Weekly Trail Crew Work Report: October 1, 2018

Nemo, Shark's Belly and some Blair Drive too.

Thank You!

  • GIANT thanks to our 2018 Local Business Trail Fund Supporters!
  • Thanks for the generous support of all the Individual Trail Fund Supporters who have helped get these guys off and running this season!
  • As always, the outstanding work that these guys are able to do is only possible through your support. Take 2 minutes HERE and please pledge a few bucks to keep them maintaining and building your Teton Region trails throughout the summer season.

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Trail Crew Work Report: September 17-30, 2018

The MBT Trail Crew has been out breaking more ground on your public land trails these past two weeks. From clearing corridor and roughing in new tread on a brand new Nemo re-route to some Horseshoe maintenance and dialing in of the Blair Drive Kids Park in Jackson, these guys have been getting after it. Every day that we get to work prior to the snow falling is a gift and we’re doing our best to take full advantage. The new Nemo re-route in Southern Valley is necessary in order to assure for continued trail sustainability while also allowing for the construction of two new loops (the Campground Loop and the “C” Trail) next year. Through our generous grant courtesy of the National Forest Foundation, we have been able to work on this re-route, effectively expanding capacity for this particular project.

We’re also aiming to take our funding for their work over the top. We’re close but not quite there. Donate just a couple bucks to their work today and be registered for a chance to win 2 VIP Experience passes to the 2018 Red Bull Rampage in Virgin, Utah this coming October!

  • On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (Sept. 17-19), Alec, Chris and Ron finished chainsaw work on the new Nemo corridor in Southern Valley. They took time to realign grades and do as much prep as possible for a mini-ex which we’d be renting to take this project to the next level. They also were able to drop the final, larger trees remaining in the corridor alongside USFS staff
  • On Thursday, Chris took some time in Horseshoe Canyon, particularly focusing on Shark’s Belly. He dug some new drainage and a drainage catchment system to prep a particularly muddy section for spring run-off. We’ll be spending a lot of time in Horseshoe Canyon next season and we’re doing our best to get a handle on particular projects and priorities.
  • On Monday, Sept. 24th, the crew began work with our mini-ex (thanks to the folks at Valley Lumber!). All three crewmembers are able to get behind the sticks and run the machine while other crew members act as swampers, moving excess material to allow the machine to work more freely.
  • As of Tuesday, the crew has put in over 530′ of brand new tread on Nemo with help of the machine. They’re working from dawn to dusk on this new trail in hopes of getting it completed before the snow falls.
  • Wednesday, the crew made their way over to Jackson to prep the brand new Blair Drive Kids Bike Park for a “Grand Opening Party” hosted by Friends of Pathways, MBT and the folks at the Hub. The party was an absolute success. We’re grateful to get to meet all the amazing parents and excited kids, to hang out with our friends at FoP and the Hub and to offer an awesome brand new Trek Precaliber kids’ mountain bike raffle courtesy of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the crew continued to press hard on the new Nemo re-route, running the machine all day each day. We’re well over half-way complete with this new re-route and it should be completed by the end of next week. Fingers crossed that the weather holds out.

On a final note, we’ve brought a new team member on board. Meet “Silver”, our new MBT Trail Crew truck. We were able to work with the fantastic folks at NOLS Teton Valley to make this a reality. Thanks so much to Andy Harlan, Patrick Solomon and Abby Warner for setting us up! We’re pumped.

Don’t hesitate to fill out a Trail Maintenance Request Form on our website and check out our calendar for a Maintenance Monday schedule for opportunities to get out and help!

Remember, all of this work depends on YOU. Please take two minutes and head to our DONATIONS PAGE to make your Trail Fund donation in support of these guys today!

How will my donation make an impact?

Your contribution, no matter how large or small, will go directly toward the following categories this year:

  • Three-person trail crew salary and travel over 20 + weeks in 2018
  • Purchase of new tools (pulaskis, rouge hoes, pick mattocks, etc.)
  • Maintenance of current inventory (trail tools, saws, radios, etc.)
  • Chainsaw maintenance (sharpening, service, etc.)
  • Trail machine rental/maintenance
  • Trail construction and maintenance supplies (signage, Geo Blocks, drainage, etc.)
  • GIS/Mapping work, engineering, trail crew training