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Old 04-28-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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Thumb 5th Annual White Mountain Research Station Ride, Bishop CA

The 5th Annual WMRS Ride here in Bishop, CA

So do you want to ride to over 13,000 ft? See great vistas and take great pictures? Then this ride is for you!!!!

DO NOT SEND ME ANY MONEY, THIS IS A " UN RALLY ". YOU WILL PAY FOR CAMPING AND DINNER YOURSELF.

Ok Ladies and Gentleman ( and I use the term loosely ), Boys and Girls, ADV Riders of all ages! It is time to announce the 5th annual WMRS Ride here in Bishop, CA.

Once a year the White Mountain Research Station has an open house. Located in the Bristle cone Pine Forest, this is the only time of the year that you can ride all the way up to the station and check it out ( 13K ft ). It is always the first Sunday in August, this years ride dates are 7-29-09 thru 8-2-09, with the open house on 8-2-09. The area is loaded with great dual sport riding and camping. This a great weekend of riding the high country , with much cooler temps. I will be making the trip, hope you can join me. The pic reports below say it all.

Info On White Mountain Research Station:

White Mountain Research Station, with its principal office located in the Owens Valley near Bishop, was established in 1950 to provide laboratory facilities for any qualified research investigator wishing to utilize the high-mountain environment for his or her work, and to serve as teaching facilities for field courses conducted in the region. There are four separate laboratory sites: one in the Owens Valley; a second at Crooked Creek, at an elevation of approximately 10,000 ft (2,090 m); a third at the base of Mt. Barcroft, at an approximate elevation of 12,500 ft (3,801 m), making it the 11th highest high-altitude station in the world and the fourth highest in North America; and a fourth, the Summit Laboratory, atop White Mountain Peak, at an elevation of 14,246 ft (4,340 m). The Summit Laboratory is the fourth highest high-altitude research facility in the world and the highest in North America.

http://content.cdlib.org/xtf/view?do...2&brand=eschol

Link to Pics that I have taken while riding up here
http://stonewall.smugmug.com/gallery/779812#P-1-15

Ride Reports from WMRS I in 05
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?
t=90943

Ride Reports from WMRS II in 06
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157256

Ride Reports WMRS Ride III in 07
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=254807


4th Annual WMRS Ride IV Ride Report 08
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369576

Extra info on the area.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/
http://www.sonic.net/bristlecone/home.html
http://www.wmrs.edu/
http://www.ca.blm.gov/index.html

CAMPGROUND

DO NOT CALL THE CAMPGROUND!!!
I have spots for 100 ADV Riders reserved. Also the Camp Ground is located at 7,000 ft. The nights can be cool, that's we use it. Also their are COWS on the road, that's why they call it "Open Range"

This year we will be using The Browns Owens River Campground.
http://www.brownscampgrounds.com/owens.html
It is located on the Benton Crossing Rd ( also known as the Green Church Rd ) 6 miles east of US 395. Turn East at the Green Church just north of Crowley Lake and just south of the Mammoth Airport. The campground has showers available from 8 am until 4pm, very clean restrooms, and a small store with Beer and Ice. They also have a grill for Breakfast and Lunch. Cost is $10 dollars per day for a Motorcycle and tent, $20 per day for a pick up with 2 bikes or a pick up with trailer or a motor home with a trailer. Pay at the store when you arrive. This campground can handle RV's of any size. If you like to fish, bring your gear. The Fly fishing is fantastic here. FYI this campground " Does Not Take Credit Cards" ( no land line, but cell phones work great ), but they will take a check and of course cash.

For The Camping Challenged
For those of you who want a room call the McGee Creek Inn at 760-935-4228 to book a room. Located 8 miles from the Campground.


Here is some info on two companies that will drop off a camper at the camp ground for you:
Sierra Vacation Trailer Rentals 760-935-4263 sierravactrir@aol.com
Adventure In Camping 800-417-7771 www.adventurincamping.com

These are lodges very close to the camp ground
Toms Place also has cabins 760-935-4239 www.tomsplaceresort.com
Rock Creek Lodge 877-935-4170 www.rockcreeklodge.com
Rock Creek Lakes Resort 760-935-4311 www.rockcreeklake.com

GAS

Closest gas is at Crowley Lake General Store. Crowley lake exit on 395 10 miles south and in Mammoth Lakes 10 mile north.

