The work accomplished was led by an army of people out in the field, as well as behind the scenes greasing the cogs. There are a huge number of people to recognize and thank for your efforts. For those of you who contributed in any way this year, a big thank you is in order.
There were some exemplary contributers this year. People who were out at every event, every trail day, going above & beyond to make things happen. No matter how much was asked, the answer was always yes. And for those who rose above the challenges and went beyond the call of duty, we recognize your efforts with the first ever, annual North Shore Kick Ass awards.
The 2013 Kick Ass Awards recipients are:
The NSMBA, working collaboratively with the DNV, has begun Phase 1 to create a barrier free All Access trail on Fromme.
The NSMBA would like to thank lululemon for their support and funding for this project. We would also like to recognize the support from North Shore Bike Shop for their efforts to reroute the mid section of the trail as well as ongoing maintenance as part of TAP.
"As part of lululemon's sustainability initiatives, the metta movement is a program aimed at supporting grassroots community activities that encourage people to live active, healthy lives."
A new climbing line has been created on Fromme with collaboration between the DNV and the NSMBA.
Thank you to Rocky Mountain Bicycles for hosting a public trail day in October. Facebook pictures here.
This is to be used by riders exitting from Immonator instead of descending on the Baden Powell. To clarify-all riders are to please use this to climb to exit at water towers.
It is an ascending only trail and is not built to handle downhill traffic as the corners are climbing corners, therefore too tight for descending and therefore will require heavy braking which will destroy the trail tread. Please help us work together as a community to keep it climbing only.
Please exit by the water towers. Please follow the new trail signage that leads bikers to the new trail head near the water towers. We ask for your cooperation with this to ensure continued positive relations with area residents as well as the DNV.
The area to the west has been deactivated by the DNV to alleviate sustainability issues, but primarily due to the infringement on private land. Please stay out of this zone as the forest rehabilitates.
Thank you to Devon Campbell for the creation of the map.
Please note: the water tower trail on the map refers to the one on McNair, not Mountain Hwy.
Submitted by norma.ibarra on Fri, 2013-11-22 20:11
On Friday night I was getting ready for Saturday’s trail day. I prepped my waterproof gear expecting a rainy day. Luckily, we woke up to a pretty nice, foggy day. A fantastic turnout of 25 eager volunteers came to help with the new Bobsled reroute.
Norco John Henry Bikes had their best turnout ever with 16 people coming to do much needed work on a particularly poorly aligned corner on the Richard Juryn Trail. Led by Jaclyn Delacroix the NJHB crew completely rebuilt it. If you’ve ever been on the trail you know the corner we are talking about! Years of accumulated organic material and what appears to be previous attempts to fix the corner with sticks and the occasional partially rotted log had done nothing but create an area that caught and retained water.
You’ve reached the NSMBA’s election headquarters. Our AGM is coming up on November 27th, 2013 and this is the place to get all the latest election news. Come back regularly to view updates on candidate bios!
Details on the AGM are listed below:
Date: Wednesday, November 27th
Time: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Jaycee House
Tentative Agenda will be posted soon. . .
How Do I Get Involved?
Do you love mountain biking with you friends? Are you passionate about the trails? Do you think mountain bikers need a strong voice in the community? If you answered yes to any of these questions and were wondering how you could get involved, look no further.
The NSMBA team is looking for energetic and enthusiastic members to lead our organization into the future. Whether you enjoy organizing social events, getting your hands dirty on the trail, or making your voice heard at council, - the NSMBA has a fun, exciting, and rewarding volunteer position for you!
A total of 28 people participated in the work on Bobsled this weekend, sponsored by North Shore Bike Shop. Work will continue to finalize this reroute on Nov 16th for our final trail day of the year.
Led by Pat Podolski, Digger & Irish Pete, a major reroute has been implemented that addresses the steep grade (33%) and subsequent erosion. The new alignment will be sustainable and more in line with the experience associated with a beginner trail, including an average grade of less than 10%.
Join us at Jaycee House on Nov 27 at 730pm to review our progress in 2013 and goals for 2014. The efforts of the NSMBA are made possible through volunteer efforts so your contribution for 2014 is sought to continue our momentum into next year. Director nominations and roles & responsibilities will be posted here soon, so please check back frequently for updates. Refreshments will be provided by Okanagan Springs.
The Shore Corps completed a significant re-route on the Bridle Path on Sat Oct 26th. Part of the MEC funded Bridle Path Revitalization, the first portion of the reroute began in April 20th of this year by the Spring Academy grads.
The Shore Corps are graduates from the Builders Academy who have attended the theory session and the field practical session. The reroute will improve sustainability and user experience while bringing this section of the Bridle Path in line with the green ranking of difficulty.
Work is underway to improve conditions on Old Buck & the Baden Powell on Seymour. While the NSMBA is re-decking bridges, BC Park's crews remove danger trees on Old Buck.
Through a collaborative effort, re-routes have been proposed to lessen the grade and meander Old Buck through the adjacent forest to improve the user experience and seek sustainable, long term solutions to sections in which erosion is evident on sustained grades.
Work on BP has commenced to establish drainage and repair areas hardest hit by erosion. Work on Old Buck will begin when work on Baden Powell is completed this fall.