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Recap of MAMBA Trail Build & End-of-Season Party
posted 10.22.06

MAMBAda, bada, bada, bada (drum roll),

Last Saturday marked the two final parties for 2006. And what a treat they were! First off, despite the rainy week, and two huge home football games - we still had our largest turnout of the year for a work party. Twenty-two people!

And we owe part of this to Julie Morter and her van full of Latah County Youth Services teenagers who showed up to give a hand. And it's a good thing too. With our great turnout and four chainsaws ripping through the brush we were able to clear most of the original Rock and a Hard Place trail which was thickly covered with debree from recent logging activity. The last 75 yards of singletrack on the west end had to be re-routed though, and the crew put on a huge effort to build several enormous berms on the switchbacks. We even had time to give the double-track section a much needed haircut as well.

If you see Jonathan Lomber, be sure to thank him for single-handedly ripping up the busted Headwaters bridge, repairing the sub-structure, and putting all the dirt back on again. While 22 of us were out throwing sticks, Jonathan was moving dirt.

And talk about prizes!!!! Aside from everyone's shared prize of opening up a pretty critical connector, we gave away a lot of prizes yesterday. First off, at the trail build:

  • A free piece of Wingers asphalt pie was won by Andre Johnson.
  • Joe Wagenbrenner picking up a coupon for a basket of wings from Wingers.
  • Greg Johnson won a $10 gift certificate to Guitar's Friend.
  • But then things got crazy....Ike Andrews came up from Lewiston to help out and brought with him a fresh loaf of bread and a gift certificate from the Sage Bakery to raffle off. This was won by first-time trail builder Geoff Jensen.
  • Bill Dickerson was inspired by this and came running back from his truck with two MORE items to raffle. He donated two 2-for-1 lift ticket passes to Tamarack Resort. These were won by David Stenry and Erik Gorman - two youthful riders who know how to put in a hard days work.

End-of-season Grand Prize:
Jonathan hosted the end-of-season MAMBA party at his place and there was plenty of yummy food to be had. But the big capper was Brian Johnson winning the trip for two down the Salmon River from Salmon River Experience. Everyone should start buddying up to Brian asap :o)

We gave out even MORE prizes while huddled around the party's fire pit:

  • Jenine Cordon took home a free piece of Wingers asphalt pie.
  • Geoff Jensen won his second prize of the day - a basket of Wingers wings.
  • Charlie Olsen won a CO2 tire inflator contributed by Jonathan Lomber.
  • Kristine Patterson won a CO2 tire inflator contributed by Jonathan Lomber.
  • Tim Gregory took home a seat-mounted hydration pack contributed by Jonathan Lomber.

In other news:
Rock and a Hard Place is fully open now, although the ground is still soft. Also, we expect the slash to be burned as soon as this coming spring, so we may need to plan on one more trail day to clean things up afterwards.

Wonderdog is seeing active logging. The lower 2/3 of the trail is not currently in ridable condition. But the upper single track is still in fine shape. If you start at the top (East Moscow Mountain Lookout) and descend until you drop on to the old double track, turn right (uphill) and continue west towards Ridge Road. When you get to the brush pile at the end of the double-track, head off to the left where there's a short trail back to Ridge Road.

Thanks to everyone who helped build trail, support trail workers, and who keep Moscow Mountain a great place to ride/hike. We hope to have some great benefits ready for paid Mambaship members next season, including discounts at local outdoor shops and GPS trail maps. We'll let you know when that's all in place.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

Next MAMBA Trail Build
posted 10.19.06

MAMBA-MAMBA,

MAMBA Last Trail Build of Season:
This Saturday we're having another trail party. I warned you that I'd be sending a reminder out about this one. Now I'm going to warn you that I'm not going to send another reminder about this one. We'll be reclaiming our beloved Rock and a Hard Place.....which we will have to rename since the "hard place" was removed during the logging. More discussion on that while we're on the trail.

We'll need lots of chain saws for this one, so if you have one of your own you're willing to bring along (and use) then please feel welcome to do so. The rest of us will be throwing/raking the brush off the trail with McCleods. And a few lucky contestants will be swinging Pulaskis to fix the trail surface in a few places. The main thing we want to do is just to get the path cleared before the winter comes and we have no way of finding it again.

Here's the plan:
Meet at Rosauers parking lot ~8:45am Saturday, October 21st where we'll be raffling off:

  • $10 gift certificate to Guitars Friend (Thanks Roger!).
  • A free chunk of Asphalt Pie from Wingers.
  • A free basket of world famous wings from Wingers.

After that, we'll car pool up to Four Corners, then down Rock Creek Road to the Landing. From there we'll hike down Donkey Hoh Tea while trying to figure out what to re-name this trail!

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
It's totally a party time! I know we all like to think that we're popular, important, and desired...but lets be honest. Between you and me, I have nothing better to do this Saturday evening than show up at Jonathan's place for our annual MAMBA party. Even if you weren't able to make it to any MAMBA event this year, you're welcome to join us all in celebrating our....I duh know...existence.

MAMBA is going to supply the 3B's of life:

  • Burgers (including vegi-burgers too)
  • Buns (the flour edible type, not just the ones we were born with)
  • Beverages (of the "adult" and "child" variety)

Also, Jonathan will be making a "Big Ass Salad" and you don't want to miss out on that! I think it's going to be a "big-ass" salad, and not a big "ass-salad," but we'll know when we see/eat it. But since MAMBA is broke, you'll have to bring the rest.

This means you should consider bringing some toppings to put on your burgers, something else to eat (and even possibly share???)....and maybe something disposable to eat with. Jonathan will also have a grill going, so you can bring your own stuff to throw on. But keep an eye on it because either Asche or Jim will probably sneak away with it otherwise.

As part of our end-of-season festivities, we also have a drawing for a trip with Salmon River Experience. Chuck Boyd has been gracious enough to provide this as our grand prize for more years that I can remember. For each time a person was at a trail party, they get their names in the drawing for this wild adventure-for-two down the Salmon river. If you showed up for all nine events (1), then you're just as likely to win as me :o) You don't need to be present to win, but, of course, we'd sure like you to be there. We also have a number of other great prizes for those who are present at the time of raffling too, but if you're not present, we'll keep picking winners until the last few prizes are gone.

So here's the scoop:
Getting together at Jonathan's house starting at 5:00 pm. We'll plan on having the raffle ~7:00pm. Be there, or be equilateral, equiangular, quadrilateral.

(1) - Nine official events include the 8 trail builds (counting October 21st) *and* the MAMBA Party. Must be alive to win. Void where prohibited. This offer may be transfered, sold, and even stolen, so keep it in a safe place! Participants in the Vermont MAMBA club events will not be counted as MAMBA events.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

Next MAMBA Trail Build
posted 10.15.06

MAMBAhuh? MAMBAwhat-did-he-say?

One More Trail Build for this Season:
Yep, he said it. In Jonathan Lomber's Italian absence, we have lost the better half of our judgment and decided to have one last trail party this year.

The reason:
WE CAN'T BARE TO LIVE IN A WORLD W/O ROCK & A HARD PLACE!

Apparently that tiny connector was a lot more important that we initially thought. We had planned to just abandon it, and build something in its place in a future year. But it offers one of the only passages from Dyer Meadow to Rock Creek and there's been a big demand. Jim LaFortune already took the time to crawl through the brush and find the old trail bed (which is still pretty intact). We just need to get a group of people together to clear the brush off the trail and we're back in business.

Just the facts ....
Same-ol' same-ol' routine. Meet at Rosauers ~8:45am Saturday morning, October 21, 2006. I'll send a reminder email late next week with all the official details. For all those that aren't going to the Vandal/BSU game, you'll have a great time on the mountain.

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
There's a chance we'll have our annual party later thatnight, but we want to wait until Jonathan's backhome to finalize that decision.

