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    Hello All: Epics

    Hi All,
    Funny that I just found this message board. I suspect that we have all seen each
    other at one time or another.

    Echoing the idea posed in previous threads-- I am just going to jump at the
    gun and initiate a ride. If I am the only one that shows up, thats cool. I've
    done it before. Here's
    the plan:

    Concept: Loosely organized epic mountain bike rides in the Wasatch.
    Fitness level: you must have good endurance-- like 5 hours or so. The pace is
    social-with-a-purpose. which means no hammering, but also no 3 hour lunches.
    Length of ride: depends on the organizer. For me, I like long and steady. As such.
    I propose the following ride:

    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...mtn/index.html

    date: saturday june 12
    time: 10 am
    trailhead:
    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...n/big_mt29.jpg

    which is where the trail along alexander creek meets with the mountain dell
    road. near the golf course off I-80.

    from there, a brief road climb to mountain dell reservoir, then hop on the mormon
    trail. from there, its up to big mountain pass. then, hop on the great western trail
    to parleys summit. then, decend back down to the trail head.

    the stretch from big mountain pass to parleys summit is up and down. mostly
    up, i think.

    anyway, if you are interested, pop me an email
    [email protected]

    see ya,
    g

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    See my other post

    See my post under "Salt Lake Riding Club" in the Utah section

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    35 miles!!! That's a big ride. How much is pavement and how much is hike a bike?
    Thanks

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    chop of 12

    35 miles is an overestimate as we rode up emigration canyon from the avenues
    and back. so whack off 12 or 15 miles. the road section is from the trailhead
    up to the reservoir-- 2 or 3 miles? there are some steep sections on the climb,
    especially from big mountain pass to parleys summit, but they are all ridable
    if you are a good climber,

    chat later,
    g

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    mid week

    hmm-- mid week is tough for me, i basically just commute into and
    back from work...

    chat later,
    g

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    Watch out for those horned lizards up on the ridge. Also, saw some big moose tracks on the Little Mt. to Affleck Park trail last night - maybe you'll get lucky and see one!

    Sounds like a good ride.

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    moose

    I prefer moose sightings from a healthy distance.....



    later,
    g

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    A suggestion....

    Try that loop CCW sometime; I personally think it is much more pleasant going that way. It gets that relatively boring climb up the pipeline from the golf course out of the way early, then once you reach the GW trail, it's pretty much all gravy, plus then you get to swoop down Mormon instead of climbing it. Runs about 26 miles/2500 vert as I recall.

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    good idea

    that is an interesting suggestion--
    i havent ridden the GWT from parleys to big mountain, always the other
    way i dont know why. i guess there is really only one nasty climb in that
    direction.

    perhaps doing it the other way is in order then,
    later,
    g

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    I'll prefer the other way. Still would be nice to start from home.... Anyone wants to meet at the Zoo at 9am? Or maybe moving the start time at the golf course to a bit later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alibi
    Try that loop CCW sometime; I personally think it is much more pleasant going that way. It gets that relatively boring climb up the pipeline from the golf course out of the way early, then once you reach the GW trail, it's pretty much all gravy, plus then you get to swoop down Mormon instead of climbing it. Runs about 26 miles/2500 vert as I recall.
    Well - I'm not sure about all gravy after reaching the Great Western. There's still a steep, loose, kinda long climb to Bald Mt. We had to walk it, but I'm sure there are some who could ride it. The next peak, the one before Big. Mt. Pass, is also a challenge, but rideable. Still, a very rewarding experience.

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    lumpy gravy

    ya-- lumpy rock strewn gravy .....
    i kind of thought that way might be hard....
    later,
    g

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    Quote Originally Posted by stokey
    ya-- lumpy rock strewn gravy .....
    i kind of thought that way might be hard....
    later,
    g
    Actually, I don't know which way would be easier. I think Bald Mt. is hard either direction, and the climb up from the parking lot at the pass is going to be pretty tough going CW. So, not taking sides here - just pointing out that it's not real easy after you hit GW.

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    yeah

    Quote Originally Posted by stokey
    ya-- lumpy rock strewn gravy .....
    i kind of thought that way might be hard....
    later,
    g
    Baby Heads

    Cat Heads

    down to Lizard Heads ...... all kinds of lumpy "gravy" up there !!!!

    Those are the rocks that eroded off a short lived pulse of Mtn Building about 100 million years ago called the Sevier Mtn Bldg time ... proceeded a big pulse of Rocky Mtn uplift by a few million years ...

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    I like the CW direction, since all the climbs are rideable, I would not be so sure on the CCW loose climb to Bald Mtn. Gotta try it some day.

