|Fourth annual mountain-biking-and-rock-climbing trip to Moab, Utah.|
|FeedbackBy Preston Hunt, 03 May 2002|
Links: Preston's pics (TBD). Zack's TR and pics.
As with the previous three
Unfortunately, the day did not get off to an auspicious
start, as Zack called to let us know that our flight had been completely
cancelled. After some last minute
scrambling, we rebooked ourselves on a United flight
connecting through Denver (!), which put us into
We rented from Poison Spider, who seemed to piss off just about everyone this year. These guys always are in complete disarray and take literally hours to get you set up with your bike. They seem grumpy a lot of the time too. In spite of the problems that others encountered, I actually didn't have any problems at all this year (for a change!).
Amasa Back. Our first ride of the trip.
Most of the bikers decided to ride from town (Ben ran it, but started at the
trailhead). The group quickly separated
into the alpha, beta, and zeta dogs. I
was actually doing pretty well, owing to weeks of aerobic conditioning on the
Porcupine Rim. The alpha dogs rode from town while the rest of us took the van shuttle to the trailhead. My confidence was shaken from my hurt ankle, and so I did not do as well on this trial as I have done in previous years, despite being in much better biking shape. (Earlier in the morning, I had also had a nasty spill in the PSB parking lot when my wheel got caught on the sidewalk and I fell head first onto the pavement. Thanks to the helmet, I escaped with only a nasty scrape on my shoulder and a bruised ego.) Porcupine still remains slightly beyond my ability, and I found myself walking many sections of it, especially near the bottom. Despite feeling like a tortoise, I can't have done all that bad, as I was only passed a few times during my entire descent. Nevertheless, I was overjoyed to see Aimee and Mark driving the van up to the trail to pick me up at the end of the ride, saving me from a 5-mile ride back to town against a strong headwind.
Bridges. Aimee's hand was
feeling better, so I decided to join her and Montalto on the less technical
Gemini Bridges. In all of my previous
trips, I had never actually been to the top of this, so I was very much looking
forward to it. All was going well until
Aimee's rear derailleur snapped in half about 5 miles in! Upon closer inspection, we were shocked to
find out that it was made out of plastic!
Aimee ended up grabbing a ride back to the trailhead from some
Slickrock. The unique riding of Slickrock remains one of my favorites, but we saved it to last since it is a quick ride. As with Porcupine, the alpha dogs rode from town while the rest of us took the van shuttle. My confidence was slowly returning and I fared pretty well on the slickrock, riding one very steep hill that has thrown me every time in the past. We did the full loop in a little over 2.5 hours, hands down beating the time estimates of the sign at the trailhead, which admonishes "4 to 12 hours".
The climbing was less of a focus on this year's trip, due mostly to a lack of strong leaders in the group. Tim and I set most of the routes, with Ben and Zack setting a few near the end. For various reasons (mostly extra trips to the bike store and injuries) we were always late getting started for biking, which translated into getting started late for climbing (usually after ). As a result, we climbed at Wall Street all four days.
Nervous in Suburbia
(5.10a sport) Despite proclamations about "not being in shape", I had no
trouble leading this route, one of my favorites in
30 Seconds Over Potash
(5.8 trad) I top roped this problem and marveled that it was my second
trad lead ever on last year's
Easy Slab (5.8 sport) After a failed attempt by Montalto, I set this route, despite a scary first bolt and the unsure feeling of friction slab climbing.
Unknown (5.10a sport) Zack led this steep slab lacking in obvious handholds. Trust the feet and you will make it!
Unknown (5.11+ TR). I was able to flash this thing with a strenuous effort, making me doubt whether it is really a 5.11+.
Unknown (5.7 sport). Ben led this unique climb created after the rock was dynamited during construction of the highway. I didn't get to climb it this year, although many of the others were subject to its unsure moves!
Pasta Jay's. We did a group dinner here, despite having almost 20 people in our group. Service was fine, but I found the food way too spicy and couldn't finish. A tad on the expensive side ($20 a head) for what we got.
