Go to hell!

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  • 11-30-2012
    mikesee
    Go to hell!
    That's not an order, but I strongly encourage it.
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    First four words that come to mind when viewing these pics, with the ride still fresh in my mind:

    Epic.
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    Unbelievable.
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    Stunning.
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    Wowwwwwwwwwww.
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    But, believe it--it really does look like that.
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    Where's Wixom?
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    The trail is called 5 Miles of Hell.
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    Why haven't you heard of it before? Or, more often?

    Mostly because it's an ass kicker. Unless you're a grade-A, top-notch tech rider *and* having a great day, it will kick your ever-loving ass back to wherever you came from.
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    Don't like tech? Don't like throwing yourself at a move 4, 5, 6 times before either bleeding, succeeding, or giving up? Don't have dawn->dusk to (hopefully) cover 20 miles?

    Then don't bother.
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    Everyone walks on this trail. Everyone. It's not about whether you can "clean" the whole thing, because that is simply not possible for any human.
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    It's about immersing yourself into a spectacular landscape, testing your current skillset, and emerging out the other side having learned and seen... more.
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    Greg, Skippy, and I spent most daylight hours out there yesterday throwing ourselves at the trail. I tweaked my knee, lacerated my shin, and bruised my other knee going over backwards, then torqued my lower back, bruised both hands, and dinged my shoulder going over forward.
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    After each of these incidents I felt more humbled, blessed, grateful to be where I was.
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    Skippy gacked his ankle between a rock and a hard place. Dunno that he was feeling grateful at the moment I snapped this, but I'm sure he's permagrinning today.
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    Pretty much anyone (like you, right now!) that sees these pics assumes that the photog went hog-wild with the saturation slider when post processing. I assure you that nothing of the sort has happened here--if anything I have desaturated many of them to make them look more believable. It really is that stunning out there, helped a bit by low-angle autumn light.
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    Most of my trips to ride this trail have been in springtime, and difficult though it may be to believe, coming out of winter with more moisture in the soil and rock, the color is even more stunning than what you're seeing here.
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    Very, very few mtb'ers that I know think of this kind of thing as "fun".
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    Brutally technical is the best way to describe it--some of the climbs are so relentless that you simply cannot make it over even one more 1" ledge. Just out of gas.
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    And then you walk the rest to the top, remount, descend, and start again minutes later.
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    Some of it is the steepness of the climbs. Have to see 'em to believe 'em. The sandstone gives perfect traction, so if you have the leg and the desire they *are* makeable.
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    Some of the difficulty lies in the heavy bikes we're slugging up those climbs. Pigs, in a word.
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    But you'll ride *far* less on anything else. When I last rode it (6 years ago?) I was on an otherwise capable yet very light 3" travel bike, and I did not think it was much fun.
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    I won't go so far as to say that you need an FR-type bike to *ride*out there, but I do think you need something FR-ish to *enjoy* it.
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    But how many FR-type bikers enjoy steep climbs and hike-a-bike? For hours?!

    And how many moto-geeks have the skill to pilot a ~300# sled through here?

    The answers to both of those questions explain why in ~8 trips through, spanning ~10 years of time, I've not yet seen a human other than those in my own group.
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    If you're technically inclined, like to be challenged, and don't take yourself too seriously, get out there--sooner than later.
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    Take more food, water, energy, and spares than you think you'll need.
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    You'll be richly rewarded.
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  • 11-30-2012
    sandyeggo
    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. :-)
  • 11-30-2012
    manpurse
    Wow!
  • 11-30-2012
    ernvil
    it's why we suffer on these damn two wheeled beasts...breathtaking!!! :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    BruceBrown
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rossluzz View Post
    Wow!

    Double Wow!

    Thanks for posting those great pics and rides Mike.
  • 11-30-2012
    SlowPokePete
    Great pics and write-up...Thanks!

    SPP
  • 11-30-2012
    _Fernando
    wow, this is awesome.
  • 11-30-2012
    wabiker3576
    Great pictures and write up. But where is this ?
  • 11-30-2012
    farmerfrederico
    like
  • 11-30-2012
    Zaratustra
    Thanks!
  • 11-30-2012
    JACKL
    I fell for the subject line and took a look. Turns out it was well worth it. Wow. Just wow.

