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    Mingus Mountain 8-27-11

    Is 6 weeks enough notice get a big gang to assault Mingus Mountain?

    Mr, the Mrs, and handful of friends are gonna be "camping" in the Playground Group Campground on Mingus Mountain the weekend of 8-27 this year. There's no way I'm going up there without riding, even if it's by myself, so I'm inviting anyone who wants to get some action to come up and join me for some riding Saturday the 27th.

    I know absolutely nothing about the area except that it's near 7500' elevation so it's gotta be loads cooler than the valley but I've seen posts here and there about shredding Mingus up so it's gotta be some good riding. I'll start researching the trails even though I'm sure many of you will be able to post your own trips, pics, videos, and maps. If we can get enough people maybe we can even do some redneck shuttling?

    So, post up if you're interested and if you know the trails and have maps or GPS logs let's see them as well!

    EDIT: I just wanted to clarify that this is just an invitation to come up and ride that Saturday. I'm not in charge of the campsite reservations and don't wanna make it look to the friend that is arranging this as though I'm bringing a bunch of people they don't know to their camp. You would be more than welcome to hang out with us and ride with me Sat. (I doubt anyone else in this group will be riding) but you'll have to provide your own transportation to and from as well as have your own sleeping accommodations if you plan on staying Friday or Saturday night.

    Again, anyone is welcome but don't plan on jumping in and camping with our group. If it were my party you'd be welcome... but it's not.
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    Put me down as tentative. Sounds like it would be a fun trip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcsxj View Post
    Put me down as tentative. Sounds like it would be a fun trip!
    Cool James... I edited the original post so please read that edit section. You'll need to provide your own transportation and, if you plan to stay either night, your own sleeping arrangements. If you just wanna come up and ride Sat. afternoon you are more than welcome, as is anyone. I wasn't clear enough and didn't want anyone thinking it was an invite to join my friend's group to camp two nights with us.

    Hopefully, you and a few others can make it. Otherwise I'll be posting another "look at me" video after we get back... I prefer if it's a "look at us" video

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    Tenative as well
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    Yeah I was planning on the day trip anyways. Depending how many other people post up I could bring a few up with me. Armada holds 7 and I have access to a small trailer to put the bikes in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Tenative as well
    Damn... bringing those Prescott legs to make me look silly again? Guess I'd better get out more often than once a week? (I keep telling myself that.)

    Quote Originally Posted by jcsxj View Post
    Yeah I was planning on the day trip anyways. Depending how many other people post up I could bring a few up with me. Armada holds 7 and I have access to a small trailer to put the bikes in.
    Sweet! That oughta help entice a few people

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Damn... bringing those Prescott legs to make me look silly again? Guess I'd better get out more often than once a week? (I keep telling myself that.)

    Sweet! That oughta help entice a few people
    Meh, I don't get to ride all that much. I just make up for it by stupidly running up and down mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Meh, I don't get to ride all that much. I just make up for it by stupidly running up and down mountains.
    Well, whatever you are doing it's working. Plus, you're used to the extra altitude. Prescott is around 5000'. The top of Mingus is 7500' so you are lots closer to altitude than us here at 1000'.

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    Cross posted from Flagstaff and Prescott AZ mini Roadtrip Vid

    Quote Originally Posted by hoosker in a PM
    Some beta on mingus if you have not already got it; If you take the 28/111/533 route it is all downhill from the start to the end of 533. At that point you can climb back via the hwy, 28, or 533. 533 is the most climb friendly as it is not as technical as 28. Either way it is a bear of a climb. Gaddes canyon trail would be a good choice to as long as it's not covered in deadfall, and it is not that bad of a climb back.
    This run in the above video is looking like a possibility. If James brings the truck & trailer I'm sure I can talk the Mrs into the driving so we can all ride. Looks like fun!

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    This is the only weekend this fall I'll be out of town for sure. Wish I could make this but business calls. I'm sure I'll hook up with all of you after the summer(hopefully get some wind back in my lungs and a new bike)

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    Hell yeah mike! Looks like a good time.

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    BUMP... couple weekends away...

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    I live on Mingus and have never ridden it, I might try to make it up there. Let ya know for sure as it gets closer.

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    Can't make it but will harrass you for ride video and pics!

