Sawtooth Struggle Sept 7-9

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Maximilious
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The Sawtooth Struggle is a fun weekend of camping, mountain biking, and hiking up in the high Cascade lakes. On Saturday we do the "Struggle"  ... a combination of mountain biking and hiking where we ditch our bikes twice on the ride to bag both Sawtooth and Cowhorn mountains. On Sunday we ride the Windy Lakes Trail past Summit Lake and several other stunning smaller alpine lakes out to Suzanne Lake (a great place for a swim). Camping is at Timpanogas Lake which is also the start of the entire Middle Fork Trail, so there is the option of setting up a shuttle on that epic ride as well.

The Deal = Campout Fri. & Sat. nights & ride mountain bikes Sat. & Sun.

The Place = Camp at Timpanogas Lake, near Diamond Peak,

The Agenda = (1) Struggle Saturday. (2) Party Sat. evening. (3) Ride to Suzanne Lake on Sunday! Or arrange a shuttle of MFT.

Note: We will be leaving the campground around 9:30 am on Saturday for those coming from Eugene for the day!

The Struggle = This ride includes summiting two lesser peaks: Cowhorn and Sawtooth Mtns. ~16 miles on wheels plus ~5 miles on foot. Plenty of climbing & descending on both. Lakes, mountains, singletrack... oh my!

Perhaps pictures say it best:

2007 - http://tinyurl.com/3vq3xex

2008 - http://tinyurl.com/3khtlg3

2008 Pre-Struggle Diamond Peak Climb - http://tinyurl.com/3neghs8

Of note...

Timpanogas Lake sits at around 5,300' elevation. It is beautiful and yes, it will get cold at night.

Timpanogas Lake CG has only ten campsites so you can arrive early and snag a

couple adjacent sites for everybody, please speak up.

The CG has pit toilets.

If you are planning to attend please reply to this post so that we can get an idea of how many people will be there, who will be available to lead rides, whether we will want to shuttle MFT and how much beer we need to bring.  Thanks!  Max

Cazloco
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I was up there last week and the PCT trail was closed up to Cowhorn due to fire in the area.

 

Chris

 

Davey...You're invited

Maximilious
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bump it up.  if you are planning to attend next weekend make some noise.

bruce prator
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i plan on going from thur thru sunday

Bruce

slowleego
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Gonna make this one. Be there Friday night with a powerful thirst....

 

 

MaxSteel
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I'll be there!  Don't miss this one.  The weather looks like it will be almost as stunning as the trails.

 

I want to leave Eugene mid afternoon on Friday.  Should have room for another body or two if anyone wants to carpool.

Paul Timm

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"Let us ride"

Mudflaps
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Paul, count me in if that still works for you.

Tim

MaxSteel
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You are in Tim....and my rig is full. 

Paul Timm

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"Let us ride"

nocajones
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Does anyone know the riding ascent gain on this one?

Davey Sprockett
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nocajones wrote:

Does anyone know the riding ascent gain on this one?

I don't have a GPS track of the Struggle only, but here's one of the Struggle plus MFT. However this doesn't include the out-'n-back to the base of Sawtooth... there's some healthy climbing in there.

Struggle + MFT

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

"Let Us Ride"

kimm2222
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Here is an elevation chart of the Sawtooth Struggle including the hikes up Sawtooth and Cowhorn mountains. I think you can figure out reasonably closely the ascent/descent of the two peaks ... then everything else is on the bike.

:kIm

MaxSteel
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Bring firewood if you can.  There are restrictions on running chain saws up there.

Paul Timm

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"Let us ride"

slowleego
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Any updates on that section of the PCT being open Chris mentioned above?

nocajones
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Thanx Davey and Kim.  Looks like around 2500 ft. of bike, and 1500 ft. of hike.  And some of both.

MaxSteel
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Another note!

Most times, water is available at the campground.  But not always.  Bring enough for all your weekend needs.

Paul Timm

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"Let us ride"

Bridget Hildreth
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I would like to participate, but arrive Saturday morning and (hopefully) pitch my tent Sat night if there is still availability in the campground.

--Bridget

~BH

My dreams are all in technicolor singletrack

bruce prator
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 I will beup there early fri morning do you want me to to reserve an extra campsite? Like to one by the water pump?   

Bruce

Fiala06
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Kim and I will be there friday prolly around 6 or 7.

 

 

Cory Fiala

MaxSteel
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Come one come all.  We never run out of campsite, cause we stack tents like cordwood.  Don't sleep near Bruce or Pokey, or Tim.  They snore!

Paul Timm

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"Let us ride"

slowleego
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Here is a link to some pics from Sawtooth. What a great time!

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wilkandfam/sets/72157631498749022/

 

 

 

Davey Sprockett
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slowleego wrote:

Here is a link to some pics from Sawtooth. What a great time!

Thanks, Lee!

Davey Sprockett

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"Let Us Ride"

Fiala06
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That was an epic ride! Thanks everyone! 

Wondering if Tim will start to carry 8 spare tubes? 

Here are some more pics

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085146511137.447531.502786136&type=1&l=ea9e74b475

 

Cory Fiala

Mudflaps
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Fiala06 wrote:

That was an epic ride! Thanks everyone! 

Wondering if Tim will start to carry 8 spare tubes? 

Here are some more pics

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085146511137.447531.502786136&type=1&l=ea9e74b475

 

Yup.  Thanks to all who loaned me tubes. Lee, Chris, Bridget, Paul, Pokey. 

Note to Pokey, most rims these days are drilled only for Presta valves.

Advice; don't trust ultralight tubes. Lower rolling weight is only useful when rolling. I had two ultralight tubes as my spares that both failed at the valve stem; the first one right out of my bag. The second one lasted about 15 miles before it too went flat with leakage at the base of the stem. The rest of the second day, I kept ripping the stems out of the tubes. Too much horsepower :)

I've become accomplished at adjusting my eccentric hub in a flat-fix situation...

 

 

kimm2222
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Eight tubes in two days?! Might be a sign you should go tubeless, Tim...

:kim

Mudflaps
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Six tubes actually. Corie was giving me a margin of safety. One of those was bad out of the pouch, so that is really 'only' five flats. 

Believe me, on # 4 or 5, I was thinking about tubeless.

The first flat was a pinch, the first flat on that wheel in over three years of use. It was understandable after the rock garden on the descent of Sawtooth. The rest of the flats... not so much. Tore stems on 3 of them, one of which I could sort of understand. The last two had plenty of pressure, but still showed signs of rotating, and I know that the torquing wasn't that great. Going to check the rim for signs that might explain this before the next ride.

 

kimm2222 wrote:

Eight tubes in two days?! Might be a sign you should go tubeless, Tim...

:kim

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