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Old 03-03-2011
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Default Rubi's Western Adventure 2011

Two thirds of DCUBA, Gerbil and I, are already out in our western location which is Victor, Idaho this year. Baller is supposedly showing up in a few weeks, and then things will really start to go off. The week before we arrived, 61" of fresh snow fell, but some serious wind events, and a few days with no fresh has rendered the epic conditions less desirable. We've gotten a few days of skiing in, but the sleds haven't come out yet. If we don't get a big enough dump that we're sure the snow will be good, we'll probably fire up the sleds in a few days just to scout the conditions.
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We just got back from West on Monday night Rubi, snow was great.
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Make me proud slackers lol.
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Rubi and myself went up into Pine Creek pass for a little braaaping yesterday but things didn't go as well as we had hoped(I am sure he will fill you in shortly). Luckily today about 10" of fresh fell at the hill so the skiing was pretty damn nice.
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Le-Gaspe! Possible disaster on the Western front?
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No disasters just a bunch of backbreaking work.
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Back breaking work sounds a lot like disaster that didn't end too badly?
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Talked to these clowns today. It sound like the snow is pretty deep out there. I will be leaving on Sat. the 12 to whip them into shape. I guess they went out for about five hours yesterday and Gerbil put on 3 miles and Rubi put on 4.2 due to them getting stuck so much. I have been doing a lot of sweet mods so I will pull things together when I get there.

Mud are you still planning on coming out?
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I had to cancel my plans due to my wrist. My season was over 2 weeks ago when I was fitted with a new cast. I'll find out Friday if I need to have a screw in the wrist or if it's healing, and it doesn't feel like it's healing. Spent the money I had saved for the trip to take the wife to Vegas instead lol, leave April 3rd.
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Here's the story of our trials and tribulations on Saturday. We decided to take a short trip up to Pine Creek Pass to make sure our sleds were working alright. Pine Creek is our easiest access because there is tons of riding close to the road, and if we're feeling ambitious, we can go way back into the gnarly terrain too. Another motivation was that we wanted to visit Baller's Nemesis and check on the conditions there. We assumed we'd rule all over the Nemesis area, and then move on to bigger and better things.

From the get go, I felt like the sled was acting funny, and Gerbil kind of concurred. I just figured I had to get used to the Dragon again since I'd been on the Edge for a few rides prior to this trip. After a few climbs in another spot, we descended Baller's Nemesis for a reconnaissance. In the skiers terrain park, we found a huge hole shoveled with brapper tracks leading out of it. The size of the shoveled hole was mindblowing, and we really couldn't figure out what the shovelers had been up to. It seemed like a crop circle type mystery. This was merely foreshadowing for what awaited us the rest of the day.

I didn't feel Baller's Nemesis was challenging enough, so I immediately dropped below to a lower and steeper area... now known as the Secondary Nemesis. I climbed out of there with no problem, but I left a trench about 3 1/2 feet deep. That's not normal? I went back down and ripped back up again, and summited Primary Nemesis for good measure. Gerbs had gone down, so I joined him. He got thrown off his line into a very steep spot and got buried. I decided to go even lower and try from there. I got stuck too.

At this point, I broke the cardinal rule that I learned riding a short track in the mountains: when you're in trouble, NEVER go lower in elevation, unless you're SURE you have a clear way back to your original spot. I retreated from the relative safety of the Tertiary Nemesis and dropped lower. I hear the SF mountain experts constantly talking about controlled descents, so I decided to try that going down into the tight trees. Worked alright until I got to the crux where I needed it, and then the sled just popped upright anyway. I avoided some tree wells and started sidehilling toward the next clearing. I got to the next steep rise and utterly buried the sled right above a treewell. At that time, I heard Gerbil up in the Secondary, and he sounded stuck too. I shoveled enough snow to totally alter the winter landscape in that area for the rest of the year. After I got out again, I went even lower, but then nailed a sweet line up to the clearing that will be called Quaternary.

There was a small, relatively flat area at the base of the hill I'd have to climb to get out, so I decided to pack a staging area from which to assault the main hill. The Quaternary Nemesis was not going to be easy. Most of the bottom of the hill had a three or four foot ledge at the bottom. The next 25 vertical feet was sheer steep. Then it flattened out to just normal steep for awhile, and then there was another 20 vertical of sheer steep. I buried my sled 3 times packing out an approach to the climb!

Now understand, these were no normal stucks. Usually a bad stuck only requires a couple minutes of stomping a platform, lifting the tunnel, and then maybe a ski tug from another party. Since Gerbil and I were separated, all of our stucks required solo rescue. I'd say, on average, the stucks we were experiencing required about 20 minutes of shoveling. The trenches were AMAZING. There was no way to ride slowly, and the instant you touched the throttle, you trenched to China. I've never experienced anything like it.

My first attempt on the Quaternary, I made it a little over half way. I'd trenched the only good line about armpit deep, so the second attempt was worse. Gerbil was out by that point, and he oversaw my progress from the safety of the ridge. I shoveled forever and was rewarded for my efforts by having a nearly upside down sled, above a tree, on a super steep slope, with a five foot shoveled wall behind me. There was nowhere to go, so Gerbil had to come down and help lift. I couldn't press a 500 + pound machine uphill by myself. We got it upright, and I tried one more attempt. Gerbil made a video of that, and I didn't even make it up the first steep part. It was now getting to be late evening.

While Gerbil had to climb up that hill with belly-deep snow, I descended back into the trees to try another line. I buried it down there once, but ended up making some serious progress in a long sidehill. Then came the armageddon of all stucks. I got my sled hung up on a fallen tree that was buried under the snow. When all was said and done, I had shoveled a hole over six feet deep at the back of the sled. All the while, the front was hung up on the tree. I needed to shovel stairs to progressively lift the track up out of the hole. Every few minutes, Gerbil said he heard me braap the throttle in a futile attempt to grind my way over the tree. In the aftermath, there were chunks of wood, bark, small woodland creatures, and probably sled parts strewn all over the area. Once free of the tree, I only had one option.

