Help preserve the Iceman course and trail access in Kalkaska

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and the MMBA Northern Chapter need your help!

For several years, both local Kalkaska single track and the Iceman course have incorporated a small portion of private property through permission from the land owners. Due to the fact that this section of land is under private ownership and separates the village of Kalkaska from the state forest to the west, no DNRE-recognized single track can be built there.  If the parcel is ever developed or sold to a private individual or group not receptive to allowing access to the trail, any trail that currently exists could be lost forever.

The State of Michigan has agreed to purchase the property and will contribute a significant portion of the purchase price. The Land Conservancy has agreed to raise the balance needed to cover the purchase price and other project-related costs. They still need to raise $25,000 by November 8 to seal the deal. Steve Brown, founder of the Iceman Cometh, has agreed to match all gifts up to $10,000 to help reach this goal.

Your donations are critical to preserving access to these trails not only for cycling but for all outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  The MMBA has committed to $1,500 in matching so your donations become even more valuable!  You can donate to the cause at the link below.

http://mmba.org/mmba_gtrlc_standalone_page.html

Donations can also be mailed to:

MMBA Northern Chapter
302 Kristy Jo
Cadillac MI 49601

We appreciate your support of this crucial corridor!

Success at the HCP!

After a cold wet weekend we are finally warming up, unpacking and looking back on what a great time the High Country Pathway was once again despite the damp weather. We sunk over 30 sign posts, cleared trail openings, improved markings, trimmed pesky aspens from the clear cut sections by Rattlesnake Hill and removed deadfall and debris on the “mushroom trail”.

A huge thanks to Kevin Rose for using his hookup at McBain Building Products and putting who knows how many miles on his pickup truck hauling posts all over the four counties in the Pigeon River Forest.

To the Bissonette’s for coming out to their first trail day and running down the dirty wet roads resulting in what will probably $28.50 in quarters at the car wash just to see what color the truck is again. I had a great time sinking posts with you guys!

To Jeff Snyder for helping us get jump started on Friday sinking posts and for handling the power auger rental. The 80 miler may have given you a hard time this fall, but huge props for rolling out at 6:00 AM to give it a go solo.

To Joe “felpaj”, Tom Landry and Brad “Bh357″ for sticking around on Sunday to clear trail to make it better for the next riders.

To Andrea for being on the roving brush and trim crew, getting smores stuff and being the bar tender.

And of course to Ali the other half of the roving brush and trim crew and the other half of me who keeps me grounded and refrains from inflicting serious injury upon my person when I get a little stressed about projects that should be fun like this one. :)

Thanks again to everyone, we got the heavy lifting done with the posts, the spring work should be a breeze and I’m looking forward to that epic ride in June!

Cheers!
Glen

Northern Chapter Ride and Rally on August 11

Attention MMBA members and non-members!

I don’t know if many of you have realized all the cool stuff we have cooking in our region, how much awesome new single track we’ll be building over the next year and how many sweet events we have on deck, but things are really hopping in our little chapter! Because of this, I’d like to invite members and non-members alike to hear about and see what we have brewing here up north.

On Wednesday, August 11 we’ll be meeting in the back of the parking lot at the Kalesium in Kalkaska at 6:00 p.m. for a no-drop ride that leaves no later than 6:15. After the ride, we’ll roll on up to the conference room at the Kaliseum at 7:45 for some post ride grub and we’ll cover what’s been happening behind the scenes, current projects, the Logsplitter and what’s coming in the future. If its a rain out we’ll still meet up at 7:30 in the Kalesium conference room.

Not only do we want to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening, but we need volunteers to make it happen. Besides, what could be more rewarding than rolling down a fresh new ribbons of single track that you helped build? Bottom line, it’s a very cool time to be a mountain biker in northern Michigan.

Leave a comment or email northern@mmba.org if you’ll be making it so I can get an idea of what we need for food.

- G

High Country Pathway Trail Work September 24-25, 2010


Save the date for the next High Country Pathway trail day! We have some cool improvements brewing that we will need plenty of volunteers to complete. 

For those of you who have never ridden the High Country Pathway or the Shingle Mill Pathway, this will be a great chance to experience a true wilderness trail in the heart of “Elk Country.”  There is a reason why the 80-mile loop was badged as an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Epic, and we’d love for you to see why by joining us in a day of work and a weekend of play on this truly unique trail.

We’ll be camping at Clear Lake State Park in the group campground on Friday, September 24 and Saturday, September 25. The work day will start at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and finish at 2:00 p.m. This will leave us plenty of light to go ride.

We’re looking for some additional tools for the weekend. We’ll need posthole diggers, a couple shovels, two or three cordless drills, and a couple bubble levels. If you have them, please bring them. 

As with any trail day, bring plenty of water and any snacks you may need. We’ll provide lunch to all of the volunteers as well as free camping for the weekend at the group site.

Clear Lake State Park is located on M-33 approximately 9 miles north of Atlanta and 16 miles south of Onaway.  The group site is fairly primitive; however, we’ll have access to showers, water, etc., at the regular camping area.  If you prefer hookups for a trailer or camper, reserving a site for the weekend should be no problem.

Come on up and experience the vistas from Rattle Snake Hill, the stunning blue waters of Section 4 lake, story book cedar swamps, boardwalks that stretch forever, and the miles and miles of deep canopied hardwoods that make up the High Country and Shingle Mill Pathways.

Additional information and inquires can be found in the Volunteers Needed forum.

If you plan to attend, please email Glen Ruczynski (AKA Nelg on the MMBA Forum) at gdasher@gmail.com, or at the forum thread above.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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