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    Mid Winter, it's on (lots-o-pics)

    It's that time of year. The time of year when my feelings on Winter go from, "meh, could be worse..." To "Man, this really blows!". While, I'm a very much looking forward to warmer*temperatures*and the nice feeling of sun, shorts and T-shirts, January has really been pretty decent. December, for the most part, was a bit cooler and had a bit of weather as described in my <a title="Moab Winter Mountain Biking Blues" href="http://singletrackhack.com/winter-blues/" target="_blank">"Winter Blues"</a> post.

    Since then, the weather has been stellar in the desert. It was Christmas day that really kicked off this amazing run we're still on.

    <em>Keels and Lina dog on Poison Spider Christmas day.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png"><img class=" wp-image-486 alignnone" title="DSC00817" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png" alt="Mountain Biking Poison Spider Mesa" width="710" height="512" /></a>

    <em>On the way home, we stopped to check out some of the more famous petroglyphs here in Moab.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png"><img class=" wp-image-489 alignnone" title="DSC00790" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png" alt="Long horned sheep petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>Keels petting the buffalo, hippo or whatever it is...</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png"><img class=" wp-image-490 alignnone" title="DSC00789" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png" alt="petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>"Wall Street" is a hot spot for Moab climbers and home to the petroglyphs posted above.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png"><img class=" wp-image-491 alignnone" title="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png" alt="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    This time of year, the days are way to short, so after work type riding doesn't really happen, but the weekends and weekday sneaky rides have been awesome. I think I've strapped on tights three times all Winter. Some more from one of my*favorites, Amasa Back.

    <em>Can you see the climbers?</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png"><img class=" wp-image-498 alignnone" title="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png" alt="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-499" title="DSC00827" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png" alt="" width="710" height="528" /></a>

    <em>Always time to stop and pet a mesa.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00837.png"><img class=" wp-image-500 alignnone" title="DSC00837" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00837.png" alt="Petting a Mesa" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    We spent a <em>somewhat</em> cooler day on the North side of*Sovereign / Cedar Mountain. Wouldn't make this ride a priority, but there is some great slickrock slabs to play on out there and one hell of a climb up Cedar Mountain. If you can clean it, you drink less beer then me.

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-501" title="Said Slickrock Slab" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png" alt="Said Slickrock Slab" width="710" height="387" /></a>

    <em>There is a few miles of some very nice tight and techy singletrack out there.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-505" title="DSC00884" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>And never a shortage of unique rock formations.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-504" title="DSC00876" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-503" title="DSC00873" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png" alt="" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-502" title="DSC00869_2" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>Explored a few new lines on the Klondike Bluff.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-510" title="DSC00897" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png" alt="" width="720" height="487" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-509" title="DSC00912" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png" alt="" width="720" height="474" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-511" title="DSC00909" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png" alt="" width="720" height="446" /></a>

    I'll take Winter like this any year. Maybe the best part about this great stretch of weather is it couldn't have come at a better time. We're just mere days away from February which means the worst is over.

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    Thanks for the post. U can never run out of singletrack and slickrock out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelbster15 View Post
    U can never run out of singletrack and slickrock out there!
    A'int that the truth

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    Beautiful, if I didnt have my daughters wedding over Christmas/New years break I would have wanted to be there rather than any other place.

    I wonder how conditions are now out there? I have Thurs and fri off work and trying to decide if I want to go to St George or Moab. Can anyone give an update?

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    St George could not be better

    I rode in SG last weekend. Temps in the mid 50's and perfect trail conditions. Perfect.
    Visiting St george/Hurricane? Stay at my vacation rental. Discounts for MTB's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jwind View Post
    It's that time of year. The time of year when my feelings on Winter go from, "meh, could be worse..." To "Man, this really blows!". While, I'm a very much looking forward to warmer*temperatures*and the nice feeling of sun, shorts and T-shirts, January has really been pretty decent. December, for the most part, was a bit cooler and had a bit of weather as described in my <a title="Moab Winter Mountain Biking Blues" href="http://singletrackhack.com/winter-blues/" target="_blank">"Winter Blues"</a> post.

    Since then, the weather has been stellar in the desert. It was Christmas day that really kicked off this amazing run we're still on.

    <em>Keels and Lina dog on Poison Spider Christmas day.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png"><img class=" wp-image-486 alignnone" title="DSC00817" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00817.png" alt="Mountain Biking Poison Spider Mesa" width="710" height="512" /></a>

    <em>On the way home, we stopped to check out some of the more famous petroglyphs here in Moab.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png"><img class=" wp-image-489 alignnone" title="DSC00790" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00790.png" alt="Long horned sheep petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>Keels petting the buffalo, hippo or whatever it is...</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png"><img class=" wp-image-490 alignnone" title="DSC00789" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00789.png" alt="petroglyph" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <em>"Wall Street" is a hot spot for Moab climbers and home to the petroglyphs posted above.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png"><img class=" wp-image-491 alignnone" title="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC007941.png" alt="Moab &quot;wall street&quot;" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    This time of year, the days are way to short, so after work type riding doesn't really happen, but the weekends and weekday sneaky rides have been awesome. I think I've strapped on tights three times all Winter. Some more from one of my*favorites, Amasa Back.

    <em>Can you see the climbers?</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png"><img class=" wp-image-498 alignnone" title="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00821.png" alt="Moab Climbers Near Amasa Back" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-499" title="DSC00827" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00827.png" alt="" width="710" height="528" /></a>

    <em>Always time to stop and pet a mesa.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00837.png"><img class=" wp-image-500 alignnone" title="DSC00837" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00837.png" alt="Petting a Mesa" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    We spent a <em>somewhat</em> cooler day on the North side of*Sovereign / Cedar Mountain. Wouldn't make this ride a priority, but there is some great slickrock slabs to play on out there and one hell of a climb up Cedar Mountain. If you can clean it, you drink less beer then me.

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-501" title="Said Slickrock Slab" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00862.png" alt="Said Slickrock Slab" width="710" height="387" /></a>

    <em>There is a few miles of some very nice tight and techy singletrack out there.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-505" title="DSC00884" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00884.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>And never a shortage of unique rock formations.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-504" title="DSC00876" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00876.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-503" title="DSC00873" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00873.png" alt="" width="710" height="533" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-502" title="DSC00869_2" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00869_2.png" alt="" width="710" height="947" /></a>

    <em>Explored a few new lines on the Klondike Bluff.</em>
    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-510" title="DSC00897" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00897.png" alt="" width="720" height="487" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-509" title="DSC00912" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00912.png" alt="" width="720" height="474" /></a>

    <a href="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-511" title="DSC00909" src="http://singletrackhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC00909.png" alt="" width="720" height="446" /></a>

    I'll take Winter like this any year. Maybe the best part about this great stretch of weather is it couldn't have come at a better time. We're just mere days away from February which means the worst is over.
    i wonder what your Moab "experiment" attitude would have been at this time last year
    breezy shade

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    i wonder what your Moab "experiment" attitude would have been at this time last year
    Like I said, by the end of January I'm always ready for warmer temps. That goes for just about anywhere...

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    maybe, but this year was a far cry from last years winter. no comparison
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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge View Post
    maybe, but this year was a far cry from last years winter. no comparison

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    Coming down for work tomorrow....will ride Thursday evening if precip allows, definitely Friday and Saturday if anyone is interested....up for anything and everything.

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