Mountain Biking - San Juan Huts
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09-15-02, 04:21 PM
I understand there is an article in this months Menís Health about San Juan Hut Systems. Myself and two friends are in the planning stages of dong this next July. I was hoping to talk to someone that has doe this ride.
Thanks in advance.
FM. I have not seen the article, though I will look for it tomorrow. I rode the full seven day SJHS this summer, it is an excellent, rewarding tour. Their website does an adequate, at best, job of explaining what to expect...email me with your questions, email@example.com, please do a subject line referring to San Juan Huts, so I can recognize it alongside the junk mail.
The ride is mostly on fireroads, and being able to ride through the topography changes of the high alpine Rockies in Telluride, down to the canyonlands in Moab, is amazing. There are some great all day climbs, Day 6, and some great descending days too.
The huts are what you expect from backcountry huts, they are well stocked with food...we wish SJHs had put a food list together, so we would have known what to expect each night, but live and learn.
I highly recommend bringing at least one book, a hacky sack, a deck of cards, and drugs if that;s your thing. We found we had lots of time to kill at the end of each day. We are pretty experienced riders and were covering the mileage in well less than half the expected time.
All in all it's a great trip. Email me with questions. Zach
PS> Travel light!!! We rode with just large camelbaks the Transalp, and no panniers...that is the way to go. If I did it again I would go even lighter.
09-23-02, 07:45 PM
lol drugs? i thought nature was supposed to be good wholesome fun.
there is also an awesome article about this in this month's nat'nl geo adventure mag. i'd like to do this someday. anyone want to do it with me? (unfortunately i don't have any rich bike-loving friends)
of course for us nature was our drug, but was not sure about the rest of you!
Was that article in the October issue of Nat. Geo.? thanks.
09-24-02, 08:03 AM
Yes... Nat Geo ADVENTURE... its a sister magazine dedicated exclusively to adventure travel..... it's an awesome mag, check it out.
Picked that magazine up...that is a very accurate description of the trip, would not recommend linking the last two days in to one...that would be a tough day, and you would lose out on one of the best huts for the trip...but then again they were in a hotel bed a day sooner!! See ya...
01-09-03, 12:08 AM
I know im kinda late to this thread but a friend of mine saw the mag with san juan huts tour from telluride to moab in it and wants to go in july.plane tickets from washington dc to denver are cheap now so i want to get them early.does any one know if flying into telluride from denver is the best option or is there a cheaper way.also what kinda of gear might we need and hows the weather in july......thanks
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