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Moab Mountain Biking Trip - April 2008

Mountain Biking in Moab, Utah, April 2008

Spring time in Vancouver can be a pretty grey time of year, so I flew down to San Francisco to catch up with my friends Brent and Natasha, and we hit the road out to Moab, Utah, desert country. Camped up above town, each day we went looking for some of the best mountain biking trails the area has to offer.

The first day there, we set up camp, and hit the Slick Rock practice loop, riding until the sun started to go down. The slick rock area is the stereo-type of what people picture as Moab riding - smooth, steep, petrified sandstone, where the only limits to how steep you can climb on this grippy rock are the power in your legs and your skills on your bike. The following week we sampled a diverse range of rides, from the cliff hugging technical single track above the Golden Spike jeep trail, to the flowing downhill of Kokopelli and Porcupine Rim, to the technical downhill of Portal. Moab's got pretty much every style of riding you want to cut your teeth on. Highlights included the high speed Sovereign trail, picturesque Amasa Back, Bartlett Wash for just playing around, and Gemini Bridges for the classic arches found almost no place else.

All up an awesome trip, and one I'll no doubt repeat in the not too distant future.

Photos and maps for the trip can be found here.

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