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    TR: Candy Mountain Run







    That buzzing sound coming from the metal flagpole on the summit could only mean one thing; get off the mountain fast. My choice to go for the treeless peak was made about ten minutes earlier. There were storms off to the south but the sky overhead was looking relatively calm. I thought I had a window and in a bold-headed move decided to go for it.
    As I unrolled my emergency bivy from its comically small pouch I was pondering why I was even up there in the first place. Spat Spat Spat. The small, wind-driven raindrops bounced off my plastic cocoon. Where do mountain goats hide from lightning? Do they care that thereís no place to hide except for some small bushes? Do shrubs even provide protection or are they just blocking my view of the impending doom?





    I lugged my camera and gear all the way up to a very prominent 10,000í peak only to get shut down by weather. This project had been bouncing around in my head for the past several months and was finally coming together. I would spend the day on a remote trail that seldom sees bike tires and document the journey with my video camera. The one thing I didnít account for was bad weather. Not just a little rain, which I can deal with, Iím talking about electric weather. Granted, as I was ascending for the prior few hours I had my eyes fixed on the sky and noticed no signs of lightning or thunder. There was a significant amount of virga, but I chose to ignore it as a reason to turn around, besides, there were little pockets of blue sky poking out.
    It must have been about half hour when I poked my head out again. I discovered two things, first was that wearing a bike helmet provides for a surprisingly comfortable impromptu pillow for an alpine nap. And secondly, more awesomely, the sun was out! Go time.





    I quickly found myself back on the summit where my bike was waiting patiently in the talus. Not wanting to press my luck any further I banged out a few shots from the top and made my way down the upper portion of the trail. Thereís a lot of steep exposure and slow, technical riding right from the summit. It truly is Mountain Biking.
    Deliberately moving down the trail my nerves settled. I was feeling safe and back to enjoying myself again. Not many places in the Wasatch can match this trail, huge views in every direction and nothing but an 8 mile downhill in front of me. As the storm clouds weakened the sun started to light things up in a magical way. The only way to experience moments like that is to be there. I was soaking it in, trying to absorb it all and hoping I could capture some of the feeling on video.





    With an ear to ear perma-grin I came zipping around a corner and encountered some other trail users. I had seen them on my way up but didnít expect to run into them again. Really though, I didnít mind sharing the moment with them, in fact I was pumped. Iíve only seen mountain goats in Utah a handful of times and itís always a treat. They have so much character and they get to live in such an amazing environment. I could watch them cruise around the steep slopes all day if I had the time.





    Time was one thing I didnít have much of. I kept my focus, shot a few frames and kept moving forward. Reaching the ridgeline about halfway down was an absolute treat. The lowering, warm sun was covering the singletrack in a perfect glow, small, less threatening storm clouds moving in from the south. It was a perfect recipe for a rainbow. Just as the thought popped in to my little brain there it was. A big arch, stretched out over the very ridge I was enjoying so much already. Magic.





    Not sure if the day could get better I kept descending. I dropped into the lower elevation trees that were wearing their prime fall colors. Being a New England boy Iím not much a fall foliage freak. I guess I always took it for granted, but this was a sight to savor. The maples were exploding with saturation. The trail intersected with an actual bike trail down lower and the riding got drastically different. Gone were the slow, careful moves of the alpine. Enter sweeping mini berms and hits to play on. Flow.





    Over my years as a mountain biker I have come up with a few key points I like to abide by to enhance my riding experience. They arenít an end-all by any stretch, but if I can make them happen they always maximize the fun factor. Try to finish my ride with the longest downhill of the day. Find a nice spot to hang out after riding, a swimming hole, hot spring etc. And finally, probably the most important rule in all of mountain biking, have cold beer at the bottom.



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    nice vid

    props for doing it solo and avoiding POV

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    That was awesome. Thanks for sharing. Did you haul up a full timelapse motion rig with you? What did you shoot that on?

    Quote Originally Posted by springsproject View Post
    Such a great image.

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    super solid tr/edit. enjoyed that. thanks

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    awesome.

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    radness!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smslavin View Post
    That was awesome. Thanks for sharing. Did you haul up a full timelapse motion rig with you? What did you shoot that on?
    Such a great image.
    Shot on a t2i. I brought a tripod and a few lenses

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    Just outstanding. Thanks for that.

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    Thanks, duder. Bring some shit for Enchilada (if it doesn't detract from your "experience"). I'll help you haul.
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    Quote Originally Posted by springsproject View Post
    Shot on a t2i. I brought a tripod and a few lenses
    nice job. especially with the timelapse motion/zoom. makes me realize i haven't been picking up the camera enough lately.

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    Hell yeah! Skijunky has a serious new rival for self-edit king. Santaquin?

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    This is so cool, I've been catching glimpses while Mike's been editing the last few days. One of the best vibes I've ever seen on video.

    Good eye Dan.
    There's nothing better than sliding down snow... flying through the air.

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    I like this, for it is good.

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    Damn that was nice.

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    That was probably the best bike edit I have ever seen. Really beautiful. Nice narrative too.
    Thanks for posting.

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    RaD! Nice job, must've been a lot of setting up of cameras. Diggin the drifting through the fall colors.

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    Strong work! Love that vid.

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    This is a great video! Nice job!

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    Excellent!

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