Go to hell!

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  • 11-30-2012
    mikesee
    Go to hell!
    That's not an order, but I strongly encourage it.
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    First four words that come to mind when viewing these pics, with the ride still fresh in my mind:

    Epic.
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    Unbelievable.
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    Stunning.
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    Wowwwwwwwwwww.
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    But, believe it--it really does look like that.
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    Where's Wixom?
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    The trail is called 5 Miles of Hell.
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    Why haven't you heard of it before? Or, more often?

    Mostly because it's an ass kicker. Unless you're a grade-A, top-notch tech rider *and* having a great day, it will kick your ever-loving ass back to wherever you came from.
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    Don't like tech? Don't like throwing yourself at a move 4, 5, 6 times before either bleeding, succeeding, or giving up? Don't have dawn->dusk to (hopefully) cover 20 miles?

    Then don't bother.
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    Everyone walks on this trail. Everyone. It's not about whether you can "clean" the whole thing, because that is simply not possible for any human.
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    It's about immersing yourself into a spectacular landscape, testing your current skillset, and emerging out the other side having learned and seen... more.
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    Greg, Skippy, and I spent most daylight hours out there yesterday throwing ourselves at the trail. I tweaked my knee, lacerated my shin, and bruised my other knee going over backwards, then torqued my lower back, bruised both hands, and dinged my shoulder going over forward.
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    After each of these incidents I felt more humbled, blessed, grateful to be where I was.
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    Skippy gacked his ankle between a rock and a hard place. Dunno that he was feeling grateful at the moment I snapped this, but I'm sure he's permagrinning today.
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    Pretty much anyone (like you, right now!) that sees these pics assumes that the photog went hog-wild with the saturation slider when post processing. I assure you that nothing of the sort has happened here--if anything I have desaturated many of them to make them look more believable. It really is that stunning out there, helped a bit by low-angle autumn light.
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    Most of my trips to ride this trail have been in springtime, and difficult though it may be to believe, coming out of winter with more moisture in the soil and rock, the color is even more stunning than what you're seeing here.
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    Very, very few mtb'ers that I know think of this kind of thing as "fun".
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    Brutally technical is the best way to describe it--some of the climbs are so relentless that you simply cannot make it over even one more 1" ledge. Just out of gas.
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    And then you walk the rest to the top, remount, descend, and start again minutes later.
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    Some of it is the steepness of the climbs. Have to see 'em to believe 'em. The sandstone gives perfect traction, so if you have the leg and the desire they *are* makeable.
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    Some of the difficulty lies in the heavy bikes we're slugging up those climbs. Pigs, in a word.
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    But you'll ride *far* less on anything else. When I last rode it (6 years ago?) I was on an otherwise capable yet very light 3" travel bike, and I did not think it was much fun.
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    I won't go so far as to say that you need an FR-type bike to *ride*out there, but I do think you need something FR-ish to *enjoy* it.
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    But how many FR-type bikers enjoy steep climbs and hike-a-bike? For hours?!

    And how many moto-geeks have the skill to pilot a ~300# sled through here?

    The answers to both of those questions explain why in ~8 trips through, spanning ~10 years of time, I've not yet seen a human other than those in my own group.
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    If you're technically inclined, like to be challenged, and don't take yourself too seriously, get out there--sooner than later.
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    Take more food, water, energy, and spares than you think you'll need.
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    You'll be richly rewarded.
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  • 11-30-2012
    AZ
    Awestruck, that is all.
  • 11-30-2012
    wyatt79m
    Cool Pics...Looks like fun.
  • 11-30-2012
    kjlued
    FFP!

    Fuggin Fantastic Pictures!:thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    mattnmtns
    The masochist in me thinks that looks allsome!
  • 11-30-2012
    kjlued
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mattnmtns View Post
    The masochist in me thinks that looks allsome!

