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    The Downieville Summer Kick-Off Thread!!!

    It's on! And if you're going, please add yourself to our Facebook page so we know who all is planning on going.

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    What what?

    Join us for the 6th Annual MTBR Downieville Summer Kick-Off! Prepare for a long weekend of incredible riding around Downieville, Sierra City and the Lakes Basin!

    Camping
    We will again be camping at Packsaddle Campground. Packsaddle campground is 6000 feet elevation, has developed campsites, hand pumped water and vault toilets. The campground is located 2 miles from Packer Saddle, and 1/4 mile from Packer Lake. To get there from Downieville, continue on 49 north for 17 miles. You will pass Sierra City at 12.5 miles. After 4.5 miles, turn left on Gold Lake Hwy. You will see Bassetts Station General Store on the corner. Follow Gold Lake Hwy. for approx 1.5 miles and turn left on CR-621/Packer Lake Road. In .25 mile, turn right to continue on Packer Lake Road. Within 2 miles, look for signs pointing you toward Packsaddle Campground. It will be on the left. If you pass Packer Lake, you've gone too far!

    The campsites can be reserved online now. Go to Federal recreation, camping and tour reservation information - Recreation.gov and search for Packsaddle Campground in the Park name field. Enter the appropriate dates and you'll be able to reserve a site. Once they are all reserved, don't worry. We'll have the place to ourselves and will be able to disperse evenly. This is a communal event and we try our best to share the space. In addition, five sites will be available on a first come-first served basis. These will be available and we'll make sure they are reserved for our use.

    Riding
    There are several rides you can do right from the campground, including Sunrise Trail, Butcher Ranch, Big Boulder Trail and Tamarack Lakes, along with a whole new trail system a short drive in Graeagle. It is mountain bike heaven!

    Shuttled rides can be arranged through the following local shops:

    Yuba Expeditions
    208 Main Street
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    (530) 289-3010
    Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

    Downieville Outfitters
    114 Main Street
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    Downieville Outfitters - Shuttle Service to the Downieville Downhill

    Group Rides
    We'll have a few key group rides, with big and small rides planned for Friday and Saturday. These happen organically, so just show up and ask who's doing what. Big Boulder, Lakes Basin and Mills Peak rides are all on the hit list this year.

    ¡Beer Party!
    On Saturday evening, let's throw down a legendary beer tasting party! Bring a few of your favorites to share and we'll eat potluck style, or just have a grill going so we can eat like cavemen.

    Reserve your campsite and get ready for some GnarCal shredding!
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    Awesome flyer K-max.

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    so here are the questions? What date are people planning on showing up? I was thinking about taking the 7th off and heading up a bit early...?

    And which site are people planning on staying in?

    wifey has given preliminary approval due to burthday shenanigans and her generally being awesome!

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    The great thing is that due to early season, we usually have the campGROUND to ourselves. There are 15 sites and we have historically taken it over. I would suggest reserving a site soon just in case we have a big turnout again. The 7th is a perfect time to arrive. There may be a 40th birthday celebration going on when you get there. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    There may be a 40th birthday celebration going on when you get there. ;-)
    woooohoooo!

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    Thanks! Been stewing on it for a while, so I was stoked to be able to bring it to light!

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    Kyle, make my sport-tee a size medium, and 2 Silipints please.

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    We have campsite # 2 reserved! Number one can't be reserved, but I have had it every year thus far. We are hoping to have it again.
    Thanks for the t-shrt design K-max! They look amaxing! :-)

    Wooohooo we arrive Thursday and will be heading home on Monday!

    Oh, so looking forward to it!
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    Picked up site #3! Its on like donky kong!

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    Snagged #11.
    Lovin' this year's graphics, K-max!
    Hey man, wanna go for a klunk?

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    What a coincedence I have 5 days scheduled off for my son's wedding. What luck! Let me check with him and my wife. BTW, the gnar bear logo is totally rawkin'
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    So in!!

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    I am in neither uphill or downhill biking shape, but I am drinking shape so hope to make it.

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    Cool Graphic Kyle, you could probably do that for a living...
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    Dville has not opened that early in a few years. With the current weather, the riding should be epic. I already have a w-e of riding in the mountains planned with the guys later in June, so I don't think that I'll get two passes in the same month. You guys have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    Dville has not opened that early in a few years. With the current weather, the riding should be epic. I already have a w-e of riding in the mountains planned with the guys later in June, so I don't think that I'll get two passes in the same month. You guys have fun.
    Every year Zorg, you don't show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois View Post
    Every year Zorg, you don't show up.