Keep your eyes open:
Also, it's my sad duty to report yet another nice bike stolen. Kyle Thomas had a new Transition TOP (Trail-or-Park) taken right off his porch in Moscow. It's a grey frame with grey Sherman Jumper fork, and a host of other nice components rounding out the build (pictured here). Kyle gives you permission to kick some booty if you find it in the wrong hands.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 10.03.06


DEAR MAMBA,
I've been mountain biking for about 4 years, and there are still parts of Deep Vee that I can't ride up w/o dabbing. Am I too fat? Is my bike holding out on me? Should I leave my current bike for one of those new sexy versions? Please help!
Sincerely,
Stuck-in-a-rut in Moscow, ID

 


DEAR STUCK,
Boy does MAMBA have a solution for you! But first let’s answer your initial questions....yes, you’re always too fat, and you're lucky your current bike hasn't left you for a thinner, sexier rider. If you think all your troubles will be solved with one of those Horst-linkage bikes....guess again.

To protect your bruised ego, MAMBA can now provide a new alternative from riding up the Deep Vee.
Sincerely,
Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber



Here's the scoop:
Saturday, September 30th a handful of dedicated MAMBA members got together with the intention of opening up trail that hasn't been public in a very long time. We carpooled up Ridge Road to the east end of Paradise Point picking up more MAMBA members along the way.

We had three raffle items:

  • Eric Gorman took home a $20 gift certificate donated by Bob Greene at Bookpeople.
  • Jenine Cordon will be freezing her brain on some Asphalt Pie from Wingers.
  • Jason Abplanalp will be burning his lips on a free basket of wings from Wingers.

Trail build outcome:
The speed this trail was opened up by MAMBA members was second only to John Henry. There were countless sticks/trees/brush in the path, and there were several places where the trail bed needed repair as well. While dodging packs of playful dogs, MAMBA went to work. Here are directions to the outcome of their hard work:

  • Starting on the uphill trail to the east of Paradise Point, Wagon Trail begins about 100' up the trail off the right side. After about 0.3 mile, you come to an old skid road. Wagon Trail continues across this road (and slightly to the right) for another 0.2 mile of winding downhill, ending in the middle of Upper Moose Marbles (UMM). If you're riding up UMM, look for a trail on your left right before the log across the trail (just before the last climb where UMM would intersect Deep Vee and Switchblade).
  • The second new MAMBA addition is called Flipside. It begins at the skid road on Wagon Trail and heads south (to your left if descending Wagon Trail). It’s an uphill grunt with some technical corners that connects with Deep Vee about 0.15 mile below Paradise Point. It can be used in conjunction with lower Wagon Trail to bypass the *ego-busting* portion of Deep Vee. This end of the trail has a great rock pile with endless fun for adventurous bikers.

Kari Dickinson and I walked these trails Sunday to do some final clean up on Flipside and were delighted to see at least a half dozen fresh bike tracks on it. This is *exactly* what the trail needs...get out there and start doing some laps so the trail bed gets established before the winter freeze. Also, Cindy Fisher went to hike the trail Sunday morning and found a large bull moose blocking the lower entrance to Wagon Trail (off UMM). Even though the trail hasn't seen wheels in ages, it was clear that hooves have been using it consistently. On her way back down, Cindy also saw some fresh cougar tracks too, so use caution up there! If you insist on walking your 10 lb dog to Paradise Point, consider keeping it on a leash so it doesn't play with the wildlife.

Keep a watchful eye:
Speaking of sexy bikes....I have the sad news to report that Dan Mathewson had his bike stolen recently. It's a Gary Fisher Cake DLX 1. If you hear any helpful information about its where-abouts, contact Dan and you may just collect on the $400 reward money. Or, alternatively, if *you* stole the bike, RETURN IT!!! You can't have Dan's Cake and eat it too! Actually, I hope you eat it...really bad.

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
Lastly, it's now October, which means we should be thinking of our end-of-season party. More details to come as soon as there *are* details.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party this Saturday
posted 09.28.06

MAMBAbies who are depressed about the loss of Rock and a Hard Place,

Here's your chance to open up trail that hasn't seen wheels since they were pulled by horses and oxen! That's right....there is some existing trail that's probably been unused for 80+ years now...and rumor is that it used to be part of the original Ridge Road back when they were pulling wagons across it. Rob Dudley (sp?) owns the majority of the land and approached Jim LaFortune about opening up this aged trail again. What this gives us is a route between three places. One end comes off Upper Moose Marbles right where the log crossing is (before the short uphill). One end is near the bottom of the path from Ridge Road to Paradise Point. And the other end comes out just above the Deep Vee.

If we have a good turnout, it's possible we can finish the trail in one day. There's some thick brush at the beginning, but there's several sections that just need lopping and raking some sticks. And we'll have to do some ground work in a few places too.

Plan is same as usual. We'll meet at Rosauers parking lot ~8:45 am.
Bring some water, and I'll *try* to get us some Clif Bar and Red Bull.
We'll have some drawings from local businesses that want to thank us for maintaining recreational trails. For this party we'll have prizes from Bob Greene at Bookpeople and Wingers! Even if you don't win, make sure to visit our supporters and let them know how depressed you are (from not winning the prize...not from recently uncovered childhood experiences!). We'll carpool to Paradise Point via Pond 9 route.

Weather looks beautiful for Saturday. I mean...it's not *so* good that you'll want to go biking, or head to the river....just good enough to have a pleasant time working your butt off in a beautiful, serene location with a bunch of sweaty friends :o)

Last bit of news is that we had a nice article in the Idaho Statesman about our RTP grant.

See you at the party-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Build September 30th, 2006
posted 09.21.06

Mambassadors to the World,

It has been a busy summer of wheedling, begging, beseeching, cajoling, charming, pleading, bribing corrupt public officials, blackmailing private landowners and basically doing whatever it takes to gain permission to build singletrack on Moscow Mountain. I offered to sell my body, but (heavy sigh) there were no takers. We are currently waiting for permission to construct Gemini Trail next summer, a singletrack parallel to Moscow Mountain Road that will hopefully end at Four Corners. Stay tuned...

In the meantime, there is a smallish MAMBA project that is begging for a day of our TLC. It is a short new route on the north side of Paradise Point that will bypass the Deep Vee (aka "Ass Crack") for those riders wishing to skip the joy and rapture of that sketchy, heart-hammering climb. The new trail, christened Wagon Trail, was once part of the wagon route from Walla Walla to the Hoodoos Mining District, northeast of Potlatch.

Luckily for us, Wagon Trail already has a tread, so there will be much less ground work involved than there typically is when establishing a new singletrack.

Here are the vital stats:

  • Meet at 8:45am on Saturday, Sept 30 at Rosauers (on N Main St in Moscow). Rain date is Sunday, October 1st. We will have a drawing for some great Stuff-You-Just-Gotta-Have from local businesses (more details to come in the reminder email next week).
  • At 9am, we'll carpool from Rosauers to the work site at Paradise Point via the Pond 9 gate. Please bring lunch, water and chocolate to share. MAMBA has plenty of tools. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring friends and lets bang this out in a day!

See you there,

JimBob "LaF-Till-It-Hurts" LaFortune
writing for Dan
"I-May-Be-The-MAMBA-Co-President-But-This-Sinus-Thing-Is-Killing-Me" Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 08.31.06

MAMBuns,

As requested we had a fantastic turnout, including two new bikers who just got in town two weeks ago. I guess word spreads fast where to head for slave labor! We started off the morning with a welcome reminder from one of the mountain landowners - it's fire season up there! As such, we left the chain saws in the truck and used just the 4-stroke Wondertools with a separate supervisor just to be on the safe side.

Trail Build Prizes:

After loading up on Clif Bars and Red Bull we gave away the famous door prizes - which were many due to the large turnout.

