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 ...
LOTS 1st Anniversary/Grand opening
Well, that was fun! I could not count all the high fives, but a whole bunch of riders were out celebrating our new trail last weekend.
OUR new trail.
Over 200 individuals volunteered to make this experience possible! Whether you were digging on the mountain or performing some heavy lifting in the meeting rooms and committees, I want to extend another huge thank you!
Sometimes less is more... confusing. We've been installing many trail sign posts and listening to feedback ...
The dry weather continues. After 6 weeks of pole-saw work, we feel like we are losing direction... seems appropriate to install some trail signs. We put in close to 30 posts and ran out of name plates/arrows.
While in the north end of town, we decided to begin "de-beach-ing" the new entrance to Comfortably numb. It's a bit of an experiment since we've never dealt with such light and perfect sand. Current conditions still warrant extra-fat tires. More rock will be needed, ...
What a great (stay)cation! I normally escape Whistler for Crankworx to go explore less crowded, new (to me) trails. However, watching Jesse Melamed climb to the highest step, taking friends up to the "Lord of the Squirrels", testing bikes and taking a helicopter ride reminded me why the world wants to visit our town.
I was hoping that the solar eclipse would give our overbaked trails some respite, but alas, the dry weather continues. So, the trail crew is back on the ...
First: "Trial and Error" and "Big Kahuna" are temporarily closed for some blasting work and construction at the RMOW water treatment plant. You can ride Kahuna as an out-and-back if you really need to get your no-flow fix.
We added "Billy Epic", "99'er" and "Cheap Thrills" to the list of trails with improved sight-lines and choking.
Our necks are sore from using polesaws and loppers for the last month and we're ready to chill out for a bit.
The trail crew is off for ...
A short week with the crew due to the smoke; "Howler" de-branch, choke and rake is done, with some bog fill thrown in for good measure. Have a go if your lungs can handle that climb.
Speaking of lung busting climbs, The Sproatt Epic loop (that's right, I said Epic.) is finally open! It's extra Epic with smoke, leftover snow, horse flies and -2 Celsius water in Camp lake (temperature of the lake could be an exaggeration).
Tim Haggerty, Jerome David and I ...
The hype is real! I guess some people just can't help themselves. Hopefully the Lord of the Squirrels (LOTS) poachers can also come out and help repair the damage caused... to the trail and to the reputation of mountain bikers.
MTB advocates have been lobbying for the opportunity to ride our bikes in the alpine for years. It was the first point of business in the formation of WORCA in 1989. It took 25 years before we got a chance to put ...