Fun in the Summer – Calendar, Updates, ETC


A Sierra Fatty:

exciting stuff in Mammoth this week and the future if your a Mountain Bike Fan.

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Man, it’s so fun seeing all the mtb buzz in town this week for natty’s and all summer long – hope everybody is enjoying it!!  Here is some important stuff – spread the word:

1.  TODAY/TONIGHT (tuesday, 7/14) – High School MTB “Ride With a Pro” followed by pizza and Singletrack High Movie Screening.  Register at Canyon Lodge 3-4pm, ride from 4-5:30 followed by pizza and screening up at Grizzly Theatre.  FREE for all kids ages 10-18.  please spread the word to anyone you know with kids – lets get them out there on bikes and get stoked to ride!!
2.  good luck to everybody racing in Natty’s – i’ve got two words for ya: GET SOME!
 
3.  Sierra 7500 Redux – 27 and 50 mile course — registration is open and free, we’ve got a handful of people signed up already – this ride will get…

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A Solo Hike to Iva Bell Hot Springs Rainbow Falls TrailHead to Fish Creek Trail


I have wanted to get this hike off the list for a few years after hearing about for a while.

Packing the Bare Boxer 2-3 days of food

Packing the Bare Boxer 2-3 days of food

Bikepacks and Backpack packed

Bikepacks and Backpack packed

Bike loaded and ready to ride

Bike loaded and ready to ride

A much needed stop at the wilderness center to pickup the permit.

A much needed stop at the wilderness center to pickup the permit.

This hike was truly amazing for not having a Alpine Lake I would think it would be apart of Yosemite National Park with the towering Granite walls. The reward was the hot springs and wished I had an extra day for the effort and also to find the other pools. It was worth the bike ride down to beat the Wild crowd. (Oh wait I saw the movie twice I am the WILD crowd ha) I also wished I had brought my TenkaraUSA rod because there where some great fishing holes. I did time it right because the next day we got a foot of snow.

A much needed stop at Mammoth Brewery

A much needed stop at Mammoth Brewery

The next day a new foot of fresh

The next day a new foot of fresh

Map

Map

The Elevation Scale

The Elevation Scale

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My mini JMT Tuolumne Meadows to Agnew Meadows


After watching the Movie WILD for the second thought I would catch up on my hike blog.

I have wanted to do the John Muir Trail from Toulumne Meadows to Agnew Meadows for ten years now living in Mammoth and driving Packers to and from the trailhead. So this year I was finally going to do it (September 2014) I was going to pickup the YARTS Bus from Juniper Springs Resort bus stop which was the closest spot to my house.  I only had two and half days to do it. I had a lot of out dated gear to todays standards. September was a good time to pick up gear from Mammoth Mountaineering Supply stuff was going on sale for transition of winter. This place is a candy store for gear heads like myself. They sure do pack a lot of toys in this building. They have the goods. I really wanted to update my Bear Cache also that I had for 15 years now. I wanted a smaller lighter one for 2-3 days of food. So I found the Bare Boxer online. Took about a week to receive it.

Bear Cache vs The Bare Boxer

Bear Cache vs The Bare Boxer

Awesome now I have a smaller pack, Merino wool, Western Mountaineering, Down Pants, Jacket, Booties, Sleeping Bag etc. I was packed and ready to catch that YARTS BUS.

The Gear is packed and ready to go.

The Gear is packed and ready to go.

I caught that 6:15 am bus to Tuolumne Meadows I believe it was about an 1 hour bus ride. The permits where already booked so I had to make sure I was on that first bus so I could get to the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center before 8 am. When I got there there where a few people in line already. It was brisk about 28 degrees. Once the doors opened I was in 5th place. I was excited I got a permit and was ready to hike what I thought was going to be about 28 miles.

A happy camper with my wilderness permit.

A happy camper with my wilderness permit.

I was excited I got a permit and was ready to hike what I thought was going to be about 28 miles.

At the start of JMT via Tuolumne Meadows

At the start of JMT via Tuolumne Meadows

As I started to hike I was wowed by a lush meadow and was surprised by the trail being flat. I was thinking ok this isn’t going to be bad. I did watch this movie on Netflix’s called Mile Mile and a Half and I knew I was suppose to have this tough pass called Donahue Pass and I was going to camp just on the other side. I was going to have two night stays and try to be back at work by 3:00 pm. That was my only Idea I had a GPS with the GPX file loaded and a Map.

The start of the trail a nice meadow double track trail.

The start of the trail a nice meadow double track trail.

After hiking not sure how long and how far the valley started to open up I came to an amazing granite rock with a creek running thru it and crossed it with this neat bridge.

