What to Expect at Trail Maintenance

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What to Expect at Trail Maintenance

Postby BobW » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:58 pm

This is something I saw on GORC web site and thought it provided a nice summary of what goes on and how to prepare for a work day. For those of you that don’t know Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, they are a group like JORBA in Missouri.
Workdays are at the foundation of what JORBA does! They are the primary reason the organization was founded: to build trails that we are able to ride and enjoy for years to come. While the work is hard, you'll probably find that in addition to being very rewarding, you might find yourself having a lot of fun as well. At the very least, you will have a different perspective on trails when you ride over a section that you helped build yourself. You don't have to be a JORBA member, and there's no experience necessary to participate. Workdays are led by experienced Crew Leaders who will explain trail building technique and show you how to use the tools properly.

Here's what to expect at a typical workday, which usually takes place from 8:30am to 12:00pm on a either a Saturday or Sunday, including a few things you might want to bring to make the experience more enjoyable:

General Items:
-Water is sometimes, but not always provided. Most people either wear a Camelbak, or bring their own water bottle, just in case.
-Snacks. While bagels are provided in the morning, it isn't usually available during the workday itself. You might want to bring an energy bar in case you get hungry.
-Glasses. To keep flying debris out of your eyes. Glasses are sometimes provided, but you can wear your cycling glasses.
-Insect repellent. Depending on the time of the year we might have ticks, flies, mosquitoes...so it's a good idea to bring this.
-Gloves. You'll definitely need these. We normally have gloves, but if you are particular, you can bring your own. But you can wear cycling gloves too.
-Boots, typically recommended over sneakers, but what ever you feel comfortable in.

The intensity of the work can vary depending on whether you're doing light maintenance with loppers, or bench cutting with digging tools. Most people wear long pants and dress in layers so that they can make themselves comfortable as they go along.

Tools are provided by JORBA. If you have a favorite set of loppers, a rake or a tree saw, you might want to bring them, but they aren't necessary.

Are welcome! If you want to bring them, you'll have to make sure they are prepared for getting into things like poison ivy, and alert for insects and other critters. You will also be responsible for keeping them away from any possibly dangerous situations where trail work is going on. The same goes for dogs. You'll have to obey the rules regarding leashes. And be responsible for your dogs actions.

Since the number of workdays is limited by season, we do our best to go through with every workday unless the weather tells us otherwise. Light rain and snow are not usually things that will stop a workday, but weather that makes it unsafe to travel, or makes the trails unsuitable for a particular task is. Common sense usually prevails and the decision on whether or not to go ahead will be made by the Chapter Lead and posted on the forum, so if there is any doubt, check here before heading out.

After the workday is over and weather permitting, a ride on the new trail then takes place so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!

If you have any other questions regarding a workday you wish to attend, don't hesitate to post it in the forum or send an email to allamuchy @ jorba.org. Please remember, JORBA is an all-volunteer organization, and without your help we wouldn't be able to have so many great places to ride in New Jersey!

See you at the next workday!
"The rides to short to not kick against the pricks" M.F.
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Re: What to Expect at Trail Maintenance

Postby mergs » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:11 am

Here's a video on the topic.

If you can get past the music, its not bad.

No flips flops or tube tops! :lol:
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