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  1. #1
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    Syncline- Jet Johnson

    I rode Syncline for the first time yesterday and was wondering what the memorials were about on top of the Agony Trail. It seems very sad, but did someone go over the cliff edge?
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    I think this came from the Columbian

    Mountain biker dies from fall off cliff

    Photo by Christian Knight
    The syncline cliff where mountain biker Jeffrey Johnson fell early this week is
    vertical and falls onto scree.

    News staff writer
    May 18, 2005

    A White Salmon mountain biker died sometime Sunday or Monday when he fell
    approximately 200 feet from the Coyote Wall a few miles east of Bingen.

    Jeffrey Allen Johnson, 49, was apparently descending the Upper Agony single
    track trail on Syncline off old Highway 8.

    Authorities believe a sharp turn threw Johnson from his bike and over the
    200-foot cliff which weaves within feet of the trail in several places.

    The Klickitat County Sheriff's Office learned of the fatality at 11:30 Monday
    morning when two mountain bikers, who were riding the same trail called 911.

    They had spotted a mountain bike off the trail with its rider nowhere in sight.

    The mountain bikers crept to the edge of the cliff to peer down. They saw the
    body lying atop a 400-foot scree slope of basalt. They called for help.

    "I've heard of people hitting deer, hitting trees. But I've never heard of
    anybody going over the edge of the wall," said Klickitat County Deputy Ken

    Five agencies, including Hood Rivers Crag Rats, responded to the call Monday.

    "We waded through chest-high poison oak," said Crag Rat and emergency doctor
    Christopher Van Tilburg. "We scrambled 400 feet up a scree slope and brought him
    down to Locke Road."

    Emergency officials cleared the area at 4:30 p.m.
    There, the Klickitat County coroner declared Johnson dead, though Van Tilburg
    believes he had been dead for at least a day.

    "He might have fallen on Sunday," Van Tilburg said. "He was by himself so nobody
    knows. But based on the condition of the body, I'd suspect he had fallen on

    The Upper Agony trail is part of a trail system on Syncline that brings mountain
    bikers within a few feet of the cliff's edge.

    "Everybody thinks about it," Van Tilburg said. "They think, 'Boy. I'm riding on
    the edge of a cliff."

    Many mountain bikers dismount and walk along the most exposed areas of trail.

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    Thanks for posting the article. Man, that is crazy! I was riding pretty close to the cliff on the trail and was thinking to myself if anyone had ever gone over and then I saw a plaque with a really cool quote bolted on a rock, then a cool bike sculpture.

    Coming down Little Moab, I also saw a sign reading "In Memory of Black Dog."

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    Is the trail muddy? I'm thinking of hitting Syncline and Coyote Canyon soon, the winter road riding is getting old and Moab beckons.

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    We left that area in pristine shape last weekend! Coyote Canyon was uber sticky and even the double track/jeep trail was nice and dried out.

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    I thought the conditions were perfect a couple of weeks ago.

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