  • Matt Cook went home with a free oil/lube/filter change courtesy of Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto - worth ~$60.
  • Brian Veseth won a $10 gift certificate to Patty's Kitchen (and the real prize of running/carrying one of the Wondertools all day).
  • New-to-Moscow Chris Huck will be visiting Guitar's Friend with the $10 gift certificate contributed by Roger Crozier.
  • Tom Drake also won a $10 gift certificate to Patty's Kitchen (I couldn't find the Wingers certificate).
  • I, Dan Cordon, had the fortune of winning the $15 gift certificate for Avon products courtesy of Linda Elger (208-882-1263). Usually I don't participate in the raffle, but in this case there's some prizes you just don't let slip away. I suppose I could have given it to one of the women, but several people recommended I get something that will help cover up my post-trailday odor :o)

Trail build outcome:

Team 1
The main group (12 people) carpooled to Over Easy where we pushed through some of the thickest brush we've seen since the original clearing of Cave Trail. Brian Veseth and Chuck Schoeffler wielded the Wondertools, while the rest of us tossed brush and did some finish lopper work. By 1:00pm we made it to our previously cleared area. Then, by sneaky trickery (and some false information) we decided to walk the remainder of the loop (added an extra 1/2 mile) on our way back to the car, happily lopping along the hike.

Team 2
A second group consisting of Jim LaFortune and Tom Drake went to clear some of the Moscow Mountain Madness course (happening on Sept 10). After having saw trouble, Tom came back on Sunday to finish the job. Jim then started the initial flagging of a new trail called Gemini Trail. We're still getting final permission from a few key landowners who wanted to see the proposed trail layout before giving their blessing, so nothing is "for sure" yet.
This course would parallel Moscow Mountain Road just to the west - providing us a singletrack route up to Four Corners. Knock on wood - we'll be able to get started on this soon.

beforeafter

Team 3
The last group was Jonathan Lomber working solo. He took his new tool
(Fro) to make a ton of cedar slats that provide a great natural surface for bridges. Then he hauled 65 lb of gear down Nemesis and built another bridge where we were having a water problem. I think he was out past 8:00pm on Saturday finishing things up. If you've ridden Nemesis this season, you'll see this bridge as a welcome addition!

In other news . . .

The ancient cedar grove is scheduled to change ownership to Latah County today. This is great news to finally have local long-term management of this incredible piece of land. For more details, check out the PCEI site at: http://www.pcei.org/mm_cedars.htm

Thanks again for all those that helped out this year. We've got a lot of trail mileage when it's all clear and ridable. We'll keep you posted about the next event. We have a few ideas, but want to wait to see what options open up for us.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party August 26th, 2006
posted 08.25.06

mamBANG, mamBANG, mamBANG (some target shooter practicing on the mountain yesterday evening)

This Saturday (Aug 26th) will be our next trail party. We will be heading back to Over Easy to finish clearing the trail. We made about 3/4 of a mile last time (it's pretty darn thick in there!) with a pretty good sized group and still have another solid 1/2 mile of thick stuff to get through this weekend. After that, it will be pretty smooth sailing. If all goes well, we may be able to finish by lunch time. Unfortunately Kathie LaFortune will not be providing a gourmet 7-course lunch afterwards like she did for the last event :o) I suppose this means that volunteer position is open for this event.....

Jimmy LaFortune also would like one volunteer to help him out on a small project this weekend in preparation for the Moscow Mountain Madness (happening on Sept 10). If you want make sure Jimmy doesn't chain saw their leg off (or at least help with the turnikit), contact jim for details: lakook@moscow.com

For the rest of us, we'll gather at Rosauers ~8:45am to say 'hi,' win some great prizes, load up on Clif Bar and Red Bull (yes, we got our supply!), and then carpool to the work location. The more hands the better for this party. It will mostly be three power tool users, lots of throwing brush, and some finish work with loppers.

Trail Build Prizes:

In order to promote a great turnout, we're going to raffle off five (5) prizes!

  • We have a free oil/lube/filter change (for your car, you silly!) courtesy of Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto - worth ~$60. (Unless you have a Geo metro, then it's only worth $35. And if you have a Porsche 911, it's worth closer to $250).
  • We've got two $10 gift certificates to Patty's Kitchen (who makes incredible mexican food, and doesn't sell kitchen supplies).
  • Roger Crozier, avid biker and owner of Guitars Friend contributed a $10 gift certificate to his store.
  • For the women attendees (who comprise an ever-growing segment of our trail parties), we have a $15 gift certificate for Avon products courtesy of Linda Elger (208-882-1263) - one of our local Avon reps and avid road/mountain biker.

And remember - we're keeping track of everyone who shows up for the trail parties (not for "BIG BROTHER" purposes though) and at the end of the year, each person gets their name in the hat for each event they participated in, and we'll have another round of "Super Prizes" that will be drawn at our end of the season bash.

Spinning Classes:

Peg Hamlett has set up a fantastic deal for people to get certified as a LeMond RevMaster. The course will be at the UI on September 9th.
Registration is about 1/2 price of what it would normally be (~$150 for us). Once you have the certification, you will be qualified to lead spinning classes.

To register, enter your information online and they'll send it to Peg. You'll pay through the UI.

On a side note, we're talking about trying to get an evening spinning class going this winter where us MAMBA folk can all head to the rec center and spin together. It's just like our group rides, except that I'll be able to keep up a lot better than normal :o) For more discussion on this topic, hop on the Yahoo MAMBA group. It would be great if we had several MAMBA members who were qualified for teaching a spinning course. And Peg is looking for more instructors all the time, so having a certificate is a great way to earn some extra cash while simultaneously getting fit.

Wonderdog Trail Update:

Steve Gravrock wrote us an update on the Wonderdog trail. Aside from the large gravel covering the main road, there has also been some ground work at the bottom of the double track. About 1.3 miles down the doubletrack section, the ground is very soft/fluffy (good for a cat/bunny, bad for a trail). The critical left-turn intersection at 1.6 miles down the doubletrack has also had the same treatment for ~0.3 miles as well. The good news is that the intersection is a LOT easier to spot, but it does make riding *up* that section of doubletrack a little more challenging.

That's all for now. Hope to see you on Saturday!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA August, 2006 News
posted 08.17.06

It's my MAMBA....she spanked me as a child....

It's been a while since I emailed, which means either I've been slacking and *not* sending announcements, or there's been nothing happening at all. I'm going with the former.

Our next trail party will be August 26th. That should be enough time for all the new and returning students to get settled, and get contacted by you, and show up with us for this party. We'll spend some more time on Over Easy and finish some tree clearing on the old Sand Trail (now Sand Boulevard). I'll send out a reminder with details a few days before hand. We'll plan to meet at Rosauers around 8:45am for a 9:00am departure like usual.

Nick Fuller went out solo and finished clearing Triple Crown a few weeks back. I swear Nick's cleared at least 20 miles of trail this year! We really appreciate it, so pat him on the back next time you see him.

Jim LaFortune and Von Walden are heading to the Marble Creek area (about
2 hours east of Moscow) for an epic ride, leaving late afternoon this Friday,Aug 18th to camp out/guitar jam, then riding Saturday. They are looking for a person or two who would like to bike or hike in that area and drive the vehicle back down the mountain. Good company, great music, amazing alpine terrain. Call Jim (882-9366) or Von (883-1583) asap for more info. (That would be today....)

Lastly, if you're interested in some mild group rides showing some of the less ridden trails on the mountain, check out the MAMBA Yahoo discussion group.
http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/bikemoscow/

Enjoy these last few days of summer!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 07.16.06

MAMBAll gone,

As promised, a multitude (well, 14 anyway) arrived at Rosauers to open some trail. We had three new MAMBA members, and eight members of the Unitarian congregation (who were happy to *pay* for the opportunity to build trail with us!), along with three ancient MAMBA members. I will have to admit....in the future, it would be nice if more MAMBA people came out for this event where we're sharing with others the art of trail construction/maintenance. I will also admit....I could do a lot better about giving more than 15 hours notice. Why...I'm so prepared...I bet there will be nearly 24 hours of notice for the next event :o)

And about the next trail build event....

The verdict is still pending for the date. We were planning for August 5th, but Jim and I will be gone, and it's probably premature for Jonathan to be out and about. It will probably have to be the 19th (weekend before UI starts) or the 26th. Once we decide, I'll send out a message. Also, if there's a lot of people that would rather have it on Sunday, that's an option too. Let me know and if there's enough interest we can try that as an option.

