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Lassen E Bike and Ski 2021

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  • Lassen E Bike and Ski 2021

    Yesterday my son Jordan and buddy Jeff and I went on a great multi sport adventure . I did this years ago by myself but this time wanted to make it bit easier for all of us by renting an e bike to use as a sag wagon !
    Lassen national park has plowed the entire park road to the Summit parking lot where the trail to Lassen Peak begins but only allows hiking or biking the trail for now . The road will open to motorized vehicles in the next week or two. They do allow e bikes.
    I offered to rent an ebike and trailer and haul all the ski equipment up the road so the other two guys could just ride their bikes without having to carry any equipment. It still is formidable bike ride 6 miles and 1500 vertical feet from the road closure area at Sulphur Springs to the summit trailhead parking lot.
    Here is my rental e bike with most of our gear and skiboards (Jeff has Sherpas and I have Condors). Jordan's Icelantic Scouts are strapped crosswise on the rear luggage rack of the rental e bike.
    Thanks to Jordan who took most of the pictures and video.
    Here is a picture of the loaded bike with Lassen Peak, our destination , in the distance.
    IMG_20210516_081543845 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Here I am riding up the road on the e bike . The bike had plenty of power and torque for hauling but I had to use maximum electric assist and did notice that the power meter was draining pretty fast , hope the bike can have enough juice to make it to the top!
    IMG_1310 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Here are Jeff and Jordan riding their regular mountain bikes up the road.
    IMG_20210516_081730416_2 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Jeff and I did trade off piloting the e bike and riding the regular mountain bike while Jordan road a regular mountain bike all the way up .
    IMG_1313 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Beautiful scenery along the road which is super nice without any cars and very few other bikes.
    IMG_1314 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Luckily we have enough power on the e bike battery to make it to within 50 yards of the parking lot and just push the bike and trailer up the rest of the way!!

    After we reach the parking lot we lock up our bkes and load our ski gear on our back and hike the first mile or so up a steep hill over a partial snow and dirt trail . We then reach the snow field and begin skinning up the slope on our skis . Eventually however we run out of snow on the ridge line and the rest of the way up will be carrying skis and boots and heavy pack all the way to the top/ I decide to forgo that part of the trip this year as I am feeling pretty pooped out and decide to ski down a short bit and find a nice flat place to have lunch and take a nap while the other two guys climb to top and ski down to my lunch spot.
    Here is picture of Jeff climbing up the rocky dry section . We started at the highway visible below!
    IMG_1332 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr
    Jeff on the trail loaded up with all his gear on his pack and hiking in trail running shoes! You can see why I decided not to do this !!
    IMG_1331 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Jordan at the Summit!
    IMG_1337 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Jeff at the Summit
    IMG_1341 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Jeff beginning his descent off the summit.
    IMG_1350 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    Here is a video of Jeff descending .

    Jeff on his way down
    IMG_1352 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    After a great descent we are at the parking lot ready to get on the bikes . I am worried about carrying all the weight down in the trailer without any power left as there are a couple of flatish sections where I will have to pedal a little , otherwise it is a fast descent with no pedaling at all . I have both guys carry all their own gear down. Jeff just straps all his stuff to his pack like he does in the hiking pictures above and rides down that way. Jordan decides to carry his skis strapped to his bike while carrying his boots strapped to his pack on his back .
    [IMG_1357 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    A beautiful and easy ride down the steep road to where our car is parked.
    IMG_1360 by Jack Jue Jr, on Flickr

    What an adventure ! A fitting end to the ski and skiboard season is in the books!
    Boards :
    Blunt Xl, DLP, Spliff, Condor, Rockered Condor , Slingshot, Sherpa, Icelantic Shaman
    K2 BFC 100 Grip walk sole , Dynafit CR Radical AT boot, Ride Insano Snowboard boots
    Zero Pro Non release Binding
    Modified Receptor Backcountry Bindings (Bill Version and Slow Version)
    Spruce Riser with Attack 14 GW /AT binding
    Custom Risers with Fritschi Backcountry Bindings (Jeff Singer version 1, Bill version)
    Rocker and Sbol Soft Boot Bindings.

  • #2
    Now that is an adventure! Thanks for sharing Jack.

    Also good to read that you are taking care of yourself and no longer pushing the limits. Take care.

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    Osprey, Sherpa, Custom Coda 120WT, Custom DS110, Condor (Green), Spliff

    Custom Twist Out duck foot bindings, Bombers (custom duck foot base plate and 3 pads), releasable S810ti on custom duck foot riser

    Nordica N3 NXT ski boots (best so far)

    Wife: 104 SII & 100 Blunt XL with S810ti bindings on custom "adjustable duck foot" risers

    Loaners: 125LE, 105 EMP, 101 KTP, 100 Blunt XL, 98 Slapdash, 88 Blunts


    • #3
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      2013 Spruce Sherpas w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
      2015 RVL8 Blunt XLs w/Tyrolia Attack 13s
      2018 Spruce Crossbows w/Tyrolia Peak 11s
      2020 RVL8 Sticky Icky Ickys w/Tyrolia SX 10s

      Salomon X-Pro 80

      Past boards: Salomon Snowblades, Line MNPs 89 & 98 cm, Five-Os, Bullets, Jedis, Spruce 120s, LE 125s, Ospreys
      Summit 110s, Nomads, Jades, RVL8 ALPs, BWPs, KTPs, Tanshos, Rockets, DLPs, Blunts, Condors, RCs, Revolts, Spliffs


      • #4
        Niiiice! The e-bike is a great way to make it a better pedal for the whole crew. You really make the best of your whole season!

        I'll be aiming for a hike-in skiboard session on Mount 7 soon; the 7 is just starting to be visible so the trails are probably still pretty snowy. The last time I did it (two years ago) I passed a couple of guys biking up from town when I was driving up. That would have been quite the day; the hike/ski is already about 3 hours round trip.

        Lassen looks like a way better descent though! (the 7 is probably only about 10 or 20 seconds of snow time, tops). Kudos for getting yourselves up there.
        Push the Possible