Rob's Knob

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  • 03-09-2012
    KRob
    Rob's Knob
    You know your mountain biking community is starting to mature and more folks are riding when the trails and features start getting named. It was always so hard to describe to people where you were riding before that happened.

    "You know that steep trail that comes off that small knob just to the north of Squaw Peak, right above the land fill?"

    Or

    "You know that sneaky little cut-off trail just past that first little climb on that trail that skirts the edge of Ice Plant canyon? :rolleyes:

    When I first started riding these trails 12-15 years ago, my dad and I were pretty much the only ones that did, so you didn't usually have to describe locations to anyone.... but as the area and number of folks riding began to grow it got really frustrating.

    Anyway, I got out for a little pre-work ride yesterday morning on "That steep trail coming off that small knob just to the north of Squaw Peak, right above the land fill"...... .....

    Rob's Knob. Much easier.

    Evidence that Spring is getting closer. Usually during the winter I have to HAB up the face of the knob to ride its South-facing slopes. Today I rode up the canyon and , for the most part, was able to pedal the normal trail.
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    The ground was really grippy. Moisture from the last storm had seeped into the normally loose surface then frozen overnight. Almost like climbing granite. I was able to pedal some insanely steep stuff that usually is a mandatory HAB.

    As you might have guessed, this isn't the steep part. Rob's Knob "looms" in the background.
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    Getting closer to the peak.
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    In the world of peaks and knobs, Rob's isn't remarkable really in any way..... except that it's close and has a gnarly fun trail shooting down off its diminutive summit.

    Not exactly Everest, but it offers some nice views of the surroundings.
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    Descending some alternate lines
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    Anatomy of a timer shot.

    Not bad for the first attempt, but not what I wanted.
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    Attempt #2

    I guess it shouldn't surprise me that when you do the same thing, you get the same result.
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    Attempt #3

    D'Oh. Where's the rider?
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    #4

    Bigger D'Oh... Where' my bike? (Set the camera, activate the timer, press the shutter, make a mad dash/scramble back up the ledge all the while counting in my head "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three......only to find I'd left the bike at the bottom.) LOL. What an idiot.
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    #5 (may have been six or seven.... I left out a couple to hide my ineptitude)

    Success! Sort of. I wanted to be a bit higher on the rock and I wanted the camera pointing more to the mountains in the background with the rider on the right.... but I was running out of time and patience.

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    Fin

    That's Rob's Knob just above the NN on the oar car. If you look close you can almost see the trail coming down off the top.
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  • 03-09-2012
    AndyN
    A proper Passion post. Good karma to you, sir.
  • 03-09-2012
    Mr. D
    Kent, awesome pics thanks.
    You gave me an early morning laugh, that would of been fun watching you scramble for a picture
    without the trusty steed.

    take care,
    Kelly
  • 03-09-2012
    mikesee
    Nice stuff.

    Don't wish the lack of crowds, names, trails away. Or, do it and then pay a visit here anytime in the next three months and realize the folly of your ways.

    You know how I can tell when spring is approaching?

    My warm-weather riding gear has all shrunk.
  • 03-09-2012
    Aceldama
    Nice post and great pictures. I can't wait to get my camera back.
  • 03-09-2012
    Stupendous Man
    I too wanna ride Robs Knob! :lol:
  • 03-09-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr. D View Post
    Kent, awesome pics thanks.
    You gave me an early morning laugh, that would of been fun watching you scramble for a picture
    without the trusty steed.

    take care,
    Kelly

    Glad to lighten your day, Kelly. My wife got a kick out of it when I was telling her too. It really is pretty silly. Not sure why I persist. If I had any friends I'd take them riding with me and make them take pictures.:rolleyes:
  • 03-09-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Nice stuff.

    Don't wish the lack of crowds, names, trails away. Or, do it and then pay a visit here anytime in the next three months and realize the folly of your ways.

    Oh, we're far from overcrowding thankfully. There's maybe 10 or 12 mountain bikers in town and only 3-4 that would ride that trail.......and only one that would ride it that early on a week day and 25 degrees out. LOL

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mikesee
    You know how I can tell when spring is approaching?

    My warm-weather riding gear has all shrunk.

    Ha, ha. I've been having that problem lately as well. Thank heaven for stretchy waistbands and spandex.
  • 03-09-2012
    Funrover
    Great pics!
  • 03-09-2012
    Hutch3637
    Nice passion post. Really jealous of all you riders out west with your spectacular views.
  • 03-09-2012
    huffster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stupendous Man View Post
    I too wanna ride Robs Knob! :lol:

    Personally, I'd rather ride Monique's Peak or Jeanine's Ravine.:D
  • 03-09-2012
    scrublover
    Nice!
  • 03-09-2012
    SlowerThenSnot
    Sweet!
  • 03-09-2012
    ghglenn
    Excellent!!!
  • 03-09-2012
    zeppy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stupendous Man View Post
    I too wanna ride Robs Knob! :lol:

    I dunno... Robs Knob looks pretty big. It might leave you a little sore in the saddle... :D
  • 03-09-2012
    wasea04
    Krob- The MTB Kingpin of Ely, Nevada! That's awesome you have your own corner of the world all to yourself on a ride like the above!
  • 03-10-2012
    RCC
    Awesome stoke,thanks for sharing:thumbsup:
    RCC
  • 03-10-2012
    KRob
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wasea04 View Post
    Krob- The MTB Kingpin of Ely, Nevada! That's awesome you have your own corner of the world all to yourself on a ride like the above!

    When you are the Don of all you survey.... they name trails after you too.:rolleyes:

    "You come to my house.... on the day of my daughter's wedding....... You ride my trails. You don't even think to call me Godfather....." LOL.

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    You guys should come up for the race again this year. I promise we'll have nice weather. I am the Kingpin afterall.

    KRob----------->Crosses fingers.
  • 03-10-2012
    DirtDummy
    well done sir