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    I'm antisocial. Although I was there for a day during the first one some years ago.
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    As much as I hate hiking.. we are hiking up to the Buttes on Friday. Big guys need to portage much beer.

    We are doing Mills Peak shuttle runs

    Then Big Boulders!!!!

    We should take the week off

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg View Post
    I'm antisocial. Although I was there for a day during the first one some years ago.
    you were at the parking lot by the ice cream store.

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    That hike to the lookout tower is so worth it! I was amazed by the view from up there. And yes, I'm not missing out on Mills Peak this year. The riding is so good in Graeagle...

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    I might be in..............gotta make sure the weekend is open

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    Did someone say Graeagle? Heeeheeehee
    Where is my man: Big Boulder? We need a guide!
    If we can get there early enough on Thursday, we hope to catch sunset at the Lookout, otherwise we will attempt to get up there with FC.
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    I'm in, am trying to convince the family to stay home so I can camp and actually ride with the tribe - last year was a huge miss.
    I can't wait to ride Mills Peak. Too bad I can't start actually riding for another 2 weeks due to biz travel. Good thing it's mostly downhill
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    I'm a Downieville noob. Anything I should know ahead of time?

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    Nice, sounds like a gnarly good time! I'm hoping to make it, but I may have to make it a game day decision. Hopefully there will be space for a tidy 2-man tent and a Cannondale Rize!
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    Argh, was hoping to make it this year but that's the one weekend in June I have unchangable plans! Post live pics!

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    Has anyone been able to book a shuttle? I've called Downieville Outfitters but no answer. Yuba doesn't know their schedule yet. I'd like to ride Friday & Saturday. Have Friday off and will be heading up there early. Have room for one more bike and can fit 2 more person if anyone wants to carpool. I got campground 6... This is my first time doing this!!!

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    Me 'n Mr. Shred are in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    I'm sure the shops are still dusting the cobwebs off the cash register at this point. Might be a week or two before either have a game plan for open season. But, by the weekend of the 25th, I'm sure they'll be buzzing with phone calls, so yeah, plan ahead. Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.

    Welcome aboard! You'll love it.
    Thank you! Can't wait

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    I'm sure the shops are still dusting the cobwebs off the cash register at this point. Might be a week or two before either have a game plan for open season. But, by the weekend of the 25th, I'm sure they'll be buzzing with phone calls, so yeah, plan ahead. Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.

    Welcome aboard! You'll love it.

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    gaahh Site 4 is gone thats a sweet site for people with pooches.

    I'll need to discuss with the Mrs.
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    Booked shuttle for Friday at 1 and Saturday at 9AM with Downieville Outfitters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K-max View Post
    Pretty sure Memorial Day weekend will be the official beginning of trail riding in the high country.
    Yep. Memorial Day weekend is shuttle opening for Downieville Outfitters.

    This weekend is getting all the deadfall off the trails.

    Condition reports posted here. Toasty weather should do a good beat down on the snow. I can't imagine any snow on the trails for the event! But then it is the Sierra...
    Downieville Outiftters ::: Downieville Mountain Bike Rides ::: Trail Conditions
    and here: http://www.facebook.com/DownievilleOutfitters

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    Trail Conditions Updates

    We took this photo on May 7, 2012. About two feet of soft, slushy snow at Packer Lake shouldn't last more than a couple of weeks. We've had a pretty mild winter.

    We'll be looking to shuttle by Memorial Day. We are taking reservations! (530) 289-0155. We will get back to you within 24 hours. (We're out on the trails, cleaning them up of debris!)

    Now git ridin'!
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    I hate to disappoint, but there will be NO 'smoked' pig this year.
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    Yeah, I guess we underestimated the heat in the fire! It was a good idea, anyway.

    Glad you can join us again!

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    after years of crashing at someones camp, i grabbed camp site 12. only a couple more available.

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    My son Evan and I will be there. Just reserved a campsite for the gathering. Only one site remaining. Can't wait to hang out and ride in the Sierras. I'm totally psyched!

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    Here are the latest trail conditions:
    Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

    Book your shuttles now. Its gonna be a great summer! We look forward to seeing you all in Downieville!

    Cheers!

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    I'm very happy that I've been married to a wonderful, smart, funny, beautiful lady I met in high school. We've been together on and off for the last 25 years... been married almost 15.

    But... it just so happens that our 15 year anniversary lands on the same weekend as the DV Gathering.