SATURDAY DAY NIGHT DINNER IS SET

Saturday Night Dinner $25 Per Person. Menu posted below. You pay at the Pack Station, I will not collect money for dinner. Dinner starts at 1700 hrs ( 5 PM for those math challenged )
The location is at Reds Meadows Pack Station, same as all earlier WMRS Rides. This is an optional Dinner.
http://www.redsmeadow.com/

which is located in the Devils Postpile National Monument.
http://www.nps.gov/depo/depomain.htm

Besides having a great BBQ, this allows us to ride our bikes into the Monument. Their is no POV's allowed into the Monument from 0700 to 1900 without camping reservations or dinner reservations at Reds Medows. Without eather of these you "MUST" ride the tour bus down and back out. As guest of the Pack Station we can enter the Monument as earliy as 1400 (2 PM ) and take in the sights. I have attached the menu:

Saturday Night Dinner MENU

BBQ Tri-Tip, BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, baked beans, vegetables, salads, apple cobbler dessert, with Tea or lemmonade for bevrages. They sell BEER in the store but have no wine or liquor license, so BYOB if you want anything else.
Web site: www.redsmeadow.com. Devils Postpile is at www.nps.gov/depo/.

I highly recommend this for two reasons 1st its a great meal & 2nd Its a chance to ride through an area that is very regulated and is a smaller version of Yosemite. By being allowed in at 1400hrs you can see all the sites without riding the bus. The NFS does charge $7 per person to access the valley ( even the ones on the bus ). We could all ride what ever we want during the day and meet here for dinner. Search the web sites listed and let me know what you think. E-mail or PM me with any questions. You can also shower for free before dinner.
Vote if you are going to Reds Meadow for Dinner here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=246710

2nd Option
McGee Creek Inn has a good Cajun food , dinner only.
Toms Place Resort Prime Rib Dinner every Saturday night for $10.50. Plus other items.

3rd
All of those expensive places in Mammoth

Other Activities This Weekend

Radio Telescope Open House Tours on Monday 8-3-09

On display will be the worlds largest and most powerful millimeter-wave radio astronomy observatory. Visitors will will have the opportunity to see state-of-the-art radio telescope up close, tour the facility, and ask questions of astronomers. For more info call Dr. Mark Hodges at the observatory at 760-938-2075 ext 109. These tours are given on the first Monday of every month at 1 pm, excluding holidays. The new Radio Telescopes located off of Westguard Pass, State Route 168, about 13 miles east of Big Pine CA. This is close to the entrance to the Bristol Cone Pines entrance and the road up to the WMRS.

Link to the CalTech info page about the open house: CARMA

The CARMA home page: CARMA



DIRT BIKE & ATV RENTALS

For Dirt Bike & ATV rentals delivered to the bottom of Silver Canyon ( or where ever you want ) contact Russ @ Bishop Motorsports 888-872-4717 or

http://www.snomobiles.com/

I have known these folks for years . Russ will get you squared away.


3rd Annual WMRS Ride III in Bishop, CA Ride Report 07
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=254807

4th Annual WMRS Ride IV Ride Report 08
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369576

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Old 04-28-2009, 08:55 PM   #2
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I've been to the last 3 and this is by far my favorite ADV event. Needless to say I'll be there.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:54 PM   #4
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:09 PM   #5
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Old 04-28-2009, 11:08 PM   #6
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:11 AM   #7
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In!!!!!!!!!!!!

Needless to say. BTW pierce, the 1st post has the date.


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In, this will be my Summer Vacation. Hoping to take the whole week off and ride the area.
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Needless to say. BTW pierce, the 1st post has the date.


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it didn't when I posted...

does now, so i nuked my post to reduce confusion...
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My dear old Dad and I attempted the dirt road a few years back and it proved to be too rough for our cruisers. We had to settle for the Bristlecone pine forest at the base of the road leading up to WMRS.

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My dear old Dad and I attempted the dirt road a few years back and it proved to be too rough for our cruisers. We had to settle for the Bristlecone pine forest at the base of the road leading up to WMRS.
I drove that road once in my e150 van and about rattled my teeth loose.

I do wonder if my R1100RS, with overly-stiff suspension by Fox, is up to the washboard. I figure if you go about 50, it all smooths out, at least, thats what worked in my van
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FOOOOOOOK, between Stonewall and Magilla there is WAYYYYY too many words on this page. WTF.

Hey, yeah, so eh....its the 3rd time I'll be showing up for this event. Who's taking bets on the outcome?
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FOOOOOOOK, between Stonewall and Magilla there is WAYYYYY too many words on this page. WTF.

Hey, yeah, so eh....its the 3rd time I'll be showing up for this event. Who's taking bets on the outcome?
Dare I remind you of your sig line? Don't bring the DR and jinx it too.
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