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    Good job! Vertical Earth Gravity Park

    Spent the day today at Blue Mountain with Mini Crash Hound, Dragon, Softball Gurl and Bear. They've done a great job there and have made major improvements since the last time I was there a few years back. It was great time and I'll definitely be hitting it more often in the future.

    Mini survived a horrendous spill without too much damage it seems - we'll see how he feels tomorrow. Stills for now - video when I get a chance:

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    more stillz ... mostly about the scenery











    a few things for the record

    - Mini can take a hit! Holy crap that was a harsh one. His eye-glasses flew about 15' from his impact point. If anyone cares to know, it he forgot to keep his front wheel up and rolled off the drop off the short OCS trail connector between the ski run and the service rd. Thankfully he wasn't trying to do the big rock drop that immediately follows!

    - Riding Sun with sore body after riding and crashing on Sat was totally worth it, and helped recovery some, but crap I'm still pooped and MY shoulder is way sore!

    - Softball Gurl (she'll always be Tigger to me, as much as she bounces over things on an XC ride) can HAUL through the chunk. Must be those magic britches!

    Holy crud it was nice out there this w/e though. I hope it's like that next weekend.

    Looking forward to wincing while watching that crash video.

    Let us know how Mini's doing, mmm-kay?

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    Nice pics, looks like you guys had a great time!

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    That SE racing SS is sweet!

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    Good pictures. I was there yesterday as well on my black demo 7.

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    Great pictures. I'm the owner of the Sette Vexx in your picture. I thought you guys looked familiar but I couldn't put my finger on where I had seen you before and then this morning I was browsing this forum and low and behold...

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    Thanks for the pics Chris and Ted! Had a great time riding with you guys.. Hopefully more next season. How's our Mini doing?

    Looking forward to seeing the video footage.. Will you be posting that on here? I'd like to see who was "showing off for the camera" lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amysue135
    Thanks for the pics Chris and Ted! Had a great time riding with you guys.. Hopefully more next season. How's our Mini doing?

    Looking forward to seeing the video footage.. Will you be posting that on here? I'd like to see who was "showing off for the camera" lol.
    Ask and ye shall receive:

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    Sweet video! How is Mini? Is his shoulder ok? After watching this video, the crash looked harder than in real life!

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    I said this in another venue, but it bears repeating ... ‎3:45 is just HARD to watch, but then Hot Dog Girl kicks in at 4:45 and just styles her way down!

    Thanks for the video work Nank. ;^)

    And how the HECK is Mini? I know he already had a Dr. appt today, hopefully he didn't need anything more from Sun other than ibuprophen!
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    I'm sure Mini will be chiming in on his own here sooner or later, so I'll just give a preliminary report and let him fill you guys in on the rest - nothing more than a slightly sprained shoulder. He's putting the few days of recovery time to good use getting his Diabloween costume together.

    And yes, style is an understatement about the way in which Tigger Gurl shreds - 4:45 is my favorite part of the vid. I think we all see who "shows off for the camera".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    I think we all see who "shows off for the camera".
    heh. that's just the way she rolls man, you should see her on her 29er. :^)

    maybe I can convince them to try Roaring Creek out in Nov if the conditions are right, she and Dragon would like the bumpy stuff.

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    Good times! I can't wait to ride it more so we get more familiar with all of the trails. Your shots look great.

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    Nice ride report. Looking forward to riding Blue this weekend.

    This picture cracks me up. Makes me think "sad robot."


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    "sad robot" - that cracks me up!

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    Sad Robot - new nickname for Mini.

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    Mini is here. Got a call from the Doc today I have a small chip fracture of the right clavical nothing very serious. They are probably finding old injuries from trail riding. I don't feel much more pain than what would come from a nasty bruzzzz infact I don't even have a cool bruise like bears to show off. That pic of bear hugging me is awww not actually a hug just some first aid. I was actually crashed to get Tigger to check it out but she was having nothing to do with that thwarted again. It was a great and I had alot of fun only one more down hill adventure to survive Diabloween!!! Have my costume already or I would have dressed up as Sad Robot. Keep bombing those trails I am definately not going out on a crash.

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    Glad you're ok man! That was a nasty spill. Ted is much better with fisrt aid than I am, so you are better off with him "hugging" you.

