Saturday, July 24, 2010

Trail 44 work party

The Bonners Ferry Forest Service, the Backcountry Horseman and the Pend Oreille Pedalers jointly organized a workparty to do maintenance and a re-route around a steep, rocky hike-a-bike section on trail #44. The workparty went for 5 days, July 19-23, 2010. A base camp was established 2 miles South of the Keno Creek Trail along Trail #44. Logistics went like this: the Forest Service provided all the necessary tools and food, Backcountry Horseman packed in all the necessary water for the week (2,000 gallons) over 4 days previous to us arriving and POP contributed willing bodies for labor. The Forest Service had up to 15 members on their work crew and Pat Hart, backcountry extrodinare, did all the cooking. And let me just say that the food was AWESOME and there was more provided than I could eat in a day.

Base camp/cooking tent

Home sweet home

Larry, Jim, John and I rode in from Canuck Pass Sunday afternoon to set up camp and be ready first thing Monday morning to break ground. Jane and Shadow hiked 10 grueling miles up Keno creek. We all arrived at camp just in time for dinner. It was a day of amazing views and epic single track with lots of ridgeline terrain.

Lots of exposed side hills

Serpent-like singletrack

Work was very physical, but I just kept thinking of the reward. It took 3 days to complete 1/3 of new trail that bypassed 2 very steep hike-a-bike sections. I don't know how these guys do this every day.

Phase 1 of new trail - cut out trees and brush

Phase 2 of new trail - clear debris and scrape of all vegetation

Phase 3 of new trail - bench cut

Final phase - buff, angle and pack (see guys in the back)

Many thanks to Pat, her crew and ALL that volunteered. It is through efforts such as these that our moutain biking opportunities are getting better and growing

A well deserved lunch break for the crew

3 flags mark the end of the trail, YEAH!

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