Brushing Day Recap – Thanks to Fairhaven Runners and Walkers!

Fairhaven Runners and Walkers

Fairhaven Runners and Walkers

On June 13th, we had a divide and conquer  brushing trail day.  With the amount of logging happening all over the hill over the past five years, many more trails need to be brushed these days, so it’s critical to have a big group out getting some of the more popular routes brushed.

With almost 20 people, we brushed 1/2 of Whoopsie Woodle, Keystone, the exit of Mullet, Lower Pig and 911.

Many Thanks to Steve Roguski and Fairhaven Runners and Walkers for the sponsorship and for the help that day!

Brush grows fast in the clearcuts!

Brush grows fast in the clearcuts!

Keystone Brushing

Keystone Brushing

Brushing the Lower Pig

Brushing the Lower Pig

Fairhaven Runners Brushing Day

Fairhaven Runners Brushing Day

Saturday Build Day on Larrabee (meet at 9 AM) – Sponsored by Fairhaven Pizza

Fairhaven Pizza

Fairhaven Pizza

We’re going to have a Larrabee build day on Double Down (current name) this Saturday.  The plan is to get some of the rougher sections of the trail dialed in and, more importantly, connect from DBD down to the road.  Corridor has been cut and it’s ready for rogue hoe’s and shovels.

Thanks to Fairhaven Pizza and James Wadkins for the support and sponsoring the day.

 

Due to the heat, we’ll meet at Clayton Beach parking lot  at 9 AM  and then head up in cars to the work zone.  If you’d prefer to ride in, we’ll be staging at the exit of Double Black/Lost Lake trail.  Bring a swimsuit if you want to get a swim in Fragrance Lake after digging….it’s gonna be hot!

Lost Lake / Clayton Beach Parking Lot

Lost Lake / Clayton Beach Parking Lot

Kaiser Build Day Recap – Thanks GBRC and Gateway Controls!!

Greater Bellingham Running Club

Greater Bellingham Running Club

Thanks to Gateway Controls!

Thanks to Gateway Controls!

On May 31st, we had a solid crew of 15 folks work on getting an often-used mid-mountain connector, Kaiser, back in good shape for the year.   Major kudos to Greater Bellingham Running Club (thanks Molly Hayes!) for sponsoring the day and providing great treats and food to keep folks going during the day.

 

Abass shoveling out organic.

Abass shoveling out organic.

With the support of Gateway Controls (thanks Jonathan Huffman!) and their machine,  Devon Pelkie cut in a new exit directly across from Oly the week prior to the build day that now stays above the old perpetually wet zone.   It also meant that the handwork in this section was mostly just raking and getting the trail outsloped and ready to drain in the wet season.  From the new/rerouted section, we headed south where Russ Lambert had already weedeated the entire trail the week prior.

Mary Walker

Mary Walker

In the recently brushed clearcut, we focused on trail tread work and getting the trail properly drained.  Devon Pelkie and Ryan Joslyn also got a bridge rebuilt.

Moving dirt!

Moving dirt!

Devon and his pooch inspecting their handiwork.

Devon and his pooch inspecting their handiwork.

Thanks to Tara and Ray Deck for the awesome pics of the day!!

Finished Trail

New Section looking good!

New Section looking good!

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BUILDER Movie Premier at Aslan Brewing Company

Our friends at Aslan Brewing Company are throwing us a fundraiser!

Ride your bike down to Aslan Brewing Co. and support the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition. Start saving the trails at 7pm, $10 at the door includes bike valet! ALL DONATIONS + 10% of drink sales support the WMBC.
We’ll be premiering Scott Secco’s fim BUILDER at sundown. Get here early and get a good spot. Check out the trailer here:
http://www.pinkbike.com/news/builder-official-teaser.html

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WMBC Bike Rodeo at Roosevelt

Thank you SO much to those of you who have helped put together the skills courses and encourage budding shredders over obstacles! Your time and effort is much appreciated by us, the students, the schools and the parents. Here is a video from the event to enjoy.
 June is the last month of school before summer vacation which means it’s also the last month to volunteer at a rodeo before next fall! Here are the dates for upcoming rodeos and other special events:
Tuesday, June 9 – Columbia Rodeo
Wednesday, June 10 – Silver Beach Rodeo
Tuesday, June 16 – Carl Cozier Rodeo
Wednesday, June 17 – Wade King Rodeo
Friday, June 19 – Happy Valley Rodeo
Saturday, June 27 – Kids Traverse (Volunteers needed for this fun event too!)
If you want to help volunteer for any of these rodeo events, Contact the WMBC.

National Trails Day – Blanchard Mountain – Saturday at 9 AM

This Saturday is National Trails Day and it’s always a good time to join up with our fellow trail users and the DNR to get trails on Blanchard in prime shape.

