what to pack...

gnarlykaw

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Ok, I know this is a little early for this, but I wanted to know of anything I needed to pick up that I don't already have.-----> insert laughter here---->
I have NEVER rode in the desert or the mountains, so i just want to be somewhat prepared... :eek:
I know the weather can flip fast, I figure it will be mostly cold? I know I gotta rejet for elevation change. but what else? help me out here guys..............
 

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Originally posted by Kokanee
Bring rum and other supplies for the blender
I would think you would also want a glove for your hand, so it doesn't get cold while holding a glass.
 
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Yeah, A beer Coozie works great for cold beers not making your hands cold.

I went for a ride at Moonrocks today and it was cold and snowy... I would look for winter MX gloves and maybe a facemask so your lips don't turn blue like mine did. The snow was about 6 inches deep up on the hills today, so it made for wet feet. Hopefully it will be damp but no snow come February, but I wouldn't count on it...
 

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Last year (well, earlier this year) it was pretty nice. Sunny and mid 50's (?) during the day. I wore regular moto gear-jersey and a t-shirt underneath-and was nice and warm all day. Had a sweatshirt handy for chillin' by the fire, though. We probably got lucky last year, I'm hoping for a carbon copy of the weather this year, too... To be safe, I'd bring some long underwear bottoms (cycling tights, etc.) and an enduro jacket or sweatshirt. And lots of dry socks just in case. Better to have it and not need it than the other way around, for sure!
 

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Lou has you dialed. BTW - liquor prices in Nevada are among the lowest in the U.S. Buy your liquor here and save!
 
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Rick, I've been to this ride every year since it's inception and I don't recall the weather ever being very bad, and you know what a wuss I am! :confused: I only remember some snow the first year but I haven't ridden some of the places that the crazy riders like Strick and Kiwi go to.

Things I would recommend for cold weather desert riding:

Enduro Jacket
Wind Breaker
Thermal Underwear
Balaclava
Thicker riding gloves or rubber gloves under riding gloves help keep hands warm
Hand/foot/pocket warmers
Warm Hat or beenie
Thick riding socks
Long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts
Rum, Rum, Rum and Rum :)

If you have any walkie talkies and/or some sort of GPS I would bring those too. The desert is MASSIVE and if you get seperated a way to communicate with others could be save your butt from aimlessly wandering the desert.

I love desert newbies!! :)
 
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Originally posted by gospeedracer
The desert is MASSIVE and if you get seperated a way to communicate with others could be save your butt from aimlessly wandering the desert.

I love desert newbies!! :)
Well now I'm not nervous about my first ride in the desert at all! :eek:
 
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Ahh, I wouldn't worry about getting lost out there. I explore new areas almost every time I go out. The beauty of Moonrocks is you can go pretty far out and always find your way back somehow if you go due East, you'll hit the main road eventually...

Strick, do you agree?
 
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Strick says the same thing but........I don't know if it's just my extreeeemely poor sense of direction or what but I can see getting lost out there really easily. Probably because I couldn't find "due East" in the middle of the desert if my life depended on it! ;)

It's so easy to explore out there. I find myself wanting to keep on going over this rise and that rise and to the top of that hill but there is always that little fear in the back of my head that I won't be able to find my way back. I've been out there before and been seperated from the group and didn't have a clue how to get back to camp. I've had to ride to the highest hill I could find to scout around for a road or a glimps of the staging area.

I guess what I'm saying is, it's probably not a good idea to follow me around in the desert. :confused:
 

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I didn't even think of venturing out on my own! the list of things to get keeps getting bigger and bigger! Let's see what santa brings first, before I go shopping!
 

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Forget the weather, the main thing you Easterners need to worry about is all the Rattlers out there! :p :laugh:
 
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Is this some kind of new communication device that I don't have yet? Last time I heard a rattler I got bit. As I scan the latest for gear to bring, I can see that newbies don't have a chance. I guess my first clue was who invited me along....E-ticket. Sometimes baby brother doesn't learn to quick, and I keep coming back for more, oh well at least I'm consistent! I have a 97 Suzuki RMX, should I be concerned about the jetting? I live in Boise, which is higher or lower than Reno.... I don't know. It's just comforting to know that if anything happens Randy will at least provide me with a shallow grave... I hope. Any input on jetting or prep for Reno, bike wise would be appreciated. I feel pretty good about the gear part, and am looking forward to meeting everyone. Still waiting in Boise.
 

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How's everyone's packing coming along?

Anyone have updated packing lists and/or a few special items that are must haves? We're MX'ers and desert virgins so please take it easy on us. :)

I'm trying to put together a list so I can pack early next week, but afraid I'm gonna pack the whole damn house and forget some important things in the process...