Yes I totally agree with Mr Fiend
It's been and still is a great motivational tool and with all the routes available to look at and plan possible link ups I just want to thank the Geo staff for all the work that goes into this wonderful site !!! Also there are 1000's of personal and official routes to upload manually for when all else fails %uD83D%uDE02
Staff - thanks for the detailed update. And that is all completely understandable. I'm not leaving, I like it here. I'm just not willing to struggle with uploading rides via GPX or potentially unsafe browser tweaks. I can use the iPhone app when it is important enough, I suppose. Other than that, I'll just manually post on existing routes. What I have always liked most about the site is the ride comments piece and it would be difficult for me to give that up. Folks are much more interesting, and kinder to each other than other experiences I have had. So, I'm still here, not leaving just yet. And, as always, Thank You for your personal devotion to the site.
Staff 03/17/17 12:03 AM
Thanks for the feedback guys, it's very helpful. mtnbikej & MTB Fiend, 12 years, kind of crazy, so many fun times. It's tough to lose two of our top 'posters'. You're always welcome here, ...and you don't really have to be so 'final' in leaving. Not having Garmin commuicator support has really hurt us. With Firefox disabling Garmin Communicator downloads this week it seems moving to Garmin Express is the answer, but, unfortunately it's too expensive. Garmin wants $5000 from us to access their Express api. We also have the additional cost of integrating our code with the new api, about $3000. So $8,000 just to get Garmin Express going. We are going to pass on this project and Garmin Express support. People can upload with gpx. Post using our iPhone app. Or post manually. GeoLadders will continue. Whether people are posting or not, GeoLadders is still a resource for looking up trails and routes. For this purpose alone we plan to keep GeoLadders up and running.
Firefox ESR(Extended Support Release) for Mac OS, Mac 64-bit, and Windows and other operating sysyems will handle Garmin Communicator plug-in. The same day that Firefox52.0 was automatically downloaded to update my previous version of Firefox, Garmin stopped working. The plug-in was still on my computer. I then stumbled across the ESR version, downloaded it, and it worked to upload from my Garmin GPS immediately. I keep both versions on my Dock, while renaming it "ESR GL only". I only use this for GeoLadders. Both versions have the same icon. You can search "firefox esr download" to get more info.
" https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/organizations/all/ "
takes you to the download page.
Run 02:23:31 5.5 mph 10:51 pace HR avg 142 / max 154
03/28/17 - Went up to SF to run the Rock n Roll Half Marathon. Some hills that hurt. Mile 3 was a long one, the bridge is actually a bit of a hill, and then some more stingers in the tail with hills from mile 11 to 12.
Pretty cool to run over the GG Bridge in the traffic lanes.
Started a bit easy, and built after the bridge out and back to finish pretty good.
It was a cool to cold morning. Luckily most of the rain held off and we only got a bit in the first three miles. The wind mostly stayed low as well. I was really dreading the bridge on a cold, windy, rainy day - that would have been miserable.
Dropped 13 minutes from my last half back in December. Still wanna get below 2 hours someday.
03/28/17 - Walking around SF Fisherman's Wharf area to pick up my packet and get lunch and visit the aquarium. I made this up to show basically what we walked. My google app said I walked 3.3 miles; but doesn't have a map.
03/27/17 - Finally made it back here for this epic ride. It was even more beautiful than I remember, especially with the varied weather we experienced. Waterfalls everywhere! Started out warm and sunny, really pleasant, except that does tend to bring out the bugs, and they came out alright. As we started to climb past the dam, the breeze really picked up and blew all the bugs away, but it was a cold breeze coming from the clouds at the top. Cogswell Dam was the fullest I have ever seen it, quite the contrast to the tiny creek running through the middle of it last time I was out here. At the first gate we were right on the cusp of the clouds just spilling over the ridge. No bugs but it was pretty chilly the rest of the ride. At time the clouds were thick and made for very surreal and absolutely silent climbing in the tree covered spots. Occasionally we caught a glimpse of the sunny valley below. Most of the route has been scraped but was still quite rough in some places. Really Great Ride!
03/18/17 - Non Dot Whiting Time Trial Volunteer - something close to this, except started from Glenn Ranch Parking. Super fun cheerleading with Martin and Rachel at the top of Dreaded. The ride up was in the fog, but busted out in to sunshine at 4 Corners. Great Ride!
03/11/17 - Bunch of bike love all morning long. Bikes loved it, I loved it, it was a love fest, with bikes, and parts, and stuff. Now it's early afternoon and time to ride. Gotta go big, but don't wanna drive, hmmmm... Harding here I come! Ugh... Harding, here I come. Ain't no Easy Street, you know, especially today. Nice cool breezes, tons of solitude, and climbing, lots and lots of climbing. Hung out at 4 Corners and debated dropping down Maple Springs, but that was obviously open to traffic and that did not sound appealing at all. Good choice too, sensational twilight descent on Harding. The climb back home was uneventful, but I was tiring pretty quick. Rode the Phantom which ran flawlessly! Great Ride!
