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April 1st, it’s coming fast, make plans soon.
Site updated as of 2/23 for 2005!!!
→ Many apologies for this somewhat late
website update. This year was a tough year
to figure out. Basically, the
The 6th Annual
Why: Why not? Its fun. Your friends will be there. If you have no friends, come make some.
When: April 1-3, 2005
How: Anyway you can, just be there.
Goldbar Group Campsite 14 miles West of
Who: YOU!!! You are invited and will be welcome.
Cost: Registration fee is based on the number of days you will be attending and other options you may choose.
Step 1: Dust off your Mountain Unicycle, get one, or make one.
Step 2: Practice staying upright
Step 3: Plan to be there
What is the
2000 – 5 Riders, ~ 10 total with Friends/Family
2001 – 10 Riders, ~15 total with Friends/Family
2002 – 8 Riders, ~ 13 total with Friends/Family
2003 – 68 Riders, ~ 95 total with Friends/Family
2004 – 130 Riders (a national record), ~180 total with Friends/Family
2005 – expect 100+ Riders
“MUni” is short for Mountain Unicycling. The word “Muni” is a trademark of Pashley Cycles a British company.
Why? “Fest” is short for Festival, and that’s
what the Moab MUni Fest is all about.
It’s a time to break the winter cabin fever and get out to the pleasant
March/April climes of
When is the
Schedule: I will drive down Thursday evening with a
group and set up the Host Check-in campsite.
We have the Goldbar Group Campsite B reserved for us and any early-birds
who wish to join us on Thursday night.
This site can accommodate up to 30 people. On Friday and Saturday nights we add Goldbar
Group Campsites C and D which can accommodate an additional 90 and 30 more
people respectively. That’s room for a
total of 150 people. There is plenty of
flat space for tents. Should be a
party. I have included a map, photos,
and other information about the Goldbar campsite in the Where section below. We’ll post a “MOAB MUNI FEST” sign at the
Goldbar Group Campsite Entry and an “MMF05 HOSTS” sign by Groupsite B. The city of
Please plan to come to our campsite and “check-in” to receive your information packet with definitive event info, maps, and optional T-shirt(s) (if pre-ordered, no guarantees otherwise). We will also have check-in capability at the restaurant Friday night.
There will be no official challenge events this year. Rather, we will have suggested daily trail
rides in the
Suggested Daily Schedule of Rides (click this Printable Moab Area Topo Map to see a topo map with GPS breadcrumb highlighting of each of the trails mentioned below):
Friday – April 1st: People will be arriving at random times
throughout the day and evening so this day’s rides will be rather ad-hoc. Suggestions will be the Slickrock Practice
loop, Fins N’ Things, or just riding around town. Times will be as per agreement of those
available and interested in participating.
I am also going to suggest a “Ride of Fools” (being April Fools day) for
advanced riders or those who just want to come along to see if the others
really are advanced riders or not. We
will meet at 1:30 pm at the Moab Rim Trailhead (parking is by the
Friday night dinner is open. Some folks like to go to the Moab Brewery which has great food and spirits. There are many very fine restaurants in
Saturday - April 2nd:
Those not planning to do the entire Slickrock loop are encouraged to complete the practice loop, do lunch and return to do some riding on Fin N’ Things, more practice loop, or sporting around at the group campsite.
The main Awards Dinner will be held Saturday night at 6:30pm. We’ll once again meet at the Bar-M Chuckwagon which is just a short 7 miles north out of
- Rolf and Janeen Thompson (your hosts)
- Tom Blackwood
- George Barnes, GB4 Manufacturing
- Andy Cotter
- Amy & John Drummond, unicycle.com
- John Foss www.unicycling.com
- Guy Hansen
- Kris Holm, KHU
- Steve Howard
- Tom Miller and Kokopelli Bike and Board (30 W. Main, Cortez, Co 970-565-4408)
- Poison Spider Bike shop, http://www.poisonspiderbicycles.com/, (497 North Main Street Moab, Utah, 435-259-7882)
- Joe & Judy Stoltzfus
- Paco Warabi
- Your Name here, let me know if you would like to contribute à my email.
Click this Printable Bar-M Chuckwagon Dinner and Program Link for details of the Saturday Night dinner program.
Sunday, April 3rd: The
planned ride is Amassa Back. We’ll plan
to leave the Goldbar campsites around 8:30 am and arrive at the trailhead in
time for a 9:30 departure from the Amassa Back trailhead parking. Last year was a shorter loop ride on Amassa
back. Still an option. The true Amassa Back trail follows a long
spine of plateau that becomes bounded on both sides by a bowknot bend in the
river. It totals 10 miles on the
out-and-back and has a vertical gain of over 1000 ft. It is remote and not so oft traveled up
top. Since it is an out-and-back ride,
it is possible to turn around at anytime and just return to the car. For more info click this Amassa
back link, choose Moab-Area then Amassa Back Trail.
A splinter group may wish to do the Porcupine Rim Trail. This trail is 16 miles long and requires some very understanding support personnel due to the long car shuttle required (45 minutes one way). The trail climbs 1000 ft over the first 3 miles, too gentle to walk but steep enough to burn the thighs to the point you must walk at times. The last 11 miles drop a thrilling 2,700 ft. and make for an incredible ride with amazing vistas. For more info click this Porcupine Rim link, choose Moab-Area then Porcupine Rim.
The BLM has cleared us for either of the trails. The Porcupine Rim trail would require an earlier start if just to deal with the shuttling situation. That is my only complaint with that option. I am up for either but hope we can make it a consensus ride and stay together as a group.
Suggested Trail Games:
MUni Lemmings – A pack of riders, hopefully of near equal ability, start out riding with an arbitrary leader. Everyone follows the leader like good little lemmings. If you fall you go to the back of the line. Obviously, the goal is to get to the front and stay there as long as possible. This is actually a blast and can be played while riding a trail without greatly slowing anyone down. It really helps keep the group packed together. Quit when everyone is dead tired.
Spontaneous Trials – A section along the trail is designated where a challenging line is suggested. We will have ribbon and tape available for this purpose. We would especially like to do some of these Saturday Morning on the group ride of the practice loop. Anyone can suggest a line and challenge the other riders.
MUni Style 4 Horses (great for around the camp) – similar to 4 Horses in basket ball but you take turns trying to do things on a unicycle that you don’t think the other competitors will be able to do. Each person must state the “trick” they are attempting before they do it. If they succeed with a new “trick” on their turn the “pressure” is on the next in line to complete the same “trick.” If that person succeeds, they pass the “pressure” on to the next person and so on, till it gets back to the originator of the trick. The originator is then free to try another, different trick (this is different from 4-horses in basketball). If anyone under the “pressure” of having to do a trick fails their first attempt, they lose one of their horses and the “pressure” is off. The next person in line is free to attempt a different trick. The goal is to keep the “pressure” on the next guy and to be the last one to still have horses. When a person is down to their last horse—they are, out of sympathy—allowed two attempts to complete the trick. Try this game, its loads of fun.
MUni Tag – obvious
Indian Tag (contributed by David Rowell) – Everyone rides in a line. The leader steers the line. The last rider must ride to the front, passing the others, and take the lead. The others give encouragement and slow if necessary to allow the last rider to get to the front. Once in front, the new “last rider” starts working toward the front. This continues till everyone is tired. Great for keeping the group tightly packed.
Contribute your own ideas.
participate in this year’s event you must register and pay the applicable
registration fees. The BLM now requires
the Moab MUni Fest to carry event insurance.
They also require daily use fees of $4 per rider. The daily use fees will cover entrance to the
Sandflats (Slickrock area) see instructions down below. I recognize that while some riders plan to
participate all three days, others may only come for one day. Some may choose to camp with the group, which
will cost an additional $2 per person per night. T-shirts are another option. These are all factors that affect the total
registration fee. This greatly
complicates the registration form but, I believe, is more fair to each
participant. Also, at this point
(3/27/05), there is no point sending in a registration since we won’t get it in
time. Just print it out, fill it out,
and bring it with you to
If you plan to attend, please:
Print out the à Registration Form (.html) or Registration Form (.pdf). Adobe Reader software is required to print
the .pdf file. If
your machine does not have it loaded on you can down load it here: Hopefully, the fee calculation portion of the registration form is not too confusing. If you have questions about it, please click this Registration Fee Calculation Examples.
Fill the form out, one form per rider-participant. Non-Rider attendees must be included in the fee calculations for camping and T-shirts—if applicable. Also, please indicate your intentions relative to dinners offered Friday and Saturday nights.
SIGN the release of responsibility at the bottom of the form
Total the fees and include a check
or money order in the amount of the total.
