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Round Mtn Ride Report

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Heidi, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    I will venture to guess that besides maybe two other people on Ridemonkey, nobody has heard of Round Mtn. I picked it off a map and decided to explore on Sunday. Derek and I decided we were up for the "big boy" route which involved some 22 miles of riding, something over at least 5000' of climbing (I'm being conservative), no people, lots of sunshine, some INSANE switchbacks, and a lot of sweat.

    The ride starts outisde of Bend about an hour in a mountain range called "The Ochocos". The riding is different characteristically than Bend in that the rocks on the trail are less of the lava type, and more prevalent. It started with a 7 mile road climb, followed by a 4 mile singletrack climb, then lots of descending, mixed in with more climbing! The singletrack was really very tough, and keep in mind, I like climbing. :) I can't remember the last time I had to climb such steep switchbacks...maybe New Zealand? It was TOTAL small ring climbing with intense concentration to keep my front wheel down. I didn't get any pictures of that though, I just got a couple forest shots.

    This dude thought we were aliens who had come to take his babies.



    We climbed basically to the sun.



    After the climb it leveled out a bit and we got some descending in.



    That didn't last long, we were soon climbing up to a lookout tower thingie...at 6500'. The views were great and I snapped some pics.





    Look where you want to go, not where you don't. :)


    One more pic.
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    Awesome day, saw lots of deer, no people, and had a great time riding a new trail.
     

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  2. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    Looks like you had more fun than I did today.
     
  3. Skookum

    Skookum bikey's is cool

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    sweet, i feel ya on the climbing, however most of mine on my ride was done "off" the bike! :eek:

    For some reason rides that involve cows have always been pretty memorable for me too. :D
     
  4. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    nice pics... for some reason my legs hurt just thinking about climbing
     
  5. TreeSaw

    TreeSaw Mama Monkey

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    Nice pics :thumb: I'm with hooples on this one...my legs groaned just thinking about that much climbing!
     
  6. Echo

    Echo crooked smile

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    Dang, I wanna climb 5000 feet! Awesome! :thumb:
     
  7. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    :stupid: I do too! Nice Pics !
     
  8. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    :stupid:

    = :dead:
     
  9. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Come to Vail................

    Coooooooooooome to Vail.............

    Commando Run Day :thumb:

    Elevation Change Total (ft)
    Total Elevation 15,232
    Elevation Gain 6,166
    Elevation Loss 9,066
    Net Elevation Change -2,900
     
  10. pixelninja

    pixelninja Turbo Monkey

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    What's the mileage?
     
  11. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Somewhere 'round 36, I think..............
     
  12. scrublover

    scrublover Monkey

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    heh! nice one. i've not only heard of it, i've ridden it. though it was about 6 years ago, when i still lived in oregon......

    my last oregon ride was the mck-trail, 3 summers back. one of my favourite trails of anything i've ridden. used to ride it about once every month.

    nice pics, btw!