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Snow Climbing up Suntop

From TA reader and Fatrike Forum user John Anderson comes this story and video:

Snow climbing on the Offroad Road–on October 9th. We have several small volcanoes near here, and they make great climbing cones, with unobstructed 360 degree views from their peaks. Suntop is just up the highway from here–so easy to get to–and I’ve never been there before.

What a surprise to find snow! The first two gates were open but the third was closed. It was quite steep–never got out of granny (9.2 g.i.). I was amazed at the traction. The knobby seemed to get a good grip in the wet snow. Hand-driving the front wheels was not necessary, except for getting started once after stopped to take a picture.

On the way up, I met a set of bobcat tracks coming down, so two sets of cat tracks on the trail. (I did meet one other party just as I was leaving, and they wondered what could have possibly made those three lines in the snow.)

Coming down was fast–more like skiing than triking. Suntop is definitely calling for a return after the snows melt next July.

For more fun trike video from John, click HERE now!

Here’s another one you might also enjoy:


2 responses

  1. The first video is awesome, to see someone climbing a mountain in the snow as he has done, is really something to see… I’m only glad that I did not have to go there to see it, and the video was sent for us to see…! ( I am by no means a snow person, I’d rather wriggle my toes in the sand… ) But yet I’m always open to see others who enjoy it, and wish them great miles of winter wonder trekking on their recumbents of choice… Now for the second video, I heard of car washes…! But Recumbent washes….? I guess it is true there is no place that a recumbent can not go…!

    December 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

  2. Hey, whatdaya think Zack – Would John enjoy a fatrike up there in his mountain wonderland?

    December 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm