It’s not an adventure unless you experience some struggle. That’s what I say!
As we were gathered around a campfire (somewhere high in the Idaho mountains) in the non-stop pouring rain, with lightning hitting every peak around us, I was wondering what it would be like huddling up for the night with these 5 boys I hardly knew?
Welcome to the Klim Adventure Summit 2012.
Friday afternoon I packed up the truck and headed down to meet the crew of folks gathered at the Mountain River Ranch. Folks from all over were there – Portland, North Carolina, California, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and more. Black Dog Cycle Works, Happy Trail Moto, CycleBuy, Jimmy Lewis Riding School, and gearmojo.com amongst others. It was so great to meet so many folks into riding, whether it was off road single track riding, or getting on the less travelled dirt roads in the big country with their adventure moto bikes.
I got as many people fueled up as possible for Saturday by getting some of Kate’s Bars in their hands for their packs or panniers, while making a lot of friends at the same time.
Saturday morning groups divided for single track riding or big bike adventure rides. Our group dwindled to 6 after the “hill test.” If you could make it up the off camber rocky hill, then, ok, you can come this way.
So off we go, Ian Reed (camera guy), Phil and Tom (Pirate Riders Racing), BJ and Evan (Klim ride leaders), and I through some awesome technical riding terrain. Ian would set up to get some great video through it all, but before long it was thundering, lightning, and raining. We sat through the rain for a bit, hoping it would pass like it normally does. We began getting cold. We built a fire. The rain, thunder and lightning did not stop. I found that my rain jacket really does suck.
Finally, we decided to make a go, we hiked back to our bikes, sliding in the sticky mud on the way. Kick after kick after kick, we could not get Ian’s bike going. After some good time of trouble shooting, we got her going, and were on our way.
Ready to climb the slick muddy trail on our bikes? I watched as BJ climbed with his trials tire, a lava flow of mud coming down behind him. I followed. It’s much easier on the bike than in your boots!
We climbed out and then made a fun (and challenging), slick descent in the mud, and finally made it back to the trucks shortly after 9pm with just 38 miles under our belts. Good times!
Kate is a off-camber rocky hill conquering machine and our boss. She tackles running Kate’s Real Food just like a gnarly section of singletrack on her moto – full tilt.