It looks like summer is melting its way into the Whistler valley and that can only mean that fresh trail reports are on the horizon! Here's the first one of 2019:
This season, the trail crew will revisit some of the harder to get to bike destinations around the valley including Jane lakes and Comfortably Numb. We'll continue upgrading our ageing bridges (Get over it, Kill me Thrill me, Billy Epic) and armouring the most heavily "loved" trails (LOTS, LESS, Howler, Foreplay). Stay ...
What a year!
The 2018 trail maintenance season started off quite reactionary: A lot of work was dictated by natural and man-made “disasters”: loads of deadfall, a debris flow event on Sproatt creek, fire thinning work and upgrading of the Lower Sproatt BC Hydro road. Great efforts were put forward to re-open, re-connect and re-create sections of trail damaged or completely lost. I think it was July by the time we could start ticking-off stuff on the pre-planned “To-do list”.
We ran 13 ...
T’was a pleasant month for working in the woods. The fall colours, mushrooms, brisk air and stunning sunsets (!) calling the team back to civilization. I suppose we’ll need flashlights next week. Beyond the pleasant weather, it’s been a treat to pick at the to-do list. Signs are going up, bridges are getting replaced, tools getting winterized and new trail approvals are coming in... I’ll let the President make the announcement.
Renee just got back from Alaska and joined us to explore a ...
We ran our last trail night of the season this week. Sadface. It wasn’t for lack of interest; the axial tilt of our planet has made daylight sparse.
The Lower Sproatt armagedon (BC Hydro road re-opening) was at first a huge Bummer, then an inconvenience and finally an opportunity. We’ve been presented with a chance to make the trail better than ever. I tend to obsess over such a challenge and wanted to see if the community would also jump ...
The trail crew was (mostly) off for the last 2 weeks. Benoit and Renee are traveling and I've been re-certifying the OFA level 3 (First aid). My head is so full of new and refreshed information that I hope to never need...
Before tackling any task with the crew, I try to imagine the storytelling afterwards: If the word "sketchy" comes up, we change the plan. So far, that strategy has kept my real world first aid experience to band-aid application! ...
Tuesday night action!
The Garbanzo Bike and Bean crew came out to lay dirt on some unfinished parts of the “Yummy Numby singletrack is better than roads” project last Tuesday. We called it a night literally (it was getting dark!) for stories and refreshments by the creek. We’ll be back in there on October 2nd.
Next week, (Sept 25th) we’ll be putting finishing touches on the “Cultured Climb” with Howler Contracting. Meet at the top of Alpine way at 5:30!
I enjoy the thrill that ...
Seriously, “Get over it” repairs
I got to play “creative carpenter” this week while repairing some sections of woodwork on “Get Over It”. There was a huge difference in wear between segments of the highpoint bridge. While some parts were reduced to pulp, others were solid. I don’t like to be wasteful with resources in the woods... so, we removed the dead wood, re-anchored the good and built new individual segments that won’t complicate the next renovation.
Not all the rotten bits were ...
LOTS ride 2.0
Well that was fun! We lucked out with perfect weather for our annual “Lord of the Squirrels” ride and party. I’ve included some pictures for those of you not already following #lordofthesquirrels on instagram.
I eat a special proprietary blend of Mini Wheats, Muesli, Cheerios, dark chocolate, dried fruit, seeds and nuts to fuel my forest time. I eat at my computer and start my day reading the latest trailforks.com trail reports. This is where YOU the trail users ...
Well that dropped quickly!
The mercury that is. With rain mixed in, the past week felt more like October than August. This gave us the green light to fire up the chainsaws again, so we headed into the depths of “Comfortably Numb” for some bridge replacements. We also armoured and smoothed out sections that had become extra rowdy.
Sweet notches Chris (Markle)!
I’m not a carpenter, so I pay close attention to the original builder’s “assembly” when I need to replace an existing bridge. ...
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 ...