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    Yes, that section is tough, which is why it's awesome as-is. If it's too hard for you, then STAY OUT. There is an easy workaround if you stay right at the fork on the southbound trail that leads to it.
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    What about the rocks on the other trails?

    furry animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Yes, that section is tough, which is why it's awesome as-is. If it's too hard for you, then STAY OUT. There is an easy workaround if you stay right at the fork on the southbound trail that leads to it.
    You can call that "work around" an alternate route.

    A good analogy for this debate is a ski resort. There are black diamond runs that a lot of people can't do. Those trails are dangerous for the less skilled to attempt. But they are there on purpose, for those skilled enough, to use and enjoy. There are other ways to get down the mountain in easier and safer manners. Nobody ever complains at a ski resort that they aren't getting their money's worth because they are unable to ski 100% of the trails

    There are plenty of "green circle" trails in the SATN. There aren't many black diamond trails.
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    Are we really going to do this again?

    The funny thing about the trail in question is that IT IS the alternate route. The trail builders built it to create a little tech on an otherwise very easy trail system. (At least that's my assertion).

    Do moderately technical skiers have to constantly battle rogue noobs flattening out their moguls? No. The noob just stick to the greens runs. If you don't want to ride technical trails, stick to the green runs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    You can call that "work around" an alternate route.

    A good analogy for this debate is a ski resort. There are black diamond runs that a lot of people can't do. Those trails are dangerous for the less skilled to attempt. But they are there on purpose, for those skilled enough, to use and enjoy. There are other ways to get down the mountain in easier and safer manners. Nobody ever complains at a ski resort that they aren't getting their money's worth because they are unable to ski 100% of the trails

    There are plenty of "green circle" trails in the SATN. There aren't many black diamond trails.
    We were typing the same analogy at the same time. Now that's synergy.
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    Great minds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ernest Borgniner View Post
    What about the rocks on the other trails?

    furry animals.
    Oh noes! There are rocks on trails? That's dangerous! Someone might end up with a skinned knee. We need to remedy that immediately.

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    Rocks are God's speed bumps.

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    A buddy down in Houston told me that when the water finally receeded from their trails, they were covered in inches of sand. I'm a fan of rocks. Sand, not so much. Just goes to show that size does matter in some cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Are we really going to do this again?
    I for one, certainly hope so.



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    Great minds!
    Get a room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Yes, that section is tough, which is why it's awesome as-is. If it's too hard for you, then STAY OUT. There is an easy workaround if you stay right at the fork on the southbound trail that leads to it.
    You really need to wonder what people are thinking when they write some comments.

    mack_turtle... Did you not read what I wrote... That I have no interest in trying to ride it at this time.


    Why do you need to get all hot and bothered and say foolishness like... "If it's too hard for you, then STAY OUT."

    Are you like in need of a self image boost or something.

    Dude... Relax.

    I've lived many years without the need of you SHOUTING advice at me on an online thread.

    Take a chilly pilly baby.
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    I'm calmer 'n you, dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    You can call that "work around" an alternate route.
    Exactly...

    Or...

    You can call the newer harder trail the alternate route.

    Or are all easier trails, even if established before the harder trails automatically deemed the "alternate route."

    It's a fricking trail system with various options.

    Hard, intermediate, easy... It's all just one trail system that caters to the needs of all the various people who use it.




    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    A good analogy for this debate is a ski resort. There are black diamond runs that a lot of people can't do. Those trails are dangerous for the less skilled to attempt. But they are there on purpose, for those skilled enough, to use and enjoy. There are other ways to get down the mountain in easier and safer manners. Nobody ever complains at a ski resort that they aren't getting their money's worth because they are unable to ski 100% of the trails
    Exactly.

    Thank you for being so pragmatic, Tip.



    Quote Originally Posted by The Tip View Post
    There are plenty of "green circle" trails in the SATN. There aren't many black diamond trails.
    Then let's work on that too.

    The section of trail I contacted you about has a few excellent spots for possible black diamond sections.

    It's simply a balance between the various types of trails that needs to be gained.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    I'm calmer 'n you, dude.
    I'm sure you are, mack_turtle... Here's a medal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Are we really going to do this again?
    If the shoe fits...

    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    The funny thing about the trail in question is that IT IS the alternate route. The trail builders built it to create a little tech on an otherwise very easy trail system. (At least that's my assertion).
    Bingo.

    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Do moderately technical skiers have to constantly battle rogue noobs flattening out their moguls? No. The noob just stick to the greens runs. If you don't want to ride technical trails, stick to the green runs.
    There you go...

    An advocate for the inclusion of "green runs" throughout an mtb trail system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Oh noes! There are rocks on trails? That's dangerous! Someone might end up with a skinned knee. We need to remedy that immediately.
    And enter the dick remark.

    On cue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RidingAgain View Post

    An advocate for the inclusion of "green runs" throughout an mtb trail system.
    No, just the opposite. The entire SATN is a green run. I'm advocating noobs not dumbing down the few interesting segments out there.
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    "My Calming Haiku" by C. Ramsay (copyright 2017):

    deep cleansing breath in
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    My encounter with the rattler was on what's probably a green circle run (I think that's the color/shape at ski resorts) but I guess my encounter could technically make it a black diamond(back) run now. It was definitely an added element of danger/risk.

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