As in past years, we’ll be working with the Department of Natural Resources on Blanchard Mountain.  The work plan is to do trail improvements to the Larry Reed Trail and Max’s Shortcut – some of which has been impacted by recent timber harvests.

This day is co-hosted by the DNR, WMBC, Backcountry Horsemen, Pacific Northwest Trail and the paraglider/hang gliders.  There will be coffee and snacks in the AM and an incredible bbq at the hang glider lookout in the afternoon that can’t be missed!

  • What:  National Trails Day
  • Where:  Blanchard Mountain, Lower Trailhead parking lot
  • Time:  9 AM
  • Trails:  Larry Reed and Max’s Shortcut.
National Trails Day 2015

National Trails Day 2015

June 2015 Logging on Galbraith

June Logging Update:

Janicki’s crews are currently logging the lower section on the southside below the pipeline.  That area doesn’t have any trails that are affected, so no closures to report.  That said, please expect increased vehicle traffic on the roads during the next 5 weeks and plan your routes accordingly.

As the loggers leave each zone, we will need folks to help us get these trails cleaned up and re-opened.  Please share with all of your riding friends and respect any trail closures for your safety and the safety of the loggers who are working closely with the WMBC to mitigate damage to the trails.

Zone 2:  Starting on Monday, June 1st, we will be closing From Here to There and 2 1/2 as the loggers move into that zone.

June 2015 - Zone 2 Logging

June 2015 – Zone 2 Logging

Zone 3:  From there, they will move down to the 1200 road and log the Eastern ends of Cedar Dust, Family Fun Center, Candy and the section of SST below the road crossing.  We will aim to have Cedar Dust re-opened as soon as they’ve moved through there to allow northside access, but the other trails will be closed for a longer duration.

June 2015 -  Zone 3 Logging

June 2015 – Zone 3 Logging

Zone 4:  This will affect Hop Scotch and Kaya.  Trail users should expect lots of traffic on Pipeline  Road during this time.

June 2015 - Zone 4 Logging

June 2015 – Zone 4 Logging

Sunday Build Day – Kaiser – Sponsored by Greater Bellingham Running Club

Hi all,

We are going to be rebuilding the North end of Kaiser and giving the rest of the trail this Sunday with the support of the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC).

We’ll be meeting before the Lake Padden Softball fields at 9 AM and then head up the hill from there.  If folks want to run or ride to the build zone, we’ll be driving to the new exit at the north end of the trail  – close to Bottle Opener.

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Kaiser build day

Kaiser build day

 

This Is How We Build Berms

Great shot from local photographer Brandon Sawaya of Lars Sternberg on some of Andrew’s new dirt work on lower U-Line on Galbraith.

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Volunteer of the Month – Andrew Fletcher-Love

Andrew and John meticulously sweeping and compacting a massive berm.

Andrew and John meticulously sweeping and compacting a massive berm.

Back in October of 2009, Andrew Fletcher-Love put an ad on Craigslist that said: “I build Mt bike parks for your backyard” and he included several pictures of beautiful berms, jumps and pumpers.  A friend saw the ad and sent it to Eric Brown who immediately contacted Andrew via Craigslist.

After several  emails and a conversation over a beer with Andrew, both Eric and Bill Hawk knew that this guy was a pro trail builder and a wizard with a machine.  The timing for that initial meeting couldn’t have been better as Andrew was about to complete his season building elsewhere and we were about to start on a couple of much-anticipated projects.

So, in December of 2009, Andrew, Bill, Eric, Colin Tobin and a builder friend from the Whistler Bike Park, Duncan MacKenzie (RIP), hiked and flagged two machine built trails including the area where “The Luge” was located.  That February, Andrew spent 3 weeks in a mini-excavator expertly crafting Unemployment Line with the help of many trail builders who shaped every jump, pump and berm.  He has since gone back and made some adjustments to the trail, but it largely remains as it was originally built.

Over the past 5 years, the trail’s held up remarkably well – even with minimal maintenance – and is a testament to Andrew’s initial efforts…..it is usually the best draining trail on the hill.  Recently, with the trail in need of some updates, Andrew (aka, Terratactile Trailbuilding) wanted to do more than just give the trail some fresh dirt.  So, he conned/ recruited his good buddy, John Miller, to help shape the dirt and they coordinated their vacations where they spent NINE 12 hour days rebuilding the lower third of the trail with the help of Terrain Gym and Birch Equipment.

If folks haven’t ridden the recently completed trailwork, it’s truly amazing and it’s also given that lower section of trail a whole new life…..it also has two of the biggest berms in Washington State!   Thanks to Andrew and John for the amazing work and a big thanks to Terrain Gym and Birch Equipment for the support on this project!!

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