With tomorrow Monday (23rd March) being a holiday and the trails in need of a heap of loving, I’m going to head up for a big day of trail work. The moto tracks need the broom and gorse cut back, and sprayed. The grass needs cut back and the final see-saw needs installed on The Third Place. If I can get all that done the revised finish line for Green Mile needs cut too, then it’d be time for riding.
If you can help for some or all it would be appreciated. I have some tools but pitch forks and cutting things would be awesome to bring.
Reckon I’d be starting up there at 8am and go through till I’m spent (about 5pm I reckon)
If you’re keen please let me know so I can plan stuff and gear Also... Does anyone out there have a grunty cordless hammer drill? to install the final stunt of The Third Place i need to put 4 bolts into a rock. i'm thinking 18V or 36V would do the damage. If you have one or access to one, a lend of it would be much appreciated. i'd really like to install the stunt on Monday if possible.
8 hours, 5 litres of 2 stroke, 3 litres of sweat and just over 2 km of trail cleared.
A huge thank you goes out to Phil, Dave and Ant for their massive efforts yesterday. We were tearing up the scrub and crap from 830-430 with only a short pause for fuel in the middle. The Mackie Dackie track and the moto track are now clear and will hopefully be drier due to some water management actions and the increased air flow.
Will be having regular Saturday (when i'm in town) and Monday night sessions to get the rest done. i'll post up with details
Just in from a sweet ride around the trails..and they're all riding sweet. some slippery bits but i'm hoping the work on monday will shine through next time it rains. The moto track is awesome, stages 1&2 wicked, The Third Place cool though a bit grassy tward the end and the Green Mile still great and dry under the trees.
I even managed to ride the Log ride first time up (4th time ever) and Double Barrel for the first time.
There was quite a bit of windfall on the Green Mile so please be aware in under the trees there.
I didn't install the notice board at start of Laings Road as some clowns had been shooting up bottles on the gate. if anyone knows anything about who did this i'd be keen to refer this to the police as firearms are not allowed to be used there, i think it was a few days ago by looking at the dust etc on the glass. Not keen to put the noticeboard in the firing line. i think if it was by the start of the Mackie Dackie track that would be far enough from the clowns but still useful to the masses...thoughts?
The berm stunt in The Third Place is all sorted and now roll-able on the left without grabbing chainrings. Still a drop off on the right side. The entry is now smoother too
I tried to remove the rock in the middle of corner before the valley of skinnys, but it seems to be attached to the earth's core. i'll figure out another way of dealing to it.
The grass etc is now trimmed from the start of Snakes n Ladders through to the end of The Third Place.
The install of the TTP exit see-saw was stunted by the cordless drill i was lent not having hammer action...argh still not done.
no building next weekend as i'll be up in Naseby but stay tuned for the next dig day
This weekend will one of massive trail building action…
Saturday from 0900, look for the van along Laings Road
Install notice board near Laings Road gate Drill and bust up rocks in corner before Valley of skinnys Finally install the see-saw at the end of The Third Place Fluff the berm between the culvert and Double Barrel in SnL stage 2 Level the Double Tree stunt Build the yet to be named hairpin exit stunt Mark out revised exit to Green Mile Beers and Barbie at mine
Sunday from 1000, up track somewhere text 021 525 491
Go earn some well overdue trail karma at Nichols with Hamish Trial the “gravel down the pipe to the track” concept Skids and jumps somewhere
wow what a massive session of trail building and trail scoping. we scoped a good place for the notice board that will hopefully have both visibility AND boganproofness. discussion with City Forests will follow.
Marcus couldn't get the 'earth core' rocks in corner before Valley of skinnys out so we buried them and changing the berm so given a chance to compact it should ride sweet. Finally installed the see-saw at the end of The Third Place...it looks awesome, hopefully ride it tomorrow.
Fluffed the berm between the culvert and Double Barrel in SnL stage 2. this should ride better or at the very least appear smoother
after much effort and ignorance we managed to get the Double Tree stunt closer to level, with modified trannys onto and off of. it should ride much smoother especially in the wet.
The revised exit to Green Mile is pretty well there. it should give up a sweet section of decent from the end of Cocaine Alley to the corner of Burma & Surgetank roads. it'll takesome work with the scrub cutter but there's heaps of potential for wicked stunts in there.
dead animal and beers finished the day of well. time for a good sleep before hitting up Nichols for a good dig session tomorrow...before a ride of all our work today
After a monster weekend of trail building last weekend, the taste for trailbuilding has been fuelled rather than quenched.
This Saturday 9th May I’d like to have a solid bash at cutting the revised descending exit line of Green Mile. There’s about 450-500m of light-medium undergrowth to hammer through. We’ll hopefully have a couple of scrub cutters so the main thing is to remove the cut material from the trail. Once it’s opened out then lines can be benched/fluffed as needed.
