Michael Storm and Dan Waters led a great crew of folks to work on Double Down on Saturday. The morning started out a bit wet and dismal, but quickly dried and even turned to sun by the end of the day! This made for almost ideal conditions to move and pack dirt.
Drainage was the focus of the day here. The weather this past winter was especially hard on Double Down. After a shocking amount of snow followed by a massive amount of rain, the trail was pretty wet and rutted out and needed attention.
The crew spent the day scraping muck off the trail, cutting in drains and filling holes. This may not sound like tons of fun, but MAN was it needed. And boy was it satisfying to see the results after! There were greasy turns and standing water in many spots on the trail in the morning, but at the end of the day there was no water and we left Double Down much smoother and dryer than we found it. And don’t worry, we certainly didn’t remove all the bumps, mainly just potholes and ruts from water damage. It’s still pretty rugged, just a lot dryer!
Special thanks to Dan Waters for co-leading the day with Michael. There was a lot of ground to cover, so having a knowledgeable extra hand to help with coordinating volunteers really helped. Thanks Dan!
Also, thanks to our new WMBC intern, Ike Bancroft! Not only did he work furiously on the trail, but he also volunteered to pick up lunch! A huge thanks to all our volunteers that spent their Saturday with us digging down on Double Down including John Rutter, Dan Froula, Chris Rose, Andrew Burns, Brendan Boyer, Greg Heath, Eric Prestbo, Emily Yeh, Noah Young, Logan Wetzel, John Ross, Mike Brodsky, Toni Walbridge and Misti Walbridge. The results are nothing less than miraculous! Thanks everyone!