Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Festival of the Trails 2011 Planning to Begin

The 2011 CAMBA Festival of the Trails will be held June 3-5. The first meeting of the Festival organizing committee will be held on Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rivers Eatery in Cable.

CAMBA invites any interested persons to attend the meeting to offer their input and assistance in planning and executing this year's festival. Meetings will be held periodically throughout the winter and early spring with occasional phone conferences. Individuals accepting leadership responsibilities with regard to specific festival areas or tasks will work independently under the the guidance of the committee.

Many hands make light work and we welcome your involvement and participation. If you cannot make this meeting, please let us know and we will keep you in the loop regarding future meetings.

Major tasks and festival logistics include:
Tour de Trails
Taste de Trails
Twilight de Trails (Friday night ride)
Teach de Trails (educational programs)
Saturday evening filmfest
Sunday grill out
Others TBD

For further information or question, contact Ron Bergin at 715/798-3599 or camba@cheqnet.net.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Snow Comes to CAMBA Country

The area has been hit by the first real winter storm of the season. Snow has been accumulating rapidly all day and is expected to continue through Sunday.

The ground is not yet frozen and as such the trails are particularly vulnerable right now and should not be ridden. Please do not ride the trails during these conditions - the potential for damage is as great as during spring break up.

Also, please note that the Wisconsin gun deer season begins on Saturday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 28. Trail riding during the day is not advised. Be sure conditions are appropriate should you wish to ride at night during this time - i.e. the ground should be thoroughly frozen and ride singletrack only - please do not ride any ski trails. Thanks.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

CAMBA Trails Receive IMBA Epic Designation

In an announcement Thursday from the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), the CAMBA trails have received a prestigious IMBA Epic Trail designation. The IMBA Epic singles out the premier trails and rides around the country. CAMBA has been pursuing this elite status for its trails for many years. The CAMBA Epic is only one of six Epics announced this year and joins an elite group of similar designations over the past 10 years.

"This is a great thing for the CAMBA trails in general and especially for the specific trails receiving this recognition," says CAMBA executive director Ron Bergin. "This is indeed a feather in our cap, and something we can use to further promote the excellent trails of the Chequamegon Area."

The CAMBA IMBA Epic trail is actually a compilation of trails in the Namakagon Cluster. It combines the Rock Lake, Namakagon and Patsy Lake trails. With the exception of a couple short segments of linking double-track, it is otherwise entirely singletrack. The total route is approximately 31 miles.

Information about the selection of the CAMBA trails as an IMBA Epic is posted on the IMBA website and will also be published in the IMBA newsletter. To view the IMBA announcement about this year's class of Epic rides, go to: http://www.imba.com/news/2010-epics-announcement.

Friday, November 5, 2010

CAMBA Trails Back in Shape

A little over a week ago a near hurricane force storm rolled through the area. Southern Bayfield County was particularly hard hit. For CAMBA that meant a lot of trees down in the Cable and Namakagon Clusters, with Seeley and Hayward affected, but not quite as severely.

The good news is that the trees have mostly been cleaned up and all trails (except for a short segment on Ojibwe) are good to ride.

The lumberjack of the year award goes to the team of Stan Walzack, John Leighton and Dave Wiltrout, who collectively cut 444 trees while clearing the Namakagon Cluster Trails. "I'm a lumberjack and I'm O.K..."

Weather looks great for a bonus weekend of late season riding. Last chance before the deer hunters take to the woods, beginning Nov. 19 (trail riding not advised).

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped clean up all of the trails. It's been one of those years when it seems like this stuff just never ends.