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Earth Day 2017 – Galbraith Clean Up!

As many realize, prior to the roads accessing Galbraith were gated, it was a heavily used party area and a place where garbage, cars and other items were often dumped.

Over the years, we’ve cleaned up various areas of the mountain (and taken a lot of garbage off), but for this year’s Earth Day we decided to make a big dent in the remaining garbage.  A huge thanks to the amazing crew that used this day to help clean up the mountain.  Also, a big thank you to Marty at NW Recycling for donating the metal scrap dumpster and their matching donation program to help support the WMBC!

Items removed from Galbraith on Saturday were:

  • 2 old Cars – Jonathan Huffman brought his mini-ex up on the hill and with the help of Shey and Dan, they got two cars pulled out of the woods onto his flatbed trailer and loaded them into the scrap metal dumpster.
  • Below the Cell Tower’s, we removed a Dishwasher, freezer, car trunk, car door, water heater, many old culverts, old wheels/tires.
  • Old garbage that dumped above the top of the 3 Pigs.
  • Old oil containers from logging operations (not related to Janicki!).  One was still 3/4 full.
  • Old Stunts that were off of Cedar Dust – These were damaged during logging several years ago and were rotting in the woods.
  • Old beer bottles and cans from the top of the Cell Towers.
  • Old metal culverts sitting in the woods off of the tower road.

Upcoming Build Days and Events

We’ve got an insanely busy month ahead of us.  Please see the events below and plug in wherever you can!

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Moving and shaping dirt

Saturday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Clean Up

IMPORTANT:  We are meeting at the Samish Lot at 8:30, so folks can also go to the March for Science.  This day will be to get some of the really old garbage off of the hill.  Stuff like old tires and cars from the days when there were no gates on the mountain.   If you have a truck and don’t mind hauling stuff in it, please bring your truck with you.  Also helpful are come-a-longs, tow straps and tow ropes.  If you have a truck with a winch, that would be helpful as well.  We will have two dumpsters on the hill….one for scrap metal and one for garbage.  Any stuff that can be recycled will go into a pile and hauled off in the next week or two.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1972952822935935/

Saturday, April 22nd:   WMBC Joyriders Women’s Spring kickoff.

Ready to kick off a great year of Women’s rides!  Meet on the road above Last call starting at 9:30am and rides start at 10am go until 12:30.  Please carpool- you can park at lake Padden and pedal in, or be early to snag a good parking spot, on Samish way, or the dollar lot on Galbraith Lane.   1-4pm Post ride beers and raffle at Kulshan on James st!  Kulshan will donate $1. per pint to WMBC!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1256597657720624/

Sunday April 23rd:  Lair of the Bear Sponsored by Mount Baker Imaging

Meeting at the Samish Lot at 9 and carpooling up to the top of LOB.  You can also ride or hike up to join the crew.  Jeff Jaap is leading this day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/145457549319224/

Sunday April 23rd:  Boundary Bay  / Cedar Dust Alley Fundraiser – Bellingham Beer Week

From 12-4 PM, Boundary is bringing Galbraith Mountain to YOU!!  Get ready to have a radical time as we turn our alley into a Mountain Bike playground and festival! During Bellingham Beer Week, this event will raise funds for WMBC , and we’re shutting down the alley behind Boundary Bay for…BIKES…BIKES & BIKES.   Polecat will be playing at 2:30.

https://www.facebook.com/events/267764143675942/

Wednesday, April 26th:  Aslan Fundraiser – Bellingham Beer Week

As part of Bellingham Beer Week, the good folks at Aslan brewing are donating 9% of all drink sales to 9 non-profits in our community. So, swing by Aslan on Wednesday the 26th, have a pint or two with us!

https://www.facebook.com/events/413339629045326/

April 28  – May 7th – Unemployment Line Overhaul Sponsored by Terrain Gym:

Andrew Fletcher-Love and John Miller will once again take their “vacation” to give U Line its yearly overhaul.  They like to keep it to a small crew, but if they need help, we’ll let folks know.  Maybe some cleanup on the upper section of the trail or another area where they aren’t working.

