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  1. #8801
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    Got the doggo some post-rain laps on the sandy trails.


  2. #8802
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  3. #8803
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    Best week of the year!

    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

  4. #8804
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkd-rdr View Post
    Best week of the year!

    Whisky?

  5. #8805
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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    Whisky?
    SSV, Fred/Hanks, BC, perhaps a JeffCo pic
    Last edited by wkd-rdr; 10-10-2021 at 12:21 AM.
    the drugs made me realize it's not about the drugs

  6. #8806
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    Hogsback seemed like a decent idea at dark. Questionable.
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  7. #8807
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    First time at Sea Otter. Didn't race but rode lots of the trails.

  8. #8808
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    Unfortunately I think the high country will be officially closed around here after tomorrow.


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  9. #8809
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    I think we're losing the alpine here, too, so yesterday my wife agreed to a spur of the moment over-commitment: just 9 miles and a couple thousand feet, but almost all hike-a-bike as it turns out, at least on the way up.

    First couple miles were pretty ridable in a really stupid low gear, but then there's a waterfall crossing
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    And it turns into a nice crossfit workout for a couple miles (sadly, no pics survived the serious parts of this section)
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    But eventually there's rock
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    The rock helps a little
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    And there's a lake, but by 2 pm it was time to stash and dash
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    Going down helps
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    Lots of ice up there, but we didn't notice the snow until later
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    @TAFKALS, the trail is a beast, but the rock offers some great lines. Mostly worth it. Mostly.
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    I hate to say it, but Trail 279 could be sanitized IMBA-style in a dozen or more places and I'd be fine with it. If it was only a dozen the trials moves would be about one every 2 minutes or so. We carefully laid tracks on all the giant, square-edged boulders to freak out the hikers, though, and the barely-ridable parts are awesome. Nice cruise home at the end was welcome as we lost light.
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    A woman came up to me and said "I'd like to poison your mind
    with wrong ideas that appeal to you, though I am not unkind."

  10. #8810
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    Excellent^^^

  11. #8811
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    @jono - I hiked that last summer but haven't had the time to get back up there with wheels. Strong work, I think there is some merit to exploring that zone more.

  12. #8812
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    Got in a great ride with my wife this last week and a great ride with the 9yo today. Not ready to be done yet.

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  13. #8813
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Artist Formerly Known as Leavenworth Skier View Post
    @jono - I hiked that last summer but haven't had the time to get back up there with wheels. Strong work, I think there is some merit to exploring that zone more.
    Looking like there's direct access to a flatter sloped rock section from the lake that might lead right to the gentler side of a ridge and back to the trail below the hike-a-bike. Very intriguing stuff.

    Mrsjono"s still pretty sore but not making snide comments at the mention of it, so I'm hoping a repeat seems viable in about 8 months or so.

  14. #8814
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    Quick gravel grind today in eastern WA

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  15. #8815
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    just up to the usual spot

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  16. #8816
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    yesterday was great, then it snowed. I’m all for winter but october snow is not good for anything…

  17. #8817
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    Go forth and ride, then bring back pics

    Great day out in the saddle!!

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    HUGE news for Spokane biking too! We just acquired the land to save the trails that make my home hill special.

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  18. #8818
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiLyft View Post
    Great day out in the saddle!!

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    HUGE news for Spokane biking too! We just acquired the land to save the trails that make my home hill special.

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    Sweet news, great work by your community.

  19. #8819
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    hell yeah! appreciate your efforts SL, huge win

  20. #8820
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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    I think we're losing the alpine here, too, so yesterday my wife agreed to a spur of the moment over-commitment: just 9 miles and a couple thousand feet, but almost all hike-a-bike as it turns out, at least on the way up.

