RR: Teetotal Flats

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  1. Westie

    Westie Guest

    ~~~~~Note: I'm trying a free photo hosting website that's ~~~~~complicated and sucks. ~~~~~I'll
    repost the pics if these links don't work.

    Teetotal flats are just outside the small settlement of St Arnaud which is on the shores of
    Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, NZ. Skip the mini novel if you like and just
    clip the pics.

    On the highway (Yes, it's a main National Highway), 15km to the South looking towards St. Arnaud:

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-008.jpg

    Most Lakes look pretty on a sunny day. This one was no exception:

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-009.jpg

    The Teetotal Public Recreation area is just outside the park boundaries and it's official sounding
    title makes it seem more official and more developed than it is. In reality it's not much more than
    a large flat area of a couple of maybe a hundred hectares covered in rocks, scrub and brush with a
    big beech forest covered hill in the middle of it. The Nelson Mountainbiking Club, which is 45
    minutes drive away, has done considerable work on tracks around the flat areas. Good for families
    and gentle rides.

    I started the loop track. The trail right next to the car park provides some nice little banks and
    stream beds to play around on. From there you follow the single track across the flats and wind in
    and out of the tea tree bushes and spiny matagouri trees as you follow the trail markers. Pleasant
    riding with no challenges.

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-014.jpg

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-016.jpg

    The Big Hill trail branches off from the Teetotal Flats trail about a kilometre in from the carpark.
    It begins to climb immediately. This is a rough track in the beginning with a killer climb. Only the
    fittest and best riders are going to make a decent go of riding this climb. Even then, if it has
    rained recently the wet clay foil any attempt. Lots of erosion and run-off damage have turned most
    of this track into a steep 30 degree clay chute with rocks and roots that climbs to the top of the
    hill. In many places it's considerably steeper and traction is impossible. The brush and scrub comes
    in close in places and hangs over the track. There was a lot of carrying involved and frequent rest
    stops as the bike was pushed and hauled up most of the trail.

    This is about where I ran out of puff:

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-021.jpg

    Happily after reaching the top there was a more gentle descent into and through beech forest. After
    some wet spots and mud the trail levels out a little more. One of the wets spots caught me
    completely. I swooped down a reasonable slope, around a corner straight into some soft deep muddy
    ruts. The front wheel sank in and I found myself launched into the air, parting company with the
    bike as I endo'd. Thank goodness for the soft trail. Leaves everywhere but no damage to anything but
    my pride. Where's someone with a camera when you want them?

    The trail wound gently up and down through the beech forest for a couple of kilometres before
    ending, meaning that you had to return the way you came.

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-031.jpg

    The highlight of the return trip was the downhill at the end. Steep and fast and rough, it was white
    knuckles and adrenaline as you push the speed up. A good DH bike would chew this up - as it was the
    5" front and rear suspension that I had was being used to it's fullest. After a fast, furious few
    minutes I skidded over the final few meters of slick clay and shot out of the forest and back onto
    the horizontal safety of the Teetotal Flats. Forearms were pumped and disc rotors burnished a steel
    blue from the heat of the descent.

    This is one of the flat, gently sloped parts of the downhill:

    http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-030.jpg

    I finished the ride by quickly finishing the few kilometres of the loop track back to the car park.
    It was mid afternoon by now and the sun was hot. The crispy heat-baked moss and fine grass crackled
    beneath the tyres. Riding over the moss made it seem like the tyres had lost pressure. The ground
    cover made a natural spongy cushion that sucked up a lot of energy.