For the next event we want to split in two groups and finish big haircuts on two trails. Triple Crown got a great start, but needs more trimming (only about 33% done) and some more dirt moved around. And we still have about 1/2-3/4 mile of trimming to complete on Over Easy before it's ready for prime time.

We had three raffle items:

  • The first was a $10 gift certificate from Roger Crozier and Guitars Friend. This was won by Sandy Hathaway.
  • Next we put up the free oil/lube from Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto. This was won by one of the younger helpers of the day, who's still a few years away from a drivers license. Henry Gregson now has a legitimate reason to ask mom and dad for a car!
  • Lastly, Jeanne Amie put up $35 worth of Red Door cuisine in thanks for MAMBA volunteer efforts. This was won by the other youngster of the group - Jasper LaFortune. Personally, I hope Jasper either takes out a girl for a date, or mom (Kathie) for a nice dinner. No offense to dad (Jim), but he *didn't* bring the most divine post-trail-party lunch with cold beverages (he was just one of the slaves with a chain saw).

More details on last weekend's trail buid:

The trail work went well. Luke Sheneman and Chuck Schoeffler manned the Wondertools all morning while the rest of us did our best to pick up debris that was left over. What was previously unpassable by bike (barely hikable!) can now fit several bikes across in places. It was probably 6+ years ago since the last serious trail day on Over Easy, and it showed. (Although it should be mentioned that Jim LaFortune and Mark Solomon did a full day's trimming on it last year - opening up 1/2 of the loop).

At 2:00pm, we stopped for an amazing trail-side meal. Afterwards, a few people had to get home, and a few wanted a break for siesta, but we pressed on in hopes of finishing up. At 4:30pm, we ran out of gas. We also ran out of gasoline. :o) There is still about 3/4 mile of thick brush, but all the trees have been cut out of the way. And the section that is untrimmed is still passable with a bike - it will just be a very intimate trail until we can get out there to finish it up.

Thanks to all those that showed up and volunteered their energies! Look forward to getting together again in the future.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

Trail Build Reminder: July 15th, 2006
posted 07.14.06

MAMBAoosh Whackers,

Below is a message from Justin Thyme-

Reporting live from deep within Dan's inner child.....There's a MAMBA Trail Party tomorrow! That's right, on July 15th at 8:45 am a huge multitude of MAMBership will descend on the Rosauers parking lot to swap *stories*, win *prizes*, clear some trail with the coolest *power tools* MAMBA has ever owned, and *eat *a home-made meal on the mountain. Here's a preview:

Stories:

  • New TTF Teeter-TotterJeremy Pinto, Rhonda Pinto, and Troy Hensiek got together a few weekends ago and constructed the coolest sequence of TTF's we've had on the Mountain (TTF->Technical Trail Features). After you finish North Contour, head north (down) on Meadow Trail towards Cave Trail. About 1/2 way down, there's a fantastic log ride (equally good in both directions) and a berm to a little jump off the corner. This is followed by another berm off the other side, then to pure bliss. There's a rainbow bridge, followed by a teeter-totter that drops on to a square log ride. After all that, you get another rainbow bridge and you're back on Meadow Trail and on your way to Cave Trail. Definitely go out and play on these!! I had the biggest smile on my face as I just kept doing laps around this thing. Be sure to thank the builders next time you see them.
  • Troy Hensiek, Jenny Hensiek, T-Jay Cleavenger, Brandon Glaza, and Jeremy Pinto went out again a few days later and gave Headwaters a much needed haircut. You should have a lot less scratches (and seeds) on you at the end the ride thanks to them! Way to pick up the slack!!
  • Some bad news and good news about Jonathan Lomber. The bad....he wiped out at the last downhill race at Silver and ended up going to the ER for a nasty ankle sprain and several stitches in his left knee. The good...he got back on the bike after the wipe-out and still won his class! Anyway, Jonathan won't be joining us for the trail party tomorrow. If you want, you can send him flowers to help him feel better.

    ***This just in: A little birdie is telling me that bicycle parts will make him feel better too.

Prizes:

Don Elger has kicked it in to high gear on getting donations for all our hard work on trail maintenance this year. For tomorrow's trail party, there will be three (3) raffles going on.

  • Jeanne Amie told me "Get over here so I can give MAMBA a gift certificate to the Red Door." That means some lucky trail party participant is going to be eating some super yum-yum food in their near future!
  • Roger Crozier, avid biker and owner of Guitars Friend will have a $10 gift certificate to the store. But on top of that, Roger is also giving MAMBA members a special on string replacement - for $5 and the cost of whatever strings you want, they'll get you back in tune again.
  • Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto is going to hook one of us up with a free oil change. I also learned that Ambassador is a distributor for Thule, and can get you a great deal on any bike/storage items you may need. Go chat with Jeff and let him know you're with MAMBA.

Power Tools:

Tomorrow we're going to clear a trail called Over Easy. We'll drive over the mountain and down Rock Creek Road, taking a left at the blue gate near the bottom (Sand Boulevard). The trail is very overgrown and hasn't had a great haircut in several years. But it's a fantastic loop to use as the weather gets warm. We'll have two of our new power trimmers, two chain saws, and a lot of lopping in our near future. Be sure to bring gloves since each power tool create enough brush that two people can barely keep up.

Also, Jim LaFortune is wanting to take one other person with a bike the opposite direction on the loop. If you're interested in a bike/build and are comfortable around a chain saw, shoot him an email (lakook@moscow.com) and bring your bike.

Food:

Yep...once a year Kathie LaFortune slaves in a kitchen while we slave on the mountain. (I'm sure it happens *more* than that, but MAMBA only gets to eat the benefits once a year). At ~2:00 she'll show up trail-side with the most delicious food ever consumed. Part of that is because the food is truly fantastic, and the other part is because you'll be famished from manual labor all morning. But until the food arrives, plan on bringing your own water and snacks to keep you going through the day. Clif Bars are coming...but won't be here for tomorrow's event.

Hope to see you there!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Party Summary
posted 06.24.06

MAMBA Carols - Volume 1

It's beginning to look a lot like MAMBA
Everywhere I go
The trail is dry and firm,
an occasional fun berm
And we're gunna keep on digging 'til it snows

I'm sure you're tired of hearing it by now, but I'll say it once again - Today was a great day to be a mountain biker. The weather couldn't have been better, and as the lack of turnout may have shown...it was also a great day for many other activities :o) But we *did* have a turnout still. We had nine people at the parking lot where Jenine Cordon ended up winning the $35 gift certificate to Paradise Creek Bicycles (Thanks guys!).

There was an ambitious plan considering the turnout, but we went ahead with it anyway. The group split into three teams.

Team 1
Long-time MAMBA dude Matt Hall (now living in Sandpoint) stopped in for a trip down memory lane. He and Bill Dickerson took off with their saws to Wonderdog and cleared the maze of downed trees there. So far as I know...Wonderdog should be clear now!

Team 2
Man-o-the-day, Jim LaFortune, graced us with his presence, then promptly stole Clint Doherty (who drove up from Lewiston just to get some MAMBA
action) and Vadim Jitkov. That group spent the day clearing out Fruitcake, Blonde Jeans, Upper Whiplash, and the Cedar Grove Trail (trails to the east of Rock Creek Road and to the north of Ridge Road). Also of note is that they stole one of our new "Wondertools" we recently got. Columbia Tractor has been gracious enough to let us "borrow" them until our grant money comes in and we can buy them for good (Thanks guys!)

Team 3
The few that remained (Kari Dickinson, Jenine Cordon, Jonathan Lomber, and I) headed overto Triple Crown. But when we got to Four Corners we were in for a treat. Ike Andrews and Brian Johnson (who drove up from Lewiston) were waiting for us and were eager to get their feet wet (quite literally!) The group spent the first part of the morning working on the drainage problem on the West Crown. We installed five 4" drain pipes and a small settling pond. The ground is still pretty moist in parts, but after a lot of site drainage improvements, we may have repaired the area. We'll keep aneye on it as it's drying out over the next week or two. Afterthat was done, we used the other Wondertool to do some trimming on the trail. We only cleared about half of the first crown by the time our whole team was out of steam and in need of dinner. But the work that was done is fantastic. The new tools make quick work of clearing brush off the trail edge, and give a LOT for the 'throwers' to keep up with.

