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    ... and if we just ... Tahoe Rim Trail Epic Report

    Event Report: Tahoe Rim Trail Epic Celebration

    Last weekend, NorCal mountain bikers convened for a weekend of camping, eating, drinking, riding and trailwork on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Last year I organized this event under the auspices of NorCAMBA as a means of giving back to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association , which has built one of the most incredible multiple use trails in the United States.

    Some participants arrived early, but this year, Shannon and I showed up on Saturday morning with a crew of about 30 trailworkers determined to improve the TRT. For 4-5 hours we worked away on a section of the TRT southeast of Brockway Summit. Under the guidance of the TRTA crew leaders, we put in super productive effort. We re-routed sections to improve water runoff, re-worked several trail creek crossing, build up rolling grade dips, established new drainages, removed brush overgrowth and took this section from a water rutted mess to a sustainable piece of trail.

    After we wrapped up the trailwork, it was time for the real fun to begin. Many of us arranged a shuttle ride on a nearby semi-secret trail that shall remain nameless. All had a great time on this oh-so-sweet Sierra technical trail. Despite our numbers, no one was hurt and we only saw a few mechnicals, mostly flats. Personally, I very much enjoyed riding with a teenager named Misha (spelling?) who absolutely ripped on the jumps and drop offs. It was as if I would only try a section after watching this kid do it perfectly first. So I was tutored by a kid less than half my age :-)

    After the trailwork and riding, we convened at Martis Lake Campground for a free food spread, beer, raffle and a showing of the film "Roam". Several of us won brand new Fox forks from our sponsor Fox Racing Shox (thank you Elayna)! We traded stories and a joked until we were all exhausted enough to collapse to our respective campsites where we fell asleep to a night sky of stars and the cries of coyotes howling from Martis Peak.

    Sunday morning, we got up and enjoyed yet more free NorCAMBA food in the form of bacon, pancakes and coffee :-) served up by NorCAMBA executive director Patty Ciesla before heading out on the epic ride out of Tahoe City. For some reason, I was way more exhausted on this ride than last year, but, man I had a fun ride. Initially, things were slowed down by a very annoying ghost shifting problem, but with the help of many friends, we solved the issue. Being so tired, I ended up passing on the rocky Glass Mountain section and final descent into Tahoe City and just stuck to Missing Link. We hit the log rides at the bottom of ML before heading down the wickedly fun switchbacks of Western States Trail and making our way back to Tahoe City.

    Thanks again to Fox Racing, NorCAMBA, Patty Ciesla and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. I can't wait until next year!

    This image is of me taking a jump on the unnamed trail. More pictures soon.
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    Thanks for your efforts!

    Thanks for your efforts! And great photo!

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    Thanks for showing me around missing link (I was the slowest guy in the Sunday ride that everyone had to wait for on the climbs after the fireboard freeway). I'm also glad that we did the "secret trail" instead of a ride at the TRT after trailwork.That trail is awesome! Too bad I forgot to bring my camera.It would have been nice to snap some shots of the incredible views from the summits and the meadows (those meadow trails are so cool!). That might reveal the location of the secret trail though.

    Missing link was fun even if I cramped big time trying to climb the puny 50-foot hills on that trail. In case you were wondering where I was before that final hill before the logrides, I was lying in the bushes just around the bend before the top. I did a powerstroke to hurdle some rocks. That effort just froze my legs with muscle-twitching cramps. I wish I had the energy to goof off on the logs. Nontheless, It was an awesome weekend spent with awesome people for an awesome cause. I'm glad I was a part of it.

    Again, thanks to everyone who waited for my slow butt and made sure I took the right turns

    Here's more pictures of memine:

    1. fixing the deraileur at Painted Rock
    2. Log ride at Missing Link
    3. Continuation of the log ride
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    Cool. I knew you were going to have a really good time. I had secretly wanted to go pretty bad, but had a looming Monday deadline that turned into a working weekend as I'd feared

    Several forks? Wow. All the Fox products are good, which forks were they so incredibly kind to donate?

