Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Saturday October 4th

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Build Day: Jacks/Homegrown Racing Trail Day at Galby

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Date: Sunday, September 21st
Time: 9am to 1pm
Location: Miranda and Ridge

 

** Bring gloves, appropriate build day clothing, and of course, some friends!

Get your Photos/Videos in for Shoot the Trails

It’s coming up quick.  This is just a reminder that submissions for photos and videos are due on October 6th!

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Thank you Tonia and Terrain Gym! We appreciate your support!

 

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Thank you Tonia and Terrain Gym for putting together a fundraiser on behalf of the WMBC.  We appreciate your financial support of our organization and will continue to work towards developing skills zones for beginner riders.

 

 

 

Become a WMBC Supporter!

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To learn more about how you can get one your hands on one of these stickers and show everyone that you are a Supporter of the WMBC click here: http://wmbcmtb.org/donate-to-the-wmbc/

WWU Grad Student Develops Online Galbraith Map

Virginia J. Cleaveland, M.Ed. in environmental education candidate, has developed an interactive website as the culminating project for her master’s degree. The project was created in collaboration with Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition and Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment and Computer Science Department.

The website will allow WMBC to provide an official source of information about the trails at Galbraith Mountain to local recreationists and potential visitors. It includes trail information such as length in miles; open/closed status; elevation profiles; recommended routes for trail runners and mountain bikers; photos; points of interest including local shops, parking lots, kiosks, viewpoints and emergency checkpoints; and more.

GalbraithMountainMap.com was launched on June 6th and is now available for free.  Thank you Virginia for all of your hard work and collaboration for making this project happen.
For more information regarding this map, please email galbraithmtmap@gmail.com

To view this map click here: http://www.galbraithmountainmap.com/

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Galbraith Gets Top Mountain Bike Trails in Washington

This is a great map from singletracks.com of the best mountain bike trails per state. Galbraith gets top honors for Washington which means all our hard work is really paying off.

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2014 WMBC User Survey Results

Many thanks to those that responded to the 2014 Survey questions.  Below is a link to the Summary document.

http://kevinmenard.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/2014_wmbc_survey_summary1.pdf

About the Sample:

Over the course of a 10 week period between January 30th and April 18th, the WMBC conducted a survey to target trail users recreating on Galbraith Mountain and elsewhere in Whatcom County.  This survey was done entirely online utilizing surveymonkey web-based software.  The survey was sent out to the WMBC’s email list and promoted on the WMBC site, Facebook, Ridegalbraith.com, and mtbr.com.  Additionally, it was sent out to the Bellingham trail running community as well.

After a respondent completed the online survey, a cookie was dropped on their computer to ensure they couldn’t fill it out the survey more than once.  If a respondent tried to access the online survey again, they were redirected to the WMBC’s website (www.wmbcmtb.org).

Respondents were asked about their use of Galbraith Mountain trails, frequency of use, transportation and access points, preferred riding styles, gender, age, duration of visit, family income, mt. biking experience and area of residence.  For any non-Whatcom County residents, we asked about their use of local businesses during their visits to Galbraith Mountain.  For residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, we asked them about the importance of trails in their overall lives.

Profile of Typical Galbraith Trail User:

The typical respondent is male, between 30-49 years old, with ten years plus of mountain biking experience and an annual family income of $50k+ .  They use Galbraith Mountain weekly spending 2-3 hours on the trails.  Because the typical respondent lives in Bellingham, they often ride to the trails and recreate with groups consisting of anywhere between 2-5 people.

Tourism:

Riders residing outside of Bellingham or Whatcom County represented 31.5% of total respondents.  These people are affluent (67% with an income of $70k+) and 53% spend a minimum of $40 per visit at breweries, restaurants, hotels, gas stations, bike shops and supermarkets.  72% of them visit Bellingham at least quarterly (and 25% monthly) to recreate on our trails.  Non-locals responded with 83% preferring All Mountain, 54% Cross Country, 43% Downhill and 38% Freeride.

The characteristics of the 749 respondents are detailed in the document attached.

April 4th Trail Day Summary: Zodiac Aerospace on Whoopsie Woodle

We had a small but dedicated crew of 16 volunteers from Zodiac Aerospace working on reopening a section of Whoopsie Woodle impacted by the recent logging last Friday.  The trail was damaged beyond recognition and buried with debris, so a short reroute was put in above the logged area and through a small stand of cedars.  The damaged section of trail had a couple switch back corners followed by a shallow creek crossing and a long straight uphill.  The reroute will avoid the uphill straight section and cross the creek a bit higher up the hill which should keep the downhill flow of the trail going all the way to the rock slab corner down lower.  Materials for a cedar bridge over the soggy creek are being gathered, and should be completed in the next week or two.

A big thank you to those who took a little time away from work to give back to the trails and Zodiac Aerospace for supporting the WMBC’s TAP!  The TAP volunteers will be back out again in a few weeks to pick up where we left off.

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April 7th Galbraith Trail and Logging Update:

Quick update on Recent Trail work and Timber Harvest Activity:

Janicki Logging is going to stay on the mountain for an extra week with the goal of thinning in the Upper Ridge, FF Center, Upper Bob’s and Cedar Dust areas.  WE’D HIGHLY ENCOURAGE

Logging in the Upper Ridge / Kiosk area.

Logging in the Upper Ridge / Kiosk area.

RIDERS TO STAY OUT OF THIS AREA DURING WEEKDAYS UNTIL 3:30!!   These trails will be flagged off with signage as necessary.  If you absolutely must go up the north side during weekdays, please use the road from the Big Gnarly/viewpoint on the Ridge or alternatively go over to the Old UP by SST.

Trails that are NOW Open:

Evolution, U Line, Scorpion, Whoopsie Woodle, Papa Bear, Lost Sole and Goldilocks.  Papa Bear, Lost Sole and Goldilocks were just cleared and will get some further cleanup this week.  Lower Whoopsie Woodle will see a new bridge as well.

Trails that are currently or will be CLOSED:

Bob’s and the Upper Ridge – Janicki is actively harvesting in this area.

PT is still really mushy, but Freehub Mag has gone in and done some impressive work to fix one of those sections.  Hopefully with a bit more dry weather, it can get re-opened asap.

 NOTE:  Family Fun Center and Cedar Dust will be closed shortly.

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