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Castle Mountain Rocks!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

матрациJust when all the switch-backs on the new Hyper Ventilation were completed and ride-able, the trail gang from the Fernie Trails and Ski Touring Club bunkered in on an even greater project – a trail to the top of Castle Mountain.

I gathered with a few riders on Saturday for what I believe was the first ride from the summit of Castle Mountain. Castle Mountain has been a local hike for many years and I had never been to the summit and once there was stunned with the breathtaking vantage. The trail requires a few days of work to be complete however at present it offers a nice adventure ride with a 700 meter downhill.

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We met local climber Sean Staplin and geologist Pat Gilmar trail building on the summit. They observed the Moose Mountain limestone that forms the summit outcrop. This sedimentary rock is especially hard and offers good rock climbing with a Southern exposure.

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Overall I must say that the trails in Fernie keep getting better. From Castle Mountain the Microwave trail is only another few hundred meters. I complement Pat, George, Doug and the others who have opened up this exciting terrain with great trails!

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The High Roller

Monday, October 1st, 2007

The second annual High Roller was a great success despite the whether. Fresh snow in the Alpine and rain in the valley with mixed hail greeted the riders. Regardless over thirty riders rode the 46 km and 6000′ vertical on Saturday.

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HighRoller Poker Ride

1st Ride – Big Money
2nd Ride – Up Phat Bastard, over Mushroom Head, down Dem Bones
3rd Ride – Verboten
Optional Ride for a “wildcard” – Project 9

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Ride Details….
Ride in groups of 3 or more people for safety

This ride is a self supported bike ride, be able to have all your water, food, tools, extra clothing, first aid, and trail knowledge.

Each trail has a possibility of two cards, except Project 9 wich will give you an automatic wild card(just one). To get a wild card you MUST have ALL other 6 stamps on your card to be eligible for the wild card.

All riders must check in to the Gorby parking lot after riding Dem Bones

There is a 3:00pm cut off time to do Project 9, no riders after that time.

All riders must be in NO later than 5pm at the BBQ site, or be disqualified.

This is NOT a race, it is a fun day of riding your bike, to challenge yourself, and socialize with others while riding bikes