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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Vincent Gap  Reply with quote

hvydrt wrote:
Thanks for the update Patrick. So the section between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gap will remain close for an unknown amount of time?


You should contact Caltrans Disrict 8 http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist8/.

The closure between pm 61 and 64 should be in place for a few months.  I will have more information in the following weeks.  Once the lower section opens, I should have more time to devote to the project at 40.35 and 61.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:59 pm    Post subject: Lower portion of Angeles Crest Hwy to open Friday Reply with quote

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http://lacanadaflintridge.patch.c...s-crest-highway-to-re-open-friday
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LA Times reports lower portion of Rte 2 *may* open Friday June 3.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/l...ghway-could-reopen-on-friday.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was up there today, actually.   2 is open from switzer to a few miles past charlton flats.   i took some pics but i don't think they show much of consequence.  if anyone wants to see, just hit me up and i'll upload em.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope it does open up...I will be up there on sunday if it does. I am curious to see the changes since the fire. It will look like a new place im sure.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:54 pm    Post subject: ACH Open?! Reply with quote

http://www.glendalenewspress.com/...-gnp-0604-opening,0,1310581.story

La Canada - Wrightwood?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The actually opened the damned thing today.  I went up Tujunga Canyon Rd. because the Crest was not going to open from La Canada until after a ceremony at 10 AM.  Bit I did drive down all the way in the afternoon.  Lots of new pavement.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey alan, was the 2 reopened at eagles roost?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MattCav wrote:
Hey alan, was the 2 reopened at eagles roost?

I only went up as far as Three Points.  I had limited time and did about 8 miles on the PCT.  I hope they managed to open the rest of the 2 past Eagles Roost -- I got stuck there a few weeks ago.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for confirmation of the opening Alan. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ACH is open from La Canada to about Eagles Roost.  It is not open to Islip Saddle and it is certainly not open to Wrightwood.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, it is open thru from Glendale to Wrightwood. They have a 1 lane flagging area at eagles roost with alternating traffic. It's pretty sketchy, but it was open today around noon.

Looks like this caught everyone off guard, including both the PIO's who were obviously completely blind sighted. There were 4 separate press releases today until the 2 Cal-Trans districts got on the same page and figured out what happened and who opened whose gates. Laughing

Glad it's open, and appreciate the hard work, but for the sake of the children, please learn to communicate with each other Cal-Trans.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MtnMan wrote:
actually, it is open thru from Glendale to Wrightwood. They have a 1 lane flagging area at eagles roost with alternating traffic. It's pretty sketchy, but it was open today around noon.

Looks like this caught everyone off guard, including both the PIO's who were obviously completely blind sighted. There were 4 separate press releases today until the 2 Cal-Trans districts got on the same page and figured out what happened and who opened whose gates. Laughing

Glad it's open, and appreciate the hard work, but for the sake of the children, please learn to communicate with each other Cal-Trans.
Well, I'll be danged.  I stand corrected.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The road at Eagle's Roost has not been repaired, but they're allowing traffic through according to this thread.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Between MM40 and MM41 (about 2 miles east of Redbox, there is a 1 lane section of ACH (huge-normous pile of dirt on the west bound lane for some reason). There are stop lights at each end or, when the workers are there, there are flagmen controlling traffic. I experienced no delays at 5:30a this morning or at 12:45p this afternoon. Saw about 4 or 5 CHP motorcycles watching for speeders between 3 Points and La Canada - I was wondering why I was driving faster than the crotch rockets  Confused
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:58 pm    Post subject: What does it take to close the 2? Reply with quote

Heading up the 2 this Sunday for a few nights at Little Jimmy Camp out of Islip Saddle.  With some snow forecast for Sunday evening, I'm wondering, historically speaking, how much snow does it usually take before Caltrans shuts it down and where?  Once it is shut down, is that it for the season, or do they reopen if conditions improve?  I'd hate to get back to the car and find that we were locked in.  Anyone have any experience with this?  Thanks.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only closures I have seen are the full time winter closure of the 2 between Islip Saddle and Vincent Gap. I do not know when this occurs but I would think it is still open even with this upcoming storm. Temporary closures of other parts of the 2 during the winter may occur but are rare unless a slide takes out part of the road.

This is just my experience and there are no guarantees Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 12:56 am    Post subject: What does it take to close the 2? Reply with quote

The historically went to the hell when that bitch burned the forest down! So now its time to play the winter ACH closure game. Where will the next closure be? Take the opportunity now and go for a scouting drive, look around where is that section that can not stay put when the water comes pouring down. Our wonderful FS has planted some clues as to where the closure will happen by placing a few new extra locking gates at various spots on hwy . Please, do take the opportunity and hike somewhere along the ACH(but NOT in the restricted areas) cause if a closure happens, we know now, that historically it will be years before the ACH hwy opens again to the public!
You will never be locked in cause we have this wonderful free service called search and rescue that will help you to get back in the city.
From the past winters the ACH usually closes just beyond the Islip Saddle parking lot- you will see the gate when you park your car at Islip Saddle,so you will be ok for now. Just put a note inside your car that you are going to Little Jimmy just in case a freak storm develops and we get lots, lots of snow. It might be a wise idea to bring a shovel or two just in case you need to clear a section of the parking lot so you can get out on the hwy. Hint- park close to the road.! Usually there is a sign at the start of  the ACH telling you how far in you can go. The forrest service does a wonderful job in making sure you will ok where and when ever you go in the forrest, this is not a major storm so no need to worry much.
Go up there and enjoy this wonderful winter wonderland!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2011 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cal-Trans put up those gates on Hwy 2, not the FS.

As to when it will close, it's anyone's guess. The first storm we got in Oct put down 6"+ above 7,000 ft, but it was too little snow and too early in the year to close it for the season.  

My guess is if we get about 8" or more, it will probably close now since the sun angle is super low and we are nearing December with the likelihood of more frequent storms and consistently cold temperatures.


As far as being locked in, as others have said, you'd probably be fine at the parking lot of Islip Saddle in a small storm as the gate is just east of that parking lot.

However, if we get a decent amount of snow with low snow levels, sometimes they close the road lower down and concentrate on keeping that section clear first, since there are basically no services or residences past the 6,000 ft mark (and the ski area is not open yet, obviously).

Keep an eye on the weather as they are now saying this storm may be put out more rain/snow than they have been thinking.

If you go, as others have said, leave a note on your dashboard, and be prepared to have to walk out the hwy, as you just don't know what Cal-trans is going to do.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the winter closure on Hwy 2 is here

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   [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
   IS CLOSED FROM ISLIP SADDLE TO 5 MI WEST OF BIG PINES (LOS ANGELES CO) - DUE TO SNOW - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Michael, be sure to post and let us know you got out allright.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, when mother nature blanketed the mountain stage in white, they got stage freight and did not go. Hey, if thats the case, plz go there this weekend it should be an easier trek. Going to BP in one day its very tough, you could try to go as far to Throop and back. Beyond that it roller coasters up and down,ascends, faces north and its shaded. If the trail disappears with a lot of snow you need to know where to go and even so its kind of tough going. Another conservative option would be to go to Mt Islip.
MM MAN, thanks for the update, plz keep us informed of any new closures there....   666
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, as The Beast suggested, once we got to the trailhead on Sunday morning, Hiking Buddy decided that the oncoming storm was a little to rich for his blood, so we dropped down a few thousand feet and camped at Chilao.  I went back up on Tuesday to check it out and hike up to Little Jimmy and scope out the conditions.  Road was open up to Islip Saddle but the gate there was closed.  Caltrans seemed to be working both sides of the gate though, so maybe it's not completely over for the season.  On the hiking side of things, conditions were perfect with 6-8" of virgin powder blanketing the trail, which was easily followed.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

according to Cal-Trans, Hwy 2 is re-opened again from Islip to Vincent. I guess it wasn't enough to close it for the season, plus maybe the fact it looks mostly dry and warm for the next week or so at least.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It typically closes when there is an avalanche potental in those chutes above the highway.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:07 am    Post subject: Hwy 2 closing today Reply with quote

STATE ROUTE 2 WINTER CLOSURE

San Bernardino County – Caltrans District 8 is closing the section of State Route 2 (SR 2) between Vincents Gap and Islip Saddle today for the winter.  This stretch of mountain highway, located west of Wrightwood, closes every winter due to avalanche activity and concern for motorist safety.

It is also a difficult section of roadway for maintenance workers to keep maintained due to the demands on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass, State Route 138, and SR 2 through Wrightwood during inclement weather.

SR 2 has sustained damage in recent years from avalanche activity resulting in road loss.  In the event that this occurs the opening could be delayed.  Caltrans will alert the public once SR 2 is ready to reopen, expectedly in spring 2012.  

For roadwork information please go to ie511.org.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:09 pm    Post subject: Cobras on the ACH Reply with quote

I spotted them as I was exiting the forest going west near the Red Box area. I only managed to take pic the 2 of the 3, too slow of a cam.
I have seen the Porsche, GM caravans on the ACH, must be a test drive route, the cobras were out for a fun drive on the crest!            

3 COBRAS ON THE CREST
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Cool! too bad you didn't have a zoom lens  Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I did get to see them closer as they were passing me by, thats how I found out what they were and I wanted be behind the wheel enjoying the crest ride, but then how often do you see them on the crest, it was a sudden surprise! By the time I realized I should have taken a closer shot they were gone!!! I think they were probably hanging out at Newcomb's Ranch Rest. On my way home I noticed a few other classics on the 210 HWY...  I am in the process at getting a dslr, its  lot of work for me to get the workings of them and another obstacle is the 1g you have to fork out....
Anyway, everyday so nice of you to really appreciate the pic and I am sure you wouldn't  have minded taking one of the  cobras for a ride on the crest!!!.....666
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: Hwy 2 Access Reply with quote

Hey all,

I was hoping to connect Acorn Trail to Dawson's Saddle but from my understanding Hwy 2 is closed from Vincent Gap to Islip Saddle.  I need to know if vehicles can access Vincent Gap from the east side of the San Gabriels so I can arrange a shuttle system.  Any information regarding accessibility in terms of the Hwy 2 would greatly be appreciated! Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Hwy 2 Access Reply with quote

nano wrote:
Hey all,

I was hoping to connect Acorn Trail to Dawson's Saddle but from my understanding Hwy 2 is closed from Vincent Gap to Islip Saddle.  I need to know if vehicles can access Vincent Gap from the east side of the San Gabriels so I can arrange a shuttle system.  Any information regarding accessibility in terms of the Hwy 2 would greatly be appreciated! Thank you.


I was at Vincent Gap the other day and came from Wrightwood. And yes its closed after that.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Caltrans declares winter over, reopens 2 @ Islip/Vincent Gap Reply with quote

STATE ROUTE 2 WINTER CLOSURE SECTION REOPENS TODAY


 San Bernardino County - Caltrans District 8 is reopening the closed
 section of State Route 2 (SR 2) between Vincents Gap and Islip
 Saddle today at 1:30 p.m.  The route was closed for winter on
 December 12, 2011.  This is the first time that maintenance
 employees can remember the route ever opening this early during
 winter.  The stretch of mountain highway, located west of Wrightwood
 leading to Los Angeles County, typically closes every winter due to
 heavy snow, avalanche activity, and concern for motorist safety and
 does not reopen until Memorial Day.

 Due to a low level of snow fall to date this winter, Maintenance
 crews were able to clear the route of debris, clean the drainage
 facilities, and prepare the roadway for opening to the traveling
 public and sightseeing enthusiasts.

 Motorists are advised that the route is subject to closure in the
 event of heavy snow fall, storms, or other unforeseen events.

 For more roadwork information please visit IE511.org.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ice piraten?  More like dirt piraten.  Sad

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cougarmagic,

thanks for the update - love the avatar picture, looks like a version of the Blair Witch Project  Very Happy only that's the way some of us look in the dark when we see some of your "kitty kats"  Shocked
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lilbitmo wrote:
love the avatar picture


Thanks.  It is my most successful "photobomb".  Matt was getting a pic of the dryfall, and I jumped into frame with perfect timing. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lilbitmo wrote:
Cougarmagic,

that's the way some of us look in the dark when we see some of your "kitty kats"  Shocked


lilbitmo, normal people look like that when they see the kitty on the monitor and then decide to not to even go out of the house.
Meanwhile, any plans for a forest excursion are cancelled. It has affected CM also, she now sports the new terrifying kat look and she is too shy to let us see the rest her face.
I want to see CM capture her facial expression when she is all alone in the forest and sees the kitty !!!'Shocked'

With the road open, its a good time to drive up the crest to BP and Ross....  waiting for the white.....        666
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So it snowed SOMEWHERE yesterday; what are the chances that I really can get to Vincent Gap via 138 - SR2 tomorrow?   San Gabes are confusing to me..... Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty sure you won't have a problem.  Wasn't much snow, and the road is still open all the way through, anyway. Doubt they even had to plow...

This highway information is the latest reported as of Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 11:04 .

SR 2  
   [IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA]
   CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 6 MI WEST OF NEWCOMB'S RANCH TO  
ISLIP SADDLE (LOS ANGELES CO)

   ALL TRACTOR-SEMI TRAILER COMBINATIONS WITH 3 AXLES OR GREATER ARE  
PROHIBITED FROM THE JCT OF I 210 /IN LA CANADA-FLINTRIDGE/ TO THE
ANGELES FOREST HIGHWAY (LOS ANGELES CO) - ALTERNATE ROUTES ARE AVAILABLE


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

there was 5- 6" around Dawson Saddle. Not a ton of snow, but plenty to plow. Road is icy, especially in the morning and evening.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks!  I'll post a conditions report tonight; hoping to hit Baden-Powell and Burnham today via Vincent Gap.  Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:04 pm    Post subject: Heads up on Crest - This weekend AC100 Reply with quote

Heads up on The Crest -

This weekend the 27th Annual Angeles Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run takes place. Travel safe everyone. Race starts in Wrightwood Saturday August 2rd / 5AM. Ends in Altadena Sunday at 2PM. Runner's will be crossing the AC at Inspiration Point, Islip Saddle, Vincent Gap, Kratka Ridge (above Eagles Roost). From Eagles Roost to Buckhorn exit runners are forced to run on side of road (endangered frog). Crossings at Parjarito, Glenwood Camp, and finally Shortcut Saddle. For map of course click race book link / scroll to page 12..

There will be extra cars up there this weekend as crews are going to Isp Point, Islip, Vincent, Eagles, and Shortcut to support. Runner crossings will not be an issue on Sunday. http://www.ac100.com/2014info/2014-racebook2.pdf
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you running this weekend, Shreddy? If so, stop by our aid station at Newcomb Saddle. We'll leave the light on for you! As I recall you have unfinished business on the AC 100...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am Mike! Bib #36. Hope to pop by and say hello. Thanks to all you volunteers!  Surprised
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shreddy wrote:
I am Mike! Bib #36. Hope to pop by and say hello. Thanks to all you volunteers!  Surprised

Good luck and we'll see you there! Any music requests?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up! That's actually really good to know.

And seriously, these people, crazy amazing.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran up to the Idlehour station to see the first runners go by around 9-10 PM. Last year the station peeps sighted a bear about 20 yards away next to the campground.
The funniest thing happened about 9:30 PM. A few kids hiked almost to Mt. Wilson, and turned around. They weren't sure about the route as it was the first time for all of them. A bit scared, they were jogging down. They had no idea a race was going on. As they made it toward the Idlehour trail and turned the corner, they "saw lights in the middle of the forest"
Well, everyone at the station saw the flashlights, and heard the jogging, and figured it was a runner.... Suddenly the 20 station people "in the middle of the forest" were cheering, clapping, and taking pictures. The runners looked REAL CONFUSED!! "What, did we win something?" "What's going on?" A momentary silence....... then everyone started laughing. Someone has pictures of it somewhere......
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a video from a quadcopter at the 2014 Newcomb Saddle Aid Station:
Newcomb Saddle Aid Station
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great video Mike! It was good to  meet you in person and shake your hand up at Newcombs Saddle. Once again I timed out at Idle Hour. The course is relentless!

ITB issues and blisters were my downfall. I couldn't muster the mental strength to press on through the pain.

Thanks for the support out there. Your aid station is great. I'm signed up for 2015.

Happy Trails!

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