Re: North Face: Saturday 25th, Berms And Switchbacks

Postby feddydafish on Wed 22/Sep/10 10:27am

I'll come by and help out if someone will tell me / show me how to ride around those damn things without slowing to a crawl and shaking like a (insert politically incorrect simile here).

Can you use my 11yr old son too or will he get in the way? He's keen to take up racing and I want to get him involved so he sees how much work goes on behind the scenes and appreciates how spoilt he is (we are) in Wellington.
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Re: North Face: Saturday 25th, Berms And Switchbacks

Postby Robbie on Wed 22/Sep/10 11:10am

Hi
please stop by with your son and ask for myself on Saturday :)
We will be on the North face track from about 10 until mid/late afternoon.

Myself or others will be very happy to help you out, with riding or track building info.

Some of our keenest track builders are also XC racers, by the way, and digging certainly need not be an adult blokes only pass time.
Some track building does require strength but much of it is more about finess and looking at the bigger picture.

North Face itself is designed to cater for the widest intermediate audience as possible, so feedback from those who find parts of the track difficult is just as valuable as those who do feel the track is too easy.

So please come along and you will be made very welcome, and stay for as little time or as much as suits you! :thumbsup:
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Re: North Face: Saturday 25th, Berms And Switchbacks

Postby Udo on Sat 25/Sep/10 4:41pm

Good to meet you & crew (albeit briefly) today Robbie, thanks for all the work you've done & I'll be back to help again soon for longer.

Cheers

Peter
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Re: North Face: Saturday 25th, Berms And Switchbacks

Postby Robbie on Sat 25/Sep/10 7:47pm

Udo wrote:Good to meet you & crew (albeit briefly) today Robbie, thanks for all the work you've done & I'll be back to help again soon for longer.
Cheers
Peter


Cheers Peter, thanks for stopping by and having a go. :thumbsup:
Digging trails can be a bit daunting at first, but the work you did today helped to lay the vital foundations for a really nice bermed exit on that corner. :D

Awesome to see so many people ride North Face twice today, and one chap three times, apparently training for the Coast to Coast!

I shall post a blog once clean and fuelled :paranoid:
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Re: North Face: Saturday 25th, Berms And Switchbacks

Postby Robbie on Sat 25/Sep/10 10:22pm

And here is a copy of the Blog updated on the Makara Peak website:

http://makarapeak.org/northface?mode=Po ... bmi=424555 =} =} =}

North Face Perfection Process:
Three more switchbacks on North Face got “the treatment” today

Many thanks to Jono, Rob, Hannah, Martin, Michael, Peter, Owen, Colin and Ian. Legends all.

The last three switchbacks in the Valley (where there are 6) were refined and re-profiled today.

The mid and exit of each corner were angled to slope inwards and solid edge (the berm part of the story) was built from the local rocks and the entries to each corner were widened and also made less steep.

This means the corners are a lot more forgiving to ride, and should avoid getting ruts etc in the foreseeable future. Those With Skill can rip around them at supersonic pace, as Jono demonstrated. I brought my pedaly along today, and at my more glacial pace they felt much improved, and heaps of fun.

They are still tricky, however they flow well and fit the North Face character!

When riding down North Face, please do not ride near the top of the berms (as you will destroy a large chunk of track and crash as they give way), and please try to avoid the edges as they are generally quite soft as well.

Tracks do take a while to pack down (usually a few seasons), and North Face has only been ridable now for about 6 months, so please be nice to our new creation. It is just a baby.

And have a huge time barreling down the hill!!

Here are some Photoze from today, we worked on switchbacks 10, 11 and 12 as they are numbered from the top.

There are 14 in total on North Face itself..the last two were "fixed" three weeks ago:

Heading into number 10.The earthworks are noticable...

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Part way around. The entry is wider and flatter and the surface is pretty solid!

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The bank gently transitions into a bermed edge..

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And the bermed edge, directly above..the corner below!!

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And then heading into switchback 11..Once again the entry is far wider to discourage ruts, and the inside edge more clearly defined.

corner11a.jpg


The entry is about 50% wider and on a lesser slope:

corner11b.jpg


The middle of the corner, where once again we built a higher edge as the bank disappears.

The pink stuff at the base of a small tree is some marking tape used to show where the corner should be placed, way back when this was a wall of scrub.

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And here is the exit, with the short run to switchback number 12!

Hello Colin :-)

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And here is the last corner in the Valley Of Switchbacks. It is slightly more than 180degrees which makes it tricky, but it has a nice feel to it. What looks like a very uneven surface in the photos is an optical illusion!

Once agin the entry is a lot wider and flatter to reduce the chance of ruts, and make it more fun, flowy and quite possibly faster. The large rock on the outside is waiting for a new home.

corner12a.jpg


Here is a closer look at the first part.What look like ripples are actually just colour changes in the soil:

corner12b.jpg


And half way around the track is wider with a useful solid berm:

corner12c.jpg


The old outside edge used to just kind of fall away into a rock pile. Fixed!

