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Hey Lee, Great riding with you when visited. I'm expecting you back for the Lost Trails Bike Fest. All the acronym mumbo jumbo can get confusing, so I l thought I would take this chance the clarify some of the land designations. Let's start with the Inventoried Roadless Areas (IRA) These were created during the…
Great to see trails being built there. It's been over a dozen years since I moved away. At the time it seemed like I was the only mountain biker in the area. Back then the hog back had just been closed to motorcycles and I spent plenty of time on the old dirt bike trails…
bitterroot   on Nov 10, 2018
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Fall time on the Sapphire Crest
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Yes we worked with motorized groups to share legal fees. We are a small mountain biking group with limited funds, I agree impact matters, and the Forest Service in the Travel Plan could show any impact. We want the areas protected as well. We also believe that wilderness exists outside wilderness designations. We agree that…
Wilderness Advocate, Can you tell me where else in the Bitterroot we can ride big backcountry rides comparable to the Sapphires and Blue Joint. We already lost pretty much the entire west side of the valley to wilderness and recommended wilderness. Weasel and Railroad Creeks were super technical rides that never saw horse or hiker…
As one of the intervenors, the Friends of the Bitterroot knows we that out lawsuit had several separate claims and it was possible to to win access for mountain bikers without winning access for motorized used. Unlike the Friends of the Bitterroot and MWA we don't have an organization like Earth Justice willing to bankroll…
bitterroot   on Nov 9, 2018
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Comment of the trail closures at https://memberleap.com/action.php?orgcode=SDMB&laid=211085
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bitterroot   on Nov 9, 2018
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comment of the trail closures https://memberleap.com/action.php?orgcode=SDMB&laid=211085
bitterroot   on Nov 9, 2018
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Comment of trail closures at https://memberleap.com/action.php?orgcode=SDMB&laid=211085
bitterroot   on Nov 9, 2018
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Cresting Rooster Comb on the 313 trail. This trail in the Sapphire WSA is going to be close to bikes...
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Even if you can't detailed comments, still do it. Even if rejected it is still recorded. Someone will still read and they will need to document to number of comments. We feel any comment is better the staying silent. We need to demonstrate to the Forest Service that there is national concern regarding the WSAs…
bitterroot   on Aug 3, 2018
 
bitterroot   on Jul 9, 2018
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Having re-won access to the Sapphire WSA (at least temporarily) we headed out for some trail clearing. Towards the end...
We still have a battle in front of us. We hope to use this reprieve to resolve the WSA issue.
Cresting the hill from Porcupine Saddle on a smokey summer day.
Once again we will celebrating the joys of mountain bikes and friends by throwing a party at Lost Trail and...
I imagine in the areas around Sun Valley and Ketchum most "mechanized" trails are default mountain bike trails with limited horse and foot traffic in which case adding e-bikes is probably not a significant issue. The problem is going to be more is areas with significant mixed use where any net increase in speed of…
bitterroot   on Feb 2, 2018
commented on Why I Quit Mountain Biking
 
At first I rolled my eyes, but then I realized that if I replaced the words mountain biking with rock climbing or whitewater kayaking the same could apply to me. Over time I lost climbing partners and to moved to places where the water was flat, and the only waves were two hours away. In…
bitterroot   on Sep 5, 2017
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Smoke or no smoke, I need to get out and ride
bitterroot   on Sep 3, 2017
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There's not a ton of climbing on Warm Springs Ridge, but the grunt out of Porcupine Saddle is one of...
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bitterroot   on Jul 13, 2017
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Evening ride on the Sapphire Crest
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bitterroot   on Jun 27, 2017
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Enjoying the long days of Summer.
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bitterroot   on Jun 15, 2017
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Climbing through the lupine.
For the fifth year in row we will gathering at the top of Lost Trail Pass for fun and shredding...
bitterroot   on Jun 8, 2017
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Heading home.
bitterroot   on Jun 8, 2017
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I used to never check, and then last year the seals started wearing out and I needed to add air every ride to make it through the season.  Now that it has...
bitterroot   on Jun 7, 2017
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After work is the best time to ride.
bitterroot   on Jun 7, 2017
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Levitation
bitterroot   on May 11, 2017
commented on Why Are Some Chapters Leaving IMBA?
 
Thanks for the insight, Greg. It gets at I what I sense is missing as an organization is passion. The individuals I know at IMBA are passionate, but it doesn't to get translated to the whole organization. This may be the result of having becoming an established organization that in general has had success mainstreaming…
bitterroot   on May 9, 2017
commented on Why Are Some Chapters Leaving IMBA?
 
The chapter leaders in the Northern Rockies (Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming) had quite a few discussions about what direction to take, and while some chapter left and some grudgingly remained no one was happy with IMBA's direction. The region and assistant region directors were key in uniting chapters and IMBA. That on the ground knowledge…
bitterroot   on May 2, 2017
commented on In Appreciation of the Non-Riding Spouse
 
You are a lucky man, John. Not all of us have been as fortunate in finding understanding partners.
bitterroot   on Apr 23, 2017
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First ride on Ward Mountain after last year's Roaring Lion Fire toasted the area.
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