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    totally n00b question

    but what is "switchback"?

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    From a dictionary:

    Noun: A 180° bend in a road or path, esp. one leading up the side of a mountain

    That's all it is - a tight sharp turn on a hillside, where the trail zig-zags up the hillside. This allows for a more ride-able grade, and will resist washing out if built properly.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    alright cool. yeah i know waht ur talking about. i usually call them hairpins lol

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    i think with pavement they're called hairpins but in any sort of bike or walking/hiking trail they're called switchbacks.

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