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And after many test rides we packed up and wandered downwards, and decided to clean up the rut and braking bumps into the last main corner on North Face.

Here Jono, Colin and Ian are still swinging grubbers at 5:15 in the afternoon...

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All in all a very successful days digging, and thanks again to those who helped make this track even better :-)

Cheers,

Rob

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Re: North Face: Saturday Oct 2nd, The Jfk Track Begins!

Postby Robbie on Thu 30/Sep/10 3:09pm

This coming Saturday, Oct 2nd,THE JFK TRACK BEGINS!

Starting right where North Face ends, this 650m long track will link up with Smokin further down, creating 2,650m of singletrack :love:

When? Saturday, from 10am through to mid/late afternoon
Where? Right at the end of North Face, next to the road.
The plan? To start building a 180 degree switchback which then heads back along the hill.

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The Makara Peak Supporters will bring along the tools and gloves etc, and provide a light lunch and drinks.

Plenty of friendly experienced track diggers will be there, so if you are not quite sure what track building involves, come along and they will be very helpful in getting you going.
Some jobs will require brute strength, while other things a keen eye for detail: so there will be something for everyone.

We want to build the nicest track that we can, so the emphasis will be on quality not speed, so there will be plenty of time to get things right .
Having a great time while building the track is just as important :)

It will also be fine and sunny, with great views of Wellington, and riders bombing down North Face :D
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Re: Jfk Was Born Today On Makara Peak!

Postby Robbie on Sat 2/Oct/10 9:50pm

They say JFK was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and they are wrong.
JFK was born today on Makara Peak!


Here is a copy of the blog post on our web site :
http://makarapeak.org/northface?mode=PostView&bmi=437012


They say JFK was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and they are wrong. JFK was born today on Makara Peak!
02-Oct-10 21:23 | Robert Lawrence (Administrator)

Cheers to..

Hugh, Jono, Rob, Colin, Ian, Martin, Lewis, Bernie, Eden, Matt, and Malcolm for their help in starting the dig of JFK :-)

It was a brilliant day, clear skies and light winds, great track building weather!

Job 1 was to decide how the first corner was going to be placed, and after much pointing, arm waving and head scratching a plan was hatched. Work commenced removing the grass and vegetation to see what lay beneath. The soil is almost ideal for track building: containing lots of small and medium sized rocks. Happiness.

These were used to build the foundation of the outside for the corner from the bottom up, so we are hoping that this will be the most solid corner we have yet built.

It is the 19th switchback to be manufactured from the hillside for the North Face Project, and it should provide great photo opportunities with Wellington in the background.

Meanwhile others removed barberry and gorse stumps, while others still created a benched track (the flat riding surface). And yet more people removed the EVIL Gorse and Barberry stumps further along.

Many of the local rocks were used to armour the surface and the track edge, and rocks were also used to create a small table top/roller for the thrillseekers.

Decisions were made about navigating around native trees and this track has certainly retained the character of North Face !

The corner, the worker, the view:

jfk sb19.jpg


Underneath nearly every decent-sized gorse stump is a Weta: they are not always thrilled about being unearthed!

critter.jpg


And there is always time to ponder the view, or discuss what the trail should be doing..

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About 30M of track was completed, which was good going considering how thoroughly it was being built today.

Far better to get it done as nicely as we can right now, rather than having to come back later!

Next up, we have a dig evening this coming Tuesday, from the bottom,

(please see this link on our website: http://makarapeak.org/events?eventId=18 ... entDetails )

and we are back at the top next weekend, on Saturday.

Drop by and say hello :D
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Re: Jfk Was Born Today On Makara Peak!

Postby jeyboi on Sun 3/Oct/10 7:20am

Robbie wrote:
critter.jpg



SLACKY! :D
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Re: Jfk Was Born Today On Makara Peak!

Postby sifter on Sun 3/Oct/10 7:33am

jeyboi wrote:
Robbie wrote:
critter.jpg



SLACKY! :D


My thoughts exactly. I wonder if that's why he moved to Nelson? That's a big beastie...

Nice work Rob and team!
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Re: A New Dynamic Track Appears Through The Scrub @ Makara Peak!

Postby Robbie on Fri 8/Oct/10 11:06am

Here is a copy of the latest North Face Project Blog on our website.
To go there clicky this:

http://makarapeak.org/northface?mode=Po ... bmi=440485

Last Tuesday evening 14 men and women made their way to the end-point of JFK and began building bendy undulating single track :)

They were here:

JFK TUESDAY 5 OCT.JPG


About 100 metres was 80% done, and for those of you who love the 1620 metres of North Face, all I can say is to expect a lot more more of the same!

The soil turned out to be full of handy rocks, enabling some great foundations to be built, with rises and falls made, and bendy bits created.

The first 50m is the usual involving stuff, and the last 50m through the low scrub will one day be a meandering track through regenerating native forest. Not too shabby at all.

