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:
And here’s his letter:
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/
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.
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
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
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.
The crew was super efficient leap-frogging each other down the hill with lot of super nice benching taking place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.