    Hot, dirty and sweaty I got back to the car park for the thing that would make the ride memorable.
    There is a natural ice skating pond next to the car park that freezes over every winter. It's mid
    summer right now. The water was cold and refreshing. Wonderful.
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  2. "Westie" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > ~~~~~Note: I'm trying a free photo hosting website that's ~~~~~complicated and sucks. ~~~~~I'll
    > repost the pics if these links don't work.
    >
    > Teetotal flats are just outside the small settlement of St Arnaud which is on the shores of
    > Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, NZ. Skip the mini novel if you like and just
    > clip the pics.
    >
    > On the highway (Yes, it's a main National Highway), 15km to the South looking towards St. Arnaud:
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-008.jpg
    >
    > Most Lakes look pretty on a sunny day. This one was no exception:
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-009.jpg
    >
    > The Teetotal Public Recreation area is just outside the park boundaries
    and
    > it's official sounding title makes it seem more official and more
    developed
    > than it is. In reality it's not much more than a large flat area of a couple of maybe a hundred
    > hectares covered in rocks, scrub and brush with
    a
    > big beech forest covered hill in the middle of it. The Nelson Mountainbiking Club, which is 45
    > minutes drive away, has done considerable work on tracks around the flat areas. Good for families
    > and gentle rides.
    >
    > I started the loop track. The trail right next to the car park provides some nice little banks and
    > stream beds to play around on. From there you follow the single track across the flats and wind in
    > and out of the tea
    tree
    > bushes and spiny matagouri trees as you follow the trail markers.
    Pleasant
    > riding with no challenges.
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-014.jpg
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-016.jpg
    >
    > The Big Hill trail branches off from the Teetotal Flats trail about a kilometre in from the
    > carpark. It begins to climb immediately. This is a rough track in the beginning with a killer
    > climb. Only the fittest and
    best
    > riders are going to make a decent go of riding this climb. Even then, if
    it
    > has rained recently the wet clay foil any attempt. Lots of erosion and run-off damage have turned
    > most of this track into a steep 30 degree clay chute with rocks and roots that climbs to the top
    > of the hill. In many places it's considerably steeper and traction is impossible. The brush
    and
    > scrub comes in close in places and hangs over the track. There was a lot
    of
    > carrying involved and frequent rest stops as the bike was pushed and
    hauled
    > up most of the trail.
    >
    > This is about where I ran out of puff:
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-021.jpg
    >
    > Happily after reaching the top there was a more gentle descent into and through beech forest.
    > After some wet spots and mud the trail levels out a little more. One of the wets spots caught me
    > completely. I swooped down
    a
    > reasonable slope, around a corner straight into some soft deep muddy ruts. The front wheel sank in
    > and I found myself launched into the air, parting company with the bike as I endo'd. Thank
    > goodness for the soft trail. Leaves everywhere but no damage to anything but my pride. Where's
    > someone with a camera when you want them?
    >
    > The trail wound gently up and down through the beech forest for a couple
    of
    > kilometres before ending, meaning that you had to return the way you came.
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-031.jpg
    >
    > The highlight of the return trip was the downhill at the end. Steep and fast and rough, it was
    > white knuckles and adrenaline as you push the speed up. A good DH bike would chew this up - as it
    > was the 5" front and rear suspension that I had was being used to it's fullest. After a fast,
    > furious few minutes I skidded over the final few meters of slick clay and shot out of the forest
    > and back onto the horizontal safety
    of
    > the Teetotal Flats. Forearms were pumped and disc rotors burnished a
    steel
    > blue from the heat of the descent.
    >
    > This is one of the flat, gently sloped parts of the downhill:
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-030.jpg
    >
    > I finished the ride by quickly finishing the few kilometres of the loop track back to the car
    > park. It was mid afternoon by now and the sun was hot. The crispy heat-baked moss and fine grass
    > crackled beneath the
    tyres.
    > Riding over the moss made it seem like the tyres had lost pressure. The ground cover made a
    > natural spongy cushion that sucked up a lot of energy.
    >
    > Hot, dirty and sweaty I got back to the car park for the thing that would make the ride memorable.
    > There is a natural ice skating pond next to the
    car
    > park that freezes over every winter. It's mid summer right now. The
    water
    > was cold and refreshing. Wonderful.
    > --
    > Westie Replace "invalid" with "yahoo" to reply.
    >
    > --
    > Westie (Replace 'invalid' with 'yahoo' when replying.)
    >
    >

    Wow! I want to go to NZ!
     
