adds teton pass to list of places to go ride
Yeah, we've been lucky two years in a row now. Took that footage over Labour Day weekend - very dry and sandy though! Such an amazing place - can't get enough of it.
well my other more sarcastic/jealous response was gonna be "well I dunno…looks like it was a little too dusty…":rolleyes:
haha yeah I realized the typo after rendering the video…too lazy to do it all over again to fix it!
Shawnflow is open, but it was super fresh and soft when we rode it so it didn't really ride that well yet (just got finished recently apparently?). The jumps still need tweaking.
I didn't get to smithers but would love to..we'll see if time and weather permit. I have a few other near-PG missions to scope out before the snow flies as well…
So I'm stuck back up in Prince George for my final semester of school. I heard Burns Lake was a pretty solid place to ride, so I hauled a bunch of friends from school out for a camping and riding trip, and well, here is the result.
Disclaimer: somewhat offensive music, but if you were on the trip it would make sense. And just change the words "LA" to "PG" when you listen in your head to make us more gangster.
Burns lake is 100% worth checking out. They have invested almost 500k into trails and an unreal forest rec campsite at Kager lake. Some machine built, some loam, some singletrack…all awesome. And the most convenient shuttle/camping setup I've ever had. Plus the locals come up on the weekends and run a shuttle for 3 bucks a ride, and are of course super friendly northern BC folks. More info here if you are interested: http://www.burnslaketrails.ca/
1) Let me run TAP on lower crippler next summer to re-pimp it back to it's old status
2) A proper parking area for mountain biking so we no longer have the concern with residents (that's DNV's problem, but it should still be a priority IMO)
3) Machine built trail top to bottom. I know most people here don't want that, but bobsled is now the busiest trail in north van and a great place to take your girlfriend/kids/noobs for a ride. Plus is the easiest and least maintenance required way to build a trail now.
4) climbing trail as stated by everybody else already
Again, Ned's Info: http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=143296
The 100m long exit from neds got closed to stop people from riding mystery creek. That exit serves no other purpose other than to get people from neds to mystery creek trail…so in order to stop them, it got closed. Mystery is a hiking only trail. There are now signs up to direct you to hyannis/bridle or bottletop to exit if you don't know the way. You don't need to ride your bike on every trail so please respect the closure.
And if people took 5 seconds to think before opening their mouths cough legoman*, we wouldnt have to explain the same thing over and over again. And maybe logic would prevail?!?! probably not, but its worth hoping for…
This was a great read…thanks everybody! here's my take:
1) Nobody should rag on any of the builders here who have put in countless volunteer hours. If somebody who goes out and build properly builds something they like riding, GOOD. They built it, they get to do what they want (as long as its built safely/properly). If you want a specific thing done, go do it yourself and STFU. that goes for everybody.
2) maintenance: if you build it, and want it to last, maintain it. If not, too bad. When your structure is dead (usually not very long after its built), then it will get removed. This was the case with the gerbil cage. It was busted, cracked, failing, and the builder did not want to look after it anymore. So the landowner removed it.
3) if you want to fix something, quit bitching on NSMB and email the appropriate people (ie. metro vancouver in this case) and get your lazy ass up there and fix it. The gerbil cage is still fixable, 1 part is cut out. Go fix it properly and stop whining. It wasn't a chainsaw massacre, it was removed for safety reasons. again, STFU.
There are plenty of all types of trails out there for everybody to ride with any style of riding. go riding!
And the other reality of the situation is that as much as I would love to see the gerbil cage live on, tax dollars can't be spent on rebuilding stuff like that when there are plenty of trail projects to work on that EVERYBODY uses, not just the top 20% of mountain bikers.
Hey folks - I work for the evil metro van as most people already know.
I am first and foremost a mtb trail builder and rider, so I have the interested of the riding community at heart when I am at work. We inspected the trail with JP earlier this year, and he even agreed to pull the gerbil cage out due to safety concerns. It was rotting in places and falling apart.
The log that is sawed out was rolling downhill and ripping the whole structure apart. THe log ride over the swamp is cracked and laying in the swamp. The ramp between these 2 logs was cracked in 2 places. The other chunk missing out of the middle of the gerbil cage after the sky bridge entrance was cracked. And the entrance ramp…well I kicked that out with 1 foot. It might have wrecked the support but if that didn't happen from me kicking it, it would have happened when the manky rocks/dirt at the entrance supported by a rotting piece of crap log finally gave out with a kids group riding it.
Metro Van doesn't plan to repair the gerbil cage as it is not a necessary part of the trail. Today I repaired the "easy line" which is now the only line. JP plans to work up there during august and may or may not work on the gerbil cage. There is also a trail day up there later this year. If anybody is interested in working on it, contact the LSCR at the above emails or PM me and I can point you in the right direction.
The reality of this stuff for landowners is that sketchy, manky old stunts that are rotting and failing are huge liabilities and have to be removed.
In other news, we also fixed up the ladder at the exit of the trail with new rungs since they got completed skid through. We aren't all bad…
Ya I think I will be done with permits for crippler after this year…no time anymore with other trail projects, trail building at work, and school in PG this sept. There has to be some time left to ride my bike…
So if any qualified individuals want to take it over, get in touch wtih me and I can give up all the goods for the trail