24 September 2006 - 14:47Trail Work
Every once in a while, the weather is just no good for riding of any kind.
It’s times like these that serious trail work gets done.
And I mean serious!
Up in the Perry Hill netrwork, there are a couple of old decaying bridges that need help.
One such bridge spans a deep ravine. The bringe in question is 9″ wide, and about 17 ft long, and at the highest point is about 15 ft in the air. The wet climate here has it’s way of making structures like this unsafe after a few years, and because of where this bride is, we decided to really go all out and over build it.
A buddy of ours has one of the coolest things in the world, a Rokon. It’s a two wheel drive motorcycle, and will pretty much go anywhere it can get traction. It was indispensible, as the bridge (we estimated that it weighs 500lbs or so) needed to be dragged about 4 miles to it’s final resting place.
Getting the bridge up there was pretty tough. I can only account for the first 30 minutes, as I had to bail out and open the shop. Most of the way to the drop zone was double track, but it is a fairly stiff incline, and there are some big waterbars and some tight turns to negotiate. And then there is the singletrack portion. I guess it got pretty hairly at times.
Info on trail work can be found here.
While there is still much to be done on the trails here, we will continue to accomplish as much as we can before snow flies. Perry Hill has been seeing increased traffic, and is getting beaten up. We will be armouring the weak spots, and cutting a few re-routes off of private land, and more importantly, putting signage up on a few of the routes.
Important updates coming up, RIP 9 arrival and Interbike report.