Fat City. Another group meal. Food service was terrible forgotten/mixed up orders, I had to send back my food because it arrived cold, and the food taste was only a step above bland. To top it off, it ended up being $20 a head. I plan to avoid Fat City on future trips. Also some tension at bill time over splitting the bill evenly (people who had eaten much less were understandably peeved about subsidizing the more gluttonous eaters at the table).
Zak's Pizza. We all got the all-you-can eat pizza/salad/soup buffet, despite reservations that buying a la carte could potentially end up cheaper if you were only moderately hungry. Pretty good food, especially for the hungry mountain biker, climber, or runner.
Bento shop near Arby's. I was drawn into this place with a yearning for teriyaki chicken, but the food ended up tasting terrible here. Avoid.
The trip home was uneventful. All in all, another good Moab experience, although the novelty of the trip is beginning to wane and I found the bad parts of the trip starting to outweigh the good. I will probably take a break next year and maybe resume the following year.
|Qty.||Category||Subcat||Item||Wt ea. (oz.)||Wt ea. (lbs.)||Ext. Wt.|
|1||Essentials||REI polypro liner gloves||1.1||0.1||1.1|
|1||Essentials||Emergency solar blanket & storage bag||2.1||0.1||2.1|
|1||Essentials||LED keychain light||0.3||0.0||0.3|
|1||Essentials||Locking serated blade||2.8||0.2||2.8|
|1||Essentials||Paper, pen, & storage bag||2.2||0.1||2.2|
|1||Essentials||Sunscreen (SPF 45) - Aloe Gator||0.0||0.0|
|1||Essentials||Waterproof matches, trick candles (+ bottle)||0.9||0.1||0.9|
|1||Essentials||Iodine tablets (bottle)||0.0|
|1||Essentials||No-Doze tablets (bottle)||0.0||0.0|
|1||Essentials||Zip ties (aka cable ties)||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|1||Essentials||Map of area||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|1||Essentials||Extra food (Powerbar)||2.7||0.2||2.7|
|1||Essentials||Large heavy-duty garbage bags||0.5||0.0||0.5|
|1||Food||Containers||Nalgene 1L bottle (lexan)||5.2||0.3||5.2|
|1||Food||Containers||Camelbak M.U.L.E. (100oz)|
|4||Food||Food||Cytomax or Gatorade (premixed packets)||0.0|
|1||Clothing||Wicking||Patagonia Light Capilene (white)||6.3||0.4||6.3|
|1||Clothing||Wicking||Old Nike White Dri-Fit|
|1||Clothing||Wicking||Nike Dri-Fit White w/ zipper|
|1||Clothing||Insulating||Marmot Windstopper fleece vest||10.9||0.7||10.9|
|1||Clothing||Insulating||Arc'Teryx Delta Roo Jersey|
|1||Clothing||Insulating||Nike running tights|
|1||Clothing||Shell||REI nylon shorts||0.0|
|1||Clothing||Shell||Jacket - Marmot Thunderlight||22.7||1.4||22.7|
|4||Clothing||Footwear||Insulating socks (pair)||0.0||0.0|
|1||Clothing||Headwear||Nike white baseball cap||2.5||0.2||2.5|
|1||Hiking||Headlamp - Petzl Zoom (+ battery)||11.4||0.7||11.4|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Harness - Petzl Mercury||13.9||0.9||13.9|
|1||Climbing||Essential Harness||Belay device - Reverso|
|1||Climbing||Essential Harness||Belay device - Grigri||7.9||0.5||7.9|