Sunday, May 7th – Double Black Diamond Trail Day sponsored by Treelines Northwest

We will focus on Double Black Diamond working top down.  As usual, Adam and the Treelines folks will stoke folks out with great food and beverages.  Bill Hawk is leading this day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/344503942614505/

Friday, May 12th  – Rock n Roll Trail day sponsored by Kulshan Brewing:

Come help the Kulshan Brewing folks get Rock n Roll.  We’ll make sure there’s plenty of Lager or Greenwood IPA ready to go to kick off your weekend right.  More info. here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/257953967998938/

Saturday, June 3rd – National Trails Day – Stewart Mountain Kickoff!

Folks, we are officially putting shovels into dirt in the Lake Whatcom Reconveyance and this will be the first of many build days out there this summer.  The plan is to re-route some of the pre-exisitng trails to create a nice up-route on Stewart mountain.

https://www.facebook.com/events/288848771543116/

Saturday, June 10th, Civic Dirt Jump build day

Join Michael Storm for another Civic DJ build day to get the jumps in great shape before the summer season hits.  They usually go from 9-12  and then there’s some time to ride after.  More details to come as we get closer to the date.

Michael Naselow – Volunteer of the Month

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Michael Naselow. All smiles at the top of Double Black Diamond.

If you’ve shown up to any of the WMBC build days over the past couple of years, you’ve likely run into Michael, his wife, Leigh, and their trail dog.  They are super approachable folks who love to ride and dig as much as possible.  They also both recently received their USFS sawyer certifications and have dove head-first into our community….we’re really glad to have them!

Michael was a huge help on the Gate and Switch bridge last summer, has been helping clear blowdown a ton this winter and is game to help wherever needed.  He’s one of those people who can take on projects that aren’t considered the glory work – like drainage or brushing a trail.  We asked Michael a few questions about himself below.

Thanks Michael!!

WMBC:  How long have you been mountain biking and how/where did you get your start riding trails?

MN:  I started biking over 20 years ago.  I really got into it when I was living in Ketchum in the late 90’s ski bumming, and it was the summer sport.

WMBC:  Personal preference….XC or DH riding? 

MN:  DH is all smiles and high fives.  Love the trail rides, but  for pure fun factor I have to go with DH.

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Michael Naselow points to his “swampers” during our USFS sawyer certification class.

WMBC:  Give us a couple of your favorite trails in the area.

MN:  Double Black/Double Down is the new classic.   On Galby, Prison Love/Lair of the Bear for creative design.  Orient Express, SST, Bobs, and Evo get the smile going.

WMBC:  How long have you been in Bellingham and what brought you here?

MN:  My wife and I moved here 2.5 years ago.   Seattle was growing and it was time to get out.  We have family here, and wanted easier trail access.

WMBC:  What motivated you to start doing trailwork?  What’s the most rewarding aspect of digging to you?

MN:  Being involved with Evergreen and learning from Bryan Connolly.   I love doing problem solving in trail design, trying to figure out what the terrain is giving us, and how to make it fun.

WMBC:  What does being a good steward mean to you?

MN:  To me it is being a part of our environment and acting accordingly.   Finding a balance that promotes recreational access while protecting the land, but also respects our neighbors, other user groups.

WMBC:  Any shout outs you’d like to give or anything else we should know?

MN:  I am constantly astonished from the Bellingham community of volunteers.   For woodwork, a big shout out to Jimmy Fricker.   For dirt work, I am a big fan of Jeff Jaap’s trails.   The WMBC board does a fantastic job.   I am amazed that I get to live here.

USFS Sawyer Certification Recap

Last Saturday, the WMBC hosted a sawyer certification class.  In total, we had 13 WMBC sawyers, 1 Whatcom county park employee and 6 BCH members all got their USFS level B or C sawyer certifications.

