Posted by: earleb
I didn't say it was as easy as scratching in the average fall line skidder. It would be a boat load more work to build a sustainable trail that recreates the "experience" of the DarkSide. But until someone cracks that nut expect the status quo to continue.
Off the top of my head I'd say Full Pull does a good job of mixing steep with sustainability. It certainly wasn't a quick project, LOTS of scouting, and several seasons of building by experienced builders. Could it handle full Seymour shuttle traffic?
I've been riding FP a fair bit since the spring; most sections are good but there are a few steep pitches that are blown out and a couple corners others that could use some love or a rethink but for the most part it's holding up well most likely because it doesn't see a lot of traffic. I don't think you can build steep, sustainable duff lines simply due to the forces on the trail bed and way too many people are happy to lock up the rear or cutty/power-slide through a corner. I think for sure you can build a sustainable dark side type trail, but it's not going to be duff, it's going to be dirt, rock and wood.
Edit: Could it handle Seymour shuttle traffic? No way.