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 ...
My "to-do" list is ever growing and some projects are more complex than others:
-cut dead-fall on this
-brushcut this and that
-re-position 2500 lb bridge that got pushed down stream by a debris-flow
With a lot of planning, some expert advise and unfamiliar equipment, we finally got the "Industrial Waste" bridge back in position!Huge thank you to Kevin and Bart at RMOW parks and trails and Chris for the extra muscle on moving day!
(check out the timelapse of the move HERE).
I now feel ...
"Hey! There's a trail!"
This week, we mowed the lawn in the Cheakamus zone. Your derailleur should be free of vegetation on "Garbage", "Just Another Bike Trail", "Trash", and "Runaway Train".
It's fun to finish what we started: Tuesday dig night got it done on the "Hot Dog Alley> Scotia Creek" climb. Thanks to everyone who helped get this great upgrade done! We've run several trail nights on this one, and, Giant Whistler Bike Co. provided the beer for the final push and "ribbon cutting ...
We fired up the brushsaw this week to give "Cut Yer' Bars" a trim. We also patched up the wooden features on the segment that takes you back to the school. We opted for a simple (decking only) repair since this piece of trail will become a segment of valley trail in the next few years.
We patched up, armoured and capped eroded sections of 99'er and the "Lower Sproatt" singletrack descent. Capping with dirt makes it all look so smooth and ...
"The Muffin Man is seated at the table
In the laboratory of the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen..." -Frank Zappa
This year's Whistler Waldorf School week was digging close to the school:In Lost Lake! The Class of 2021 (currently in grade 9) broke ground on a section of trail I've wished existed since we poured cement on "Central Scrutinizer"...
We successfully built the first part of "Muffin Man", connecting the "Central Scrutinizer" to "Comfortably Numb" (at the frisbee golf course). Ultimately, it will reach "jelly ...
The band is back together and it's nice to be in the woods!
Benoit and Renee are fresh off of the Whistler Learning Center's "Basic Chainsaw Safety" course just in time to clear the insane amount of blowdown on Section 102 and Azrael. There were well over 50 trees blocking the trail (perhaps more on the ground than left standing...) and we also took the opportunity to fix the slumps by the emerald reservoir. Remember to check this "dust free zone" when ...
A wordy but important trails and planning update:
After a long and active winter we’re starting to finally see the dirt again and also seeing what winters damage has done. This is a very active spring in a number of ways and we’re going to need a lot of understanding and patience from trail users as we work through our priorities.
WORCA in conjunction with our community partners will be asking riders to respect all spring seasonal closures on sensitive trails to help ...
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 ...