I had to descend into a gully and then try to ride it in an alternate route to the parking lot. I couldn't see the whole line, but if I managed to get across the gully, I could sidehill the other side and get to an area which looked promising as a means of exit. I made it out, and pulled up to the pickup right as it got dark.

We were out for over five hours, and didn't ride more than 4.5 miles. Between the two of us, we probably shoveled a whole bellydump trailer full of snow. We were soaked to the skin, and were suffering from some sort of post traumatic stress syndrome.

Do we still know how to ride? I don't really know. Next ride will answer that question. I'm blaming the whole fiasco on the snow conditions. The snow was resistant to carving, but it was soft enough to trench instantly. The set snow was too light to really get traction, and a buried crust layer would hold up your bellypan so you were instantly stuck in any situation. The area got 61" of snow last week, so there was really no bottom to the troublesome snow.

I wish Baller had been here to enjoy our fun in the snow. I'm sure he would have done really well. I'm sure in those conditions, he still could have easily conquered his old foe, Baller's Nemesis.

The only silver lining was that the next day at the skihill was epic. 8 to 16 inches of fresh snowfall was reported, and it was smooth and glorious snow conditions. Too bad I hit a tree and mangled my shin.

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Mountain riders are definetly a differnt breed......I hate shoveling snow,thats why I bought a snowblower. Good write up Rubi.....and the video of that epic climb was great.
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Great writing Rubi - You're in the running to steal the crown from Wolfie.
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Great writing Rubi - You're in the running to steal the crown from Wolfie.
Nope. Rubi is the king of writeups.
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Sounds and looks like you guys lost your edge
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god i hope BROTHER BREEZE doesnt read this....cause mountain unsticking 101 is not your alls forte's.....listen up GRASSHOPPERS....you dont dig shit out west.....you just have a bud stop above you and you pull the front end downwards around....hop on.....fire up.....and on 3 you bud yanks front skis hard and you gas it and you out.....GREEN HORNS and FLATLANDERS do by digging.....just an EPIC HILLCLIMB to on that badass DRAGON just thank you lucky stars only 9 people will ever see that


here you all's gonna need some LARUE's LOGGER's MOTTO's....heres a couple ya can use....DIAMOND POUNDERS


WHEN IN DOUBT.....GAS IT OUT

GIVER HER GAS.....TILL YER OVER THE PASS
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Sorry Zeezlebub, but you've got no clue what the snow conditions were like. I'm an expert at getting stuck, and unstuck. I can usually solo a bad stuck in 3 or 4 minutes. The shovel almost never comes out. This was a totally different situation. Every stuck required an amazing amount of shoveling, even if it was on a steep slope. I even had to shovel out the sled to roll it down the hill, Cuzzi style. Also, we didn't have the luxury of having three buddies to come and pull us out. We were in different areas, and it would have taken half an hour to slog through the snow to help someone else.
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god i hope BROTHER BREEZE doesnt read this....cause mountain unsticking 101 is not your alls forte's.....listen up GRASSHOPPERS....you dont dig shit out west.....you just have a bud stop above you and you pull the front end downwards around....hop on.....fire up.....and on 3 you bud yanks front skis hard and you gas it and you out.....GREEN HORNS and FLATLANDERS do by digging.....just an EPIC HILLCLIMB to on that badass DRAGON just thank you lucky stars only 9 people will ever see that


here you all's gonna need some LARUE's LOGGER's MOTTO's....heres a couple ya can use....DIAMOND POUNDERS


WHEN IN DOUBT.....GAS IT OUT


GIVER HER GAS.....TILL YER OVER THE PASS
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i been goin out west since BEFORE you was shitting yellow O GRASSHOPPIE

http://www.hardcoresledder.com/forum...lolo-pics.html

http://www.freedomsledder.com/forums...showtopic=8940

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Breaking news from the western front. Gerbil suffered a catastrophic engine failure today so his sled is now down. I will still be leaving on Sat. to rescue him. He managed to get almost ten miles on this trip, I thought he would get more but I guess you never know. Anyway he is pretty bummed and wondering if anyone wants to buy an 09 polaris assault rolling chassis. I think he will also accept donations to aid in either getting him drunk or fixing his sled.
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Take plenty of PBR Baller lol.
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I will do that Mud. Too bad you are not going to show up I was hoping to run into you this year, maybe next year I guess... Gerbil is not too thrilled about the situation he got a new (used) track right before he left and he has had quite a few problems with that sled. He did love the Ballz 127 wrap that it came with though.
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My wrist is healing and I'm hoping to still snag an April trip, no way I'll make the hillclimbs though. Again I must say, maybe next year lol. That really sucks that Gerbs took an extra track and that wasn't the part to go lol, I imagine he's brewing over that.
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Mud, maybe you should just send your sled out here for me to use since you are being gay and not using it anyway.
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Then I'd have to fix the shit I broke on the group ride lol.
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now go down to the NEAREST ARCTIC CAT RENTAL PLACE and try an M8 EFI or a 1M EFI or.....whatever it is make sure its a CAT EFI.....just fackin go try one and you will be enlightened to the DANCE BETWEEN THE TREES and the UPHILL WHEELIE and the NO STICKUMS....one days rental is all it will take....then go seek one out and throw away the TUNING AND JETTING GUIDE and most wrenches.....you'll only need 2 of these....1/2, 9/16, 5/8.....for wheels and whatnot ever 3000 miles....then post up some pics of you helping the others UNSTICK
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