Mountain biker rescue

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MTBZen, Mar 20, 2020.



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  1. MTBZen

    MTBZen Member

    Location:
    Corona, CA
    Name:
    Gary
    Current Bike:
    2017 Trek Pro-Caliber 9.6
    An injured mountain biker was rescued after falling into a hole 15 feet deep west of Lake Elsinore in the Cleveland National Forest on Thursday, March 19, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department said.

    The accident was reported just after 11 a.m. on the San Juan Trail in the El Cariso area. The 11-mile trail roughly parallels Ortega Highway, also known as Highway 74. Nineteen firefighters from Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service responded. The rider was hospitalized with moderate injuries, Cal Fire said.

    It was unclear how or when the hole was created. The trail has an elevation change of 3,500 feet and is rated moderate to strenuous in difficulty, according to the Forest Service website.
     
  2. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Oh wow! Glad he’s ok!
     
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  3. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Damn, that sucks. Glad it wasn't worse.


    We've all been there...

     
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  4. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Glad he’s ok. NOT a good time to hafta go to a hospital.
    I’m riding conservatively for a while...
     
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  5. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    2018 Trek FEX
    I wonder if the hole is on the trail itself and if so, the trail will be marked with caution or even closed util it can be repaired.
     
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  6. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower CC XX1
    A 15 foot deep hole on San Juan? Yikes!
     
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  7. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Lotsa peeps hitting the trails the next few weeks....
     
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  8. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    And/or hitting the bottom of sinkholes.... I could make a guess where that sinkhole is if it's on Old San Juan
     
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  9. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    My guess is one of the drainage crossings where if you botched it just right you could go 15' down.
     
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  10. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That's what I was thinking... A couple of them have gotten washed out a bit and one could have gone completely.

    The ruts are coming back, too. I watched the professor rag doll down the trail the other day after hitting a mini trench wrong at mach chicken. I thought he was going over the side... But he lived!


    San Juan Trail Post Crash Interview - From more than 6 feet away.
     
  11. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    2018 Trek FEX
    We greatly appreciate that you are taking the necessary steps to prevent the spread of the dreaded lurge by practicing "social distancing".
     
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  12. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    Was hoping for a Faust giggle :whistling:
     
  13. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    He'll crash again.
     
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  14. mountaingirl sara

    mountaingirl sara iMTB Addict

    Location:
    So Cal
    Name:
    Sara Ford
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz 5010
    :Roflmao:eek: Don’t curse the man!
     
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  15. Dr. Wellington Yueh

    Dr. Wellington Yueh Member

    Location:
    Northridge, CA
    Name:
    Tom Kenney
  16. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    He tries to keep up with me. :sneaky:
     
  17. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    The problems start when you aren't in front of him...
     
  18. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J M
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS, SC Hightower

    He sees a virtual me in front of him.



    :Roflmao
     
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  19. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Ssnake"
    Current Bike:
    2018 Trek FEX
    I hate to say it but those two things (the Faust giggle and the Professor's crashing) seem to happen a lot. Cheers to you both!
     
  20. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    Definitely looks like that spot on Old San Juan (pic in the attached article). If you took the lollipop clockwise from cocktail rock it is on the uphill before you get to the intersection of San Juan. Going uphill.... just don't look at it and not a problem, just a bit narrow. Last went by there in January with @sir crashalot. We often do that section downhill on our way from Blue Jay to CR then Viejo Tie and Chiquito. It's a little sketchy going downhill with speed and come around the corner to see the trail barely hanging on and pretty narrow. A few other spots similar shape on Chiquito in Lion Canyon too. Last time Gary and I stopped and talked there and said the trail would need to be rerouted soon cause it's gonna fall into the creek.

    RPE-L-BRF-BIKECRASH-16x9-1-1.jpg
    https://www.pe.com/2020/03/20/mount...DEJusKZQqHjVfzCxe99zi_sgom6YCHl9huPHFRx7HzU2o
     
  21. Faust29

    Faust29 iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    irgendwo
    Name:
    Stef
    Current Bike:
    3 SC is now 2 SC.
    That clarifies it... Thanks for the article and picture. Hopefully he's doing ok...
     
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  22. sir crashalot

    sir crashalot Well-Known Member

    Location:
    laguna beach
    Name:
    gary fishman
    Current Bike:
    2018 banshee rune
    Yup!
     
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  23. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Looks like he fiddled when he shoulda faddled. :eek: Glad it turned out sorta well.
     
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  24. knucklebuster

    knucklebuster Well-Known Member

    Location:
    34.2295° N, 117.2257° W
    Name:
    Dave
    Current Bike:
    Guerrilla Gravity Megatrail
    The article didn't say anything about the biker's injuries, hope he is ok. I'd guess he was incapacitated to have to call for help, since that hole isn't so deep you couldn't climb out if you were able. The bottom is actually the creek that has eaten away the bank that the trail is on.
     
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  25. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Oh, that hole? Fifteen feet – what hyberbolic drama queen wrote that?

    If something can happen on or off a mountain bike in OC, San Juan is the place it will happen. The kook epicenter of OC MTB. Yea, yea, anything can happen to anyone. And it does. At San Juan.
     
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  26. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    My ex wife texted me the other day "you're not at the bottom of a 15' hole, are you?"
     
  27. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Hopefully you told her it’s seven feet and you’ll be fine.
     
  28. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    The road is where I call home
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I told her I am dead and I am not sending her any more money.
     
  29. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower/Yeti 5C
    Hmmm "telling" her may not have been a good strategy. But hey!... :Roflmao:cool:
     
  30. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    :thumbsup:
     
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