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    And it turns into a nice crossfit workout for a couple miles (sadly, no pics survived the serious parts of this section)
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    But eventually there's rock
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    And there's a lake, but by 2 pm it was time to stash and dash
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    Lots of ice up there, but we didn't notice the snow until later
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    @TAFKALS, the trail is a beast, but the rock offers some great lines. Mostly worth it. Mostly.
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    I hate to say it, but Trail 279 could be sanitized IMBA-style in a dozen or more places and I'd be fine with it. If it was only a dozen the trials moves would be about one every 2 minutes or so. We carefully laid tracks on all the giant, square-edged boulders to freak out the hikers, though, and the barely-ridable parts are awesome. Nice cruise home at the end was welcome as we lost light.
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    Very nice! It definitely looks well worth it

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  21. #8821
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    Couple of photos from a ride in Ischgl earlier this summer. Ischgl is a pretty rare beast in Austria, in that some of the hiking trails are legal to ride (shared use), so you can ride more natural stuff than the shaped trails without worrying about bad vibes (the few hikers we came across were all pretty happy and interested to see bikers). Lots of fun, so props to Ischgl for the sense.e approach to MTB!

    There are lifts and some bike-only trails too, but we started with a ~1100m grind up a firstly asphalt then gravel road up to Alp Trida. Nice views there too!



    We rode the Paznauner Thaya trail, which starts with a bit of a traverse across the mountain before around another ~100m vert push up:



    There's then a mix of natural single track and some fun twisty boardwalks across the meadows:



    Before more lovely single track with great views:



    Once you get to the top of the Paznauner Thaya chairlift you can either join the forest road again, or take a significantly steeper and rougher natural (legal!) hiking trail. Camera doesn't do it much justice, and for experienced riders it's probably pretty straightforward, but was a good challenge for me. Tight, steep, twisty, rocky, and a few corners that were pretty tough - for me anyway - to make (you can't really see it but in the second photo each wheel is going off different ledges and the corner drops away quickly and steeper than it looks):





    Cool to ride this area in summer, as in winter it's some of my favourite tree skiing too. Also got a few whoops from hikers, which was good for my noobie ego :lol:

    Afterwards we went for a quick spin up the beautiful Fimbatal to get some more vert in the legs and earn more pizza



    My gf is both stunned and delighted that I've finally found something I enjoy cleaning :lol: :lol:


  22. #8822
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    I had one of my most fun days on the bike ever in mid-September, in Fiss/Serfaus with my Aussie mate Tim (who is a MUCH better rider than me). Basically the riding is split into two parts: the bike park, and the rest of the mountain. You can either buy a park lift pass, or the more expensive all-mountain pass.

    We started off in the Fiss bike park, which is one of the most popular in Tirol among the sendy crowd but is only a tiny part of the bike offering in the area. Most of the runs are fairly short, around the ~300m vert mark, but lots going on in them. Generally either fast flowing jump lines, which tbh are not really my thing as I don't know how to jump properly haha, but lots of big but well-shaped jumps as well as funkier features like hut-roof-drops (waaay beyond my level); or chunky natural stuff (trails named Supernatural etc) which I really enjoyed but surprised me a few fair times, with one or two rowdy corners I had to walk.

    After sessioning the park, we went to check out what turned out to be some genuinely glorious natural single track + lightly shaped trails - and as a bonus we had the place to ourselves with NO-ONE else on the trails.

    First up the Schönjochbahn lift to Fisserjoch at 2436m, from where you traverse the looovely 7115 (red, natural single track) trail over towards the Serfaus side.

    Me at the start:



    Tim's view:



    Tim taking the lead:



    I caught up about halfway across:



    This trail ends at where my gf and I rode up to earlier in the summer (photos here: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...#post6349659):



    But Tim and I took the Lazidbahn lift further up to 2351m, before taking the red 7082 trail then Hög blue trail all the way down to Serfaus at 1400m (which then whisks you back up into the bikepark).

    The trails again were just beautiful, of that 'lightly-shaped but kinda natural' variety, especially the upper sections flowing through autumnal alpine views.

    Tim at the start:









    My turn:







    The end of the red trail, and the point gf and I rode to mentioned above:



    Felt like a good amount of ground covered! The bikepark section is the more concentrated squiggles next to the Beutelkopf:



    Overall the Fiss bikepark wasn't 100% my thing (bit too rowdy and busy, and too much time on the lift with the short runs) but the rest of the trails compare pretty favourably with Sölden and Saalbach and are definitely worth checking out if you find yourself in Tirol with a bike!

  23. #8823
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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    I’m all for winter but october snow is not good for anything…
    Preach.

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    Biking is fun, that is all!


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  25. #8825
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    Sendy!!

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