A fantastic Bridge crossing a Granite creek.

A fantastic Bridge crossing a Granite creek.

The weather warmed up quick. I was drinking water faster then I expected I took a little break by this pool of water and filled up my Nalgene Bottle.

One of the many pools of water flowing thru granite.

One of the many pools of water flowing thru granite.

Start to get deep in the meadow still rather flat I assumed Donahue Pass was in the distance.

Donohue Pass was in the distance

Donohue Pass was in the distance

As I was getting closer there was a nice kinda deep river that looked to me like nature’s lap pool (ok maybe you had to be a swimmer) with trout swimming around. Donahue Pass was getting closer and it was starting to look like a beautiful monster.

The trail paralleling Natures lap pool

The trail paralleling Natures lap pool

I had reached the start of the pass and yes it started to pitch quickly

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The Pass leveled out for a bit to a nice little lake.

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I had stopped at the lake for bit surprised to see two camps right next to the lake thinking you had to be 100 feet from a lake also looked like those camps where heavily used.

A look back at the lake and starting another steep pitch.

A look back at the lake and starting another steep pitch.

I looked to the distance to see the giant I need to climb.

Looking towards the Eye of the Tiger and thinking Rocky Balboa did not run these many steps

Looking towards the Eye of the Tiger and thinking Rocky Balboa did not run these many steps

I am still climbing thinking to myself why do people do this? This is not fun! My feet are starting to blister. I still have about 20 miles to go yikes.

I reached the top.

I reached the top.

I had reached the top I was hungry I reached in my cache of food and pulled out gummy worms which where heavy but tasted so good I could feel my body sucking up the sugars like a sponge. Looked around caught my breath and looked with amazement what I had just accomplished. There was no one around the sights were amazing. Only a few birds singing and a Marmot begging for my food. Ok this is why we backpack got it, but damn by body and feet hurt. OK not sure where I was going to set up camp but I knew I couldn’t camp here I needed to mush on. I was ready to setup tent take a nature bath and make a dinner.

I found a nice camp off the trail.

I found a nice camp off the trail.

Once I had set up camp off the trail I found a little watering hole to wash up. Then went back to check my heavy food cache. I broke out my heavy pouch off black beans and tortillas and some Tapatio Sauce. As my brother said tapatio sauce will make shit taste good although not willing to try it. After a hearty meal I was ready to read a book and realized I had left it at home so I just laid in my sleeping bag until I was off to Z-land.

3 days food in my Bare Boxer

3 days food in my Bare Boxer

I woke up and had the other half of my beans and tortillas for breakfast and some coffee. I was thinking I had hiked about 18 miles. I should have about 10 miles to go. I didn’t have a book so I was thinking I might get bored at camp so I was going to just hike out the rest of the way. No problem 10 miles and no Donahue Pass.

Back on the trail

Back on the trail

Yellow Bellied Marmot saying hello or wanting food.

Yellow Bellied Marmot saying hello or wanting food.

Back on the trail. I was back in the tree line with mixed granite, boulders, meadows and this marmot to send me off on the trail.

Cute Marmot

Cute Marmot.

Tree crossing

Tree crossing

From Donahue Pass going to Island Pass

From Donahue Pass going to Island Pass

I didn’t do my home work very well I had three passes on this trip and was a little confused on the PCT trail marker.IMG_0043

I supposed it didn’t matter I still had to cross them.

The Pass to Thousand Island Lakes

The Pass to Thousand Island Lakes

I was starting to feel tired but also great that I was closer.

Taking a much needed rest enjoying the view of Mt Banner and Thousand Island Lakes

Taking a much needed rest enjoying the view of Mt Banner and Thousand Island Lakes

I stopped to take in the views and learned that there was a glacier here that fed Thousand Island Lake.

looking at the Southeast Glacier that feeds into Thousand Island Lake.

looking at the Southeast Glacier that feeds into Thousand Island Lake.

An Iconic view great place to enjoy a Cliff Bar and Gummy Bears.

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Another Lake another Break

Another Lake another Break

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I had missed my river trail here and continued on the JMT

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After missing the river trail I was thinking glad I didn’t camp another night I would have been late to work. I looked at the map and I thought damn I am adding another 4-5 miles to the hike.

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I went by the great lake stripped off the cloths and went for a dip.

I went by the great lake stripped off the cloths and went for a dip.

I wasn’t sure where I was going at this point but I would just go with it since I had an Idea where I was at some where between Reds Meadow and Devils Post Pile and knew I just needed to make the 8 pm Reds Meadow Shuttle out.

