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post #301 of 483

Jim, I think your life just might be better than Bob Peters.  Very sweet!

 

I'm back from my week of hiking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  Got my first ride in today, about 100 miles tomorrow in beautiful weather...  Cant wait!

 

 

Mike

post #302 of 483

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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Jim, I think your life just might be better than Bob Peters.  Very sweet!

 

I'm back from my week of hiking in Yellowstone and Grand Teton.  Got my first ride in today, about 100 miles tomorrow in beautiful weather...  Cant wait!

 

 

Mike


Nah,  Bob is so busy doing cool stuff he hardly has time to post anymore!  I will keep trying to emulate his greatness though.

 

100 miles!!  Is that all...  I rode 120 miles, but it took me all week wink.gif .

 

Here is a link to my trip report:

http://www.epicski.com/t/105910/mtb-moab-san-rafael-swell-oct-12-14th-lots-of-pics#post_1372744

 

Where is yours?

 

JF

 

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I have no pictures...  I took a great ride this AM, 41*, blue skies, leaves at peak here. Just a peaceful and quite morning ride.  Short but scenic ride, 14 miles most is single track along a river and through the woods.  I didn't see grandma but a nice buck and some ducks.  Leaves on the trail and the smell of fall in the air. So much damage done by the snow storm last week. Lots of trees toppled over and debris on the trail. Still muddy sections which is always fun. One section still had a bit of snow and was frozen.  This was the first time I used Pearl Izumi leg warmers/covers and I love these things, stopped the wind and when I heated up, they were easy to scoot down allowing my legs to vent.   This is my favorite time of the year to ride!  Just have to watch for deer hunters.  It's legal to hunt here on Sundays and almost all the state parks allow hunting in the parks where people are hiking and riding......  Ugghhhhh

post #306 of 483

We have a big deer hunt here during the last 2 weeks of October.  I refuse to ride my MTB on those 2 weekends. 

My friend got a bullet through her dining room window last weekend eek.gif , & we don't live in a "drive by" kinda community.

 

I have nothing against hunters, but why is it I always find lots of beer cans around where hunters have been?

 

Snow on the ground around my house this morning, so I think my MTB days are done till Springtime.  In the meantime, should be some good turkey huntin' ;) .

 

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JF

post #307 of 483
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been out alot but not been taking much video or pictures

 

today was a Deer Lakes/Hartwood Acres Combo ride.

 

this is my old boss(who is 42) owning a sketchy DH log on his pugsley.

 

 

Last week I placed 9th outta of 30th at the Moraine State Park XC race. Moraine was 32 degree and I forgot my winter riding stuff in Vermont. My hands froze and I had frost bite on my feet. Not my best showing of preparation.

 

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2 weeks Ago I did the Ohiopyle Super D. 40 ish minutes long 2200 feet of decending, with 600 vertical of climbing over 9 miles. 10th outta of 41.

 

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if I get sometime I get a POV video up from Ohiopyle.

 

 

post #308 of 483

Great Josh!  Was frost bite worth it? Yikes.  Good job on the races.  Great balance on the log.  Very nice.

 

 

Deer Hunting.- I have no problems with any responsible hunter.  This includes those who abide by the law and are good shots.  I don't think these are the ones we are all worried about. Unfortunately other than a basic hunting class, anyone can take a gun into the park and shoot.   My bigger issue is that the number of people who hunt vs the number of people who no longer use the parks due to fears of getting shot!  Its very unfair. Since the laws don't require hunters to stay away from the trails, they can literally be in a stand feet from a trail and they can actually file complaints against you for disturbing their hunting!  The idea that the parks are open to hikers and bikers and it's only "suggested" that you wear hunters orange is laughable. 

post #309 of 483
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Great Josh!  Was frost bite worth it? Yikes.  Good job on the races.  Great balance on the log.  Very nice.

 

 

Deer Hunting.- I have no problems with any responsible hunter.  This includes those who abide by the law and are good shots.  I don't think these are the ones we are all worried about. Unfortunately other than a basic hunting class, anyone can take a gun into the park and shoot.   My bigger issue is that the number of people who hunt vs the number of people who no longer use the parks due to fears of getting shot!  Its very unfair. Since the laws don't require hunters to stay away from the trails, they can literally be in a stand feet from a trail and they can actually file complaints against you for disturbing their hunting!  The idea that the parks are open to hikers and bikers and it's only "suggested" that you wear hunters orange is laughable. 


 

not really. I needed my neoprene booties and winter gloves. Moraine is a ton of fun jsut ro ride but when you points of contact are numb its hard to contend.

