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Big Boulder & myself are targeting to be up on Freel pass at around 9:30 Saturday evening. Hanging out for a bit then switching on the lights for a killer ride back down to town.

Have not pinned down the details of our start location (maybe Stagecoach or the top of High Meadows road) nor the decent (Probably Armstong/connector/corral) but who knows, I've never done Toads at night so that's a possibility. Loose plans now call for a 6:30 PM start

If anyone is interested in joining, PM, post up or if you know me, contact me and I'll let you know the details as they get worked out. Also Please do not try this if you have never been over Freel before & know what to expect, be self sufficient and prepared to spend a cool night out in the mountains if something goes wrong cause there will probably be no rescue till morning.

Oh yea, start charging your lights.....
 

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Route....

still not sure what route is gonna be best but I have no interest in hitting Toads on the way down... considering the other options. Toads is so 2002:p

Starting to think that at night going down star lake connector and cold creek might be really nice.

lights are charging. I'm only bringing one beer to the top. In a can of course...What should it be. Hmmmmm

So stoked!:thumbsup:
 

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If we go that way I suggest heading down to Stagecoach & Van Sickle, the Carson Valley & the moon shining on the lake from Van Sickle would be sick!

I think "Back in Black" will be my can of choice.
 

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ok

If we go that way I suggest heading down to Stagecoach & Van Sickle, the Carson Valley & the moon shining on the lake from Van Sickle would be sick!

I think "Back in Black" will be my can of choice.
After thinking about options I like ....here they are in order.

1. Start at Stagecoach and descend Star Lake and Cold Creek after going up to Freel
2. Start at Horse Meadows and go over Freel then north to Stagecoach and down Van Sickle.
3. Start at Horse Meadows and go over Freel descend Star Lake and Cold Creek
4. Up Cold Creek, Star Lake and over Freel to Armstrong and coral....sidewinder.

Oh yes the Back in Black is perfect!! "Inspired by Paul Revere's midnight ride". And enjoyed on ours!
 

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I don't want to do a retrieval from Horse meadows as it's a slow drive up a dirt road, I might be able to arrange a shuttle though if enough folks are interested. We could also just climb the dirt road on our bikes as it's not that much faster to drive, I've caught people unloading and getting ready to head up to Armstrong that I saw drive in at the same time I started riding in.

Another start location is the top of Oniedes and climb Armstrong. In any case the switch backs leading up the back side of Freel will suck this time of year, unless we get the 30% chance of thunder storms & some rain before heading out.

Hell yea Jim, you should join, hang with the Family all day Saturday, and go play at night!
 

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I'm confused now!

Do we go to chik fa lay and bring a sandwhich and fries to the top and have a snack? Or do we just make out when we get there?
 

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JEALOUS - YOU FAKS!!
Enjoy. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
Pix and reports due Sun/Mon Mo-Fo's. ;)
Leave No Man behind.
You so Lucky.
 

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unfortunatley...

Sierra NV Torpedo Tall.

The moon isn't going to be high enough, yet, at 9:30 to illuminate a west-facing descent.

Wish I could come along...
We will not have much natural illumination on this ride. We will hopefully see a big fat moon rise from Free pass and then enjoy a glorious downhill run with artificial light.
 

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Waiting on BB to arrive later this afternoon and we will finalize the route, target departure is still planned for 6:30 PM, hopefully have the route posted up by 4:30 PM if anyone is on the fence thinking they might join.

GoGo definitely no man will be left behind, BB is the designated spooner to keep any injured parties warm.

 

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So we are dropping a car at state line and gonna drive to the top of Oniedes, ride up Armstrong & the back of Freel, then down to Stagecoach & Vansickle. I have room to shuttle one more person back to Oniedes if someone wants to join, trying to start riding at 6:30.

Post up in the next 1/2 hour if you plan to join.
 

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Wow that was probably the most intense and amazing ride I've ever done:
No moon was seen all night, but dam the light show in the sky was incredible. We got rained on for a good portion of the ride but had killer breaks like up on Freel and temps were mild.
Just when I thought it could not be more intense than dropping the staircases from Monument pass with it raining hard, lighting lighting up the Carson valley with the city lights below and big drop offs just on your right.
But dam descending Van Sickle with bolts of lighting hitting the lake and the far shore, blew my mind!

Photo's are hard to come by at night but here are a few I took when it was not raining.

1) BB racing up to Star lake in the last light, we decided last minute to start from High Meadows to make the car retrieval faster after words.

