Winter Solstice and Ursids Blackstar Ride

Discussion in 'Trailhead' started by Rumpled, Nov 28, 2017.

Added to Calendar: 12-21-17
  1. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    Ride Name: Winter Solstice and Ursids Blackstar Ride
    When: Thursday, December 21st, 2017
    Time: 5:30 PM
    Where: Xmas Tree Farm on Blackstar Canyon Rd
    Ride Description or Details:
    As this date will be the official winter solstice (8:28 am on 12/21) in our Northern Hemisphere, let's do another Blackstar ride.
    Us slower folks will be starting at 5:30 to make it to Beek's by 7:30.
    Faster people can start later or do extra credit past Beek's place.
    The goal is to meet at Beek's at 7:30 and toast the winter solstice. And perform whatever solstice or pagan rituals you feel like. (Please, no human or animal sacrifices).
    The Ursid meteor shower will also be peaking overnight, so maybe we'll see a few shooting stars.
    https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/ursids.html

    Lights will be needed as we will have just a 9% illumination waxing crescent moon - if it's clear.
    http://www.moongiant.com/phase/12/21/2017

    Weather will probably be cool to cold; so we won't have to worry as much about keeping the beer cold; more about keeping ourselves warm.

    Any significant rain on the day or preceding days will cancel as none of use want that Blackstar clay.

    ~~~~~ Optional Details ~~~~~
    Meet Location: Xmas Tree Farm on Blackstar Canyon Rd , near the intersection with Silverado Canyon Rd, which is near its' intersection with Santiago Canyon Rd.
    Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
    Ride Pace: Social Cruise
    Type of Ride: Out and Back
    Rider Limit: Probabl y limited to a few hundred due to parking
    Anticipated Mileage: 18
    Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
    Ride Duration: 3 hours
    Previous Ride Reports: http://www.imtbtrails.com/forum/threads/unofficial-almost-end-of-summer-blackstar-ride.6489/

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1159364224

    Possible Bail-Outs: Turn around and go back, but you'll be missing out.
    Facilities: Probably no drinkable water on trail. The world is our restroom, just don't pee near a stream.
    Food/water suggestions: Most get by on a bottle of water or so. Snacks if you want. Maybe a beer or two or something to toast the solstice at Beek's.
    Option to Upload:

    Winter-Solstice-2017.jpg
     
  2. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Calendared...should be another fun ride.
     
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  3. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    Sounds good to me!
     
  4. herzalot

    herzalot MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    2015 Intense Tracer 275c DVO
    I'm confused. 8:28 am is the Winter Solstice, but you are toasting it at 7:30 pm? Oh well. It's same day, so that's cool. :thumbsup:

    Enjoy the ride and the celebration!
     
  5. Cornholio

    Cornholio MTB Addict

    Location:
    East L.A.
    Name:
    B
    Saw this at work today and earmarked the 22nd off in case star align and I can get a hall pass from my at home boss. That way I don’t have to think about “getting up for work in a few hours” while riding. I used to play ice hockey until after midnight and had no problems getting up for work a few hours later but that was before kids. :sleep:
     
  6. Rumpled

    Rumpled Well-Known Member

    Location:
    OC
    Name:
    Jim Martin
    Current Bike:
    2003 Giant Rainier
    Yes, the point is to do a ride on the same day. Many of us will be at work at the official time.
     
  7. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Hey it was 100 on our Fall Equinox ride, so no doubt it will be 20 on this one :)

    I'll definitely try to make it! Though people need to be aware... even at the start at 5:30 it is going to be darkish, sun sets that day at 4:46 so we will be starting to ride in twilight. It will be completely dark at 6:16.
     
  8. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    You don’t need lights to climb B*. Your eyes adjust, even on the darkest nights out there, you can still see.
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Is that because of light pollution?
     
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  10. doublewide

    doublewide MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    It's cuz J has night vision. :geek:
     
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  11. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    To go along with my cat like reflexes.
     
  12. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    No, once you get into the canyon it gets dark. Even with only a sliver of a moon, it provides enough ambient light to climb with. You are not going that fast anyway.

    The DH on the other hand....not recommended unless a full moon.

    Then again, it’s B*....other than it being slippery right now, there really isn’t any ruts/rocks/holes to deal with.
     
  13. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    Is it those catlike reflexes that have given you the trouble on that narrow rock section those few times on the LHJ? I must have cat-like reflexes too, then. :whistling:;)
     
  14. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut MTB Addict

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    You'll know me because I'll be the one wearing these...

    opplanet-eotech-gpnvg-grnd-pan-nv-gog-sys-kit-le-mnt-tan-gpg-main.jpg
     
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  15. mike

    mike MTB Addict

    Name:
    Mike O
    Holy shyt, you gotta be on point when ya ride with steel trap data archivin mofos!!!!! I smiled when I read J's quip...I smiled harder when I read yours :cool:

    Now, pardon me while plan to hone my sloth-like agility... :cautious:
     
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  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Highball Al SS
    We remember....we remember everything. :laugh: :cautious:
     
  17. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Will try to make it. Thanks for posting.:thumbsup:
     
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