    Let's plan it Matt, I will drive.:devil:
  • 11-30-2012
    Wherewolf
    Two thumbs up!
    Two thumbs up :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    phsycle
    Coooooooool.
  • 11-30-2012
    jearl
    awesome pictures, looks like a great time.:thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    _Alberto_
    Fawking amazing. Good pics and well written!
  • 11-30-2012
    John Kuhl
    Bad ass dude.
  • 11-30-2012
    2ridealot
    Stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    Boognish
    Thank you for the stoke.

    Just looking at that sand makes my legs burn.
  • 11-30-2012
    poconomtbiker
    Man, you dudes out west ride some crazy sh-t, very cool...
  • 11-30-2012
    cyclelicious
    Amazing pics. What an incredible place to ride :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    bridger
    Whew! I';m exhausted just from looking at the pictures!
  • 11-30-2012
    sgltrak
    Nice! Looks like fun!
  • 11-30-2012
    scrublover
    Nice!

    That's been on my to do list for a while now. Next time out there...
  • 11-30-2012
    btl68
    Very nice pictures and a great to-the-point tale of that trail.
  • 11-30-2012
    crux
    OK Mikesee, I must be in purgatory as I don't know where hell is. Might not be so bad for a visit.
  • 11-30-2012
    DirtyHank
    Thanks for sharing your ride :thumbsup:

    Hank :)
  • 11-30-2012
    jerry68
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Let's plan it Matt, I will drive.:devil:

    In. I'll chip in for gas :thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    KRob
    Hell never looked so heavenly. Awesome report mike. I just had an invite from Icegeek to go ride 5MOH over thanksgiving weekend but had family in town so had to pass.

    Looks brutal but beautiful and I've gotta try it.

    DT or 5Spot?....... Or KTM?:thumbsup:
  • 11-30-2012
    GoGoGordo
    Winning!!
  • 11-30-2012
    Jwind
    Bucket list! How much sand?
  • 11-30-2012
    Mtn-Rider
    Wow, that's an amazing place! Great shots!
  • 11-30-2012
    cutthroat
    Damnation and hell fire.:madmax:
  • 11-30-2012
    mikesee
    All: Glad you're digging it. It was worth all of the suffering, including hobbling around (and napping) like an old man today.

    Kent: Got any days off coming up? Probably easily doable in a weekend for you?

    Jwind: Heaps. Most I've ever seen, and not just in the washes. Meh.

    Cutt: Next time...
  • 11-30-2012
    jhazard
    Been on the bucket list for a while, thanks for the impetus to move it up several notches, like to the top. Great shots!
  • 11-30-2012
    heyyall
    Great stuff!
  • 11-30-2012
    jollybeggar
    Trail! What trail? All I see is a bunch a damn rock?
    Cool!
  • 12-01-2012
    evdog
    Incredible pics Mike! Makes me want to go ride it again tomorrow, and I would if it weren't for the 12hr drive! That place has amazing potential if one were allowed to build a MTB specific trail there. I imagine a grittier, more technical version of Gooseberry mesa. Thanks for posting!
  • 12-01-2012
    DSDuke
    I know someone who rode this. He's a super fit, very skilled and slightly crazy rider. He said this trail broke him. He loved the scenery but was glad to get off the trail when it was done.

    He also cracked a weld on his Yeti 575 on this trail -- the day before our group's big Porcupine Rim ride. Oops:madman:

    Great pics though!
  • 12-01-2012
    Plummit
    Stellar
  • 12-01-2012
    limba
    Awesome. Thanks for posting this.
  • 12-01-2012
    xcguy
    The inevitable "what camera/lens did you use?" question
    I couldn't tell from your exif data. I'm thinking more in terms of portability. If it was your 7D how did you carry it and how wide did you have to shoot to capture all of that stunning scenery? If it was some smaller camera I'd sure like to know which one it was.

    I've been reading threads about "5 M of H" for years now and the common point everyone makes is how it totally kicks your azz. I think your pics showed that pretty well :thumbsup:
  • 12-01-2012
    kurrefromtungere
    Nice, I wish we had places like that here in Belgium.
  • 12-01-2012
    LncNuvue
    Nice work on the photos, write up and riding. Looks like quite an amazing place.
  • 12-01-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    I couldn't tell from your exif data. I'm thinking more in terms of portability. If it was your 7D how did you carry it and how wide did you have to shoot to capture all of that stunning scenery? If it was some smaller camera I'd sure like to know which one it was.

