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    That red earth is stained by the blood of a 1000 other riders as well.

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    I've seen a few posts about this trail and it was hovering in the 'curiosity' file, but your photos and writeup definitely push it up to the top of the list for 'sploring new stuff.
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    Thanks. I have heard the name, and seen it on maps, but this is the first time I have seen photography from the trail. Nice work.
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    Awesome photos, Mike. Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermosa View Post
    Awesome photos, Mike. Thanks for sharing!
    You must know some other great routes in the Swell. Care to share any beta?

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    Skippy's take on the day is HERE.

    Good to see him killing it with a camera in his hand again.

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    Incredible shots! Thanks for sharing these.
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    Beautiful pics, Mike! The toughest thing I've ever done on a bike -- with substantial parts of the "doing" involving pushing.

    Funny thing is that it rides in a bit more friendly manner in the uphill direction than down -- or we were all just a little bit better riders after riding it once!

    And all just a short-ish day trip from Moab. Well, the driving is fairly short. Definitely not the riding. I can almost guarantee it will be your lifetime lowest average speed for a mountain bike ride.
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    I could clean that. Well, on the internet I could. Easy.
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    Makes me want to fire up the Honda XL 600.

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    That last pic is fantastic! Seems like you have a really good eye for framing a shot.

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    I do think I remember seeing helmet cam footage of 2 guys on dirtbikes riding the whole thing a few years ago. Those pics don't do the level of difficulty justice! I would be down to do it if I had my Montesa still, that bike made me a freakin' billy goat.

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    You have to be somebody like Chris Akkrig to clear this stuff! Through the mill on Vimeo
    Chris Akrigg THE MAURICE.0 on Vimeo
    I definately don't have enough trials skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    Beautiful pics, Mike! The toughest thing I've ever done on a bike -- with substantial parts of the "doing" involving pushing.

    Funny thing is that it rides in a bit more friendly manner in the uphill direction than down -- or we were all just a little bit better riders after riding it once!

    And all just a short-ish day trip from Moab. Well, the driving is fairly short. Definitely not the riding. I can almost guarantee it will be your lifetime lowest average speed for a mountain bike ride.
    We've done it in both directions, and most of the group agrees with you--that it rides easier if you descend the DT and climb the rock. Jury's still out for me--but I *am* lobbying hard to go back and do it again this weekend. No time like the present...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyeggo View Post
    Nice pics and description! What a fantastic landscape!



    Thanks for sharing for those of us who are highly unlikely to venture to a place like that. :-)
    Awesome pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igoreha View Post
    You have to be somebody like Chris Akkrig to clear this stuff! Through the mill on Vimeo
    Chris Akrigg THE MAURICE.0 on Vimeo
    I definately don't have enough trials skills.
    I think *maybe* you could use trials skills to clean some of this stuff? But you'd need a lot more time than we had--for multiple re-tries, scouting and scoping, etc...

    Maybe not even doable in a single day for a trials god.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I think *maybe* you could use trials skills to clean some of this stuff? But you'd need a lot more time than we had--for multiple re-tries, scouting and scoping, etc...

    Maybe not even doable in a single day for a trials god.
    Yeah, I think amazing low cadence power is a huge factor on this trail.

    While lots of stuff seemed pretty much out of reach no matter what, the most frustrating thing for my group was the numerous uphill moves that seemed like they might be possible if they did not start IMMEDIATELY out of a very deep wash.

    This stuff might be beyond what I'm looking for anymore on an mtb, but I am hoping to take my little KTM 200 out there next fall. But the Sultan wil also be in the van, so I suspect that a few probes will be irresistible!
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    Amazing

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    As has already been said, Wow!!! Thank you for sharing

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    sounds like a great trail run!

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    That doesn't look like Hell, more like MTB heaven!
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    And I thought you would be writing about this.
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    Awesome photos! Post more...

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    Amazing shots

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