I should also mention the recent changes on our MAMBA Web site. In the "Moscow Mountain Area Trails" section,we have updated the list and descriptions to include many of the trails that have been missing. But we've also been busy doing our first round of GPS mapping. We're currently in beta phase and are using Google Earth for now. Eventually (after Paradise Creek has sold out of the Mountain Biking Guide to Hog Heaven Area, we have landowner permission, and all the trails well GPS'd) we will be offering the access to the trail descriptions, maps, and detailed descriptions as part of your MAMBA mambership - which we hope can be taken care of online. But the latter is realistically a goal for next year. For now, take a look at the Google Earth links and feel free to give us any feedback.Also, a huge "thank you" goes out to Kari Dickinson who's been up late in to the evenings/mornings making a ton of changes to the site.

Our next trail build will be July 15th and the current plan is to head north and do a small loop called Over Easy. This will also be done in conjunction with several members of the Unitarian Church who may be doing a trail clearing for the first time. So come on out, meet some new people, and learn about a trail that you've probably never seen before. For those that were part of the Unitarian trail build last year, you know that there may be a special "treat" at the end.

Thanks for all those that made today's trail party happen. The volunteers, the sponsors, and the landowners. You're all FABULOUS!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

Trail Build Reminder: June 24th, 2006
posted 06.22.06

MAMBAd-to-the-bone,

This Saturday (June 24th) will be our next trail work party. We have a number of different activities planned for this one, so the more people show up, the better off we'll be. As always, no prior trail-build experience necessary (it's not a skill that takes much edumacation).

One group (may split in two if there's *that* many people) will be doing a number of projects in the Triple Crown area. Some of these will probably include getting wet feet or at least some time walking in a wet area. We'll also be looking at some possible small re-route options, and getting plans together for some new TTF's!

Another group (probably just two people) will need to bring their bikes with the intent of putting in some miles with J-La (Jim LaFortune) while towing a chainsaw on a bob trailer. They will be clearing Wonderdog, and maybe Blonde Jeans/Fruit Cake as well. If you're interested in learning about these trails, get in touch with Jim for more details.

Plan is to meet at the Rosauers parking lot around 8:45am for group hug and yoga (not really), introduction, and raffle from some of our amazing sponsors (yet to be determined for this event). Bring water, snacks, gloves, and your favorite loppers (if you have them). We'll carpool all the way to Triple Crown and split up from there. We have some super cool tools to play with this time (special thanks to Columbia Tractor for price breaks *and* special favors!).

For those that can't make it this round, get July 15th on your calender!
It's going to be a super brush clearing trail day of a trail that few people have ever ridden! Over Easy - which is, ironically, neither over, nor easy. A good descriptive name for it today would be "Overgrown & Lonely." But that name was already taken by one of the past MAMBA members who gave up biking and is now a single couch potato.

See you this weekend -

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.12.06

MAMBAroken Backs,

As the subject might clue you in....there's two more *wonderful* pieces of news that we wanted to share.

1) Rock and a Hard Place
Rock and a Hard Place has been logged, and is not currently ridable. And even when/if it is ridable in the future, it's going to need a new name (rock is still there...hard place isn't) How the #$*% (translation: heck) is that good news you're asking? Well, it really is. It reminds us how fortunate we are to have *any* biking on a mountain that is virtually all private property. Does it stink that we lost one of our great technical trails? Sure! But rather than be upset about it, we should stop and remember that the same owner who harvests their trees for a living also lets us recreate on their property. And that's a great thing. So the next time you bump in to one of the foresters or land owners, make sure to thank them for their continued approval to allow us access for recreation on their property. There are SO few communities where something like this would be possible. We need to be good stewards of the mountain, and that includes being aware and respectful of land owner needs.

The current plan is to abandon the trail until we know more about the planned logging activity. Once we know more, we may consider re-opening the trail, or re-routing the southeast end that was effected by the logging operation. But for now, it's not passable on a bike.

2) Benefits for paid Mambaship
We're working on getting some super cool benefits for paid MAMBA members. Our current thinking is that we would like to switch to a 20/20 plan. The goal is $20 (for an annual membership) and 20 hours of volunteer work (for the benefit of all trail users). Those that paid this season are already grandfathered in (number can be counted by most Toddlers). In all seriousness, it's not the retirement fund for past MAMBA presidents that we need the cash for - it's for doing what we do. Most of our money goes directly into tools that allow us to gather as a group and provide trails. If we do our job right (pat on Jonathan's back), we'll get a great return on those funds. The rest of the funds go toward supporting related causes like dust control for the roads we frequent while heading for a mtn bike ride, signage for the trails, etc.

We're still working out the details of the benefits for paid MAMBA members and we have a few shops we still want to visit/chat with. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Awarded Grant Through Idaho's Recreational Trails Program
posted 06.11.06

A major MAMBA MAMBA man......

Speaking of someone who's a major "MAMBA MAMBA Man." Jonathan Lomber isn't one to toot his own horn....so I'm going to have to help.

Idaho Recreational Trails ProgramI'm ecstatic to announce that MAMBA was the #1 grant choice for this year's Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation "Recreational Trails Program." Jonathan Lomber has put a great effort in the past for IDPR grants, with his original proposal getting funding for us to construct the Cave Trail loop. For the new grant application, Jonathan put together a request for $2200, with a match of only $650. On top of that, the MAMBA cash contribution was only $350.....that's right. $350 of MAMBA funds, some generous sponsors, and a big chunk of Jonathan's time earned us an extra $2200 bucks to purchase some fantastic trail maintenance tools. Woo Hoo!!

Our contract for the grant is for trail maintenance. Most of our trails need grooming more than ever, which is what one of MAMBA's priorities for the year. Thanks to this successful grant request, we should have some fun tools that make our time grooming trails a lot more effective.

And who are these generous sponsors alluded to previously?

  • MAMBA Membership $350
  • FedEx Kinko's $100
  • Tri-State $100
  • Columbia Tractor Inc. $80

And on top of that, we had very kind letters of support from:

  • B & L Bicycles
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Cindy Fisher
  • Follett's Mountain Sports
  • John Larkin
  • Mark Solomon
  • Paradise Creek Bicycles
  • Paul Warnick
  • Twin Rivers Cyclists

Thanks to all those that helped us get the grant. And thanks to all those who help us *complete* the grant!

Dan Cordon

 

 
 

MAMBA Trail Build Party June 24, 2006
posted 06.10.06

MAMBA MAMBA man......
I wanna be a MAMBA man
MAMBA MAMBA Wo-man
I wanna be a MAMBA Wo-man
(as sung by the Village People)

We're planning our next trail build party for Saturday, June 24th. We're hoping for a big turnout for two (2) of the following reasons:

  1. We have several projects to do, and several different work sites
  2. Because it's lonely working solo on the mountain with only a Pulaski as your friend
  3. MAMBA is LOADED with money and has to give away free bikes for all volunteers

Saturday's Trail Build Itinerary:

  • The primary group is going to tackle Triple Crown. We'll be giving it a major haircut, working on a few of the corners, fixing the drainage in the man-made swamp area, and scouting ideas for some TTF's (Technical Trail Features) for the trail.
  • One secondary group is going to head over to Wonderdog. Should be doable as a group of two with a chain saw, lopper, and pulaski.
  • One thirdary (not a real word) group will start at the top of Nemesis and will be clearing Blonde Jeans and Fruitcake (on the way down)--then Whiplash and Cedars on the way back (please don't clear any of the 800 year old cedars in the grove). That group can also discuss ideas for a bridge in the cedar trail area.

We'll meet at the Rosauers' parking lot ~8:45 am to introduce people, figure out carpooling and who's going where and hold the famous MAMBA Raffle. This time around our generous sponsors have give us $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports $15 gift certificate to Guitar's Friend.

