Here’s your mid-March update on what the Trail Crew has been up to:
During this time of year we have a small Trail Crew consisting of David Reid, James Ivory and Andrew Norton. The Crew has been active the last couple of weeks, taking on projects that do not involve digging. As you’re probably aware, the ground is frozen solid, and is covered in ice in many spots.
Trail projects that have been undertaken:
- New trail maps placed at the various SORCA shelters. It is amazing to see the growth in the number of trails since the last maps were created.
- Brush cutting on Dump Express and removing blowdown in the ‘heart’ of Brackendale. We are trying to remove a fair bit of brush, as often these areas have ticks.
- Brackentrail improvements. Working with Ted Tempany (Dream Wizards) to fill gabions, split cedar for bridges. Ted is working on a route from Skyridge to Jacks.
- Small repair of skinny log ride on crouching squirrel. Do not worry, we only added a couple of slats where the heart wood was showing. It is still a skinny log ride.
- Some work on a James Ivory section 57’d masterpiece. James’ trail still has a ways to go to be completed, but it will be super fun, for many abilities.
- Section 57 – removal of blowdown, and trying to determine repair of a bridge on the trail. Will follow up with the lead trail builder Jim Harvey when he is back from his fun bike ride through South America.
- Removal of trenches on lower south facing granite trails in the Highlands. Last summer was very tough on trails, and created many deep trenches and blown out corners. Trenches have been removed, and corners repaired. Hopefully this summer, we do not get drought like conditions.
We hope everyone has fun as the weather starts to get warmer.