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    Scared of heights?

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    yeebus

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    That's sick! I wouldn't ride that.

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    Holy wowza!!!!

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    Kind of like jackson's in Moab......not the exact same but jackson's does have some sketchy parts.

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    nice relaxing Sunday afternoon ride.

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    It's not how high it's how wide--Steven Wright.

    I was on a "trail" above Crested Butte. Not 401, not 403, maybe on the backside of 403. It went across an endless scree field. I had no idea where it went, but what the heck let's find out!

    I was so amped to keep up my my cadence I lost track of many things. For one, the trail had just kept getting fainter and fainter and thinner and thinner, till finally when I stopped and looked around I saw about 1000' of vertical scree on my right (up) and more than 1000' straight down scree on my left. And me on a 6" wide trail. WTF? There was no end in sight except for maybe the trail. Who knows where it actually went. Across that vertical scree field as far as I could tell. All of a sudden I felt very alone.

    Turning around was nearly impossible with the sketchy rocks underfoot. Then I had to negotiate the same faint trail back, only this time my knees were shaking. What was I thinking.
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    Its not the height that scares me. Its my riding!

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    Scared of heights?-skinny-bars.jpg


    and i thought some of the waterline trail in IS was sketchy
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    Anyone know where that was shot? The You Tube is in German, but there's something about North Shore...?
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    Austria. Kaernten county. The viewers on YouTube posted even the name of the canyon. Look it up, google it, book a flight. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus View Post
    Austria. Kaernten county. The viewers on YouTube posted even the name of the canyon. Look it up, google it, book a flight. :-)
    It's easier to make others Google for me. ;-)
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    Looks a lot like the spectacular Garnitzenklamm Gorge just south of Hermagor, Kärnten (Carinthia), Austria? But that's a guess?
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    wow... I would not even consider riding that...
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    Not scared of heights only hulking myself of those bridges into the valley below.

    That being said, I'd still give it a try....

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    I might try it on a little DJer w/ platform pedals...so I can go from pedaling to a strider bike when things get dodgy.
    I've taken a header off of a trail once that was pretty much a cliff where I went off. Only held up from the full descent by grabbing on to ding-weeds. Any of you who've ridden Mad Creek north of Steamboat would know what I'm talking about. Saved the bike too
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    Awesome. Enjoyed the video.

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    Awesome. Enjoyed the video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Any of you who've ridden Mad Creek north of Steamboat would know what I'm talking about. Saved the bike too
    I dont remember anything that narrow on that trail- or you just took a digger? we didnt come back down it we went to the wilderness boundary then red dirt trail i believe back down.
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    ...palms are now almost too sweaty to type...

    I'm not afraid of heights--just of falling off high things! I wish that I had the skills to ride something like that safely. Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    I dont remember anything that narrow on that trail- or you just took a digger? we didnt come back down it we went to the wilderness boundary then red dirt trail i believe back down.
    Mad Creek/Red Dirt is the typical loop. Where I went down wasn't very narrow...I was talking about falling on a trail, toward the cliff side of the climb. It wasn't exactly a full 90 drop, more like a 75 degree slope. But it was def steep enough where if you went over and didn't immediately stop, each step you took would have meant about 15 to 20 feel in elevation loss.
    Dunno if you recall on the climb up Mad Creek where at about 3/4 of the way up (and not far from where it flattened out) there's about a foot tall rock place right at the elbow of a slight left drift in the trail...at about 100/120 or so feet above Mad Creek? I was following the ex-chic up and she stalled out after clearing that rock. My front wheel was on that rock and I think I spun my rear while doing the pedal/unweigh thing. I clipped out and tried to put a foot down, but it found ground a good bit lower than the trail and toppled off the edge of the trail on my way down to the river. Landed on my right side, the bike and I rolled over and slightly down and off I went. I had spotted a sage brush at the very edge (or maybeit was the root of an old sage brush) and grabbed on w/ my right hand as the bike and I rolled off, and also managed to hold onto my bike. I did manage to planted a foot on a rock below while the bike dangled. There was a downhill bound hiker that observed this from about 15 ft above us...freaked him and the ex-chic out to no end! Surprisingly, I didn't even get the shakes from the adrenalin spike after. Got the hiker and ex-chic to take my bike and I popped right back up on the trail and con't on
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    yes, wanna make something of it?!? Wholly crap!

