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Charlie Goes To Oakridge

Charlie Goes To Oakridge

When my teammate Charlie asked if I wanted to join him on his first trip mountain bike trip to Oakridge I immediately said yes!

Oakridge is a small town on Highway 58 just 40 miles East of Eugene. Oakridge is home to over 300 miles of pristine singletrack and has been called the Mountain Biking Capitol of Oregon (sorry Bend).

I've been super fortunate this year and have already been to Oakridge four (I mean three) other times. You can read about one of my last trips here!

22,000 ft of Descending in Oakridge, Oregon!

22,000 ft of Descending in Oakridge, Oregon!

Honestly, it's fucking hard to schedule trips. As a freelancer I am constantly on that grind and when a project rolls in I generally have to take it. Thankfully the stars aligned and I was able to jump in Chris's truck and make the trek down to Oakridge. 

18,000 ft Descent in Oakridge

I got an e-mail a couple weeks back about heading out to Oakridge to do the 17k shuttle with Cog Wild. That's right, 17 thousand feet of descending in just one day! To be honest I wasn't that motivated at first and I was actually thinking about racing cyclocross instead. Thankfully I have some good friends that knocked the sense into me and got me back on track. The conditions in the PNW right now are incredible and that means you drop whatever plans you had and get in the fucking van.

Michael's van is a work in progress and was the perfect rig to get us and our gear out to Oakridge. 

Corey lined up a killer camping spot in the Willamette National Forest. Sorry, not giving out GPS coordinates to this gem. 

8:15 am shuttle with Cog Wild with the goal of hitting 17k of descending. 

I really wanted to shoot some photos of all the amazing trails we rode but I was having way too much fun! #sorrynotsorry

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In order, we rode Lawler, Eula, Hardesty, Larison Rock and Aubrey. We descended a total of 14,301 ft with probably 3000/4000 ft of climbing. Shuttling in Oakridge isn't easy, don't be fooled, you're going to pedal. 

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One of our crew clipped a bar going full speed. Crashing sucks and I am glad there was a bunch of people around to make sure we got him out safelty. Heal up quickly Evan! 

After a long day of riding it was nice to keep warm and dry with a fire. At this point, the marijuana gummy that I had eaten finally wore off. Never again. 

The next day we rallied to ride Moon Point and 10 miles of Middle Fork. 

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Moon Point was sick! The 3,998 ft descent brought our weekend total to 18,000+ ft of descending! Damn! 

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Snack time on the West Fork of the Willamette River. 

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Bridge down.

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What a great weekend of riding in Oakridge. Shout out to Corey for getting us all together. Will have to do this again soon!

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Did I mention that the conditions in Oakridge right now are fucking amazing! It doesn't get any better. The window is closing, get up there now! 

Heading to Oakridge? Want to know where to camp? Where to eat? Drink? Drop a comment below and will answer what ever questions you may have! 

Last Time I Was In Oakridge...

The last time I went to Oakridge was for Bridget's Birthday. Bridget is a badass and she had a hell of a weekend planned for us. 

We camped at Black Canyon Campground and I am always the first person to get up. #coffeeoutside

Forests truck got nominated to carry a bunch of bikes. 

Day 1 we did the climb up to ATCA. 6000+ feet of climbing? Correct me if I am wrong. 

As we were climbing up Jedi I heard a familiar voice in the distance. My buddy Paul started 30-45 minutes behind us and caught us on the last climb. What a beast. It was rad to take some turns with the Lacava. 

The ATCA was full of Poison Oak so I took a pit stop at a small waterfall and scrubbed my self with ancient moss. 

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The night ended with these two weirdos drinking beers out of their shoes. Never trust a kayaker in a skinsuit. Never.