We will try to depart the parking area ~9:00 am. Bring plenty of water/snacks. We'll supply the tools and a reason to swing them with vigor.

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

4th Annual Cycle Against Poverty
posted 05.24.06

MAMBAzillionaires,

Below is a message from Paul Donnolo about the CAP ride this year. A few of us did this last year and had a fantastic time. Kari Dickinson (MAMBA Web Team) raised over $1,000 by riding her first century (lots of per mile sponsorship). If you can make it, it's a great ride and a great cause. Or, if you can't make it, think of sponsoring some of the riders who are going to give it a shot (either fixed amount or per mile).

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


4th ANNUAL CYCLE AGAINST POVERTY
SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2006

What?
Cycle Against Poverty* is a fun, healthy way to raise money and awareness to end poverty in our community. Cyclists, runners, walkers and rollers of all ages and levels are welcome.

Why?
There are over 45,000 people living in poverty throughout north Idaho. Since 1966, Community Action Partnership has been the catalyst to end poverty in our community. Cycle Against Poverty is a fun way for you to get involved!

Where?
Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – a 72-mile stretch of level, paved and scenic trail that runs from Plummer to Mullan with views of mountains, lakes, rivers, farms, wetlands, historic towns and wildlife. Since it is an out and back trail, participants can choose to go anywhere from 1 to 144 miles!

How?
Since this is both a fun event as well as a public awareness fundraiser, you can choose your level of participation. You can make a donation to Community Action Partnership, be ambitious and find sponsors to sponsor your efforts or simply come out and spend the day. The choice is yours.

Logistics?
Participants will meet at either the Chatcolet day-area in Heyburn State Park just outside of Plummer or at Excelsior Cycle in Kellogg at 9:00 a.m. to begin their day. Whichever is more convenient for you! Efforts will be made to have snacks and drinks available at these locations; however, since many areas of this trail do not have amenities, please bring enough food, water and sun block to make it through your day.

Community Action Partnership is a private, non-profit.

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Contact Paul Donnolo

Paul Donnolo

 

 
 

News on the May 20th Trail Maintenance Party
posted 05.23.06

MAMBArave-people,

I am totally amazed at the crew that showed up for the trail party last Saturday. It had been pouring all night and morning, and I arrived at Rosauers to see if anyone was going to show and maybe reschedule for Sunday or later. Much to my surprise, all 9 people that showed up said "We don't want to reschedule...lets get up there and work on some trail!" So, we all split up and ran tiny errands (grab some coffee, pick up a friend, etc.) and reconvened at Four Corners. First-time MAMBA volunteer and Moscow summer resident David Barren won the raffle and went with the $35 gift certificate from Hyperspud, where he'll no doubt find tons of goodies to keep him entertained with outdoor fun.

The short version of the story is that:

  1. Sidewinder is clear
  2. Lickity Split is clear
  3. Cave Trail is clear
  4. Beginner bypass on Cave Trail is *not* clear (let us know if anyone wants this open)
  5. North Contour got a big haircut and some improvements in water drainage
  6. Upper Tusk got a haircut
  7. Lower Tusk did not, but is totally ridable

Other trail updates:

Triple Crown is open, but still has a few trees to watch out for at the beginning and end. We would like to have a trail day for some trimming and drainage on that trail soon.

We'll keep you posted of upcoming trail dates this summer. Current plan is ~1 work day per month and hopefully at least 1 MAMBA ride per month as well.

New! BBB Events Build TTFs:

I also came up with an idea for BBB (B-cubed) events. This stands for "Bike-Build-Bike". The idea would be that we pick a given trail and ride it as a group, stopping and pointing out ideas for TTF (Technical Trail Features) along the way. Then, we work for a few hours implementing our ideas for the TTF's. Then we get back on the bikes and ride the trail with all the new "extras" on the side.

Lost and found:

  • If you find a grey long sleeve top on the trails from the work party, let us know!
  • If you're missing a right-hand Trek glove, let us know. It was found on Triple Crown. If you're missing a baby sock, it's not lost in the dryer - it's by the west bridge on Cave Trail.

Thanks again to the volunteers who came out on a wet Saturday to clear trails for us all to enjoy. And thanks to our sponsors (Hyperspud Sports for this event) who offer up the VIP (Volunteer Incentive Program) prizes that keep us all coming back for more trail parties.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

2nd Trail Maintenance Party May 20, 2006
posted 05.18.06

MAMBAsket-cases,

It's that time again. Yes, graduation is over/happening, and life is a total crazy mess as summer snuck up on us and we were completely unprepared. So, to blow off some steam and procrastinate just a *little* more, come and join your MAMBAoifriends and MAMBAirlfriends for this weekends trail build.

The plan is to meet at Rosauers (Saturday, May 20th) ~8:45am and carpool to the Four Corners area at 9:00am. If you sleep in past the raffle/carpool, you can still book it up to Four Corners. *wink-wink* The goal for the day is opening up Triple Crown, Cave Trail, Sidewinder, and Lickity Split. And if we have time, maybe a quick trim and clearing of some parts on North Contour. There's going to be a little saw work, a few spots of pulaskiing, and a lot of lopping. In fact, if you have your own favorite pair of loppers you may consider bring them since the MAMBA stash is dwindling.

Sponsors of this event are:

  • Hyperspud Sports ($35 gift certificate)
  • Paradise Creek Bicycles ($35 gift certificate)

Next time you're visiting these stores, be sure to thank them for all they've given to us over the years. It's donations like these that make trails happen. We'll be raffling off one of gift certificates (winners choice), and if we have more than 20 people there, we'll raffle off both of them.

Also, we should extend a separate thank-you to Don Elger, long-time Moscow resident. He's taken over Jim's past responsibility of getting in touch with our generous sponsors so we have things like raffle prizes, tools, and equipment that help us keep the trail system alive and well.

For the trail party, bring plenty of water to drink, some snacks, sturdy shoes, work gloves, loppers if you have them, and a cell phone. For unknown reasons, we still don't have our donated supply from Cliff Bar, so we won't have those snacks available for this party.

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

2nd Trail Maintenance Party
posted 05.04.06

MAMBAngels,

We have our next trail party Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 8:45am. We cleared the majority of the west side of the mountain on our first trail party, so this time we plan to work on the central (Four Corners) area. Depending on the size of crew we have, we'll focus on clearing the following (chain saw, loppers, possible trail bed repair):

  • North Contour
  • Cabin Trail - Jump Trail
  • Triple Crown
  • Cave Trail

I'll survey the terrain earlier that week to assess what work needs top priority. Same drill as usual - Meet at Rosauers ~8:45am for group chat, raffle, and carpooling for a 9:00am departure. Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone. Hopefully we'll have our Cliff bars by then so we don't have to go hungry :o)

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

Moscow Mountain Ancient Cedar Grove
posted 04.26.06

Cedar Grove, Photo: Brenda Guettler

MAMBA-eeees,

Please read the message from Mark Solomon below about the continuing effort to protect the ancient cedar grove on Moscow Mountain. PCEI posts updated information regarding the cedars and offers an email subcription service if you wish to receive new information as it becomes available. If you would like to help out, please contact Mark Solomon.

If you haven't visited the cedar grove before, make sure you do! It's simply breath-taking. Directions are on the Web site and we will probably ride through that area on a future MAMBA group ride.


HI,
Looking to the future under county management, if there's anyone out there who would like to volunteer for the County Parks and Recreation Board (which will likely form the nexus of the local management group), send a letter to the Board of County Commissioners asking that your name be considered for the next available opening.

Still two foot of snow on top of the mountain, but it's going down quickly.

Best,
Mark Solomon


LATAH COUNTY TO MANAGE MOUNTAIN CEDAR GROVE

Omie Drawhorn, Daily News staff writer
Published: 04-26-2006

Latah County will take over the management of 300 acres of ancient cedar trees on Moscow Mountain.

