The First Ever Ibis Migration – Moab’s La Sal Mountains

Nature has it figured out! Every year when it starts to get too cold, birds migrate to warmer climates.  In the fall, when the colors start to change, mountain bikers from all over the world descend upon Moab, Utah.  They come to ride the iconic “slickrock” and marvel at the massive red rock walls and arches.  This year a small, select group of folks had a much different idea about how to do Moab.  During the last week of September the First Ever Ibis Migration happened.  If you were lucky enough to attend, you know what it was all about.  If not, check out the photos below and see for yourself how amazing 3 days in the La Sal Mountains, just outside of Moab were.

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Driving into the La Sal Mountains, just outside of Moab, we knew mother nature was ready to show us her best. The timing for the first ever Ibis Migration was perfect.
Driving into the La Sal Mountains, just outside of Moab, we knew mother nature was ready to show us her best. The timing for the first ever Ibis Migration was perfect.

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The location: Warner Lake campground at 9200 feet. Our playground for the next 3 days.

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The Ibis Migration was complete with incredible demo bikes, great people and plenty of blue sky sunshine, as ordered.

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Half the group getting ready to rip some amazing singletrack on rad bikes.

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Post riding puffy coats and adult beverages to help enjoy the sunset while choosing your bike for the next day’s ride.

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Breakfast scene by the cabin at Warner Lake.

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Leader of the flock on the right – Scot Nicol (Chuck Ibis) who founded Ibis in 1981. It’s amazing to ride with Scot and see his passion for bikes (especially when he is appropriately caffeinated, thanks to Espresso Bob!) Photo: Bill Freeman

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The camping was beautiful.

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The host spot was perfect for evening campfires, piñata smashing, lit-up hula-hooping as well as whiskey drinking.
The host spot was perfect for evening campfires, piñata smashing, lit-up hula-hooping and 40-buck-Chuck chased with Whiskey. The amazing part was “nobody got hurt”, well except the Piñata!    Photo credit: Bill Freeman

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Oh yeah! And there was some amazing riding, thanks to Rim Tours Mountain Bike Adventures– Kirstin, Matt and Dave.

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La Sal Mountains + Ibis Bicycles + Crankjoy.com = Unforgettable First Ever Ibis Migration.

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Rare photographic documentation of Ibisians atop Burro pass during the second day of the Ibis Migration.  Look at these amazing creatures taking in all the beauty while feeding prior to the final epic descent of the Whole Enchilada on day 3.

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Good bye high alpine and aspens – Hello slickrock desert.

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Phil, proving no drop is too large for the HD3!

After 3 days of demoing amazing bikes, riding lesser known as well as iconic Utah trails, drinking and eating till our hearts content and bonding with new and old friends the first ever Ibis Migration was hands down the highlight of the year.

If you are itching for a trip like this – keep your eyes peeled for future adventures like this one: Ibis Migration 2- The Appetite Seminar in November!

 

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