For Sunday we headed to the other side of town to ride the in the Amasa Back area. The locals have been hard at work on this trail system, adding two new trails over the past couple of years; Hymasa, a relatively smooth singletrack designed for climbing, and Captain Ahab, one-way downhill singletrack with some pretty serious rock stacks (but not the exposure of Death On Your Left/Jackson’s Trail).
By a navigational error (never follow Josh) we wound up going up Captain Ahab, which turned out to be pretty strenuous for both riders and walkers. Up top, we headed out to the overlook, and then I split off with a small group to ride out to Pothole Arch, which turned out to be a pretty fun diversion (but tiring).
We came down on Captain Ahab, where I took Best Biff (at least of the riding I saw) on one of the rock stacks. After making it back across the creek (a lot of water this year), and hitching a ride back to town, it was all over except the beer. Another great Moab festival!
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Day 2 was set up to be epic, with a shuttle up to Porcupine Rim promising almost 4000 feet of descent. For the second time we wound up in a good snowstorm at the top of the shuttle, and descended from that into the desert, a transition that’s always fantastic.
Some people did the full 16-ish miles, some people cut off to the old trailhead for a 6-ish mile ride, and Jamey went nuts and decided to ride the entire loop from town for a 35-mile epic. I actually didn’t see much in the way of biffs, as self-selection kept people on the portions of trails they were comfortable with; I’ll have to give Best Biff to An’So one one of the low speed, straight-down falls that’s so common on the traverse section of Porcupine Rim.
They’ve made some of the obstacles at the bottom a little easier, but there’s still a ton of fun riding, and I was stoked to get the slab before the final creek crossing. Eight hours on the trail, quick dinner at the Bar M (meh), followed by some ice cream, and we were ready for Sunday.
People dribbled into Moab at different times on Friday. My group, which included Nathan and Kris, got into town a little after noon and went out to hit the Slickrock Trail. Because of the late start we decided not to go for the whole trail, so we played around on the Practice Loop, went to the practice loop overlook, and then took a jaunt out to Lance’s Rock, where fortunately no one dropped anything off the cliff.
Best Biff was won by Karl, whose extra wheel got in the way as he tried to ride up out of the sand pit at the 4×4 crossing. (Extra bonus point for winning Best Biff with an already-broken arm; additional bonus point for having broken his arm riding one of Josh’s skateboards).