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    Generous, eh?

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    Several forks? Wow. All the Fox products are good, which forks were they so incredibly kind to donate?
    Vanilla and TALAS :-) Fox is a fantastic company and does a lot of advocacy!

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    Dang! Nice job on the Log ride big guy!
    Ride to eat, Eat to ride.

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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by Wherewolf
    Thanks for your efforts! And great photo!
    A complement form the great one on my shot. What am I going to do with myself now? It is amazing what you can do with a very little camera.

    John that shot looks even better after you cropped it. Very sweet. This is a good post you have here. I will post more pictures that directly relate to your story later. It will be fun because I have them all.
    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    Awesome picture Joseph...

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph-da-trog
    A complement form the great one on my shot. What am I going to do with myself now? It is amazing what you can do with a very little camera.

    John that shot looks even better after you cropped it. Very sweet. This is a good post you have here. I will post more pictures that directly relate to your story later. It will be fun because I have them all.

    What camera did you use to take that?

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    Good Fun

    That was a hecka fun ride....it always is. Our bike path miles were kind of a waste though. I did like hitting the fiberboard to Watson....nice ss climb. Missing Link rocks!

    Mr Gardner....contact me about Labor Day weekend.....

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    It's not the camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph-da-trog
    A complement form the great one on my shot. What am I going to do with myself now? It is amazing what you can do with a very little camera.
    It's not the camera, it's generally the photographer that makes the difference
    All of my trail photos are taken with an ancient little P&S camera. Just think ahead, anticipate a bit, and watch the lighting. This is an excellent example!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bailout
    What camera did you use to take that?
    That would be a Canon SD20 Power shot elph 5.0pixel. No bigger then a cell phone. Did you not see me take pictures with yah?

    Ww is right it is not the camera that makes the shot work. I have gotten comfy with useing the little bugger so I know when how to make the shot come out good. But most of the time I plain just get lucky.
    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    Trail

    The Trail work
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    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    The Ride. John is so right about Me-sha just terrining it up for his first time on this paticluar ride. The kid is just plain good all around rider and person.
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    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    Ride

    I will never pay and ride at north* again.
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    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    I'm telling you guys, the Canon SD Elph's are the "New Petri's". All my shots are with the SD400. As an amateur photo-guy, it's hard to best the pixilation vs. expense. I absolutely agree with Steve, it may be a "Basic" camera in the eyes of most, but a skilled eye and hand, coupled with some luck/chance provides some amazing shots.

    *John-we still admire and respect you though.

    Joseph, post, or Flickr those shots so we can enjoy em.

    Photo: What we stopped for while the rest of you drove out...
    *set at maximum size/auto/standing on the roof of the truck...
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    Quote Originally Posted by obionespeedonly
    I'm telling you guys, the Canon SD Elph's are the "New Petri's". All my shots are with the SD400. As an amateur photo-guy, it's hard to best the pixilation vs. expense. I absolutely agree with Steve, it may be a "Basic" camera in the eyes of most, but a skilled eye and hand, coupled with some luck/chance provides some amazing shots.

    *John-we still admire and respect you though.

    Joseph, post, or Flickr those shots so we can enjoy em.

    Photo: What we stopped for while the rest of you drove out...
    *set at maximum size/auto/standing on the roof of the truck...
    No Fliker here I Yahoo.

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/binfor...Vp9YFBXRJCsHZ7
    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    More Trailwork Pictures

    TRT rocks and we made sure it feels our love:

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    Thanks! Yeah, I also have Picassa and Yahoo photo sign-in(s), Flickr is linkable to the Yahoo, and I mostly use the Picassa as the Photo Editor. That way I can give everyone the option of downloading the picture as original, not shrunk down size.

    I'll check those pics out right now.

    p.s. Joseph, I pulled your page, Great Shot of the Iron Angels race!! Want me to pm you next time we're headed up there?

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