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Groucho
01-21-2008, 07:21 AM
The 2008 Triple Bypass run is tentatively scheduled for August 16th this year. That could change due to snow conditions and we'll update as the trip date nears.

This is our 9th annual trip. The run begins at the Dorchester Campground at the north end of Taylor Park, over Italian Creek Pass into Crested Butte, over Pearl Pass into Ashcroft, then over Taylor Pass and back to the Dorchester Campground. This trip includes over 50 miles of 4 wheel drive travel and is run at a fast pace. Departure time from Dorchester is 8:00 AM. A stock cruiser in good mechanical condition with a competent driver will make this trip just fine.

Please post up if you plan to make it, and direct questions to Bruce Miller.

Tch2fly
01-21-2008, 07:34 AM
I'm in.

We had a blast last year!:thumb:

rock_wagon
03-10-2008, 08:47 AM
I am pretty new to the club, I have been looking back at the trip reports on previous TBP trips and it looks like this is a multiday trip? Can you post up some details on how the trip breaks up logistically? Where is a good place to camp or what do most people do?

Looking at the pictures from previous trips, we are definitely going this year!

THANKS!

Tch2fly
03-10-2008, 09:48 AM
I am pretty new to the club, I have been looking back at the trip reports on previous TBP trips and it looks like this is a multiday trip? Can you post up some details on how the trip breaks up logistically? Where is a good place to camp or what do most people do?

Looking at the pictures from previous trips, we are definitely going this year!

THANKS!

The run takes a full day so most people camp Friday and Sat (last year Wes drove up in the AM and found us on the trail so that can be done but he knew where he was going) Basically leave the camp at 8 and get back to camp around 6 with a lunch break.
I would not say it is stressful pace although there is not much time to stop and do a lot of sightseeing .....when you do it is spectacular.

As mentioned the Dorchester camp ground is the starting and finishing point so that is where most people camp. It is located near the base of Taylor pass near Taylor Park res (easy to find) There are many spot to camp in that area but if you don't stay with the group you miss out on some of Barb's GREAT dutch oven desserts :D

wesintl
03-16-2008, 01:37 PM
We'll, Bummer I can't make this one. It's my favorite run period. I'll be at my brothers wedding in NC.

LETSROLL
04-07-2008, 10:13 PM
My wife and I are interested in this trip, but as non members thinking of joining we have some questions. Will my stock 40 with standard tires make the trek ok? My rig is in really nice shape and I don't want to pinstripe it or bang it up too much.

Thanks, LETSROLL

MDH33
04-08-2008, 08:45 AM
My wife and I are interested in this trip, but as non members thinking of joining we have some questions. Will my stock 40 with standard tires make the trek ok? My rig is in really nice shape and I don't want to pinstripe it or bang it up too much.

Thanks, LETSROLL

No problem. I ran it in my 40 when it was still stock height and running 31 inch tires. I don't remember anywhere on the trails that there was a lot of brush. Mostly rocks and mud. It's a 40, get it dirty and use it for what it was intended for, have fun! :thumb:

Corbet
04-09-2008, 08:44 PM
I hope to make this one.

Rezarf
04-09-2008, 08:47 PM
This one is a must for us this year. We will only be deterred by dates and $5/gal gas prices :D

Beachboy
04-25-2008, 07:26 PM
We hope to be back this year for the TBP. It has always been alot of fun.

jjhancock
05-09-2008, 12:28 PM
I'm planning on making this trip!

Uncle Ben
05-09-2008, 03:04 PM
I'm shooting for this one as we'll be back from OZ by by then.

subzali
06-15-2008, 08:25 AM
I'm in for it again, I'm with Wes, I think this is my favorite run period! I hear though, that some are thinking Pearl Pass may not open period this year because of the _load of snow they got hammered with down there this year! Anybody keeping up on that status?

Jacket
06-16-2008, 12:15 PM
How family and kid friendly is this run? Sounds like its a lot of car time, which can make for stir-crazy passengers. Maybe a good run for me and the 40 to bond? Or good for the whole clan?

subzali
06-16-2008, 12:46 PM
It's all day Saturday, I think we leave at 8AM and get back around 6PM, driving most of the time - about 60 miles mostly off road. I think Ben Ashcraft had his two daughters when I went a couple years ago, it depends on your family whether or not they will enjoy it. There's a lot of great scenery, but not a lot of stopping for pictures, and a lot of seat time that day.

subzali
06-21-2008, 08:11 PM
2005 trip report (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=46&highlight=triple)

Here's a thread with pictures from 2006 (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=2107&highlight=triple)

And here's the Sunday run some of us did in 2006 (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=2109&highlight=bypass) (don't know if it was repeated last year)

2007 pics (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=4612)

Oh yeah - is it August yet? :D

subzali
06-23-2008, 07:45 AM
Again CJ7 Matt might be down...

ttubb
06-26-2008, 05:12 PM
I am planning on taking "White Top", the FZJ-80 on the run. Hopefully, I will have my ham license and rig by then. Terry :thumb:

Bruce Miller
06-30-2008, 03:08 PM
Just spoke to my Crested Butte contact regarding road conditions on the TBP trails. I'm told there's deep snow from timberline (11,000 feet?) and up on all three passes, Italian Creek, Pearl, and Taylor. Creek crossings are very deep with reports of some vehicles being pushed downstream by heavy runoff while creek crossing. Scofield Pass (one alternative to consider in case Pearl Pass doesn't open) is not only closed by the usual snowslide but there are an additional 4 or 5 other snowslides that have the pass currently closed in other spots. I'll get an update to snow and road conditions about the end of July.

wesintl
06-30-2008, 03:20 PM
I wouldn't complain if another date is chosen... then I could attend ;)

IIRC this past snow season in CB eclipsed the all time snowfalls previous record (in 79 - 415in) of 430 somthin to become the best season ever. 94 was a good year and schofield was only open for a short time IIRC. I remember biking that year there was a monster slide off the backside of gothic that was probably 100 yards long and 15-20 ft deep at the trail head to conundrum. The wife and I will probably go down there in july to hang out. i'll try and go up to the top of schofield and see what it's like.

mfit
07-02-2008, 11:35 PM
Hey Guys I'm new to the Rising Sun forums. But after looking @ some of your profiles. I know some of you. Guess I am a rock stacker:bowdown::bowdown:

yea yea

Anyways..... I am in the glenwood springs area. I was up in the pearl pass area a few weeks back and there is still tons of snow up that way. I will be making another trip mid July and I will report.

I would really like to run this trail with all of you guys but I will be @ an event in Payson AZ that weekend. If it happens to be a weekend or 2 later. I would like to join you guys.

Last year I ran the FJ team thru those trails. What a blast!! One of my fav. places in CO.

:thumb:

Jesusfreak
07-14-2008, 01:16 PM
I just joined and wanted to ask, any reason why a 99 4runner 4x4 with 31's shouldn't go? Also, anything else the club requires me to bring other than personal items? (dues, fees, anything other than my own food and camping gear?)
Look forward to it!


Nick Davis
Flagstaff, AZ:thumb::thumb::thumb:

rover67
07-23-2008, 02:21 PM
Any updates on dates for this one? right now I have it marked as Aug 16th and am planning some travel around it..

subzali
07-23-2008, 03:44 PM
I just joined and wanted to ask, any reason why a 99 4runner 4x4 with 31's shouldn't go? Also, anything else the club requires me to bring other than personal items? (dues, fees, anything other than my own food and camping gear?) Look forward to it!
Nick Davis
Flagstaff, AZ:thumb::thumb::thumb:

Hey Nick, did you just join the club or the forum? Either way I guess, no need to bring anything more than you need for regular camping (fee is pretty cheap at campground BTW). If you've attended a meeting or an event with Rising Sun and want to join during this event then bring an application and $50, and we'll discuss it over a fire and dutch oven cooking... ;)

I don't think there's any reason your truck will not do fine on this trail, only one tricky section on a rocky shelf road, but with good spotting and careful driving it should be fine.

Marco, all I know is that the snow is melting pretty fast up there, so we're keeping our fingers crossed. Tincup Pass was still blocked this past weekend by 60-80 yards of snow, though, so ???

Safest thing to do would be to keep that weekend and the following two or three weekends open; I have a feeling the window of accessing Pearl Pass this year is going to be very narrow...

Bruce Miller
07-24-2008, 05:08 PM
I just spoke with my Crested Butte contact regarding the road conditions on Pearl Pass. It doesn't look good, and Scofield Pass isn't doing any better. He said that they got 45 feet of snow this year. Although the passes may be melted on all the sunny spots, we are not able to drive to the pass due to what he calls the deep snow plugs, typically in low lying places, that will get in our way. He said both passes have a bunch of snow plugs. On the south side of Scofield, on the sunny side, too, the snow plug was 200 feet deep earlier this year and it's 70 feet deep today. Similar conditions exist on Pearl. It is his opinion that this will be the year that the two passes will not open. There's not enough time to melt the snow before new snow begins to fall. Time to go to plan B, but I'm not sure what plan B is. To be continued.

subzali
07-24-2008, 07:06 PM
Time to go to plan B, but I'm not sure what plan B is. To be continued.

:eek:

bh4rnnr
07-24-2008, 07:49 PM
I just spoke with my Crested Butte contact regarding the road conditions on Pearl Pass. It doesn't look good, and Scofield Pass isn't doing any better. He said that they got 45 feet of snow this year. Although the passes may be melted on all the sunny spots, we are not able to drive to the pass due to what he calls the deep snow plugs, typically in low lying places, that will get in our way. He said both passes have a bunch of snow plugs. On the south side of Scofield, on the sunny side, too, the snow plug was 200 feet deep earlier this year and it's 70 feet deep today. Similar conditions exist on Pearl. It is his opinion that this will be the year that the two passes will not open. There's not enough time to melt the snow before new snow begins to fall. Time to go to plan B, but I'm not sure what plan B is. To be continued.

What about Williams Pass?

capen4
07-24-2008, 11:40 PM
groucho
would the dodge make it ok on this one?
were going to be in the mountains that weekend and thought it might bea good run to catch.

Convert
07-25-2008, 06:03 PM
What about Williams Pass?

X2 I would love to do Williams Pass

Romer
07-29-2008, 08:31 AM
The Romers are interested in doing this one, waiting on Plan B

rover67
07-29-2008, 11:26 AM
do we think plan "b" will fall on the same weekend?

Jacket
07-29-2008, 03:33 PM
Good question. Maybe pushing to September would help?

MDH33
07-29-2008, 03:55 PM
Good question. Maybe pushing to September would help?

That's when it will start snowing again up there. ;)


TBP Sept. 2006:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94369992_oq4r4-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94374116_k5Z9W-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94374919_nS9kx-M-1.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94375767_SCnZm-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94387037_2x4Mr-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94388657_CpU7c-M.jpg

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/94390628_gNMfR-M-1.jpg

Caribou Sandstorm
08-01-2008, 10:08 AM
So is this a weekend gig with camping then?

I am interested.

wesintl
08-01-2008, 10:16 AM
yes, You pretty much need to camp sat night min since wheeling sat is long. Friday people roll in at all hours depending on when they get off work. One year I pulled into camp at 11 or so friday night after working then picking up a crib and putting it together for the wife etc.

Last year I got up and left denver at 6 and caught them on the Trail. I was familiar with the trail and my ability to wheel alone til I caught up with them though. This was one of my biggest factors for getting Ham enabled.

If it's your first time I recommend rolling into camp at a decent hour on friday evening since the run usually starts at 8 sharp and staying sat night.:thumb:

Caribou Sandstorm
08-01-2008, 03:44 PM
Thanks for the tip. Is the date still Aug 16th or is there a new date?

Bruce Miller
08-01-2008, 04:03 PM
From the information I am able to gather, it appears that all three passes are currently closed. Bushduck's confirms this. Let's give it until Monday, let some weekend wheeling take place. At that time, I'll call my Crested Butte contact again, plus, Bushduck's web site information might be updated, too. I don't think moving this trip into September is a good plan since it will start snowing on those passes by then. In addition, our Ouray trip is two weeks after the current TBP trip date of August 16th. Two back to back trips that far from Denver would be tough.

With all the wheeling, quad, or dirt bike traffic on these passes, especially on weekends, let's revisit trail conditions on Monday and take it from there.

rover67
08-01-2008, 06:42 PM
sounds good, let us know :)

man, the passes seem impenetrable...

mfit
08-03-2008, 12:33 PM
I just tried to run up to pearl pass yesterday, and no go. Still lots of snow in the shade when heading up.

I am waiting to hear about plan B.

I may be able make it later.

Mark

subzali
08-03-2008, 08:53 PM
Is that from the Aspen side I'm guessing?

mfit
08-04-2008, 12:52 PM
oo yea

the aspen side.

Tch2fly
08-06-2008, 07:01 AM
FYI ... heard a rumor that Schofield is open, nothing on Pearl.

I've been trying to juggle stuff around but looks like I have a time conflict and with a week to go I had to flip a coin. I hope something opens up for the run but either way it looks like I'm going to bow out this year.

I'm sure you guys will have a great time no matter where you go:cheers:

Bruce Miller
08-06-2008, 03:17 PM
Due to heavy snow that still blocks the trails over Pearl, Italian Creek, and Taylor Passes, this yearís Triple Bypass run will be cancelled. In addition to information gathered by my contacts in Crested Butte, I spoke with someone at the Forest Serviceís Aspen office who confirmed the closure of Pearl Pass due to deep snow. Rescheduling the trip later in August will conflict with our Ouray trip and a September trip date will have us driving in fresh snow (or last winterís snow, or both).

I was also told today that Scofield Pass is closed by many snowslides, the worst just below the Devil's Punch Bowl. The Crested Butte locals tell me that none of the trails over the four passes, Scofield, Pearl, Italian Creek, and Taylor, will open soon, if at all this year.

Next year.

Romer
08-06-2008, 03:41 PM
Thanks for the update Bruce. Hope to make next years run.

wesintl
08-06-2008, 03:52 PM
bushducks claim you can get by schofield. http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm#schofield

I may be up for a run the 23rd or part but not all of labor day weekend. I doubt I can get all the way to ouray this year.


What about still camping at taylor and running richmond hill to aspen and then up to ashcroft, maybe a part way up perl to see the snow or up montazuma basin to see where the us ski team used to train in the 60's and then back down to ashcroft and then over taylor. Not a triple bypass but still wheelin?:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

:yagi:

subzali
08-06-2008, 03:56 PM
I might still consider a run of it depending on the snow conditions over the next few weeks, as this was the last event I had on my calendar before taking my truck down for wrenching before the snow started flying.

rover67
08-06-2008, 04:25 PM
Dang.

Next weekend's my only free weekend for a while. I'm going to have to skip the Ouray run too..

Jesusfreak
08-08-2008, 02:40 PM
Me and my friend Johnnie will see ya up there!!!!!:cheers::cheers::cheers::cheers:

Jesusfreak
08-14-2008, 04:51 PM
Dear All,
I regret that I am not going to be able to make it. I had a last minute babysitting issue, and thus I can't make it.
Have a great time, I hope to join you another time:):):)
God Bless all,
Nick Davis
Flagstaff, AZ

subzali
08-14-2008, 09:31 PM
Actually the whole run has been canceled :rolleyes: