Rob Larsen, Jack Berry and Bob Horness joined the Under-employed – Paul Norris, Kelley Hinkle and myself – for a ride at the mountain on Friday. Our goals were to familiarize Paul with Smith Creek in advance of Mel’s Labor Day birthday epic, to [Continue Reading]
Next week, I will be doing a 60 @ Sixty presentation for my peers (Castle Rock senior citizens). Clearly, they are desperate for speakers. I decided to put together a slideshow that is more comprehensive that the one I published in July, which was about five [Continue Reading]
It’s sometimes difficult to explain why riding 60 miles of trail in a single day is a significant challenge. This video does a pretty good job of laying it out. We rode through alpine meadows, east-side pine forest, and blast zone. We were in old growth [Continue Reading]
It took a sterling support crew, spot-on logistics, and a take-no-prisoners ride pace, but we got the job done. The dream I’ve had for the last year – to ride 60 miles of prime trail in a single day to celebrate my sixtieth birthday – was achieved [Continue Reading]
It’s impossible to know if you’ve done enough to prepare, but I think I’m ready. All systems are go for Friday, July 23rd. Since January 1, I’ve racked up 68 rides and 51 gym workouts. Down 13 pounds to 185 and feeling strong. I [Continue Reading]
Yes, my brother, Dave, turns 56 today. For a guy who’s almost as old as Lipton, the old geezer still gets around pretty good. Leave your birthday wishes at the bottom of this post. It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Dave was a problem child in [Continue Reading]
Sher likes to say, “The more you celebrate life, the more life you have to celebrate.” In that spirit, I’ve set a goal to ride a total of 60 miles on four trails in the Cascades in one day to celebrate my 60th birthday this summer. The logistics [Continue Reading]
Premier, high-elevation trail in disrepair? No money for USFS crews? Nobody else willing to step up? Who you gonna call? Growlers Gulch Racing, of course. On July 26, the Mountain Bike Mutts – a trail-building arm of Growlers Gulch Racing – and several [Continue Reading]
Brian Mahon will be heading up two work parties at Mount St. Helens – one in June and the other in July. I’ve mentioned before that the Forest Service has no money for trail work. That means it is up to riders like us to keep this magnificent area [Continue Reading]
The Tour de Gulch Board of Directors – with help from an independent study group – has established the essential dates for the 2009 ride season. Please note that there has been some slight tweaking, including the addition of another wheel.Yes, [Continue Reading]
In an effort to attract more mountain bikers to the area, the Cowlitz County Tourism Bureau asked me to create a page on their website highlighting some of the most popular rides in the vicinity, including Ape Canyon, Siouxon, Lewis River, and Falls Creek. Oddly, you’ll find that Growlers is not mentioned.
Got a chance to ride at St. Helens twice last weekend. The weather was phenomenal, and the rain earlier in the week made the tread as good as you’re ever going to see it. Continue reading St. Helens – Ape Canyon and Mount Margaret
Rob, Jack, Dave and I rode the Smith Creek loop on September 5th. With the extra distance from Marble Mountain, we finished with 35 miles and 5,000 feet of climbing. Continue reading Smith Creek
Seventeen volunteers participated in a bottom-to-top clean-up of the Ape Canyon Trail at Mount St. Helens on Sunday, August 3rd. The weather was great and everyone – including four first-timers – made it to the top.
The event was sponsored by Boone Dog Bikes, MOPI, PUMP, and the Tour de Gulch Board of Directors. Four PUMP members showed up; the other 13 volunteer were from the Growlers Gulch ride crew. Continue reading Growlers Crew Assists with Ape Canyon Clean-up