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    Hey guys... Sorry for the hijack but what would you recommend for Downie:
    -A Downhill bike
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoingOffRoading View Post
    Hey guys... Sorry for the hijack but what would you recommend for Downie:
    -A Downhill bike
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    AM bike is ideal if you are just shuttling, XC bike is sufficient for shuttling and better for non-shuttle rides, and most folks who bring DH bikes say they are overkill. 5 or 6" travel works great for me. (One awesome pro DH rider I know of brought her hardtail, for her it's pretty meh - lol).
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    Save the DH for Northstar. You may have more fun exploring some of trails you need to mash a little.

    I was fishing at Upper Sardine Lake and heard a guy yell "this is Fooking Awsome" and proceeded to giggle like a school girl until he was out of ear shot. That dude was riding above me on Sardine Lake Overlook trail. That is now on my list of must do's.

    there is so much cools stuff to explore if you are on an AM/XC.
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    Definitely AM trail bike with stiff, wide tires. It's just way too pedally up there. Especially if you get off the beaten path and explore other areas. Lots of ups and downs.

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    Anyone going from the Chico/Redding area? I'd like to come up but would rather not take the giant SUV with just me in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
    Anyone going from the Chico/Redding area? I'd like to come up but would rather not take the giant SUV with just me in it.
    I'm in Chico but I am not sure if I am going to make this... Stay tuned

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    So who snatched up all the sites? Any room for one from Bakersfield? I missed last year but would like to try and make it this year. Thanks in advance to Kyle and Andy for all their work they do to make this happen.

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    yeah, I might be heading up +1 in a 4runner. Can I pay with beer to snag a spot or just park on the side of the road or what?

    I camp in the back of my truck, so I won't be in the way much. Buddy would be tossin out the tent

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    Hey guys, I want to clarify some confusion. Is Pack Saddle at the top of Downieville or at the Bottom? The reason I ask is because I thought camping was at the bottom therefore I would Shuttle to the top and ride down, then head to camp. If not, then I assume I only need a shuttle back to camp? Also, my son is 11 y/o and I was thinking about bringing him along. He likes to ride but not too experienced, does anyone recommend this ride for an 11 y/o?
    Please help!
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    pack saddle camp is at the top of the run. You will book the shuttle to take you back to your camp after the ride.

    If I was 11 I would love it. Just take it easy, there is no shame in getting off the bike and walking a few feet to get past a harder part.

    It really depends on your sons level, you may want to book that shuttle 2-2.5 hrs out from the start. If you are going at a good clip for your first time down the trail you can do it in 1.5 hrs if you think you will need to do a bit of stop and go then error on the side of waiting at the icecream shop for 30min before your ride back to the top.
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    Thanks Buzkil. Would there be any restrictions in me getting to the campground in a lowered car? First time so I don't know how rough the roads are. Not so low but low enough.

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    Mr. Taco, to be totally specific Packsaddle Campground is 2 miles from the shuttle dropoff, which is Packer Saddle. The campground is .25 mile before you pass Packer Lake, a great place to chill out or swim right near camp.

    The 2 miles of road from the campground to the top are some seriously steep grades. It's 1,200 feet of climbing. But it hasn't stopped anyone from starting the ride that way! In fact, it is so much easier to get a ride back to camp in the afternoon, rather than driving all the way into town in the AM, only to get shuttled back up, then having to drive up at the end of the day. This way, you can hang out in town, swim in the river, have pizza, etc. before you decide to head back to camp. The last shuttles of the day are way less likely to be overbooked, therefore easier to wing it.

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    its pavement all the way into the entrance of the camping area. there may be a slight edge going from the pavement to the gravel campground area. You should be fine.
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    Its not even June yet.... :-(
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    Gonna mis it...

    This will be my first DV Gathering mis in many years. Have fun!

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    Tell me about it. I am SO ready for some Sierra singletrack. Can't wait, brohem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboulder View Post
    This will be my first DV Gathering mis in many years. Have fun!
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    This Thread Needs Some Stoke

    Not mine but one of my favorites....
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    Sardine Lake? Love it! Thanks Fred!
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    Tamarack Connector Trail!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog View Post
    Not mine but one of my favorites....
    I want to ride that one!
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    going later, Sunday 6am from Berkely

    Packsaddle Sun, Mon, Tue, reserved Site 5 sun/mon night. Keep this thing rollin'. Please don't wear out the trails before we get there!