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    wondering how much the GoPro pseudo fish-eye added to the ghnar factor
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    I was going up a steep on some trail outside of Durango. Wasn't even looking to the exposure to my left. I tried to clean up and over a rocky ledge, stalled out and fell to my left. My legs got tangled in my bike, my butt and lower back were off the trail...then I realized how straight down the drop was. Probably 90' and there would be no self arrest if I slid off the trail. My legs and bike were 1/2 on the trail but me and the bike were sliding slowly off the trail and down.

    No hiker came to my rescue. I had about 10 seconds to do something, anything. I was holding on, literally, by my fingernails on the smallest of stones embedded in the trail. My fingers were strong from carpentry and my will was strong as **** to not die, so I was able to pull myself with only my fingertips so my shoulders were on the trail. Legs and bike were still a tangled heap halfway off the trail. I kept thinking somebody was gonna come by and render aid, but I had to keep inching my body back to a resting point. That was tough.
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    All the POV with the wide lenses make the drop offs steeper than reality, but it's still a long way down, and you wouldn't want to blow the line. Reminds me of Hangover in Sedona (minus the ladder bridges).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Got the hiker and ex-chic to take my bike and I popped right back up on the trail and con't on
    Well no wonder she is the ex-chic! Glad you came out unscathed! I vaguely remember that portion of trail.


    There are a couple trails i have ridden that have definite consequences for failure-

    Waterline
    Silver creek
    Flume near breck
    Porcupine rim

    and have not ridden boy scout in glenwood- but from a vid i saw - looked to be certain death if you veered or slid out on the scree!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Well no wonder she is the ex-chic! Glad you came out unscathed! I vaguely remember that portion of trail.


    There are a couple trails i have ridden that have definite consequences for failure-

    Waterline
    Silver creek
    Flume near breck
    Porcupine rim

    and have not ridden boy scout in glenwood- but from a vid i saw - looked to be certain death if you veered or slid out on the scree!
    Silver Creek where? There was an old trail by that name back in Routt, but has been redesignated as a wilderness area for the past 10 years. Sucks too because it's an 18 mi of flowy downhill from the top of Rabbit Ears/Buffalo Park!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Silver Creek where? There was an old trail by that name back in Routt, but has been redesignated as a wilderness area for the past 10 years. Sucks too because it's an 18 mi of flowy downhill from the top of Rabbit Ears/Buffalo Park!
    Silver Creek in CCC has several spots with some nice pucker factor. I went off a couple years ago, fortunately in one of the areas where there are trees, but the fall line was so steep that I wound up about 15 feet below the trail. Caught an aspen, managed to hold onto my bike. Climbing back up wasn't easy.

    Another scary run in CCC is the trail down Empire Pass -- there are some turns on there, if you miss them, you've got big problems.

    I don't recall the really hairy parts of Jackson, maybe because I was going so fast and having so much fun I didn't notice them, but back in the day, Jackass Canyon had some hairball spots that have since been sanitized. And of course, Portal...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    Silver Creek where? There was an old trail by that name back in Routt, but has been redesignated as a wilderness area for the past 10 years. Sucks too because it's an 18 mi of flowy downhill from the top of Rabbit Ears/Buffalo Park!
    Silver Creek up in Georgetown. Some pretty good exposure there.
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    The rules must be different in Austria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogbie View Post
    The rules must be different in Austria.

    must be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    Silver Creek up in Georgetown. Some pretty good exposure there.
    No ****. Rode that once on a night ride with your buddy Goat. Not my kind of night riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebry74 View Post
    No ****. Rode that once on a night ride with your buddy Goat. Not my kind of night riding.
    He He! Now throw a little too close for comfort lighting in to the mix along with it being dark! Good times we have on night rides for sure!
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    I think I'll pass on that trail!
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    I'd be impressed but I'm pretty sure that was an ODD day there and they were riding the wrong direction.....

