October/November Trail Report – From Trail Crew Lead David Reid
A year ago, I was sitting in an office, with a big window, a solid desk, and a view of Burrard inlet. My city explorations involved finding food trucks and parking.
Every day on my way home, I would send a note to my wife Petra, and ask “Is it ok if I wander into the woods with a chainsaw before coming home?” Petra would always say “yes”. One of her quotes was “I am not sure about the guy who wears the dress shirts and slippery shoes, but I love the guy who comes home dirty and smelling of two-stroke.”
So then one day I walked into my office, told my boss I was quitting and wandered into the woods full-time.
Thank you Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association for taking the chance in hiring me. Also thanks to my crew, for making this one of the best years of my life. My crew is solid and has to put up with a lot of David-isms. Imagine having an opinionated Homer Simpson as your boss, who talks way too often, and you will understand what they have had to endure.
I went into this job reminding myself that the beauty of mountain biking in Squamish is the diversity of trails and terrain.
Trail crew worked to deal with issues, but not change the character of any trails. I think we succeeded. I am pretty sure we made it through an entire year without a Bike Squamish controversy about the work we did. (Note… Griffin and I built the Boney Elbows berm/jump before I was hired on by SORCA. So that one does not count.)
The trails are Squamish Community trails, and it’s been great to see all the volunteerism that goes into the network. People would stop constantly to say thanks or would get off their bikes, and help push boulders uphill. We even had people on vacation join us on trail days.
We are entering the winter rain season. Lots of our work at the moment is drainage and armoring.
Recent trail crew work includes:
- S and M Connector – new bridge to replace rotten bundle bridge
- Rupert – drainage and dirt work
- Sti’lhalem Sintl’ – drainage work
- Legacy Climb – drainage and dirt work
- Entrails – removal fallen trees, drainage, and dirt work
- Lowdown – rebuild – dirt work, brushing.
- Credit Line – drainage and armoring work
- Cheshire – tree removal
- Fred – tree removal
- Full Nelson – drainage
- Pamplemousse – re-route for an easier line near trail gap
- Hot Tuna – drainage, and work on jumps