    Most people seem to ride it CCW, I got almost blown off the trail by some racing ******* on the biggest climb about 2 miles S of Big Mtn. Pass yesterday (he was shouting he's having fun though I figured that'll last only until he collides with somebody/something).

    For the epics lovers, we've done a bit of a preview of Stokey's ride yesterday:
    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...ing04/big_mtn/
    It'll look better tomorrow when I add ********/pictures....

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    yeah for you

    Quote Originally Posted by marast
    I like the CW direction, since all the climbs are rideable, I would not be so sure on the CCW loose climb to Bald Mtn. Gotta try it some day.

    Most people seem to ride it CCW, I got almost blown off the trail by some racing ******* on the biggest climb about 2 miles S of Big Mtn. Pass yesterday (he was shouting he's having fun though I figured that'll last only until he collides with somebody/something).

    For the epics lovers, we've done a bit of a preview of Stokey's ride yesterday:
    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...ing04/big_mtn/
    It'll look better tomorrow when I add ********/pictures....
    for you Super Uber Climber ... I wasn't even close on that biggest climb .... I walked about 700 linear feet of that .....

    did you see where those guys that almost hit us, blew the turn before they reached us, and their tracks went off trail for 20 feet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wasatch Walt
    for you Super Uber Climber ... I wasn't even close on that biggest climb .... I walked about 700 linear feet of that .....
    Nah, you'd be OK if you did not have 5000+ ft in your feet already...

    did you see where those guys that almost hit us, blew the turn before they reached us, and their tracks went off trail for 20 feet?
    Well, if they did not go off the trail, they'd surely blow me off

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    new name

    Quote Originally Posted by marast
    Nah, you'd be OK if you did not have 5000+ ft in your feet already...


    Well, if they did not go off the trail, they'd surely blow me off
    based on your alien climbing ability, you now have a new name

    The Moravian Martian

    ha ha ha .....

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    its nice to have...

    someone else experience a good flogging with marast
    i just call him the czech lung
    the human rototiller


    later,
    g!

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    clearly

    Quote Originally Posted by stokey
    someone else experience a good flogging with marast
    i just call him the czech lung
    the human rototiller


    later,
    g!
    yes,
    clearly he is either gas powered, or not of this world, or both ....... he sure does eat up the Baby Heads .... I thought I saw him resting once ... but he was actually taking a picture ...

    did he sell his soul for climbing prowness??? .... only the Martians know for sure ...

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    I'm in.

    Quote Originally Posted by stokey
    Hi All,
    Funny that I just found this message board. I suspect that we have all seen each
    other at one time or another.

    Echoing the idea posed in previous threads-- I am just going to jump at the
    gun and initiate a ride. If I am the only one that shows up, thats cool. I've
    done it before. Here's
    the plan:

    Concept: Loosely organized epic mountain bike rides in the Wasatch.
    Fitness level: you must have good endurance-- like 5 hours or so. The pace is
    social-with-a-purpose. which means no hammering, but also no 3 hour lunches.
    Length of ride: depends on the organizer. For me, I like long and steady. As such.
    I propose the following ride:

    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...mtn/index.html

    date: saturday june 12
    time: 10 am
    trailhead:
    http://www.chpc.utah.edu/~mcuma/imag...n/big_mt29.jpg

    which is where the trail along alexander creek meets with the mountain dell
    road. near the golf course off I-80.

    from there, a brief road climb to mountain dell reservoir, then hop on the mormon
    trail. from there, its up to big mountain pass. then, hop on the great western trail
    to parleys summit. then, decend back down to the trail head.

    the stretch from big mountain pass to parleys summit is up and down. mostly
    up, i think.

    anyway, if you are interested, pop me an email
    [email protected]

    see ya,
    g

    Stokey,

    Since I won't be going to Driggs this weekend, I'll be joining you. E-mail me w/ any specifics .... I just might ride from town to the meeting place. Get a couple extra miles in. (Maybe).

    I was discussing w/ Alibi yesterday, the ride in the other direction. Not lobbying for it on this trip, but he is right, that this ride is VERY good too going the other way. It makes the tedious boring downhill, a fun climb, and the not truly super fun (though often shaded) climb up Mormon, a great downhill, which Marast, greatly enjoyed, like a Red Bull, if he can remember in his oxygen starved state.

    Anybody else wanna come? This is a great ride.

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    hey WW
    marast/martian suggested this, and i like the idea:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=28814

    plans have slightly changed, given that it seems like most people want
    to ride from the city.

    lemme know how that works for u

    chat soon
    g

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    this weekend: read if you're thinking of coming

    check out
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=28814

    for new start times, locations,and some tweaks to the route,

    see ya sat morning,
    later,
    g

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