 

On the hunting thing. In Pa you can not hunt on sunday, so the places that people hunt and ride most riders ride there only on sunday. now there is talk of changing it to seven days a week I highly doubt most bikers are going to stay off the trails any day of  the week.

 

post #310 of 483

Yeah, we'll see, you are riding and then you see bubba in a tree with a bow or a shotgun, and you think twice.  Hmm, a fast moving object cruising up a trail that not only you but Deer use.  It just takes a slip of a finger to ruin your whole day....

post #311 of 483

I figure "we" get the woods for 50 out of 52 weeks. It's pretty selfish if we can't let "them" have the woods for two weeks.

post #312 of 483
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I figure "we" get the woods for 50 out of 52 weeks. It's pretty selfish if we can't let "them" have the woods for two weeks.



I totally agree, but the season in Pa is much longer.

 

At least there are alot of places to ride here where hunting is not allowed in the suburbs.

post #313 of 483
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I figure "we" get the woods for 50 out of 52 weeks. It's pretty selfish if we can't let "them" have the woods for two weeks.



On a positive note, using a MTB for either deer/elk or bird hunting is a cool version of biathlon. 

 

I do also note that it is possible to ride during firearms deer season, even if you are not hunting, it just requires being mindful of the season and probably changing the time and place you ride.  Hopefully we can all unite against the real enemy, which are families with young children trying to enjoy OUR woods.  biggrin.gif j/k. j/k

http://outsidebozeman.com/magazine.php?action=fullArticle&articleID=887

 

 

post #314 of 483


how about september through february? still think thats a good deal?

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I figure "we" get the woods for 50 out of 52 weeks. It's pretty selfish if we can't let "them" have the woods for two weeks.



 

post #315 of 483

you mean like not riding in the AM or the evening?  
 

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On a positive note, using a MTB for either deer/elk or bird hunting is a cool version of biathlon. 

 

I do also note that it is possible to ride during firearms deer season, even if you are not hunting, it just requires being mindful of the season and probably changing the time and place you ride.  Hopefully we can all unite against the real enemy, which are families with young children trying to enjoy OUR woods.  biggrin.gif j/k. j/k

http://outsidebozeman.com/magazine.php?action=fullArticle&articleID=887

 

 



 

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On a positive note, using a MTB for either deer/elk or bird hunting is a cool version of biathlon.


Hunting on a MTB is a cool concept, I have often thought of it.  I don't know how many times I have come up on deer & moose on my bike.  I am usually so quiet they don't even know I am there.

 

JF

 

post #317 of 483
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how about september through february? still think thats a good deal?



 



how long is your rifle season?

 

I have no fear whatsoever of bow hunters. I mean if you are within 40 yds, I think they ought to be able to tell that you are not a deer or whatever. An errant bullet of course can go for a pretty good distance (you'd still have to be pretty unlucky though). I definitely adjust where I ride during rifle season. In fact this weekend I went downhilling because it was Youth Rifle Weekend. Statistically, the kids are actually the safest hunters, but I still figure it's only right to let them have the woods for the weekend. We have a muzzleloader season too, but by then I am skiing. Down in Jersey you could still be riding for sure.

 

Seriously though, how many hunters do you see when you ride?

 

For me: I ride during bird season, archery deer, moose and bear season, ride very selectively during rifle deer season, ski during muzzleloader season.

post #318 of 483
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Hunting on a MTB is a cool concept, I have often thought of it.  I don't know how many times I have come up on deer & moose on my bike.  I am usually so quiet they don't even know I am there.

 

JF

 



Bikes are interesting that way.  In the southwest, I've noticed I see a decent number of tarantulas of all things while biking, but basically never while hiking the same terrain.  I think the vibration from a bike is different enough from walking that it may not trigger the same response in some animals.  Sort of the converse of interacting with horses, I guess, where some are ok with bikes but in particular if you are in fullface and DH gear, some will spook unless you remove your helmet and stand off the bike so that they can recognize you as human.

 

Actually, some hikers can be the same as horses if you are in DH gear. :)

 

post #319 of 483
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Hunting on a MTB is a cool concept, I have often thought of it.  I don't know how many times I have come up on deer & moose on my bike.  I am usually so quiet they don't even know I am there.

 

JF

 



If you killed deer or moose on your bike, how would you get both the animal and the bike out of the woods?

 

 

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If you killed deer or moose on your bike, how would you get both the animal and the bike out of the woods?


I'd just skin em' & eat em' right there, tie the rest to my handle bars.

