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Well, ChLong called me and put the Kachess bug in me last Wednesday near noon time. I said, "definitely, I've never done that ride".
Some time that afternoon, we packed up the DareLT and Nomad out to there and began climbing the singletrack up to the top. Yeah, I know, nearly 9" of travel is overkill but also fun :)
It was a tough climb up the loose rocky trail for the first coupla miles. The steepness was tough and I managed to clean all the switchbacks but I undoubtedly had to push my bike up 3-4 10-20ft sections where the trail was simply too much for me to battle rocks and traction.
Then, we reached the less steep wooded section and started to cruise comfortably until we came up on the first creek crossing. Here, we had to get creative and drag some logs in order to build a bridge for crossing the freezing water, that while battling for our lives with the hordes of mosquitoes which entered our mouth or nose with every breath. We should have turned around at that point even before crossing the creek, but as we all know, creek crossings are cool, and we were not to let that deter us from continuing. So we did, and soon the pockets of snow on the ground began to thicken and become more prevalent. We rode and pushed a bit longer thinking that if we moved, the mosquitoes would leave us. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and at that point, our shoes were wet from stubbornly pushing and riding bikes in the snow. After a short while of this nonsense, I blurt out to ChLong, "hey dude, I just thought, given the fact that we'll have to trek through this sh!t also on the way down, it doesn't make sense to continue getting raped by these miserable insects. Instead, we need to get down PRONTO and do a RatPac attack".
Faster than I could blink, our bikes were already pointing downhill and making our way back to the car.
The opinions on trail conditions are: DON"T TRY IT YET ! ... the trailhead is at ~2,200ft; the snow level is at ~3,700; the crest of the trail is at ~4,900ft == you do the math...

After stopping in at the CleElum Safeway for a quick drink, we jetted out to RatPac and found the gate near the highway was open. But then just before getting to the bottom of the trail, we saw a couple of signs that said something like, "You are about to enter private property... blah, blah... trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law... blah, blah, blah"...
So, we parked just just before "entering" beyond the signs and began to climb the road some time between 7:30 and 8pm. We reached the top and once immediately on the trail, we noticed moto tracks ripping the upper section for a while. Then, the tracks disappeared but the stunts looked horribly abandoned from the hands of the local builders. ChLong was the smarter one and decided to pass on the sketchy and disposable-like stunts made with old dried up twigs nailed perfectly, so as to split said twigs, and therefore, add true "KORE" factor to the phrase "stunt riding". Hey, it's not how big or far you go here, the "flava" lies in whether or not the doggamned thing is gonna hold while you pass... well, here just like in Monopoly, if you "Pass GO" you betta make sure you collect them $200 cos you'll need that to help cover the Doc bill when the sh!t collapses on ya. Disrespecting the trailbuilders is definitely not the intent here, but c'mon guys, it could be good with just a little more effort. After having a few good laughs (too bad we didn't take detailed photos of the "structures") we continued down and lost the trail now covered by a road. We walked for a while, and almost took the road down, which would have put us on the trail. But instead, we made a quick call to get directions from Borneo and began our descent under the dying sun. We railed the smooth dirt corners and manualed over dirt humps until we arrived at the gravity pit at about 10pm, where we quickly stopped to take pics of me launching off the lip with the dark blue and orange sky in the background. Soon, the light was almost gone and railing fast turns and gapping jumps in between trees while already dark gave us the last cheap shots of adrenaline we needed to redeem this day.

Sorry 'bout the bad pics... ChLong admits they are horrible but yet beating a day at the office any day...
 

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After having a few good laughs (too bad we didn't take detailed photos of the "structures") we continued down and lost the trail now covered by a road. We walked for a while, and almost took the road down, which would have put us on the trail. But instead, we made a quick call to get directions from Borneo and began our descent under the dying sun.
Cool, I'll have to get Borneo's number incase I get lost somewhere, AAA of the WA mtb'rs.

