Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby DogsBollocks on Mon 3/Dec/12 5:32pm

So not today but over the weekend we did the St James. Rode from the homestead and into Christopher hut so added about 35k to the round trip of the actual trail. Was fantastic, weather gods smiled on us, 1 flat only, no mechanicals and only a couple of minor offs. Highly recommended. As you can see it is the high country so go prepared. I'll give a bit of a discription for those thinking of going in.If you have any questions just ask. Chur.
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Looking back on the climb up to Maling Pass
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Top of Maling looking down into the Waiau River valley.
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Crossing the Waiau to head up the Ada to Christoper Hut
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Grunting up to the hut. The 4k up the Ada valley took nearly an hour through long grass and moss covered/pig rooted rocky meadow.
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Rehydratilon at the hut was vital.
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Long flowing DH from the hut back to the Waiau.
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Pointing south down the Waiau Vally towards Saddle spur
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Saddle spur and wild horses in the background
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About 10k single track from Top of saddle spur to McArthur Bridge
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McArthur Bridge
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Pushing up Charlies saddle at the Edwards River turnoff.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Mon 3/Dec/12 8:25pm

Yesterday...

Up Salvation, down Deliverance
- I am seriously rusty on tech, felt like I got washing machined.

Up Koru, Sally Alley, Missing Link, Aratihi. Down Ridgeline, Ridgeline ext, SWIGG, Starfish.
- Ridgeline very overgrown in places, some nice trimming/rut removal on ML & Aratihi.


Might need to edit my kneepads slightly - The one angle I chose to put my knee into something on, is the bit with the least cush. Ow.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Colin on Mon 3/Dec/12 8:52pm

DogsBollocks wrote:So not today but over the weekend

Nice.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Mon 3/Dec/12 10:04pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:Yesterday...

Up Salvation, down Deliverance
- I am seriously rusty on tech, felt like I got washing machined.

Up Koru, Sally Alley, Missing Link, Aratihi. Down Ridgeline, Ridgeline ext, SWIGG, Starfish.
- Ridgeline very overgrown in places, some nice trimming/rut removal on ML & Aratihi.


Might need to edit my kneepads slightly - The one angle I chose to put my knee into something on, is the bit with the least cush. Ow.


Nice. Yes I'm keen to get back to deliverance... been years but the new bike has improved da skills heaps.

Speaking of tech, did 5 loops of Miramar on saturday, 4 down Jailbreak and one down still to be completed Solitary. Great way to sharpen the skills on outsloped, loose track. Only bummer was getting totally dropped on each ride up.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Mon 3/Dec/12 10:37pm

thelongwalk wrote:
Velocipedestrian wrote:Yesterday...

Up Salvation, down Deliverance
- I am seriously rusty on tech, felt like I got washing machined.
Might need to edit my kneepads slightly - The one angle I chose to put my knee into something on, is the bit with the least cush. Ow.


Nice. Yes I'm keen to get back to deliverance... been years but the new bike has improved da skills heaps.

Speaking of tech, did 5 loops of Miramar on saturday, 4 down Jailbreak and one down still to be completed Solitary. Great way to sharpen the skills on outsloped, loose track. Only bummer was getting totally dropped on each ride up.


Been riding Jailbrake occasionally - totally different skillset to Deliverance, is solitary techy? Not had a bash yet...
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Tue 4/Dec/12 8:59pm

Its techy as its unfinished but rideable. So a different type of fun- though I had to dab once or twice - a better rider than me (not 2 hard) could clear it. It also has a fun drop in at the start to keep away cyclocross and 29er riders.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Tue 4/Dec/12 9:21pm

:) I saw the drop, and an unfinished corner visible from Jailbrake - that's what kept me from going down it (the drop looked avoidable too)
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Wed 5/Dec/12 9:27am

Nah man - you've got to do the little drop - you can then ride the big bump that was built on the Wellington lets learn about tracks day.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Colin on Wed 5/Dec/12 10:46am

thelongwalk wrote:Nah man - you've got to do the little drop - you can then ride the big bump that was built on the Wellington lets learn about tracks day.

And the drop lower down the trail
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Greyway on Wed 5/Dec/12 12:48pm

DogsBollocks wrote:So not today but over the weekend we did the St James. Rode from the homestead and into Christopher hut so added about 35k to the round trip of the actual trail. Was fantastic, weather gods smiled on us, 1 flat only, no mechanicals and only a couple of minor offs. Highly recommended. As you can see it is the high country so go prepared. I'll give a bit of a discription for those thinking of going in.If you have any questions just ask. Chur.
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Such a great area. Spent 4 days last Easter, camped at Fowler, and rode all the tracks in that area.
I do alot of back country riding, and you might be interested in looking at some of them here http://www.bigbluemtb.com/social/pg/pho ... /?offset=0
Like you, I am only too happy to give information on any of them
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Wed 5/Dec/12 7:49pm

thelongwalk wrote:Nah man - you've got to do the little drop - you can then ride the big bump that was built on the Wellington lets learn about tracks day.


Not the drop, the unfinished corner - assumed it meant I'd be walking back up in short order
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Colin on Wed 5/Dec/12 8:31pm

Sweet line all the way down.

Off camber in places - might not be so sweet in the wet.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Wed 5/Dec/12 10:09pm

Colin wrote:Sweet line all the way down.

Off camber in places - might not be so sweet in the wet.


Minta! :thumbsup:
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby BrokenKonaRider on Wed 12/Dec/12 11:57am

Toured the high ridges of Makara peak yesterday - Wahine to Zacs and Varleys, down the lizards,up Possum, then Nakau, missing link and Swigg.

Seems like Upper and Lower Leaping Lizard and Possum tracks are the forgotten tracks. I'd strongly recommend avoiding Lower Lizard and Possum because of the blackberry, waist high grass, stinging nettle and gorse. Funny how other tracks in the park get every inch touched up.
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Re: Where Did You Ride Today?

Postby thelongwalk on Wed 12/Dec/12 12:08pm

Did Deliverance yesterday for the first time in a long while.

When I got to the bottom I realised my lucky socks - which I had been wearing and kept my car keys in, had a big hole. No keys- luckily 10 minutes walk later I found them up the track.

Wellington is riding Epic at the moment- wainui and rata ridge on sunday also great.
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