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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:02 am 
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I had originally planned Gooseberry Mesa for Day 1 of the trip. But it may have been a good thing to put it off to day 2 as there's a ton of stuff here to ride. We did start a little late but had no where near enough time to ride everything. Mainly the "secret loop" was left. We got in a good full day of riding however, so no one was complaining.

Because its basically the namesake of the area Gooseberry Mesa was the most anticipated ride of the trip. We parked at Windmill trailhead to get in some extra singletrack.
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Yes, there is a windmill
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We didn't get far before stopping for pics along another mesa viewpoint
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Milling around, waiting
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Windmill and North rim trail were cool because they gave us great views, but Bowls & Ledges was where the fun began. QS was not to be denied his huckertunities
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Or rolls
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With this many people there were bound to be a few traffic jams
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But that's ok...lots of time to play around
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And you always have a wide choice of lines
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Wirk rides sweep
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James back on the mesa edge
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GP_pilot on the rocks
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How's that for a backdrop
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Some of us have a rock-hucking addiction




I tell you, leaning over to try to follow the rock down was scary sh*t!



This one is POD on the rock-hucking forums, no doubt...
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Follow the white dots. Unlikely we'd come up with some of these lines ourselves!
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This spot was just a huge playground
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Gman scores a new line (James' pic)
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QS pussied out on hucking this (yes, you heard me correctly :lol: )but it still made for a sweet roller:


Deno catching up
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GP_pilot leads
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Wirk on a short climb
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Deno still playing catchup
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Just another view...back the way we came
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And ahead....
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Couldn't resist a pic on the edge
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And Kreechan couldn't resist one-upping us
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You could actually hear the teeth being ground off his chainrings on some of these climbs
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After that sort of punishment I think the bike threw him off the mesa this time
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Token group shot
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And solo shot
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End of the line. We were wondering what might lay beyond, but there is too much of a drop to get across
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Checking it out
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QS getting off....camber
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Rock roller
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My turn
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Onto South Rim trail now. Love this pic of Deno
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Cool huck to rock bridge feature (James' pic)
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Lots of good technical sections around
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Thanks to James for this pic
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James into another waterfall section
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Dennis and James make there way down
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Followed by Kreechan
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Gman descends again after trying to climb it
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Not the most exciting clip but it gives a better picture of the whole line


BKJ and Dennis on a nice roller
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Deno and Wirk up next. I could ride this stuff all day (and we did!)
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Got (petrified) wood?
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Stang spotted this tricky feature
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Hope you don't mind James I'm stealing some of your pics for my TR! (Next 4 or so...)
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This one required a turn as you got up top, crossing a small bridge rock and then a steep roller back down
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I know Sean has a great pic of me at the bottom, fork fully compressed and tire bulging out.
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We found a nice little rock gap for QS to try
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And then we back-tracked a bit to Hidden Canyon
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Very twisty turny and a ride through a narrow slot canyon
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Wirk
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Kreechan makes this challenging climb out look easy
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Wirk makes it as well
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Then continues on his merry way
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Even QS was getting in on the climbing action
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GP_pilot makes his way out
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Onto God's Skateboard Park. I was thinking this would be a huge open area to play in. Turns out it was *just* another trail. :roll:
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Some tough climbs
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Deno makes it look too easy


Found this cool sandstone overhang. Very fragile
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Fun banked rock corner
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Petrified wood embedded in rock
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At the end of Gods Skateboard Park the group split. Some took doubletrack back to find another trail we had not yet ridden, the rest of us rode back the way we just came. Optional lines at trails edge
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For future reference, I liked riding Gods Skateboard Park south to north better than N-S.


Put down another great day of riding in the books!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:34 am 
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Once again, Wish I was there. This looks like a killer weekend.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:04 am 
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Doesnt get any sweeter than that.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:11 am 
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great photos evan. It's always fun to see what everybody captured from all the different angles. Especially when you've got 10 cameras floating around. Here is some of mine.

evan conducting here
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stang forces his way up
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kreechan leverages his way also
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360 degree coverage of this one
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James rallying
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followed by gp pilot
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wirk and bkj round the bend
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gman hunting for white dots
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group think
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um, yeah. a head count was in order occasionally.
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one of my favorites. could probably use some post processing
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gp_pilot on south rim
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dennis on the up
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as is wirk
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and gman on the grind
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stoke
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Yuk. Looks cold, overcast and muddy. Glad I didn't go. Yeah, that's what I'll keep telling myself. :?

Awesome stuff guys. It's especially painful to recognize spots and remember the fun I had there. Or maybe it's worse seeing the new spots I didn't hit!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2010 5:52 pm 
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....and the fun continues!

BKJ getting a lay of the land.
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its impossible to just ride past these views.
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kreechan living on the edge!
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...and back onto the bikes..
Deno rolls it.
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as does Evdog.
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my vantage point of the QS huckfest!
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unplanned group shot. wirk got in on this one!
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notice all the permagrins.
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another stop to soak in the views.
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and to what else...huck rocks! :lol:
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and what's BKJ thinking about?
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she want's in on the action! see the frisbie rock she hucked.
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we did get some riding in between all the view stops
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but the views kept coming. at the end where north and south rim trails meet.
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GP_pilot looking for a way to get to the island mesa.
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rider relief! :mrgreen:
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back on trail.
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BKJ candid shot
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Dennis on the short steep climb.
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as is James.
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and QS, our closet goater.
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BKJ waiting patiently to show the boys how its really done.
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she approaches
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success!
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crazy rock formations.
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Evdog under.
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BKJ wants in.
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small cave with something hanging inside.
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and QS likes what he finds! :lol:
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last action shot of the day.
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Another awesome day comes to an end.


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So when are you going to post up the pics?

Probably didn't have any fun there. That's what I am telling myself.

Thanks for posting.

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Sick photos & video, thanks for sharing!!!

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LOVIN' the pix!! It's always cool to take your own pictures, but you never get any of yourself. I'm totally stealing all the pictures with me in it. Haha.

The picture of my hucking the rock brought on the LOLz :lol: I am so framing the candid picture of me.

This trip is seriously one for the books. I can't stop thinking about it! Of course, I have my own pictures to post and they will come soon :)

I am itching to go back (and I need to check out Grafton). Anyone up for an upcoming weekend?? ;)

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