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Sun Valley 2008

This year we decided to go back to Sun Valley.  We had a great time on the trails back in 2004 and were eager to get back and ride our favorite trails.  Half of us were flying and half were driving.  My flight was from Phoenix to Salt Lake City to Hailey, ID.

I only had 20 minutes to make my connection flight at the Salt Lake City airport and it happened to be super far walk from terminal to terminal.¬† I made it to my flight with just a few minutes to spare.¬† My brother and Rico did not.¬† Luckily flights from SLC to Hailey are like city buses, there was another flight in 15 minutes!¬† I don’t know how they can afford to have that many flights a day.¬† When I got on the plane there were only 6 other people on the plane.

After a short hour flight I was landing in Hailey, Idaho.  The Hailey airport is a very small airport with a very small staff.  My first site was the groundswoman pushing the ladder towards the door.  The same person unloaded the baggage and brought it to the terminal.  Inside later, the same person was checking in people for flights.  She has many jobs!

My luggage didn’t make it on my flight, but luckily it came on the flight 15 minutes later, along with Rico and Kevin.¬† We got our rental cars and drove to Ketchum.

July 13th

For our first ride we went with the good ole Chocolate Gulch Trail.  Since none of us were really in shape this year, this was our warm up ride.  The helmet camera was back in full force. Hard to believe how the world was before Youtube but this sites finally getting an upgrade to streaming video and cool photo albums.

album:sv2008/chocolategulch

Chocolate Gulch Video (click below to play) (right click here to download hi-res version)

July 14th

We did a new trail on day two.¬†This trail was called Little Basin and was up by Stanley. As you can see from the pictures and video, there were many creek crossings. This was a pretty decent trail with not alot of climbing. I honestly don’t remember that much about this trail even after watching the video.

In case you are wondering, its the Garmin Edge 305 that is tracking our rides and giving us these great maps and elevation profiles.  I highly recommend it.

album:/sv2008/littlebasin

July 15th
On day 3 we rode the Imperial Gulch trail.¬† The trail has changed since we rode it back in 2004. There used to be bulldozed road at the top of this trail, but it’s totally gone now. It’s still a great trail to ride because you get great views of the rolling hills, decent singletrack and a great downhill to finish it off. You will get to see the new backwards view helment camera on this trail.

album: sv2008/imperialgulc

July 16th

After 3 days of riding we were either going to have a rest day or do an easy ride.¬† We chose to do Corral Creek since it didn’t look that tough and we could shuttle it. We decided to park one car in a parking lot near the new Sun Valley Gun Club and then drive up to the top of the trail. It really wasn’t the top of the trail, it was just a convenient starting point. We parked at and old corral (probably why the trail is called corral creek) about 2 miles in from the main road. We rode this trail twice and have video of the helmet camera pointed forward and backwards. The first time we rode it we shot past our car and ended up near the gun club. We had to backtrack through the open meadow to get back to our cars.

album: sv2008/corralcreek

Corral Creek Video (click below to play) (right click here to download hi-res version)

July 17th

Today is when we go back to one of our favorite rides in the US, Fisher Creek.  Wildfires burnt down most of the vegetation along this trail which made the trail look totally different than 4 years ago.  Again, we did the one hour smooth climb on the access road. Then a short steep uphill and we were at the top of Fisher Creek. As you can see from the photos, all the trees had been burnt. Instead of green foliage along the sides of the trail, you could see the whole hill and trail below you.

album: http:/sv2008/fishercreek

Sun Valley Compilation Video


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