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I ventured on down to the GITA event in Los Alamos NM this past weekend. I had a great time meeting bunches of great people, many of them MTBR posters, and riding some excellent trails. It was my first time to NM and it won't be my last!

Thanks to the gang in NM for hosting us and showing us around. Especially sportsman for organizing it and trying to keep track of everyone, you could work on your driving directions though ;)

I took some pictures while there and hopefully I'll post most of the ones people wanted to see, however I'm not posting all of them cause that gets boring (this is still alot). So if you think there is one of you that is not posted and want it, let me know via PM.

1) I drove over Poncha Pass Thursday and this is the view that greeted me - stunning in real life.

2) The Sangres have an abundance of snow already. I stopped in Del Norte and stayed overnight at my friend's house, Gary and Patti.

3) Indian lands on Friday.

4) I set up camp...

5) And the weekend launched...

See you next year!

Ed E
 

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On Friday I was accosted by freeriders and made to watch them do this stuff. I was horrified!! Such cool stuff these guys are building and riding, it's all new to me. I managed to clear the approach to the jump but I did not jump.

1) The approach, the drop is at the far end.

2) A closer look at the launch site.

3) Rider approaching the lip.

4) A launch

5) Another one, Clay making it look easy.
 

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Saturday dawned cloudy and cool, precipitation threatened but held off and finally the sun broke through. My introduction to Guaje Ridge and the local trails in Los Alamos.

1) Snow and mud to start things off.

2) The colors were muted by this time.

3) I forget her name rider.

4) Neil

5) I forget his name rider
 

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The Guaje ride continued...

1) I wrecked hard before rejoining the group at the bottom of this long descent. I was VERY glad I had my helmet on. It was not a pretty crash and it went unwitnessed :thumbsup:

2) The group hanging

3) I forget his name rider

4) Jen

5) Tom Mayer, MTB Hall of Famer clearing a switchback. Let's talk about GPS, maps and pics shall we!
 

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1) I wrecked hard before rejoining the group at the bottom of this long descent. I was VERY glad I had my helmet on. It was not a pretty crash and it went unwitnessed :thumbsup:


It was nice to see you and ride with you again - nice for us New Messicans to be able to return the favor to our Colorado neighbors!

I wish my crash had gone unwitnessed, but as I dug into the looseness I looked up and there you were grinning at me, camera in hand! I hope that one does not get posted.:D

Come down anytime and we'll show you the real good stuff. ;)
 

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Guaje continued. And when I say Guaje, I am using one term to describe a whole network of trails that we rode, including some really cool neighborhood sections.

1) The GITA gathering under trees

2) More drops

3) Big air.

4) Big air with an x-up (I think).

5) One more drop. These kids were amazing. We were right in a nice neighborhood area where people gathered to watch them have fun. No one told them to stop, no one complained, it was just families hanging out and letting kids be kids. Nice!
 

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So we partied Saturday night under the pavillion; eating, drinking and exchanging stories. As the evening wore on it started to rain. And it rained all night, really hard sometimes. I kept thinking about some friends who were doing the Moab 24 Hours, was it raining there too - Uh apparently.

Sunday dawned wet and cool but it did not snow at the campsite which is at ~9,400 ft. in elevation. I was curious about whether the South Boundary ride in Taos would happen after all that rain, which continued into the morning where we were.

1) It was quite difficult getting up early and breaking camp in the rain. I think I ended up with three hours of total sleep Friday and Saturday nights. I was tired, cold and sore from the crash! Oh and hungover....again, idiot that I am.

2) The Bean fixed some of the weariness. Notice the wet parking lot and the clouds in the background. It had rained in Taos too.

3) But we rode, Bryan leading out.

4) NuMexJoe's Retro

5) Scott's Gunnar
 

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South Boundary was an incredible flight! But first we had some climbing to do.

1) This is where the Gasping started in earnest.

2) RCC (I think) pulling hard

3) *rt* definitely feeling the high altitude pain after flying in from Atlanta for GITA.

4) SSweetleaf's IF

5) Paul's Coconino
 

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The SB ride continued. I managed to stop myself a couple of times to snap some shots but honestly the riding on this section was so fun and long I mostly went with the flow.

1) Habib

2) SSweetleaf

3) And our fearless leader Scott. The reason everyone has their eye on Scott is because he was carrying special cargo in that pack

4) The special cargo, Java Porter!

5) And on down we rode after nourishing ourselves with porter
 

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And on to the end...

1) Sasha

2) The Taos ski area is somewhere in those clouds

3) Log on a steep section.

4) Eskes for Fatties and beer

5) Scott was fascinated with this little guy and he made me take the picture.
 

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5) Scott was fascinated with his little guy and made me take this picture.
<img src=http://forums.mtbr.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=203851&stc=1&d=1161035892>
I don't think that's a tail

Great riding with you Ed. Thanks for the "refreshing" beverages.

If you are ever down this way, I'll try and help you find some trails in Durango that don't suck quite as much.
 

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And on to the end...

1) Sasha

2) The Taos ski area is somewhere in those clouds

3) Log on a steep section.

4) Eskes for Fatties and beer

5) Scott was fascinated with his little guy and made me take this picture.
Great pics Ed...It was nice to meet you and your comrads from CO. I hope to see you soon as our next planned adventure will visiting our friendly neighbors to the north
 

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Great pics Ed...It was nice to meet you and your comrads from CO. I hope to see you soon as our next planned adventure will visiting our friendly neighbors to the north
Come on up and let us know when and where!

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I wish my crash had gone unwitnessed, but as I dug into the looseness I looked up and there you were grinning at me, camera in hand! I hope that one does not get posted.:D

Come down anytime and we'll show you the real good stuff. ;)
I can't find the picture!! Not sure I captured your crash, those are usually pure luck shots. I do have incriminating photos of people walking and bailing on sections :D

I had a great time - thanks!

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I don't think that's a tail

Great riding with you Ed. Thanks for the "refreshing" beverages.

If you are ever down this way, I'll try and help you find some trails in Durango that don't suck quite as much.
Good hanging out with you! I'll probably take you up on that offer to dispel my disillusionment with Durango.

Ed E
 
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