Grasshopper: Version 2.0 with Matt Durand

May 25, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I’m not the first guy with a vision for Grasshopper. I’m actually the third. Here is video of Matt Durand shredding it 3 years ago after tippled it’s length and then added wood and dirt work. Back then he called it Sloppy Seconds, but it was still Grasshopper. It’s fun to see how it’s changed.

Sloppy Seconds from Brad Walton on Vimeo.

One Month in 3.5 Minutes

April 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm

We spent four days building it in February and March. Here it is condensed down to 3 and a half minutes of video.

Building the Alexis Step-Up from manualmike on Vimeo.

First Tracks on the Alexis Step-Up

March 25, 2014 at 3:35 pm

The day is finally here. Alex Lewis and I spent 6 hours working on the final tuning of the run-in and the step-up jump on Grasshopper. After all that hard work, it was time to make this thing official. It was time to ride it! I had the helmet cam running for this, so you get to be a part of the moment too! Here’s the video..

Alexis Step-Up is DONE!

March 24, 2014 at 5:09 am

I’ve been a little quiet for awhile now and that usually means that I’m up to something. This is no different. As of today, Sunday March 23, 2014, we completed the new Grasshopper Step-Up! To say that I’m happy about it is like saying the Titanic was heavy. I’m over the freakin’ moon, man! With a total of 6 days spent working on it and countless volunteer hours invested. it’s finally done! Run-in is dialed, including the chicane after the Berm-to-Berm jump, the right-handed berm that points you at the step-up, as well as a set-up jump just before the step-up to help gauge speed needed. The whole thing works amazingly well. (I did test it out to make sure.) It’s still really, really damp and will need some time to set up so that it doesn’t need to be repaired after every run,  but it’s there and it works! Until further notice, DO NOT RIDE IT! In two weeks or so, it should be good to go.

Thanks to Terry Lewis, Alex Lewis, Holly Alcorn, Ethan Fernandez, Chad Anderson and Joe MacEachern for all your help! Hard work pays off and there was plenty of hard work going down on this project. Thanks all!

From left to right: Ethan, Alex, Joe, Terry, Holly, Me, Chad (Rocking the poncho) and Olive the dog

From left to right: Ethan, Alex, Joe, Terry, Holly, Me, Chad (Rocking the poncho) and Olive the dog

 

 

 

New Chapel Pics

March 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Brian Chapel has been busy. He moved from Gunnison, Colorado and immediately got to riding some of the biggest, steepest, scariest Freeride mountain bike trails in the area. His time has been split between riding his bike as much as humanly possible, working at the local bike shop (Fairhaven Bike) to pay the bills and shooting pics. Here is a sampling of what he’s been shooting.

Media Blackout

March 4, 2014 at 5:57 am

I’m going to be brief with this. Consider this a teaser for what will be coming in just a couple of weeks. We’re really close to finishing the next few features on Grasshopper and I’m going into a blackout in regards to the trail until we’re finished.  When done, I fully expect this thing to be one of the most stunning looking features on the mountain. All I can tell you is that work has continued on the trail over the last couple of weeks, as both myself and other members of the team have gone up to the site to solve problems and make improvements. Stay tuned, I think you’re going to like what you see. Oh, and if you just can’t wait, you can come out to the next schedule trail day and see for yourself.

Thanks so much to the following people for their efforts in the last two weeks: Chad Anderson, Terry Lewis, Holly Alcorn, Justin Kors, Mason Storrar, Dan Froula.

Special thanks to Alex Lewis for dedication and hardheadedness that rivals my own in make this thing happen. Beefcake!

Thanks All!

Friday the 13th: Redux or Jaba the Rock

February 22, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Jesse likes this picture because he sees a rock that’s the spitting image of Jaba the Hut, I like it because it looks like a Jason Voorhees POV. That’s just spooky, man!

IMG_1981 Jesse Conroy Jaba the Hut Rock

Photo Courtesy of Jesse Conroy (Local Trail Builder).

Bowen Anderson Edit

February 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

This one is a from a friend of a friend who lives in town. People tend to think for a bike video to be entertaining, it has to feature amazing riding or it at least needs to showcase your best moments. This shows that just isn’t so. First time I saw it, I almost peed myself I laughed so hard!

Step-up Build: Day Two

February 18, 2014 at 5:34 am

Last Sunday was an extremely productive day working on Grasshopper. I guess that’s the way it goes when you have the help of 17 volunteers that all showed up ready to work, and work hard! Our time Sunday was spent working on a new feature on the trail, a ten foot high step-up jump that will include a shallow, 8 foot long set-up jump will be used to gauge speed into the step-up jump; the idea being that if you clear the set-up jump, you’re good to go on the step-up. During the day we grubbed out 5 stumps including 3 huge ones in the run-in to the jump and 2 smaller ones at the top of the hill in the landing zone, as well as countless rocks. We built a 3 foot high landing for the jump at the top of the hill and excavated a massive amount dirt from the hillside in preparation for shaping the run-in and the take-off. Initial clearing of vegetation was also done for the exit to the step-up which will bear left and turn the rider back down the hillside to rejoin the existing trail. More work will be needed to finish the take-off, but we’ve made a ton of progress on what is a highly ambitious feature to build.

Thanks to Dan Benowitz for organizing the WWU volunteers this past Sunday (and the one before on February 9th). Thanks to the members of the cycling team that came out to help this weekend and last. Thanks to Alex Lewis, Terry Lewis, Dash Willis, Nick Marshall, Pam Fonda, John Johnston and Fred Phillips. In short, thanks to everyone involved for coming out and helping to make my dreams in dirt come true!

Animated GIF on Grasshopper

February 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Me hitting the new and improved features on Grasshopper. Animated GIF made by my buddy Ted Printy. This jump is  just so fun and easy you can’t help, but to get whipy.

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