I think it was called Shadow Lake

I think it was called Shadow Lake

That was what I need a cold refreshing energizer a dip in the water to sooth sore muscles and the Chaff it was better then Red Bull.

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Holy Smokes I came to this step stairway that was carved in to the stone.

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I was so glad at this point from hiking all day I was going down.

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Down Down Down

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I got to the bottom with a nice groomed trail and semi flat thinking awesome I am almost there.

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The trail just kept going and going.

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What another lake.

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OK groovy I want to come out at Agnew Meadows I was smiles with this sign.

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At Last Agnew Meadows

At Last Agnew Meadows

At Last I had made it to Agnew Meadows finally been there done that Tuolumne Meadows to Agnew Meadows. I had the time to reflect on this trip while waiting for the Reds Meadow Shuttle. I can now relate to people that come here from all over the world to get the Mini taste of the JMT. The views where differently rewarding although I felt like I didn’t really have the time to enjoy them.

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After plugging my GPS in the Basecamp app I had hiked 36 miles.

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I finally purchased my Alpacka Raft (packraft) and had to give it a go.


I tend to like to start my day off brewing some coffee or Yerba Mate and watch youtube or vimeo adventure videos and since I had purchased a fatbike, I punched in Fatbike keywords a lot so I came across this vid

Lost Coast Fat Bike and Packraft: Pedal, Paddle, and Push 

which had triggered a new want list. 2 years later I saved the cash to make this purchase. less then a week later the UPS man dropped the box off at my door step. I became very giddy and excited to try this new toy. I had to wait another week because I didn’t think about how I was going to carry this item. So I pulled the trigger on a Revelate Designs Harness which I also wanted for bikepacking. It was time to give it a go all my items where here. I packed my dakine hydration pack with a coffee making kit a Sculpin Pale Ale and a couple PBnJ sandwiches in case I was going to have a long day.

The day started off cool like it was going to snow so I was dressed in my merino wool and my bike riding fleece jacket and stopped by Basecamp cafe for breakfast

Breakfast at Basecamp Cafe

Breakfast at Basecamp Cafe

After a full belly I was nice and warm and ready to ride. I started on the bike path thru Aspen trees.

Aspen Trees bike Path Ride

Aspen Trees bike Path Ride

After riding down a 4 mile gravel road I had to make a few adjustments with the raft and paddle. My paddle was the Manta Ray Carbon paddle 4 piece. Once down the 4 mile gravel road I hit a mile of nice single track with some brush I was rubbing the brush with my paddle. I only had the paddle broken down in two pieces. After riding along I realized if I broke the paddle down in 4 pieces I would be okay. I was learning as I went along I could stuff the shaft part of the paddle inside the stock Alpacka Raft bag and the paddle piece would stay fine wrapped in the harness.

Singletrack underneath hwy 395

Singletrack underneath hwy 395

Now that I got the kinks out I was rolling great. I was looking forward to getting to the hot springs and brewing some coffee and enjoying the surroundings. I stopped had a look back at Mammoth Mountain to realize how far I had ridden. Then I kept riding.

A look back on Hot Creek Road

A look back on Hot Creek Road

I made a stop at Hot Creek the Turquoise Pools reminded me of Yellowstone National Park.

Hot Creek Pools

Hot Creek Pools

I was off to a hot spring that where safe to soak in.

brewing Coffee At a hot spring

brewing Coffee At a hot spring

After an 18 mile bike ride I reached a fav hot spring. I broke out my coffee kit and began to brew some nectar of the gods.

While waiting for the coffee to brew I took in the 360 views and relaxed as the warm water soothed the muscles. After sipping on the coffee the sun started to warm up. I packed up the coffee kit and pedaled on thru a cow made singletrack thru a meadow.

Cattle made singletrack

Cattle made singletrack

About 3 miles more I reached the river bank of the Upper Owens River near Browns Campground a popular place for Anglers during fishing season.

Once I set my packraft up I reached in my hydration pack in pulled out a Sculpin Pale Ale, Sat on my boat and enjoyed once again the views of the Eastern Sierra, Glass Mountains and White Mountains.

Alpacka Raft on the river bank

Alpacka Raft on the river bank

The weather warmed up to about 60F degrees. When I left my house it was 30F degrees. I was happy it had warmed up because the river was running low due to are California Drought lowest snowfall on record since they where keeping track in 1895. I had to get out of the boat a couple times because I was getting beached and I was getting wet.

Getting Beached

Getting Beached

I did not order my Packraft with a Spray Deck so I will be sending it back in the future to have one installed.

