Trail nights coming soon!
The trail crew started the week with some finishing touches on the new “Yummy Numby” bypass. We assembled the 2 northbound switchbacks in the next section and prepared it for the return of Tuesday dig night (September 4th). The meeting point to get your dig on is the start of “Yummy Numby” at 5:30 pm.
Smoke and Dust
If you’re looking for an easy breathing pedal with minimal dust, head over to “Cut Yer Bars”. We added some signage, choked ...
My favorite riding experience is the “first time on a trail that is new to me”. I love the surprises, the unexpected and the thrill of discovery. That makes leaving Whistler a sure hit into the great unknown. Every town in BC is riddled with trails waiting to be experienced. I ventured to Revelstoke, Sol mountain and Sun Peaks and the thrill was high! Each location offered stunning alpine trails with never ending views, twists and turns. And critters!
Unexpectedly, I ...
Taking out the “Trash”
With the thermometer and fire rating getting extreme, we tried to beat the heat by working riverside. “Trash” had some sections that were slumping away. We replaced rotten wood supports with fresh cedar or rock. Lots of rock. Lucky for us, Lex the endurance runner helped all day! To re-cap the trail, we used refreshing river water to make sticky “putty”.
“Trash” was a busy place! We’ve not worked through so much traffic all season. I needed some quiet ...
BC Hydro have completed the re-re-upgrade of their Lower Sproatt road... Perfect timing to announce that the new “Green Jello” section of the dessert platter is done! 40 WORCA campers came out to learn about trail building and help complete this short but very difficult to build segment. The fully volunteer effort battled deep duff! We had already run 2 Tuesday night digs on this section but these kids got to experience the thrill of the last bucket of dirt AND first tracks!
Brushcut Tuesdays took us to “Kill Me, Thrill Me” and “North of Town” for some more powerline cooking. We did get lucky timing-wise as the recent weather had caused the lichen to bloom. What a colourful sight! Also: huckleberries are starting to ripen too.
We were graced with volunteer help for the entire week! Our trail work obsessed friend Rob has been coming to Whistler to vacation-dig for several years now. He was keen to go camping so we doubled ...
Trailbuilding is like a box of chocolates
We spend a lot of time looking for rocks to repair sections of trail. I don’t usually ask myself “what’s under that rock?” before ultimately finding out. The most common discovery: an ant colony, instantly thrown into chaos from the sudden apocalypse (SAVE THE EGGS!!!). Some of them bite, so I will leave that rock for a bit while they retreat (deeper) underground. This week, I stumbled upon what appears to be a centipede lair: ...
Santa Cruz Bicycles has contributed an additional $500 towards the Cultured Climb trail on top of the $1,362 that was donated with Steel City Media from ticket sales of the Gamble Movie premiere.
These donations plus the $1,000 donated by Vorsprung Suspension means that we have raised $5,724 out of the $10,000 needed to build the Cultured Climb trail, thanks to the RMOW matching up to $5,000 in donations.
Local trail builder Zander Stathearn took it upon himself to obtain planning permission to build the Cultured ...
April showers bring June overgrown trails
It's time for annual haircuts on our powerline and logging clear-cut trails. The May false start to the summer really got the Thimbleberry and Alder growing! The direct sunlight might be nice for plants but running a chainsaw/brushcutter for hours is less pleasant. We picked the coolest days to give "Hot Dog Alley","Beaver Pass/Pond" and "River runs through it" the first trim. We also started on the long ignored "lower Babylon"/"See Colours and Puke" loop.
Nature alert! Renee found an "owl pellet" and Pat noticed the sweet bear claw mark on a tree (see photos below).
Pat and I tested ...
Too hot to set "Green Jello"
This week got started with a scorcher: hot enough to keep the bugs away!
Trek Dirt Series sponsored the last trail night of the spring. 25 Tuesday diggers got a full workout moving 267 buckets of rock and dirt to cap last week's 130 metre bottomless duff trench (all numbers are approximations).
This section of "Lower Sproatt" still needs some work before opening it... we will wait until BC Hydro has completely completed their work on the new-new-road to connect it. ...
We started this week by sharpening all of the tools to tackle the "Green Jello" re-route (of the Lower Sproatt road). Tuesday night diggers were up against the deepest duff of the season! There was enough red rot under the green moss to consider changing the project name to "Red Velvet Cake". The cold beer and snacks were provided by long-time trail crew supporter Pritchard!
Next week (June 19) we'll close out the spring Tuesday dig nights by finishing this same project with support from Trek ...