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    Who's Into "Pass Storming" Passion?

    "Pass Storming" is the old practice of riding up and over high mountain passes. Has been around for decades in Europe. Does anyone have passion for storming passes? If so, do you have any pics? It's been several years since I did my last big pass on a bike, but I'm getting the itch again. Please post your pics pass storming. and if you don't mind, the name of the pass or the general area.

    Couple of pics I borrowed off the internet of passes I've stormed in the past (I only have old fashioned prints and no scanner at present - hope that's ok to do):

    Wheeler Pass - Going from Breckenridge to Copper Mtn. Had to walk the last mile or so going up, but dropping down into Copper was epic.


    Pearl Pass - From Crested Butte to Aspen. Loose baby head rocks for the last mile or so up.
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    From somewhere in the alps between Switzerland and Austria.
    Most of the day was above 2500meters ..
    A good day but with lots of "schieben" which is german for pushing

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm9
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    Wheeler Pass - Going from Breckenridge to Copper Mtn. Had to walk the last mile or so going up, but dropping down into Copper was epic.
    I've done that one

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    I really love "pass storming" and I don't mind at all if I have to push the bike up to the top. Last summer I did a ride that started in a little village at 3280 ft and went up to the top of a mountain at 5900 ft , pushing the bike the last 1100 ft of elevation. Yeah, it was hard

    The downhill from the very top was just amazing: technical, with beatiful landscapes, good grip, 99% rideable,...

    Sadly I have no photos as I went alone and forgot the camera, only this...
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    The Wheeler thing is fun. Done it a couple times, starting from Frisco off Peaks trail, going up and over, then down into Breck.



    Plenty of other good ones out there.
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    Eagle county

    Love to ride up high in the fall.
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    A very big fan indeed!!!
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    Inspiring Pics! Makes me dream about summer plans. Would you guys mind labeling your pics if you didn't already do so. Where were you riding?

    Keep the Pics coming!

    Thanks

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    What a great approach to the sport

    It really grabs my sense of geography and destination. Very cool.

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    Cliche maybe, but it is a pass...

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    Geez, that Rockies and Alps stuff looks like work. I thought mtbs were supposed to be fun Of course, I say that suffering over Appalachian rock gardens in the woods through typically lousy Northeastern weather AND never getting those great views.

    Nice pics.

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    Wheeler, Georgia, Searle/Kokomo, Ptarmagin, "Miner's Pass", Reno, Schofield... the list goes on and on...

    Never knew there was a term for riding over passes...

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    I live in Georgia. Our highest mountain/hill is only 4600+ feet. In the south, we seem to call "passes" Gaps. We only get brief long views and are generally near the top of a climb. Except in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees, sometimes we can see a long view for a ways. Even though our mountains aren't very tall, they can still be butt kickers, even for big Western mountain riders - I don't know why that is?

    Anyway, we also go looking for views on our rides - not necessarily as spectaclar as out West, but something to appreciate none the less.

    Riding some Gaps near Blue Ridge Georgia - probably around 3000 feet:



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    I'm a bit of n00b at it, but yeah, I like "storming passes"...

    Fairangel Pass

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    Dogsled Pass

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    Hatcher Pass(paved/gravel(or snow) road...)

    summitpano

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    Powerline Pass

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    Rainy Pass(no photos of the actual pass itself for some reason... I'll remedy that in a few weeks)

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    I wish I had a Pass. I'm gonna storm the cookie jar.



    ps. Sean, Love the Powerline pano!

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    Not a named pass but the saddle at the top of the Lenewee trail at the top of Arapaho Basin. 12,200' something like that.


    12,000' French Pass at the Continental divide near Breckenridge. Part of the epic "circumnavigation of Mt Guyot ride.

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    I love it !!

    Looking back on the trail leading up to the pass.



    At the pass and looking over the other side.





    Unfortunately, it's a one way trail (for MTB's)






    So back the way you came, not that that's a bad thing.




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    Quote Originally Posted by zrm

    12,000' French Pass at the Continental divide near Breckenridge. Part of the epic "circumnavigation of Mt Guyot ride.
    Epic is right...

