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    Hi everyone!!! I haven't been on here since my old laptop went dead for the last time. Ok so this is my first time back on MTBR in a long time. So I took my new rig out yesterday for the first official spin. It is a 2016 camber 29er. First 29er, second FS bike and first dropper post ever. My first test ride I broke a spoke and it was over. So yesterday I decided to go to St Joes again. Felt great and had time so I went up Overgrown. Decided a bit before to try Dogmeat. I didn't know the challenge was actually going on. The new rig has the 1X12. It made it easy! Never even came close to a fail. Traction was good with recent rain, still tricky in some spots. Please add me to the list. I will be going again soon to give it another try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    Hi everyone!!! I haven't been on here since my old laptop went dead for the last time. Ok so this is my first time back on MTBR in a long time. So I took my new rig out yesterday for the first official spin. It is a 2016 camber 29er. First 29er, second FS bike and first dropper post ever. My first test ride I broke a spoke and it was over. So yesterday I decided to go to St Joes again. Felt great and had time so I went up Overgrown. Decided a bit before to try Dogmeat. I didn't know the challenge was actually going on. The new rig has the 1X12. It made it easy! Never even came close to a fail. Traction was good with recent rain, still tricky in some spots. Please add me to the list. I will be going again soon to give it another try.
    I think I speak for everyone when I say 'Hi' back. Good to see you back in action on both MTBR and a mountain bike for that matter! Congrats on slaying this beast yet again! I present, the wall:

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    Well ... I'm at Peet's again

    Good to see the frog whisperer back in action ... Congrats Paul! Dogmeat is getting dry already but just the sections included in the pic. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-22-.jpg Hahahahahaha ... Wednesday and Thursday were the best trail condition days this week but I did make it today! Go get it this weekend! 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1802.jpg Vic pic ...Taken by a retired mtb racer from CO. who was hiking with his woman. He has 30 ish first place wins when they used to give a token medallion thingy for 1st place. He said we will start seeing him more now out in Sierra Azul. He was not bragging ... I was prying the info out of him.
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    Ancient Rascal killing it on Dogmeat! Aren't you like 60?? Nice job dude! Welcome to the wall and the uninterupted show goes on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Ancient Rascal killing it on Dogmeat! Aren't you like 60?? Nice job dude! Welcome to the wall and the uninterupted show goes on.

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    Thanks man! Ha ha ... let's just say I'm 50 + as that's what it takes to get into the Santa Clara senior center. Congrats as you are one of the remaining 3 left ... Uninterrupted series 2011-2017. Just waiting for the 3rd musketeer ... Ask.7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-img_1818.jpg I think we had 9 guys for the first 3 years then due to injuries, etc. the list grew smaller.
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    Thinking of trying this tomorrow if anyone is interested.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Put me down for 2 please! The trail was much drier than my last go and I had 2 close calls. I just spin slowly up and kept in the seat. Was accosted by 2 perverts at the Kennedy trail head but I kind of liked it. Squashyo and Ancient Rascal had their own rides going on but nice to chat for a bit.
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    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/796515843
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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!
    Wait what? Are you saying you no-dabbed Dogmeat today?
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    Wait what? Are you saying you no-dabbed Dogmeat today?
    yes. I added strava file above

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    It appears that next week on Thursday or Friday, a no-dab group ride is in the making. If you find yourself wanting to punish yourself and cleanse yourself of sin, come and join. If you have never done it or from out of the area and want cheerleaders, come on out.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    yes. I added strava file above
    Well hot dang! Nice work!! Would love some color on the adventure but no sweat if you are simply a man of action! Welcome to the wall and huge ride there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall View Post
    It appears that next week on Thursday or Friday, a no-dab group ride is in the making. If you find yourself wanting to punish yourself and cleanse yourself of sin, come and join. If you have never done it or from out of the area and want cheerleaders, come on out.
    I could be down but keep in mind that cone section gets sloppy and tough when wet. We'll see...
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    Cone hill on Dogmeat

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    I could be down but keep in mind that cone section gets sloppy and tough when wet. We'll see...
    It does get sloppy. 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-19-.jpg Cone head hill. Pic from a few weeks ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yz343 View Post
    Got it in just before the rain. I know of three of us who did it today!

    https://www.strava.com/activities/796515843
    By the way...tell your third to post up so he can make the wall.
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    Cone section was the hardest part for me.

