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    Meh, the weekend will happen with or without rain- there are better weekends to go for the best riding there, namely when there aren't 600 people on the trails. This weekend is all about the festy atmosphere. A little rain won't spoil anything, especially if if ends Friday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    Which one has shorter chainstays? Honestly, you probably couldn't go wrong either way.

    I've ridden both my 29er and my Pug out there before...and I'm taking the pug out for this weekend. It's so much fun on those trails. Probably gonna demo a Krampus, too.
    Ooh, I'm taking my Pugs too, if you see a dude with a black one with a silver Lefty, that's me, we can acknowledge each other with knowing nods.
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    We should make a mandatory fatbike group ride to squeegee the trails before everyone else ruts them out. Just saying.

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    I'll keep an eye out for you Jared...mine is a snowblind pug with green bits and carbon bars.

    There will be at least 2 others in our group with Mukluks and another with a Pug Ops.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    I'm heading up tomorrow afternoon, can't wait!

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    Bring your rain gear and front fender. It rained a few years back at Dirtfest, and I remember the bottom of most every dip there was a puddle, and the front tire always threw a little mud right in the eyes when you hit those puddles. The soil and trail layout drains pretty well otherwise.

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    Probably sticking to the fatbike for the first day to help with the puddles. It should be pretty decent through saturday with everyone splashing the puddles, sticky dirt's always better than dusty packed dirt in my opinion.

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    I should have an extra campsite at 7 Points if anybody still needs one. Shoot me a pm if you're interested.

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    The rain blew over pretty quick, so hopefully by Saturday morning stuff will have dried out. Unfortunately for folks who showed up on Thursday, Friday must have been a bust.
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    I'll be leaving soon for the Fest! First time there. Managed to score a cabin a while ago. One more blue Cannondale Caffeine with a very out of shape rider on it! Hope it drains well. Unlike Nox and Green Lane...

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    Somewhat local to Raystown. Got a lot of rain Thursday night. Stopped Friday morning around 8AM. 60s with a slight breeze rest of day on Friday. Think by Saturday late AM trails would be nice and tacky in the soil areas, rocky soil areas obviously sooner. May be a few wet spots in low spots and shaded areas. Enjoy the fest. I'm staying away - let all the visitors enjoy the trails this weekend. I've got all the other weekends in the year to light it up.

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    Re: Dirt Fest 2014

    Conditions? I'm just starting my vacay and am looking for places not ravaged by flooding and/or twisters.

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    Saturday the trails I rode were very muddy in spots. I rode the blue sections following the event signs. I wrecked on osprey my second time through. Guess I lost it over a roller and crashed. Vaguely remember going OTB and woke up in an ambulance on my way to a helicopter. Went to Altoona and got stitches above my left eye and a lot of scans. I'm fine besides a concussion, the stitches, and some trail rash.

    Thanks to Evan for getting me my bike back. To the hospital staff and the emts for taking care of me. And who ever found me and helped in anyway. Had a blast otherwise and hope to be back again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energetik View Post
    Saturday the trails I rode were very muddy in spots. I rode the blue sections following the event signs. I wrecked on osprey my second time through. Guess I lost it over a roller and crashed. Vaguely remember going OTB and woke up in an ambulance on my way to a helicopter. Went to Altoona and got stitches above my left eye and a lot of scans. I'm fine besides a concussion, the stitches, and some trail rash.

    Thanks to Evan for getting me my bike back. To the hospital staff and the emts for taking care of me. And who ever found me and helped in anyway. Had a blast otherwise and hope to be back again.
    Sounds like you had a good weekend kidding..heal up bud.
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    Honestly I had a blast! Would've been nice finish the ride without the hospital flight but I really enjoyed myself otherwise. Thanks for the well wishes!

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    I rode about 17 heinously muddy miles on Friday afternoon, then about 30 Saturday and went home Saturday night. Overall a good time. Now I know who the sirens were for!

    I will say this- I haven't been to Raystown for about 3 years. In those 3 years I've advanced in skill considerably. Regarding the dips/rollers, the spacing on a lot of them seems kind of funny- if you time them properly you either are going relatively slow or you are flying at breakneck pace to clear them two at a time. The middle, where many (most?) people's skills are, that seems to be asking for trouble.

    Saturday was funny- there were soooo many people who were hurting from their festivities the night before.

