It can be very challenging for trail builders and land managers to strike a balance between trail experiences for beginner or novice users, all the way to experienced users seeking wilderness.
Factor in rugged terrain (like our experience building beginner mountain bike trails in Abbotsford, BC) and it can create a very difficult situation for trail builders to offer green-level singletrack.
Twenty five — it's a number you'll be seeing a lot of from IMBA this year as we celebrate our founding in 1988. To get the silver anniversary year underway we'll start with a look at some of last year's successes in Canada, and around the world:
Riding Mountain National Park is a picturesque experience located on the western edge of Manitoba, featuring some of the only elevation within the province. Steeped in history (the park has the oldest original park gate entrance) and fantastic nature experiences , the park should be on the list of anyone interested in taking in the natural beauty of the area or the friendly atmosphere of Wasagaming, the town located in the park.
When many of us think 'History' we associate it with books or museums. But the lands of our ancestors can tell us just as much, and trails are an important part of the story.
Located between Lake Huron and Lake Superior, the city of Sault Ste Marie, ON, played an important role in Canada's early history and the war of 1812. A stop along the fur trade route, the city was centred between Native, British and American territories – and has many interesting tales to tell.
By the blank stares we received when we used the term 'TLC' in our Trail Building School presentation, we now know that the phrase TLC doesn't translate well into French.
But sometimes that's exactly what a trail needs (tender loving care).
We all love to dream up ideas for a new trail, or a new line off some cool rock feature – well at least us geeks at IMBA do – but sometimes you need to spend some time giving new life to a tired old trail. And, yes, even sustainably-built trails need some maintenance.
IMBA Canada was thrilled to be invited back to the Rogers Centre July 14th for a second opportunity to introduce kids and parents to the family-friendly activity of mountain biking. Last year's event, part of Parks Canada's 100th anniversary celebrations, was such a success that the Blue Jays wanted to do it again -- This time attracting over 400 people to take part in the campout, and to sleep under the stars in Toronto's largest tent.
We generally think of the planet as old and decaying. The ice caps are melting, and mountains, which formed millions of years ago, are slowly eroding. But that’s not the case in Canada’s vast North. Kluane National Park and Reserve covers more than 21,000 square km in the southwest corner of the Yukon Territory. More than 80 percent of the park is backcountry, made up of glaciers and mountains that are still active to this day.
Hi all, just a quick note to let you know about a Take A Kid Biking Day being held on July 21 by Banff National Park in concert with Castle Mountain Chalets. The IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day isn't until October, but the Rockies can be a wee bit nippy by that time. Plus, kids love biking, so might as well get them out in the fresh mountain air sooner than later, right?
Rouge Park holds a special place in my heart. Not because I used to go tobogganing down Snake Hill, not because I used to go snowshoeing there with my two Bernese Mountain Dogs. It's because that's where I learned to ride. When I was in high school me and my riding buddies would split our time between Rouge Park and another close by location earning our dues. Crash, talk about what happened, decide what line to try next, try again, crash again... repeat until you'd cleaned it.
A beautiful sunny summer-like morning marked the beginning of a smile-filled day for almost 100 people on Saturday June 16th. Where were they? Attending the Parks Canada and MEC ‘Learn to Camp’ event at the Rouge Valley Park of course! ‘Learn to Camp’ events are provided to help introduce overnight camping to those that may not have experienced how much fun it can be and to expose them to some of our most beautiful natural heritage areas.