Latah County Commissioner, Paul Kimmell, said there are two options under consideration. The county could take over the existing lease and assume management of the land or it could draw up a new lease when the current one expires.

Kimmell said the first option is preferred because the second would take more time and might require a reappraisal, which could result in either an increase or decrease in property value.

He said he hopes the county will make a decision in the next 60 days, pending legal review.

A group of interested people met last week to discuss the fate of the land. The group included Mark Solomon, a resident of Moscow Mountain and member of the former Moscow Mountain State Park Campaign; Kimmell; The Nature Conservancy; Steve Hollenhorst with the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources; and Robert Barkley, a forestry specialist with the Idaho Department of Lands.

“The Nature Conservancy is fully in support of us taking over,” Kimmell said. He said his fellow commissioners also like the idea.

The Nature Conservancy is a national nonprofit agency dedicated to preserving natural resources and lands. The organization stepped in almost 10 years ago, during the last attempt to preserve the area. It leased the land with the idea that local people and officials would come up with a solution by the time the lease ended at the end of this year.

The state owns the 295.6 acres of land where the grove is located. Located on the east end of the ridge of Moscow Mountain, it would go to the highest bidder if the state decided to sell it — no matter what the buyer intended to use the property for.

Grassroots pressure from local residents and government officials over the past few months led the Idaho Department of Lands to look at options for preservation of the grove. An effort to turn the area into a state park was unsuccessful, but the idea of the county assuming responsibility stuck.

In mid-February, Latah County commissioners sent a letter to the Idaho Department of Lands seeking help to preserve the grove.

The department manages endowment trust lands to maximize financial returns for education institutions while protecting natural resources. The commissioners proposed a long-term lease with the state to protect and manage the area. The county can lease the land for up to 25 years for $5,000 a year.

The money to pay for the land would mainly come from private funds rather than property taxes.

Kimmell said the county would be preserving the area to prevent it from overuse. The land’s current designation is for recreation and research with a secondary designation for timber. The county would operate the land under the same designation.

The county would lease the land from the Idaho Department of Lands, Barkley said.

“Long term, the state wants to get rid of the property (on Moscow Mountain) and would welcome a land exchange, which is the preferable vehicle to get out of endowment lands,” Kimmell said.

With the land exchange, the county could buy land and exchange it with the state for the land on Moscow Mountain.

“The ultimate goal of ownership by the county is ideal,” Barkley said. He said that for now, the county taking over management is the best option.

 

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

News on the April 22nd Trail Maintenance Party
posted 04.24.06

MAMBAwaaaaaahhhhhhh...ing da da ding ding.....mmmwwaaaahhh (<----chain saw noise),

Yesterday (April 22nd, 2006) we had a total of 15 volunteers for our first trail party of the year. We had two Moscow junior high volunteers (one of which won the $50 gift certificate from Follett's Mt Sports in the raffle) who raked every mile of trail we walked. Angela came over from Portland, OR for the weekend, and John drove in from Grangeville that morning just to help clear some trails! Super kudo's to them for the long distance help.

The 15 volunteers had 5 saws and cleared at least 50 downed trees - some big, some REALLY big. In the end, any route you decide to take from Headwaters to Paradise Point should be clear. This includes: South Side, Switchblade, Lower and Upper Moose Marbles, Hey Noose, and the Deep Vee. For the most part, all of the trails are clear of snow, with only a few soft spots where water pooled prior to our fixing the drainage this season.

Also, a small crew of 3 did a little trail work near the end of the Boy Scout Trail (Headwaters' Loop). There was a switchback that was unridable on the first iteration of the trail. It was improved a couple of years ago, but was still awkward. Now the corner has a big berm (thanks to Kyle - master of all things downhill) that most will be able to bank around w/o falling off.

Thanks to those that came and gave their Saturday morning away so all of us can enjoy our rides on the west side of the mountain!

Also, super thanks to our recent sponsors. Follett's Mt Sports donated the $50 gift certificate for our raffle. They also have a SUPER deal going on bike shoes. If you have large or small feet, you can get some exceptional new riding shoes for as little as $10. They're trying to clear out stock from last year and just have the odd sizes left (Freaks of nature are *SO* lucky sometimes!!)

FedEx Kinko's also donated about $100 worth of laminated signs. Jim LaFortune has been posting them in strategic locations on the trails in attempt to keep illegal activity minimized. Let us know if you find any signs missing/damaged so we can replace them ASAP.

Bill let us know about a cool bike trek opportunity from Boise to Idaho City and back again on June 17-18th, 2006. You can also visit the SWIMBA (Southwest Mountain Biking Association) Web site at: http://www.swimba.org for more informtion about biking in that area.

We'll be having our next trail party some time in May. Date to be announced later, but it will probably be after WSU and UI graduations. We'll keep you posted.

Keep it rubber-side down.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

More April News
posted 04.19.06

MAMBAzookas,

It *must* be cycling season again, simply based on the quantity of email coming your way from me. There's two more things we wanted to alert you of:

  • We're planning to have a MAMBA group ride after the trail party this Saturday. It shouldn't be a "super slave day," so we should have some energy after we're all done. We're thinking we will probably be on the bikes by ~3:00 or so. Much earlier if we have more bodies helping :o) So, if you're interested, bring your bikes and we'll have a fun ride when it's all over.
  • Arno Granados just reminded me that the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Championships are being hosted by UI and WSU this year. They are in serious need of volunteers. If no one volunteers, all the local racers will be working support jobs, not racing their bikes. The race is on April 29-30th. They could sure use our help. (Don't worry Joe W., that doesn't mean we're going to con you in to being the race organizer again!)

See you this weekend-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 
 

April Newsletter: First 2006 Trail Maintenance Party
posted 04.16.06

MAMBA-tatoes,

This is our first "official" MAMBA letter of the year. That can only mean one thing....we need your help! There's three items of interest we wanted to send out for your entertainment, edification, and energy.

*Number One*

For those who have been riding/hiking Moscow Mountain, you know that this last winter was particularly bad for fallen trees. The debate of "if a tree falls, but no one hears it, does it make a sound?" has finally been answered. Whether or not the tree makes a sound is irrelevant...the hikers and bikers make a *lot* of noise when they discover a tree has fallen across their trail.

To this end, we are asking those in the know to report to us (Dan and Jonathan) one or two things:

  • Any tree you know is down. Just let us know a rough location and quantity of trees down.
  • If you have cleared any trees that were down.

The intent behind this is to inventory what saw work needs to be done in preparation for newsletter item #2.

**Number Two**

We're planning the first MAMBA trail party of the year for April 22nd (with the 23rd for an alternative if it's raining too hard Saturday).

Yes, this is also Earth Day, so many will probably be volunteering with PCEI (which is great!) – but for those that were planning to watch Sunday morning golf highlights…come on over! The idea for this work day is to split in to several small groups of 3-5 people (we need some experienced group leaders too!) to send in various locations. Each group will have a saw to cut out downed trees and some hand tools to repair any obvious problems on the trail. We are guessing that 1/2 the time will be spend hiking/driving to the locations and the other 1/2 sawing/throwing logs and minor touch-up.

We will depart at 9:00am from the Rosauers parking lot. Feel free to drop by a few minutes early so we can go over the plan, split in to groups, disseminate tools, and compare how fat we've gotten in the off-season. Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone. If you have your own chainsaw, we could sure use you, your skill, and your tool, so feel free to bring it all.

Also, check out the plans for the first MAMBA group ride after the trail party ~3:00pm.