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    All right... the weekend is winding down and you all must be starting to think about next weekend? Mingus is here and I'll ride by myself but after rewatching that video again I'm stoked all over to hit that sh|t. Hopefully, you are as well.

    Post up if you'll be able to make it. Route will be dependent on how many people can make it and what we have to carry the bikes.

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    What time and where to meet? I am hopeful to have my truck put back together before Sat, otherwise I may have to bum a ride from the Cottonwood side. How many runs?

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    The turnoff to the southwest right before the Group Campground about 2 miles in on Forest Road 104. Probably meet there between 8 & 9a.



    We'll shuttle or pedal until we are toast. Keep in mind we may not have a shuttle vehicle so we may be bombing down and then riding back up...
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    Weird. My post didn't appear. I was asking the same thing about planned start time. I am driving from Phoenix - maybe a two hour drive - and my full size truck can haul a bunch of bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertCrawler View Post
    Weird. My post didn't appear. I was asking the same thing about planned start time. I am driving from Phoenix - maybe a two hour drive - and my full size truck can haul a bunch of bikes.
    What time u leaving and when u planning on heading back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grave9 View Post
    What time u leaving and when u planning on heading back?
    Not sure just yet. Probably leave no later than 7a if we're riding at 9.

    PM coming your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grave9 View Post
    What time u leaving and when u planning on heading back?
    Hell yeah drew, you gotta go. Just think of all the trouble we can all get ourselves into up there. It's going to be good times for sure!

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    Mike, if I have my new fork by then, I might make this. It was supposed to ship out today so I should have it. Hopefully it works out. I'd love to shuttle Mingus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunerinaz View Post
    Mike, if I have my new fork by then, I might make this.
    If my pretty blue rockers get here in time...
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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    There appears to be a big clearing right by the Group Campground about 2 miles in on Forest Road 104. Probably meet there between 8 & 9a.



    We'll shuttle or pedal until we are toast. Keep in mind we may not have a shuttle vehicle so we may be bombing down and then riding back up...
    Yo BigO, that spot you have pointed out is the methodist church campground and home sites = private property. A better spot is right before that which is the turn off to 28th st TH going south. Just FYI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle64 View Post
    If my pretty blue rockers get here in time...
    What? Now you putting blue rockers on your ride?

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    So far:

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    Cenobuns expressed an interest in Flag but haven't heard anything since..

    Are you a for sure, James? You're last post sounded like a yes but haven't specifically heard a yes or no. Gonna have the people wagon & trailer?

    Quote Originally Posted by helimech View Post
    Yo BigO, that spot you have pointed out is the methodist church campground and home sites = private property. A better spot is right before that which is the turn off to 28th st TH going south. Just FYI
    Oooh. Good to know. Can't tell squat from the Google overview. Updated post coming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post

    Oooh. Good to know. Can't tell squat from the Google overview. Updated post coming...
    My bad, yes if you go south to the 110TH on 9004N like your map shows you should be good. Have fun.
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    Idk if ill make it, it depends on how the rest of the week goes.
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    I'll know today if I'm a go..............Drew

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    I'm a go, but I won't have the people wagon. I'm planning on bumming a ride with Barry. Worst case scenerio I'll take the Elantra as it gets good gas mileage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcsxj View Post
    I'm a go, but I won't have the people wagon. I'm planning on bumming a ride with Barry. Worst case scenerio I'll take the Elantra as it gets good gas mileage.
    Cool. Sounds like we may be either pedaling everything or shuttling with Barry's truck if he's OK with that. I would feel terrible if we did any damage to his bodywork or paint

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    I have a question for those of you who have ridden Mingus....I am used to riding clipless, should I stick to what I am used to or is it hairy enough for flats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I have a question for those of you who have ridden Mingus....I am used to riding clipless, should I stick to what I am used to or is it hairy enough for flats?
    I ride SPDs for everything. Did the Flag DH two weekends ago on them as well as the Wed SoMo shuttles.. If you are used to clipless stick with 'em. But, if you wanna run flats and are comfortable, knock yourself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    I have a question for those of you who have ridden Mingus....I am used to riding clipless, should I stick to what I am used to or is it hairy enough for flats?
    You should stick to what you know. Clips work on all of it. The only trail where you might have a problem is right at the start of the drop into 28th st. Lots of chunk on that section.
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    Thanks, I will stick with the SPD's, if my truck isn't still in a million little pieces, I will come and give it a go.