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JF

 

 

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Hunting on a MTB is a cool concept, I have often thought of it.  I don't know how many times I have come up on deer & moose on my bike.  I am usually so quiet they don't even know I am there.

 

JF

 


 I've always thought a long barrel 44 in a holster on the bars would work well.  I was once riding up the Hunter Creek Valley at dusk.  I saw large bull elk facing up valley into the wind and I thought," I wonder how close I can get".   I got within 20 yards before I literally scared the shit out of the elk.  I was very lucky he didn't kill ME!

 

I think you could field dress it and tie it onto your bike and walk it out Ho Chi Min style.

 

post #322 of 483

well, between shotguns (firing slugs) and muzzle loaders, its December through mid-Feb this year as best as I can see. Its confusing.  I have run into them a few times but it only takes once....  again, I don't  have a problem with the hunting, just fair use of the parks. 
 

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how long is your rifle season?

 

I have no fear whatsoever of bow hunters. I mean if you are within 40 yds, I think they ought to be able to tell that you are not a deer or whatever. An errant bullet of course can go for a pretty good distance (you'd still have to be pretty unlucky though). I definitely adjust where I ride during rifle season. In fact this weekend I went downhilling because it was Youth Rifle Weekend. Statistically, the kids are actually the safest hunters, but I still figure it's only right to let them have the woods for the weekend. We have a muzzleloader season too, but by then I am skiing. Down in Jersey you could still be riding for sure.

 

Seriously though, how many hunters do you see when you ride?

 

For me: I ride during bird season, archery deer, moose and bear season, ride very selectively during rifle deer season, ski during muzzleloader season.



 

post #323 of 483

I think the reality is that this is one of those irrational fears. I mean you are probably 1,000 times more likely to die in your car on the way to the park than to be shot in the park. Even if you were riding there at sunrise on opening day.

post #324 of 483

I ride everyday at sunrise and I'm not going to stop.  I'll start wearing blaze next week and have it on all my dogs. 

 

I also outfit them with these lights which makes it a lot easier to see them in the dark!

http://www.amazon.com/SLG-03-10-SpotLit-Clip-Anywhere-Light/dp/B0019XWU2S/ref=pd_cp_hi_3

post #325 of 483

possibly a little paranoid but certainly not irrational. the car comparison is def not accurate. the total size of the park is 1400 acres including camp grounds admin offices and playgrounds/ball fields. I have ben yelled at by hunters for being in their hunting grounds on trails.  Angry hunters don't make me feel so safe.  
 

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I think the reality is that this is one of those irrational fears. I mean you are probably 1,000 times more likely to die in your car on the way to the park than to be shot in the park. Even if you were riding there at sunrise on opening day.



 

post #326 of 483
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possibly a little paranoid but certainly not irrational. the car comparison is def not accurate. the total size of the park is 1400 acres including camp grounds admin offices and playgrounds/ball fields. I have ben yelled at by hunters for being in their hunting grounds on trails.  Angry hunters don't make me feel so safe.  
 



 



I've been yelled at by flyfishermen before, but I wasn't worried they'd try to hook me with a cast.  . 

 

Even for hunters themselves, there are many more atv and treestand accidents than there are accidents involving firearms.  You sound like you find hunters intimidating, rather than being worried about firearms safety in general.  Maybe try viewing the guns as golf clubs -- golf clubs are also potentially lethal -- and they'll seem less scary?

 

 

 

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the car comparison is def not accurate.


I don't know, I tried searching for any instance of a hunter accidentally shooting a mountain biker and couldn't find one. Can you? It seems like you are more likely to be rammed by an Ibex or eaten by a mountain lion.

post #328 of 483
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I laughed.

 

spent some time on the North Park skills park yesterday during an awesome 40 miles of epic riding.

 

Mike on the weird skinny

 

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easier skinny

 

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me on the DH trail

 

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me taking the long wheel base though the split skinny

 

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post #329 of 483

a mountain biker? no, hikers yes....  I am paranoid, I am aware of that.  
 

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I don't know, I tried searching for any instance of a hunter accidentally shooting a mountain biker and couldn't find one. Can you? It seems like you are more likely to be rammed by an Ibex or eaten by a mountain lion.



 

post #330 of 483

This is very cool! 
 

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I laughed.

 

spent some time on the North Park skills park yesterday during an awesome 40 miles of epic riding.

 

Mike on the weird skinny

 

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easier skinny

 

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me on the DH trail

 

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me taking the long wheel base though the split skinny

 

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