We started the day with a classroom session going over the basics and then we headed to the woods to get practical experience and allow the instructors to evaluate everyone’s use of the saw in different scenariois.  This allows all of the sawyers to clear blowdown with any public land manager in the country!  The BCH folks also got a crosscut class for clearing trees in the Wilderness.

Big thanks to Tom and Tony from the Backcountry Horsemen for their instruction and our class of fantastic sawyers!

 

Double Down! Chuckanut Trail day Recap

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Brendan, Emily, Eric, Chris and Dan at the end of the day.

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.

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Jon, Greg and Logan on Double Down

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.

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Emily transplanting ferns.

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!

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Ike Bancroft – WMBC intern!

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!

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Greg and Jon clearing drians and fixing

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!

Saturday’s Chuckanut Trail Day cancelled – Join us next Saturday!

Hi folks,

Quick update:

Tomorrow’s trail day on Chuckanut is cancelled as the Cleator Road is closed due to snow at the top of the mountain.  We also need to do some dirt work projects up top and it’s going to be pouring rain all week, so it would just turn into mush.  We’ll get another day on the calendar soon.

Irish Death / Das Autobahn next Saturday:

Our next trail day is next Saturday, March 18th and is sponsored by Iron Horse Brewery. Following, we’ll have an apre trail day fundraiser at Kulshan Brewery K2!  Kulshan will donate $1 per pint of Greenwood IPA and Iron Horse Brewery will have a guest tap of Irish Death, they will also be donating $1 per pint too!  Stop by for some trail work, a beer…or both!

Post trail day fundraiser @kulshanbrewery K2 !
Kulshan will donate $1 per pint of Greenwood IPA and Iron Brewery will have a guest tap of Irish Death, they will also be donating $1 per pint too!

More info. here:  

Turning scrap metal into WMBC youth programs!

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Northwest Recycling’s Community Donation Bin benefiting the WMBC!

Do you have unwanted metal laying around?

What metals are allowed??

Ferrous Metals: Junk cars, scrap steel, cast iron, appliances, oversize iron

Non-Ferrous Metals: Aluminum, aluminum cans, stainless steel, copper, brass, zinc, lead, insulated copper wire, shavings, radiators, batteries, circuit boards, starter and alternators, electric motors, transformers, copper compressors.

ALL Proceeds go to these Youth Education Programs:

• RRAD Mountain bike balance and safety course
• RRAD Trail building course/Middle School Service Learning projects
• After school mountain bike clubs
• Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

If you have questions or need help moving larger items, please contact Chris at riderundig@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support! Every little bit helps.  Also, many thanks to  Northwest Recycling 

Advocacy Alert! Blanchard Update and Evergreen Lobby Day

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Fall Sunset from North Butte. Photo: Nathan Hoch

Hi folks,

Below are a couple of opportunities to get involved and help make a difference locally and statewide.

Blanchard Mountain Update:

Here’s a quick update on the effort to preserve the core 1,600 acres on Blanchard Mountain.  The Governor has added $1.5 MM towards Blanchard in his biennium budget, but that is $6.2 MM short of the final goal.  Please join a virtual town hall meeting with Representatives Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris on Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM to discuss options to help save the Blanchard Core from future timber harvest.  Details are below:

Thursday, February 9th at 6 PM     –    Phone #:  1-877-229-8493 AND ENTER PIN # 116359.

Background:   On February 9th at 6pm, there will be a virtual telephone town hall meeting being facilitated by state legislators Jeff Morris and Kristin Lytton.  A representative from DNR will begin the meeting with an overview of the history of the Blanchard Strategies Agreement. Then representatives Morris and Lytton will talk and then there will be a chance to submit a question. The aides will curate the questions and choose representative questions that allow the ensuing discussion to cover the range of issues that are of concern.  You can learn more about Blanchard here.

What can you do right now to help? 