I floated down the river almost 3 miles picking my way thru the deeper part of the river I did drag a few times and was impressed with the durability of the raft and liked how I was able to tie down the bike and pack to the raft and float down the river. Once I reached my out and rolled the raft up and packed down on the harness I figured out even a better way to pack it on the bike. I was getting hungry pulled out a PBnJ sandwich put on my jacket and headed 20 miles back to home.

The Map of my adventure

The Map of my adventure

Here is a 3 minute edit of the trip.

https://www.strava.com/activities/269444504 

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A fatbike trip to Jalama Beach


There is a beach that I really enjoy camping out at it is called Jalama Beach.

Early Sunrise campout Jalama Beach

Early Sunrise campout Jalama Beach

High Tide waiting for it to drop.

High Tide waiting for it to drop.

I love that I can bring my fatbike and ride almost 12 miles of coastline and rarely see people. You do want to check the tide report on this ride because hide tide it is not ridable.

I also like to bring my surfboard and paddle board. The Jalama Beach store has a great breakfast

The Jalama Beach store and Cafe

The Jalama Beach store and Cafe

Early Morning Breakfast Burrito

Early Morning Breakfast Burrito

and of course the Jalama Burger.

A Jalama Burger and local 805 beer

A Jalama Burger and local 805 beer

A nice drive to get here but well worth it for I. hope you enjoy the vid I threw together.

Jalama Beach Ride

Jalama Beach Ride

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Fattie Style Singletrack Snow Riding on Uptown Downtown Loop


Fattie Style Singletrack Snow Riding on Uptown Downtown Loop.

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A great ride with the Reno Truckee Fatbike group.


Since we didn’t really have a Global Fatbike group ride with peeps in Mammoth. I wanted to ride with some fatbikers so I went to the NV Fatbike group and saw they do a group night ride on Tuesdays and heck I am off work on Tuesday night so I thought I would book a room at Circus Circus. Found out they where meeting at 5:00 pm at Raleys Shopping center on Mt. Rose Highway. I wasn’t sure what to expect. Loaded are bikes in Shawn’s Truck and drove up to I believe Mt Rose Tahoe Rim Trail.

Underloading 5 Fatbikes from the truck

Unloading 5 Fatbikes from the truck

We started the trail it was perfect packed down by dog walkers singletrack

The Surly Moonlander rolling snowpacked singletrack

The Surly Moonlander rolling snowpacked singletrack

After about a 1.5 mile the snow was not as packed down but the large 4.7inch tires of The Boreals Echo and Surly moonlander broke trail and the Salsa Beargrease and 9zero7 and me riding last on my Salsa Mukluk it was pretty ridable by then.

Had to stop and take a photo against the tree

Had to stop and take a photo against the tree

We took a few breaks chatted took shots of whiskey and enjoyed the weather and sights.

Taking a Break against a big rock and yes another shot of whiskey.

Taking a Break against a big rock and yes another shot of whiskey.

We started the ride at 6pm ish we stopped for photos rode out about 5.5 miles. oh yes and sips of the Billit Boubon nice social night ride I haven’t had this much fun on a fatbike since riding with the Ogden Fatbike Summit ride on the Snowbasin trail and BarBque. Wished I kinda lived closer to ride with this group more often.

We got back to the car it was about 9:30 pm

Bikes Leaning against the Snowbank for the return back to Reno, NV

Bikes Leaning against the Snowbank for the return back to Reno, NV

We loaded the bikes back up and drove back down Mt Rose Highway to are cars.

Riding with that group on the snowpacked single track sure was a Hoot.

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I Global Fat bike Day


December 6th was Global Fatbike Day. I really wanted to join the Tahoe -Reno group for Fatbike day but I had to work at 3pm there was no way I was going to make it make it back in time.

Global Fat Bike Day

Global Fat Bike Day

The people I usually fatbike with where out of down so I went on a solo mission to my favorite winter spring riding area around the Owens Gorge.

I had to start with a hearty favorite diner breakfast at Toms Place (est 1917) to warm me up.

Toms Place (est 1917)

Toms Place (est 1917)

I was good and full and ready to explore for a 3 hour ride of sand, snow and double track.

Tunnel under Highway 395

Tunnel under Highway 395

I started off on a trail that starts behind Toms Place and leads to a tunnel underneath highway 395 and cuts thru the neighborhood of Sunny Slopes. I really like riding this area with my fatbike its ridable on a regular MTB bike but the Fatty floats over the sandy double track with ease.

Starting the trail just past the neighborhood

Starting the trail just past the neighborhood

There was just the right amount of snow to have fun to cold roll.

Looking back taking it in

Looking back taking it in

Riding thru the rolling sandy, snowy, sagebrush meets pine trees you can’t help but get great views of the Grand Sierras.