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    I have to work on Saturday, you guys have fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    Cool. Sounds like we may be either pedaling everything or shuttling with Barry's truck if he's OK with that. I would feel terrible if we did any damage to his bodywork or paint
    Using my truck to shuttle is fine. I have nothing resembling a tailgate pad and am rather unconcerned about paint transfer. If anyone is concerned about their bike, it would be advsied to bring a makeshift pad of some sort.

    Do we have a shuttle driver (or two depending on volume of people I suppose) or will we be taking turns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DesertCrawler View Post
    Using my truck to shuttle is fine. I have nothing resembling a tailgate pad and am rather unconcerned about paint transfer. If anyone is concerned about their bike, it would be advsied to bring a makeshift pad of some sort.

    Do we have a shuttle driver (or two depending on volume of people I suppose) or will we be taking turns?

    I think Mike was going to have his wife shuttle for us. How wide is your tailgate? I have a nice chunk of left over carpet and could cut a piece off if needed.

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    It's a full size box so I guess that makes it 4' wide. Don't ruin good carpet if you have a use for it. I might be able to scrounge something up.

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    I'll cut a piece off for it. The carpet has been sitting rolled up in the garage since I finished a small remodel project (about two years ago.....). I've tried to throw it away at least five times now, but my wife keeps saying "no don't throw it away, what if we need a piece later". Well just so happens she was right, I do need a piece....it's just not for the house

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcsxj View Post
    I think Mike was going to have his wife shuttle for us.
    I'll ask her but don't know if she'll be receptive to the idea of me bringing all MY friends up and riding bikes on OUR trip with OUR friends... if you know what I mean.

    We can always take turns. I'm not positive but I don't think it's quite as much work getting from the top to the bottom for either the rider or vehicle so I think we'll be able to get plenty of runs in

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    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
    I'll ask her but don't know if she'll be receptive to the idea of me bringing all MY friends up and riding bikes on OUR trip with OUR friends... if you know what I mean.

    We can always take turns. I'm not positive but I don't think it's quite as much work getting from the top to the bottom for either the rider or vehicle so I think we'll be able to get plenty of runs in
    True.
    Yeah we can take turns or depending how many cars we have and how long the drive up / down the mountain is we could leave one vehicle at the bottom, shuttle up, bomb down, two take off in the vehicle left at the bottom to retrieve the one at the top and then head back down to start the trip over again. Any idea how long the drive is to the top? Either way fun will be had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcsxj View Post
    Yeah we can take turns or depending how many cars we have and how long the drive up / down the mountain is we could leave one vehicle at the bottom, shuttle up, bomb down, two take off in the vehicle left at the bottom to retrieve the one at the top and then head back down to start the trip over again. Any idea how long the drive is to the top? Either way fun will be had!
    Looks like its about six miles from the bottom of the trail to the start of the trail.

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    I'm out. Just got word I won't have my fork in time

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    If there is room for one more, I'm in! I have a moving mat that i made into a tailgate cover for shuttling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAM View Post
    If there is room for one more, I'm in! I have a moving mat that i made into a tailgate cover for shuttling.
    Quote Originally Posted by big0mike View Post
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    So far it's just 3 of us. Drew? You in? Didn't see a yay or nay...

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    I can haul one other person comfortably from here to Mingus and that seat is taken at the moment. Three adults is doable I suppose but it'd be cozy.

    I can take many bikes, probably at least six (6) and we can certainly accommodate several people and bikes in my truck for shuttle purposes once we're there. If someone wants to take a carload of people, James and I can haul some bikes in my truck, Just an option with some logistics to sort out before leaving the valley.

    I have a 16' tandem axle car hauler too, but there's no good way of securing bikes at the moment, and to fabricate something would take time I don't really have...but think of the number of bikes you could haul!

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    Barry, might join u guys for a few runs if I don't go to Flag. I need to get redemption on that mtn for breaking my leg.
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    We are just starting to tear my truck apart, wish us luck!! This heat just may kill us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azdog View Post
    Barry, might join u guys for a few runs if I don't go to Flag. I need to get redemption on that mtn for breaking my leg.
    Cool. I think it would be great to have someone with us that knows the trails.

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