Wednesday, July 14, 2010

IMBA Tail Care Crew Coming to CAMBA Country

The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew will be paying a visit to the Chequamegon Area August on 5-7.

The Trail Care Crew is a professional trail consulting team hired by IMBA and sponsored by Subaru. They travel across the country and even work in foreign countries assisting and teaching trail clubs, land managers and advocates how to design and construct trails according to IMBA’s sustainable trail standards.

The crew will spend a couple of days assessing some of the CAMBA trails and on Saturday and Sunday conducting classroom and fieldwork sessions where local trail advocates can learn and employ sustainable trail construction strategies and techniques.

The TCC has visited the Chequamegon area in the past and CAMBA has learned a great deal from them about sustainable trail design and construction. The classroom and fieldwork sessions are highly recommended for anyone wanting to participate in local trail development.

Saturday morning’s session will be held at the Rivers Eatery in Cable beginning at 8:30 a.m. The field sessions will take place at a near by trail construction site.

There is no cost for the classes, but if you are interested in attending please register in advance by emailing or calling 715/798-3599. CAMBA will sponsor coffee and rolls, and beverages at lunch. Lunch will be available to purchase.

The classroom and field sessions are open to any agency or organization interested in sustainable trail design and construction. Affiliation with CAMBA is not required.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer Trail Work on Track

The CAMBA summer trail crew and a small dedicated corps of volunteers have been ticking off numerous trail work projects this spring and summer. Early work included the completion of a half-mile segment of the Makwa trail removing the trail from the Birkie Trail, which was utilized as a temporary connector, and the opening of a .4-mile segment of new singletrack on the Ojibwe Trail.

In Namakagon, a series of reroutes along the outgoing Namakagon Trail have resulted in some more challenging alternatives for riders on that trail. The original two-track segments that comprised parts of the original trail will now serve as less difficult alternatives.

On the returning leg of the Namakagon Trail, a couple of miles of new trail have been completed. This trail utilizes some fun terrain and natural features, plus the occasional constructed feature,. significant among them are Sisyphus Rock and a first-of-its-kind in the CAMBA system log ride.

The CAMBA Crew will soon wrap up its stint in Namakagon and move on to begin work on the yet-to-be-named trail from OO-north. The initial leg of this trail is about 5.5 miles. It remains to be seen how much will be completed, but the crew will be at work until the end of August, so hopefully another two to three miles. The project will target tying the trail off to an intersection with another CAMBA trail or forest road to allow return routes from the new trail.