Monday, August 18, 2014

Work party Wednesday August 20 9 am to noon

Please help this man!
This week work continues on the retaining wall near our lovely magenta Trailblazers Bridge. There are forty 80 lb concrete blocks to be moved from the New Denver Hwy pullout down to the bridge.

Stu's away so Valiant Val will lead the charge this week. PLEASE don't let this man try to move all those blocks by himself.

Meet at the New Denver Hwy pullout at 9 am. No tools necessary, just muscles, so bring a friend, neighbour, or any oxen you have hanging around.

Monday, August 11, 2014

5th Street Unity Bridge update

Just a short progress update on the 5th Street Unity bridge.

This will be a steel girder bridge using the same design as the magenta Trailblazers Bridge, although it will have a more shallow arch (2' instead of 4').   This decision was made due to higher than expected costs for our earlier proposed glulam design and an earlier proposed suspension bridge.

This spring we removed trees on the north side in preparation for building the concrete abutments, and then recently a geotech inspection indicated that we should be further away from the river on the south side. This has resulted in a longer span than we had anticipated, and so we are still working with the engineers on the design of both the steel girders and the concrete abutments.

However, the good news is that we are very close to finalizing this aspect, and we plan to begin the abutment construction in August or early September. We have put out tenders for the wood component of the bridge, and we are just waiting from Rapid Span (the steel engineers) to finish the final estimates and steel design.

We are still fundraising for this project, as costs are higher than we had first anticipated with the increase in bridge span length.  We will get it built!

Work party Wednesday August 13 9am - noon

Summer is moving along quickly it seems, and we have been making good progress on new trail development and maintaining the existing ones. This week our work party will focus on a short section of side hill that is starting to collapse on the south side river trail. Several of the support logs will need to be replaced.

We will meet at the trail head behind the Village shop on the south side. For tools, likely a rake and possibly clippers if you have them….other tools will be provided.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Work Party August 6 9am-noon

Yipe!…..it's August already.  Our next work party will be to work on two bypass routes of steep sections of the Lettrari Loop.

We will meet at the airport parking lot just near the wind sock. Our first project will be to work on the steep section bypass near there, and then we will move to the steep section at the far west end of the Lettrari Loop trail. Tools will be provided.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Work Party Wednesday July 30 9am-noon

It will be working on steps again this week, near the big boulder on the south side just upstream of the red bridge, and we will refurbish the large steps into some smaller more manageable ones.

Tools will be provided, and we will meet at the New Denver Highway trailhead. Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Work party 9am - noon Wednesday July 23

Our work party this week will continue trail tread stabilization near the wood steps on the north side of the river trail, above the 2013 washout. We are putting in retaining wall and filling the trail to provide a wider and more stable trail in the loose material in that section.

We will meet at the New Denver highway trailhead. Tools will be provided.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Work party Wednesday July 16 9am to noon

This week we will continue building a retaining wall near the wood steps on the north side. This will help turn the temporary bypass trail put in after the 2013 washout into a permanent trail. Val will be your fearless leader as Stu is away.

Please meet at the New Denver highway trailhead. Tools will be provided. Val is asking for muscles this week to finish the job, and I don't think he was just hoping his own would suddenly double in size. The weather should be fabulous and many hands make light work, so please try to come out Wednesday morning at 9 am.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Work party Wednesday July 9 9am to noon

This week we will begin work on stabilizing the trail tread near the wood steps on the north side. This is the section that washed away in 2013 and where we put in a "temporary" trail tread. It is likely going to become a "permanent" trail now, so we will build some retaining wall with 2x8 and rebar, then filling to make a better supported trail tread.

We will meet at the New Denver highway trailhead. Tools will be provided.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Work party Wednesday July 2 9am-noon

This week we will be working on the south side Kaslo River trail, filling in the long section of steps, and repairing a hole in the trail just near there.

We will meet at the end of Arena Ave and walk in from there.  For tools, just a shovel will be fine, and polaskis, rakes etc. will be provided.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Work party Saturday June 28 9am to 12noon

Our next work party will be on Saturday June 28, where we will finish spreading wood chips along the new trail at the airstrip. Depending on time, we could also go to the south side river trail to place more fill in the long section of steps, and to fill a hole in the trail where some cribbing has given out.

For tools, clippers, pitchfork, wheelbarrow if you have them. We will meet just west of the wind sock at the airstrip.

Note:  This blog post went up late, on June 30 2014, while a similar notice to the Trailblazers' email list went out before the work party.  We post this for completeness, and proffer apologies for any confusion.