The intro video to this years Shoot the Trail Video Contest, a must watch.
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- Evolution, Scorpion, Whoopsie Woodle, PT, U Line, Prison Love:
Janicki is done thinning off of the 3000 road, so these trails are ready to get cleaned up this Saturday’s trail day and could use your help. We’ll take the divide and conquer approach and have folks working on these trails. The loggers did an amazing job working around the trails, so some of those trails will only need a few people and some will need more.
They’ve been waiting for the 2000 and 3000 road to haul logs off the hill, so there’s still big stacks of logs along the road. Those should start getting hauled off in the next week, but it’ll be weather dependent. Either way, we can work on those trails now. When they start hauling logs from this area, we’ll ask riders to stay off the 3000 road until after 3:30 on weekdays.
- Papa Bear, Lost Sole:
The loggers are currently thinning in the Papa Bear / Lost Sole area and will be in there for a week. So, if you ride Wonderland, Oly, Keystone, Cabin, 187, Cougar and Mama Bear, please avoid that area and we’ll get in to re-open them as soon as they’re out.
- 2000 and 3000 Road daylighting:
In the next couple of weeks, they will be thinning (aka, daylighting) these two roads to keep the trees from getting intertwined in the power lines. When this takes place, southside access will be VERY limited for ~3 days and there will be NO riding on those two roads. I’ll let you know when that happens, but we’ll have the road, kiosk, Samish parking lot heavily signed to warn riders/runners.
- Upper Ridge, FF Center, Upper Bob’s, Cedar Dust
They will start working up from the Pipeline Road towards this area in the next couple of weeks. Exact timing TBD. When that takes place, north side access will be VERY limited and we’ll shut that area down during workdays. When they get in the area around the kiosk, we’ll likely ask riders to use the south side access for that time. We’ve flagged these trails really thoroughly, so our hope is to have another “divide and conquer” trail day immediately after they get out of this area. We’ll give folks a head’s up as soon as we get the indication that they’ll be done.
Thanks to everyone for respecting the closures during harvest for your safety, the crew’s safety and for allowing them to do their job when they’re up on the hill. I think its fair to say that Janicki has done a great job of mitigating damage to the trails whenever possible. If you see their crews on the hill, give them a shout out.
Ryan Hasert from the Double Take Campaign is conducting a survey about trash pickup at our local recreation areas. This is an important topic as keeping our local recreation areas clean is a huge part of our collective responsibility to maintain awesome relationships with our land managers. Please take a moment to fill out the quick 7 question survey.
The weather has begun to drastically change so that means it is trail building time. Eric has just finalized the build days for the upcoming season so mark them on your calendar and get out and move some dirt with us.
- October 26th – Upper Evo / Wonderland
- November 17th – Trail Academy Day
- November 30 – Upper Ridge connector
- December 15 – Larrabee
- January 18 – Galbraith
- February 16 – Larrabee
- March 15 – Galbraith
- April 13 – Larrabee
- May 17 – Larrabee
- June 7 – National Trail day – Blanchard
Local real estate agent and shredder on snow and dirt Jason Loeb has committed to donating $500 to the WMBC for any biker that buys or sells a home with him. You can learn more or contact Jason by clicking on this link
The WMBC is venturing into the world of its first paid employee! As an organization we have been growing and the demands on the board are becoming too great to capitalize on the opportunities that are before us, such as access to new trails in Larabee State Park, Whatcom County Parks land (including the reconveyance), and Department of Natural Resources on Blanchard Mountain; this is in addition to our maintenance of existing trail networks like Galbraith Mountain, Chuckanut Mountain, Lake Padden, and City of Bellingham property. Through the continued support of our local businesses, the general public, and the newly discovered gift that Whatcom Events will be donating, we are able to fund a part-time position. The position is a Trail Director. We are looking for the following:
- 5 plus years of trail building experience – including scouting, design, and implementation
- Firm grasp of the IMBA trail building guidelines
- Experience and involvement with trail building organizations
- Experience working with land managers – local, state, and private
- Experience organizing groups of people towards a common purpose
- Flexible enough schedule to be able to attend mid-day meetings with land managers
- Ability to manage a comprehensive Trail Adoption Program
- Ability to communicate clearly and constructively with volunteers
The goal with this position is to be able to fund a full-time Trail Director. Presently, we have this position funded at 50 hours a month average over the course of the year, some months more than others. The pay range is $20-$30 an hour DOE.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, application deadline is July 30th 2013
The WMBC has been awarded a $5k grant from REI as part of their initiative to help make the outdoors more accessible to everyone. Special thanks to Blake Treadway for submitting the grant and helping to make this happen. The goal for the grant money is to build a beginner skills mountain bike zone as well as beginner mountain bike trails designed to be fun and accessible to all skill levels and ages of riders. The WMBC wants to create a zone where people new to the sport or parents with kids could go and feel safe while learning how to ride. It is great to see REI get excited about our vision for making mountain biking more accessable with such a generous grant. Below is a picture of the Whistler skills mountain bike zone that we hope to have a similar features as well as a trail network that links into the skill zone.
Whatcom Events, the organization that manages Ski to Sea, recently announced Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) will be the beneficiary of proceeds from this year’s Tour de Whatcom. We are hugely appreciative to be recognized by this group that puts on such great events in Whatcom County. We look forward to the partnership with Whatcom Events! Help support the WMBC by being a part of this years Tour de Whatcom.
Tour de Whatcom, a non-competitive summer ride through Whatcom County with 25-mile, 50-mile and 105-mile courses, has run for seven years, but 2013 will be the first year Whatcom Events has managed it. This year’s Tour de Whatcom is July 27. More information can be found at tourdewhatcom.com.
We are looking to offer an online downloadable map for Galbraith but need your help with gathering information. Please take some time to fill out our survey.