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    Good job! My weekend Yeti Passion in the mountains!

    This past weekend I was camping and mountain biking up in Central Idaho. More specifically I camped at Stanley Lake in the Sawtooths and went riding on Little Basin and Fisher-Williams in the Challis National Forest and White Clouds respectively.

    I awoke to very cold temps Saturday morning and after having breakfast that consisted of hot cocoa and a bear claw and alot of water, I geared up and headed out to ride Little Basin in the Challis National Forest just north of where I was camping. Little Basin is considered one of the "classic" rides in the area and after riding it on Saturday I can see why.

    Just awesome singletrack riding for most of the ride with some Forest Service and ATV roads thrown in for good measure. The ride started out pretty mellow for a short bit and then the climbing got more and more steeper and I just had to jump off my bike and push that mofo up. It was definately rideable, but you have to really commit to it and just do it....ehhh it probably also helps to have a strong engine and legs to conquer it too...neither of what I have. THANK GOD it wasn't a long ass climb to the top. But once on top.....oooooo the fun began!!!

    Just a fun ass descent on a somewhat technical trail (not as techy as the Elk Meadows rocky descent), but you still had to be on the top of your game not to crash. After dropping down into a gorgeous meadow....there was more singletrack nirvana to be had!!! Just nice and flowy! There were a number of stream crossings (BRRRR!!!!) and some very short techy sections that I had to walk. After coming off the singletrack/ATV trail then it was a short climb on a FS road and then a quick descent back to my rig.

    Just an awesome ride!!! I think it's about 14 miles and I think it took me about 2.5 hours to do. Way too much fun!!!

    Here are some pix from Saturday....

    Obligatory shot of Stanley Lake:


    An old cabin near the start of the ride:
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    SHAKA!!!:
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    Obligatory shot of Big Peggy in the meadow:


    Just some awesome singletrack:
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    Yeah I had to walk this part:


    What my poor feet and legs had to get into a number of times:
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    Another old cabin:
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    Coming back from an awesome ride:

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    On Sunday morning at around 7am I finally got my arse out of my cozy tent and into the bitter cold of a Sawtooth morning. BRRRR!!!! Good reason though....I had to crap REALLY BAD and couldn't stand it any longer. If I was gonna be OK for another hour or two...I just woulda stayed in my damn tent. But I couldn't hold it and just had to take care of biz! Luckily the outhouse was rather warm!

    After eating some breakfast and then packing up and gearing up...I headed to the Williams Creek trailhead to park my rig. The only sucky thing about this ride is that you have to ride about 2+ miles on Highway 75 before turning off onto Fisher Creek Road for the ride up. If I was on a road bike, no problem. But my damn Yeti 575 is a slow, heavy tank on pavement and it's just not that fun to ride.

    I was a bit intimidated by riding Fisher-Williams because I've never done it before and I really do suck at climbing. But suprisingly the climbing was rather mellow for a good part of the ride up. It's just that last mile or two before reaching the top where it sucked ass. Yes I did have to walk a good portion of it. Maybe next year I'll be stronger and faster....maybe. During the climb up, my slowness really showed as I was passed by 5 or 6 riders that appeared to not have any problems with pedaling faster than me. Man I really need to amp up my cycling between now and next summer if I want to keep up with the Joneses.

    After getting to the top I took a nice long break and then headed down. HOLY CRAP what a fun trail!!! Tight, twisty, flowy, fast....AWESOME!!! Probably a majority of this ride goes through a HUGE burn area from a big wildfire last year. Very surreal looking, but starkly beautiful at the same time.

    What no one bothered to tell me about the "downhill" is that it contained I think 3 or 4 climbs as well. ARGH!!!! I just need to man up and get better at climbing I guess. But the rewards of all those climbs were some great downhill singletrack goodness...man I'm really trying to justify climbing ain't I???

    Again...another great ride in the mountains. It took me about 2:45 hours to complete nearly 18 miles of riding. It was a doozy though and a ride I'd definately do again next summer...and hopefully I'm a much stronger rider next time around!

    And now for pix.....

    The northern end of the Sawtooth range in their morning glory...


    The Yeti on Fisher Creek Road:
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    Some of the burn area along Fisher Creek Road:
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    Me in the middle of the hard part of the climb:


    Another obligatory Yeti shot up at the top before the descent:
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    The result of some idiot and a burn barrel gone awry:


    Some of the singletrack heading down (and sometimes up....ugh):
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    Popping out into the valley:

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    Looks FUN. All this by yourself? Maybe we need a tribe gathering in Idaho....

