Nelson Trail Status Update September 18th

Postby Mildie on Thu 18/Sep/08 4:53pm

Codgers Trails. Wet. all clear through to Tantragee Saddle, but riding these right now is creating some real damage issues. Best to wait a wee while for the hill to drain out!
Fireball Rd./Turners/Dog Trails. Reasonably clear and rideable, with a couple of trees to climb over. Mick and his boys will be clearing a bit of foliage to make this a more memorable experience, but these trails are currently open until the Groom Rd upgrade releases the logging crews (likely to happen before Christmas.

Dun Trail/Third House. Open.

Fringe/Sunrise/Peaking. Line has been cleared thanks to Andy, Greg and their boys. Next work party on these trails Sunday Sep 28th, and everyone welcome to come along. Bring loppers, hand saws, rakes, grubbers (no chainsaws!) Meet at Dun carpark at 9am - coordinators Greg Smith (at Stewarts) and Andy Thompsen (at BikeHQ). Thanks to Hamish at BikeHQ for his support for clearing work so far.

R&R/Tuckers. Can be accessed by bike during forest open hours. People are welcome to clear Tuckers by hand only, and once Taylors clear Bobs Fern 2 and we can get vehicle access back, we can kick this one in in earnest. R&R still waiting for Taylors to remove the big trees up top.

Chings. Clear.

Supplejack/Maitai/Rimu. Pending DOC approval on clearance activities. Watch this space.
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Sunrise Status

Postby pedalhed on Thu 18/Sep/08 6:52pm

Hi Chris just one small correction there ...Unfortunately the entire length bar 150m of Sunrise has not been cleared ...So far we have spent collectively 8 days on Peaking and the Fringe ridgeline just clearing out the logs and redirecting the track where needed but have only had a small group of workers turn up so progress has been slow, we are now on Sunrise ridge itself and progress will be even slower as this is by far the worst hit section of track. Now is the time for people to put their hands up and volunteer for some trailwork especially if you regularly rode these trails and want to again...
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Postby nz_kgb on Tue 23/Sep/08 12:08pm

I loved Peaking Ridge so keen to get out there with handsaws etc and get stuck in.
I won't be able to get there at 9am on Sunday morning, but should be able to cruise up from about 1pm onwards - if we know where you are going to be working, we could catch up. Otherwise Saturday is free...

We rode around the top Bobs Fern/Scotswood Wiggles and back to Supplejack on Saturday arvo - what a mess Supple!
Supplejack, Rimu and Matai are toast - a lot of work to be done there to get them rideable/walkable again.
Bobs Fern Road (the one that cuts through Supplejack) is a mess to ride at the mo, but is rideable.

Browning is also reasonably clear - we went in Sunday and cut out two more trees with handsaws (four of them are quite productive!!) - at this stage I think there is just two left that you have to carry over and they are down near the bottom.

I was told on the weekend that R&R is open again - is this not the case - trees at the top still down? Looking into Tuckers as we rode past on Saturday, there is a lot of debris on the ground - might have to attach a rake to the back of the bike and do a run down :)

Might head out to Turners/Dead Dog tonight and see how that is looking - with the handsaws in the backpack of course!

Cheers
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Postby nz_kgb on Tue 23/Sep/08 9:55pm

Update on R&R - when Chris says above that they are waiting for Taylors to clear big trees up the top - there are quite a few big trees for about 3/4 of the track!
This track is only rideable in a few sections with major windfall and a lot of climbing/clambering to be done to get over trees and find the track.

Top section is not too bad and the bottom section where the pig rooting and switchbacks are is rideable - the section just before this is not.

About 30 minutes of clambering/climbing to get over the trees here.

Will give Dead Dog and Turners a try on Thursday night and drop another update here unless someone beats me too it :)

Cheers,
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Postby onyabike on Fri 26/Sep/08 12:30pm

Quote - Fringe/Sunrise/Peaking. Line has been cleared thanks to Andy, Greg and their boys. Next work party on these trails Sunday Sep 28th, and everyone welcome to come along. Bring loppers, hand saws, rakes, grubbers (no chainsaws!) Meet at Dun carpark at 9am - coordinators Greg Smith (at Stewarts) and Andy Thompsen (at BikeHQ). Thanks to Hamish at BikeHQ for his support for clearing work so far.!

Dont forget to be there on sunday - if you care...
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Trail Clearing On Sunday ...

Postby pedalhed on Fri 26/Sep/08 5:19pm

Whilst most people are meeting at the ok corrall at 9am to attack sunrise from the fringed hill end.
A few of us are going up from the maitai dam end ..up peaking ridge to sunrise ridge...
We will be there about 8.30 at the gate and will ride to the bottom of peaking. then maybe push our bikes up as far as we feel like.
Fringe hill gate will be open so vehicles can go up but the peaking end will be our own leg power getting us there.
So bring your Grubbers, Rakes, Hand saws, loppers, spades etc and follow your nose up peaking and on to sunrise and make a difference.
either end of the track needs doing so it doesn't matter what work party you join just as long as you are there.
please no chainsaws unless you are certified or very experienced .. any bad accident up there will end our chances of clearing this track not to mention hurt the person involved.

cheers
Simon
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Sunrise Windfall being cleared by the Track restoration society inc...
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Postby nz_kgb on Wed 1/Oct/08 12:29pm

We have missed out on these working bees due to other commitments recently but hope to get stuck in once we are back from mtb trip to Qtown.

Went up Browning again on Sunday arvo and did some more clearing up there - there are some big trees down right up the top, near the hut, which would require a lot of chainsaw work to remove them.

The rest of the track is sweet though - only two trees to climb over at the mo on the main Hacket track.

Slowly but surely we are returning Nelson to its former glory - keep up the great work guys and will be there to give a hand as soon as I can!
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Postby nz_kgb on Wed 1/Oct/08 12:32pm

Oh and by the way, as other posts say, Dead Dog and Turners are sweet for riding with just a couple of trees down on Fireball road between them!!
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Postby onyabike on Wed 1/Oct/08 10:36pm

Note out from forest managers that Fireball is closed Mon-Fri as from Oct 1st 2008.
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