This summer has seen drought like conditions throughout much of BC and the coast is no exception. The lack of moisture means the dirt on trails is virtually irreparable until moisture returns. With present conditions, all TAP trail days are on hold until further notice.
As stewards of the trails, the NSMBA adheres to all Land Manager and provincial fire regulations in place. Power tools are not used in extreme fire risk conditions. We care for the forest and our trails.
As promised at the Town Hall meeting in April 2015, we are catching up on the ‘meat and potatoes’ work to realign and reconstitute trail beds, address erosion and improve sustainability. Now it`s time for some dessert! In other words, rebuilding what put the Shore on the map in the first place. We launched TAP in 2011 and it has to be noted the hard work and efforts put forth by our Adopters and lead builders to get us where we are today. Thank you to everyone who has played a part!
The NSMBA trail crew has been busy repairing structures and addressing issues on the trails as able given conditions. Reclaimed wood from the Fromme parking lot has been utilized for decking to replace expired structures in need of upgrade. Without the ability to tackle dirt projects, much of the work has been focussed on woodwork over the past couple of months. “When the music changes, so must the dance.”
You will notice small fixes around the mountains but until moisture returns, berms won’t be patched until the wet season and trails will need to weather the dry conditions. If you see issues on the trails, please use www.trailforks.com to note and we’ll tackle asap.
New rolldown on the Giant Log on 7th gives more black diamond options.
Sean Gerke on UOC.
When slats can be peeled off by hand and you can sink a 4 inch blade into the stringers, it`s time for replacement.
It's great to have Podo back in the saddle…
…because you get results like this. The Jenkosaurus Rex.
The work on 7th is a culmination of efforts building upon the foundation of Ol`Man Pete. Here are pics from 2011 when Gerke, Preston & Wood replaced over 70 feet of woodwork in the middle of the trail. Complete with skinnies!
The old drop was balanced on a rotten stump.
The New Drop.
Lea has been a great addition to the team seen here getting last nail honours on the drop and bandaging Mark`s finger. When using a bow saw, always cut away from you!
Work is underway to replace expired woodwork and bring some old faves back into play including the log ride with a new entry. The wood berms will be replaced over the coming few weeks plus a new entrance to the rock roll. Thanks to Sven Luebke for his leadership and TAP sponsor Acklands Grainger for making this work possible. It should be noted that Acklands Grainger donated $2000 in tools to the TAP program this year.
Ol`Man Pete has fixed what was previously known as `the worst corner on the Shore`, we hope you enjoy it. It`s worth mention as a stand alone item…the old corner was that bad! And you know the one we`re talking about…yes, that corner. Look for new woodwork at the trail`s end just above Kirkford as it`s all due for a replacement. Stand by…
Fromme Parking Lot
As suspected, the new Fromme Parking lot is seeing some high usage. Please be considerate of others and be respectful of usage. The NSMBA will be working with the DNV to determine appropriate closing times but don`t forget, all DNV parks are considered closed at dusk. There have been instances of vehicles travelling at high speed on the gravel road. Please keep your speed down and adhere to the 20km per hour speed limit.