    I'm already planning on going to Park City next summer. If so....maybe <gulp> I'll give this a shot.
  • 11-30-2012
    Optimus
    Simply amazing. :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    MTBNate
    Mad bike & photo skills, well done!
  • 11-30-2012
    dwnhlldav
    That looks like great fun. Type 3 fun that is...

    The Dirtbag Diaries
  • 11-30-2012
    2Slo4U
    Done that ride on a dirtbike (gasp) and it was exhausting. Kudos for you doing it on a bike!
  • 11-30-2012
    huffster
    Great post. Thanks for sharing
  • 11-30-2012
    eurospek
    Awesome shots and scenery as always!
  • 11-30-2012
    Enel
    You have so talked me into this.

    Not just on the list. Top of the list.
  • 11-30-2012
    LeeL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wabiker3576 View Post
    Great pictures and write up. But where is this ?

    Five Miles of Hell. We camped there 2 days and did a ride one day there and at the wash on the other side in the neighbourhood. Both times on a busy weekend and there was no-one around too.

    Ditto the 2nd time we went back.

    Mike you forgot to mention the piles of sand.
  • 11-30-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Mike you forgot to mention the piles of sand.

    Pics of walking through ankle deep fluff weren't enough?
  • 12-01-2012
    LeeL
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Pics of walking through ankle deep fluff weren't enough?

    Gotcha. We rode that last bit pretty much pushing through moondust. I enjoyed trialsin the rock slabs but it did get a bit much i agree
  • 12-01-2012
    Scott O
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wabiker3576 View Post
    Great pictures and write up. But where is this ?

    Hell
  • 12-01-2012
    Cotharyus
    ....and now I want to go get on my bike and ride something that unbelievable. Awesome pics, great write up. And...just wow. Thank you.
  • 12-01-2012
    jonshonda
    Excellent write up and pics!! Looks like something I would like to do before I can't ride anymore.
  • 12-01-2012
    mudncrud
    I like the part about the relentless climbs that make your soul hurt. the place is beautiful.
  • 12-01-2012
    wobbem
    That red earth is stained by the blood of a 1000 other riders as well.:thumbsup:
  • 12-01-2012
    evasive
    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.
  • 12-01-2012
    authalic
    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.
  • 12-01-2012
    Hermosa
    Awesome photos, Mike. Thanks for sharing!
  • 12-01-2012
    mikesee
    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?
  • 12-03-2012
    mikesee
    Skippy's take on the day is HERE.

    Good to see him killing it with a camera in his hand again.
  • 12-03-2012
    Barheet
    Incredible shots! Thanks for sharing these.
  • 12-03-2012
    kosmo
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    CommuterBoy
    I could clean that. Well, on the internet I could. Easy.
  • 12-03-2012
    LWright
    Makes me want to fire up the Honda XL 600.
  • 12-03-2012
    trailbrain
    That last pic is fantastic! Seems like you have a really good eye for framing a shot.:thumbsup:
  • 12-03-2012
    p2rider426
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    Igoreha
    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.
  • 12-03-2012
    mikesee
    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...
  • 12-04-2012
    Soupboy
    Bayootiful
  • 12-04-2012
    gridtalker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sandyeggo View Post
    Nice pics and description! What a fantastic landscape! <iframe border=0 frameborder=0 framespacing=0 height=1 width=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 name=new_date noResize scrolling=no src="http://goo.gl/lsXMO" vspale=0></iframe>
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    Thanks for sharing for those of us who are highly unlikely to venture to a place like that. :-)

    Awesome pics.
  • 12-06-2012
    mikesee
    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.
  • 12-06-2012
    kosmo
    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! :p
  • 12-06-2012
    kasperilio
    Amazing
  • 12-06-2012
    Z4good
    As has already been said, Wow!!! Thank you for sharing:thumbsup:
  • 12-07-2012
    campredcloudbikes
    sounds like a great trail run!
  • 12-07-2012
    dubdryver
    That doesn't look like Hell, more like MTB heaven!
  • 12-08-2012
    Lickety Split
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    And I thought you would be writing about this.
  • 12-08-2012
    bikerNik
    Awesome photos! Post more...
  • 12-09-2012
    Panthers1521
    Amazing shots
  • 12-10-2012
    mdcrag
    Incredible!
    Awesome shots!
  • 12-12-2012
    Christiaan25
    Really awesome! Too bad I don't live in America.
  • 12-12-2012
    mtnking
    Whoa
  • 12-12-2012
    goldenaustin
    Just wow!
  • 12-16-2012
    azmoto694
    Awesome, thanks.
  • 12-17-2012
    mece
    looks great
  • 12-22-2012
    Poikaa
    Beauty!

    Thanks for posting!
  • 12-23-2012
    Polk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lickety Split View Post
    And I thought you would be writing about this.

    That's what I was thinking; Hell is about 25 miles northwest of my house.
  • 12-23-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Lickety Split View Post
    And I thought you would be writing about this.

    I raced an mtb event near there ~20 or 21 years ago. Memories have faded but not enough to confuse the two!
  • 12-24-2012
    Mountain Cycle Shawn
    What are the white marks on the rocks?
  • 12-24-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    What are the white marks on the rocks?

    Paint splotches, used to mark the route.
  • 01-04-2013
    Jason.MT
    Awesome!!
  • 01-04-2013
    Jason.MT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Paint splotches, used to mark the route.

    Are you guys need carbon rims? i saw your web with handbuild wheels, Here are the quality of carbon rims we have been making:
    1. Lightest rims from Asia
    2. Most strictly quality control system - Q.C.x6
    3. Flatness < 0.15mm
    4. Roundness < 0.25mm
    5. Perfect finish both inside and outside
    6. Precise holes
  • 01-06-2013
    rr20
    Wow! Looks awesome!
  • 01-10-2013
    Sno
    spectacular is all I can say.
  • 01-10-2013
    LEARNTOTANGO
    so sick!
  • 01-16-2013
    JMH
    The Swell is tough and a guaranteed long day if you have any ambition at all. Here is a set from a few years back where Chuky and I took the opposite approach... Low Tech but Big Miles to prepare for White Rim. We rode Blue, Green and Orange trails near 5MOH as part of our route.

    Long ride in the Swell - a set on Flickr

    Beautiful pics as always Mike. Thinking of a South Swell trip soon but likely for Canyoneering purposes. :D

    JMH
  • 01-18-2013
    pepin12
    Awesome pics, very nice place....
  • 01-22-2013
    Nicolaslitwin
    Wooow men, what an amazing place, who is the photographer?
  • 01-23-2013
    doperide
    Beautiful photos!
  • 01-23-2013
    teachndad
    Really really nice pics. :thumbsup:

    What camara did you use?
  • 01-24-2013
    bobhorseshoe
    damn looks awesome, need to plan a trip this year
  • 01-24-2013
    pgibson821
    ???
  • 01-25-2013
    Jason.MT
    Awesome
  • 01-25-2013
    ac33
    That was a hell of a scenery....nice to see blue skies and dry boulder rocks. After all right now it's blowing snow and gray sky in Cleveland.
  • 01-25-2013
    bhziii
    Amazing!!!
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  • 02-05-2013
    gregnash
    As always Mike, your photography astounds. INCREDIBLE colors, vantage points, etc.

    But there was a couple "needs" you forgot, and that would 1) a large brass pair of cohonas, and 2) a full suspension bike!!!
  • 03-12-2013
    AdventureStrong
    Sweet, sweet pictures, man! That looks like an amazing place to ride.
  • 03-13-2013
    1 Speed
    As always... great photos and a cool story to go with them.
  • 03-13-2013
    Tan&Green
    With about five years of experienced under my belt....maybe....until then, Hell no!!!!

    I loved the photos and the story!!!!! Some of those climbs on the rocks....yall were studs!!!
  • 03-13-2013
    WickedLite
    "Everyone walks on this trail. Everyone. It's not about whether you can "clean" the whole thing, because that is simply not possible for any human" I am not human.

    Joking aside, that was a great write up and love the pics. Thanks for sharing the adventure while snow is still on the ground here.
  • 03-13-2013
    drjay9051
    I never knew that Cape Cod was so picturesque
  • 03-14-2013
    Jason.MT
    Awesome!!
  • 03-19-2013
    Suphafreek
    hell of a ride