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Date: March 25, 2017
Trail: Ridge (Alternate Climb – name tbd)
Trail Adopter: Jack’s Bicycle Center / Queens of Dirt
Trail Leads: Chris Mellick, Csaba Horvath, Javon Smith
# of Volunteers: 38
Total Duration: 9am – 3pm
Total Hours: 225 (a few volunteers came late and early, most took 30 minutes for lunch, crew leaders spent extra time for setup and breakdown)
Trail Work Completed: Despite cold and rainy weather, 38 volunteers showed up on Saturday to help cut new line as a continuation of our alternate single-track climbing route up to the Ridge lookout. We had a mix of experienced and new builders, and encountered some tricky challenges hiding along the route we had flagged, but made a lot of progress! Removed all organic, built 8 switchbacks and completed tread in some areas. It is “rideable” but not complete. At the end of the day, we flagged both ends of the new section to discourage riders and let all the freshly moved dirt settle. We still need to complete the tread in some areas, fine-tune some switch-backs, add armoring in other sections, as well as naturalize the entire route.
Just a little reminder that there is a October 5th deadline for video and photo submissions for the 5th annual Shoot The Trails awards. This is our biggest event of the year and a community favorite so get your submission in and be part of the show.
If you’ve ridden some of the updated bridges on the mountain or plopped down on the recent cedar benches, you have been touched by the hands of Jimmy Fricker! 😉
Jim, aka the Cedar Slayer, has been riding and building on the hill for over 15 years and his passion is as strong as ever. You can often find him in the hinterlands of the mountain while splitting cedar or prepping materials for future bridges. All of the materials for two big projects this past year, the Freedom Bridge and the Evolution Stinger rebuild (and many more), were from Jim’s hard effort.
Thanks for all you do, Jimmy!
It’s been awhile since we gave one of the most popular trails on a mountain some much needed love. Thanks to Burlington Physical Therapy for sponsoring the day and also to Fairhaven Pizza for donating half of the pizzas to feed our crew. We focused mainly on the lower section reshaping jumps, adding dirt to features and berms as well as reworking a couple jumps. Definitely worth getting up there and experiencing how good that trail is running right now.
Just finished up your annual board retreat and working on plans for the upcoming year and beyond. Super productive retreat that definitely left us excited about this upcoming year. We have some big plans for the future with education, advocacy projects, new trails and events in the mountains. More than ever we are going to need the support of our community so please reach out to us if you want to help volunteer or donate.
Val, Eric, Barbara, Thad, Kevin, Hale, Blake, Jeff
If you’ve ever been to the civic field dirt jump park or ridden Grasshopper on Galbraith, you have Mike to thank. He’s been instrumental in keeping the DJ Park running, not just by dirt work but also by dealing with the city. Mike runs regular crews on Grasshopper, making it one of the most loved jump trails on Galbraith. Mike hails from North Carolina. When not on the bike you’ll find mike hanging with his daughter and fellow shredder wife, Tanya. Thanks for all your hard work Mike!