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  1. #1
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    Mar 2008

    Northshore Building!

    Me and some friends from the shop I work at are trying to make a northshore couse. We are no where near North Shore though. We have collected alot of wood and plan on starting to build our skinnies and all. The trail next to the place where we plan on building has some big dirt jumps we have built. Anyone have any pointer on starting to build this beast of a course???


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    Big Gulps, Alright!
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    May 2007
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    Founder at North Atlantic Dirt, riding & writing about trails in the northeast.

  3. #3
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    Jan 2005
    Get permission.

    Build it right.

    Do at least one of those things or it will get torn out. Building it right will help but won't stop something from getting torn out... Both of these things take REAL time and effort in doing.

    The REAL North Shore takes a TON of work, and some of their mountain biking specific work is not only groundbreaking in terms of pushing the limits of technical progression, but groundbreaking in terms of making fall line trails reinforced and armored.

    Essentially North Shore started out with some steep ass trails but they would get rutted. So after over a decade of work out there you have some seriously impressive rock work "shoring" (pardon the pun) up bad trails. Making bad trails badass. Also all of these bridges and skinnies were simple ways of getting over huge blowdowns. Here in the PNW, fall windstorms topple huge giant tree, afterwards it looks like a huge UFO landed on em. So using smaller diameter deadfall and splitting cedar rungs just make a bridge over the mess....

    Anyways if you really want to put some time into a REAL North Shore Trail, best of luck. But i would recommend learning some trail building basics with the IMBA books, then get over to NSMB and learn some real build techniques.

  4. #4
    ups and downs
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    Nov 2004
    To get a sense of some of the work involved have a look through the pictorial records of some of the trails days on the North Shore.

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