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    Deer Creek Rock Garden

    I ride Deer Creek often, and our crew always talks about if climbing the rock garden is possible or has been done (we call it the wall, if you've been there you know what I'm talking about). The furthest I've seen anybody make it up is about a third of the way. We're planning on going out there soon and spending a lot of time just trying to climb it.

    Just curious, has anybody out there ever made it up or seen someone who has?

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    It's impossible. Can't be done. No-one has ever done it.
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    the Wall of Shame?

    I saw a guy on a Trance make it to about 15 feet of the top a few weeks ago (actually, this story was much longer but I hit some bogus key on my keyboard and it was all lost...God's way of telling me not to be so long-winded). It was all about keeping a really high cadence, accelerating like a mofo whenever it was required (things that my legs just don't do after climbing all the way to that point). He kept to the right and just seemed to explode over all the usual ridiculously tough sections that you and I stall out on. I was impressed. That said, I still haven't seen anyone make the whole thing, but that guy could, I'm sure.

    There's this clearcut line that separates the good climbers (I consider myself one) with those who just have such unbelievable leg strength that they clean stuff you'd think was impossible. They're out there and probably think it's no big deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arborider
    I ride Deer Creek often, and our crew always talks about if climbing the rock garden is possible or has been done (we call it the wall, if you've been there you know what I'm talking about). The furthest I've seen anybody make it up is about a third of the way. We're planning on going out there soon and spending a lot of time just trying to climb it.

    Just curious, has anybody out there ever made it up or seen someone who has?
    This has been discussed....Deer Creek Canyon Park "Wall of Shame"

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    Mytho status

    Wow, from reviewing last years thread on the subject it sounds like there a few out there that can do it, and since I've never seen anybody get even close to cleaning it, I hold those who have in mytho status. Very inspiring, and while I'm not even close, at least now I know it can be done and this will offer once hell of a challenge, for a long time to come (for me) I'm sure.

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    Has anyone ever tried one of those Christini 2 WD bikes? If you have, (or have not) do you think that it would shine in this type of situation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Intenserider2
    Has anyone ever tried one of those Christini 2 WD bikes? If you have, (or have not) do you think that it would shine in this type of situation?
    Disclaimer: I've only noodled around them at Interbike. Based on that, I'd have to say your heart would explode on Deer Creek before you ever got to the wall. IMHO, when you're in 2wd it's like riding with the brake on. If your buddy rode it to the base and you took it from there, fresh, it'd probably make it cakewalk.

    Right now, the only hard part on the climb is just past the bottom of the stairs where you have to lunge over the second ledge. In my experience, its been so dusty (this was before the monsoon, haven't ridden it since) that if your english isn't perfect, you spin your rear tire on it.
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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    Disclaimer: I've only noodled around them at Interbike. Based on that, I'd have to say your heart would explode on Deer Creek before you ever got to the wall. IMHO, when you're in 2wd it's like riding with the brake on. If your buddy rode it to the base and you took it from there, fresh, it'd probably make it cakewalk.

    Right now, the only hard part on the climb is just past the bottom of the stairs where you have to lunge over the second ledge. In my experience, its been so dusty (this was before the monsoon, haven't ridden it since) that if your english isn't perfect, you spin your rear tire on it.
    Nice shot, the rock doesn't look toooooo slippery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Intenserider2
    Has anyone ever tried one of those Christini 2 WD bikes? If you have, (or have not) do you think that it would shine in this type of situation?
    I spun one around the pits at the 24 hours of Moab 2 years ago and it sounded like it was going to start spitting chunks of metal everywhere whenever I really stood on the thing. IMO, the bikes make better conversation pieces than they do bikes.
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    Man, just looking at that thing makes my heart rate jump to 180. How was the ride on that wet day?

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    those with the legs/lungs/heart to clean the whole thing

    I've ridden with only maybe three others who had that otherwordly combination of leg strength, speed and endurance...and I was blown away each time. This entire climb would no big deal to me if I could just grind my way to the top. But having to keep my speed WAY up and then accelerate to keep momentum over the "hard" spots is something I never had. It's like when Bo Jackson (google this dude--the fastest man ever to play NFL football and at 220 lbs) was asked what it was like to be him...he said, you know, in high school I realized I wasn't like other guys. No shite. I used to play Ultimate Frisbee a lot. One time a team brought in this guy who could jump 1 1/2 ft higher than anyone else and was 1/3 faster. It just didn't seem fair, but he couldn't understand what all the fuss was about.

    I ride with strong guys, and none of them can make this climb. Maybe you can!

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    sounds like a challenge!

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    i'll have to get out there (DC virgin) at some point this season and see what all the fuss is about...
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    Good job! Sounds like a challenge...

