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    UPDATED WITH PICS: Transition Bikes presents - Rock you like a Hurricane II

    The WMBC will be hosting a trail day that will give Scorpion an entirely new 80's hairband identity. Transition Bikes is sponsoring this event so you know good times will ensue. Mark it down on your calendars and give some love back to the hill.

    • Date: Saturday March 21st
    • Where: Meet at Parking lot off Samish way near Galbraith Lane
    • Time: We'll meet at 9:45 and the trucks will load up people/bikes and depart around 10. Folks showing up later can ride up and join us at the top. We'll shoot to be done around 2'ish, but this depends on where we are with a couple of projects.
    • What: Scorpion is getting a new entrance from the towers that will connect into the existing trail. Kevin Menard proposed and flagged this zone last year and we've already started to clear and lop the route. If we have enough folks (likely), we will have some folks go lower on the hill to work on a few sections on Lower Scorp.
    • Food/Drinks: Transition will be providing lunch and bevvie's.
    • What to Bring:
    • As always, bring your bikes, get a ride up in a truck and get a lap in after the work is over. It should be fun to get a rip down the new line into Scorp.
    • If you have a favorite tool you'd like to use, feel free to bring it. We'll be building 5 or 6 berms, a stepdown, a left hip and two ladder bridges on the new section. That said, we'll have wheel barrows, saws, loppers and a truck load of tools, so it's not necessary to bring them.
    • Schwag: Transition will be donating cool stuff for the event, so there will be a quick raffle at the end of the day.


    If you have any questions, drop me a line here.

    Cheers,
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    P.S. Just to get you in the mood.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB8HudfbaTE
    Last edited by ebxtreme; 03-23-2009 at 12:34 PM.

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    Bump...bump

    Just thought I'd bump this to the top.

    A crew of us are going up tonight and Friday evening to get stuff prepped. Should be a really productive day on Saturday as long as we don't get any more snow storms!!

    EB

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    Fantastic day!!

    Hey Everybody,

    I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone that came out for the Upper Scorpion build day. I know it's tough to give up a sunny day in the PNW to do trailwork, but the hill is only getting better and we'll all get to enjoy the fruits of our labor this Spring/Summer!

    We had 32 people in the lot and about a half dozen more folks showed up during the day to lend their hand. I've got to give Transition Bikes huge props for their support of this project.....those guys helped prep and formulate the plan for Upper Scorp, they provided pizza and bevvies during the day and raffled off some TBC Schwaggy schwag at the end. Ooh yeah, Cam, Kevin, Joe and Sam were out digging for the entire day too! Many, many thanks, fellas....

    One thing I've got to comment about was the amazing turnout from the other builders. By my count, we had 15 guys with ton's of building experience and that made a massive difference in the quality and quantity of work that got done. When they finished a project, they immediately moved on to something else or helped another group. Also, there were a bunch of younger dudes who were moving dirt, carrying stringers and, hopefully, picking up valuable knowledge from the builders. To say that the B'ham building/riding community is strong would be a total understatement, IMO, and we were super grateful for everyone's enthusiasm and help!

    GOOD NEWS: Upper Scorpion is 100% rideable and flows nicely into the existing scorpion now. Give it a ride this week and check it out. Lower Scorp didn't get any new work on Saturday, but I rode it last night and it's still flowing super nice. There will be some weeknight sessions in the coming weeks on Upper/Lower Scorp, so let me know if you're interested in helping after work/school. I've got several things in mind here.

    Get Some!!
    EB

    Ok, on to some pics...

    The entrance before any dirtwork was done:


    This is what the entrance looks like now. Berm number 1 built by David W. Check out the supports for the posts.....nice! Stepdown will go in above in a week or so.


    After Berm 1, is a tabletop.....can you see it???


    No? How 'bout now?? Berm 1 with the new table in the background.


    Side of the new table here. Cribbed in "woodlot" or "blackrock" style. Flippinsweet adding dirt.


    Berm 2 getting cut in. These fellas built berm 3 with Flippinsweet and a couple of other guys as well.


    Craig sampling the berm 2 goodies.


    Berm 3? Not yet.


    Berm 3 completed and buff.


    Cribbed bench section before berm 4.


    Flippinsweet and Adam building berm 4.


    A rider smapling the berm 4 goodness.


    Ryan, Evan and Jason working on the section after Berm 4. Why the mad face Ryan?


    Tyler and Trevor clearing a section.


    Cam moving some cut blowdown....doing his best "world's strongest man" impression.


    Kevin cleaning up a log for a new hipper.


    Joe, Kevin and Sam after sampling some of the new goodness.


    Cam throwing dirt. Traitor Joe in the background already getting put to work!


    Colin building the ladder:


    Thad notching the stump for stringers....scaring some hikers coming up lower Scorp.


    Final ladder pics. Every stringer, support and post was debarked. Mattie took the stump down about 3 feet on Friday because it was too tall. It flows nicely into the existing ladder for a bit of a roller coaster effect.


    Video of the new ladder and how it ties into Lower Scorpion.
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    Looks awesome of course.... nice work everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Hey Everybody,

    I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone that came out for the Upper Scorpion build day.

    GOOD NEWS: Upper Scorpion is 100% rideable and flows nicely into the existing scorpion now.

    Get Some!!
    Great, looks like the Galbraith Sanitizing Crew was hard at work again. You know, back in the old days builders would just etch out a rut down the fall line...maybe nail a rotten plank to a downed alder and call it good.


    Just kidding, looks good. Too bad I've given up mtn. biking...that looks like fun.
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Mmmmmmm, cedar.....

    Good on ya all!

    Start the head banging at the top...

    Na na nooooow, duh dunt, dah dunt, dunt da daow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    Great, looks like the Galbraith Sanitizing Crew was hard at work again. You know, back in the old days builders would just etch out a rut down the fall line...maybe nail a rotten plank to a downed alder and call it good.
    You know it's funny because when we were working on the ladder, we saw the old canoe shaped log that used to be on the backside of the one stump. It's laying off to the side, down the hill. I vividly remember riding over that and how sketchy it was....totally blind on the backside and it wobbled around as soon as your front tire hit it. Good times!

    I talked to Dan on Sunday and he was riding on the hill. I told him to get his butt up and check out the new entrance to his trail and tell me what he thought. Spoke to him yesterday and he was stoked on the new stuff and excited to see what changes will happen on Lower Scorp now. He might have even said "you might force me to pick up a shovel and help you on that".....but don't quote me on that.

    EB

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    Lookin' good up there, EB!

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