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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:17 pm 
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...and I remembered how much fun mountainbiking is. So I got a new bike and went for a ride in Sycamore (Riverside, not SD) today.

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^ 2018 Devinci Django 29er. It seems really good!
Anyhow, I wanna start mountainbiking again, even if it's just quick laps of Calaveras and La Costa after work. Anyone?

If bikepacking is anything to anyone, the Bones To Blue race route in Lake Tahoe is fucking sweeeeet! Bonestoblue.com I'll probably write a quick crazyguy journal and post it here if anyone cares.


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Congrats on the new bike, and yes, please do a bikepacking report, and yes on local rides. Always good to have a crazyguyonabike.


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Jabantik on a Django, SWEET :cheers:


Also remarkable: Jabantik on a Gary Fisher, a Greyhound, and ‘shrooms! Outstanding trip report and photos.


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Another awesome trip log. And funny as hell way to start the journey. You probably killed a lot of bugs with the big grin! :lol:

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading that trip report. Thanks!

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I wish I could thank this post twice. Just finished reading the entire entry. I learned some stuff.

* I need to sack up and do a bike-pack trip some day.
* I need to get back to the Eastern Sierras soon (wait, I'm doing that!)
* Always be like those Idylwild guys and pay it forward.
* I need to re-up my mushroom stash.
* I'm not the only one bugged by the mass of humanity in the crowded areas of Tahoe.
* I should consider taking more pics during my rides. Although, I acknowledge that I probably won't.
* When I re-up, I need to triple my order...plus a little more.

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Wow, what a fantastic write-up of your bowel, er... bike trip! Thanks very much for that, entertaining as hell, and great info as well. I know you said you didn't run into any bears, but in the Sierras it's always wise to plan for them. What was your plan for nighttime food storage in bear country? You obviously did not carry one of those (heavy, awkward, awful) bear canisters.

Avid - I've been itching to try backpacking for some time now... maybe just a quick local 1-nighter to start. So if you're interested maybe we can plan something.


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I stored all my food and scented items in an old (2000ish) Ursack. I tied it close enough that I should hear a bear if it came for my food.


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On this type of trip, the bears might just sniff you from miles a way and say... "yuck!".

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I stored all my food and scented items in an old (2000ish) Ursack. I tied it close enough that I should hear a bear if it came for my food.


Hold on... this confuses me. I'm certainly no bear country expert but I thought the conventional wisdom is to keep your food far away in case a bear does find it. It sounds like you took the opposite approach. What would you have done if a bear came for your food with you right in the vicinity?


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You're supposed to yell and scream obscenities and throw rocks to chase the bear away. This is for black bears, not grizzlies, kodiaks, or polar bears. I have done this with black bears and they have always ran away. If they did attack, all they have is massive size, hard claws and teeth, and thick hide - they are no match for my large frontal lobe, opposable thumbs, and upright posture.

^this seems ridiculous to me, but it does work. Pretty much anything that is dangerous and didn't learn to avoid humans was probably hunted to extinction long ago


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Hold on... this confuses me. I'm certainly no bear country expert but I thought the conventional wisdom is to keep your food far away in case a bear does find it. It sounds like you took the opposite approach. What would you have done if a bear came for your food with you right in the vicinity?

Sounds like jabantik has an older version ursack than I do, but mine came with an odor proof liner which should prevent a bear from smelling the food inside. It's probably still a good idea to store it away from where you sleep. You should actually do your cooking away from your camp as well, which would then be a good place to tie the bag up.

On a week long trip once I had more food than would fit in the ursack, so I brought a couple nylofume bags that they give you during fumigation - I double bagged the rest of my food in those and hung the bag up in a tree. Had no issues, and this was in grizzley country.


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On this type of trip, the bears might just sniff you from miles a way and say... "yuck!".


Or the opposite. I think they are attracted to a good reek. I was sleeping in the dirt in a Yosemite campground after three days on a climb, and a black bear gave me an up close and personal sniffing, according to DirtTreader farfield, who was watching from his tent.


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