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Old 12-05-2013, 08:50 AM   #136
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Well, that's it. Shows over. Snow is here for the winter... but I found a new way to get around the mountains until I can get back on two wheels...
And what a show it was! Thanks for some genuinely thrilling vids this year mate, terrific stuff.
Enjoy the winter and your new toy.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:20 AM   #137
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Always great pix and vids! Keep 'em coming!
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:04 AM   #138
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Excellent as usual! You get a ski pass?
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:27 AM   #139
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My ski pass has two skis and a track thanks btw


Went up to Oso with Lenny and Kevin H for a break from the sledding and skiing. Started off with some bootleg.


Went here a week ago with my wife, sub the singletrack






BUT anyway,

Lenny on his KTM 350




up to the snow


For the most part the snow was firm enough to ride on really well once we let all the air out of our tires


Kevin




really fun to ride around in the trees















Playing more in the trees


Granite Lake, frozen over




left to right.. Pugh, Big Bear, Whitehorse, Bullien, Three Fingers
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:13 AM   #140
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Pretty country...anytime of the year. Kinda cool that you could ride on top of the snow. Looks like lots of fun was had by all!
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:04 AM   #141
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Old 01-30-2014, 09:28 AM   #142
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Great pix and video!!! (as always)

Wish I was riding out there... (sigh)
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:03 AM   #143
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That was very fun to watch. Guessing alot more fun riding it than watching. I can't believe how firm the snow was! Also helps alot the logging road snow hasn't been packed down and made to look like sheet ice. Sucks to ride on that stuff. Thanks for this. I love the blue sky and snow.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:22 AM   #144
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Excellent video. Playtime on some very firm snow.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:13 AM   #145
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duuuuuude! fucking rad riding!!!
being from Tacoma/Seattle and only getting into dirtbike/dual sport riding since moving to Los Angeles, you're making me want to move back for the great riding you're posting.
well, I met Don 'turn_one' down here and I've made plans to be up there riding this summer.
keep up the great ride reports!!!
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Old 02-05-2014, 04:19 PM   #146
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Summer is finally here in Washington and the mountain trails are calling my name.

Thursday Andy (Awshouse) and I went to Miller Peak to ride some fun trails up in the mountains

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0Gldz8WvEc&hd=1

I rode down to his place in Seattle at 6:30 and we hauled over the bikes in his truck to a place called Liberty, WA. We got off the highway and headed up some old roads that turned into 4wd in his truck. When we looked at the map we realized we were on a jeep trail by then so we parked and unloaded.


trail gained elevation right away




Mt Stuart coming into view






Summiting Miller Peak, 6,400ft






Mt Stuart and the Enchantments






Miller Time. We sat and watched the butterflies for a while










We came across two hikers who gave us the stink eye and did not say hello.. It was tempting to roost them as I went by but I held back








Thunderstorm passed over on our way to another trail system. We took about 20mi of gated logging roads to another trailhead.


The trail.. very remote. I was hoping at this point that we would not have any trouble and have to walk out.


A bit overgrown I think


Gaining elevation. I lost count of the switchbacks up the mountain.




Getting higher.. don't slide off the trail at all costs. It could mean a walk home.


Looking up from that point


Made it up on the ridge.. some nice snow to cool off.


Me at the summit, 7,200ft


Andy


Back in the day there was a lookout here. The stove is about all that remains


Mt Stuart and The Enchantments










Coming down, no kick stand needed


We got down to the abandoned roads and everything was smooth until shortly after this point..


Then this.
Of course my brand new, never used air compressor happened to be faulty so we could not fix it. I tested it at home before we left, and it pumped air. I did not test to see if it would pump higher than 0.5PSI.


Then this..




I was riding along and my headlights went dim. Hmm. We jiggled wires and they came back to life. Then a mile later it happened again. This is how things went for about 5-10mi, then the lights would not come back and the bike died. We pulled my seat for the last (fifth? sixth?) time as well as the gas tank and headlight to look at all the wiring. We could not figure it out.
By now it was completely dark and we were very tired and hungry. We finished the last of the six liters of water I brought as well as his numerous camelbacks. I pulled out my reserve power bars and we munched down thinking about the tasty burgers we would get in Leavenworth after we got out...
I jammed a flashlight into my helmet and rode the battery out no lights until we got a few miles from the truck were the bike gave up the ghost and died for the night. It was very hard to see as his headlight was pointed almost straight up instead of straight, and my piddly flashlight was all that I had to see with behind him. Not to mention the fact that he was playing the crabwalk game of riding a flat TRIALS tire 20mi on 4x4 roads.


So it was closing in 12AM and we just wanted to see the truck. There was still a maze of road to navigate so I took my GPS which was charging off the bike (now at 5% battery life) and jumped on his bike to head for the truck while he stayed with mine in the dark.


I found the truck a while later (GPS lasted thank goodness) and loaded the bike, threw it in 4x4 and took off for Andy out in the dark.. We loaded the bikes and headed for home, still 2.5hrs away (3.5hrs for him.) I was planning on riding home after the ride while he camped and went riding again the next day. Thanks for driving me home!!

So back to those Cheeseburgers.. Nothing was open the whole way until we got 30min from my house where we found this. No cheeseburger, but it was the best nacho glop thing I have ever had.


sandwhiches too




The bikes were put away wet for the night. Today I had the afternoon off so I pulled my tank and found the culprit


Everything was plugged in but this one plug had a corroded connection point


Well, I learned my lesson! Dielectric grease on everything from now on!!!!!





Until next week..

GNAR ! so do I PM you guys to sign up for 2014 ?
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:14 PM   #147
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I'm always looking for new people to ride with but I can safely say I have no desire to ride with you.... You and your riding buddies are nuts. Keep up the amazing ride report so I can live vicariously through you while safely riding mission ridge and the like.

btw, how do you like the berg compared to the wr? Not looking to start a brand war here, just interested in your personal (and dare I say professional) opinions

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Old 02-10-2014, 08:25 AM   #148
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Just PM me around June when the snow thaws .

The Berg is just a better all around bike.. better gearing, better power delivery, better suspension... its a great bike

still lots of snow up there...

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Old 04-25-2014, 10:15 PM   #149
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Bump!! Been lurking this one for a while. Its spring time now and I think you update this thing! Lol.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:12 AM   #150
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I've been riding where there are no trails









Just got this little thing ready to fly though... hoping to get out this weekend
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