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Grant's Getaways
Written by Ryan   
Thursday, 20 October 2011 10:19

Grant McOmie and crew stopped by last Saturday and helped photo-document our Freeride Area Build Day at Stub Stewart State Park.  Some great exposure here- Great Work Grant and Crew!

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2011 10:30
 
Event Calendar updated with end-of-year 2011 volunter trail Build Days!
Written by Builder   
Monday, 12 September 2011 08:44

Our event calendar has been updated with 2011 end-of-year events!  October 1st, 2011 marks the unofficial start to the 2011 Trail-Build season so we are kicking it off in style- in the dirt.

Check our updated event calendar here.

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The 2011-2012 Build season is shaping up to be a great one.  Let's throw the shovels a little harder this year.

 
July 16 & 17 Stub Stewart State Park – Trail Build Weekend (July Monsoon?)
Written by Ryan   
Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:28

 

Usually a Summer trail build weekend is “faux pas”, especially being scheduled in mid-July. The dirt is almost always too dry to work with and finding willing volunteers (that aren’t out enjoying ideal riding conditions) is a tough job.

With the perpetual Spring-season that had yet to loosen it’s grip and the growing excitement over the up-and-coming Stub Stewart State Park Freeride Area, we decided to go out on a limb. And boy, did it pay off…

On Saturday we had 10 glowing faces show up to spend their Saturday digging in the dirt, giving back to the sport that they love. Despite the drizzly weather (a few outright downpours), we put in several hours of building on “Drip-Torch”, the intermediate-level difficulty “flow” trail. The ST240 Single-Track trail machine was rented (via courtesy North-West Trail Alliance) and helped with some heavy lifting and also served as motivation for the volunteers. Throughout the day, we cleared a long section of trail and rough-formed a few features (berms, jump, and rock-garden). Despite the conditions, these hard-working and optimistic volunteers worked until near-exhaustion. We called it a day.

Sunday greeted us with early-morning drizzle, followed by a tropical monsoon. Naturally, our crew was smaller so we decided to tackle sawing and clearing the beginner trail, to prepare for tread/trail/feature construction. We flagged this trail back in March and since then, the foliage had grown in and hidden most of the flags. This was bush-whacking at it’s finest. We cleared a tunnel through the vine-maple, pitching logs and branches where we could. This trail is going to have a closed in, tunnel type-feel through a few sections. (Think- covered waterslide)

We are now chainsaw-use approved, we have authorization to use the Park’s John Deere “Gators”, and also have access and the training to use NTWA’s ST240. Just a couple months ago, we had no access to any of these aids. This changes everything.

Thank you to all those volunteers who came out this weekend. Your commitment to creating new places to ride will be opening many doors in the future. Let’s keep up the fight!

*Elements of this trail build day partially funded by a tourism development grant from the Washington County Visitor's Association.


Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 14:18
 
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