big booty at fall moab 2010
October 25, 2010
One of the things I love about Fall Moab is that it’s exactly like playing Big Booty with my family around a campfire.
You don’t know Big Booty? Where have you been? It’s all big booty these days.
Anyway. All you really need to know about this excellent analogy is that in Big Booty you sit in a circle, and you are numbered from Big Booty (essentially el jefe) on down. Ranked. Stack Ranked.
Or, plainer, Sorted.
But the stack is in constant flux. You mess up, you go to the back and eaaaarrrrrnnn the right to be Big Booty again.
How is Fall Moab like this? It’s not like this, it’s exactly like this. We sort on the ride, and then re-shuffle the order every few seconds. Miss a turn? Go to the back. Uphill endo on a big wall? Go to the back. Lose your nerve just before dropping a big stair step? Yup. Go to the back.
We flew in missing wingman formation this year. No Elden. No Brad. No Sunderlage.
But you know. Whatever. Fall Moab goes on.
I’m pretty sure all of us landed on our faces at least once. Most of us thought we had broken a bone or two. And a couple of guys died.
Okay, nobody died. But it wasn’t for lack of trying:
Kenny had a special friend come to take pictures for Saturday’s Gold Bar Rim ride, and I’ll simply refer to that Flickr page, because it’s full of good ones. Here are a couple favorites:
Ricky ledging (yes, that’s a verb):
Aaron forging new ground on what will now be called “the singlespeed line” on the triple stair move on Gold Bar:
Kenny on the infamous (MORE than famous) triple stair move. And cleaning it for the first time on a hamstrung bike.
It’s all about center of gravity:
The staging area for the triple stair move, our single favoritist spot on Gold Bar Rim:
Touching the void:
Bob In the void:
And, my favorite photo sequence of the trip–
I think the line is over there:
How bout this line?:
And . . . scene:
Here’s how we looked all day, shuffling and re-shuffling, sorting and re-sorting:
Mandatory group shot:
And optional spectacular view shot:
Good times. Good times.