Shop Local for the Holidays!

Shopping for the holidays?  Make your gifts more meaningful by supporting your local businesses!  These businesses have been supporting the WMBC and giving back to the community.  Lets return the favor and spread the cheer!

For the complete list of sponsors click here: http://wmbcmtb.org/wmbc-sponsors/

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Trail Director Takes Bellingham City Councilman for a Tour of Galbraith

WMBC Trail Director, Eric Brown takes Bellingham city councilman Michael Lilliquist for a tour of Galbraith mountain so that he can experience what mountain biking is like in Bellingham.  Here’s what he had to say.
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Should the city invest in recreation and mountain biking on Galbraith Mountain?Galbraith is private commercial forestry land, located just outside city limits, that has also been a popular home for mountain biking and hiking, under a special arrangement with the owners. For several years people have been talking about making this arrangement permanent, through recreational easements and access agreements.The city could be a partner financially and otherwise.

To get a firsthand look and experience it for myself, I accepted an offer to go for a ride today with Eric Brown, Trail Director for the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. wmbcmtb.org. WMBC builds and maintains the trails, and help to police the property so that it can still be harvested for timber.

And I’d like to thank Kevin of Transition Bikes, for loaning me his personal Smuggler to ride. Spoiled me for sure.
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Given Bellingham’s reputation as a mecca for outdoor recreation, this seems like a natural fit. Can we have both, and so nearby? This is after all not a pristine forest, but managed timber land. What do you think?

— with Michael Lilliquist.

Follow his thread on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LilliquistForCityCouncil?fref=photo

OR, if you’re not on Facebook, and would like to show your support for this idea, send Michael and the city council an email at:   mlilliquist@cob.org and ccmail@cob.org

Jacks Build Day on Sunday December 7th

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Head’s up! There will be a Ridge / Miranda build day this Sunday sponsored by Jacks Homegrown Racing from 9 – 2. The plan is to drain/rake the trail of all the leaves, do tread repair and re-build the cribbed section that has started to fail. Help lend a hand on what is arguably the most used trail on the mountain and then go home and watch the Hawks kick the Eagles butts!

Here’s a link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1509165279359080/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

 

November 30th Trail Day: Double Black Diamond Reroute

We had a stellar crew of16  builders out in the frigid cold working on the biggest reroute on Double Black Diamond.  While the entrance to the reroute isn’t done, yet, we did get to where the exit will tie back into original DBD.

Andrew Wiley and Josh Poulsen working on a beautiful bench.

Andrew Wiley and Josh Poulsen working on a beautiful bench.

Bill Evans and David Conley digging up lots of Chuckanut sandstone to form a base for a bench.

Bill Evans and David Conley digging up lots of Chuckanut sandstone to form a base for a bench.

Lacy and Kevin's section:  before

Lacy and Kevin’s section: before

Lacy and Kevin's section:  After

Lacy and Kevin’s section: After

Devon was our youngest out there yesterday and worked hard all day.

Devon was our youngest out there yesterday and worked hard all day.

New section that drops through a small ravine.

New section that drops through a small ravine.

Jesse Griffin working on a section before a slight uphill.

Jesse Griffin working on a section before a slight uphill.

Jon cleaning out the organic.

Jon cleaning out the organic.

The crew was super efficient leap-frogging each other down the hill with lot of super nice benching taking place.

Rowan Yerxa and Bill Evans gettin' er done.

Rowan Yerxa and Bill Evans gettin’ er done.

Trish Griffen knocking out some benching.

Trish Griffen knocking out some benching.

Our plan is to work on the entrance to this section this week and get that dialed before we start to decommission the old section.

Grasshopper Build Day Summary

Yesterday was the first trail work day of the 2014/2015 build season on Grasshopper Trail at Galbraith Mountain. We roughed-in a loooo0o0ng berm just after the Alexis Step-Up. We removed two stumps and threw a hell of a lot of dirt.
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting the turnout to be so large on a day when there was trail work happening right down the road on Blanchard Mountain too. This didn’t seem to make much of an impact though, because we had 14 people come out to work! I think it really demonstrates the commitment of the trail users in the Bellingham community! Despite me being a bit unprepared for the number of people, we worked it out and did a pretty good job of keeping everyone busy.
Thanks to all involved including Shami, Austin, and Sonni Campbell, Chad Anderson, Dan Benowitz, Raf Torres, Darren Postma, Levi Postma, Logan Matz, Jim, Rodd Pemble, Ryan Roberts, and Ambrose Zhi.
-Mike
Angus rolling a rock

Angus rolling a rock

Grasshopper Work Crew

Grasshopper Work Crew

Manual Mike has adopted Grasshopper and has prepared a list of build days for the year.  Below is a message from him regarding where to go, what to do, and what to expect.

