1. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    Spent 12 days riding around the Moab area in December. Edited the footage down to 18 minutes to make my first real video.



    The emphasis is on the scenery. Watch it in 1080p if your connection is fast enough. All of the spots pictured are within 90 minutes of Moab.

    Mike
  2. Ken Hynes

    Ken Hynes ODSC/OFTR Member

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    Great footage, awesome scenery.
  3. DualSport

    DualSport Ride Organizer

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    I really enjoyed watching your video - it's very well done. Thought I recognized a few places (White Rim, Shafer, Potash, etc) but I've no idea where that incredible (gray) ridge trail is.

    One thing that really surprises me is the type of terrain you ride in SW USA, as I know you are usually alone on the trails (the ride-by video is probably just a tripod). A lot of them seem to have zero escape space if you get into trouble.

    My Garmin VIRB videocam doesn't seem capable of producing images like yours. What camera/setup do you use?

    Bob
  4. hverbakel

    hverbakel ODSC/OFTR Member

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    That was amazing. Those stops in from of the drop offs put a lump in my throat. Coincidentally I am heading to Moab next week, but on road Bikes. I would love to get there on the DRZ this year or next for sure. Thanks for sharing.
  5. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    Thanks for the compliments,

    The area with the grey ridges is known as Swing Arm City and is about 90 minutes west of Moab. The surface is not rock but a form of dried mud (bentonite I think). The undisturbed portions are porous so if you fall, you have abit of a cushion. Almost all of the ridges visible in the video have a trail on them. A nearly identical location is Grand Valley OHV area just outside Grand Junction-this is the first rideable area in the winter if you're heading to Utah on I70.

    In terms of risk I tend to be very cautious-many times I will turn around or bypass if I come to difficult stuff. I guess I rationalize the risk by carrying a Spot device-if I get into any trouble I'll just press the button...

    It should be noted all of the singletrack in the video is entry level-it only gets harder from there!

    I didn't want to spend the money on a helmet cam so instead I used a small point and shoot camera which I already had. Many disadvantages (narrow field of view, no resistance to water or dust, limited run time etc) but it seemed to be okay for solo desert use. I have to admit that video brings back the experience much more than stills do. I will probably spring for a helmet cam.

    Mike