2) Freel Pass

3) Lumen man

4) Spider weaving a trap for us across Van Sickle
 

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Wow that was probably the most intense and amazing ride I've ever done:
No moon was seen all night, but dam the light show in the sky was incredible. We got rained on for a good portion of the ride but had killer breaks like up on Freel and temps were mild.
Just when I thought it could not be more intense than dropping the staircases from Monument pass with it raining hard, lighting lighting up the Carson valley with the city lights below and big drop offs just on your right.
But dam descending Van Sickle with bolts of lighting hitting the lake and the far shore, blew my mind!

Photo's are hard to come by at night but here are a few I took when it was not raining.

1) BB racing up to Star lake in the last light, we decided last minute to start from High Meadows to make the car retrieval faster after words.

2) Freel Pass

3) Lumen man

4) Spider weaving a trap for us across Van Sickle
Whoo-Hooo!!
Sweeet!
G
 

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Wife and I arrived in Tahoe with our 9 month old boy in the early afternoon last Saturday. We have been on vacation from our teenagers for over a week. Yeah! This was our little ones first trip to the beach. Had a great time even with the enormous crowd at Pope Beach. Looking south it was obvious that Tahoe BC and I would be in for a little weather….thunder and lightning that night. I was stoked…my wife not so much.
An awesome new addition to the south lake area (at the Y) is a Beach Hut Deli. Yum! A Surfing Cow was my pre ride meal and I was too hungry and stoked to get riding to eat it slowly. Got the wife and child settled in at the TahoeBC estate and then packed up for our big ride. I made sure my 21st Amendment Back in Black was super cold before putting it in my overloaded pack. That is when I decided to leave my cell phone behind. Off we went….
We decided to leave a car at the bottom of van sickle trail and then take my car over near the beginning of Cold Creek trail. As TahoeBC gets in my car he says “There has been an incident at the house” and then hands me the phone. Turns out just minutes after leaving the house…my son decides to tumble down a flight of stairs. Not badly hurt…but upset. Wife…hysterical. ..starts calling my phone….which is still there. After finding my phone she naturally looks for J*!! in my phone but the only J*!! in my phone is Empty_Beer and she gets voice mail and realizes wrong J*!!. Between calls to Finch Platte and Fresh my wife finally calms down and realizes everything is cool…finally tracks down the right number. I don’t know if the lesson is….never leave my cell phone behind or never put someone in my phone under their MTBR screen name. Anyway, by the time I finally talk to her it’s all good and our ride is almost ready to begin…and the rain starts.
Started around 6:30pm climbing up Cold Creek I was reminded that I am more of a morning person. My body is just not happy to be on the bike right now and the Surfin Cow….is surfin in my belly. The initial climb up Cold Creek was a major struggle for me. At High Meadow I was happy that we were about to get on the easy grade of Star Lake trail so that was a relief. Freel Pass looked ominous in the distance and a steady light rain began to fall. Thunder in the distance. We were still in short sleeves and comfortable. A little ways up Star Lake trail we ran into Martin and his crew coming down. We chatted it up a little and were on our way up again stopping only to put light jackets on as the light rain continued. It was exceptionally warm for a rainy evening at 9000ft.
Suddenly I looked to my right to see Star Lake. That was fast. We took a good break at the lake and got our lights ready to go as the sun finally faded out and the rain stopped. We got the expected WTF from some overnighters at the lake when we told them we were on our way UP. Made for some fun conversation and as I looked up I could see darker clouds ahead. The final ascent to Freel Pass was awesome with the lights on and the faint lights of south lake 3000 feet below. At the pass (9:17pm) the wind and approaching lightning made our stay just long enough to consume some food and wash it down with a delicious Back In Black Ale. This presented me with a little problem on the way back down to Star Lake. Even with 1500 lumens blazing I was having a bit of a hard time with the added buzz but made it safely down. Buzz gone. Leaving Star Lake and heading North on the TRT towards Monument Pass the rain became steady. TahoeBC and I stopped once to comment to each other that this might be the funnest ride we have ever done. Lights blazing, warm rain at 9000ft, thunder and lightning to the right (Carson City) and the left (Lake Tahoe). From the lake to past the granite staircases at Monument the rain continued and the thunder and lightning increased. Exciting!
From Heavenly we accessed Van Sickle trail and our pace became more urgent as the thunder and lightning moved in. It was time to get off the mountain. All the way down van sickle in a light rain the lightning storm moved towards us across the lake. It was incredibly surreal with the bright casino lights below. Van Sickle was a blast at night and I just remember feeling like I had been grinning for the last 5 hours. Awesome!
Back at the car at around 11:30pm. This was definitely my favorite night ride experience…ever and certainly one of the funnest rides I have ever done. Back at the TahoeBC estate we polished off several more Back In Black Ales and watched the awesome video of some of the best of Tahoe trails.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
 

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Wife and I arrived in Tahoe with our 9 month old boy in the early afternoon last Saturday. We have been on vacation from our teenagers for over a week. Yeah! This was our little ones first trip to the beach. Had a great time even with the enormous crowd at Pope Beach. Looking south it was obvious that Tahoe BC and I would be in for a little weather….thunder and lightning that night. I was stoked…my wife not so much.
An awesome new addition to the south lake area (at the Y) is a Beach Hut Deli. Yum! A Surfing Cow was my pre ride meal and I was too hungry and stoked to get riding to eat it slowly. Got the wife and child settled in at the TahoeBC estate and then packed up for our big ride. I made sure my 21st Amendment Back in Black was super cold before putting it in my overloaded pack. That is when I decided to leave my cell phone behind. Off we went….
We decided to leave a car at the bottom of van sickle trail and then take my car over near the beginning of Cold Creek trail. As TahoeBC gets in my car he says “There has been an incident at the house” and then hands me the phone. Turns out just minutes after leaving the house…my son decides to tumble down a flight of stairs. Not badly hurt…but upset. Wife…hysterical. ..starts calling my phone….which is still there. After finding my phone she naturally looks for J*!! in my phone but the only J*!! in my phone is Empty_Beer and she gets voice mail and realizes wrong J*!!. Between calls to Finch Platte and Fresh my wife finally calms down and realizes everything is cool…finally tracks down the right number. I don’t know if the lesson is….never leave my cell phone behind or never put someone in my phone under their MTBR screen name. Anyway, by the time I finally talk to her it’s all good and our ride is almost ready to begin…and the rain starts.
Started around 6:30pm climbing up Cold Creek I was reminded that I am more of a morning person. My body is just not happy to be on the bike right now and the Surfin Cow….is surfin in my belly. The initial climb up Cold Creek was a major struggle for me. At High Meadow I was happy that we were about to get on the easy grade of Star Lake trail so that was a relief. Freel Pass looked ominous in the distance and a steady light rain began to fall. Thunder in the distance. We were still in short sleeves and comfortable. A little ways up Star Lake trail we ran into Martin and his crew coming down. We chatted it up a little and were on our way up again stopping only to put light jackets on as the light rain continued. It was exceptionally warm for a rainy evening at 9000ft.
Suddenly I looked to my right to see Star Lake. That was fast. We took a good break at the lake and got our lights ready to go as the sun finally faded out and the rain stopped. We got the expected WTF from some overnighters at the lake when we told them we were on our way UP. Made for some fun conversation and as I looked up I could see darker clouds ahead. The final ascent to Freel Pass was awesome with the lights on and the faint lights of south lake 3000 feet below. At the pass (9:17pm) the wind and approaching lightning made our stay just long enough to consume some food and wash it down with a delicious Back In Black Ale. This presented me with a little problem on the way back down to Star Lake. Even with 1500 lumens blazing I was having a bit of a hard time with the added buzz but made it safely down. Buzz gone. Leaving Star Lake and heading North on the TRT towards Monument Pass the rain became steady. TahoeBC and I stopped once to comment to each other that this might be the funnest ride we have ever done. Lights blazing, warm rain at 9000ft, thunder and lightning to the right (Carson City) and the left (Lake Tahoe). From the lake to past the granite staircases at Monument the rain continued and the thunder and lightning increased. Exciting!
From Heavenly we accessed Van Sickle trail and our pace became more urgent as the thunder and lightning moved in. It was time to get off the mountain. All the way down van sickle in a light rain the lightning storm moved towards us across the lake. It was incredibly surreal with the bright casino lights below. Van Sickle was a blast at night and I just remember feeling like I had been grinning for the last 5 hours. Awesome!
Back at the car at around 11:30pm. This was definitely my favorite night ride experience…ever and certainly one of the funnest rides I have ever done. Back at the TahoeBC estate we polished off several more Back In Black Ales and watched the awesome video of some of the best of Tahoe trails.:thumbsup::thumbsup:
BORING. :yawn::sleep:

NOT! :winker::band:

Glad you doods did it and lived to tell the tale.

Living vicariously thru you two.

Baby Ok ???? ;)

I aint got no more Smilies in me tonight. :D
 

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my son decides to tumble down a flight of stairs.
Just a chip off the old Block :D

All I can say is MORE Tahoe night rides are in my future, the trails seem narrower and the drops seem bigger, good fun! Full moon Rose to Toads next year, starting around 5PM, oh yea.


GoGo, you seem to get your share of riding in, Ride On :thumbsup:
 
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