EDGE705 Mountain Bike Ride 03:15:53 breaks 03:27:38 7.6 mph 7:51 pace
03/04/17 - One fine day! All my bills are paid, got some domestic stuff done, and some gardening done. That was while it was all nice and warm, kind of sunny. Of course, when I chose to ride it was just starting to get cool and overcast, and stayed that way. But, surprisingly calm conditions on Main Divide made it comfortable. Cannot remember the last time I turned Right and continued on. Cleaned all the climbs to Hagador and still felt good, so off to Pleasants. I did not jump the 2nd gate, I'll still call it a peak bag. Tons of hikers and just closing of Open Access made for an interesting ascent in the lower canyon. BS Falls Helicopter rescue looked to be in full swing, maybe they're offering rides. I did see 1 guy with a messed up ankle jumping in to a truck at the gate. Gotta say, never seen BS so popular. No wonder they got rid of Art. Despite the cool, kind of gloomy gray look, it was a Great Ride!
03/01/17 - Wow! That was very nice, indeed. Poppy's were tucked in for the evening, but still dancing in the wind. Trail is in the best shape I've seen for many many years, makes for a faster, funner descent. After a truly spectacular super solo ascent, I was in a realtime race with the setting sun and waning light. Still, managed to drop the Luge before darkness set in. The Thriller ran smooth and silent. The bike has made another transition - starting as 3x9, then 2x10, and now, you guessed it, a 1x10 with the Giant Cog. It's just a more pleasant cadence for me. Great Ride!
Mountain Bike Ride 03:56:10 breaks 04:42:36 5.9 mph 10:12 pace HR avg 120 / max 149
02/26/17 - Got bit later start then I wanted. Goal was Blackstar and beyond.
Never seen so many hikers at Blackstar - hordes of them! Saw a helo rescue that looked to be at the falls.
I didn't want to just do Blackstar. So, I passed right by Beek's and kept going. Made it up to the golf ball w/o a HAB. Did have to hike a stretch before skinsuit. then, decided Hagador would be the goal. HAB on that steep stretch. Actually climbed up to the towers, since I've never been there. Had my semi warm beer watching a guy remove a microwave tower.
Then headed back and decided to try some of the singletracks. I've never done them and was curious. By the gate was just a rut, walked some. But, I did get a good look at the guzzler there.
Next one leads to the cross in Hidden Ranch. Went OTB at one point. Nice landing on my shoulder and ribs. Took inventory and moved on.
Then rode back through the hordes to the tree farm and saw what appeared to be another helo rescue at the falls.
Mountain Bike Ride 02:36:16PR breaks 03:09:01 7 mph 8:35 pace
02/25/17 - Good ride today. 2nd gear all the way up. 1:08:30 to Mid. Had a little lunch. About mile 6, started to get chilly, then got COLD. Freezing and windy at 4 C's. 1:57:30 to gate. Glad I brought my full-fingered gloves and a warm head/ear warmer for descent. Feet frozen by mile 7 or 8. Took an hour after descent to get feeling back in my feet. Then on descent, felt something on the outside of my knee. Thought I'd strained something or poked a bush on the way down. It was a little tick. Hope I don't die. Yowzer!
Edge 810 Mountain Bike Ride 01:07:45 breaks 01:32:03 6.7 mph 8:54 pace HR avg 113 / max 162
02/22/17 - OC Bike Garage Wed night ride, ended up being just Cory and me. Saw my first mtn lion on the way up,we heard something in the bushes, Cory spotted it and had a better look than I did. He took off up the side of the hill. Still a few muddy spots on the Luge. Great ride!
02/19/17 - Typical LA hype, "Storm of the Century" was nothing more than a rainy night. Waited a bit to see if we would get any weather clearing, instead we got a bit more light rain. Met up with first-timer Josh and he was in for rainy climb up Silverado, my preference too. Quite sensational at times with the creek flowing strong and the smell of fireplaces, light fog and light rain. Not as crowded at the gate as expected and even less so out on the trail. Too bad for those who missed it. This is Maple Springs in her best glory, water everywhere! Streaming down the road, waterfalls flowing where ever they could . For almost the entire ride we could not see beyond 300 yards, but that which we did see was spectacular. I dropped Motorway in what may be my fastest time and most confident descent in a long, long time. Easy to say since my Garmin died about 15 min into the ride. Still it was a faster time and I always feel much better on a wet Motorway. These are the adventurous days! Great Ride!
