Muni mountaineering

I was wondering, has anyone out there found unis capable of big mountains ie ascent and descent, riding all the way? Have any of the well known peaks been scaled by a uni?
I live in Britain, and was wondering wether anyone knew if someone has ever ridden up Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Skiddaw etc. I know mountain bikes regularly ride some of these, but what about unis?

The unicycling video One Tired Guy (available in PAL or VHS at unicycle UK and USA) chronicles the
ascent/unicycle descent of two volcanoes in Mexico. A french unicyclist Thiery Bouche also rode
his unicycle some distance above basecamp on Aconcagua, South America.

-Kris

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> I was wondering, has anyone out there found unis capable of big
> mountains ie ascent and descent, riding all the way? Have any of the
> well known peaks been scaled by a uni?
> I live in Britain, and was
> wondering wether anyone knew if someone has ever ridden up Snowdon,
> Ben Nevis, Skiddaw etc. I know mountain bikes regularly ride some of
> these, but what about unis?
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Riding all the way! Wow, that makes it tough. I’ve climbed (on foot)
Snowdon, Skiddaw and many peaks in the Lakes District and I’m sure it would
be possible to ride up and down these by the simple routes (trails). The low
altitude of all those peaks is a real advantage.

Last summer we did White Mountain Peak in California (approx 14,250’). It’s
hard to say, but of the 6 miles each way, I think we rode maybe 4 or 4 1/2
up and all the way down - this is from about 12,500’. Some parts are steep
and very rocky. The combination of altitude and the fact that you have to
carry more than just a camelbak makes it really hard to ascend completely on
unicycle. We may attempt a “complete descent” of that peak this summer -
that’s over 10,000 feet down to the town of Bishop (brake required!) On our
trip to Mexico in April, we rode something like 1/2 mile up La Malinche and
that was hard. We didn’t ride up any part of Orizaba. Descents are much more
likely to be possible. On the ascent, it turns out to be easiest to strap
the unicycle to your pack and go go go, huffing and puffing mightily.

Let us know about your adventures combining mountaineering and unicycling -
it’s great fun.

—Nathan

“Ando” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> I was wondering, has anyone out there found unis capable of big
> mountains ie ascent and descent, riding all the way? Have any of the
> well known peaks been scaled by a uni?
> I live in Britain, and was
> wondering wether anyone knew if someone has ever ridden up Snowdon,
> Ben Nevis, Skiddaw etc. I know mountain bikes regularly ride some of
> these, but what about unis?

“Ando” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:a3pfog$dtk$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> I was wondering, has anyone out there found unis capable of big
> mountains ie ascent and descent, riding all the way? Have any of the
> well known peaks been scaled by a uni?
> I live in Britain, and was
> wondering wether anyone knew if someone has ever ridden up Snowdon,
> Ben Nevis, Skiddaw etc. I know mountain bikes regularly ride some of
> these, but what about unis?

I rode Snowdon. A lot of walking, probably about 10-15% on the unicycle
uphill, most of the riding downhill. I wasn’t so healthy at that point, I
reckon I could ride a fair bit more. I saw some quite good cyclists riding
it, they probably rode about 80%, also saw some dh bike people who pushed
all the way. 150mm cranks, 26" wheel, fat fat tyre, I’d probably have ridden
more uphill with 170mm cranks, but wouldn’t have got the speed on the
downhill. You can only do it from October to April unless you ride it at
night, so be quick if you’re wanting to do it soon. I’ve seen
recommendations of riding up at midnight in summer with a bivvi bag,
bivvying till dawn and riding down into the sunrise, apparently that’s
really beautiful and you get off the mountain well before the 9 or 10am
cyclist ban starts.

Also, Snowdon is close to Coed-y-brennin and not too far from some of the
other big welsh mountain biking sites, doing snowdon and then c-y-b makes
for a nice weekends riding.

I might pop up to the lakes some point later on in the year as I’ve heard
there are some nice big hills to be had there. I forget which ones are
bridleways, but there’s some good stuff going. Not worth riding footpaths in
such a crowded area, there really are tons of people around there and it’d
be too much hassle.

I’m not sure about Ben Nevis, but there’s some damn good cross country
riding going in Scotland which might be worth catching the sleeper up there
for a bit of Cokering. Some fun stuff around by Aviemore so I’m told.

Although having said this, if you live anywhere near any countryside, it’s
worth getting really into riding the more difficult bits near you, often a
non-obvious ride near you is much better than the obvious ride in a region
you don’t know. Obviously without the vast descents / climbs though. For
example I popped out for an after work ride on Tuesday and rode a lovely
although naughty downhill off Boxhill, steep enough so it has steps for
pedestrians, lovely and wiggly all the way down the side of the hill.
Although having to wade across the river at the bottom because the bridge
was flooded out wasn’t a perfect end to the section! Had to walk a fair bit
of this downhill though.

There are also some really hard north shore type obstacles appearing in
quite a bunch of places over the UK, you need to talk to mountain bikers to
find them, but they’re out there if you take the effort to find them. Bear
in mind that these things are quite secret, so don’t go telling everyone
exactly where they are, else they’ll get chopped down by landowners (don’t
ever post north shore style. locations to public formus on the internet
for example). Oh and also that it isn’t nice to ride that sort of stuff
without repairing / building if you have the skills to do so (ie. can use a
hammer and nails), people put a lot of effort into making this stuff. I hear
there are some going up at Afan Argoed which are with the landowner’s
permission, those might be more public, also some in the North Downs which I
think may be with permission. I think the North Shore stuff is likely to get
pretty big here soon as big wet woodlands are something where the UK can
really compete with most other countries. I’ve seen pictures of some of the
stuff they’re building near me and frankly it makes me really really scared,
but I’ve just gotta have a go at the low level trails and seesaws once the
wood gets less slippery…

Personally I’d say that ride off boxhill at night is more difficult than
Snowdon, which was a laugh because it was so long, a nice big change from my
normal riding because it’s rocky, but basically just an endurance ride up
and then a rocky trail with a whole bunch of dropoffs on the way down.
However, anyone interested in giving any of this mountainy stuff a go, get
in touch, cos I’m always up for this sort of ride as a change from my usual
haunts.

Joe

Ando <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:
> I live in Britain, and was
> wondering wether anyone knew if someone has ever ridden up Snowdon,
> Ben Nevis, Skiddaw etc. I know mountain bikes regularly ride some of
> these, but what about unis?

Not riden all the way up every hill, but Paul and I have crossed the Lake
District by uni twice.The first time was the pure off road route which
involed carrying them up the scramble that is Black Sail Pass. Joe Marshal
has done Snowdon, a number of us from the NE have riden most of the way up
Rosebery topping in the cleveland hills ( again the last bit was a carry,
too steep and rocky).

sarah

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