Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew

Today was the much anticipated Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew day. It is one part class room & one part trail project. The event was held at Pocahontas State Park.

getting educated

getting educated

Turnout was great with representatives from RVA MORE, Friends of Pocahontas State Park, & EVMA. There were also representatives of James River Park System, High Bridge Trail State Park, and Powhatan State Park.

The catalyst for this training session is the goal of establishing Richmond, VA as an IMBA Ride Center. A big part of that is the plan to build about 20 new miles of machine built trail at Pocahontas, among other things.

Our gracious guests and instructors were Lori Reed and Jesse Livingston. They did a great job educating us all on planning, system design, construction, and sustainability.

company car

company car

I learned a lot in the classroom portion, and look forward to putting what I learned to use on the trails. Unfortunately, today was not that day. As seems to be the case lately, Mother Nature had other plans for us, so the trail project was cancelled. A group did hike out to the project site to talk through what we were going to do and why, as well as practice using clinometers and hold general discussions on trail building/maintenance.

the trail project that wasn't

the trail project that wasn’t

While we didn’t accomplish everything we hoped, I still consider it a success. Thank you to IMBA and RVA MORE for putting together a great event.

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One Response to Subaru-IMBA Trail Care Crew

  1. Brian says:

    I wish I could have made it out but I had to work.. The IMBA trail crew has been to PSP and the JRPS trails way back in the mid to late 90’s. I believe we got the 1st IMBA trail crew on their second year crossing the country. Times have changed and trail builders have learned a lot from those days. I still have the trail building standards and info from back then. I need to do a post about Mountain Bike Virginia. That is where the Richmond area trails go started

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