Can you do your own uplift?
Only reason I asked is we went for a wander round a forest (welsh/english border) after new year, with it being forestry land there was a perfectly accessible road right to the top with a car park. Thought it would be great if we got the van and basically took it in turns to drive up and back down then swap each time. Then my mind drifted back to the inners uplift we did a few years ago…Posted 4 years agoPJ266Member
Have done it many times in deepest, darkest west Wales. It’s always exciting coming down the last time to see if the gate has been locked behind us 😀
Brilliant idea though, swapping drivers every run means everyone’s happy and petrol costs split between all mean it is fairly cheap.Posted 4 years ago
wrightyson – Member
Only reason I asked is we went for a wander round a forest (welsh/english border) after new year, with it being forestry land there was a perfectly accessible road right to the top with a car park. Thought it would be great if we got the van and basically took it in turns to drive up and back down then swap each time. Then my mind drifted back to the inners uplift we did a few years ago…
If it’s somewhere without a locked gate I’d go for it, if it does have a locked gate I’d be looking to befriend the guy with the key 😉Posted 4 years agoalpinMember
a few summers back a mate and i had the works van and were on our way back to Milan (driving to Munich).
we drove to the top of several passes. parked the van, rode down the trails and had a game of scissors, paper, stone. the loser had to hitch-hike back up to get the van and the winner got to sit in a bar, have a beer and keep an eye on the bikes.Posted 4 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
Sometimes drive to top of Blue Pig, drop two off, they ride down, driver meets them at bottom, picks them up and drives back to top. Rotate driver and repeat…
Actually, have never done this but keep meaning to!
The descent:”time taken to drive down and back up” wouldn’t work out. Down from Heptonstall, around the turning circle, through Hebden and up to Hardcastle Craggs. Thats a few miles journey I reckon with 3/4 sets of traffic lights.
Doing it up the Oxenhope road though to the ice cream van layby. Letting the riders push up onto High Brow Knoll and then do the full thing from there down through Peckett Well etc would be excellent and meet at Hardcastle Craggs…Posted 4 years agopaulrockliffeMember
Way way back the chap that got me into carrying my bike to the top of mountains hired a transit and took me a a few friends to Inners to do the DH tracks. His plan was to go to the FC office, tell the chap we were going to work on the tracks for the Scottish Nationals the following week, get the key, then do uplifts.
Worked great, until we got caught and kicked out. A bottle of whiskey later and we had the key again though…..Posted 4 years agoir_banditoSubscriber
Did an uplift at Glentress years ago with the NCL uni club.Posted 4 years ago
One of the lads had broken his wrist, but came anyway to drive the van. We all piled in the back and he peggged it up to the top (no locked gates). The look on the faces of people riding up the black run as we piled out of the van and hooned off was priceless 😉ScapegoatSubscriber
Ton, woody2000, I had been toying with the idea of a charity uplift day on a couple of epic descents, Pig and others included. Perhaps we should indeed engage planning mode! We could even do some blue routes like Wessenden, or some summer epics like Willikay CloughPosted 4 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
We do it all the time here. IMHO it’s not worth it for anything other than a long descent. We have various methods. Take turns driving, give a jobless friend a fiver each, all take our vans and take each van up with the last van taking all the drivers back up. Generally we only bother with bigger descents, say 15 mins plus. If not you spend more time loading and unloading bikes than you do riding. I prefer using two vans and starting high, finishing low.Posted 4 years agomcnultycopSubscriber
I’m getting a lift off my dad to the top of the Blue pig on Sunday, going to hit that then Pecket Well line I’ve been shown, then I’m going to ride back to Oldham. If I ask him to wait and run me back up so I an have a couple of runs on the Blue Pig I reckon he’ll tell me where to get off.Posted 4 years agovincienupSubscriber
sharkattack – Member
You can run your own uplifts at Hamsterley. Right up the side of the track in a 4×4 or around the perfectly good public road which runs from bottom to top. My mate has just bought a pick-up truck and we’re going to test it out asap.
If that’s Hamsterley itself, no problem.
If it’s Descent, you’ll have the lads that run the uplift chasing you soon enough. They get ‘concerned’ about uninsured riders on the run they’re responsible for, which is kind of fair enough. They aren’t stupidly expensive in the first place. If you want your own uplift, do it somewhere there isn’t one already or people will just start making it harder to access trails…Posted 4 years ago
If a trail’s worth riding twice, it’s worth uplifting.
EFA. Can’t think of any trails at GT that are worth sessioning (other than Berm Baby Berm obvs 😉 ). Maybe Broon Troot before it got hammered but otherwise I find it a much better place for linking a fun loop together than anything elsePosted 4 years ago
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