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    Foto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!

    Some snaps from the Flag to Grand Canyon OnB:

    First time I'd ever come across downed trees on the AZT between Bismarck Lake & FR418


    Time to shed some layers


    There's singletrack in there....


    Updated signage along the way.


    Uh-huh, whatever.


    Grandview TH


    We made it! Now to ride back.


    Raybum is 'always' slowing everyone down.


    SF Peaks coming back into view


    Only a few miles to go!


    The final turnoff
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    Cool shots, freeskier!

    Guess where I spent last Sat night:

    My little helpers.


    Before the moon came up.


    After the moonrise. No star reflections since the wind picked up.


    And the next day I some great trails...

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    Damn. You're superpro now, even testing different seat packs! As usual, jealousy exudes from my pores!
    Today's the day I eat bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Cool shots, freeskier!

    Guess where I spent last Sat night:

    My little helpers.


    Before the moon came up.


    After the moonrise. No star reflections since the wind picked up.


    And the next day I some great trails...
    Wow, Kathleen - those are fantastic. Since I see some dashes in the water, I assume you are stacking? A couple hours worth of images? The second shot pointed north, looks dreamlike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookiedough View Post
    Wow, Kathleen - those are fantastic. Since I see some dashes in the water, I assume you are stacking? A couple hours worth of images? The second shot pointed north, looks dreamlike!
    I use a free program called StarStax to stack the images. You can stack images in Photoshop, but I don't have the computer power to run PS so I'm doing the best I can. The streaks in the water are more a function of wind gusts. Although I caught several hours worth of photos at each location, on each I selected the max time periods where there were no planes flying thru to get continuous star trails without jet lights. So, the time captures were about one hour for each composite image. Individual shots were 20 sec @ 14mm f/2.8 ISO 3200.

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    Tonight's ride up to Tom's Thumb. Pretty much had the place to myself
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Foto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!-tomsthumbsunset.jpg  

    Desert Sunset Calls/Upward, Pain, Perseverance/Welcome Solitude

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    Raybum is always slowing the group down.......haha!! NOT!


    Durtgurl - those are SWEET pics! Actually, mesmerizing (perhaps the Sierra Nevada's are kicking in....) Very cool.

    kenbentit-----right on

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    Couple weeks ago at Hawes:

    I was at Hawes on one of those partly cloudy days that turned into a brief evening rainstorm. Love the AZ storm clouds and the setting sun.

    Foto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!-img_5576_7_8-large-.jpg

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    Foto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!-img_5459_60_61.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Some snaps from the Flag to Grand Canyon OnB:
    First time I'd ever come across downed trees on the AZT between Bismarck Lake & FR418
    Lucky you -- I seem to run into downed trees every fall.
    Great pictures -- looks like it was a fun trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    Guess where I spent last Sat night:
    Hey -- I know where that is! ;-) I'll be there early Sunday morning for the start of the annual War Dog run.
    http://www.natra.org/War%20Dog.htm

    Nice photos.

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    Highline trail from a point in space:


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    Bismarck Lake to Grand Canyon (and back on the Shame Train). Thanks John, Nancy, Jeff, Caroline, Ray and Derek! It was a great weekend!
    "Bicycling...is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds." Louis Halle

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    Holy cow Kathleen, those are amazing!
    "Bicycling...is the nearest approximation I know to the flight of birds." Louis Halle

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    29er4ever - I love the pics you've been posting! How are you achieving the HDR effect??

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    Here are some images from earlier this week riding the Inner Basin Trail, Waterline Road, and up in the Inner Basin.

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    Waterline Road. This is well above the Schultz Burn area.


    Inside the Inner Basin and looking towards Humphreys Peak.


    Descending the switchbacks through the aspen groves on the Inner Basin Trail.

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    Markphx and I finally made it a point to ride S.Mtns Best of the Worst: Alta-Bajada Loop. We couldn't have been more wrong, Alta needs some love, that is one awesome climb (heading E->W). We'll both be back for sure.

    Mark on Alta


    Max Delta mine


    There are some tight switchbacks to negotiate, but the climbing is good!


    Mark working it.


    Top of the main climb.


    Fun ridgeline even into a setting sun.


    A few more sketchy section both down/up as we crested the final saddle.


    Mark starting down the final descent.


    The upper part was really nice, then the chunk appeared, but we still figured the entire Alta trail was 80% rideable. Good enough for a return for sure.


    Mark still cruising down.


    I'm finally ready to drop in.


    We ended up needed lights for the second half of Bajada, no pics. This ride did finally end my run on the Captain GRID rear tire at 2000.9 miles. No complaints here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl View Post
    29er4ever - I love the pics you've been posting! How are you achieving the HDR effect??
    Usually I use auto exposure bracketing to shoot three continuous images at -2, 0, and +2 in RAW. As expected, you get the sharpest image when using a tripod, but I rarely take a tripod when I am on my bike, so I rely on software to align the images. Most frequently I use Photomatix Pro to combine images, do tone mapping, and enhance details. Of course, taking photos near sunrise or sunset and especially with the partly cloudy skies enhances the HDR effect.

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    Foto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!-casa_grande_01.jpgFoto Friday: 10-4 Good Buddy!-casa_grande_02.jpgCasa Grande - ridge trail. Started at the Peart trail head. Just stay high on the mountain and keep heading southeast. Trail gets tighter and higher the further you go. Good out and back with a short loop on the back side of the mountain.
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    I've been of mtbr for over a week and it's great to get back to the local recurring FF thread.

    Those star trails are amazing, DG!

    Super ride to the GC, boys and girls. BTW, I ran into several more downed trees on the AZT south of Bismarck Lake. Even way more downed trees along Waterline Rd. too.

    Here's my late photo submission since I'm just now going through all the photos.

    The aspens are perfect in many spots north of Flagstaff, this patch of trees is between Aspen Corner and Bismarck Lake.
    IMG_20131001_120317~01

    So many wildflowers on Schnebly Hill it almost looks like spring.
    IMG_20131004_104625

    Rode Hangover Trail for the first time, it's something else.
    IMG_20131005_112830~01

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