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    Fred da trog, what trail is that? I am into pedaling along with shuttle runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoolie View Post
    Fred da trog, what trail is that? I am into pedaling along with shuttle runs.
    What Downieville Outfitter said, Tamarack Connector Trail. It's not my neck of the woods, it was 4 years ago and I was following the group. We road from Packersaddle Camp cross country to Upper Sardine Lake, down to the road and back to camp. No shuttle. The drop into Sardine was as breathtakingly beautiful as anywhere on earth. It's easy to get a feel of distance on Google Earth or map.

    I'm sure there will be some guides in camp or check with D-ville Outfitters for directions
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    Quote Originally Posted by TACORICAN View Post
    Hey guys, I want to clarify some confusion. Is Pack Saddle at the top of Downieville or at the Bottom? The reason I ask is because I thought camping was at the bottom therefore I would Shuttle to the top and ride down, then head to camp. If not, then I assume I only need a shuttle back to camp? Also, my son is 11 y/o and I was thinking about bringing him along. He likes to ride but not too experienced, does anyone recommend this ride for an 11 y/o?
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    11 year old? Probably not. There are exceptions of course but in general, no. There is a litmus test. Take him to Demo Forest and do the Saw Pit Loop and Braille. If he is having fun and under control, then it's all systems go. The climbing is not that as hard in Downieville but the descent is about the same level as Demo, but very long. There are cliffs and sharp rocks too so control at all times is key.

    I have an 11 year old and it's Demo Forest first before the big trips.

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    TACORICAN - Yeah, any run from Packer Saddle to town would be extreme for a young person. I think there might be other 11 year-old-suitable trails around, though- ask at Yuba or Downieville Outfitters. I have seen them giving advice to people on easier trails before.
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    Tacorian, I feel the same way with respect to the trails into town from Packer Saddle. I have an 11 year old son who has been slowly gaining more confidence and skill over the last few years. Right now he is just starting to be OK with climbs. He loves to go downhill, but only on moderate grades. I think that the big rocks and the exposure along the trails down into Downieville might really scare him! There is a lot of water and a couple of big stream crossings, too. Does he like hiking? The scenery is incredible right around the campground. I hope that this doesn't keep you from coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailseeker View Post
    Tacorian, I feel the same way with respect to the trails into town from Packer Saddle. I have an 11 year old son who has been slowly gaining more confidence and skill over the last few years. Right now he is just starting to be OK with climbs. He loves to go downhill, but only on moderate grades. I think that the big rocks and the exposure along the trails down into Downieville might really scare him! There is a lot of water and a couple of big stream crossings, too. Does he like hiking? The scenery is incredible right around the campground. I hope that this doesn't keep you from coming.

    Taco, maybe ignore my advice, as I have no kids and I am going off my own experiences of what I liked to do at that age. I lived in the Rocky Mountains and grew up riding motorbikes from an early age. I am also a trial by fire type of person. You can ask one of my ex’s about me dragging her up Snake Dike on one of her first outside rock climbing experiences.
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    May be up there at the same time. I just found this thread while doing a little research on the area because it's looking like i'll be up there with my father-in-law the same weekend as the event.

    We are thinking of camping too. I just checked the website and it says no available sites for that weekend. Am i understanding correctly that we'd be welcome to come and squeeze in? I'll bring a couple cases of Deschutes beer from here in Bend, OR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    May be up there at the same time. I just found this thread while doing a little research on the area because it's looking like i'll be up there with my father-in-law the same weekend as the event.

    We are thinking of camping too. I just checked the website and it says no available sites for that weekend. Am i understanding correctly that we'd be welcome to come and squeeze in? I'll bring a couple cases of Deschutes beer from here in Bend, OR.
    Yes, we usually squeeze in about 5 tents per campsite.

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    you can camp in my site but only if you bring growlers of boneyard ipa instead of deschutes.

    but really you should be able to squeeze in anywhere. and we love boneyard

    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    May be up there at the same time. I just found this thread while doing a little research on the area because it's looking like i'll be up there with my father-in-law the same weekend as the event.

    We are thinking of camping too. I just checked the website and it says no available sites for that weekend. Am i understanding correctly that we'd be welcome to come and squeeze in? I'll bring a couple cases of Deschutes beer from here in Bend, OR.

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    Snows melting fast! Its getting good out here! Shuttles start this weekend. Still some snow up top but not too bad. Downieville bike shop and shuttle to the Downieville Downhill - YUBA Expeditions

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    Boneyard growlers is not a bad idea. 10 Barrel's IPA is delicious too. Deshutes is my go-to 'cause I have hook-ups that keep the price down quite nicely.
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    you mean....

