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Old 07-01-12, 10:28 PM   #1
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Eastern Sierras - Onion Valley - A Long Overdue Ride Report

Ok, this ascent was actually two weeks ago. And was long overdue since I originally did the climb a year ago.

My ride report: Eastern Sierras Onion Valley The Toughest Single Climb in California?

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Short version: If you've not done Onion Valley, do it. Long version: read the ride report!
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Recently rode Rock Creek to Mosquito Flats from Hilton Creek. Man, that Sierra **** is so awesome. I haven't done The Onion yet. So I appreciate the heads up on that.

That looks like a great day. Right on. That's a nice, nice ride. Good, good job.
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that last switchback before the relative straightaway to the top to onion valley? ungodly.
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Awesome to see another ride report from you! Great climbing!
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Recently rode Rock Creek to Mosquito Flats from Hilton Creek. Man, that Sierra **** is so awesome. I haven't done The Onion yet. So I appreciate the heads up on that.

That looks like a great day. Right on. That's a nice, nice ride. Good, good job.
The whole of the eastern Sierras has some of the best climbs around. Horseshoe and White Mountain are also must do climbs.

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that last switchback before the relative straightaway to the top to onion valley? ungodly.
Yes, yes it is.

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Awesome to see another ride report from you! Great climbing!
Thanks! I have more I want to post - just hard to find the time!
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Thanks for the report. I am planning on doing my first double next year after doing the KOM this year. One of the double I hope to do is White Mountain and then the following year the White Mountain mtn bike ride.
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GREAT write up. And your enthusiasm is contagious. I try to camp at Bridgeport every year, but I may have to add this to my list for next year. I LOVE that scenery.
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Thanks for the report. I am planning on doing my first double next year after doing the KOM this year. One of the double I hope to do is White Mountain and then the following year the White Mountain mtn bike ride.
White Mountain alone is quite a climb. White Mountain in a 200 mile day would make for a pretty epic day.

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GREAT write up. And your enthusiasm is contagious. I try to camp at Bridgeport every year, but I may have to add this to my list for next year. I LOVE that scenery.
Thanks! Onion Valley, White Mountain, Horseshoe Meadows, Whitney Portal - all are great climbs in the area. And Bridgeport is a cute little town - any spots you prefer to camp at around there?
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The road ride of white mountain only does the paved section but that is still 11000+ ft.
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The ranger station at White Mountain is at 10,100'. I've only ever ridden that far but I thought the pavement ended there.

I agree that White Mountain is a tougher climb than Onion Valley. Those steep pitches in the last 3 miles make it extra hard. But Onion Valley is nicer. So far it's my favorite eastern sierra climb but I have yet to do Horseshoe and it's been 20 years since I did Whitney. I hope to address both of those by doing the Whitney stage race next month.

BTW, the Everest Challenge, besides being a race, also offers a non-competitive organized ride. You get to do six big eastern sierra climbs over two days. They're all scenic, and the support is good.
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Nice report and pics.

Hey, the dude at the top of the Strava leader board is JasonA (posted in your blog), my buddy from GMR. He's posted here a few times




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