Posts Tagged: Trail Work Update

Trails Update: May 17, 2019

Yummy Numby 2.0 The trail known as Yummy Numby was first created to access the technical rock slab section of Comfortably Numb (Foreplay). Eventually, “outside the box” thinkers tried turning right at the junction with Foreplay… this became even more popular. I’ve always felt that Yummy Numby was incomplete: The road section followed by the relentless steep and loose doubletrack grunt didn’t mesh with the rest of the experience (forest singletrack). After many walks, rolls of flagging tape and map study, Whistler-Blackcomb approved ... Read more

Trails Update: May 8, 2019

The night before Tuesday 'Twas the night before Tuesday, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The flagging was laid in the forest with care, In hopes that keen diggers would soon be there… I lose sleep over this. Seriously. For the first few trail nights, I’m like a child on the night before christmas: Filled with unrelenting anticipation. Will anyone show up? Did I flag enough work if hundreds show? Who’ll build up that rockwall? Will there be ... Read more

Trails Update: May 3, 2019

Danimal South Following a land swap, the RMOW has tasked WORCA with managing the historical singletrack trails in the south end of the “Westside Zone”. These trails include “Piece of Cake”, “Moose Knuckles”, “Butterflies and Flowers”, “THC” and “Danimal south”. We’ve undertaken some upgrades (armouring roots/ holes and berming into the climbs) to upper Danimal south and THC as they will become the ultimate exit from the Sproatt big ride: Mystic>Rocks>Squirrels>Chipmunk>Waste>Danimal>THC. Vollie trail nights It’s time to get (a little) dirty! The first ... Read more

Trails Update: April 25, 2019

Chainsaws and rakes and birds It sounds like spring in the woods. Love is literally in the air… I mean for birds of course. Males are loudly wooing ladybirds and established couples are claiming their turf. There’s a lot of tweeting going on but that chorus is interrupted by the rhythmic scraping of rakes and steady wail of 2-stroke trail clearing machines. Winter’s been blustery and every trail has a fresh coat of treetop trimmings (often, the whole tree). The trail crew ... Read more

Trails Update: April 12, 2019

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: Plans. 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 ... Read more

Trails Update – Season Finale: Nov 1 2018

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 ... Read more

Trails Update: Oct 15-19, 2018

Rocktober!  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 ... Read more

Trails Update: Oct 8-12, 2018

 Thank you!  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 ... Read more

Trails Update: Oct 1-5, 2018

Because Safety!  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! ... Read more

Trails Update: Sep 17-21, 2018

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!  Deadline!  I enjoy the thrill that ... Read more