    I took my 7d with a Sigma 8-16. Last second I removed the 50/1.4 from the pack and grabbed my S100 P&S to act as "tele lens".

    There aren't enough hours of daylight this time of year to have the luxury of swapping lenses out there. Plus it was also so incredibly moondust-y even in the parking lot that I didn't want the hassle of trying to keep glass and sensor clean.

    32 of the shots above were taken with the 7d/8mm, and the remaining 8 came from the S100. Not as obvious (to my eye) as you'd think, as far as which came from which.

    I can't believe how durable the Sigma lens has been. I love it at 8mm but I'm constantly cranking the ring trying to get it to 7 or even 6...;)
  • 12-01-2012
    xcguy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I took my 7d with a Sigma 8-16. Last second I removed the 50/1.4 from the pack and grabbed my S100 P&S to act as "tele lens".

    There aren't enough hours of daylight this time of year to have the luxury of swapping lenses out there. Plus it was also so incredibly moondust-y even in the parking lot that I didn't want the hassle of trying to keep glass and sensor clean.

    32 of the shots above were taken with the 7d/8mm, and the remaining 8 came from the S100. Not as obvious (to my eye) as you'd think, as far as which came from which.

    I can't believe how durable the Sigma lens has been. I love it at 8mm but I'm constantly cranking the ring trying to get it to 7 or even 6...;)

    The S100 does take great shots. I'm not surprised you took your 7D and Sigma wide angle but given the sketchiness of the riding, how did you carry it? I know some favor a chest harness but a mountaineer guy once said he didn't use one because of the fear of falling forward and having the camera slam into his chest.

    Did you carry the 7D in your pack? I used to carry my DSLR on my hip till I fell over onto side right on top of that camera case! In one's pack solves both those scenarios but sure takes a dedicated photog to stop and get the camera out as needed. Maybe the trails there are so sketchy that you were stopped a lot anyway!
  • 12-01-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DSDuke View Post
    I know someone who rode this. He's a super fit, very skilled and slightly crazy rider. He said this trail broke him. He loved the scenery but was glad to get off the trail when it was done.

    There aren't many people out there that this trail doesn't break. If you have the gumption to try to clean things, and you don't have your spouse standing over your shoulder telling you when you've had enough, then you'll eventually end up on the ground, bleeding a bit, and covered in dust.

    Those that don't have any interest in trying to clean every little move typically don't think highly of this trail. They push their fully rigid single speeds 75% of the day, then (back at the trailhead) grumble into their PBR's about the lack of flow...
  • 12-01-2012
    Forged1
    Killer photos! Thanks for posting :thumbsup:
  • 12-01-2012
    sjhiker
    Where is this?
  • 12-01-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xcguy View Post
    The S100 does take great shots. I'm not surprised you took your 7D and Sigma wide angle but given the sketchiness of the riding, how did you carry it? I know some favor a chest harness but a mountaineer guy once said he didn't use one because of the fear of falling forward and having the camera slam into his chest.

    Did you carry the 7D in your pack? I used to carry my DSLR on my hip till I fell over onto side right on top of that camera case! In one's pack solves both those scenarios but sure takes a dedicated photog to stop and get the camera out as needed. Maybe the trails there are so sketchy that you were stopped a lot anyway!

    Carried the S100 on a shoulder holster for instant access. But rarely used it.

    7d inside my Osprey Talon 11 pack. Requires stopping, taking pack off, opening two zippers, wiping the lens (always a bit dusty when it comes out) then reversing the process to get back to riding.

    It is a slow, cumbersome process to be a photogeek on any trail, but that's the only way to get the good stuff, so...
  • 12-01-2012
    wg
    Good stuff as usual. Nice way to start my rainy morning.
  • 12-01-2012
    norton55
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wg View Post
    Good stuff as usual. Nice way to start my rainy morning.

