Join us for a fall trail building weekend at Allegany State Park on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
Building off the success of the great early spring Trail Building weekend at Allegany, we are doing it again! This time, the park has graciously hooked us up with digs at Camp Allegany for the weekend.
**UPDATE** TJ from wnymba has cabin details via Jon and will be at the Summit Cabins 1, 2, 3 with keys for anyone coming down tonight. He will be there no later than 7pm. email TJ at
if you are friday night camping.
Still don't have the details as to what time cabins open on Friday night. Will post that soon. If you get there before I do Friday, don't fret, I'm coming!
WNYMBA provides lunches on Sat. and Sun. and will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs (and some sides) for Sat. dinner. Breakfast will be on your own, although I'll have a coleman stove for people who want to cook up some coffee.
Everyone is getting fired up for the new trail construction at Allegany State Park coming later this month. Here are the details about what is going on:
The project is to build new singletrack off of Ridge Run. This will be the first (and easiest) of three new trails we have approval for. The location for this new trail is dictated by the topography, and the only ridge in this area that doesn’t already have a trail on it is a couple of miles out on Ridge Run. That means doing things a little differently.
Tools: The tools will be transported to near the work area by the park using their off road vehicle. They will be transported out there Saturday morning, and won’t be coming back until Sunday night.
Unlike E-ville, trail building in ASP is more remote, and getting there takes longer from Buffalo (but shorter from Bradford, Olean, and Warren, hint..hint). So we are going to do something different.
First, we are meeting earlier - 9 AM! Yes, you have to get up early.
Second, we are driving out to the work area along the XC trails (special permission). If you arrive late, you can bike out to meet us working.
Third, we are working all day. Because it takes a while to get to where we are working, we will put in some long hours. We will provide lunch *on the trail*!! Don't worry, you don't have to stay the whole time if you don't want to. But if you do leave early, you will miss...
Fourth, we are staying overnight in the Summit Cabins! We have arranged to have two cabins provided by the park in return for our work. This way we can stay over, have some fun, and get an early start Sunday morning on Day 2.
So get ready for some trail building.
if you have any questions!
There's a never a good day to rain, and we've had way more than our share lately, but unfortunately it cut short some of the trail construction on National Trails Day this past Saturday. A little rain never hurt anyone, but lightning sometimes does, so when the skies opened up and the bolts came closer, we decided to be better safe than sorry, rather than stay on the top of a prominent ridge next to some tall trees.
But thanks to the great turnout, we still made some great progress on the Mesa Trail. We put the knowledge gained from the recent IMBA TCC visit to built some more great bench cut trail.
The cold rain made the NTD feast taste all the better. Special thanks to Al and Jerrine for cooking up a great pulled pork, chili, and all the fixings lunch for our cold and drenched crew.
This leaves plenty to do to finish the trail. We may consider scheduling some "hard corps" days in July and August like we used to do back in 1999 and 2000. These are extra days we schedule on a "what the heck, why not" basis. Because people usually still show up and great trail gets built!
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