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Old 03-09-2010, 04:29 PM   #31
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I hope you all appreciate this effort since Geek is very likey to be banished by the natives now that he's leaking all the good info.

Good thing I'm not a native.




















Great idea Geek!! I already see some glaring mistakes though.
Plan on me disagreeing with pretty much anything you say about the SJ's, I'll have people so confused they will just skip the SJ's and hit the front range instead!!!


Great pictures BTW!!!
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:36 PM   #32
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Hey Geek, this is GREAT!!!!!!!! Colorado is one of my 2 dream locations, AK the other. I've been Wingin it for years and I'm thinking of changing to a GS to take in the beautiful wild side. Please include if the rides are GS as well as 2 up friendly. I love this...... great photos by the way.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:52 PM   #33
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Nice! The maps are very Nice! I'm in, I would buy the coffee table book too.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:58 PM   #34
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Altitude:
Does spending a couple of nights acclimatizing at intermediate elevation (i.e. Durango, Ouray) before venturing up to the highest peaks and passes mitigate the effects somewhat?

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Good question Stu:

Short Answer: Definitely.

Everyone acclimatizes differently. Basically acclimatizing to high altitude is the process of your body generating more red blood cells to carry oxygen to your organs.

My first week in Colorado... Lomax and Eaglefeather put me on a KLR and took me to the top of Mt. Evans over 14,000 feet. It was everything I could do to try and get a full breath up there



It is fairly common for someone coming from sea level to have a bit of Altitude Sickness at 8000 feet. To put in in perspective how high you are at 8000... pilots are required to use oxygen above 10,000 feet. (edit: I've received notes from several pilots telling me my numbers are wrong - but the point is the same) So even though us Coloradan's are up over 12,000 feet all the time (one ride in one day I went over 12,000 feet 7 times), people from lower altitudes need to see how their body reacts to the altitude.

Here is a bunch of detailed information on acclimatization:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness

but here is the

RULE OF THUMB I WOULD FOLLOW:


My recommendation is that a visitor do lower things first and then in the later days of your vacation try for the higher stuff. If you are planning to ride some of the epic 13,000 foot passes (Imogene or Mosquito - more on those later), leave them to the end of your trip.

Build up.

Also.. there are two "automobile routes" in Colorado that can take you up to 14,000 feet. One is Mount Evans (the highest paved road in america) and the other is the world famous Pikes Peak (which is now about 50% paved and 50% dirt road). Both of these are in the front range.

The cool thing about those two routes is you can get up (and down) them in a relatively short time if you want to see how you feel up high.

It might be an idea to go and spend a few hours up on Pikes or on Evans when you first arrive and see how you feel. I would recommend however, you don't just sit around up there.. do something to get your heart pumping. If you go up Evans, do the last 200 foot climb on foot to the very top. THAT will give you a real feeling for how hard it is to breath up there.. and then think about what it will be like riding a motorcycle in full gear over rough terrain.

If you have no problems you are good to go...
If it gives you pause for thought.. then you need to acclimatize some more and plan accordingly.

Here I am with Wayne Weber at 14,110 feet on Pikes Peak. This is after I'd lived in Colorado for about a year. Wayne is a Colorado native and thought nothing of the thin air. I was functional but I could not have sprinted 50 yards.




My first time riding actual technical offroad above 12,000 feet... I was a beat dog. Of course the fact that I was on a VT500 Ascot "street bike" with shaft drive probably didn't help


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Old 03-09-2010, 05:00 PM   #35
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Great idea Geek!! I already see some glaring mistakes though.
Hi Tom,

If you are feeling like it, please feel free to PM me mistakes so I can learn from them (and then I'll make corrections if I see a need to not confuse the flat landers )

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Old 03-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #36
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Great idea for a report, I have been out there several times and completely agree with how you are emphasizing the altitude.

I can remember around 25 years ago trying to walk from the lift at A Basin and resting after 10 ft.

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:03 PM   #37
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This is great. I had a time in CO last summer and I can't wait to get back this summer! The big bike route tips will help with my 990.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:53 PM   #38
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I need to subscribe to this......just bought an adventure bike + I live in Colorado.......win + win
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:09 PM   #39
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:10 PM   #40
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Awesome

Heading to CO in July so this is prefect timing. I hope the locals leave you alone for a bit so I can get some cool tips.

I like maps too!
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:19 PM   #41
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I lived in CO as a kid for first 12 years. love the place and visit often. was planning on a trip out to CO this summer with my newly acquired GSA and this will be perfect. Bing maps are nice and all, but you will help out in a HUGE way. I just hope my GSA can get over that pass above Telluride. I saw that while looking over maps. Thank you. BTW, No fear of heights here.
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:19 PM   #42
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Excellent! Thanks for posting this. My wife and I are planning a ride to southwest Colorado this August, 2up on 12GSA....great timing!
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #43
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Outstanding!

I'll be riding the GS thru Colorado either to or from my trip to Oregon in July. Your thread is much appreciated. If I ever run into you out there, remind me that I owe you a beer big time!
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Old 03-09-2010, 07:45 PM   #44
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Hi Tom,

If you are feeling like it, please feel free to PM me mistakes so I can learn from them (and then I'll make corrections if I see a need to not confuse the flat landers )

PM you? Now, what fun would that be!
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:27 PM   #45
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Fantastic idea! thanks for taking the time to do it.
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