    Squashyo. the third was Phil Tercero. He rides the pro class at CCCX.

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    Maybe Sunday ?

    Holy cow ... there is gonna be a wide open window of opportunity on this set of gentle rolling inclines! ... 7. Phil thinks so too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal View Post
    Holy cow ... there is gonna be a wide open window of opportunity on this set of gentle rolling inclines! ... 7. Phil thinks so too!
    I praise Phil for the effort but the dude needs to post a report on this thread (or my Facebook) to get on the board. Rules are rules.
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    Friendly bump. Very, very doable right now.
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    That's what she said.
    They never made the "Slowster"

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    Bumping this ugly dog style!

    We try this in 45 minutes!
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    Refuse to Lose

    Finally made it up Dogmeat with no dab this season. Perfect conditions yesterday certainly helped. Sure beat last week's wet, windy, cold and slippery...

    This was the longest it ever took me to make it. I have had pains, hospital visits, sickness, work issues, etc. a couple of weeks ago Ben, ANcient Rascal, reminded me that the deadline is looming. So, I vowed to ride dogmeat every weekend until I made it, or didn't.

    This trip up was smooth, the trail had dried out and I made it past the first hill with heavy breathing. I settled out until the next set of real climbs, no surprises. The next long hill was manageable and acted to believe I could make it. Once I got over the deal breaker I decided to try like hell. My heart rate settled down until the last rocky hill. I went halfway up that steady, then I sprinted to the top to keep my momentum up over the rocks. At the top were some people from Sweden who asked - is that hill steep? :-0

    Overall, a lucky day and I am happy to have the health to make it. Cheers and congrats to all you who did it before me. Nice job!

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    Refuse to Lose

    Finally made it up Dogmeat with no dab this season. Perfect conditions yesterday certainly helped. Sure beat last week's wet, windy, cold and slippery...

    This was the longest it ever took me to make it. I have had pains, hospital visits, sickness, work issues, etc. A couple of weeks ago Ben, ANcient Rascal, reminded me that the deadline is looming. So, I vowed to ride dogmeat every weekend until I made it, or didn't.

    This trip up was smooth, the trail had dried out and I made it past the first hill with heavy breathing. I settled out until the next set of real climbs, no surprises. The next long hill was manageable and I started to believe I could make it. Once I got over the deal breaker I decided to try like hell. My heart rate settled down until the last rocky hill. I went halfway up that steady, then I sprinted to the top to keep my momentum up over the rocks. At the top were some people from Sweden who asked - is that hill steep? :-0

    Overall, a lucky day and I am happy to have the health to make it. Cheers and congrats to all you who did it before me. Nice job!

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    Way to go LG Man!!!! I knew you had it in you and you did pick a stellar day! Welcome back to the board my friend:

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    Nicely done LG man

    Vic pic ... King of the mountain yessirday! 7th Annual Dogmeat No Dab Challenge (Los Gatos, CA) BEGINS!-fullsizer-65-.jpg We forgot to mention that some guys were setting up a motion camera on Priest just down from the intersection and had a jammed part. LG man lent them a chain tool to get it squared away.
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    Good job! Thanks

    Thanks to Squashyo for the congrats and AR for the pic. It was cool helping the Mountain Lion preservationists - a great cause and I found $20 I did not remember I put in my bike stuff