    Looks like Endo time to me. :thumbsup:
  • 12-01-2012
    Barheet
    Wow!!!
  • 12-01-2012
    Ken in KC
    The answer...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sjhiker View Post
    Where is this?

    Really? Let me help you:

    1. Go to this new site called "Google" (I know, the name sounds funny but it's actually a cool site): Google

    2. Type in "Five miles of hell"

    3. As if by magic, information will appear on the page. The very first piece of information is this: Five Miles of Hell

    Good luck, I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions about the website.
  • 12-01-2012
    jmmUT
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    Really? Let me help you:

    1. Go to this new site called "Google" (I know, the name sounds funny but it's actually a cool site): Google

    2. Type in "Five miles of hell"

    3. As if by magic, information will appear on the page. The very first piece of information is this: Five Miles of Hell

    Good luck, I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions about the website.

    Here, you gotta use this

    Let me google that for you
  • 12-01-2012
    Bleedin' Bill
    Great shots, as usual. Nothing like the Swell.
  • 12-01-2012
    bikepackingdude
    I have been wanting to go out and attempt this ride since BIKE did an article on it years ago. Very awesome write up Mike makes me want to pack my truck up and leave right now!
  • 12-02-2012
    Mohammedqur
    Great pictures, and scary place. Thanks for sharing the trip.
  • 12-02-2012
    giantbikeboy
    cool version of Hell.:cool:
  • 12-02-2012
    Velorangutan
    I'm in!
  • 12-02-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post

    Kent: Got any days off coming up? Probably easily doable in a weekend for you?

    ...

    I'm running out of free weekends this year. I'm in St. George this weekend, Sedona/Phoenix the next (I know, hard to complain about that), then I've got a nephew's wedding the week after that, then Christmas...Hmmm.

    Hell freezes over in January-March most years, no? Might have to wait until spring. We'll see what the weather brings, though.
  • 12-03-2012
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    I'm running out of free weekends this year. I'm in St. George this weekend, Sedona/Phoenix the next (I know, hard to complain about that), then I've got a nephew's wedding the week after that, then Christmas...Hmmm.

    Hell freezes over in January-March most years, no? Might have to wait until spring. We'll see what the weather brings, though.

    I'd say you're excused til spring. If winter happens, that is...

    Skippy's take on the day is HERE.

    Good to see him killing it with a camera in his hand again.
  • 12-03-2012
    Funrover
    Great pics, looks like a great time for sure!
  • 12-03-2012
    Mr. D
    outstanding photos
    pleasure to read
    where are the carnage photos to the body
    thank you
  • 12-03-2012
    Warp
    Simply awesome, thanks for sharing!
  • 12-04-2012
    icegeek
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Hell never looked so heavenly. Awesome report mike. I just had an invite from Icegeek to go ride 5MOH over thanksgiving weekend but had family in town so had to pass.

    Looks brutal but beautiful and I've gotta try it.

    DT or 5Spot?....... Or KTM?:thumbsup:


    Pick a date, cupcake.

    Maybe I'll even load up the XR. :thumbsup:
  • 12-04-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by icegeek View Post
    Pick a date, cupcake.

    Maybe I'll even load up the XR. :thumbsup:

    Let's bring both. One day on the bikes.... the next on the motos! It's beating me down just thinking about it.

    Like I said, I'm running out of free weekends this year. Heading to Sedona/Phoenix this coming weekend (I know, hard to complain about that), then I've got a nephew's wedding the week after that, then Christmas...... Whine, Whine, Whine.:rolleyes:

    Hell freezes over in January-March most years, no? Then you'll be skiing until spring.
    How's April?
  • 12-04-2012
    NuMexJoe
    Fantastic Mike! This one's been on my list for years but I just haven't made it happen, in part because, as you said, not many riders look at that kind of riding as fun. The one bud I had that'd enjoy it moved to Denver. (Hey icegeek, you wanna drag him out with you when you go?). The place looks beautiful, and I'm gonna bump it up the priority list thanks to this passion hit. Thx!
  • 12-04-2012
    BeanMan
    Looks like a Swell time was had.