High Country Pathway Spring Workdays

It may still be cold out, but it’s time to start planning for spring and the clean up needed to keep a 80 mile loop open.

Saturday April 28th we’ll be starting on the Vanderbilt side and staying in the historic staff house located on Twin lakes Road next to the park headquarters. From here we’ll work on clearing the west sides of the trail.

Saturday May 12th we’ll be starting from and camping at Clear lake and working the east side of the trail system.

What should you bring?

If you plan on doing an overnight, any camping gear you would typically need for both clear lake and the staff house. We’ll feed you dinner/lunch and provide snacks for while you are out on the trail. Bikes are the preferred method of travel on this trail to help cover lots of ground. Loppers, backpacks for tools and supplies, and safety glasses also a good idea. And of course bring what ever you would typically need for a few hour excursion through the woods.

If you are not overnighting it and driving in the morning of, we’ll be starting at 9:00 AM on both days.

PM me or post up if you have any questions and thanks for your help in keeping the HCP epic!

 

Please see the thread at: http://mmba.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=108905 or email northern@mmba.org if you can attend.

 

MMBA Northern Chapter is now a part of IMBA!

As many of you already know we are now a part of IMBA under the chapter program.  The Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association will be building off it’s 21 years with the MMBA and bringing you even more cool opportunities in 2012.

Looking to join as a non-current MMBA, former or new member?  More info can be found below, or just click join on the right side of your screen:

Now that most of the MMBA chapters have transitioned into the IMBA chapter program, how do you renew your membership or join? Sign up for your IMBA membership at http://www.imba.com/join and select the appropriate chapter. When registering for your account, be sure to use the same email address that you used with the MMBA, if applicable.

If your chapter does not show up in the list, it probably hasn’t completed the transition. In that case, select “I don’t have a local chapter or my club is not listed” when you get to the last dropdown box. Your membership will merge with your chapter when it completes the transition.

If you already have an IMBA account, you can login by visiting http://www.imba.com/ and clicking on “Login” in the upper right corner. Afterward, click on “Edit Account” in the same spot to make changes or view your information.

IMBA membership money is split between IMBA and your local chapter.  Money for IMBA corporate sponsorships stay with IMBA.  Businesses who wish to support the MMBA with statewide advocacy efforts may sign up as an MMBA Corporate Sponsor.

Presidential Update

The MMBA hasmade their presence known to many new faces & organizations during the past year. Here is a rundown on some of the projects that have been completed within the past year or are in-progress. Thank you volunteers for sacrificing your time & energy for the cycling community in northern Michigan and beyond!

  • Glen Lake High School: A call early in the spring opened the opportunity for the northern chapter and community volunteers to help Jeff Barrett plan new trail behind the Glen Lake High School. Several work days saw local volunteers and students create a new trail for students to ride on. Thanks Chris Remy, Jon Rose, Jeff Snyder, Don Cunckle and others for the help in making this happen for the kids!
  • VASA/Cherry Capital Cycling Club: Glen spent several evenings at the singletrack clearing debris and deadfall in time for the heavy traffic season. In addition, a reroute has been complete in conjunction with member of the CCCC at the VASA singletrack off Supply Road. Three consecutive Tuesday evenings were spent marking new trail, clearing, clearing, and MORE clearing of the new section.  Kim Dittmar, John Roe, Tom White, Ali Bridson, Chris Remy and Dave Heim deserve a round of applause. Enjoy the ride!
  • Logsplitter: With the race just over a week away, the hard work is just begining. Thanks to the guys from Grayling, Brad Wagner, Ralph Opperman, Jon Rose, Kris Sutten, and Ali Bridson for helping get this race up and running again this year!
  • Glacial Hills: Helped the Grand Traverse Regional Land conservancy build single track and raise awareness of the build in the region.
  • Kalkaska Singletrack:  Finalizing with the DNR office.  Jeff Snyder, Gary Herbers, Bob Fenton and Jim Collins have been key in making this happen.

These are just a few highlights for the year, thanks for a great 2011!

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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