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    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?
    It should work if it's fairly new and you run it with low air. Good luck and keep trying if you don't get it today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I'm thinking about trying this today. I'm in between bike builds right now and the only complete bike I have is a hard tail dirt jumper... is a Kenda Small Block 8 gonna be enough traction on the rear?
    A dirt jumper? I think you are going to suffer...even just getting to the start of the challenge...please keep us posted!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    A dirt jumper? I think you are going to suffer...even just getting to the start of the challenge...please keep us posted!
    I'm guessing I need to get out more ... Dirt jumper is heavy ? It's dry out there too!
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    It's not just any old dirt jumper, it does have gears and a dropper post! Oh, I threw a Maxxis Highroller on it, didn't have much to choose from in the 26 inch tire category.

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    I always thought DJs were slacked out and not designed for climbing much let alone steep pitches. I really don't know much about DJs though. Go gettem!
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    I always thought DJs were slacked out and not designed for climbing much let alone steep pitches. I really don't know much about DJs though. Go gettem!
    He is really not going to enjoy dogmeat no matter what he takes out there me thinks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    It's not just any old dirt jumper, it does have gears and a dropper post! Oh, I threw a Maxxis Highroller on it, didn't have much to choose from in the 26 inch tire category.
    Interesting.... pic?
    I think having gears disqualifies it from being a dirt jumper.

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    Dogmeat Dabbing

    First trail ride on the Jackal yesterday and first time riding Kennedy (or anywhere in LG for that matter.) Well I do enjoy a bit of adventure and a challenge as well, so I figured I'd give it a go... who the hell builds shite that steep? We don't have pitches like that where I'm from!

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    I kept stopping to raise my seatpost on the way up Limekiln. Eventually extended to the minimum insertion line but still could have used more seatpost length even with the 150mm dropper fully extended.

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    Having never ridden Kennedy it was difficult to know when the abuse would end, with one false peak after another! At one point I reached a water drain that was fairly flat so I spun a few no-dab donuts to catch my breath (is that cheating?)

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    Traction was good, bike was okay, lungs were mediocre but my legs became dogmeat. The bike sits where I surrendered, I could have pushed a little further but I knew it was futile.

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    I probably won't attempt it again on the DJ but I may give it another attempt once my crankset shows up for another bike (might need a smaller chainring too!)

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    Interesting.... pic?
    I think having gears disqualifies it from being a dirt jumper.
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    Beautiful views from up here.

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    Barely made it back to the truck before darkness set in ;~)

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    Nice try turfnsurf!

    Dogmeat is pretty tough indeed. Here's what you do. Take your time getting to the Intersection of Priest and Limekiln ... official start point where you posted sign pics. I save energy by walking parts of the trail to get to the start. I've made it on 4 different bikes over many years of trying. Bring you best climbing bike and keep trying. This year's season is over 3/31/17. My favorite/easiest bike for it was a Santa Cruz Heckler. Hardest bike is my Lynskey and I may not be able to make that happen anymore. Also ... don't let the other side of Kennedy get jealous ... 6th Annual 20/40 under from Kennedy Trailhead Not as steep as Priest ... but equally enjoyable!
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    Sweet bike, but I wouldn't really classify it as a dirt jumper anymore. Maybe an 26" AM Hardtail is more accurate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    First trail ride on the Jackal yesterday and first time riding Kennedy (or anywhere in LG for that matter.) Well I do enjoy a bit of adventure and a challenge as well, so I figured I'd give it a go... who the hell builds shite that steep? We don't have pitches like that where I'm from!

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    I kept stopping to raise my seatpost on the way up Limekiln. Eventually extended to the minimum insertion line but still could have used more seatpost length even with the 150mm dropper fully extended.

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    Having never ridden Kennedy it was difficult to know when the abuse would end, with one false peak after another! At one point I reached a water drain that was fairly flat so I spun a few no-dab donuts to catch my breath (is that cheating?)