 

Evergreen Lobby Day – February 22nd in Olympia

Get involved!  Join Eric Brown and like-minded riders from around the state as we meet with our representatives and discuss how we can continue to make Washington the best place to ride mountain bikes.  The only requirement for this is to be passionate about trail access and mountain biking.  Evergreen will have meetings scheduled for us with our legislators and will help with a morning training session on topics.  If you’ve ever wanted to get involved in government, this is a fantastic opportunity in a low-stress, fun manner.  Bellingham folks will carpool down to Oly together, so if you intend on going and register, please let us know and we will figure out driving logistics.

Registration Info and more details here:

https://www.evergreenmtb.org/calendar/eventdetail/1590/-/2nd-annual-evergreen-mountain-bike-lobby-day-in-olympia

 

 

All Out 2017 – Sponsored by REI

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REI

A huge thanks to REI and the 60 folks who came out to help dig with us on Saturday….it’s been great to have so many kids out digging this season!  We took a divide-and-conquer approach to the day and worked on the new Cowbell connector, Gate & Switch and Evolution.  Thanks to Bill Hawk, Jim Fricker, Devon Pelkie and Michael Storm for leading the various efforts and Eric Ashley for not only digging, but for snapping some great shots from the day.

Gate and Switch:

Michael led about 25 folks The crew went in to clean up all of the ruts that formed after the recent work in Fall.  The ground was still soft from near-record rains in October and then the freeze/thaw and snow.

Cowbell:

Cowbell is a new connector between Lost Giants and Lone Wolf that Devon Pelkie and Russ Lambert have been working on.  Our goal is to create a “stacked loop” system in the Lost Giants area to gives newer / beginner riders more options on the lower mountain.  We got the trail cleaned up, outsloped for drainage and tamped down….there are still 3 REALLY wet sections that are going to need to dry up before we can open the trail up.  Until then, we’re asking folks to stay off of it….thanks!

Evolution:

The first stump drop is getting rebuilt thanks to Jimmy, Bill, Jesse, Jeff and Trevor who were out on Saturday getting posts and stringers in place and moving the split cedar for decking up the hill.  They’re shooting to have it finished by next couple of weeks and it’s still fully taped off….just continue to use the ride-a-round.

WMBC Calendar!

Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on our trail days and you can subscribe to our Google Calendar if you have a Gmail account.

https://wmbcmtb.org/wmbc-calendar-of-events/

Help the WMBC build pump tracks in 2017!

Future Pump Track in Whatcom Falls park!

Future Pump Track zone in Whatcom Falls park!

Did you Know?

  • The WMBC has already received approval from City Council for a pump track in Whatcom Falls Park!
  • We will be proposing 2 more pump tracks in Bellingham City parks in 2017?
  • The Whatcom Falls Pump Track will be 16,500 square feet (1/3 of an acre) in size.
  • It will accommodate ALL levels of riding and have a separate pump track for groms and beginners.
  • The pump track is being designed and co-built by Steve Wentz –  one of the best pump track builders in the world – along with further design and testing input from pump track champion (and good friend), Jill Kintner.
  • The Whatcom Falls pump track will cost an estimated $30,000 for the construction, storm water remediation, permitting, and signage.  That is a fraction of what other similar-sized public pump tracks cost around the country.

The Whatcom Falls pump track and similar projects only take place because of the amazing volunteer efforts and the financial support of our members!   It’s that passion and support that is turning Whatcom County into a mountain bike mecca and will further allow the WMBC to lead the way on future projects.

Please consider supporting the WMBC with a donation during our end-of-the year Annual Supporter Drive.

See you on the trails!

Eric Brown

Trail Director, WMBC

Draft Design of Whatcom Falls Pump Track

Design (Draft) of Whatcom Falls Pump Track

 

Steve Wentz and Jill Kintner sketching up initial designs at Whatcom Falls.

Steve Wentz and Jill Kintner sketching up initial designs at Whatcom Falls.

 

EB, Steve Wentz and Jill Kintner discuss layout design at Whatcom Falls.

Eric, Steve Wentz and Jill Kintner discuss layout design at Whatcom Falls.