• 10-30-2012
    blue42blue42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MtbAZ44 View Post
    I did live in Morgantown, WV for one year... loved the mountain biking there.. but then again I am not a fan of technical riding anyway.. It was kind of nice to get a workout and to be able to clear everything...

    I still do quite a bit of chunk here in AZ, but sometimes I would rather kick back and cruise...

    So join in the thread.. What have you cleared lately? Lets see some AZ chunk!
  • 10-30-2012
    poff
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    Not very technical, but
  • 11-01-2012
    Jeff Palladini
    That log obstacle looks pretty wicked.
  • 11-01-2012
    mpmffitz
    Cleared a major turning point in recovery from broken leg suffered while landing too close to second set of doubles now I'm putting both feet on ground while using crutches.
  • 11-02-2012
    A-Ray
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    Trail 15, Mount Gretna PA, small sampling of what does not look like a trail...
    approximately 3 miles of this, with a few breaks in between...
  • 11-02-2012
    blue42blue42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by A-Ray View Post
    Trail 15, Mount Gretna PA, small sampling of what does not look like a trail...
    approximately 3 miles of this, with a few breaks in between...

    Did you go up it or down it?
  • 11-02-2012
    A-Ray
    Both directions are equally as nasty, but down is definitely preferred, especially after hitting trail 4.
    I ride there a lot, and plan to hit it tomorrow morning :) I think I have only cleaned the entire trail once in 5 years (going down)...
  • 11-02-2012
    blue42blue42
    gotta love riding a trail that is soo challenging, you only made it once. I gotta get out there.
  • 11-02-2012
    A-Ray
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    Here is another shot from last week, same as first photo from a slightly different angle. I did not realize I had a head on my back either:)
    This is one of the most technical trails in PA IMO.
    Sections of Mt. Penn are nasty too.
    If you want to give it a shot, let me know...
  • 11-03-2012
    slimat99
  • 11-03-2012
    blue42blue42
    Aaas looks awesome. Obv skill by the operator.
  • 11-06-2012
    Jwind
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    Classic Portal shots. I walk the sections people have died. I highly recommend you do the same.
  • 11-06-2012
    knockbox
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    Great thread OP!

    After wimping out on this gap in Les Gets first time I went, I finally did it this year! Felt good!

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RTGmX6tASfE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • 11-06-2012
    Steve71
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Amasa Back drop into the step up, and a cool rock stacker roller on rock stacker.

    Nice work. It looks soooo much bigger in real life. I though I'd hit it from the pics, but when I got there..... no way!
  • 11-06-2012
    Low Pressure
    Drug test! Whew!
  • 11-06-2012
    eastcoastbiker3
    Thumbs up for Giant!
  • 11-06-2012
    _Alberto_
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    Patapsco. Not very difficult, but pretty cool to see a loose pile of logs in a semi-natural state

    Morning Choice (blue) trail?
  • 11-06-2012
    blue42blue42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    Morning Choice (blue) trail?

    I think so . Don't ride there enough to know. It's not too far from the falls.
  • 11-06-2012
    dirt farmer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    Classic Portal shots. I walk the sections people have died. I highly recommend you do the same.

    Does anyone have photos of the sections where people have died? It would be interesting to see them.
  • 11-06-2012
    sgltrak
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Does anyone have photos of the sections where people have died? It would be interesting to see them.

    Pretty sure this is the section.
  • 11-06-2012
    blue42blue42
    Whaaaaaattt? Where's the trail?
  • 11-06-2012
    sgltrak
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    Whaaaaaattt? Where's the trail?

    Here (don't look down)
  • 11-06-2012
    slimat99
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Does anyone have photos of the sections where people have died? It would be interesting to see them.

    Here's some moving pictures of the portal in the rain. There's a few sections exposed enough to kill. You'll see this in the video.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15873138?badge=0&amp;color=ffffff" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/15873138">Storming the Portal</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1586099">RR</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  • 11-06-2012
    blue42blue42
    Wow. Awesome. I don't think I'd walk it. Great stuff!
  • 11-06-2012
    Jwind
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dirt farmer View Post
    Does anyone have photos of the sections where people have died? It would be interesting to see them.

    There are actually a couple places where folks have died and plenty other places where it's a real possibility.

    The upper right section is a rubbly wrap around turn. This is where my second photo above is taken from.

    The botton left arrow points to an oddly shaped rock. Doesn't look like much from this angle, but it has bucked folks over the edge.

    It's worth noting that this pic is shot looking back 'up' the trail where mine are looking 'down'.
  • 11-06-2012
    coiler-d
  • 11-07-2012
    firebush
    god, that terrified me just watching that.
  • 11-07-2012
    sergmx
    AWESOME Video!
  • 11-08-2012
    slimat99
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Steve71 View Post
    Nice work. It looks soooo much bigger in real life. I though I'd hit it from the pics, but when I got there..... no way!

    Thanks. Yeah, pics and vids often don't show us what features are really like. I used to say I would never hit that line and now it's routine. We never know how we'll progress over the years so never say never!
  • 11-08-2012
    slimat99
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by coiler-d View Post
    Wait, what are all those blue d... oh nevermind.

    Disclaimer: No blue dots were harmed during the making of this video.
  • 11-15-2012
    MTB Pilot
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    This is my favorite step up obstacle in the Phoenix Mt. Preserve on the south side of VOAZ trail climbing up to the saddle. I've mastered it now, but it's fun and challenging because it is towards the end of a lot of loose and technical rocky climbing.:thumbsup:
  • 11-16-2012
    DYI01
    Nothing quite as crazy as some of you guys have posted but here are a few things I have done at Patapsco in Baltimore, MD.



  • 11-16-2012
    KAriadne
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    You might not be impressed to see someone ride this. But I'm proud of myself for riding this regularly now.

    You can see the roots. You can see the narrow trees. But you can't see what I used to see every time I would try to ride this.

    There was an accident a couple years ago when I was a very noob rider. A gal coming down the roots fell and got a brake lever embedded in her thigh. We had to hold her up while we disassembled the bike and removed it from under her. She had to wait quite awhile, with the brake lever still in her leg, for emergency crews to get to her.

    I finally made it through here by concentrating super hard on the trees and roots to block that image out of my mind.


  • 11-16-2012
    jollybeggar
    Why didn't someone just pull the brake lever out and save her the emergency cost?
    We are such whimps these days, what would the pioneers think?
  • 11-16-2012
    chadalex78
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    No biggie... But fun fosho.
  • 11-18-2012
    KAriadne
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jollybeggar View Post
    Why didn't someone just pull the brake lever out and save her the emergency cost?
    We are such whimps these days, what would the pioneers think?

  • 11-18-2012
    JeffSkisMontana
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    todays ride....no ramp on...
    ...either side......i've endo'd here before.... but Rich got it today....
  • 11-26-2012
    blue42blue42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    This is my favorite step up obstacle in the Phoenix Mt. Preserve on the south side of VOAZ trail climbing up to the saddle. I've mastered it now, but it's fun and challenging because it is towards the end of a lot of loose and technical rocky climbing.:thumbsup:

    Just back from AZ, rode the 100, and spurred off a few times on 1A to the link irregular. AZ was pretty cool. You are right, lots of loose, which is tough on the way up, but fun on the way down.

    Im sure you enjoy this in your backyard.
  • 11-26-2012
    blue42blue42
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    This is the waterfall at Redd Park in De. 3 different skills on this. The toughest (for me) is to drop off the plateau. Im not there yet, but would try it if I had a face shield. I took the intermediate line, which takes you over the boulders.
  • 11-26-2012
    wv_bob
    That dog rock rocks :thumbsup:

    You rode down the rocks at far right? Impressive.
  • 11-26-2012
    blue42blue42
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wv_bob View Post
    That dog rock rocks :thumbsup:

    You rode down the rocks at far right? Impressive.

    Thanks. While I will say it is steep for me, I think the picture is making it look worse. Non the less, it is fun. Another biker came up on me riding it, and said, oh sh*T, thinking I was gonna eat it.
  • 11-26-2012
    Berkeley Mike
    No picture but a short story. Out at Rockville I cleared a steep and uneven rockface that 5 other very experienced riders couldn't. What I heard was, "well we're on 29'ers and it is harder than on your 26."

    I'm not sure if they were just giving me the business or really believed that.:D
  • 11-26-2012
    phsycle
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by slimat99 View Post
    Amasa Back drop into the step up, and a cool rock stacker roller on rock stacker.

    Good work, man. Now I'm going to feel like a pansy for taking the easy line next time I'm there.
  • 11-26-2012
    zrm
    There were some trees blown down across some trails and I cleared those with my trusty chain saw. I also cleared a bunch of drain dips and water bars of sediment.
  • 11-26-2012
    evasive
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by zrm View Post
    There were some trees blown down across some trails and I cleared those with my trusty chain saw. I also cleared a bunch of drain dips and water bars of sediment.

    Props! Our trails are going to be silly next spring from all the beetle killed deadfall.
  • 11-26-2012
    leoferus
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by blue42blue42 View Post
    This is the waterfall at Redd Park in De. 3 different skills on this. The toughest (for me) is to drop off the plateau. Im not there yet, but would try it if I had a face shield. I took the intermediate line, which takes you over the boulders.

    Put me down for this one also. I have not cleared the drop from the top but I'm working on it. Good job making this one look more vertical than it is. Having said that, it's vertical enough for me.
  • 11-26-2012
    MTB Pilot
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    A couple of thick and loose rocky climbs and a washes that you have to drop into and climb out of:thumbsup:
  • 11-27-2012
    Maurizio
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    knock at door
    before to entry.....................................
  • 11-27-2012
    esw116
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jollybeggar View Post
    Why didn't someone just pull the brake lever out and save her the emergency cost?
    We are such whimps these days, what would the pioneers think?

    You haven't a clue what you're talking about. When something is impaled in your body, the only thing that is stopping buckets of blood from squirting out is the same object that caused the injury in the first place. She could have lost consciousness and lost a ton of blood if she had taken your awful advice.
  • 11-27-2012
    Millfox
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Maurizio View Post
    before to entry.....................................

    Dude that thing is begging for a sex joke