Looking towards the Grand Eastern Sierra

Looking towards the Grand Eastern Sierra

Heading to the Owens Gorge kinda a secret hidden Gem where its common to see Golden Eagle, Bald Eagles, Falcons, Ospreys and Red Tail Hawks soaring.

Riding to the Owens Gorge

Riding to the Owens Gorge

The highlight of this ride is arriving to one of the look outs and perch on a rock and look with amazement.

Owens Gorge the Owens Valley Grand Canyon

Owens Gorge the Owens Valley Grand Canyon

After enjoying the views of the Gorge it was time to head back to the car. I snaked thru piles of Volcanic Rocks more sandy double jeep track, pines trees, and sage for another 30 minutes of riding.

Heading back to Toms Place to grab a Ginger Ale

Heading back to Toms Place to grab a Ginger Ale

Once back at Toms Place I grabbed a bottle of ginger ale for some sugars and something other then water.

That was a Happy Global Fatbike Day.

Map of Owens Gorge Ride

Map of Owens Gorge Ride

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Fatbikes showed up at the Kamikaze Games


Fatbikes showed up at the Kamikaze Games

Last year 2013 the Kamikaze Bike Games decided to add a Fatbike Class. There where two of us who decided to race are fatbikes.

I raced Dual Slalom and Cross Country and another Fatbiker decided to race his SingleSpeed Fatbike in the Enduro for giggles.

Alan Jacoby racing his Single Speed Salsa Mukluk in the Enduro.

Alan Jacoby racing his Single Speed Salsa Mukluk in the Enduro.

 

I had no competitors in Dual Slalom so I decided to just race in my class and end up winning my class.

 

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I dual slalom

I also raced my fatbike in the Cross Country and taking third in regular XC race.

So I wanted to get a suspension fork for my Fat-Bike for next summer season of riding because I was dinging my rims running low pressure. I googled fatbike bike suspension forks and found 11|NINE fatbikes out of Las Vegas, NV. Sent them an email and found they where sponsoring a super-D race at Bootleg. I signed up went out to bootleg raced and bought a fork from 11|NINE the Co. was great and talked to them about Mammoth.  11|NINE Fatbikes also makes great full suspension Fatbikes. 11|NINE said they would talk to the promoters to see if we could add a Fatbike class to the OLD SCHOOL grand daddy of downhill the Kamikaze.

“The Mammoth Kamikaze was the most important downhill race from the mid ’80s to the late ’90s.” — Jimmy Deaton

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Monster Girls Like Fatbikes

So here it was Kamikaze Bike Games 2014  went from 2 Fatbikers in 2013 to 8 in 2014 I thought it was pretty exciting.

11|NINE showed up with three different types of fatbikes

(SIMUS – Front Suspension Hard Tail)(Epicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension)(hemicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension Downhill)

Foes Bikes showed up with there full squish

Turner full squish

Specialized Fatboy

and I on my Salsa Mukluk

There was also an Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike very cool thought we would see the Boreales Clown Guy or the Salsa Bucksaw but a no-show.

Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike

Adaptive 3 wheeled Fatbike

Practice was fast and fun. Racing a hard fatbike bike 50 plus miles an hour reminded me of the old days except wondering how we went so fast with no suspension.

Practice Day on my HardTail Salsa Mukluk

Practice Day on my HardTail Salsa Mukluk

strolling around the pits after practice. I saw the Foes Fatbike.

Foes Fatbike around the pits.

Foes Fatbike around the pits.

The next day it was race time the Kamikaze fast as fu$# had been ruffed up.

Abdaptive 3 wheel racing

Abdaptive 3 wheel racing

I put on my smurf suit for aero-speed.

Smurf Suit for Speed

Smurf Suit for Speed

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Epicyon – Fixed pivot full suspension

 

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!!|NINE Fatbike owner getting in on the action.

!!|NINE Fatbike owner getting in on the action.

 

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Turner King Kahn racing the kamikaze

In the Cross Country a rider from Mountain Bike Action showed up on his Specialized Fatboy.

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Wyoming State Parks Sponsors Global Fat Bike Summit


A Sierra Fatty:

This is amazing Singletrack being groomed for Fatbikes at Curt Gowdy State Park, WY

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Wyoming State Parks has announced that it will sponsor the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival at Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY, January 23-25, 2015. Their involvement marks a shift toward land managers’ increasing awareness of the recreational and economic potential of fat bikes. Additionally, Wyoming State Parks has announced it will groom singletrack fat bike trails in Curt Gowdy State Park this winter, from December 15 through March 15. Says QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, “When public land managers step up to learn what fat bike riders want for trails, it’s a win/win for both.”

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