BOB'n 4 Weenies Sept 29th

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Maximilious
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Below is info on this ride from the President himself:

Event Date : 
 Sat, 09/29/2012 - 9:00am - Sun, 09/30/2012 - 5:00pm

It’s called BOB’in For Weenies because this is a fairly tame route, perfect for first time backcountry off-road bicyclists. It’s only one night out, distance is relatively short (day 1 = 11 miles; day 2 = 10 miles) and grades are generally mellow.

GPS track: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/46781531

 

Mountain bike touring is the most fun I’ve personally ever had on a bicycle, and this place is my favorite.

 

Weekend Schedule

Saturday: 9/29/12

Meet at west end of Crescent Lake (elev. 4920’) mid-morning, meet time TBD.

Ride up dirt road NF-6010 six miles to Summit Lake (elev. 5560’).

Get on singletrack @ Summit Lake, ride five miles to East Windy Lake (elev. 6230’).

Camp on a point at East Windy Lake... a serene, picturesque place near the foot of Cowhorn Mtn.

It’s beautiful here. This is a fun area to explore or just hang out and relax.

Build a fire, make dinner, enjoy the ambiance of this near-wilderness setting. Embrace feeling truly alive.

 

Sunday: 9/30/12

Sleep in, hike to one of the other two Windy Lakes (close by) or just do whatever you feel like.

Pack the bikes up and ride more singletrack—Sunday’s ride will be 90% singletrack and mostly downhill.

Ride southeast past Suzanne Lake (go skinnydipping here!) five miles to Oldenberg Lake (elev. 5550).

Turn north at Oldenberg Lake & continue 4.7 miles to the vehicle you left at Crescent Lake (still @ elev. 4920’).

Consume post-event beer & chips, talk about how awesome the adventure was, then drive home.

 

—Davey Sprockett, DOD El Presidente

Maximilious
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Sounds like a great ride-- do you need to have your own BOB trailer?  I rode this loop last weekend and it was insanely scenic.  Some photos are at the link before.  Does the weenie bobbin' happen at the skinny dipping spot? 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3730299295308.2143255.12107598...

Mudflaps
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Max,

One could use panniers instead of the BOB trailer. It is nice to have the trailer bearing the weight with regards to the handling, and you have more capacity for luxuries, such as a real chair. The trailer doesn't affect the bike quite as much as panniers since the center of gravity is kept lower. Run what you have!

In Davey's info above, you can see that the skinny dipping is the second day about a mile beyond the camping spot. That said, I will be BOB'ing, but not bobbin'...

Tim

Maximilious wrote:

Sounds like a great ride-- do you need to have your own BOB trailer?  I rode this loop last weekend and it was insanely scenic.  Some photos are at the link before.  Does the weenie bobbin' happen at the skinny dipping spot? 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3730299295308.2143255.12107598...

slowleego
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After having sampled a taste of the windy lakes during the struggle, I think this is a must do.

Seez 'ya then........

Maximilious
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When I rode this a couple of weeks ago there were a large number of trees down along the second half of the trail (from the swimming lake down).  Does anyone know if there are plans to clear this before the event?  It would be difficult to step over all those trees if pulling a trailer.

S.S.Litson
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Max, how big are these trees? I just got my four foot cross cut saw back from Mike's saw shop and could take it.

Shawn Litson

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Maximilious
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I'd guess maybe 40 trees that are between 18" to 36" - Hutchings was on this ride and can probably estimate better than me

Roland
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That sounds about right.  I rode it a few weeks ago.  It would be an all day project to clear that trail with two people and a chainsaw.  I can't even imagine how long it would take with a cross cut.

It would be miserable beyond belief to try to ride that trail as is with a trailer.  It must be cleared before the event or else it should not be attempted at all. 

S.S.Litson
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Legalities of chainsaws up there right now...anyone know? My entire month is booked solid on weekends, but would be willing to commute up during a weekday if someone wants to car and chainsaw pool.

Shawn Litson

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Davey Sprockett
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S.S.Litson wrote:
Legalities of chainsaws up there right now...anyone know?

Pretty sure it's not legal right now due to fire danger. Allen Debuhr said he'd clear it if we get some rain between now and the BOB'n 4 Weenies weekend.

No worries, the event will happen regardless. If the trees don't get cleared, we'll just go out the same way we go in -- via Summit Lake. It's just as fun to go back that way; even more fun if there's no rain to settle the sandy, dusty trail between Suzanne / Oldenberg / Crescent Lakes.

I'll post up whenever I hear from Allen, but rest assured we'll enter & exit past Summit Lake unless we get substantial rain between now and Sept. 28th.

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

"Let Us Ride"

Mudflaps
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Deschutes National Forest instituted a IFPL Level 3 effective August 17, and continuing until further notice: (I just checked the site this AM)

National Forest definition of IFPL Level 3 is defined below,

Partial Shutdown—the following are prohibited except as indicated:

  • •  Cable yarding—except gravity operated systems employing non-motorized carriages operating between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground except the line between the carriage and the chokers.
  •  
  • •  Power saws—except powers saws may be used at loading sites and on tractor/skidder operations between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time.

In addition, the following are permitted to operate between the hours of 8 p.m. and 1 p.m. local time (no operation between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.):

  • •  Tractor, skidder, feller-buncher, forwarder or shovel logging operations where tractors, skidders, or other equipment with a blade capable of constructing fireline are immediately available to quickly reach and effectively attack a fire start
  •  
  • • Mechanized loading or hauling of any product or material for blasting
  • • Welding or cutting of metal
  •  
  • • Any other spark emitting operation not specifically mentioned
  •  

Davey Sprockett wrote:

S.S.Litson wrote:
Legalities of chainsaws up there right now...anyone know?

Pretty sure it's not legal right now due to fire danger. Allen Debuhr said he'd clear it if we get some rain between now and the BOB'n 4 Weenies weekend.

No worries, the event will happen regardless. If the trees don't get cleared, we'll just go out the same way we go in -- via Summit Lake. It's just as fun to go back that way; even more fun if there's no rain to settle the sandy, dusty trail between Suzanne / Oldenberg / Crescent Lakes.

I'll post up whenever I hear from Allen, but rest assured we'll enter & exit past Summit Lake unless we get substantial rain between now and Sept. 28th.

rrimby
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Kim and I will be joining Bobbin'for weenies this year due to the munificence of generous DOD members making BOB trailers available to us for our  use. We are stoked to try this mode of backcountry travel for the first time and look forward to enjoying the perfect, beautiful camping at Windy lake.

I feel it is important to note that the moon will be essentially full Sat night and a night ride to Suzanne Lake would allow moonlight cliff jumping and swimming for those riders who like that kind of stuff.

Just sayin'

Randy

P.S.

Who else is going and what time are we rolling from trailhead?

Davey Sprockett
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Meet Sat. 9/29 10:30am @ Windy/Oldenberg Trailhead on the west end of Crescent Lake (same place we usually start the Windy Lakes loop). Because there has been no rain, the blowdown has not been cut. We'll ride in Sat. & out Sun. the same way -- past Summit Lake. It'll be a rip!

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

"Let Us Ride"

Mudflaps
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Daisy & I are planning on being there.

Tim

chasesbearwithbike
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I'm going to be there, so hold on to your hats, and have fun with the rest of us.  Sorry, I could not get out there to clear the trail, no rain, no sawing, that's how it goes.  Next year I'll get out there early in the season and at least get the trail open for next year's BOB'in for Weenies.  Allen

Allen

Davey Sprockett
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BOB'n 4 Weenies was FUN! Dry & dusty trails but WOW, what fantastic weather, compadres, full moonage, wilderness scenery, high country solitude. I'm regenerated... a changed man... uh huh... truly changed.

For the better... yeah, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. :)

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

"Let Us Ride"

kimm2222
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That was a really fine time for sure. Serene mountain lakes to swim in, a giant harvest moon to sleep under... and good friends to share it all with.

Thanks to Davey and Jim D. for the loan of the trailers. It was our first bikepacking trip and we can't wait to do it again! Pulling a trailer is so much easier than I though it would be... as long as there aren't too many tight switchbacks =)

We never seem to take enough photos, but here are a couple: Daisy at Summit Lake before heading down the trail to Windy Lakes, and Randy launching off the rock at Suzanne Lake.

:Kim

Mudflaps
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Indeed, a fine time, in fact one of the best of the 5 or 6 BOB'n 4 Weenies trips I've been on. It was Daisy's 4th already.. I think she's hooked.

What a great crew of folks out there. All good humored and no-one in a hurry. It was great to relax and just hang out at Suzanne Lk for more time than usual. A rather unhurried Sunday was just the re ticket for our weekend.

Thanks to all who were there for helping to make it a fine time!

Tim 

MaxSteel
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Randy needs to point his toes and get his feet together!  Oh, and too bad he got his shorts wet. :)  Otherwise, it looks perfect!!  Suzanne is awesome.

Paul Timm

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