First off, here’s the list of upcoming build days:

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 28, 2014

And here’s his letter:

“I provide the tools. Just ride up on your bike and meet me at the Alexis Step-Up Jump (see picture below). You can’t miss it! Take Fire Circle trail at the top of the Wall fire road climb, turn left on Grasshopper (There is a sign now) and ride down the trail until you see the jump. All work days start at 12 noon and go for 3 to 5 hours. Bring gloves and a snack.
I will also do additional days as time allows.  Email me your name, and phone number and I’ll make sure you get added to the email and text lists. (manualmike@gmail.com ) and here’s his website: www.manualmike.com
Thanks! “
-Mike
Alexis Step Up

Alexis Step Up

Blanchard Mountain Trailday – This Saturday!

Blanchard Mountain Trailday – This Saturday!

Join us on Saturday morning to help complete a reroute of the Lily-Lizard Lake connector.   This new section will change a former fall line trail between the lakes into a nicely graded bench cut that is rideable from either direction.

We’ll be meeting at the Upper Trailhead at 9:45 AM and then plan to drive up near the work site around 10. From our parking location, we’ll bushwhack in and then hike the upper section Alternate Incline to connect in with the Lily/Lizard trail. Our work zone will be just uphill from Lizard Lake. Based on the progress we already have made, we expect this to take 3-4 hours to complete the last section, so we’ll be driving off the mountain around 2 PM.

We’ll provide coffee and pastries in the morning, but bring some water and snacks. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring work gloves. We’ll, of course, provide tools, but if you have one you want to bring, please do so.

Directions:

From Bellingham, head south on I5 and take exit 240 (Alger exit). Go right (west) on Lake Samish Road for approx.. ½ mile and take a left on Barrell Springs road. Follow Barrel Springs Road a mile or two and then take a right on Lily Lake Road (there is a sign for Blanchard Mountain). Drive up the dirt road and go past the lower trailhead with the bathrooms. Continue to the upper trailhead (be sure to go past the left turn that goes towards the Samish Overlook/Hanglider takeoff) and we’ll meet there.

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Educating our Local Government

Matt Durand (former WMBC President) and Eric Brown (Trail Director) had recently presented to both the city and county council on the economic benefits of mountain biking on a community.  Included in the presentation is information explaining what WMBC does and what we’re planning on doing in the future. Click here on WMBC_City_Council_Presentation (1) to see a copy of the presentation and learn more about the WMBC.

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2014 Fall Trail Building Academy and Upper Scorpion Reroute

We had a great group of 17 folks who attended our 3rd Fall Trail Building Academy.  Most of the attendees were from our TAP program, but we had a few that were just there to learn more about proper trail design and maintenance.

Day 1 was a classroom style setting where we had discussions around proper trail design and maintenance.  Many thanks to Mark Wood from the NSMBA who led the discussion again and provided a ton of passion and insight into the challenges we face in the PNW desiging and maintaining trails in our wet climate.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy  -Mark Wood leading the day.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – EB giving some “color commentary”.

Day 2 was focused on taking those fundamentals learned in the classroom and applying them in the real world.  While we had a foggy and damp day on Galbraith, it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as we worked on a reroute on Upper Scorpion.  We did some drainage and maintenance and then were able to build new trail:  Items like removing all organic materials, building a proper bench cut and considering drainage at every step along the way.  The trail academy students were joined by a few experienced builders (Jeff Jaap, Andrew Trimakas and James Waltman) who helped lead the day to ensure that any questions were answered during the build day.

Great news is we got the new re-route tied into the old section of Scorpion!  It’s going to require another pass and some time to sit and compact, but will be a really awesome new section.  Our plan is to give the entire trail more love this season to breathe new life into an old classic.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh Gold

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh Gold

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Brendan and Drew cleaning up a section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Csaba and Rhett after a day of digging.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – For your viewing pleasure.

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2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Javon and Drew on our way out.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy –  Fresh Gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh dirt on a berm.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Fresh gold!

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Andrew Wiley and Miles getting organic cleared before moving gold in place.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Andrew Wiley and Miles getting organic cleared before moving gold in place.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Kevin Menard with Apple Jack

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Kevin Menard with Apple Jack

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - discussing the next section with Jeff, Jesse and Mike.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – discussing the next section with Jeff, Jesse and Mike.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Rosemary and Csaba tamping in fresh gold and checking for outslope.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Rosemary and Csaba tamping in fresh gold and checking for outslope.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Jesse Griffen getting the last left berm dialed.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Jesse Griffen getting the last left berm dialed.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - EB discussing the flow into the next section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – EB discussing the flow into the next section.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy - Rhett Dixon getting a section to gold.

2014 Fall Trail Building Academy – Rhett Dixon getting a section to gold.

Cheech and Chongs Gets Some Love

The boys at Transition Bikes got out and tuned up Cheech and Chongs Wild ride with two new cribbed in berms and some feature buffing. They also added a re-route around the old downhill log ride to add more trail and flow with less breaking. The re-route is not open yet but will be later this week.

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