Ibis Migration #1 Report

High in the La Sal Mountains

September 26–28th 2016

In the last week of September 2016, twenty something Ibis riders of all shapes and sizes flocked to Moab to participate in the first-ever Ibis Migration. High in the La Sal mountains, a group of thoroughly stoked folks made their nests among the densely-packed, soaring aspens, xanthous in their fall foliage (go ahead, look it up). 

Sit down, hold on and get ready for a visual feast. We  brought Bill Freeman along to document the trip. Enjoy his photos of the spectacular La Sals.

The chilly mornings found us savoring expert-level cappuccinos pulled by Espresso Bob on his freshly converted-to-propane vintage Astoria. He even had it hard plumbed it into his sprinter. Bob went so far as to provide us with a special high altitude roast, made especially for pulling shots at 9,200' campsite. 

Our friend espresso Bob converted his vintage Astoria twin head espresso machine to propane and brought it up to 9200 feet.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Master of caffeine.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Klean Kanteen printed up some beautiful insulated stainless mugs for all the migrators.

Photo: Bill Freeman

After coffee came breakfast. Rim Tours took good care of us.

Photo: Scot Nicol

The riders chose their trail machine for the day from the demo van, which came fully stocked with every flavor of Ripley, Mojo 3, and HD3.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Then the flock rolled out for a serving of splendid singletrack. They whooped and hollered down high-speed muddy chutes, pumped through perfect ribbons of aspen-lined singletrack, and pedaled up to a snow-speckled Burro Pass before bombing back down to camp.

Chuck with his mouth open.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Chuck Ibis under the yellow curtain

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

We had perfect weather but it did snow 6" three days before we arrived.

Photo: Bill Freeman

We were camped out at Warner Lake with a view of the La Sals and the fall colors.

Photo: Bill Freeman

After we kicked some Burro Pass ass, we relaxed, and the all-pro Rim Tours crew prepared and served dinner. The aspen trees glowed bright orange, then mustard, saffron, and amber, as the sun set on Warner Lake. 

Photo: Chuck's iPhone

Post-ride campfires have a way of livening the mood, especially when there’s Single Track Spirits whiskey (distilled by Ibisian Tom Pettinger) and 40 Buck Chuck magnums to be had. It was quite a party – we’ll just say there was hula hooping and a piñata. Whatever else happened in the mountains will stay in the mountains.

Chuck with magnums of 40 Buck Chuck (not available in stores)

Tom P. with his most excellent Single Track Spirits Whiskey.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Chappy gettin' down with the hoop.

Photo: Bill Freeman

photo bomb by piñata

Photo: Bill Freeman

And then we faded into the night

Photo: Bill Freeman

On the final day the Ibis riders got a full serving of the Whole Enchilada. An 8000-foot descent from snow white to pine green to slickrock red put a permanent smile on everyone’s mug. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Tyson, ALWAYS stylish.

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Tyson Swasey show us how it's done

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

The kids are having an alright time

Photo: Bill Freeman

Photo: Bill Freeman

Rim Tours met us at the bottom of the Whole Enchilada for the quick shuttle back to town followed by a long journey back to reality

Photo: Bill Freeman