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    creating a freeride park

    18 years ago locals here started building dirt jumps for their BMX's in a section of USFS land that had been used for hydo-mining which created some great natural(man-made natural that is) terrain allowing for a good assortment of flowing lines. The features on this section of land have changed and grown with the progression of 26" dirt jumping and bigger bikes.

    Our problem is that recently the USFS showed up and told us to halt all building and maintenace on the land since it had never been formally approved. They said that it would be ok for us to continue using them, but you all know that these sort of features require constant grooming and upkeep to keep them safe.

    We have started a bike club, Rocky Mountian Gravity Association, and are now talking with the forest service in hopes of adopting and legalizing the area that has been in constant use for almost 2 decades. Their main concern is that we want to have "freeride" features on USFS land. I have read through the legal concerns on IMBA's website and what other material I could find on the net. I did talk to them about USFS offering Class 5 rapids and 5.12 climbing in the area and how those are potentially more dangerous then MTB'ing.

    Have any of you had experiance with trying to open a "freeride" park on USFS land or know of where one is already established?

    -thanks

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    well there are more than a few that are within ski areas, leased from the USFS. FS policy certainly varies from forest to forest, which is ridiculous.
    While I don't know of any that are just forest service, there are many excellent examples of different kinds of freeride parks out there: Blackrock in Oregon which is on state DOF land, which is a really great example of a non-ski area type park. IMBA's new book Managing Mountain Biking has several chapters devoted to risk management, free riding and related issues.

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    You didn't say where you are located but IMBA has worked with USFS to build advanced trails and features in these locations:

    Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/cherokee/rec...ils_bike.shtml

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/html_...st_biking.html

    http://www.ouachitaadventures.com/Tr...le/womble.html

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/abo...k/jan-07.shtml

    Definitely buy the IMBA book "Managing Mountain Biking" It will help you with developing a risk management plan that the land managers can feel comfortable with.

    Check the Black Rock Freeriders Association and the the Santos Trails (an old quarry) in Florida.

    http://www.imba.com/news/trail_news/..._1_santos.html

    http://www.imba.com/resources/freeri...k_success.html

    Black Rock Management Plan:

    http://www.imba.com/resources/bike_m...ement_plan.pdf
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    thanks for the info

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    I personally wouldn't compare 5.12 to freeride. Anyone could argue otherwise but I've seen 5.7 routes far more dangerous than 5.10 and above and it is about the bolt placement and other factors. If there were base jumping or something, it would probably be more comparable. I just doubt climbing comparison would get you anywhere.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
    Best thing about an ultra marathon? I just get to ride my bike for X hours!

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    a better comparison might be skate parks, bmx tracks, etc.

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    mountain biking, white water rafting, rock climbing, skate boarding and BMX etc are not "dangerous" sports. You can begin practicing those sports on beginner type scenarios.

    The correct terminology is "inherently risky" and it's good practice to let the user choose the level of risk they wish to expose themselves to.

    It's important to create progressive challenges so people can work their way up from beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert according to their choice.

    But...it's all in the book from IMBA.
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