***Number Three***

In way of announcement, there is some logging/forest management currently underway on the South Side Trail. It is about 0.1 miles long, and just west of the bottom of Moose Marbles. The old overgrown road has been opened up to 'regular road' status again. If you see Jack Carpenter (the landowner), please make sure to thank him for the huge support he's been to MAMBA over the years. Thank him for allowing us to recreate on his land. Thank him for donating his garage for years of MAMBA tool storage. Please *DO NOT* complain that he's ruining your scenic bike ride/hike by managing the trees on his property :o)

This is old news to most MAMBA members, but for those that don't know, virtually *all* of Moscow Mountain is privately owned. The only reason there are any trails up there for us to enjoy are because the following:

  • Someone (mainly Jim LaFortune) has spent years communicating with land owners and explaining the mutual benefits of having hiking/biking trails across their property.
  • Most of these land owners have been extremely generous in allowing us to build trails on their property.
  • Hundreds of MAMBA volunteers get together to build and maintain the trails.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail party, or just riding/hiking on the trails. So far this year, Jonathan and I haven't broken any major bones, but you'll have to forgive us if we don't shake hands quite as vigorously as we used to.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

Bike Share Public Meeting
posted 04.17.06

MAMBA-ikers,

The following message comes from Jen Farley, one of the co-organizers of the weekly ladies rides (last season), and big-time dirt mover on the MAMBA trail days. The idea of a public bike program would be super cool in Moscow, so show up if you can and share your ideas.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



BIKE SHARE PUBLIC MEETING

The class that I am a T.A. for (Public Involvement in Natural Resources) at the the University of Idaho is designing a public involvement project for a community bike program and will be having a public information/planning meeting this Wed., April 19th at 4:30pm in Rm 25 in the Univ. of Idaho CNR building. The meeting will be approximately 1 hour long.

We would like to invite interested community members to attend the meeting and brain storm with the students.

The bike program is aimed at sustainability and better transportation options. The program would involve getting donated bikes, painting them up. and spreading the word about public bike programs. The purpose of this Wednesday's meeting is to gather information and design a common vision for the bike program.

Bike Share Public Meeting: Wednesday April 19th @ 4:30 pm, CNR 25, University of Idaho Campus.

Thanks! Cheers,
Jen Farley

 

 
 

Lewiston Activity Reminders
posted 03.15.06

MAMBA geese,

For all those that went south for the winter...it's time to get back up here! There's two events coming up soon that we wanted to make sure everyone knew about. Both are supported by Twin Rivers Cyclists.

  • The Twin Rivers Cyclists are having their annual "Spaghetti Feed"
    membership drive/meeting this Thursday.

  • The Devil's Slide race will be happening March 26th. Early registration ends on the 20th though, so save your self a few bucks and get signed up you lazy turds! :o) The entry form, maps, directions, and just about anything else you could want can be found on the race web page.

And remember, the difference between 'racing' and 'caring' is very small. <---- This sentimental message was brought to you by the Association of Friendly Underwriters (A-FU)

We hope you're enjoying the fantastic Spring weather. But don't play too hard...Jonathan and I need your healthy bodies for some awesome trail parties this summer.

Mother Geese
-Dan Cordon
-Jonathan Lomber
-Jimmy La (in spirit)

 

 
 

Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
posted 02.21.06

MAMBA Racers,

Interested in competing in a cross country mountain bike race? Twin Rivers Cyclists wish to invite you to compete in Devil's Slide -- a mountain bike race that takes place on Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 11am in the beautiful and rugged Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

 

 
 

Moscow Mountain Cedars State Park Proposal
posted 01.27.06

MAMBA-ventalists,

Listed below is a message from Mark Solomon about an effort to protect the ancient cedar grove on Moscow Mountain. If you would like to help out with this effort, please get in touch with Mark ASAP. A lot of the ground work has already been started, but no doubt there is more to be done. It would be absolutely fantastic to have this area under more permanent protection/management!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



All,

The Governor has inadvertently given us a great tool to bring protecting the cedars to statewide attention: his proposal to upgrade the state park system to the tune of $34 million. All we have to do is convince him (and then the Legislature) to add buying the cedars from the school trust and transferring them to ID Parks and Rec as a new state park. For me, this is rounding the cycle as our first effort to save the cedars was to have them be the state's new park created to honor the state's centennial. We got lots of mileage out of that effort and stand to get a lot more out of this one. My draft campaign strategy is below. Time is of the essence here. I'd like to convene an actual meeting next week and am arbitrarily going to say Wednesday, Jan 18, 5-7 pm at the One World Cafe. If this is going to work, we have to move quickly so please see if you can rearrange your schedule to attend.

Thanks,

Mark Solomon

SAVE THE CEDARS CAMPAIGN PLAN

Draft 1/11/06

Goal:
Creation of the Ancient Cedars State Park

Vehicle:
Governor Kempthorne, in his State of the State address, has proposed spending $34M to upgrade the state park system. Legislation will have to be written and passed authorizing the program and the appropriation allowing us the opportunity to add the Ancient Cedars State Park to the package.

Strategy:

  • Implement immediately a letter to the governor campaign requesting the inclusion of the Moscow Mtn Cedars in his legislative proposal, cc'd to Latah County legislators and the Parks and Rec Director.
  • Expand to local and state media using the "hooks" that:
    • the Governor was married there and considers it "the cathedral of the trees";
    • that the current lease protecting the cedars held by The Nature Conservancy is set to expire at the end of 2006 and not be renewed by TNC; and
    • the current directive to IDL from the Land Board (of which the Governor is the chair) is to log all trees on state ownership over 24" diameter within ten years.
  • Work closely with Rep. Shirley Ringo (Latah County) who sits on JFAC and Sen. Gary Schroeder (Latah County), chair of Senate Environment and Resources (a likely committee to hear the parks bill).
  • Our portion of the bill would authorize transfer of the land from IDL to ID Parks and Rec along with management direction and appropriation of assessed value.

Tools:

  • TNC letter to IDL re non-renewal of lease
  • Kempthorne "cathedral" quotes from 1995 press reports
  • IDL assessment
  • Management direction (can be taken from existing lease)
  • Lobbying presence
  • Brochure
  • Web site

 

 
 

Need Help - Race Organizers
posted 01.26.06

MAMBA Racers,

Joe Wagenbrenner brought it to our attention that the "Devils Slide" race in Lewiston is in jeopardy of not being held in the future. John Arland of Twin Rivers Cyclists has been organizing the event for many years now, and would like to retire from that job for a while. It would be really nice if some of our MAMBA membership was able to become familiar with organizing an event like this. The Devils Slide has been a big fundraiser for their club - so much that they made a huge donation to MAMBA last year that helped with our matching funds from the grant.

Jonathan nominated Joe and the ultra-fast Pinto family to help out....and Lauren Bissey has expressed some interest in helping out too. I imagine if there was a small group from MAMBA, we could learn a TON about putting on a race. If you're interested, discuss it on the Yahoo group.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

IDPR Grant and MAMBA Group Ride
posted 01.25.06

MAMBA Peeps,

Jonathan just finished his second IDPR Grant application. He's the main reason we had all the funds we did last year for tool purchases, materials, and machine rental. There's NO way we could have built so much trail w/o all his effort in getting matching funds through grants. Kudos to Jonathan for completing another one. We should find out some time early next season if it will be funded or not.

On the same note, an overwhelming number of individuals, organizations, and businesses wrote letters of support for the grant, and also gave donations to help with our matching funds for next year. We thank you for your support as well and hope we can continue to provide lasting recreational opportunities for the community. We couldn't do it without you!

On a separate note, since it's currently snowing, and local riding may not be an option for a while, it may be fun to organize a group ride down in the Lewiston/Asotin area. Jonathan and I are mildly familiar with the trails there, but we know a lot of MAMBA members know them a lot better. It would be fun to have an off-season MAMBA ride. Hopefully a slowish one (for my fat body's sake). If you're interested, let us know when a good timeframe is. It will probably have to be on a weekend, and there's a number of bad weekends coming up. Alternatively, we'll be discussing this more on the Yahoo group (see link on Web site under "Mambaship").

Hope you're having a great winter time. We just ordered some trainers for our road bikes, so there's a chance we'll be ready to go by spring time.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon

 

 
 

IDPR Recreational Trails Program Grant
posted 01.22.06

MAMBA Mambers -

MAMBA is writing a grant proposal to the IDPR Recreational Trails Program. We are seeking public input in this process. Please email us at info@bikemoscow.org if you have any thoughts or concerns regarding this proposal. Grant funding received will be used for the 2006 trail building season. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon