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Old 02-27-2008, 01:25 PM
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Just wondering, since we may have involvement with the Salida Ranger District and Iron Chest this summer, do we want to talk about having a hardcore run this summer? Either Holy Cross or Iron Chest? A lot of us newbs have never run these trails, and I would at least like to ride along/walk those trails just to see them; don't think I want to take the 40 on them the way it sits

Would anybody be interested in planning a "hardcore" run on either of these trails this summer?
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:37 PM
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I'd be up for Holy Cross.
I usually run it with some of the Stevinson guys over Labor Day but I think I'd like to do the RS Ouray run this year instead.

I am assuming Iron Chest will be run by some of us (at some point) if we adopt it
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A lot of us newbs have never run these trails, and I would at least like to ride along/walk those trails just to see them; don't think I want to take the 40 on them the way it sits
x2 - I'd be interested in riding/walking the trail
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I would be happy to lead both, I love them (Cleveland Rock, not so much). Just as happy if someone else wants to lead though.

Iron Chest is not terribly hardcore, kinda like Spring Creek on steroids. Holy Cross is not terribly difficult either, there is one tippy spot that tickles my innards every time. Ex-specially if it is wet. Sliding downhill on a wet diagonal log when already off camber will do that to a boy.
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Old 02-27-2008, 02:26 PM
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x2 - I'd be interested in riding/walking the trail
I think you should plan on making the drive. The inital "one-way" section is fun but not overly technical. If it you decide you have had enough you can always take the bail-out and ride from there. More likely you will be having so much fun you won't want to stop.

French Creek is the first real challenge and it is pretty close to the end. I'm looking forward to see it this year; with the snow we have had so far this winter I expect it to be a very different obstacle.
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:23 PM
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I think I'm going to limit myself to one breakage in any given 12-month stretch; 'course I only made it 7 months between having the truck out of commission this last year; that means if I'm going to make up that time then I have to wait until July '09 to break something again

But in all reality I'm hoping my truck will be either under the knife by then - 'twood be sweet if it was back from under the knife, cause then I wouldn't have problems running either one of them!
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the first time I ran Holy Cross I had a hell of a time but I was unlocked and in a j**p. The 2nd time I ran it locked and in a 40 and it was a nice drive in the woods. I hit my door post on the rock that isn't there anymore when crossing French Creek and that was the only issue.

video here: http://www.actionjackson.com/cruiser...HolyCross2.wmv
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the first time I ran Holy Cross I had a hell of a time but I was unlocked and in a j**p. The 2nd time I ran it locked and in a 40 and it was a nice drive in the woods. I hit my door post on the rock that isn't there anymore when crossing French Creek and that was the only issue.

video here: http://www.actionjackson.com/cruiser...HolyCross2.wmv
Thanks for posting the video. The 40's made it look easy.
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I will be down for driving all of those. What is the general thinking on dates?
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Thanks for posting the video. The 40's made it look easy.
Nice video but the trail has changed since that was taken. A lot of ATVs take the left side and the resulting erosion is causing the exposed rocks to migrate further into the trail and the areas between the rocks are deeper.

I'm really expecting one of the larger rocks to shift north this spring and that will make it really tight to get past.
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