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    Attack at Moose Mountain - Ridgeback

    I went out for my ride today, I decided that I would ride Station Flats up pneuma and back down Ridgeback. So much fun, there is sections along pneuma that I still want to be able to clean going up, And Ridgeback is soooo much fun, it is so fast and some good little rocky tech sections very well thought out trail.

    Now I was working my way down the trail and the second last section of Ridgeback about 3/4 of the way though I heard what I figured was an alarm call from some type of bird. The call got louder and louder then thud talons hit the back of my helmet, SCARED the HELL out of me, mostly because I didn't think that a bird would hit me so hard. I put my head down and peddled as fast as I could out of there.

    It turns out it was one of these


    (Sorry I stole somebody else's flicker picture)

    its a Northern Goshawk I figured it out from the call as it swooped down to attack my helmet. I can't believe that a bird with a meter long wingspan attacked my head today.

    So be warned that there is a fairly large hawk out there that doesn't want people near it's nest.
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    Yup the birds have been in around there for years.

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    Man, that's crazy.

    I had a good sized hawk flying parallel to be down a trail last week. It was awesome. I'm glad it didn't decide to attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Yup the birds have been in around there for years.
    Why is there no sign up about the bird or why has there not been a different trail made, goshawks nest in the same place year after year and I am sure she would appreciate less people riding or hiking by her nest especially when she has a little one? Not really complaining it is a great trail, just a question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrastories View Post
    Why is there no sign up about the bird or why has there not been a different trail made, goshawks nest in the same place year after year and I am sure she would appreciate less people riding or hiking by her nest especially when she has a little one? Not really complaining it is a great trail, just a question.

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    Generally the less attention drawn is the best method to avoid conflicts.

    They have been there for years, seems to be working well.

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    LOL! Badass bird - 1, mtber - 0. That would have scared the hell out of me too.

    Can you (or anyone) tell me about the newer trails around Station Flats? I haven't ridden there in 7+ years. I used to ride Sulpher Springs and have done the Moosepackers trail a couple times. How do pneuma and ridgeback (and any others) compare? I ride xc, nothing extreme.

    Thanks!

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    court - we just rode pneuma/. It was an awesome mid with granny climb till about halfway. It got pretty punch granny climbs after the halfway climb. We rode out on Special K then via Tom Snow to Ridgeback. Ridgeback was pretty nice up and down. Not too tech (and I mean not North Van tech) but fairly fast and flowy tech. Special K was a bit steep at the top but mellowed out considerably in middle and lower
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    LOL! Badass bird - 1, mtber - 0. That would have scared the hell out of me too.

    Can you (or anyone) tell me about the newer trails around Station Flats? I haven't ridden there in 7+ years. I used to ride Sulpher Springs and have done the Moosepackers trail a couple times. How do pneuma and ridgeback (and any others) compare? I ride xc, nothing extreme.

    Thanks!

    Courtney
    Just in case you haven't come across this info, Courtney, here's a blurb about many of the recent trails around Station Flats/Moose Mountain, as well as a link to the excellent current trail map.
    Trail Descriptions
    Trail Map (includes downloadable version)
    Pneuma detail
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    Brent,

    Thanks so much for those links; very useful info. Moose Mountain Bike Trail Society? I had no idea.

    Courtney

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    Hi Lee! It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for the ride description, and hi to Sharon.

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    thats crazy, i had a little bird fly through my front tire once....


    poof!!!! skids..... spit spit...


    ewwww

    def. didnt taste like chicken.
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