The ice has finally melted off the many trails. Unfortunately, as the soil thaws, many of the larger trees that were stressed by the strong northerly winds are falling over. This year, I imagine we will have lots of very large blowdown to deal with. Keep your ears open when riding. If you hear something, scan your surroundings quickly and make a move to safety.
I know we have numerous volunteers, and I try to keep track of who is doing what. However, I know there are many, many quiet volunteers.
Some quick thanks:
Paul Skelton thanks for working on the climbing trails.
Matt Parker thanks for doing the long walks into Crumpit woods to deal with blowdown on Fartherside.
Ren Bousquet thanks for clearing blowdown on Nelson and other trails.
Will Waters thanks for working on Two-Stroke Smoke.
Nick Gottlieb thanks for keeping us apprised of the situation in Crumpit woods with regards to the municipal built hiking trail up to the FM tower and impacts to surrounding trails.
Gary McFarlane, for building new trails in Valleycliffe.
Trail projects and initiatives:
- Meeting with local guiding companies to talk about trails and how we might improve infrastructure. Some items talked about are skills parks, and trail/bridge widening on some trails for adaptive trikes.
- Pamplemoose brushing and planning. Preparation for trail day.
- Removal of some of the larger blowdown on trails.
- Brackentrail improvements. Working with Ted Tempany (Dream Wizards) to fill gabions, split cedar for bridges.
- Buying tools! We bought a burke bar! So excited as a pry bar is always better for prying rocks out of the ground. This should help save some of our tools. We also bought new pulaskis, shovels, and rakes.
Also thanks to everyone for attending the first sponsored trail day of the year! It was amazing the amount of work that was done on Pamplemoose.