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White Mountain Peak MTB — The Way Down
Related: hard core, Inyo National Forest, mountain biking, peak bagging, Rides, Silver Canyon, White Mountain Peak, White Mountains
What goes up White Mountain Peak must come down.
The two of us bundled up prior to the summit as the weather had turned cold— I wore my Mountain Hardware down jacket, Ibex gloves, and North Face Diad rain/wind shell.
A sort of a meal at cache #3 (on the return )
After a day of high energy, the organic beef jerky sapped my energy— bad choice. But it sure tasted good. The right fuel is critical for sustained efforts, and beef jerky and a candy bar are not it apparently. I should have stuck to Gu energy gel.
Note how the North Face Diad wind/rain shell fits conveniently under the helmet— adding a great deal of comfort and warmth over a jacket with no hood.
Late day weather can be gorgeous, but also cool. Knowing one has a light makes it possible to relax and enjoy the trip down without having to race down to beat the dark.
It’s a long day, and we cached lights at cache #4 so that we could descend in the dark if need be. Fortunately, we had daylight right up until we returned to our campsite in Silver Canyon.
The Trek SuperFly 100 Elite SRAM XO brakes overheated not far from here, and I had to stop and let them cool. The Shimano XTR brakes had no trouble.
A warm glow from the setting sun fills Silver Canyon with warm light.