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    Bigboulder, NO! Who is going to lead us into the unknown?????
    mis-lead you into the unknown

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    I just got the A-ok from boss lady. All I know is I would like to do a Big Boulder to 3rd run. Mills Peak might be fun too.

    Also who wants to get to let me crash there site?
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    I wanted to join you guys this year. Sounds like an awesome time. Heading up tomorrow to Forest City to build 7 miles of new trail. If any of you are up early come by for a brew and spin. Logging is pretty much completed and PVD and Truckee are not impacted.

    We will be starting at W end of Truckee Ditch Trail Fri am for 11 days. Our house in FC is straight above top of main street. White with Green Trim with a Salmon w Wht trim house adjacent.

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    NorCal crew,

    I tried to see if I could make it out this year, but I can't. It's simply too cost prohibitive.

    With that said, my friend Sandy from San Antonio is moving to Reno next week. She's a good person, would fit in great with y'all and is looking to meet some new friends. I assured her that The Gathering would be the best place to do so. As a flatlander, she's a bit concerned about being able to hang, but I reassured her that even with her current fitness level, she'd be able to at least do the Packer / 3rd / 1st run with no sweat.

    She can post up here on her own and coordinate with you, but I wanted to give an introduction of sorts and say to look out for her and make her feel at home. She's got a travel trailer, and may be looking for a spot to camp at your event - but I'm not sure what the situation is with camping spots, etc.

    Perhaps once she gets there, someone can take her under the wing and make sure she gets down the hill OK and is welcomed as you did me?

    I wish you all well and miss you terribly.

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    Booked for 3 shuttles on this Sunday and Monday and camping with 2 other buddies...so stoked!!!!

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    Campsite # 1 & 2 here. Have her come by. We have a few girls that love to ride together. I'm sure she will fit in fine!

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    NorCal crew,

    I tried to see if I could make it out this year, but I can't. It's simply too cost prohibitive.

    With that said, my friend Sandy from San Antonio is moving to Reno next week. She's a good person, would fit in great with y'all and is looking to meet some new friends. I assured her that The Gathering would be the best place to do so. As a flatlander, she's a bit concerned about being able to hang, but I reassured her that even with her current fitness level, she'd be able to at least do the Packer / 3rd / 1st run with no sweat.

    She can post up here on her own and coordinate with you, but I wanted to give an introduction of sorts and say to look out for her and make her feel at home. She's got a travel trailer, and may be looking for a spot to camp at your event - but I'm not sure what the situation is with camping spots, etc.

    Perhaps once she gets there, someone can take her under the wing and make sure she gets down the hill OK and is welcomed as you did me?

    I wish you all well and miss you terribly.

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    NorCal crew,

    I tried to see if I could make it out this year, but I can't. It's simply too cost prohibitive.

    With that said, my friend Sandy from San Antonio is moving to Reno next week. She's a good person, would fit in great with y'all and is looking to meet some new friends. I assured her that The Gathering would be the best place to do so. As a flatlander, she's a bit concerned about being able to hang, but I reassured her that even with her current fitness level, she'd be able to at least do the Packer / 3rd / 1st run with no sweat.

    She can post up here on her own and coordinate with you, but I wanted to give an introduction of sorts and say to look out for her and make her feel at home. She's got a travel trailer, and may be looking for a spot to camp at your event - but I'm not sure what the situation is with camping spots, etc.

    Perhaps once she gets there, someone can take her under the wing and make sure she gets down the hill OK and is welcomed as you did me?

    I wish you all well and miss you terribly.

    Best,

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    Campsite # 1 & 2 here. Have her come by. We have a few girls that love to ride together. I'm sure she will fit in fine!

    Great! Thanks! I am looking forward to it

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    Sandy, my wife will also be there and happy to ride with you. She's been off the bike for a while (two kids does that) but is still in good shape and can shred.

    J is a good friend of ours and you are more than welcome to just show up and make yourself at home. There's a strong family vibe at this event, we all look out for each other. Glad you can experience it!

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    For those planning a Lakes Basin adventure I plan to make sure Mills Peak is fully logged out and ready to rock. Right now all is clear except the upper 2 miles with drifts and numerous blowdown. I just sharpened my saw and it should be in good shape when you get here.