Some photos, starting 120m before the end of the track, cleared but not yet benched:

cleared but not yet benched.jpg


Track building is a very serious business....

serious business.jpg


And the curves appear!

the curves appear.jpg


Making things that go up and down, and left and right..

mr hayward makes things.jpg


Fine tuning the cambers and angles..

martin and ian make stuff.jpg


And then onto the flat: Yumm, Hell's Pizzas !!!

on to the flat.jpg


And then the track is on the open for a short distance, before crossing the road and heading into SMOKIN'

in the open.jpg


Digging continues from the bottom up next Tuesday evening from 5pm until almost dark, wth Hell’s Pizzas provided!

..… and this weekend we will be digging from the top down from 10am on Saturday!!

The emphasis will be on quality rather than speed, and with all those local rocks being superb for armoring the track against winter’s evilness.



How to get there:

The bottom end of JFK:

The track is on the opposite side of the road to the start of SMOKIN-

Ride/run walk down the 4wd road from the end of North Face, turn left into the flat area.

Ride/stagger up the 4wd track near the top of Allington road, turn right into the flat area

The top end of JFK:

This track starts at the end of North Face, simply turn left around the switchback!


Cheers,

Rob


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Re: A New Dynamic Track Appears Through The Scrub @ Makara Peak!

Postby Robbie on Sat 9/Oct/10 6:58am

..And today the weather is looking good so far :thumbsup:

We will have wheelbarrows, grubbers, spades, picks and the rest of the stuff ready- including lunch ;)

Meeting up from 10ish at the start of this new track..

Drop by and say hello !!
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Re: Bullet Proof Progress: The New Jfk Track From The Top

Postby Robbie on Sun 10/Oct/10 11:54am

Bullet Proof Progress: JFK from the top

Here is a copy of the latest news from our web site http://www.makarapeak.org :)

A keen bunch of people resumed digging at the top of JFK yesterday with the aim of building some very solid track.

The very rocky soil in this area means that the whole track surface and the edges can be very well armoured, so plenty of time was spent building a track that is 90% rock and 10% clay. This should, with any luck, outlast the Pyramids.

Cheers to Rob, Colin, Michael, Ian, Owen and Don for all lending a hand :-)

Plenty of riders dropped in after bombing down North Face, enticed by the prospect of what lay beyond the corner curving down around the hill. One day it will be 650m of downhill only trail directly linking North Face with Smokin, and the more who help out, the sooner that day will be :-)
The top 50 metres is pretty much complete and perfectly ridable, however the track stops there and going beyond that point is hiking only.

Photoze:

The first corner. It will be linked up with North Face once the whole track is built..

sbj19a.JPG


Here is the middle of the corner, in-sloped for your enjoyment.

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And then the track scoots off down the hill. It is a lot wider here than it looks!

sbj19c.JPG


And then it goes along here. There be a bucket full of gloves, safety glasses and a first aid kit.

sbj19d.JPG


The track heading towards Lewis' leap: a small table/hip jump. Or for the more sedate, a small rise. Lunch awaits on the left!

sbj19e.JPG


Beyond that the track drops a little into a roller by the wheelbarrow. This was added a) for fun and b) to create two handy drainage points:

sbj19f.JPG


And here is a closer view of the track, which is now fully benched to a few metres beyond that Witches hat. Ian and Simon work away as light rain starts..

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We wandered off at 5:30 as the weather turned nasty.

People who would like to see progress at the bottom end can wander along that track opposite the start of Smokin :-)

What's next you asked? Tuesday will be fine, and the weekly digs start there from 5 pm, with HELL’S PIZZA provided, yum.



See you on the side of a hill!

Cheers,

Rob

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Re: Bullet Proof Progress: The New Jfk Track From The Top

Postby its that guy on Sun 10/Oct/10 5:08pm

Robbie wrote:The track heading towards Lewis' leap: a small table/hip jump.

:exclaim: :D :lol:
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Re: Past The 100m Mark From The Lower End Of Jfk !

Postby Robbie on Mon 18/Oct/10 7:20pm

Tues 12 October, past the 100m mark from the lower end of JFK !

Here is a copy of the blog from our website, http://www.makara peak.org..

http://makarapeak.org/northface?mode=PostView&bmi=444966

Tues 12 October, past the 100m mark from the end of JFK !

12 people helped out this evening, with plenty of character track being built twisting and turning through the trees. Perhaps we should have named this track Spanish Dancer?

The track is about 120m long and about 80% finished on average so things are progressing well.

It is still getting dark at about 7:15, but even so it is a fun atmosphere with clearing, track benching and swerve and roller creation well under way. If are looking for a simple easy track I think you are going to be disappointed :-)

Photos courtesy of the Harris Clan.. it was quite dark but thanks to the wonders of their photo shopping, the light is brighter. The digging work is real :::

Attack of the heavy grubber!!

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Part of the gang spread out along the track:

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MM Hell’s Pizza :D

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We will be back on Tuesday night, 19 October from 5 until almost dark, so please drop in and say hello or to lend a hand.. !

Cheers,

Rob

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Re: Past The 100m Mark From The Lower End Of Jfk !

Postby Owen on Tue 19/Oct/10 3:10pm

Whats goin on here then? :eh:
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