This should provide riders with a sweet gently descending finish to an otherwise cool trail, which in my opinion the end of which sucked. The exit will be at the junction of Surge Tank and Burma roads
I’ll be up there from 0930. Either meet me at the Laings Road gate at 0930 or ride/walk in from Laings road and through the Green Mile. The new line should be obvious, on the right about 200m after the second bridge. Pitch forks and rakes would be handy.
After a savage day up there on saturday we now have about 250m of rideable trail and another 100m of trail cleared. there's heaps of stuff to keep riders awake with a couple of multi-line drops, a sweet little bowl, a monster rock stunt that will have about 5 lines over it, ranging from angry rock garden to double step down to monster huck. the final stunt so far is going to my sweetest log ride ever (no angry entry, no drops of the side, no twist ) but it'll still be fun for sure.
A huge thank you to Dave, Thomas, Ant and Phil to an awesome effort. it's great working with guys that really crank through the work and have a good laugh too. will be sure to have court session when it's done
i think the 23rd will be the next day for digging, stay tuned...aiming to cut right through to the Surgetank road and Burma road and get as much of the trail fluffed and buffed...loads of plans for enhancing the natural features to their full potential.
This Saturday I’d really cut to get the revised end of Green Mile cut through and maybe even make a start at fluffing the trail up to an awesome level. I think Thomas is champing to get the log ride done with the two stroke power.
If you’re keen to help out, we’ll be up there from 9. I’ll attempt to leave the van along Laings road but chances are I’ll have to walk in along Middle road (opposite the power substation on 3 Mile Hill.
Tools are up there, just bring warm gear, energy, food and keenness for a mint trail
So we didn't quite get the trail cut right through but we did buff the Rocks of Doom and about 75m of trail. the trail is marked to Burma Road so the next dig day should see it cut through. we found another well placed log too. right before the finish so you'll be buzzing right to the end.
A big thanks to Dave, Thomas and Hamish for a wicked session in the the shelter of the trees.
oh and there's now a sign on Whare Flat road just before the Laings road gate so soon maps, race details and dig sessions will be up for all to see.
Had a good but short day up there on Saturday, thanks Mickey and Mike. Got the hairpin after the logride well on the way and the undergrowth cut right through to the end of the trail. The exit will be 50m down Burma Road from where Surge Tank comes out. This Saturday the plan is to get the hung-up tree for the log ride down onto the ground and trimmed. And a get a good section of trail buffed.
Will be the usual 10 start, I’ll park the van above the Double see-saw near the end of The Third Place and walk in from there.
Will attempt to get some pics taken too.
Got out for some fresh air with my girl and Marcus yesterday, we wandering down the Mackie Dackie track and The Third Place with saw and shovels to clear snow fallen debris and drains (must of which are holding up well. All the drainage work done in the late summer is proving to be working well. The trail surface is still slippery from the rain it gets directly but the guts of the water is going elsewhere as directed by the drains etc… stoked.
Afternoon Well another mint day of trail building on Saturday, thanks Micky and Thomas. We got the tree down and turning it into a log ride. Micky got the hair pin just after it buffed to an insane level, he reckons it could be an uphill wall ride. i reckon he's nuts. We went back to the start to get the trail sweet and ready for riding. i think we now have about 100m buffed including a step down, multi-line chute, bomb hole and a few wee jumps. heading through Green Mile then back along Surge Tank to the start (or going in the old exit and looping the revised finish) should all make for a sweet loop under the trees that is mostly dry, even after all the rain lately. depending on turn outs it should ride able through to Burma road by the end of July. then it's time to celebrate.
no digging this weekend as i'm whisking my girl away
I'll be headed up on Saturday (gate at 10) for some more trail buffing. Will ride in from the gate along Laings Road to just above the Double See-saw and down through Green Mile. we'll be shifting dirt smoothing lines to link everything together.
Also, does anyone know anything about how the exit see-saw got broken. The ladder part was made with 150x50 boards, which are now broken. how they got broken is up for debate, any details would be appreciated.
Another wicked session on Saturday thanks to Ant, Geoff and Dave. Most of it was spent getting some climbing hairpins done and buffing the multiple lines of the Rocks of Doom. It’s now rideable right through to just after the log ride. There’s about 100m of trail, that’ll be full of jumps and a laddered logride, to dig and we’ll be through. I was originally planning to hack the whole trail through then buff it but things haven’t worked out that way... more than one way to skin that cat.
Not sure how the see-saw at the end of The Third Place got broken. The best guess would be a bunch of people or a moto on each end of it, or something similar. Two beams of 150x50 timber don’t just break! I’ll leave it as a drop for now, which will need some buffing to smooth the landing etc.
No digging this weekend as my mum is coming down and I’m not sure she’s keen to get into trail building. Next dig will be the 18th July if you’re keen.