Awesome effort on saving the day's ride.

Monte
 

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Monte said:
Cool, I'll have to get Borneo's number incase I get lost somewhere, AAA of the WA mtb'rs.

Awesome effort on saving the day's ride.

Monte
Are you going to wait until your partner chimes in later in the week or can you let us know now how Icicle Ridge treated you ?
I wasn't able to make it out there this weekend, unfortunately...
 

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Are you going to wait until your partner chimes in later in the week or can you let us know now how Icicle Ridge treated you ?
I wasn't able to make it out there this weekend, unfortunately...
It treated me like a bad stepchild. I couldn't find my groove on the descent, slightly bloodied all 4 limbs, got my brakes squealing with overheated no joy (8"/7" rotors), and I couldn't keep up with Igor :skep:. Other than that, it was awesome, I love that climb.

Monte
 

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Is This What You Were Thinking

Armondo its been a while since the BBTC had a crew over on RP-maybe three years. Mike and Zach the guys who built it are about all thats left of the original Cle Elum "Rat Pack". They have cut and measured stuff to repair a couple of the stunts. People moving away and the gate getting locked last year plus the logging changed things. This must have been what you were thinking about.





 

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Borrego,
I was mostly disappointed to see new shoddy stunts pop up instead of having someone fix up the existing ones.
You missed a pic of the first twig bridge on upper RP. That sumbich is broken and barely holding up. SUPER SKETCHY...
Pic #1 of that twig bridge... I usually just huck that 8ft roll but it's a hard landing to flat. It would be great to be able to trust that as a roll, so next time (if there is one) I'll likely have to go around it so that I won't interrupt the flow cos I hate stopping on that trail since it's so short.
Pic #2 of that twig bridge... I usually just come barreling down the hill and roll it without a thought. I just noticed that it's missing a few twigs that could potentially swallow a wheel and pitch the unsuspecting rider off into a superman.
Pic #3 of that Teeter Totter... GOOD LORD :eekster: it was sad to see the craftsmanship on that "structure". If you're gonna build like that you need to stay away from hammer and nails... grab a shovel + pulaski and start there... at least dirt doesn't collapse like that. I'd like to know what was going through the mind of the guy who put that thing together. It's totally sketchy building and it has no flow... teeter to bridge to up sloping drop ?

In general, what used to be a sketchy but fun trail, RatPac with those sketchy structures up can now proudly uphold the reputation for being a Ghetto trail. Why not tear them down and leave it be a dirt trail... that would still keep it fun and safe.
As I said before, I do not want to be the trail police and disrespect the builders but all it takes is just a little more effort and common sense. I had a good mind to tear some of the stuff down for the sake of others, but grappled with my thoughts and reconsidered.

Monte, thx for chipping in, we should hook up for a ride soon... I assume all the snow is gone up top on Icicle ?
 

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is that 7 foot drop on the upper section still there ?

is that 7 foot drop on the upper section still there ?
 

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Gonz said:
is that 7 foot drop on the upper section still there ?
Yes it is. Need repair or complete rebuild much like the rest of the stunted sections. There is also a short bridge right below the gravity cavity that I guess was supposed to be some kind of step up, but instead it just pile drives you horizontally into a chicane. The ride around takes you right into a tree. :madman:
 

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You mean this one

Gonz said:
is that 7 foot drop on the upper section still there ?


Theres the jump, although the picture really doesnt do justice to the heighth and drop. If you look close you can see where the end has broken off. Its still getting used, although not like it was a couple of years ago.
After the logging tore out some of the trail about 5-6 guys from the high school who were bmx, dirt jump oriented cut in some new trail and built a couple of stunts including the teeter-totter. That was about 16 months ago. The locked gate has pretty well cut use down although this year a few riders have found the trail is still there.
 

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RatPac Work Party in the future ??

Some of those TTFs are hilarious. If there's ever a work party to fix up the TTFs at RatPac, I'd definitely sign up.
 
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