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June 27, 2010, 3:13 p.m.
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To the moron doing mach 10 down Trans Can on bby...

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June 26, 2010, 11:51 p.m.
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To the moron doing mach 10 down Trans Can on bby...

Sorry my bad. I meant the exit of Mel's on the way up to Cardiac Hill or whatever it's called. The guy was going ridiculously fast and there was no time to react… it's a good thing the dog didn't hear him coming or else it could of been really bad.

There is bound to be a serious incident on that trail sooner or later if they don't do something to manage the speed of bikers going down the trail.

June 25, 2010, 11:20 p.m.
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To the moron doing mach 10 down Trans Can on bby...

Are you freakin kidding me? The Trans-Canada trail right before the exit of Nicole's… my dog was in the bushes and if he'd jumped back on the trail you probably would have killed him. That was just about the most selfish and ignorant thing I've ever seen done on a bike.

They should install speed barriers along that downhill to control retards like this from seriously injuring someone.

May 8, 2010, 9:12 a.m.
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NSMBA and Matt do it again! Sweet XC

Wow, it's really great to hear how much everyone is enjoying the new line!!! I gotta say that Dave sure did a bang up job on the video and he makes a few sections look a lot easier than they really are. Riding up around the giant boulder is a seriously tricky move that only a few people will be able to do. Even though I built it, I still haven't cleaned that line!!!!

Anyways, great to see the positive responses here on the board. The next stages are going to be really cool, too~ For the next section think buttery smooth, rolling, uphill pumptrack ;)

March 29, 2010, 3:24 p.m.
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Chain saw Sharpening

Lee Valley sells a really good guide made by Granberg. That's the same company that makes Alaskan mills and other chainsaw stuff. The file is really nice, it's all steel and works like a charm.

Before I got this file I would have to take my chain into the shop for a machine file every other time I was working. Clearing brush and cutting up dirty rounds really dulls a chain fast. You can sharpen by hand a couple of times, but after 2-3 times you will inevitably lose the angle and the saw won't cut straight anymore…. or at least that's been my experience.

http://www.leevalley.com/home/OnlineCatalog.aspx?id=6b5f82a8 (it's on page 103 at the bottom; called deluxe chainsaw file)

The best 40 bucks I've ever spent:)

Oct. 19, 2009, 10:51 a.m.
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Builder of sawblade on burke

Yeah, that saw is a good deal for 200 bucks. It likely costs twice that much new!

Oct. 18, 2009, 10:32 p.m.
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Follow-up work on Cypress - Oct 17

Yeah, if the project wasn't so political that could be a good way to go. Hopefully the geotex wrapped around the logs will keep the settling to a minimum. Plus, we will top it up next year after we see how much compaction the snow causes over the winter. We had the human rock crush compacter Lee Lau working on stamping it down as well as he could! The sensitive old growth comment was just thrown in for good 'ol PC purposes :earth: Let's just hope that West Van Parks recognizes the value that mountain biking brings to the community.

Oct. 18, 2009, 10:01 p.m.
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Follow-up work on Cypress - Oct 17

The water will come off the trail along with the rock crush if you use that method. Ideally we would have armoured the surface a quarter inch or more above the level of the crib logs to allow for settling, but that is way too much work for a trail this long. Also, it was necessary to keep the rock crush contained to avoid spillage in the sensitive old growth forest, especially with all the running water that is near the trail. There may be minor pooling in the future, but nothing like what is was before!!!! (see Alan's pics)

Sept. 30, 2009, 12:45 p.m.
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sorca news

Woah… having built a decent amount of trail and been involved with trail organizations I can tell you that inviting opinions from the whole biking community is going to lead you straight into a quagmire. Someone has to step up and make the tough decisions about what is going to get done, and SORCA has done just that. Like it or lump it, the choices have been made and that's the way life goes. It's like the old too many cooks in the kitchen story….

Congrats to SORCA and I can't wait to get out and enjoy the work that will be done out there :)

Aug. 1, 2009, 11:01 a.m.
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Wildfire on Fromme Mountain

Yesterday we had to respond to a report of a wildfire on Mt. Fromme. The fire was confirmed by helicopter patrol and we actioned it with an initial attack crew, followed up by a sustained action crew for the remainder of the day. The fire was "very likely" the result of someone smoking as it was a smoldering ground fire. While it all turned out ok, it had the real potential to be a big problem. If you see or smell people smoking out there let them know that it's not cool and jeopardizes people's safety as well as the trails that we all love. Stay safe and respect the fire bans!!!!

July 23, 2009, 10:06 p.m.
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Bobsled closure July 23 & 24???

Funny how the NSMBA is okay paying people to work on the trails that no one will willingly work on for free. Like Baden Powell or Bridle Path.

Yet, they seem to have some kind of issue with paying someone to do all of the mind-numbing administration work. And if money is the issue, what happened to all those grants which were rolling in some big coin a few years back?

Just an outsiders view …

Pretty hard to find grants that will pay for administrative work or for any salary at all actually. Not to say that an administrator doesn't deserve to be paid, just that grant money is unlikely to be the source of such funding. Grants have a specific project and guidelines involved.

btw there has been a ton of volunteer work put into Bridle Path, in the 1000 plus hours thank you very much!

May 17, 2009, 8:57 p.m.
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Thanks Squamish Builders

Yeah, I gotta say that every time I ride in the Valleycliffe area I am so stoked by the trails there. The builders have done an awesome job making some fantastic, flowy singletrack that is just such a blast to ride. The more I explore, the better it gets!

Props to all the builders past and present out in Squish~

May 6, 2009, 8:58 p.m.
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Another coyote warning on Richard Juryn trails

Saw a coyote crossing the RJ trail around 4:00 today. It was alone, but if there is a pack around dog owners should be careful. They will bait naive city dogs into the bushes and then the rest of the pack will tear the poor dog to shreds.

April 28, 2009, 8 a.m.
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April 26 NSMBA Trail Day

When we walked past they had the original bolder (previously a 2.5 foot drop), then the two new boulders they moved into place to make a rock skinny.

The last rock still had about a foot high drop and they were talking about how to finish it off.

Yeah, we managed to finish it off pretty quickly. It always helps when you've got four guys and three pry pars to help get the job done. Should make a nice little boulder roll to practice on ;)

April 20, 2009, 9:17 a.m.
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The John Henry Bikes Bridal Path Tap Out Challenge

If you want to make it truly challenging, then make all woodwork mandatory in both directions ;) Plus include the new line off the intersection of Bridle and Baden. Admittedly the main line is easier and pretty simple to clean end to end without a dab. Throw in the wood and new loops and it will be a true "No Dab" worthy contest.

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