    And I accept! Where exactly on the front range is this trail? I'de like to ride it. I consider myself a pretty good technical climber, and I ride with guys that are a lot better than I am. I'll give it a try if I am ever in the area.

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    ok. now i have to get down there to check it out. i've ridden deer creek exactly once, about five, maybe six years ago.

    anyone want to hit that up sometime this next coming monday?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    ok. now i have to get down there to check it out. i've ridden deer creek exactly once, about five, maybe six years ago.

    anyone want to hit that up sometime this next coming monday?
    Yo Dave - I'll let you know after I get back from Snowmass. Might be talked into a ride and a beer. Maybe we can get Kirk to show. How'z things with you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    anyone want to hit that up sometime this next coming monday?
    yo scrub,

    wait a week or so and let your finger and my wrist heal a bit more and i'll meet you down there...
    maybe get geek, debaser, and others to join us and make a day of it.

    (too bad there won't be any "proof" of a clean run since nobody in that group carries a camera).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    Yo Dave - I'll let you know after I get back from Snowmass. Might be talked into a ride and a beer. Maybe we can get Kirk to show. How'z things with you?

    doing well. first night back at work. ugh.

    the hand feels pretty good; still #%$@$% sore, but it'll pass. about 50% mobility out of it so far. i can ride, but have to take it easy with rough stuff. no drops for a while, even the little ones that i'm comfortable with.

    a ride at hall, and a long day climbing/descending up in ned so far since messing it up, and things worked decently.

    hell, i'll ride with anyone who shows up for it. how much trail is actually there? i figure if it's kinda short, i can hit it early, and something else on the way home in order to make it more worthwhile to drive down there.

    edit: it's still probably going to be nice and toasty monday. if so, i'll go somewhere up high instead.
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    please take a videocam with fresh batteries-proof needed!

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    yo scrub,

    wait a week or so and let your finger and my wrist heal a bit more and i'll meet you down there...
    maybe get geek, debaser, and others to join us and make a day of it.

    (too bad there won't be any "proof" of a clean run since nobody in that group carries a camera).
    Last year I tried to drum up interest in a WOSfest--all gather 'round and see who's climbing prowess reigns supreme. Me and my buddies showed up, nobody else. We, of course, gave it our best shot and nobody came close. On the other hand, if a bunch of you guys show up who actually feel they can make it (or claim to have made it in the past) please borrow somebodys videocam and record this for everybody else on this forum. Camp out on the stairs for the best perspective. I would like nothing more than someone to clean the entire climb and it's caught on film. Post that video here to the world's watching amazement.

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    Agreed, video of someone making this climb would be incredible. Somebody please do it, cuz it ain't me or the friends I ride with.

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    i'll certainly give it the ol' college try

    mon/tues no good for me, but i might be able to be talked into a trip down there weds morning... or afternoon for that matter.

    and indeed my camera does video, though i suspect i'd be behind the lens for a successful run caught on film (er, tape, um, i mean flash memory circuit).

    i predict we'll see proof sooner than later though now that the challenge has been issued.
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    I've seen it climbed. . .

    . . . ONCE a long time ago. And it was done in stages - three or four. But it was done completely in the saddle by a rider that will live in my memory forever.

    The farthest I've made it is halfway up (to the stairs, basically).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    .... Might be talked into a ride and a beer. ...

    well, now that you put it that way....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    Disclaimer: I've only noodled around them at Interbike. Based on that, I'd have to say your heart would explode on Deer Creek before you ever got to the wall. IMHO, when you're in 2wd it's like riding with the brake on. If your buddy rode it to the base and you took it from there, fresh, it'd probably make it cakewalk.

    Right now, the only hard part on the climb is just past the bottom of the stairs where you have to lunge over the second ledge. In my experience, its been so dusty (this was before the monsoon, haven't ridden it since) that if your english isn't perfect, you spin your rear tire on it.
    wow...almost the same shot i took
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    Sorry to dredge up an old thread, but my buddies and I were just talking about this section as the end-all be-all on the front range. I've made it to where DWF circled, but always spin out at that point. I remember seeing someone clean it in stages on a long travel bike maybe 8 years ago (long travel then meaning 5"), which has given me hope. But, that was 8 years ago, and I'm still unsuccessful.

    Someday, when the planets are aligned and my chi and my karma are one, I'll do it. Then, I'll huck my bike into the creek and never ride again.

    By the way, DWF, it was good to meet you and your son a few weeks ago on the Red Mesa loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLine
    Someday, when the planets are aligned and my chi and my karma are one, I'll do it. Then, I'll huck my bike into the creek and never ride again.
    ...as well you should. the mtn bike gods must be appeased.

    in the meantime, for your consideration:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/colorado-front-range/interest-comba-challenge-events-210570.html#post2072097
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