|1||Climbing||Essential Harness||Chalk bag - Arc'Teryx red/yellow||0.0|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Wild Things safety sling||2.2||0.1||2.2|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Pearabiner - Wild Country autolocking||0.0|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Long prussik (orange w/ green)||2.8||0.2||2.8|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Short prussik (green w/ orange)||1.9||0.1||1.9|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Short prussik (pink/blue)||1.4||0.1||1.4|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||D - Petzyl Am'D ball-lock carabiner||2.7||0.2||2.7|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Pearabiner - Petzl Attache||2.8||0.2||2.8|
|1||Climbing||Essentials||Helmet - Petzl Ecrin Roc||0.0|
|1||Climbing||Shoes||5.10 Anasazi velcro climbing shoes (pair)||15.5||1.0||15.5|
|1||Climbing||Shoes||La Sportiva Kuakulator shoes (pair)||25.7||1.6||25.7|
|1||Climbing||Shoes||Boreal Matrix climbing shoes (pair)||0.0|
|1||Climbing||Rope||Mammut Flash 10.5x50 rope||131.5||8.2||131.5|
|1||Climbing||Rope||Metolius rope bag (Rope Ranger)|
|1||Climbing||Rope||Wicker roll-up mat|
|12||Climbing||Sport||Quickdraw - Kong||3.7||0.2||44.4|
|1||Climbing||Trad||Grivel nut tool||1.9||0.1||1.9|
|1||Climbing||Trad||BD Camalot - #3||8.6||0.5||8.6|
|1||Climbing||Trad||BD Camalot - #2||6.7||0.4||6.7|
|1||Climbing||Trad||BD Camalot - #1||5.7||0.4||5.7|
|1||Climbing||Trad||BD Camalot - #0.4||3.4||0.2||3.4|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #1||0.5||0.0||0.5|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #2||0.9||0.1||0.9|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #3||0.9||0.1||0.9|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #4||1.0||0.1||1.0|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #5||1.1||0.1||1.1|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #6||1.3||0.1||1.3|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #7||1.4||0.1||1.4|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #8||1.6||0.1||1.6|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #9||2.0||0.1||2.0|
|1||Climbing||Trad||WC Rocks - #10||2.4||0.2||2.4|
|1||Climbing||Trad||Metolius multi-loop gear sling||4.4||0.3||4.4|
|4||Climbing||Sling/webbing||Kong 2' spectraweb (purple)||1.3||0.1||5.2|
|2||Climbing||Sling/webbing||Kong 2'/4' adjustable spectraweb (black)||1.7||0.1||3.4|
|2||Climbing||Sling/webbing||Kong 4' spectraweb (red)||2.2||0.1||4.4|
|1||Climbing||Sling/webbing||24' tubular webbing (purple)||6.7||0.4||6.7|
|1||Climbing||Sling/webbing||Cordelette - Spectra 20'|
|4||Climbing||Carabiner||D - Kong locking||2.5||0.2||10.0|
|4||Climbing||Carabiner||Oval - Kong locking||2.4||0.2||9.6|
|1||Electronics||Suunto altimeter watch||2.0||0.1||2.0|
|1||Electronics||Motorola Talk-About radio (+3AA batteries)||5.9||0.4||5.9|
|1||Electronics||Cell phone (Nokia 8260)||3.5||0.2||3.5|
|1||Electronics||Laptop + power supply + phone cable|
|1||Containers||Packs||Dana Design Bomb Pack (3200 ci)||79.4||5.0||79.4|
|2||Biking||Regular bike gloves (fingerless)|
|1||Biking||Camelbak M.U.L.E. (100oz)|
|1||Biking||Wind breaker (Pearl Izumi, orange)|
|1||Biking||Clipless pedals, Shimano (pair)|
|1||Biking||Bike shoes (Nike, w/ Shimano cleats)|
|4||Biking||Shortie biking socks|
|3||Biking||Padded bike shorts|
|3||Biking||Biking jersey, short sleeve|
|1||Biking||Biking jersey, long sleeve|
Camelbak sprung a leak. Used Hillary's duct tape to fix it. Need to pack duct tape on future trips for field repairs. I could have used some pedal grease and chain lube as well. Bring altimeter watch to record elevation gain (or use GPS).