Do Trailwork -> Get Treats
While we all appreciate the hard work of Dave Reid and the rest of the trail crew, we know that Squamish’s network is, at its core, the product of tens of thousands of hours of volunteer work. So from May 15th to June 15th, we’re running a little contest to give back to our trail building community.
Here’s how it works:
- Do trailwork
- Log your hours using Trailforks
- Get beer and ice cream from our amazing partners – A-Frame + Alice and Brohm
On June 15th, we’ll tally up the hours and the top three volunteers get beer from A-Frame and a voucher for a cone from Alice & Brohm. We’re also going to buy a Silky hand saw for the top volunteer who doesn’t already have one!
Who Can Participate
Anyone! This is for anyone in Squamish who wants to put some sweat back into the trails, whether you’re a seasoned trail builder or a total newbie…but! If you are new to trail work, please stick to tasks that don’t modify trails. The best ways to support the maintenance of our network are raking buff trails, clearing downed trees, cutting back overgrowth, and clearing drainages. Steer clear of making significant changes to anything without checking with SORCA or whoever the active builder is first; if you’re unsure, leave it as is and don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice.
The official word from Dave about the best way to help? Pruning back shrubbery from open trails (in clear cuts, mostly) and access roads. I know it doesn’t sound glamorous, but it’s the hard work that keeps our trails running well all summer — and that’s why we’re offering beer and ice cream!
If you’re really excited to move some dirt — and we might need to pray for rain for this to be an option! — there are a few sanctioned new builds on the go being led by community builders. Please reach out to us directly if you’re interested in helping these folks out and we’ll try to connect you with work that needs doing!
If you really want to help but don’t have access to loppers, a rake, or any other needed tools, SORCA may be able to help! There are also rakes strategically placed around the network with the message, “Rake, Leave, Repeat,” so feel free to use those! If you have a trail in mind for raking but there are no rakes nearby, let us know and one will appear shortly.
How Do I Know a Tree is Down?
There are two places to look if you’re searching for something to do: the “trail reports” tab on Trailforks and the SORCA – Trail Maintenance Facebook group. On the Trailforks tab, you can filter by “Status” or just browse the most recent reports; you can also look at reports for specific sections of our trail network. You’re also welcome to post in the Facebook group to ask for suggestions on what you should go rake, prune, etc., and feel free to post a report about your work there after you’re done!
How Do I Log Hours?
You need a Trailforks account; the free one works fine though! To log hours on the computer, go here. On the mobile app, follow these steps:
- Click on the trail you’re working on
- Click on “Reports” at the bottom of the screen
- Click the “plus” button in the top right
- Click “Work Report” and add the number of hours you worked
- Add a description of the work done
- Click “Done”, fill in any other report details, and press “Submit”
This contest is just running from May 15th – June 15th, but it’s actually helpful for us as an organization if people log all maintenance hours throughout the year!
Thanks to PORCA for the inspiration on this initiative! If you ride in Pemberton, consider buying a PORCA membership and check out some of the amazing distributed events they’ve been hosting including their upcoming Pemby 50km!