Bear Creek Epic Memorial Day 2015

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by AKAKTM, May 26, 2015.



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  1. AKAKTM

    AKAKTM Member

    Location:
    SCV
    Name:
    Tony A
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    I am sure Mikie is in the process of drafting another amazing trip report so I'll be brief and just give you lots of pictures. A bunch of us from the Santa Clarita and Frazier areas trekked up to Camp Nelson to ride our bikes in the giant sierra trees on Memorial Day. We were able to do so because of the amazing men and women that fought and died to preserve this land of the free and home of the brave--praise God.

    The ride was astoundingly beautiful and the company wonderful. The BC trail was in good condition other than several downed trees. The soil was loamy and tacky--so much so that it made the 2300ft climb to 9000ft just a bit more challenging, as if it's not already challenging enough. I can climb pretty well, but those kicked my butt. There were a couple of sections I just couldn't make and one of them I didn't even try. If you go be prepared to hike several sections for downed trees, unexpected log jumps and steep climb sections.

    Great group of capable riders. Notice the lovely Nicole (Wife of Brian and mother of Dustin) that joined us. She's only been riding a few weeks and she hung with us on her first ever epic. The Roberts clan is a talented bunch on moto, boat or MTB.


    Mikie and his big smile torturing us on that long climb. Fadi and HotRod Rodney in front of him.


    A much needed rest stop with mind-blowing vistas.


    Who can make it across the long log all the way to the end. Apparently only Dustin, Brian and Parker!


    The hill gets revenge. Even Mikie walks sometimes---and he still owes me $1000 for that impossible climb I made.


    Hey, where did that come from. Wrong ride and wrong bike (or maybe right bike).


    Ok, wouldn't be a IMTBTRAILS post without some bike porn and this is as good as it gets.


    Me with my awesome son that can absolutely run off and leave me. I'm glad he and his talented friend Dustin were there and had a great time. The entire trial was easy for them.


    Just some boring scenery.


    One of the amazing BIG trees on the ride. What the heck is Randy wearing--rainbow flags for all!


    More Ibis shots. If you haven't owned an Ibis, you should. Great bikes and great company.


    As I said, it was a fantastic ride and the Mexican food at Chaguito's in Porterville didn't disappoint afterwards. Scottay, you missed out. I am amazed that such incredible riding (and much more) exists less than three hours from SCV. We are unbelievably blessed to live in an area with such rich recreational opportunities. I am blessed to have such an incredible group of friends to ride with too. God is GOOD.

    Thanks to Dan, Randy, Mikie, Dustin, Parker, Ken, Adam, Rodney, Danny, Nicole (what a trooper!), and Brian for joining us.

    If anyone wants any of the images, let me know. I've posted them in compressed format to save bandwidth.

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  2. dstepper

    dstepper Member

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Dean Stepper
    Current Bike:
    2014 Turner Czar
    That area is special but it is within a National Monument not National Forest. Always pay attention to changes the Feds want to make to land use. I am very surprised that they have not closed the area to MTBing. Bear Creek and Summit Trail would have been lost if MTBers did not keep it open. Once they kicked the motos out, which they have, next will be MTBers.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sequoia/gsnm_planning.html
     
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  3. AKAKTM

    AKAKTM Member

    Location:
    SCV
    Name:
    Tony A
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Thanks dstepper you are right on. The wilderness groups and some in the FS are determined to push MTBs out of more and more areas just like has been done for two decades with motorcycles. If we aren't vigilant; if we don't organize; if we don't contribute time and $$; we will not have much land for MTB. Join IMBA. Stay active. Participate in town or regional use meetings. Work at trail maintenance days. Doing nothing will not preserve the status quo. We must be pro-active just to stay where we are.
     
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  4. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Tracer and/or Who Knows?
    Great photos. Re: the Ibis comment - tell them to make their XL with a 1/2" longer top tube, and I'm in! They are beautiful bikes. Roxy Lo made a great piece of art when she engineered that frame shape. The new HD3 rides as good as it looks too. :thumbup:

    http://www.ibiscycles.com/info/

    "The fourth member of the posse is the one who brings aesthetics and reason to Ibis, and reminds us to put the toilet seat down. Her name is Roxy Lo and she is responsible for all things involving beauty, including the now iconic designs of our frames."

    And as for Mikie - well, that smile says it all. :wave:
     
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  5. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    BUMMER WISH I COULDA MADE THIS ONE. NEXT TIME.
     
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  6. AKAKTM

    AKAKTM Member

    Location:
    SCV
    Name:
    Tony A
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    I am really, really hoping to see a new Ibis Ripley come to market this year. I already miss my Ripley.
     
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  7. Squirrel

    Squirrel Newbie

    Name:
    Squirrel
    Allow myself to introduce...myself. I was in a group of three led by jfsh chasing the larger group (we never caught them). It was my first time riding Bear Creek trail. Pure awesomeness. I hope we are able to continue to enjoy this trail. I think I'm going to go renew my imba membership that expired a ways back. I'll try and post some pictures when I figure out how to.

    @herzalot: I'm on an XL HD3 and it's working really well for me, but I also wouldn't mind another 10mm of reach in the frame.
     
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  8. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Welcome to imtbtrails Squirrel!
    I think hanging out with jfsh is pretty awesome company to keep!
    I wish I would have had the chance to meet you Monday.
    Please do post some pics. Go to the "How To" forum I made and it shows you how to post pics.
    Hope to ride with you on some of the new stuff jfsh was talking about up in Kernville...
    Mikie
     
  9. AKAKTM

    AKAKTM Member

    Location:
    SCV
    Name:
    Tony A
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripley
    Welcome Squirrel. Good to have you here and great to meet you at the end of the ride. Glad you like your HD3. I really like mine as well. Yours looked very serious and purposeful with the tube, and essentials taped carefully in the frame openings and the heavily taped rear end.

    Hope to ride with you sometime soon.
     
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  10. jfsh

    jfsh Member

    Name:
    Jeff
    Current Bike:
    Enduro
    Conditions were great on Monday. Most of you probably don't know how lucky you were. The downed tree situation was worse than I had heard. Hopefully a few of us can get back up there soon and deal with it.
     
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