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September 26–28th 2016

Ibis Migration #1 Report

High in the La Sal Mountains

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. 

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Our friend espres­so Bob con­vert­ed his vin­tage Asto­ria twin head espres­so machine to propane and brought it up to 9200 feet.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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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."
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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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.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Chuck with his mouth open.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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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."
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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.

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Chuck with mag­nums of 40 Buck Chuck (not avail­able in stores)
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Tom P. with his most excel­lent Sin­gle Track Spir­its Whiskey.
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Chap­py get­tin’ down with the hoop.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to bomb by piñataPho­to: Bill Freeman
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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.

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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Tyson, ALWAYS stylish.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Tyson Swasey show us how it’s done.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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The kids are hav­ing an alright time.Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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Pho­to: Bill Freeman
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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 realityPho­to: Bill Freeman