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    Traction was good, bike was okay, lungs were mediocre but my legs became dogmeat. The bike sits where I surrendered, I could have pushed a little further but I knew it was futile.

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    I probably won't attempt it again on the DJ but I may give it another attempt once my crankset shows up for another bike (might need a smaller chainring too!)

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    Beautiful views from up here.

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    Barely made it back to the truck before darkness set in ;~)

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    Hey, I know you! Stoked to see you try this sufferfest. Bike choice is pretty key for this hill. Good luck man!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RBoardman View Post
    Sweet bike, but I wouldn't really classify it as a dirt jumper anymore. Maybe an 26" AM Hardtail is more accurate?
    Yeah, it's a kind of light-duty dirt jumper/pump track/hardtail trail bike kind of thing. I built it mostly for riding pump tracks and as a hardtail to ride trails to get to pump tracks and bike parks without taking a car. I'm looking forward to trying it on the Flow trail - if it ever opens up again!

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    Hey, I know you! Stoked to see you try this sufferfest. Bike choice is pretty key for this hill. Good luck man!
    Hey I know you too, what's up Squashyo? Funny about forums and names. You ain't kidding about bike selection, my top tube and stem were way too short for such a serious climb - but I'm in a bike Transition phase (pun intended!) I don't really foresee myself getting the perfect bike for that climb so I'll just ride what I have at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    Yeah, it's a kind of light-duty dirt jumper/pump track/hardtail trail bike kind of thing. I built it mostly for riding pump tracks and as a hardtail to ride trails to get to pump tracks and bike parks without taking a car. I'm looking forward to trying it on the Flow trail - if it ever opens up again!
    Yes, that bike will be PERFECT for the demo flow trail, or for any flow/jump trail really.

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    James, James, James.

    Conditions finally improve in the Magic Kingdom and you drive over the hill and ride THAT?!

    Dude.

    (nice pics though)
    Friends don't let friends ride e-"bikes" on dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtvert View Post
    James, James, James.

    Conditions finally improve in the Magic Kingdom and you drive over the hill and ride THAT?!

    Dude.
    Get out of here hater.

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    Sometimes when you drink the Kool-Aid, the Kool-Aid drinks you.



    (that sounded better in my head)
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    Shit, busted by the forum po-po! I guess I'm just a sucker for a challenge! But I do have plans for a some more "exhilarating" rides starting tomorrow, the trail bike is ready to go.

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    ^^ We're gonna release you on your own recognizance this time. But we're watchin' you, boy.
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    Just a little over two weeks left if this was somehow on your bucket list. Feeling good that I won't have to buy beer this time but who knows what might happen, eh?

    I'm off to go ride it just because I feel like suffering.
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    I was well on my way to my 3rd consecutive victory atop this massive hill. literally 10 feet from the top of the last hard part, I failed. Front tire hit a big rock and I started to go sideways. If you were on the landing pad at the top you would have heard me yell in disgust. Truth is that I was pretty smoked by the time I go to that point and started to not pedal very hard and lose concentration. I made the steep part, the left turn and was literally home free until I screwed the pooch. The top part after the turn in very lose and there are no established lines. I bid you all god luck.
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    Finally got my XC rig back in action today so figured I'd take a stab at dog meat. Success! But not easy. Since I had been riding the heavy bike over the last couple months, I had some get up and go on the lighter bike when things got tough and that was my saving grace. The last big steep near the top is crazy hard with lots of landmines everywhere...I opted to just pin it through this and that hurt. Any how good luck if you try... Very doable if you have the moxie.



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    Hats off to the repeat offenders

    ^^^ Good for you pmarshall and squashyo! I can almost never put myself through it twice in one season once I make it. I too have screamed in agony ... PG rated of course in the same rocky top spot some call Gollum's ladder. I once shifted to middle sprocket to mash that section only to drop the chain shifting back down to the small chainring for that last small hill at the top. Other side of mountain for me today.
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    Nice job everyone.

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