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    Devils Backbone/Bluesky/Indian summer

    Only three pix. What a ride it was today, perfect ride right before the crappy weather hits... OMG... I don't think I have ever had so much fun on that trail.

    I have only ridden a fraction of Blue sky and riding the whole thing just made my day. So many pump sections.

    That steep climb on the bone.



    dangerDan looking dangerous on the second drop.




    Part of the Blue Sky trail just before Indian Summer loop.


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    Rad! Great pics. Rode it all (minus Indian Summer) today also. Saw you guys leaving the DB TH. Hard to believe that it's supposed to snow tomorrow. Was 80 today.
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    man, so many trails I've yet to ride

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    Yeah, that's a group of trails I need to check out. Yesterday was so beautiful up in Buffalo Creek... There are already about 3 inches of wet snow down here in Englewood. Wonderful Colorado!

    Thanks for the great pics, lidarman!

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    As usual, great photos

    This is my favorite time of year to ride there. I like to start at the N end of Lory and ride to the ' Bone and back with an Indian Summer climb on the way back.

    We haven't gotten any snow to speak of here in the Fort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbelaydave
    This is my favorite time of year to ride there. I like to start at the N end of Lory and ride to the ' Bone and back with an Indian Summer climb on the way back.

    We haven't gotten any snow to speak of here in the Fort.
    Do you know the story with the burn area? Random Lightning started wildfire or controlled burn?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Do you know the story with the burn area? Random Lightning started wildfire or controlled burn?
    Controlled - about 2 weeks ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Do you know the story with the burn area? Random Lightning started wildfire or controlled burn?
    T'was a controlled burn last week to deal with the invasive chee grass. County is working with the school to do some research on the subdivided areas that they burned, trying different solutions in each section. I suggested goats, but they said they would need a few hundred goats, and well, that's just to many goats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluchris
    T'was a controlled burn last week to deal with the invasive chee grass. County is working with the school to do some research on the subdivided areas that they burned, trying different solutions in each section. I suggested goats, but they said they would need a few hundred goats, and well, that's just to many goats.
    The goat lady has hundreds of goats....she delivers....

    If I could find her website, I would post it. I ran into her and her goats on a path here in Boulder one afternoon



    The burn was probable cheaper.

    But I though CSU, of all places, has programs on weed control using goats...is there no communication going on?

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    Don't goats just poop out the seeds? and it starts over?

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    Plus, they're covered in...

    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    Don't goats just poop out the seeds? and it starts over?
    Fertilizer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    Don't goats just poop out the seeds? and it starts over?
    Interesting.

    The balance between the seeds that get stimulated by fire versus those stimulated by consumption.

    Just gotta attack them early, before they have kids, in either case.

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    Nukes?

    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Interesting.

    The balance between the seeds that get stimulated by fire versus those stimulated by consumption.

    Just gotta attack them early, before they have kids, in either case.
    They could even use locally mined uranium!
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    seems goats are a good fire mitigation technique for late spring when you want to reduce fuels but it wouldn't get to the root() of the problem if you are trying to eradicate invasive weeds. Fire may be better but again a fast moving grass fire would probably not penetrate to the roots of the problem weeds.

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    Here 'ya go...

    Quote Originally Posted by nOOby
    Fire may be better but again a fast moving grass fire would probably not penetrate to the roots of the problem weeds.
    This might work.
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    haha, wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Only three pix. What a ride it was today, perfect ride right before the crappy weather hits... OMG... I don't think I have ever had so much fun on that trail.

    Nice Rich. Blue Sky is so sweet I'm fortunate to ride just a few miles away from here and was riding it 3x week this summer. I enter from the Coyote Ridge/Rimrock then typically ride down to DBB then back up Blue Sky to Soderberg/Lory then back home. One day I brought my camera - this day was one of those where it had rained for about 45 minutes the night before and was super humid out (well, by CO standards) The trail was packed and was like skiing fresh tracks. One of those days where you let 5 PSI of your tires and just let it rip in the turns. Anyway, I was cleaning off my card and stumbled across them.

    Here are Coyote Ridge/RimRock/Indian Summer/Blue Sky
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman


    dangerDan looking dangerous on the second drop.

    Looks like a lot of work has been done on that section in the past few months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad1433
    Looks like a lot of work has been done on that section in the past few months.
    Everything is much easier than in the past. I definitely know I'm not getting better skills, but I had my best ride there....especially on the gnarly up sections right after the two drop-ins.

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    Great job by MHTA

    Mountain high Trail Assoc (Sean, Larry specifically). took on that projecton. Ya, it is easier, but the work needed to be done, and they did an amazing job. Oh ya, it was 95 when they did the work......

    Props !!!

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