“No thanks, karma is good enough for me.”

November 3, 2013 at 4:20 pm

At some point this morning, my wallet fell out of my coat pocket. It was discovered by a visiting rider on the mountain that was able to find my wife on Facebook by her name and message her. Within an hour, I met up with Jason (see picture to the left) and got the wallet back with all of its contents intact. Jason refused any kind of reward for his efforts. I asked him more than once if I could give him money for his time and good will. He said that, “No thanks, good Karma is enough for me.”

There really are amazing people out there, doing amazingly honest and trusting things just because it’s the right thing to do. Thanks Jason Smith, you are an amazing individual!

First Trail Day on Grasshopper

November 3, 2013 at 4:18 pm

First Grasshopper work day on the books!
It’s official, we had our first day working on Grasshopper! It was a stellar turnout considering the forecast was calling for rain the entire time we were planning to be working! The rain mercifully did not come and we were treated to a crisp, cool autumn morning. The crew consisted of me and 5 motivated individuals. The roster included: Henry Hartshorn, Ted Printy, Chad Anderson, Chris Rose and Mark Allison.

Our project of the day was working on the landing/berm for the first structure on the trail. We started by clearing sticks, rocks and other debris from the area. Next we removed the vegetation and topsoil from the area inside the berm and the backside of the berm. Finally, we added fresh dirt to the berm. More needs to be done, but for a two-hour work party, we got a tremendous amount of work done. Thanks Henry, Ted, Chad, Chris and Mark for your hard work!

More trail days to come, check back here for future scheduled dates!

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Structure-Drop Berm before work – Saturday November 2, 2013

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Structure-Drop Berm after work – November 3, 2013

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Mark Allison, Chris Rose and Henry Hartshorn (pictured from left to right)

Progress at Bellingham DJ Park

October 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Bike Park Workday
cache_1325635This past Saturday was a work day out at the bike park. We mainly worked on clearing the southeast corner of the park of blackberries. Anyone who has attempted to remove a thicket of blackberries knows that this is one gnarly, awful job. What can I tell you? No one enjoys doing this kind of thing! I fully expected to be on my on with this little project. The people that like to come ride at the park like to build jumps and play in the dirt, not wade around in the middle of a briar patch. Because of this, I figured that being the responsible party, I would be the only guy out there working on this. I couldn’t have been more wrong. All I have to say is that like Ringo “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Not this time however! To my surprise, I had 4 volunteers that came out and gave a hand: Henry, Ted, Brian and Austin. The five of us worked well past the finish time (at Noon) and finished the entire project of clearing the southeast corner.

Also, during the course of working on the briars with Mcleods and a push mower a guy came up to me and said, “Hey wouldn’t that be easier with a brush mower?” This is the kind of recommendation that I hear at the park all the time while I’m slaving away. Some well meaning soul that has an idea of what would be a better way to do what I am doing. I used to saying that our (the WMBC’s) budget won’t allow for anything more extravagant than what equipment I’m using now. It’s usually at this point that the person asking the question nods ok and then walks away, leaving me to face down the task myself.

That is the way that it USUALLY goes. This time when I say that what we are using is what the club can afford to pay, the guy offers to pay for the rental on a brush mower and offers to go get it! Holy crap! You could have knocked me over with a feather! He and his kids don’t even use the bike park. They were at the skate park next door when he saw what we were up to and came to offer us some help!

Thank you Roger Chamberlain (pictured: top left) for your generosity and initiative! Incredible! Thanks Henry, Ted, Brian and Austin for your hard work Saturday! My faith in humanity restored!

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“Shoot the Trails” Film Festival Submission

October 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I Got My Camera On
This is the video that I put together for Shoot the Trails, the WMBC’s annual video contest. We filmed it on Evolution trail at Galbraith Mountain in four hours, and edited in about twice that time. Riders are Henry Hartshorn and myself. Big thank you to Denny Evans who put together the helmet boom mounts used in the video! Song is “I Turn My Camera On” by Spoon.

Flowing the Snake

October 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

This video commemorates one of my favorite local trails. It’s currently in the process of being logged and we wanted something to remember it by. The Snake has big jumps, loamy dirt, and tons and tons of flow. Riders are Henry Hartshorn and myself. The song is “Willie Nelson” by Clutch.