“May showers… bring bridge repairs, re-routes, and many mosquitoes.”

I am pretty much immune to the mosquitoes of Squamish, but if looking for an area to truly embrace the little monsters, we discovered that the Hot Tuna area is ideal.

The trail crew grew this past month. We hired Kieran Fraser and Florence Vermette. The first project we tackled was to rebuild the short climb off Tinder that connects to Hairy Happy Clam. It’s a great XC training loop. The connection adds an alternative link from Tinder to Your Mom. The old climb was “janky,” but the new climb is smooth. However, do not worry; the jank is ready to tackle tired legs once you get into the forest.

We have had numerous races and events in Squamish lately, which is fantastic. The SORCA trail crew keeps an eye on the race calendar and does our best to pre-inspect courses and address issues we see before race day.

Emmett Hancock and some skilled extra hands tackled slab run-outs on the Tomorrow trail for the Sorca Cinco XC race. A slab with a flat transition would have tested the limits of 100-120mm forks. So instead, Emmett made that transition smoother and faster. Unfortunately, we are losing Emmett for the summer to racing, so I will be yelling at my screen any chance I see him racing abroad.

Kieran tackled some run-outs on Value Added before the Squamish Enduro. I imagine many racers in the full course were very happy to see the catcher’s mitt berm after the first big slab. I know it saved me from crashing into the forest during that descent.

Some other jobs we tackled recently.

  • Built a bridge on Hot Tuna where a stream had destroyed a section of trail.
  • Tackled drainage issues and blowdown on the Meadow of the Grizz and Short Circuit.
  • Cleared the blowdown on Upper Powersmart. This will help runners train for the Squamish 50 or mountain bikers who want to earn a “jank merit of awesomeness” by completing the descent with no dabs.
  • Rebuilt some of the slab run-out on Dirks Diggler

Last week our Crew was working with RideBC and Gravity Logic to repair some of the lower berms on Pseudo Pstuga.

Trail wisdom:

In Squamish, we have 700 km of trails which is pretty impressive. However, there are a lot of Squamish trails that could be refreshed. An example of this would be Home Brew. That trail was originally a 90’s style trail of log skinnies, high in the sky woodwork, and teeter-totters. Years later, when the trail had rotten away, a group of skilled builders had a new vision and rebuilt it to be a jump trail. Home Brew is a great example of maintenance where an old trail is re-purposed to fill a gap in the trail network. Before that re-build, there were very few middle-sized jumps in Squamish. Other trails in that area that could also use some new passion are Cortez Planks, Recycle, and Hybrid. I also think that Home Brew could be rebuilt soon, as riders love new jumps.

If you and a crew of friends ever want to rejuvenate an existing trail, please fire me a message. SORCA would love to see some older trails given new life, and we will reach out to the original builders to make sure they are o.k. with the suggested makeover, and then we can come up with a plan.

 

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