Life at 6200ft

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by rossage, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    No one wanted to brave the cold. So, I went looking for foul weather this am. Found it up past Chilao.
    Up at 6200ft.
    Roads wet, strewn with rocks and gravel, black ice in shady corners.
    Temps in the high 20s to mid thirties.
    Winds gusty, moisture - laden clouds moving very quickly beneath the lenticulars
    Snow and ice everywhere.
    Missed you out there @mike


    Started out wet and cold
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    Couple of miles and 700ft gain later
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    Ice was the theme for the day if you zoom in you can see ice chunks falling from the sky
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    The ice would rain down in the wind, pulled from the trees and dropped into shard piles that looked like broken auto glass.

    Started to clear up as I dropped into Chilao
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    The reward
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    It was really cold and wet but I was not too uncomfortable. As long as I kept moving I was alright.
    I wore a merino base layer long sleeve t shirt and a wicking t shirt under my Showers Pass jacket.
    A Deflect fleece head warmer, PI WXB gloves, and Shimano gore tex shoes kept the nether regions warm and dry.
    If it wasn't so cold I probably would have gotten wet from all the ice and water I was knocking from the heavily laden brush.
    For the most part the ice was crunchy and quite fun to ride. There were a few Oh Shït moments rolling over iced-up roots and rocks but it was still fun.
    I ended up just getting a coffee at the ranch as the cook hadn't made it up the hill from Palmdale yet

    No bad days, just bad gear, right
    @mtnbikej @Cisco Roots?
     
  2. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Smash
    Badass. Way to run the clinic, @rossage. Thanks for the reportage – looks memorable. :notworthy::thumbsup:

    Wake TF up, cookie!!! :mad:
     
  3. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Chilly Willie!
    I was cold just looking at the pics, you Animal!
     
  4. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Awesome! I’d be out there somewhere today if I didn’t hafta work!
     
  5. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Chameleon
  6. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    This is the good stuff, glad you hit it!
    I love being out there when most people are too chicken to touch the cold weather ;)
     
  7. mtbMike

    mtbMike Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Oceanside
    Name:
    Mike
    Current Bike:
    Intense Tracer & Primer
    That 3rd photo from the top looks rather sketchy...closer to a skeleton/sled run vs a MTB trail but I guess you survived to eat again. :thumbsup:
     
  8. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yeah, I've learned over the years that crunchy ice is ok to ride on. It's when things get real quiet, that's when the sliding starts...
     
  9. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Cypress, Ca
    Name:
    Kevin
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Nomad CC 27.5
  10. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    One of these days I'm gonna ride in the general vicinity of @rossage, and it will be grand. :thumbsup:

    I have no illusion of grandeur. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Voodoo Tom

    Voodoo Tom MTB Addict

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Tom Kokkinakis
    Current Bike:
    Mango one, blue one, black one
    Bring your big bike and your sense of humor and your cold weather gear if ya plan on riding with that guy:confused:...
     
  12. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Aww man! You all are just too kind! I'm just a nut with some spare time and some good gear.
    Wouldn't mind some company once in a while, but, no whiners!
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  13. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    I wouldn't whine. I let people know up front that I'm nicknamed "Molasses." :sneaky: And I usually know where I am before I start. I grew up in these parts and spent many days in the San Gabriels. But not on a bike, and it's been years.

    The map tells me Sulfur Springs campground is now in wilderness (or monument). I have issues with that.
     
  14. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Somewhere up there is our man @rossage

    A shot from some school this morning...
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  15. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Yeah, it was really hard to look at that today and stay at work.
     
  16. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Yeah, and it's right next to some prime, off the table, singletrack... er, ahem, I mean hiking trail. :whistling:
     
  17. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Ed Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO
    Bring your HT with a 120mm fork. That's what he does.
     
  18. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Don't forget the Gravity Dropper! A mighty 4 inches of un-damped ball buster if you're not careful.
     
  19. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Nice one @rossage !! Woo hoo. I think you’re ready for the PNW! I’m gonna try to one up you on my ride tomorrow, gonna be crunchy and icy as well haha! Seriously though that’s some hardcore stuff! SoCal got hit good it looks like. Nothing like winter in SoCal best time of the year to ride. I’ll be out there for Xmas so hope to get out a few times w you brotha....
     
  20. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Today’s conditions up at Raging River. Tribute to @rossage !! It was cooold, icy, frosty, wet and Awesome!!

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  21. rossage

    rossage iMTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    Oh yeah! Looks amazing!
     
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  22. Sassyquatch

    Sassyquatch Member

    Name:
    Sam

    Gorgeous! Up and down the front side flow goodness, or the whole lollipop?
     
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  23. Cisco Roots

    Cisco Roots Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Maple Valley WA
    Name:
    Cisco
    Current Bike:
    YT Jeffsy 29
    Lollipop baby! Pbly our last chance to do it for a while!
     
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  24. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
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