High on Mountain Biking | the trail adventures of a mountain biker

Amasa Back Pothole Arch and Rockstacker Trail 2011

  The Amasa Back - Pothole Arch and Rock Stacker Trail is in my opinion Moab's most scenic trail, and if planned well is also one of Moab's best rides. This trail can also be a complete nightmare, extremely busy, so be well prepared when planning this beauty.        Trail Stats & Information Amasa Back Nearby Town: Moab Length: 12.95 miles Trail Type: Out & Back (lollipop) or loop with Jackson (not recommended) Skill Level: [what the books say] Technically very difficult … [Read more...]

Porcupine Rim Trail Moab 2011

    The Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab is together with the Slickrock Trail the most popular Moab ride. This trail is probably on the wishlist of more mountain bikers than any other trail, and not just in the USA, but worldwide. The Porcupine Rim is a fantastic trail, physically it's an easy ride, 90% being a very fast downhill, however technically this trail can rip you and your steed to pieces. Many a Mountain Biker has lost the battle on the … [Read more...]

Henry W Coe State Park Mountain Biking

Henry Who?? ... Yep, that was my first response when I knew I was gonna ride in this area.. Now let's be honest how many people have heard of the Henry W. Coe State Park in California?  In the Henry W. Coe State Park brochure they call it " A Mecca for Mountain Bikers".. Yeah sure I thought to myself, if I had a dollar for every park that said that, I would be rich.But anyway, I was here for a few weeks and decided for myself if this really was a "Mecca for Mountain Bikers" or just another false … [Read more...]

Highline Trail Sedona

  . This is the first ever ride in the USA that I have not done solo.  For this ride I needed a guide, 'cos there is no way I could have otherwise experienced this trail. Although once on the Highline Trail, it is easy to follow, but finding this trail as an "outsider"  would be almost impossible. Luckily for me, and for anyone else visiting,  Sedona  has a fantastic self confessed Mtb Ambassador who is more than willing to take you "on a ride" ( in the good sense)  I would really like to … [Read more...]

Moab Rim Campark the mountain bikers choice

. I have been staying at Moab Rim Campark for 4 years  running, always through the month of October. Although everyone is welcome at Moab Rim Campark, mountain bikers will especially feel at home here. If you are looking for a resort, or heated swimming pool, or air conditioned outdoor mini golf, then this is not the place for you, however if you are looking to stay somewhere with an adventurous feel, somewhere that offers stunning views, and somewhere that is mountain bike friendly, then … [Read more...]

Poison Spider Mesa Trail looped with Portal Trail Moab

. The Poison Spider Messa and down Portal was one of last years favorite trails. The Poison Spider Messa is definitely a trail that you either love or hate. This trail can make a grown man cry. Poison Spider Mesa is technically, physically and mentally a challenge. . . Trail Stats & Information Nearby City: Moab Length: 12.5 miles [ loop] Trail Type: Loop or Out & Back Skill Level: [ what the books say ] Technically moderate to extremely difficult. Physically moderate to extremely … [Read more...]

The real history of Mountain Biking

1800's The 25th Infantry U.S. Army Bicycle Corps stationed at Fort Missoula, Montana set out across the country on their bicycles in 1896-7. Lt. James A. Moss led the company of black soldiers on several obstacle intensive test runs of the iron two-wheeled alternative to horses for transportation. Their greatest trip covered 1900 miles to St. Louis, Missouri, returning to Missoula by train. The 25th Infantry gained fame and was nicknamed the Buffalo Soldiers. In 1896 the 25th Infantry rode, … [Read more...]

Heavenly Valley to Armstrong Pass lake Tahoe

After my 2 crashes on the Curly Lake trail in Montana in August I was really looking forward to getting back on the trails. This trail came highly recommended to me, as offering some of the best scenery in the Tahoe Basin. I was told that it was a very strenuous ride, but I was convinced I was up for it... Boy was I wrong, I got slaughtered on this trail!! Trail Stats & Information Nearby City: Minden Length: 23.43 total miles Trail Type: Point to Point Skill Level: [ What the … [Read more...]

Giant Trance X4 2009 Specs

Yesterday I went to Owenhouse Bike Shop in Bozeman for a $12 spare derailleur hanger and left the shop with a brand new bike.. a bit impulsive? maybe!... a necessity?... No!.. But it sure feels good. So now my big problem is I have to decide which bike to take on which trail!!... man, life is a b1tch!! About the Giant Trance X4 2009 . Frame Technology Trance X is cutting-edge superiority with features like a hyper-engineered main triangle, absolutely dialed geometry and 5 inches … [Read more...]

HDR Mountain Bike Photography

This year I have started shooting HDR images on the trails, personally I am really intrigued by this method, and I actually like the outcome of the photo's. For everyone that has never heard of HDR photography, just google it for plenty of info, but in short it means the following.. In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas … [Read more...]