High Altitude Mountain Biking: Risk and Reward

As my wife and I prepared for our first ascent of Pikes Peak, I regaled her with a tale of what I witnessed upon my first ascent with my buddies as a teen. We had just reached the top and were walking around the summit parking area, when we saw a sedan with Kansas plates …

Trip Report: Comfortably NUMB in Vernal, Utah, Part I

I’ve always thought attending a mountain bike festival would be a lot of fun. However, I don’t care much for hordes of people or crowded trails. Sounds like a conundrum; what to do? Is it possible to find a bike fest that won’t turn your singletrack adventure into riding a human slalom course punctuated by …

An Inconvenient Fish

While mountain bikers work hard to build new trails, we constantly face losing existing ones as a result of development, lobbying by hikers and equestrians, forest fires and natural disasters, Wilderness designations, and other rule changes. One area, almost literally in my backyard, seems destined for closure due to a rather unexpected cause: the presence …

Spring Break Singletrack Trek Part VII: Takin

After becoming a human pincushion on day seven of the ultimate spring break mountain bike road trip, Miniskibum’s status for day eight seemed somewhat questionable.  Despite being bloodied and spending a fitful night with a leg still containing all the cactus spines too fine to find, he woke up and decided he wanted to go …

Spring Break Singletrack Trek, Part III: Phoenix Phun Phase Two

Day three of our trip would start out with what would be our most adventurous ride yet, which is surprising given that the destination was inside a major metropolitan area almost adjacent to the intersection of two major freeways. While not necessarily remote, Phoenix’s South Mountain will test all who attempt to ascend—and descend—it. At …