With last winter's heavy snow sticking around, it seemed like summer was never going to show up! The snow brought down the house so to speak -- peppering the valley with deadfall.
The Waldorf volunteer week got the fun stuff started with the completion of "Robin! Yer' Eggs". The entire grade 9 class spent the week digging and learning about how ravens will eat other birds' eggs (!).
Then, armed with a fresh crew and keen volunteers, two new sections of single track ...
I can't help myself! Really. Last week we got "Rubbish" into rideable condition, with the intention of running a volunteer trail night next spring to finish & officially open it. Walking away from an unfinished project keeps me up at night... but, we have plenty of other projects to tackle around the valley before the SNOW!
I was typing a "Sorry crew, work is cancelled due to snow..." text. Before hitting the "send" button, I thought to check the highway webcam for ...
Did you know... Many invasive plants are able to spread rapidly through trail networks by "hitchhiking" on people, pets, or their equipment. For example, seeds, burrs, and plant parts can get caught up in the tires of a mountain bike, and be transported to the next area or trail where the biker rides. To prevent the spread of invasives, it is important to clean shoes, gear (like mountain bikes!), and pets before leaving the trail-head or moving to a new trail-head. ...
Trash 2.0 is "Rubbish"
Patrick Plante came up with the name at the Chromag sponsored dirt burger dig party. "First you ride "Garbage", into "Rubbish", then "Trash". Hard to argue against that sort of theme.
We had access to great materials (and muscle) to get a lot of trail done. It was a conveyor belt of digging trail to transport decking to assemble a bridge to dig more trail to transport decking to another bridge... to burgers by Lisa.
The new trail is ride-able ...
The RMOW is planning two autumn fuel thinning projects that will start later in October and go into November. One is above the cemetery (called CCF5, see map) and the other is above Alpine Meadows off the end of Alpine Way (see map). Both sites have mountain bike trails either nearby or through sections.
CCF5 is bounded at the upper edge by Whip Me, Snip Me which will have to be closed for a short period while fallers thin trees along the ...
We're toiling away in the new section of Trash this week. Making all the parts and framing bridges to connect both ends of the trail.
The first vollie night (Oct 3rd) got the ball rolling with some rockwork and benching for approx. 100m of trail. We're hitting it up again on October 10th for the last trail night of the year: dirt burgers!
Uh, I mean dirt and burgers (and beer)!
Sponsored by Chromag bikes
Meet @ 4:30pm in the FSR parking lot for ...
The WORCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, November 16. During the AGM all Board of Director (BOD) positions are up for election/re-election. The Youth Director, Race Director, and PR Director are stepping down so the Nomination Committee are looking for candidates to fill these three vacant positions. The duties of the Youth, Race and PR Directors can be found online here. The WORCA Board invites all interested parties to contact the Nomination Committee via email before 15 October ...
Discoveries this week:
Benoit and I started work on the new section of "Trash" (to replace the old section of Trash that is now a new pea gravel thingy). We're squeezed for real estate between the Sea-to-Sky and suspension bridge access trails so the line will need a lot of woodwork to navigate between cliffs and creeks. There's plenty of framing cedar around (small-ish trees). However, making quality decking is best when the stars align:
A big tree has fallen years ago ...
Down and merino!
With a sharp chill in the morning and some snow up high, it feels like we're almost out of the woods... rest assured, we're not done yet.
However, we are done for this year in the south end of Comfortably Numb. After clearing the biggest Cottonwood I've ever seen that was blocking the "land of confusion loop", we added another bridge and armoured some roots to improve the flow through the XC plateau. We worked our way down Yummy Numby ...