A great sprint to the finish
We’ve been graced with outstanding weather for November trailwork this year! The bonus opportunity moved our Lord Of The Squirrels buffing to the exit of LESS. We focused on the short climbs that for some people had become the cruxes of the trail. Roots are armoured and capped, drains are wide open and ready for the eventual rains. We hope to beat the melt next spring and shake things up a little bit more before re-unveiling ...
Golden Gate analogy
“They” say that it takes 7 years to paint the Golden Gate bridge. Starting in San-Francisco, by the time the crews reach the Marin headlands, it’s time to start again.That’s not really how it works: the crews do a lot of back and forth with touch-ups and other repairs.
The trail crew’s task list is a little bit like that. By the time we get done at one end of the valley, the to-do list has filled up with projects ...
Piece of Cake complete!
The community has been blessed with some foul weather that pushed the trail crew back down to Lower Sproatt… to finish the bigger Piece of Cake. As the snowline crept down, we stacked rocks and moved countless buckets (of mud) in the cold driving rain.
We kept the big finish quiet to let the new tread dry up… until now. The extension now connects Piece of Cake seamlessly into A la Mode and Mid Danimal.
Go give it a try ...
Thankful for Gore-Tex!
The seasons have changed rather dramatically! After a cold shock, the rains (and snow) have started. Sproatt alpine trails are closed for the season, so we seized the opportunity for some Lord of the Squirrels maintenance.
The trail has gone through some rough weather: crazy dry seasons that turned its smooth gold into dust, followed by a rather wet one that pulled away whatever mineral soil was left, exposing uneven roots and chasms between them.
“Cut all the roots!” I’ve been ...
Almost a Piece of Cake…
We finished our season of Tuesday Dig Nights in style: smokies by a smokey fire and black forest cake in the black of night.
Of course there was some dirt diggin’ done before the chilly chillin’.
Santa Cruz Bikes sponsored a heated final party for 34 folks who braved the cold to work up a sweat. The trail isn’t quite ready for tires yet, although, we managed to de-duff the remaining 100 metres of the Piece of cake extension. ...
High side refresh
We can really get a lot done when we focus on one project for the entire week: All it took was a couple of Tuesday Dig Nights and an IMBA canada trail building seminar to re-route 2 steep, chunky sections on the High Side Trail.
I must admit that the Cheakamus zone is blessed with a geological makeup conducive to pleasant digging. Other than the one big rock, it’s thin layer of duff and bottomless gold mineral soil were no ...
(Really) wet season is upon us and the daytime highs aren’t helping anything to dry. Clogged drains are making puddles and organic matter is getting pounded into black muck. This was a prominent problem on the Far Out trail. We tackled muck so thick that shovels were needed to scrape the sloppy mess. The fire thinning probably dropped most of those cones and needles onto the trail but seasonal raking would have helped. Far out was also ready for some ...
A River Runs Through It upgrades
I went for an inspection/planning walk with the RMOW trails leads to discuss substantial renovation plans. On top of completing the Bart’s Dark flow line, the “main” section of ARRTI, which periodically floods out the trail, will be getting some much needed upgrades and a re-route to higher ground. A lot of the woodwork along this section needs replacing and most of the legacy features will be rebuilt. The WORCA trail crew will partake in this ...
“What are you guys doing?” asked the panting teen as he walked his bike up the Lower Sproatt road.
“We’re extending the Piece of Cake climbing trail!”
roughly 15 years after the short but awesome “Piece of cake” and “A la Mode” trails were built, the vision to connect them is finally underway. We broke ground on the extension at this week’s Tuesday Dig Night. 25 Folks came out to work the dirt despite the looming showers.
“Many hands make light work” but the ...
2019 Board of Directors Nominations
Running for President: Dale Mikkelsen
The skills/experience that make you a strong candidate for the position:
I am the current President of WORCA and have been in the role for one season. I feel that our 2019 season has been very successful, in part due to our very effective Board, our Ops Manager, and an open approach to what WORCA does well and what WORCA needs to improve upon. I feel that part of this was my part as ...