2014 North Shore Trailbuilder Academy

The NSMBA is proud to announce our Fall 2014 dates for the North Shore Builders Academy presented by Arc’teryx.  

The theory session teaches modern techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long term sustainability and a positive user experience. Each class is followed with a practical day in the forest for hands on learning.
To attend, you must be a member of the NSMBA.  Click here to join.  Your membership supports our trail efforts and allows programs like this to continue.
Classes are limited to 15 participants and free to NSMBA members.  
Online registration is now open...


To sign up for one of the below evening sessions (7pm start), please click on the date below.  
The course is free for all NSMBA members.

Oct 29th
Nov 12th
To be waitlisted for any of the above dates, please email: mark@nsmba.ca 

Above dates will will be followed by a practical building day, location TBA.

The North Shore Builders Academy wouldn’t be possible without the partnership and support of Arc’teryx, an international company based here on the North Shore specializing in designing and producing performance outdoor apparel and equipment. 

The philosophies of the North Shore Trail Builder Academy:

Respect for the environment.

Long term care and development of our trails through sustainable practices.

The forest is a shared resource.

Positive User Experience.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

How to build sustainably - trail assessment - banked turns - retaining walls - bench cut - reroutes - reclamation -    rolling contour - speed & flow - drainage - armouring - alignment & line selection - liability - environmental care
best practices: 
a systematic approach
Trail Triage

The session begins at 7pm sharp, please arrive early.  The course is expected to complete at approximately 9:30pm. Participation is limited to 15 max. You must register to attend.

Theory session is a mandatory requisite before attending the field session.

LOCATION: MEC North Vancouver 7PM

DIRECTIONS: 212 Brooksbank Ave North Vancouver.  Take Main St Exit from Hwy 1, go West along Main, turn right on Brooksbank, park in MEC lot. Meeting room is near washrooms.

The practical application of sustainable solutions and trail building principles includes the knowledge and guidance of experienced North Shore builders.  The fundamentals focus on long term sustainability & environmental care that are harmonious with a positive rider experience.