The Jfk Dig Tomorrow (tuesday 18 Jan) Has Been Cancelled

Postby Robbie on Sat 13/Mar/10 4:07pm

Heaps of hard work have been done, and we now have a ridable trail !

However there is plenty waiting for a group of discerning trail builders to do.......
If you are keen to build that perfect flowy corner, to widen the trail here and there, chip some rock if needs be, re-camber some existing trail, or introduce a better swerve around that native tree or just make North Face as Perfect as it could be, please come along.

The strategy is to work down from the very start at the 4WD track, (which is 100m from the summit, down the 4wd track, right next to T3 and Trickle falls) and re-examine everything to ensure Perfection!
Will the track drain well? Are there spikey stumps that must go? Will the track be as awesome to ride as possible? There is nothing stopping us from polishing this diamond into something very very special.


We are kicking off at 10am, from the top.
This means no rides up from the lower car park, however if you would like a lift please be at the St Alban's road gate before 9:45

The initial plan for Saturday 20th is this :
We will be building a grade reversal into Switchback 1, checking out the run to Switchback 2, and adding a bit to the exit of that corner as well. Once we get that done, we shall venture down the trail checking everything. :love:

The map shows where the start is, North Face is in RED.
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Right by the T3/Trickle falls sign..


Lunch, tools and hilarious behaviour are all provided for you, and we will be there from 10am.
Drop in all day, for 10 minutes or just to say hello.

Bring your bike !

Cheers
Rob, Makara Peak Supporters
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Thu 18/Mar/10 9:46pm

We have arranged for excellent weather this Saturday:

Cloudy at times, sunny too. Northerlies freshening. 21 degrees :thumbsup:
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Ranger Steve on Fri 19/Mar/10 3:08pm

Hi Robbie,

im working this weekend, so ill see you and the others at St albans at 945am.

cheers
steven
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Fri 19/Mar/10 5:43pm

Great stuff, see you there :)
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby fatwombat on Sat 20/Mar/10 2:01am

Hey Robbie: I went down North Face again with the Stickbug this evening - your teams have done some absolutely awesome work there in the last 2 weeks, thanks a heap for that track.

Do you have a precise list of which tracks are going to be worked on by the Downer contractors?
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Sat 20/Mar/10 7:38am

Thank you kind sir :)

As far as the track clearing goes, I shall send it to you by PM :thumbsup:
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Sat 20/Mar/10 9:06pm

Lots of detailing was done today..
We worked on the areas with arrows, and a lot more lower down too....

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The yeller arrows


I hope the reviews are positive, or I may need to fire my agent :lol:


Next weekend, on SUNDAY, we will be attacking a tight corner and then The Switchbacks, numbers 3 and 4... :thumbsup:
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby iodi on Sun 21/Mar/10 11:35am

I rode down the North Face yesterday. The top two switchbacks are a tremendous improvement over the first cut - excellent work! Berms = awesome.

The other refinements are also adding to the track's flow, which is all good. Keep up the good work!
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Sun 21/Mar/10 1:45pm

:thumbsup:
With only 1000m of track and 12 switchbacks ( long with a few tight corners) to examine and perfect before October, I am sure we will get there.

After all, that is 26 whole weeks! :lol:
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Saturday 20th March

Postby Robbie on Fri 26/Mar/10 7:00pm

We will be out and about on Sunday, looking especially at switchbacks 3 and 4 which are about 600m from the top end.

Lots of other small details will be attended to as well, so why not say hi on your way by.

If you would like to help we will be there from about 10 until late afternoon,, lunch, tools and hilarity all provided free of charge. Drop in for a short time or a long time, it is all good :D

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Where we will be..
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Continues, Sunday 28 March

Postby its that guy on Sun 28/Mar/10 5:54pm

Was a great day! These berms are crazy fast now :D


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Re: North Face Perfection Process Continues, Sunday 28 March

Postby squished_cat on Sun 28/Mar/10 10:46pm

its that guy wrote:Was a great day! These berms are crazy fast now :D


Lol hardtail fullface grom
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Continues, Sunday 28 March

Postby Robbie on Sun 28/Mar/10 10:55pm

Yes super cool!

Here is a report I would normally put on the makarapeak.org.site, but it is unreachable at the moment :hmmm:

Adding and also taking away!

Today about ten people attacked switchbacks 3 and 4, and made lots of useful changes to the nearby single-track. Nearly every part of the trail had something removed, changed or extended vertically or horizontally.

A previous narrow rocky corner is now a wider, allowing a faster run into a bermed sweeper, which runs into a fast banked right hand kink, the out into the open, along to a bit of step up, then a bomb into the bermed left hander, steaming out to a small rise with an optional drop into the bermed right hander, through a few wiggles and over mound ( potential air) into a dip, then up over a banked corner into a left/right/left/right combination over quite a rise.
Simple really !

Thanks again to those who dropped in throughout the day as well, and hopped off their bike to help out.

We ran out of motivation about 4 when a cold breeze arrived, but a great day indeed.
Legends all :)

The toight rocky corner before:

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narrow rockiness


And after!

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wider banked rocky happiness


And the exit being attacked…

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Back breaking stuff!


Much dirt was mined from the following bermed sweeper

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dirt was taken away..


And used on the first switchback, which at first looked like this:

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narrow rockiness


Later in the day it was very spanky indeed:

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Bermed joyfulness


Fettling the short run between the corners, which featured a rise with rock. This is now a ride with small step down:

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A wee step down over the existing rock was cleaned up



Which then sends the rider right into the second switchback, which was extensively remodelled

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the second corner was sculped in way that was, different to before!


Through a few small wiggles and then we have a rise, with the possibility of air for those in the mood:

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new dirt was added!


And the following corner was banked to allow a fast entry:

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Nice in-sloping :D


We could spend a wee bit more time chipping the rock on the first corner, but next Saturday (yep Easter Saturday) we can wind our way down towards the next pair of switchies, tinkering with a camber, here, slightly realigning a corner there, making more of a roller somewhere else as we go. Good times :thumbsup: .
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Continues, Sunday 28 March

Postby its that guy on Sun 28/Mar/10 11:03pm

Good to see you guys didnt stay to long..I would have felt bad for leaving early :paranoid: :)
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Re: North Face Perfection Process Continues, Sunday 28 March

Postby Robbie on Sun 28/Mar/10 11:08pm

It got cold at about the same time we ran out of motivation!

That hundred or so metres of track is going to be a hoot for the speed demons, and the slow and sensible alike :love: Mission accomplished.
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