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Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 6, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Josh on a lower crux section
Josh on a lower crux section
Credit: Largo

Was going through my old hard drive and came across some photos from around 2007 when I was super involved with downhill mountain unicycling (MUNI) with the crew up at Santa Barbara, which at that time was the most active MUNI club on earth, with a ton of great trails silling down the big mountain just behind the town. "Tunnel Trail" in particular was a beast, expecially on a muni owing to the many tight turns, overall steepness of the crux secions, and massive rocks. We had to attemp Tunnel many times over several years before a couple of us finally got the red point, so to speak, and rode every inch of the thing. It still remains one of the most difficult adventure sport challenges I ever undertook. Damn, that was HARD.

Here's a few shots. Very fond memories, indeed. What a great group of folks we used to ride with!

Cleaning the lower crux after fifty tries.
Cleaning the lower crux after fifty tries.
Credit: Largo

Airborn on a tricky upper section during an early attempt
Airborn on a tricky upper section during an early attempt
Credit: Largo

Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
Jul 6, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Absolutely nuts! I can't even ride one on flat ground, and not for lack of trying.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Jul 6, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Looks like one sport you'd be better off without balls...?
pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Jul 6, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Looks like one sport you'd be better off without balls...?

Quite the opposite, trust me.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 6, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
Keep yer chest up, weight on yer pedals & - theoretically - ya don't get sacked. I don't ride but both my kids do.
snowhazed

Trad climber
Oaksterdam, CA
Jul 6, 2013 - 05:46pm PT
Absorbing a landing- it seems next to impossible not to impact your nuts or your taint. Or your legs don't compress and you take it straight to the spine. Am I wrong?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jul 6, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Keep yer chest up, weight on yer pedals & - theoretically - ya don't get sacked. I don't ride but both my kids do.

Not only don't you ride, but you don't have balls. (At least, not as far as I could ever tell). So you have no idea what it's like to look at pictures like that. Any male who sees those shots and doesn't experience a panic moment is a eunuch.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Jul 6, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
looks like the fast route to impotency. How can that not abuse the spunk out of one's balls?
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jul 6, 2013 - 06:50pm PT
How can that not abuse the spunk out of one's balls?
I suppose that may be a function of the initial size of one's balls.
goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 6, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
How do you go uphill without gears?
Is this just another California downhill?
rincon

Trad climber
SoCal
Jul 6, 2013 - 08:19pm PT
Looks like a great way to get seriously hurt!
Gee, I wonder why it hasn't caught on?
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 6, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
My kid has jumped 5' on his unicycle and not sacked himself. He has also sacked himself horribly on smaller jumps. As David says above - and it's true - I don't have testicles so I really can't know :-) I'm also going on what I"ve seen the kids at my work do.

We have one chap who does backflips on the tramp on his unicycle. I oughtta ask him about this...........

;-)
TREED

Trad climber
Gunks
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Do those things freewheel?
Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:43pm PT
Can you do a wheelie on one?

;)
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Looks like a great way to get seriously hurt!
Gee, I wonder why it hasn't caught on?

+++

Can you do the TDF on one?



MisterE

Social climber
Jul 6, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
That right there is a peak activity of balance and control.

Props.
Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 7, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
You gots bike shorts on under the board shorts so your junk is held out of the way. Also, if you look a the big drop shots you'll see I have the cranks locked off horzontally so when you impact, you absorb the shock on your feet and quads, not your minerals. Plus the seat is hard foam three inches thick. We've got it worked out.

JL
Batrock

Trad climber
Burbank
Jul 7, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
Radical dude! I used to run the 35 mile Ssnta Barbara 9 Trails race and I believe the Tunnel Trail was part of it. I miss those trails, they were hard enough to run, I can't imagine riding them on one stinking wheel.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 7, 2013 - 04:33pm PT
Unicycling hasn't caught on because the learning curve to ride one of the damn things is pretty steep. Simply riding one forward is a pretty big achievement. Riding it downhill? Self-mounting the thing?

Epic.

The "gotta-do-it-now" crowd will bail. Only those with stamina and passion will persevere.

I still can't ride one of the damn things despite having worked at it some & having a good kinesthetic awareness.

Not made of the rite stuff I spoze :-D

goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland-GulfBreeze
Jul 7, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
Thanks for ignoring the obvious question John.
It shows the world your more about self promotion than anything else.
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