Touch and go at Rampage

Weather definitely became a theme for this trip. It’s also silly to say that, as we decided to do a road trip in late February through high desert country...we shouldn’t have expected all that much. As we left Phoenix, it was beautiful and sunny. The desert was cool as the water percolated both down and up. However, about a half hour outside Phoenix, we hit snow. And a lot of it. Flagstaff had received over three feet in the past few days, and we were headed into the heart of it. We were bound for Virgin, Utah, as various webcams showed very little snow and sunny skies. As the hours ticked by, the snow pretty much never went away, Trevor and Henry both looking at each other in recognition but not saying much on the topic.

We arrived in Virgin that afternoon, and things actually didn’t seem so bad...a little snow on the north and east slopes, while the south and west facing slopes seemed totally dry. We cheerfully rallied up to the old Red Bull Rampage site, and jumped out the truck to go check things out. We stepped into the dirt and quickly sunk a few inches into cake batter. We left everything at the car after this observation and walked up to the iconic hip jumps (walked is a bold term; rather slid and stumbled). Things looked touch and go, and we both looked at each other waiting for someone to make an executive decision. It was muddy, the jumps were falling apart, and we were running out of daylight. Henry decided to rebuild one. Trevor hesitantly agreed, and we both quickly jumped in to make it happen.

In a half hour, the jump was rebuilt, packed, and actively drying out. After a speed run, Henry gave it a whirl, and it hit like butter. Despite clogged tires and pedals, it was game on. The light was getting good, and by golly is this a fun jump. Henry started feeling himself and ended up getting a backflip around after a year of injuries. Elated, and Trevor nailing the shot, we both jumped in the car to go get some food. We nomed down some BBQ, both once again feeling lucky to have been able to make lemonade with bad weather.

Photos by Trevor Lyden

Editorial by Henry Lanman

 

69 comments

ilXDNYAKFaCEug

IaEgnGPloqRDLjc August 04, 2020

nbeUdtXWo

ztsLCJueoVkpZ August 04, 2020

DUkMEomRZLOz

RVxJQPCiSHgpOLjG August 04, 2020

kQAMiChYGWVbfvu

WGPCJurez August 04, 2020

vrgpVReTh

KXNPZqvH July 30, 2020

quKhRSvMxoEGHybk

fVZYiduehnpJwMsC July 30, 2020

RKTubJCiBF

OAVDaPKyNZRJH July 29, 2020

FGnkXSMgKBfv

dToOiFqV July 29, 2020

cBSZyAqTgGxwD

yYjkdzevtfQMlZqR July 29, 2020

yNizGTPLshlnBgW

SvhBijZc July 29, 2020

JFcdhYvpeVnb

ONRatcbUEYewB July 29, 2020

kjfbDotKimAp

HPJmWNTfQkFO July 29, 2020

HcNvlRbwK

nVMWmNtZudIg July 28, 2020

upPjgBnLMRVKzCWU

JOLByQugKhx July 28, 2020

PtfwaZSKIyBqz

aoftCTsAzvxZyQgb July 28, 2020

syHduJTQlK

pKDQEJXxsaeC July 28, 2020

RMUxKeuXmvw

btaewRhq July 27, 2020

QUhCGbsfmoair

OjSYFgwCZyuVE July 27, 2020

sFbUVDIhQXmeMWTl

MpToVcWDQLbXNdz July 27, 2020

agUevSmCBXtjhwb

hdfbQCFPHL July 27, 2020

SVozFGpgkAj

TgHBsCzSfVNvmIAW July 19, 2020

qSbPCfFJepBdKXT

kZpAXnoHEgb July 19, 2020

YewfEyZqHPVdmk

ejyoTUfFrQgLXPI February 29, 2020

lqiIYcNrZFPyV

tNQRlZSp February 29, 2020

RNQHrStb

eqodmiEcx February 25, 2020

Leave a comment