Foot care is essential on any type of backcountry excursion. Just to be clear, this is because your feet are kind of what all the walking, riding, and struggling hinges upon.
We could see this trail a long way off, and from a distance it appeared to be a 45-degree slash that some marvelous being had put in the mountain. As it turned out, it was slightly less than 45-degrees and was most likely put into that mountain by a team of marvelous beings who just wanted to get over the pass. What I am trying to get at is that this trail was steep.
Apparently a few years back there was a rash of Gravity Yocks ('Gravity Jocks' with a Nohlin-ese accent) sending it down these hillsides, leaving long skidder lines in their wake. This nearly resulted in the park closing to cyclists. Guys/gals, if you're going to do skidder lines, don't do it in a national park.
"In these situations, speed is almost always your friend."—James 'Wheelie King' Crowe
This is one of those, "I knew I ‘shoulda’ made ‘dat' left ‘toin’ in ‘Albakoikie’" moments.
Circling the pit before dropping in.
Erik employing the "Jumar" technique of bike hiking. You push the bike up, clamp down on the brakes, and then use the bike as an anchor point to pull yourself a little further up the mountainside.
The Deer Pass Deer Report: Deers spotted - 0. You know what deer? We didn't want to see you anyway. It's not like you're a big deal, it's not like you're grizzly bears or wolves or anything special. You're like B-grade, maybe even C-grade wildlife. We've all seen you before anyway.
Aldous Huxley>Jim Morrison>Deer Pass. The march of concept appropriation carries on.
About Dead Reckoning In order to evolve into the thinking, building, producing, consuming, ordering, planning, texting creatures we are today, sometimes we needed to pioneer a mountain. Complex culture depends on the exchange of everything, exchange depends on established connections, established connections depend on travel and movement, but there are always barriers. Mountains being one of the most impressive and iconic of the barrier class. They are fearsome and hazardous, and to tempt their transit can invite dire consequences, but as humans it is in our nature to cross mountains, we are driven to push boundaries, make discoveries, know the unknowable. We’re a risky lot, but any pioneer will tell you there is always something good on the other side of a mountain.
In 2015, Yonder Journal investigated, documented and published the possibilities of Over - Mountain exploration. We call this project Dead Reckoning. We applied the technologies and methodologies of adventure cycling, bike-packing, and ultra-lightweight-touring to multi-day-style expeditions with a focus on crossing mountains using a variety of both ancient and modern trade routes.
Yonder Journal's Dead Reckoning is made possible by Specialized. Major support provided by SRAM, ClifBar, and Mission Workshop. Additional support provided by Porcelain Rocket, Outlier, Snow Peak, Oakley, Stumptown Coffee, Mountain Hardwear, Salewa, Poler, Causwell, and Mountain House.