  3. Geedubb

    Geedubb Guest

    Westie wrote:
    > ~~~~~Note: I'm trying a free photo hosting website that's ~~~~~complicated and sucks. ~~~~~I'll
    > repost the pics if these links don't work.
    >
    > Teetotal flats are just outside the small settlement of St Arnaud which is on the shores of Lake
    > Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, NZ. Skip the mini novel if you like and just clip the
    > pics. snip
    >
    > Most Lakes look pretty on a sunny day. This one was no exception:
    >
    > http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-12/517742/Teetotal-Flats-009.jpg
    >

    Now I want to go water skiing..........

    Damn you Westie, it's too cold here for that (though it'd give me an excuse to finally use the wet
    suit)! <g>

    Nice pix. NZ is on my 'want to do' list. Someday.....

    Gary
     
  4. On Mon, 1 Dec 2003 20:52:14 +1300, "Westie" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >~~~~~Note: I'm trying a free photo hosting website that's ~~~~~complicated and sucks. ~~~~~I'll
    >repost the pics if these links don't work.
    >
    >Teetotal flats are just outside the small settlement of St Arnaud
    which is
    >on the shores of Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park, NZ.
    Skip
    >the mini novel if you like and just clip the pics.

    Looks like good riding.

    Do you have any idea what the riding is like around this area?

    http://www.treetops.co.nz/

    Friends of ours just started running the joint and we mightbe able to visit sometime.
     
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  6. Westie

    Westie Guest

    "P e t e F a g e r l i n" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Looks like good riding.
    >
    > Do you have any idea what the riding is like around this area?
    >
    > http://www.treetops.co.nz/
    >
    > Friends of ours just started running the joint and we mightbe able to visit sometime.

    I used to work at a couple of properties in the SLH group :)

    Very good riding in the area with plenty of variety from XC to DH. Location of NZ MTB Nationals.
    Dedicated DH courses. It's, as you probably know, a main tourism destination in NZ with the
    geothermal activity - hotpools, boiling mud etc. As an old volcanic area the landscape is largely
    small hills with a lot of steep gorges and lakes cut through the surface. Primo mtbing landscape.
    Add the thick forests and considerable trail building and maintenance from the very active mtb clubs
    in the area and you've got great riding. It's only a couple of hours south of the main city,
    Auckland, so it's a prime weekend destination for mountainbikers. Quite a few commercial mtb guides
    in the area. A new mountainbike park has opened too, I believe. I'm not to clear on that one though.
    Have a wuick look here for someone-else's description of some of the riding:
    http://www.krankin.co.nz/other_local_rides.htm

    Well worth a visit if your friends haven't already mentioned it!
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  7. On Tue, 2 Dec 2003 11:02:30 +1300, "Westie" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >"P e t e F a g e r l i n" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >news:[email protected]...
    >> Looks like good riding.
    >>
    >> Do you have any idea what the riding is like around this area?
    >>
    >> http://www.treetops.co.nz/
    >>
    >> Friends of ours just started running the joint and we mightbe able to visit sometime.
    >
    >I used to work at a couple of properties in the SLH group :)
    >
    >Very good riding in the area with plenty of variety from XC to DH. Location of NZ MTB Nationals.
    >Dedicated DH courses. It's, as you probably know, a main tourism destination in NZ with the
    >geothermal activity - hotpools, boiling mud etc. As an old volcanic area the landscape is largely
    >small hills with a lot of steep gorges and lakes cut through the surface. Primo mtbing landscape.
    >Add the thick forests and considerable trail building and maintenance from the very active mtb
    >clubs in the area and you've got great riding. It's only a couple of hours south of the main city,
    >Auckland, so it's a prime weekend destination for mountainbikers. Quite a few commercial mtb guides
    >in the area. A new mountainbike park has opened too, I believe. I'm not to clear on that one
    >though. Have a wuick look here for someone-else's description of some of the riding:
    >http://www.krankin.co.nz/other_local_rides.htm
    >
    >Well worth a visit if your friends haven't already mentioned it!

    Damn. That's better than I could have hoped for.

    We were bummed when they left Botswana for NZ but from a MTB perspective I'm stoked.

    Doing the safari thing is cool but you can't ride unless you want to be considered a part
    of the menu.

    pete fagerlin

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