Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association's response to the Cheakamus Community Forest 2018 Planned Harvesting and Fuel Treatment:
WORCA have reviewed the 2018 planned harvesting and fuel treatment plans presented by the CCF and would like to offer the following comments for consideration. We have appreciated the collaborative nature of the relationship between our organizations and continue to see opportunities to work together to achieve outcomes that seek to serve both parties in a productive fashion in the years ahead.
One thing that would greatly ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thanks to some moisture falling from the sky, we went back into Comfortably Numb to continue smoothing it out. We've made it through the Golden Door and are working our way back towards Yummy Numby capping our fresh armouring from earlier this summer.
We've also added more rock and capping to the new start (Secret North)... the first "customers" cleaned it without a sweat!
Lower Sproatt closure
BC Hydro will be re-activating the "Lower Sproatt" double track (into a utility road) in the coming ...