    Rest up for Diabloween..

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    Quote Originally Posted by amysue135
    Glad you're ok man! That was a nasty spill. Ted is much better with fisrt aid than I am, so you are better off with him "hugging" you.
    I may be better at yield 1st aid, but you're cuter.

    Mini, er, Robot, er, glad all is good. Have a rock-n diablo-ween!

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    It was a great day. I'm glad I finally gave Blue Mountain a shot. It definitely exceeded my expectations. Can't wait to get back next season.

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    I accidentally rolled that drop once too, it really sneaks up on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrotherSoup
    Great pictures. I'm the owner of the Sette Vexx in your picture. I thought you guys looked familiar but I couldn't put my finger on where I had seen you before and then this morning I was browsing this forum and low and behold...
    That is one sweet looking bike. You didn't bash it up when you fell over that log did you?

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    Looks like my wife and I will be heading up there again this Sat. Anybody else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theranch
    Looks like my wife and I will be heading up there again this Sat. Anybody else?
    Chances increasing, I'll be doing a mixture of hard-core runs (har har har) and easy paced runs. I've been playing around with the tuning of my suspension so I expect a bit of that to continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    That is one sweet looking bike. You didn't bash it up when you fell over that log did you?
    Fortunately that bike can take a beating. First time riding that trail. I didn't see the drop until it was too late and I didn't have enough speed to jump it.

    I saw you guys were recently at Diablo. How does Blue Mountain compare to Diablo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theranch
    Looks like my wife and I will be heading up there again this Sat. Anybody else?
    I wish. Gotta work. Too many bikes & parts to pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrotherSoup
    Fortunately that bike can take a beating. First time riding that trail. I didn't see the drop until it was too late and I didn't have enough speed to jump it.

    I saw you guys were recently at Diablo. How does Blue Mountain compare to Diablo?
    Well first let me say that I love both places but they are somewhat different beasts. I would say that Diablo is more of a freeride environment - more ladder drops and tabletops and doubles everywhere. There's stuff there that's just crazy. I would say Blue is more of a downhiller's environment - lots of chunky goodness and some wonderful trails. Blue is closer for me so that's definitely a plus, but Diablo's lift is much faster and they're open weekdays which benefits someone like me who has off during the week here and there in the summer.

    So, the winner is - like i said I love 'em both!

    Can't wait to try Plattekill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    Can't wait to try Plattekill.
    Plattekill is like a matured Blue on steroids

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    There's a cool Platte helmet cam video on the DH/FR forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    Well first let me say that I love both places but they are somewhat different beasts. I would say that Diablo is more of a freeride environment - more ladder drops and tabletops and doubles everywhere. There's stuff there that's just crazy. I would say Blue is more of a downhiller's environment - lots of chunky goodness and some wonderful trails. Blue is closer for me so that's definitely a plus, but Diablo's lift is much faster and they're open weekdays which benefits someone like me who has off during the week here and there in the summer.

    So, the winner is - like i said I love 'em both!

    Can't wait to try Plattekill.
    Thanks for the info. I've only biked 7 Springs and Blue. Looking forward to trying Diablo next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    There's a cool Platte helmet cam video on the DH/FR forum.
    If it is the one that goes down the jump-ee line, drops two wooden features, and around a larger wooden feature, that is one of the lines we had the most fun with when we were there at the beginning of Sept ( where I broke my last FS bike ).

    Great stuff.

    Two-finger breaking, all weekend long (I normally use only 1 at Blue & Diablo).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrotherSoup
    Thanks for the info. I've only biked 7 Springs and Blue. Looking forward to trying Diablo next season.
    I'm looking to hit 7 Springs next season. How is it?

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    I'm heading back to blue on sunday. I'm actually in that video you posted with the black demo w/red bars. You managed to catch my first couple runs up to the bus. Hit it much faster now and it's much smoother. I was a little skeptical on the bmx type lips that lead up to it but thats actually a real smooth hit. Hopefully the weather holds up for sunday.

    Does anyone know if they offer discounted season passes if you come out and help get trails ready before opening next season? And does anyone know how many trails they have? I just sort of wandered around and found probably five sick trails, but am assuming there is more that I managed to miss somehow?
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    Ya'll look sick hittin the bus. Thanx for the footage.

