progressively more gnarly, later in the day, and then it started to rain right before encountering a downed tree that was impassible. Thanks to the Avenza app, I knew where I was, but my only choice was to ride back the way I came, which was now uphill, wet, and covered with wet logs. It could have gone all kinds of wrong with the stunts I was pulling to get out of there. I was lucky to get out at all. Funny thing is, I turned around on another trail earlier that day because of a downed tree, which was a pretty minor obstacle in comparison, but it never even occurred to me to turn around on this trail. I still have no idea why I kept going.


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  2. enduro-ince

    enduro-ince dirtslave

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    because turning around sucks! BTDT.
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  3. Chipk

    Chipk Adventurer Supporter

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    We've all done it!

    A few weeks ago after COBDR section 1, I started section 2 in the AM at Ophir, trying to get across the scree with a loaded GS just east of town was too much for me. Been riding since about 10, but the weight of the bike and the loose rock (and quite deep) made me drop twice, hard to pick up the bike and harder still to get going again, quite an eye opener!

    Decided that, as the bike lay on her side with the front wheel just hanging over the edge, that I really enjoy watching my grandkids grow-up. A great guy from Denver in a Forerunner helped me turn her around and back down I went. First stop was Telluride for a sandwich and a glass of Bourbon!

    And in the end, that's OK!
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  4. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

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    OP: you have been assigned more single-leg squat work on leg days.
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  5. y4m4

    y4m4 Calvin

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    I definitely spend more time riding alone than I should. I'm lucky that I found a couple of reliable riding buddies out here, so my alone time has gone down A LOT in the last year.

    I had a close call on Sunday and it's making me reevaluate whether I should ride alone at all. It's hard because I have a lot of free time and I like being alone. At the same time, I'm suddenly quite scared of what might happen to me if I'm alone when something happens. What I thought was a very safe, conservative pace, still left me with a concussion and almost some broken bones. It's also making me reevaluate what I consider appropriate riding gear when I'm on my trials bike.
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  6. xsrdx

    xsrdx Adventurer

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    Yeah, after riding with my kids for years (and hearing "do we have to go back up that??" ) I've learned to evaluate the "what if have to go back up this gnar" before I get too far in with no idea what's in front of me. Not always good at listening to my inner voice, but it usually crosses my mind. Glad you got out ok.
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  7. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob Long timer Supporter

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    Last fall I was out by myself on a pretty intense trail and crashed hard.

    I immediately knew my foot was broke, and could not stand on it. I crawled into the woods, leaving the bike on its side. I felt dizzy and tired, but was in the backcountry and knew it was a bad time to take a nap.

    I crawled back to the bike, picked it up with my broken foot, and rode over an hour and a half down the mountain back to society with the broken foot dangling off the foot peg.

    Got home, crawled up the driveway, into the garage and continued up the stairs only for the pain to intensify when I took off my boot to reveille 2 massively distorted toes.


    It was painful, and the verdict was two fractures to the bottom of my foot and one fracture in my toe with two toes totally separated. It was nasty.

    Luckily though I was wearing Alpinestars Tech 8's, and without them, or with a softer boot, I have no doubt my foot would have been shattered.
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  8. ReadyorNot

    ReadyorNot professional olde phart Supporter

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    dirty harry explained this very succiently many years ago....

    "a man has got to know his limits"....:deal

    occasionally we all need critical re-evaluation skills....

    i'll be 70 next month - that's helping me re-consider a number of things.....:nod
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  9. Assfault

    Assfault Exposed Member Supporter

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    I ride frequently by myself due to my unusual work schedule.
    Some easy, some hard stuff. Occasionally I find myself challenged to get myself out of a predicament I put myself into.
    When these situations occur, I usually step back, take a break, and work through the worst/best possible scenarios.
    Sometimes this means not doing what I initially wanted to do, due to the risk-reward factors.
    After riding for several decades, my experience and situational awareness is fairly constant.
    I know pretty much what I can and cannot get away with ensuring a high probability of success.
    I have walked out of some places, and returned to get my bike with parts or extra help.
    In this day and age of instant gratification, quick solutions are expected it seems.
    Slowing down, taking stock, pays huge rewards. My advice for younger riders for what it's worth.
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  10. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    What Assfault said. My work schedule always had me making the choice. Either I didn't go, or I went alone. Riding, hunting, backpacking, etc. Yes it changes what I'm willing to do. But no matter what, I'm not willing to get hurt, so that's a constant. After that, its usually all good, eventually. Sit back and relax, take stock of the situation, things will work themselves out. Hard for me to do, but actually works well.
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  11. _CJ

    _CJ Rugged Individualist

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    Yup, panic is bad. In my predicament above, I sat down, had a snack, drank some water, and started working on getting out of there one little piece at a time. Sometimes, just focusing on the next ten feet....and some of those small bights took 30 minutes to an hour to clear, then the next one, and the next one, until I was out.


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  12. Kawasakirob

    Kawasakirob Long timer Supporter

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    The gnar, unexpected.

    Got into some trouble today on Pearl Pass outside Crested Butte. I tried skirting the snow but the rock gave way and the bike went down. I tried pushing it up but that only made matters worse. I tried dragging it up and flipping it up but nothing worked, and ended up riding down the hill it was laying on. That led to a hard crash which cracked the case. Fortunately, I had JB quick and spare oil to do the repairs on site, and afterwards had to absolutely pin the living crap out of the bike to climb up the hill. Scary scenario, I was the only one around.

    All that to find out Pearl Pass was closed the entire time on the Aspen side...after I went over.... Feels good to be the first motor vehicle up and over, but man did it kick my ass.
    20190907_093411.jpg What a wild day. Pearl Pass, cheers:beer
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