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?"
"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?
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.
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.
Getting closer to the peak.
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.
Descending some alternate lines
Anatomy of a timer shot.
Not bad for the first attempt, but not what I wanted.
I guess it shouldn't surprise me that when you do the same thing, you get the same result.
D'Oh. Where's the rider?
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.
#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.
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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