The rain and cooler temps are finally back and we are celebrating National Public Lands Day by giving some love to the trails on Larrabee State Park. In particular, our plan is to get Double Black and Double Down back in shape after a long, dry summer and the extra traffic from our recent Enduro race.
Please note that we are looking for a volunteer coordinator to help our trail leader (Jeff Jaap) tomorrow. The job would include helping sign people in, picking up lunch and maybe coffee/snacks, and just being around to help our volunteers feel comfortable. If you’re interested, please email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Time and Location:
We are meeting at 9 AM at the Lost Lake (aka, Clayton Beach) parking lot which is by the bathrooms and Fragrance Lake Road. We’ll have coffee/bagels for the AM and lunch in the afternoon.
What to bring:
As usual, dress for the weather, bring some water or snacks and boots/gloves for working. We’ll have plenty of trail tools ready to go.
** PLEASE NOTE: Discover Passes are NOT necessary for this day.
It’s going to be a fun weekend here in Bellingham with the combination of both the North American Enduro Tour coming to town and the 5 Point Film Festival! We want to provide a brief summary of the events and hope to see you out there as a spectator or racer.
First off, enduro racers have a chance to practice the marked, opened but unsanctioned course in the Chuckanuts starting at noon, Friday the 26th. Here’s a link to the course maps: http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org/chuckanut_course Also on Friday is the packet pickup/rider’s meeting at Fanatik Bike Co, from 5-7pm with fun contests (bring your bike!), door prizes and 1 free beer for those 21 & over. Racers must still check in on race day to get your timing chip. The 5 Point Film festival will be showing their first series of crazy, wild outdoor films at the Mt. Baker Theater from 7pm- 10pm
Satuday the 26th is the big day! If you’re coming out to heckle and cheer please consider carpooling, riding your bike, and/or parking at the Fragrance Lake/Clayton Beach parking lot. Bring your Discover Pass.
Here’s the schedule:
8am-9:30am is the packet/timing chip pickup, 8:50am racer call ups start, 9am beginner’s load shuttles
9am is the first wave off , 3:00pm is the racer cutoff and finally, the awards ceremony takes place at 3:30pm.
But we’re not done yet!
The 5 Point Film Festival has offered to provide a free shuttle from Larabee State Park to the Mt. Baker Theater for the second showing of some radical, adventurous outdoor films. So if you’re camping out at Larabee you can continue to celebrate in down town Bellingham. The shuttle van will be departing from the parking lot closest to the amphitheater at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm and will be returning to Larabee at 10:30pm and midnight.
Are you a racer or a volunteer? Keep reading on.
We’ve given the Mt. Baker Theater ticket office a list of all of our wonderful volunteers so if you are a volunteer and decide to go to film festival, give them your name and they’ll take $3 off you ticket. If you’re a racer, show the ticket office your number plate and you also get the $3 discount.
Pheeew…. Well that’s about it. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at email@example.com Be safe, have a great weekend, and good luck out there!
Hello WMBC Supporters,
A couple of weeks ago, a NY Times reporter was in Bellingham to cover another story. While the reporter was in town, he wanted to interview mountain bikers and representatives within the WMBC to get our response to the proposed Senate Bill 3205 – Human-Powered Travel in the Wilderness Act. Surprisingly, the article thrust our little organization headfirst into this discussion. If you’ve not seen the NY Times article, you can read it here.
WMBC, along with our friends at Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, have been tracking this issue closely and we’ve conversed with the Sustainable Trails Coalition about the bill’s potential impact to mountain bikers in our state and nationwide.
As a 30-year old organization, it’s never been clearer how much mountain biker’s value the natural and wild areas in which we recreate. Our Community also recognizes the importance of getting youth into our forests to form their life-long relationship with the outdoors. We take great pride in helping to create our next generation of trail stewards and trail maintenance volunteers.
In Washington State, mountain bikers have had numerous successes partnering with conservation organizations and other recreation users to enhance recreation access while also preserving wild places. Locally, examples of those collaborative efforts can be seen with the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance, the Upper Nooksack Access and Travel Management Plan, ongoing efforts on Blanchard and Galbraith Mountains, and the Colville National Forest Management Plan. Additionally, Evergreen (EMBA) has had many successes over the years working with conservation groups with the creation of several Wilderness areas without losing access to high-value mountain bike trails.
However, we recognize that’s not been the case in other areas of the country where mountain bikers have continued to lose access despite their best efforts of partnering and collaboration – most recently in Idaho and Montana. Often times, the mountain bike community has been a large maintainer of these trail networks. Wilderness or Wilderness Study Area designation may mean the loss of these trails, which, in turn, limits access to these wild places moving forward.
Due to the current blanket ban on bikes in the Wilderness, mountain bikers are often placed in a conflicting position; mountain bikers are conservationists by nature and yearn to preserve these same wild places, yet supporting wilderness can mean lost connections to our most favorite trails. Not unlike our hiking and equestrian counterparts, we love wilderness areas for their views, mountain lakes and streams, wildlife, and the solitude they provide in a busy and wired world.
In our discussions with both Sustainable Trails Coalition and Evergreen, we’ve noted the intent and the way the Bill is currently written is tight and free of any “Trojan horses”. However, legislation is often changed during hearings and committees and we are currently concerned about additions or changes to the bill that could weaken land protection and open up resource extraction. The current sponsors of the Bill – Senators Lee and Hatch – have a history of attempting to transfer Federal lands to State ownership and, as such, there is skepticism from many mountain bikers about their motives behind this Bill.
WMBC will monitor the progress of SB 3205, and will look for both bi-partisan support and any additions and revisions that are incorporated before we can consider voicing support.
We commend the Sustainable Trails Coalition for starting this much-needed discussion surrounding human-powered bicycle access into Wilderness, and for looking at better ways to maintain trails in an era of declining budgets for land managers and trail crews. As we learn more, we will keep our supporters up-to-date on SB 3205’s progress, and we will continue to work collaboratively with conservation partners locally and across the state to preserve and enhance non-motorized recreation wherever possible.
Other Information Below:
Senate Bill 3205 – Human Powered Travel in Wilderness Act:
Bike Mag Video about the Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho.
Pinkbike Series on this topic:
The DNR has issued a statewide burn ban effective immediately. Please take note if you plan to camp in the near future.
Chuckanut Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro/North American Enduro Tour Saturday August 27th
We’re looking for volunteers for the national enduro event. There will be three courses for the different classes at this enduro, which means we need a lot more volunteers than usual. If you’re around for the whole day, or just in the morning or afternoon please let us know because we have a job for you!
We take good care of our volunteers at this event and will provide coffee and breakfast in the morning. There’s also lunch and a beer in the afternoon!
If you are interested in helping out as a timer, parking attendee, course marshal, course sweep, EMS, etc., let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the DNR’s Baker to Bellingham Recreation Planning for Whatcom County, they want to hear about how you recreate on their lands currently. They are already aware that recreationalists are already utilizing lands across the Whatcom County landscape, so be sure to tell them where you recreate and why it’s important to you/
Please take 5 minutes to fill out this survey!
Gateway Controls will be sponsoring a trail day on Saturday, July 23rd. We’ll plan to meet at the Samish Way Parking Lot, 9am.
The focus of this day is to clean up the new connector bridge and buff out the trail.
If you plan to bring your dog, please make sure they are on leash while on Galbraith lane until you cross the gate. Thanks so much!
Email us if you have any questions: email@example.com