    You guys are killing me - all of you talking about going back this weekend and I can't go. Oh well there's always next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nankerphelge
    I'm looking to hit 7 Springs next season. How is it?
    7 Springs is fun. They have some fast buff trails with lots of berms and table tops. Definitely less rocky than Blue & not nearly as vertical, although some of their more technical trails like Frankenstein offer some big rocky sections. There are some good videos on their website as well as you tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Does anyone know if they offer discounted season passes if you come out and help get trails ready before opening next season? And does anyone know how many trails they have? I just sort of wandered around and found probably five sick trails, but am assuming there is more that I managed to miss somehow?
    - never heard of the discount for trailwork, but you may ask them directly. Don't get hopes up though.

    - more than five, I think.

    There's an actual map jpeg that was put up, but I can't find it on the Blue Mtn site right now.

    Here's a map I made from a GPS recording I did one weekend, don't have trail names on it though. Click the image for a larger version. The map is north-up.





    Trail names that I remember off the top of my head, from west to east, that run off the top of the hill

    - blue route
    - super-d
    - chainsaw
    - chunkleberry
    - miles of smiles
    - formula
    - jambalaya

    Forumula and Jambalaya connect and dump out to a ski run where you access Moto and OCS.

    Moto takes you down and connects to lower-Moto or the bottom half of Miles of Smiles which goes to the bottom of the hill.

    OCS connects to Ewok Village to the jump-park.

    I know that super-d/chainsaw connect to the bottom half of Turkey Run.

    I'm forgetting how Chunkleberry finishes.

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    Here is a trail map from Blue Mountain that I scanned.

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    Im looking to check this place out sometime. Looks like a good time. Whats the ideal bike to bring up here, i just have a full suspension and another thing when does the season end for mtbing, i know there will be snow on the ground in no time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn333
    Im looking to check this place out sometime. Looks like a good time. Whats the ideal bike to bring up here, i just have a full suspension and another thing when does the season end for mtbing, i know there will be snow on the ground in no time....
    A full suspension trail bike would be fine. Vertical Earth is open through 10/31, although I believe they have races going on the 30th & 31st.

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    Shawn, you *can* ride it on pretty much any bike, it's mostly about steep-n-bumpy, and for a single sampling riding your own bike will bring some comfort to the situation. I've seen people on the hill on everything up to a Fisher carbon hardtail 29er.

    There are a few features that I would STERNLY advise you roll around or walk around ( couple log-overs, jumps, drops ) just for your safety.

    I would consider, if I were you, borrowing/renting leg/arm armor/pads as the change of a wipeout or two is pretty reasonable and these take a LOT of the bite out. If you're real nervous you could rent a full-face helmet, but OMG I can't imagine the smell they would have.

    I would also advise two minor changes to your bike setup to help you deal with the gradient better.

    1. Drop the saddle. Just loosen the seat-post clamp on your frame and slam it down as far as it will go. DH riding is (usually) not about much sit-n-spin and leaving the bike as much space to move around under you will help a *lot* - and that'll make for a more fun experience for sure.

    2. If your bike is more XC than AM then try swapping your handlebar stem for one shorter by 20-40 mm. Any old stem will do, really. This is to help you keep your weight balanced more rear-ward more comfortably.

    3. Maybe, must MAYBE, consider putting some flat pedals on the bike if you ride clipless normally. Maybe. The advantage of clipless in keeping your feet on the pedals through the bump-n-chunk is great, but if you're just playing with the field then the ability to just "walk off" the bike if you get uncomfortable is priceless. The bike will NOT likely go far downhill without you on board. :^)

    They also have pretty decent rental bikes out there, Jamis BAM I think, but availability could be an issue AND they're not what you are accustomed to riding either. The latter could work either way for you.

    Lastly, make dang sure your brakes are in good working order with plenty of pad material on them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theranch
    Looks like my wife and I will be heading up there again this Sat. Anybody else?
    We'll be riding Saturday, as we do every weekend. Season passes.

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    I just have a 06' trek fuel 70 with no major upgrades. It might be able to handle the trails here. A few months ago i needed the rear sway arm replaced because it cracked @ the weld. As for the pedals I've been rolling with flats the whole time, cant seem to find a us size 15 mtb shoe to ride clipless.

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