    Mills rides great downhill, but the true adventurer will ride up it. We spent a lot of time developing a climbable Lakes Basin route, and this is it. The attached Garmin track is the epitome of fine backcountry riding and rides as a loop from Graeagle. After a fun climb up Mills, it heads west through the Lakes Basin for the tough climb up Elwell and then a world class descent. There are some options on the descent for those interested.

    Our pace in this track was social and the fast and furious will kill this time. But come prepared, this is the real deal! One caution!!! The snowdrift on the north side of the Elwell summit will probably be pretty big, and may extend down the trail a ways off the summit. Best navigated with care, and with someone who has done it before. The other option is to skip Elwell and descend from Round Lake Trail, across the Long Lake Connector and on down past the Graeagle Lodge. VERY fun.

    Don't forget to buy the new high quality map Willie made for the SBTS and all trail fans. This is THE map for Downieville and Lakes Basin!! You can pick one up at Yuba Expeditions.

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    We completely raked and cleared Upper Butcher Ranch trail
    this week.A handful of drifts remain, but the trail is all time
    awesome for the weekend.We cleared all the way to Pauley
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    Ronski, that Graeagle Mills Peak loop looks awesome! Thanks for your work getting it prepped.

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    shuttles booked and looking forward to some of the cooler weather and thunderstorms to tack up the lower trails. thanks for all the trail work guys, I'll be donating to SBTS shortly to put my money where my mouth is.
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    Ronski, thanks so much for sharing this and all the hard trailwork! We are genuinely grateful for the trails that are there. Your ride looks epically awesome. I may be doing that over the weekend. I rode the Long Lake Connector last year. You're right, it's a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    I just got the A-ok from boss lady. All I know is I would like to do a Big Boulder to 3rd run. Mills Peak might be fun too.

    Also who wants to get to let me crash there site?
    Site 11's got some room. I'm rolling in late afternoon to early evening on Friday. Come on down!
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    Ronski,

    thank you for the hard work! Wooohooo! Are you planning on being at the event? Would you be interested in leading a few of us on a true backcountry adventure? We rode Lakes Basin with Big Boulder last year. Looking forward to something similiar this year.
    Again thanks for the hard work-it truly is appreciated!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bailout View Post
    Site 11's got some room. I'm rolling in late afternoon to early evening on Friday. Come on down!
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    OK, pretty sure my father-in-law and I are in. Somebody save us some space. Maybe one other friend if he can clear with the wife/baby (40% chance)

    I'll bring some beer to share, but i can't bring tons, i'm broke! I'm happy to bring anything down from any of the Bend breweries if y'all can pay for it. Deschutes, Bend Brewing Co, Cascade Lakes, 10 Barrel, Good Life, Boneyard, McMenamins, Silver Moon, etc (it's ridiculous....ly awesome!).

    Do we need to book shuttles? I've never ridden in the area before, getting excited! In fact, i haven't ridden in very many different areas, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J View Post
    NorCal crew,

    I tried to see if I could make it out this year, but I can't. It's simply too cost prohibitive.

    With that said, my friend Sandy from San Antonio is moving to Reno next week. She's a good person, would fit in great with y'all and is looking to meet some new friends. I assured her that The Gathering would be the best place to do so. As a flatlander, she's a bit concerned about being able to hang, but I reassured her that even with her current fitness level, she'd be able to at least do the Packer / 3rd / 1st run with no sweat.

    She can post up here on her own and coordinate with you, but I wanted to give an introduction of sorts and say to look out for her and make her feel at home. She's got a travel trailer, and may be looking for a spot to camp at your event - but I'm not sure what the situation is with camping spots, etc.

    Perhaps once she gets there, someone can take her under the wing and make sure she gets down the hill OK and is welcomed as you did me?

    I wish you all well and miss you terribly.

    Best,

    J
    J,

    You and your banjo will be sorely missed. Hope to see you sometime in the near future.

    For you friend Sandy, I will be bringing the whole family and my wife will be looking for some easy riding partners. We'll try to arrange an easy ride / loop that will be family friendly with some good challenges for newer riders.

    We'll be bringing some rootbeers as we aren't much for drinking beer.

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    I should be able to make it this year.
    More than happy to help lead an adventure ride if need be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    I should be able to make it this year.
    More than happy to help lead an adventure ride if need be.
    An adventure ride with my group means, "Let's see where this goes."
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    I'll more than likely have some room in site #3. Heading up on the 7th and leaving on the 9th.

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    Is there a plan for a Mills Peak ride? I'm probably not going to be able to come up for the weekend for budget reasons, but want to at least come up for a day to do the Mills Peak ride with the group.
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