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Warm, But Not Dry!

As the temperatures warm and our thoughts turn toward getting outside and enjoying nature, sunshine and warm breezes please remember that the singletrack trails still need more time to dry out! Please stay off of muddy and/or soggy trails!

See John's recently article for a more details.

So, yes... do get out and enjoy the weather, but please stay on the paved trails until the singletrack trails dry out and are ready for traffic!

Phat or Skinny???

Two new features were added to the trails today! Two skinnies, one along Posson Trot just west of the 4-way with T-N-T, Happy Jack and Old Granddad and the other as a lollipop offshoot on Old Granddad west of the same 4-way.

The skinny on Posson Trot is pictured below to left, which parallels the existing trail. The other two images are on the Skunky Skinny...one in progress and the other the first ride. Is it just me or does it look like Harter is making everyone lean to the left!?!

Bone Bender Race Just Around the Corner!

At the time of this writing, the Bone Bender 3-hour and 6-hour race is just short weeks away! This will be an exciting and fun day of racing. Be sure to add it to your calendar! If you haven't looked at the race site you can do so here....

Winter sun and warm temps=disaster

Well this past weekend saw a lot of trail damage, you just expect it when you have temps in the upper 60’s and low 70’s in the first week of February! It is hard to grasp the fact that it has not rained or snowed for about a month but the trails are a muddy mess! It happens every year, the ground freezes over periods of extreme cold and stores what little moisture there is in that frozen ground. Then as the temps start to rise that frozen tundra begins to thaw and the moisture rises to the surface creating a “bottomless pit” of muck. The frozen soil was down a couple inches so it took a bit of warm weather to get it out but MAN DID IT COME OUT! Hopefully we will not have any more extended cold snaps to create another mess the rest of this winter. This next weekend we will get out assess the damage. A lot of times just getting some traffic back on them can repair some of it but other parts we will have to go in and fix by hand. It could cost us lots of man hours doing repairs instead of building sweet new trail…………Think about it next time you see or hear of someone walking/running/riding muddy trails, remind them it IS NOT COOL!

Sunday February 8th was an opportunity to finish up the reroute on Old Granddad that we had started a month or two ago. We have had the corridor cleared for a while but the ground had been too frozen to do the necessary bench cutting. The ground finally thawed enough that we were able to get in there and finish it up. We took out a few hundred yards of old trail that came down toward the old pond and rerouted it to try and stay on higher ground and hopefully eliminate some really bad wet spots and badly eroded trail. We reclaimed the old trail tread a bit by breaking up the surface of the tread, pulling deadfall onto it and transplanting some small trees into it. Hopefully in a few years it won’t even be noticeable.

Trail building is an in-exact science for sure; slope, soil types, vegetation, rocks and exposure all have a huge affect on trail sustainability. ERTA has come a LONG ways learning about trail building over the years and we will continue to fine tune our skills as we look at our successes as well as our failures. They can only get better from here. Remember we need your help to make these trails great. Be an advocate, encourage new users, whether they are hikers, runners, birders or bikers. Educate yourself and your friends, if you have questions about getting involved, drop us a note.

Thanks and here’s to drying trails and warming temperatures!

John

2/21/09 Workday

Our next workday will be Saturday February 21st at 9:00 a.m. As always bring gloves, study shoes, eye protection and dress with layers for the variable weather conditions.

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IMBA Rules of the Trail


The way we ride today shapes

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trail access tomorrow.

Do your part to preserve and enhance our sport's access and image by observing the following rules of the trail, formulated by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. These rules are recognized around the world as the standard code of conduct for mountain bikers. IMBA's mission is to promote mountain bicycling that is environmentally sound and socially responsible.

1. Ride On Open Trails Only.

Respect trail and road closures (ask if uncertain); avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling. The way you ride will influence trail management decisions and policies.

2. Leave No Trace.

Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don't cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.

3. Control Your Bicycle!

Inattention for even a second can cause problems. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations.

4. Always Yield Trail.

Let your fellow trail users know you're coming. A friendly greeting or bell is considerate and works well; don't startle others. Show your respect when passing by slowing to a walking pace or even stopping. Anticipate other trail users around corners or in blind spots. Yielding means slow down, establish communication, be prepared to stop if necessary and pass safely.

5. Never Scare Animals.

All animals are startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement, or a loud noise. This can be dangerous for you, others, and the animals. Give animals extra room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife is a serious offense. Leave gates as you found them, or as marked.

6. Plan Ahead.

Know your equipment, your ability, and the area in which you are riding -- and prepare accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

 
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