Edge 800 Mountain Bike Ride 10:28:43 breaks 10:28:48 2.2 mph 27:09 pace
02/11/17 - Up Loch Leven to Post Office OK. After P.O. 12 to 18 inches of snow.Put on some micro spikes to see how far I could go. At the singletrack 18 to 24 inches. It was a spectacularly beautiful day and I was having a good time but at 2 miles I had to give up. Lot of work for 1 mile per hour and too many unknowns. Went down Middle Control Road more thick snow. Below 5200 ft. and on the lower part of the singletrack it was not too bad, but I ran out of time.
02/10/17 - Evening ride. Water crossings 1 to 3 inches deep, some puddles, soil in nice condition, 45 degrees at 4 C's. On the way down drizzle turned to light rain. Had extra gloves but didn't feel cold or wet enough to use them. Very nice peaceful ride saw 1 other rider.
Edge 800 Mountain Bike Ride 06:11:40 1.9 mph 32:24 pace
02/07/17 - Left after the rain had stopped, still got soaked by the plants. Brought pruning shears. Cut back some low wheel grabbing brush and a lot of head level buckthorn hanging over the trail. Turned back when the fog got to be too thick. Great singletrack trail, especially when it is all DG with zero mud.
EDGE705 Mountain Bike Ride 02:25:59 breaks 03:14:02 6.1 mph 9:48 pace HR avg 135 / max 160
01/28/17 - It was a good ride until I got the biggest cramp of my life in my left leg. After 5 minutes still cramped. I was laying inside some bushes entangled with the bike and I could not move at all because the cramp would tighten with any movement. It was already night and 2 riders coming in the opposite direction found me like that and helped me to get up and become functional again. Thank you guys.
EDGE705 Mountain Bike Ride 04:08:05 breaks 04:53:16 6.7 mph 9:01 pace
01/21/17 - Wow! Pretty nice out there today. Water water water everywhere! Waterfalls along the last climb were flowing strong. Sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy and cold until we made the big turn into the clouds and cold. I was much better prepared for the cold and wind, cuz' that is what I expected for where we were going, and it was just as expected. Been some time since I've done the climb out to Modjeska. It was in great condition with water flowing down it. As we got closer to the peak, ice on the uphill side was crashing down off the trees. At the top we could hear ice chunks falling off the tower and crashing down. Cool! I felt good the whole ride. Great Ride!
12/29/16, 03:43 PM 12 lifts at Meadows: www.skihood.com it's the best skiing destination on Mt. Hood, a reasonable drive from Portland. Next door is www.timberlinelodge.com. Timberline (The Shining filmed there) is much smaller and flatter, yet has a historic lodge. It's a better winter vacation spot and you can drive a few miles to ski at Meadows if you want. Also next door are Ski Bowl East and Snow Summit, both very tiny. If you wanted a 3-day romantic winter break with beginner skiing/lessons Timberline may be best. Meadows (where I ski) is probably approximate to Mammoth but not AS good (I've never been there).
01/06/17, 06:14 PM Thanks for the info. Sounds like you have some good options there. I used to live a few minutes from Sunlight Ski area by Glenwood Springs, CO. 45 minutes from Aspen. It only had 4 lifts but rarely had lines to wait in and fresh powder wouldn't be overrun. So even though a tiny place got in some good days there. Our high school ski team trained there, and we competed against Vail and Aspen (that part wasn't so good).
01/06/17, 07:14 PM How cool! I keep hearing how Aspen is a mecca for good snow. I'm new to this as you know, and I hear the PNW snow is typically characterized as being wet and heavy... but this year conditions have been what is blowing everyone's minds as "Colorado type snow". So I'm getting spoiled apparently. As I progress I've discovered how variable snow conditions are and how precious fresh tracks can be. SO different from mountain biking in So Cal... which has such a narrow bandwidth of what you experience based on conditions. Skiing is quite different and my new passion. Lots of weather analysis in my life now. I want to try CO snow, and UT, and MT, and so on...
01/16/17, 07:42 PM Yes, Aspen and Snowmass get great snow. I think the best snow (powder) I've skied though was at Park City, Utah. But like you said, part of it is being aware of weather conditions and staying on the hunt for the good stuff.
01/15/17 - Good ride to meet Tammy at skyline,Ball,then down to Blk* gate..
so much fun riding with my girl !
ran into "old and in the way" although I didnt know who he was at the time . very nice dude and sorry I didnt introduce my wife and I ! super conditions
Edge 800 Mountain Bike Ride 03:28:35 5.1 mph 11:40 pace
01/14/17 - Took a chance on Blackstar and found it to be in excellent condition. Only had to carry the bike through 3 mud puddles. Lots of people going to the Falls, but beyond that trailhead light traffic. Met and talked to some really good people. Wanted to go to Motorway but the wind on Main Divide was too much.
Road Ride 01:35:53 breaks 01:58:56 11.4 mph 5:15 pace HR avg 102 / max 140
01/11/17 - Decided to ride even though there was a big shower only half an hour before. We made it without any more rain. Saw a pretty cool rock crawler at the Dentist's office across from LHHS. tube frame, V8, huge axles.