You're preachin' to the choir.Borneo said:Riders have to remember that these trails don't clear themselves. And, that fellow riders suck it up and spend a day (or more) off the bike so that those that don't can play again.
After having come off a VERY bad broken leg and not being able to ride my bike for over a year and a half I have a burning desire to spend every spare moment that I get (and trust me they only come between the hours of 8am and 12pm on Sunday morning) riding my bike. I do realize that trails don't maintain, build, or clear themselves and I have done quite a bit of trail work in my time. I realize I could spend the rest of my life doing trail work and never put a dent in what needs to be done, I have lived trails my whole life. My father has worked for BLM and USFS doing nothing but Trails and Recreation planning and when ever he needed an extra set of hands I got enlisted to help. I have built and maintained trails in CA, NC, AK, and some here in WA. As it stands now I am kinda not even 100% to ride (even though I am riding) and walking in on a trail hefting a saw and/or swamping for a sawyer is probably not the best thing for my healing leg right now. I was a SERIOUSLY hurting unit after the brutal hike-a-bike session at Tolt on New Years day if I had known it was as bad as it was I would have never ridden there that day. As well when we were out there we ran across a few trail rats working on the blowdowns. One of the "trail rats" gave us a TON of verbal guilt/grief for being out riding instead of following his example of trail clearing, not a way to recruit potential trail rats....Borneo said:Good job Hawkens! As per usual, when trail work is mentioned, the thread dies....:thumbsup:
I'm a little disappointed with Brandon's take on it. We'll have to talk at ABS. Maybe I'll make you pay for your entrance by doing some trail work...:skep:
Riders have to remember that these trails don't clear themselves. And, that fellow riders suck it up and spend a day (or more) off the bike so that those that don't can play again.
It's too bad that that message is a broken record around here....:madman:
Brandon, your long explanation isn't necessary. Stuff is going to need work for a long, long time due to the storms. Bring a hand saw with ya and cut out a few small trees or do some limbing on the big ones on your rides.....if nothing else. Limbing the bigger trees doesn't seem like much, but it helps the folks who lug chainsaws in and saves them (and me) a lot of time so we can focusing on the big stuff easier/quicker.Brandon448 said:I am not flaming here I just want my previous statement qualified for why I said what I said. If I was not in school full-time, a full-time stay-at-home dad, and healing from a very badly broken tib-fib I would be the first one out helping to clear trail. I hope to be able to jump in with both feet come summer time and help build/maintain some local trails.....
Count me in for what I can do.... I know I can get a BOB trailer if we need it.... I might even be able to talk some team members into coming with me...Hawkens said:Feb 11th, meeting at the Lower Parking lot at 9AM. We will need to ride in as most of the trails near the 5 way have been cleared.
The plan is to break into groups and head down the trails we know are blocked and start clearing, then move into the areas we don't know the conditions of.