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    [QUOTE=roxnroots]Geez, that Rockies and Alps stuff looks like work. I thought mtbs were supposed to be fun

    NOW you know why bikes keep getting lighter and more expensive, we riders are climbing higher.
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    From this trip

    https://www.leelau.net/2006/chilcoti.../windypass.htm

    Comes this pass storm



    Better ridden when the weather is a tad more balmy



    which is recounted here - https://www.leelau.net/2008/chilcoti...ndy2008_09_07/

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    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Yeah? Well those places SUCK WKD-RDR.

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    This thread made me realize that I have not been riding enough high places the past couple of years, and when I was riding them a lot, I didn't carry a camera.
    Here are a couple from last summer on Georgia Pass, outside of Breck. One on the approach from the Kenosha Pass side, and one after lunch, dropping into Jefferson Creek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Yeah? Well those places SUCK WKD-RDR.
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

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    Yeah, keep hikin... Chump

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    Oh man this is an excellent thread. I have a couple goals for some this summer. Can't wait!!

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    Great pics. Inspiring

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm9
    Even though our mountains aren't very tall, they can still be butt kickers, even for big Western mountain riders - I don't know why that is?
    Many mountains in the east coast are steep even if they're not too high. I got my biking legs growing up in NC. Some less epic but just as fun passes right in town:

    Bell Pass on left, Windgate Pass on right in the McDowells, warmup passes in town for the epics:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mm9
    "Pass Storming"
    Never heard the term Pass Storming before, but I've got a list of most of the passes in Colorado, and have been checking them off for the last few years... got 32 knocked out so far. Only 70-something left to go....


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    Great pics! Mentally preparing for summer. Wanted to see if anyone had more pics of riding high mountain passes?

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    I find it funny that Grand Canyon NP puts in trails for biking and RMNP puts up signs to keep them out.

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    ok, not a pass, but how about 8000 vertical in 11 miles, pure rocky singletrack, 100% hike-a-bike, no shuttle.

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    hell on earth

    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    ok, not a pass, but how about 8000 vertical in 11 miles, pure rocky singletrack, 100% hike-a-bike, no shuttle.

    to push your bike up that is miserable. Why? there is no time of the year that would come close to sounding like a good idea!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dft
    ok, not a pass, but how about 8000 vertical in 11 miles, pure rocky singletrack, 100% hike-a-bike, no shuttle.
    HAB-lover's dream! Where's the photos and the story?

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    Some awesome pictures here. I wish I had taken more on my rides.

    @jl: I recognize most of those rides. All good! Made the mistake of riding from Rollinsville to WP and back in a day, 50+ miles of washboard on a hardtail with a 2" fork... thought I was fixin' to die.


    Here's a few of mine, forgive the fact I've posted a few elsewhere:


    Sargents Mesa


    Kokomo


    Searle


    Coal Creek/Engine Creek Divide


    Lime Creek/Bear Creek Divide


    Armstrong


    Col du Bonhomme


    Colle della Seigne


    Col de Ferret


    Col du Vallorcine



    Rolling


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    This thread makes me smile. One day, I'll be able to visit these places.

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    Bumping this old thread. Love seeing everyone's photos and stories of passes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn-Rider View Post
    HAB-lover's dream! Where's the photos and the story?
    been up it 6 times. most times i only go 6000/8000, the top is just too hard. my highest is 400 vert from the top, that took about 9 hours of pushing up. downhill is very technical. carrying enough water is tough.

    here is one report

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinlikethebird View Post
    to push your bike up that is miserable. Why? there is no time of the year that would come close to sounding like a good idea!!
    fall and spring are the times to do it. its a great but grueling day!

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    Wowsers! I wish I lived in a state that has a pass! Great thread bump!
    Grit, spit, and a whole lot of duct tape!

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    Yup. This thread is epic. Subbing

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    What you call 'pass storming' in tahoe is just called 'a ride'.

    My bread and butter ride before I moved out of paradise was from one pass to another (kingsbury to spooner on the nevada side of south lake tahoe) and sometimes back depending on how much time I had.

    It's not an ultra crazy elevation gain, the out and back is right around 4000 vert. Starts at 7800 and up from there. Beautiful views at the top:
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    love it
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