The '06 Rocky Mountain High MTBR Gathering
It lived up to its name. There were rocks. And mountians. And we were
at really, really lofty elevations.
I almost didn't go. I was feeling low, and on the way out of Golden the
transmission in the truck started acting decidedly funky. So i
sighed,and turned around and headed back home, mentally preparing for a
birthday spent alone and moping. Luckily I have friends that are
somewhat smarter than me, so the Icegeek and Jasonb staged a rescue
mission, and by midnight I was en route to Salida. At this point I'm
supposed to say something about how the journey passed without
incident, but in fact we almost drove off the road in a very dark and
confusing construction area. And my bike was dragged along the pavement
for a bit. But the only damage was to the grip.
We arrived, racked out and I woke up the next morning aged 36 rather
Surveying my surroundings revealed the following views:
Note the less than welcoming weather conditions up high. Yes that is
where we were going. The day's ride was to be a high country jaunt off
of the top of Monarch Pass. Instead of heading south on the traditional
Monarch Crest route, we headed north on the Continental divide trail,
up, up and away through the top of Monarch Ski Resort and into the
tundra of the above treeline world. A relevant quote from Nathan
Ward's Salida Singletrack guidebook: "This is the most technical ride in
the book, and should only be attempted by self-sufficient parties with
expert riding skills. This is not an exaggeration. Dig?"
Yes, fall colour. In a short few weeks this will all look vastly
OK at this point I elect to withhold a photo. Suffice to say that high
altitude can affect people and despite what some people post around
here, some things are best left unviewed.
On to the tundra.
Copyright Estate of Anthony Vail Sloan 2009