Breck’s 4th of July Bowl 7/11/09
11 Jul, 2009
The plan was to hit St Mary’s Glacier this weekend but we knew Breck had features set up and was less of a drive/hike to get to. I met up in Frisco with everyone (Lauren, Adrian and Scott), we packed our gear into the truck and headed back to 4th of July Bowl on the top of Breck for a shred session.
When we arrived today there were more features set up. Now we had the tube, a double barrel rail, a metal pole, plastic tube set up on the log and a foam barrel used to cover the snowblowing hoses on the mountain.
Scott’s frontslide boardslide on the metal pole
Adrian on the plastic to log ollie’ing off
Lauren showing her rail skills
Scott ollied over and tail tapped the foam barrel
I’m not much of a rail rider, I hit the mini rails but I’m slowly getting back into getting comfortable on rails again. Lauren and Adrian are pushing me to be better and work on it. Today I spent some time hiking the tube, getting pointers from the crew to look at the end of the tube and not my feet, so after some good crashes (ouch right knee is bruised) I made it out alive and felt better on it.
I did make a video today that shows the drive up and fun clips of the day of each of us, including a clip of me on the tube. On a positive note, once I figure out how to get my Canon Vixia camcorder set up I’ll be getting a lot better quality filming done than my tiny digi cam seen here.
On the top of Breck the weather is constantly changing, sunny to thunderstorms is common. Today we went through a couple lightning/thunder storms and when needed hung out in the truck until it passed.
Scott found a new place to hide from the rain
The road up to the 4th of July bowl is not easy, it requires 4wd and even with 4wd you are climbing over rocks, making tight turns and going through an insane puddle at the top. A vehicle with high clearance is good, luckily my toyota is great for that and I encountered no problems today. One of the other cars that made it up, made it through the insane puddle the first time but on the way back got stuck…which required emergency services to come up and pull them out. After pulling them out, Emergency services charged through the entire length of the puddle twice and really proved their point.
Unfortunately I won’t be out riding tomorrow, back in Steamboat with some stuff to finish up. It’ll be sweet to have more friends coming along for the shredding as we continue up every chance we get. I’m looking forward to going back and working on my skills as the summer progresses and before I head to Windell’s in August.