    Only annoyance was Allie was two way on Saturday but people heading clockwise were misinterpreting a sign at the start of Allie, and my friend and I got heckled twice by people thinking we were wrong way, and almost got into a bad collision when we were heading on Allie counter-clockwise.

    I would have liked to meet Kevin Menard but kept missing him!
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    Just got back from Dirt Fest. Holy Hell that was fun!! I ate more mud and dirt then ever cause i was smiling so much.

    I Demo'd a 29er FS SRAM/SCOTT Spark collaboration bike and love it. Carbon, 1x11, XO, 100mm travel... felt like low 20# and an extension of my body. ha

    Any body else want to share their DEMO experience?

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    Any body else want to share their DEMO experience?
    I demo'd plenty of Sly Fox Beer over the weekend. Thoroughly enjoyed the Indian Pale ale.

    Somehow found myself in the middle of a race to the lookout on Hydroloop which awarded me a spot on the prestigious pontoon boat cruz around Raystown lake with some cool blokes, some crazy ass in a pink tiger stripped Speedo and more beer.

    Watched a badass clunker wheely contest, during which some random dude in spandex literally manualed the entire hill down into the event and through the contest and out the other end into the demo area. Had to be like 200 yards or more going 10-12mph.

    Also, there may or may not have been a giraffe. Yeah, it was a good weekend.

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    Great event for sure. Once again I didnt bother to get the full use of my entrance fee. I didnt do any demos but I was able to see some products I have been interested in.

    I only get out to those trails once or twice a year and I always leave thinking I should get back as soon as possible.

    I was also encouraged by the number of women I saw this year. In the past I remember seeing the wives/girlfriends that get brought along, but this year I passed several groups that appeared to be on their own. Its really good to see it taking off with women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onegearaddict View Post
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    Also, there may or may not have been a giraffe. Yeah, it was a good weekend.
    Oh thank God you saw it too. Thought I was seeing things after one too many visits to Oscar Blues.

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    Im glad you confirmed that you are OK energetik. We were at the top of Osprey when the ambulance came and everyone was concerned for your well being.

    Once nice thing about dirtfest was that almost everyone was cool and laid back. The only exceptions being a bachelor party that ran their houseboat into ours as well as another boat and a group of roadies that must have borrowed some MTB's lol.
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    It was a good year. I didn't wreck.

    Specialized left a sour taste in my mouth though. Saturday and Sunday I showed up early at their booth because they told me there were so many people wanting the E29, only to have them not open for another hour.

    I won't buy a Enduro 29 until I can ride one and they certainly aren't make that very easy.
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    First timer here and can't wait till next year. Momma and I had a great time with some fantastic people. We demoed ibis, pivot and sram bikes and got all kinds of comments about our own 35 year old bikes and clothing. Now I gotta figure out how to mortgage the house to afford two these new mountain bikes. Kudos to all the volunteers and vendors. You people just rock ! You enthusiasm boiled over so we all got into the vibe.
    Many Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Energetik View Post
    Honestly I had a blast! Would've been nice finish the ride without the hospital flight but I really enjoyed myself otherwise. Thanks for the well wishes!
    Glad to hear you are okay... sending healing vibes.

    I was dropping my wife off at the ladies skills clinic and it was obvious that something not good happened a bit higher up on Osprey

    I rode every day of the event and hit the South trails (fasssst on Sunday) and slower paced w/ da wifey on Monday before we headed out in the afternoon.
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    Such a fun fest! I'm happy the rain was just Thursday into Friday. Just enough to keep some trails muddy all weekend so that riders all had the proper warpaint after a ride. Although, we had an ez-up that, by all means, should have exploded into 70 pieces under the weight of the rain water that had pooled up in the canopy overnight.

    I got out for rides Saturday and Sunday, in between helping with the Wabi Sabi truck. It was a work and play weekend, which left me thoroughly exhausted by Sunday night, but the energy of the people and the good vibes all around simply propelled everybody through with a huge grin. A few beers helped, and there were certainly some good ones to be sipped.

    I think there were more families and women this year, which is great for these events. A total dude weekend is not as sustainable. DirtFest has got to be one of the best east coast-ish biking events at this point. I missed out on all of the Jim Thorpe stuff, which has an air of legend to it, but DirtFest seems to have picked up the torch.

    I love the vibe of DirtFest, here's to many more!
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