Ibis Migration – La Sal Mountains

Highly sociable at all seasons, roosting and feeding in flocks, nesting in large colonies.

Audubon Field Guide, writing about Ibises and their migrations

For quite a few years now we've been thinking about putting together an event (or several) where we Ibisians could connect with Ibis owners by spending a few days with them, riding bikes, telling stories and generally have a great time together.

Well, the time has come, and we are stoked to announce the first Ibis Migration - La Sal Mountains, at the end of September. Ibis founder and co-owner Scot Nicol will be along on this Migration and shall regale us with stories of the first 35 years of being an Ibisian. Our good friends from Crankjoy will be along for the ride and helping us out. And Kirk, our esteemded demo driver will be along to help out too.

THIS FIRST MIGRATION IS SOLD OUT. WE'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE HAPPENING IN ST GEORGE UTAH IN NOVEMBER. READ ABOUT IT AND SIGN UP FOR IT HERE.

What's In it For Me?

Bragging rights that you got to attend the first in a long line of Ibis Migration gatherings. Plus:

  • Three days of guided riding in the La Sal Mountains high above Moab, UT
  • Full access to the 2016 Ibis Demo Fleet, ride a different bike every day (or if you’ve bonded with one particular bike, stick with it for all three days) we're bringing the fleet out for Outerbike
  • Two nights of camping at elevation under the stars at Warner Lake
  • Breakfasts, lunch, dinners, snacks and beer (you won’t get hungry)
  • Custom 2016 Ibis Migration T-shirt and if we get our act together, a camp coffee mug
  • Stimulating campfire conversation and shared stories (some of which are true)
  • Professional photographer will be on every ride to document your incredible style!
  • Digital downloads included (you don’t have to take your own selfies!)

When are we going?

September 26-28th 2016

Trip Itinerary

Our pals are Rim Tours are going to run logistics for the Migration. Here's the schedule:

Day 1, September 26: Please meet at Noon  at Rim Tours’ headquarters (1233 South Highway 191 in Moab, look for our sign on the left about 1.1 miles south of McDonald’s) and we will head up to La Sal Mts. to our camp at Warner Lake.  (Alternatively meet us at Warner Lake when you are able to get up there.  Directions to follow.)  

We will be riding approx. 2 hours this afternoon so please be prepared with hydration pack, food and a rain coat in case of showers.  You should plan to provide your own lunch today.

Back at camp, relax under the colorful aspens and take a leisurely walk to the lake while our guides take care of all the details.  Washbasins and hot towels are available for cleanup.   Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a delicious, healthy meal will cap off a perfect, action-filled day!

Day 2:  After a delicious and hot breakfast we’ll ride from camp today on a challenging loop through the La Sals incorporating the top part of the Whole Enchilada trail system.   Be prepared for a 4-6 hour ride today.  Rim Tours will provide lunch and snacks but if you have your own personal food system, bring what you need to sustain you.  Rim Tours’ guides will be along on the ride to provide first aid and mechanical support if needed.

After riding, cold beverages will taste great amidst the golden aspens and there is plenty of yummy food to come.  Stories around the campfire tonight, hot cocoa and maybe a flask or 2 making the rounds…

Day 3:  We’ll pack up camp after breakfast and ride the rest of the Whole Enchilada all the way to the Colorado River and into town, lunch provided.  After the ride, Rim Tours will provide a shuttle up to Warner Lake to get your cars.

Tour Rating: Intermediate to advanced  - Physical and technical demand is intermediate to advanced with high elevations and sections that are more strenuous.

Mileage: 15-25 miles per day

Terrain: Alpine and desert singletrack with some sections of doubletrack, obstacles and exposure at times.

Altitude: Camp is close to 9,000 ft and riding will go up from here to 11,000 ft and down to 4500 ft

Note:  Itinerary is subject to change based on factors including but not limited to weather, road and trail conditions,  trip logistics and rider safety.

We've also talked to Rim Tours about a partial participation, and if you can only make the first night and the next day's ride, there's a payment option for that too ($150).

This is a BYOB affair, but Scot has promised to bring at least one Magnum of the rare and coveted 40 Buck Chuck, along with some other goodies.

What should I bring?
We will be camping under the stars, at 9200 feet in a dense Aspen forest at the Warner Lake campground and waking up to a great view of Haystack Mountain towering at 11,634 feet above us.  Needless to say, the weather could do just about anything.  Be prepared for cool nights and evenings.  This terrain is unpredictable and we will be at high elevation.  Make sure to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and a nice pillow (we are car camping for heaven’s sake, might as well be comfortable.) Aside from your regular riding gear, why not throw in arm and knee warmers, a rain jacket, an extra pair of gloves and a vest.  Pack some warmer clothes for around camp,  maybe a puffy coat and a beanie!

We will be fully supported for food, drink and snacks, but if you have something out of the ordinary you need you should bring it.

Children and dogs should be left at home, with sitters, unless you bring someone to watch over them while we are out shredding!

Bathroom facilities: unfortunately the water to the campground is shut off for the season, but there are pit toilets, and we will bring plenty of water.  If you require a shower, we recommend bringing a solar shower to hook up in the bushes or you can take a quick dip in Warner Lake if you are brave enough.

Do I need to bring a bike?
If it’s easy, bring it. If you’re flying, you probably don’t need to bother, unless you really want to be on you own bike.   We will have a lot of the latest Ibises to ride as we’re bringing about 35 bikes with us to Outerbike (which is the following weekend) and there are only going to be about 20 of us. We’d recommend trying a different bike for the different rides. We’ve got ‘em, so why not? And if you own, say, a Ripley but have never tried a Mojo 3, this will be a good chance to check out a different bike. Just for fun.

Packing list:

  • Helmet, pedals, shoes, riding clothes for 3 days
  • Personal camping gear (tent, bivy, sleeping pad, bag and pillow)
  • Rain gear (if you bring it it won’t rain, so don’t jinx us and forget it)
  • Flashlight, headlight, sunscreen, bugspray
  • Solar shower and towel if you want to smell nice
  • An adventurous attitude and some fresh legs

 

So We’re going to Moab and not riding in Moab?

Don’t worry, we will be riding the iconic “Whole Enchilada” from top to bottom, so you will get your fill of rocky, tooth rattling deadly ledges and slickrock as well! We'll also be riding in the beautiful Aspens of the La Sal Mounains.

If you want to stick around for Outerbike, there will be plenty more riding to be had.

What Kind of a rider do I need to Be?

  • Friendly, hungry, thirsty, adventurous
  • Not afraid to ride intermediate to advanced terrain
  • Able to confidently pedal 2-5 hours a day in the mountains (base camp is 9,200 feet!)

Can't make it? Then check out Ibis Migration Two - The Appetite Seminar

If you aren't able to make this Migration (or don't like sleeping under the stars), we have another Migration planned in November down in Hurricane Utah, the week before Thanksgiving (hence the Appetite Seminar).

Read all about our first non-camping Migration here. Gonna be great.

We are planning  multiple Migrations per year in lots of different locations, keeping the group size small so you can hone in on the fine art of being an Ibisian.

Scot Nicol (a Very Ibisian Person)

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