Please don’t send cash. Make the
check out to the MMF ORG. (short for
Moab MUni Fest Organization) and mail to:
2274 E. 11580 So.
Early. You will notice that there is a $4 dollar
discount per rider if your registrations are post-marked by Sunday, March 13th. I really need the heads up by then to take
care of BLM obligations, get T-shirts ordered, and to give the restaurants a
head count. Late registrations (after
March 13th) are accepted but will cost a little more and may make it
difficult to guarantee getting a T-shirt.
Late registration can also take place at our host campsite and on Friday
evening at the
Please send me an email letting me know you’ve mailed your registration. à my email. This will give me a couple of days jump on updating the attendees list that will be posted on this website and help with the planning.
Some things to
You should be a proficient unicyclist and you should have a MUni-ized unicycle. In general, a good mountain unicycle will have a fat tire 2.3” to 3.0” with mountain-bike-type tread. The wheel should be strong with hardened cranks. Typical wheel diameters are 24 or 26 inches. Trials unicycles may have a 20 inch or less wheel diameter. The seat should have a handle in the front for hopping and—for some—a brake comes in handy.
You’ll have to work out a plan to get to
As always in this sport, helmets and protective gear are strongly recommended. This is especially important at Slickrock. If you fall, it WILL be a hard landing—ON ROCK! Additional info and recommendations for biking—or in our case unicycling—in red rock country have been posted and can be found here:
BLM Cycling and
Trail Info Link (Important recommendations for
Dream Ride (Excellent ECO and Biking Info)
Mountain Biking (choose and click “Moab
great maps and trail guides for the
Obviously, the Moab MUni Fest is held in
Moab-Utah.com (Top Notch
DiscoverMoab.com (Moab Area Travel Council site)
National Geographic’s Moab, Links covering everything, including a time zone difference calculator
Driving directions from the
1. Take I-80 East bound and after a few miles Merge onto I-15 South toward Las Vegas/Cheyenne.
2. Continue South on I-15 about 50 miles then merge onto US-6 East via exit number 261 toward US-89 East to Price/Manti.
3. Continue 151.5 miles and take the US-191 exit, exit number 180 toward Moab (FYI, at mile 130 of the 151.5 mile leg on US-89 it merges with I-70 at exit number 158 and the two highways are the same for the next 21.5 miles).
Turn right on US-191—exit 180—and drive 25 miles south to the
right-hand junction of US-191 and
Highway-279. At this point you can
continue on fours more miles on US-191 and get to
As mentioned above, we have a Group campsite reserved at Goldbar
that can accommodate up to 150 people. Click this Printable Goldbar Group
Campsite Info link for detailed information I have put together. I highly recommend the experience but it may
not be for everyone. If you don’t wish
to camp with the rest of the group, other camping sites in the
Getting to Saturday’s Slickrock trail rides proceed as follows:
1. Start from Moab city center (if you are starting from Goldbar head 10 miles back (up river) on highway 279 to US-191, turn right and drive approx 4 miles to Moab city center.
While driving on US-191 through
Turn right (South) and go about a ½ block then turn left (East
again) at Dave’s Corner Market onto
4. Proceed approximately 2.1 miles straight on through where this road turns into Sand Flats Road near the Southwest corner of the cemetery.
5. You should now be in the hills at the Sand Flats Recreation Area entrance booth (DO NOT PAY at the booth, see below).
6. From the entrance booth to the Slickrock trailhead parking it is another ½ mile or so.
I don’t know what the entrance fees to the Slickrock area (Sandflats Recreation area) are for 2005 and you won’t need to know either. Your MMF05 registration fees cover entrance to the Sandflats Recreation area. When you arrive at the entrance booth, tell them you are with the Mountain Unicycling Event and give them that big warm smile that only unicyclists seem to have. They will see you are a true believer and let you through. To avoid double charges please DO NOT PAY at the booth.
There are bathrooms available at the Slickrock trailhead but no running water. Plan to bring your own water.
You should. If you have read the provided information above and it sounds like something you would enjoy, you are welcome and encouraged to come. The festival is not intended to be super tightly organized but rather a break from the norm and a chance to play and show off your riding skills. You may even learn a trick or two and, without a doubt, meet some interesting people in the process. If you are wondering who is coming this year, click this 2005 Planned Attendees List. The list includes both those whose registration forms I have received as well as those who have sent me email that they are coming. If your name is on the list in error, please let me know. Thanks to all of you who will be participating this year. If you have any suggestions for this site, please let me know à my email.
Rolf (MUni Dad)
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