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  1. #1
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    Out the side door.

    We're creatures of habit--just like you.

    Given a choice on where we head for pre-work, post-work, or half-day-off rides, we usually don't think too much about it.  We head out the front door to ride chunky xc, or out the back door to hit the cross-stuntry stuff.

    Then every few months we bump our heads and remember that there's good, unique, different stuff out the side door too.

    Little-used.  Creative.  Primitive.  Heady.  Exposed.  All of these descriptors fit, but no one or even two combined can really get at the heart of what I *really* savor when riding these trails.

    What is it--what so tickles my fancy out there?  Other than the writ-large scenery, quality and variety of rock, vast proliferation of ledges and edges?

    I could tell ya.  But then, well, you know…

    (…I'd hafta keel ya.)

    I'll give two hints.

    First, there are virtually infinite line choices, many of which we've burned into our brains as sequences like this one:

    Not visible in the pics above are the umpteen little must-make-moves along the way to get each sequence to 'go'.

    Second, quite simply, is the quality of light and the not-yet-overdone-to-us scenery.  The former is largely attributable to the time of year.

    It took that light--and a few other things--to knock me in the head and make me realize that fall is right now upon us.  Time to stop blithely going through the motions as if it were still chaotic summer.  Tis the season to slow down and savor what's under the woodpile, behind the bootrack, and right out the side door.

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    Awesome pics - Thanks!

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    I'm sidelined with a wrecked back, watching the nice days remaining in our Montana fall slide past. As my girlfriend often says when she's drunk: "I hate you right now."

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    It's a great view out the back porch.

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    nicely done!
    "Don't take life so serious, son . . . it ain't no how permanent." - Porky Pine

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    Yes very cool, thanks for sharing. Fun times picking a line thru some of that terrain.
    You will be scarred for life if you click my avatar

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    Love this!

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    Never disappoints
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    And then it snows and a guy has to go skiing. November is the only month I find depressing. It gets wet in the PNW and skiing doesn't really start here until December. I'm going to Maui. I'll be back when the weather changes.

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