    Seriously though, I almost fell out of my chair watching that on a couple of those sections

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    Holy crap!

    I get vertigo. It's not the height, it's the sudden deceleration (thud!) at the bottom that scares me

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    Quote Originally Posted by PBR me! View Post
    He He! Now throw a little too close for comfort lighting in to the mix along with it being dark! Good times we have on night rides for sure!
    I need to join for a green mtn or buff creek ride...more my speed. Actually, I need to ride since I've been off the bike for while using darkness and cold as my excuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebry74 View Post
    I need to join for a green mtn or buff creek ride...more my speed. Actually, I need to ride since I've been off the bike for while using darkness and cold as my excuse.
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    The Lenawee Trail off the back side of A-Basin has a scree field that gave me that go off the trail and die feeling along with a couple sections of the Wheeler trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelfunman View Post
    The Lenawee Trail off the back side of A-Basin has a scree field that gave me that go off the trail and die feeling along with a couple sections of the Wheeler trail.
    Yup. I suddenly felt like a little spec out there. The trail was just scuffed rocks indicating foot traffic had passed over them, not really a flat buff trail. Just tipping to the left would have been disastrous. Getting off my bike to turn around was sketchy. I carried my bike all the way back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    Yup. I suddenly felt like a little spec out there. The trail was just scuffed rocks indicating foot traffic had passed over them, not really a flat buff trail. Just tipping to the left would have been disastrous. Getting off my bike to turn around was sketchy. I carried my bike all the way back.
    See...natural selection does work, yeah? Even tho you complain about your age, there musta been a least a couple of neurons firing for you to get to your ripe...err...today
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pau11y View Post
    See...natural selection does work, yeah? Even tho you complain about your age, there musta been a least a couple of neurons firing for you to get to your ripe...err...today
    When I stopped and took stock of my scree-bound situation I think the foremost thought in my mind was "I'm getting too old for this ****!" Mostly from riding alone in places like that. I doubt if my carcass would have ever been found if I'd bounced down to the bottom of that scree field. I was still pretty gnarly back then. Just like for you young'uns, it was just a matter of how hard I wanted to push myself, not whether my body could take it. I'm just glad I rode everything you can ride in that area when I could. And lived.
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    I just found that scree slope on Google Earth

    Fly to (enter these coordinates just like this with spaces as shown):

    38 59 29.19n 107 04 23.62w

    It looks a lot more defined as a track on Google Earth. Check out the drop down! It's just under Cinnamon Mountain. Now I see where it led to: freakin' nowhere, waaaay over there.
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    It's easiest just to copy/paste the coordinates I gave you above. I'd entered them wrong about 5 times till I finally went to Google Help. They're very specific on how to enter coordinates like these. I kept winding up in Cancun, Mexico!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I kept winding up in Cancun, Mexico!
    Ahhh, not a bad place to end up, was just there a month ago.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobGolden View Post
    Ahhh, not a bad place to end up, was just there a month ago.

    Looks nice. Cancun is nice. Did you get around the surrounding area much? I always wished I could have a back door at my place through which I could step into a scene like that for a day or two, then just step back in. In and out, as needed. Well, I wish for a whole lot of other things, like world peace, but the idea of chillin' on the beach within minutes of being in a snowstorm has always appealed to me.

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    I honestly can't tell you if it was a Sol w/lime and salt (FYI there is a reason it was on sale, yuck) or a Tecate.

    For me one or two days was enough, I'd rather we had gone somewhere where getting on two wheels would have been easier to rent and get on some trails.

    I did find a quiet Eco park run by a guy, also your guide, who was raised in the forest nearby and now runs small private zip line tours through his preserve to keep the place running. His father and grandfather were both gum harvesters back in day. Hehas his own orchard and garden and chickens and hunts on his land, he built his own house on the property. It is just him and a helper and we did a short bike ride and zip lines and a swim in a ceynote for half what the big tourist places were charging. Best part of the trip. Boca Del Puma, a definite must do while down there. I stumbled across it on Trip Advisor and is a great opportunity to learn about the area before the hotels where all built.

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    Wow!! I'm a newbee, so I won't be trying that trail for a long time. Where is that anyway

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