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    XPost from Passion - Monarch Crest Ride

    I posted this up on Passion a couple days ago, but with all the great photos and ride reports on the Yeti board the last couple days I figured I'd move it over here as well.

    After our ride Sean (bells) said:
    "That is the best Thursday I've had in a while".

    I felt that pretty much summed up our day about as well as possible. A MTBR.com heavy hitter Scrublover, a MTBR.com lurker Bells and myself took off very early yesterday morning from the Boulder area 3 hours SW to Poncha Springs for a ride often dubbed Monarch Crest, although Monarch Crest is just the beginning.

    While technically a shuttle ride, its what is deemed a "Colorado Shuttle". You may drop 6-7k feet, but you earn it by pedaling up several thousand as well. We did the Monarch Crest Trail to Silver Creek (I think) to the Rainbow Trail. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 miles of pure singletrack bliss.

    Enough pontification, on with the pics...

    The mandatory "tourist" picture at the top of the pass.



    Scrublover climbing away on the Crest Trail at 11,500 feet.


    Bells heads towards the last few trees before we top out above treeline



    Scrubby, Bells and another rider heading towards the ridge



    Looking back at what we've just ridden




    On top of the world, or at least the Crest


    Scrublover don't need no stinking oxygen...



    Scrubby & bells riding towards the first descent



    This looked like a nice spot for some lunch


    Bells checking out the descent that awaits us


    Bells heading down


    Scrubby is a sharp dressed biker, and he can ride a bit too


    A token pic from the Rainbow Trail. There was a lot more incredible singletrack with great views that was just too fun to stop and take pics.

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    Nice! The pics on this forum are getting some rave reviews as of late.

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    WOW!!!! Awesome pix!

    Man what is everyone using for a camera? I got a cheapo Kodak digicam and my pix never come out that clear.

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    Awesome pics, Jdub! It also seems you got top rate weather... very nice!!

    What did you shoot these pics with? Are you carrying an SLR with you or just a P&S?

    Cheers,
    Cris

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    All that clear air might have something to do with it! I need to send you some humidity...
    What, me hurry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    Awesome pics, Jdub! It also seems you got top rate weather... very nice!!

    What did you shoot these pics with? Are you carrying an SLR with you or just a P&S?

    Cheers,
    Cris
    Yep, the weather was perfect that day. Lightning is a big issue when riding on a 12k foot ridge like that, but we had blue skies all day long.

    I was carrying my DSLR and a couple lenses with me on this ride. I don't always take it, but this ride has such gorgeous views I lugged a 30lb+ Camelbak around all day long.


    And Big Jim Mac you can keep that humidity!
    I lived in Oklahoma for 28 years and I don't ever miss the wind and/or humidity now that I live in CO. Good riddance!

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    Good job! nice job......

    Outstanding! Looks like too much fun. That altitude would not be easy to breathe coming from a guy at sea level.
    Thanks for sharing.

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