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    To be honest with you....riding by myself out in the middle of nowhere as opposed to the local trails was a bit intimidating for me. On Saturday I only saw two other riders towards the end of the ride while on Sunday I did see about half a dozen or so pass me. I'm definately not the strongest rider out there and any misstep on the bike coulda turned into a bit of an ordeal. So needless to say I exercised caution on both days. "When in doubt, dismount" is my mantra!

    But dang it sure is nice to be out there by yourself and not having to worry about keeping up with your faster friends and being able to go at your pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    To be honest with you....riding by myself out in the middle of nowhere as opposed to the local trails was a bit intimidating for me. On Saturday I only saw two other riders towards the end of the ride while on Sunday I did see about half a dozen or so pass me. I'm definately not the strongest rider out there and any misstep on the bike coulda turned into a bit of an ordeal. So needless to say I exercised caution on both days. "When in doubt, dismount" is my mantra!

    But dang it sure is nice to be out there by yourself and not having to worry about keeping up with your faster friends and being able to go at your pace.
    Ok, the little voice in my head that I rarely listen to is telling me not to, but I have to ask.... Why do you have a Patrick Swayze avatar???

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    The Swayzester is my hero!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    The Swayzester is my hero!!!!
    Just as long as you don't try to follow in his footsteps and also get an FWI... (Flying While Intoxicated... ) LOL

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive...61swayze1.html

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    be careful out there....

    the Sawtooth pack hangs around Fisher Creek and Williams Creek... Of course, wolves in the Sawtooth aren't as scary as the cougar up in the tree at the end of Crestline...

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    Yeah, the one that I rode right past at night and didn't even know it till you showed me the pictures the next day! Yowza!

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    Great stuff! You and I should ride together, then I can say I am walking for your benefit and you can say you are doing it for mine. So hard ot make these excuses when you are alone...
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    Smile keep on truckin'

    Great stuff BelaySlave.....thanks for posting the great pics and write up.

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    Beautiful stuff!! One of these days I may just move a few hundred miles east.......

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    Sweet pics Belay!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    The Swayzester is my hero!!!!
    Here is a better picture for you...
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    Have to show the Yeti love by not only riding a Yeti, but also wearing a Yeti jersey:

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    Gave your image a little over correcting in Photoshop so the jersey shows up. BTW, anything over 80 dpi is overkill for Web view.
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    Hey Big Jim...can you do it so that it's in the original size instead of being that small? Thanks!
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    The Glamour Shot of Swayze is starting to creep me out a bit. Nice pics and sounds like you had a great time. It's nice to go somewhere new to ride.

    I'll be in CO in late Sept and have to figure out where to ride in the three days I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    The Glamour Shot of Swayze is starting to creep me out a bit. Nice pics and sounds like you had a great time. It's nice to go somewhere new to ride.

    I'll be in CO in late Sept and have to figure out where to ride in the three days I have.
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    I need to remember that you move around freely, Whafe

    I'm trying and will post on that thread once I figure out a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Hey Big Jim...can you do it so that it's in the original size instead of being that small? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyer
    I need to remember that you move around freely, Whafe

    I'm trying and will post on that thread once I figure out a bit more.
    Freer than a huge giant free thing. Wil not screw this post up, sorry guys, great thread and magic pictures by the way....
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    just missed ya

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    To be honest with you....riding by myself out in the middle of nowhere as opposed to the local trails was a bit intimidating for me. On Saturday I only saw two other riders towards the end of the ride while on Sunday I did see about half a dozen or so pass me. I'm definately not the strongest rider out there and any misstep on the bike coulda turned into a bit of an ordeal. So needless to say I exercised caution on both days. "When in doubt, dismount" is my mantra!

    But dang it sure is nice to be out there by yourself and not having to worry about keeping up with your faster friends and being able to go at your pace.


    Belay.....looks like my wife and i just barely missed you on the fisher creek loop (we rode the trail on monday). This was also my first tim down fisher .... ear to ear grinning all the way back to the parking area ! we did a weeks worth of riding in 5 days. Ummphhh, i'm tired now.

    here are a couple of fisher creek pics from my angle.
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