The last week or so in Wyoming has been absolutely beautiful. I'd thought I'd share a few pics of what I got going in the summer.
Since 2001, I've worked for Teton Mountain Bike Tours and am a Senior Guide. I get to ride a bunch of grewat stuff, road and mountain, and get paid for it. In no particular order her are a few pics of my last few days at work. Guiding for ten years, I have zero pics of me, so I got my guided guests to snap a few pics of me.
Togwotee Pass is about 60 miles NE of Jackson. We drive to the top of the pass and get one of the local ranches to send a hand to shuttle our car back to the bottom of the pass, some thousands of feet below and 22-40 miles away. These flowers are Arrow Leaf Balsom Root. These are everywhere. A mountainous ocean of yellow. Really cool.
I like to size my guided guests on this little ssction of singletrack about five miles in. They are moving pretty fast here and my outlook for the day was improving. Getting the chance to guide singletrack with three stronger riders is the ultimate privledge. So far so good, they were riding and climbing pretty fast. Yeah Buddy!
Me and my StumpJumper by Specialized. It is an excellent work bike. 5 inches of travel front and rear. Fox Triad in the rear and Fox Float in the front. Avid Juicy Hydraulic Brakes and lots of other sweet stuff. This bike performs and I know how it will handle just about anywhere. That said, I'm looking to trade it in for the 2010 Stumpy (anybody need a great deal on a well maintained, professionally ridden bike?)
In the foreground is a Kona 120. It doesn't climb very well at all, but it descends like a dream. Of I'm gonna be 25 miles in the backcountry, I'd rather have a bike that descends well than climbs well. I've been on the scene of some pretty nasty accidents/evacs and stability downhill is way better than agility uphill for the average guided client.
Some sagebrush grabbed the front brake rotor on this guy's bike. A few tweaks and we were rolling again. My CamelBak H.O.S.S pack weighs around 30 lbs. If I am going to be guiding in a dry area I'll carry and extra gallon of water for the clients in addition to my 100 oz in my CamelBak. My H.O.S.S. pack is very comfortable. A true performer.
Our state flower, Indian Paintbrush.
This is a great little step. I like to bring guests here to see how well they can downshift/climb. This guy was a great rider. He did great all day. He and his wife were avid dirt bikers and it showed. They knew how to ride. The flowers were this nice all day. Even for me, guaging a hill and the gear I should be in are still hard. I hate spinning out.
More later... Time to BBQ!!!