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MAMBA News
posted 12.20.11

Hi All,

The property owners on both sides of Moscow Mountain Rd up to where Gemini and Private Lands begin are private people who do not want people or dogs on their property—much like all of us would not want strangers walking through our living room at will. Please advise others to stay on the road and off the private land until they get to the designated Moscow Mtn Rd parking lot—just below Gemini/Private Lands entrances). It is our responsibility to know where we can and cannot wander on the mountain. If you have dogs with you, be sure to keep them on leash or under strict control when traveling between the winter parking area and the Moscow Mtn Rd parking lot. Strive to be a good neighbor and pick up any deposits your dog may leave.

Do not park in front of any gate on the mountain; no one knows when emergency vehicles may have to go through those gates. Snow machines and earth movers can go through any large pile of snow when necessary. As winter parking is an issue on Moscow Mountain Rd, please park to allow as many others as possible to fit into the wide winter parking area below the locked gate.

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.23.11

Hi All,

On the Saturday of our MAMBA group ride and potluck, Jim Tarter was the only one who showed up. He was his normal fit and cheerful self that Saturday. Very sadly, that Sunday evening, Oct 9, 2011, Jim passed away of natural causes. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

On a much brighter note, I thought all of you should know how our community supports MAMBA. We just received a $500.00 donation from The Palouse Road Runners. Columbia Tractor, Inc provided a 10% discount on the four brush whackers we bought. Paradise Creek Bicycles has donated tune ups. Hyperspud Sports has donated gifts. Kinkos has donated printing. And Sun Rentals has donated time on the mini-excavator we have used to help build Private Lands and LaFortunes Flight.

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.08.11

Hi All,

What a great group ride and potluck! I arrived at 9:00am at the start of LaFortunes Flight, waited until 9:15am, then had a great solo ride up Gemini, the Tusks, Ridge Rd, Triple Crown, North Contour, Cave Trail, Rock and a Hard Place, Nemesis, LaFortunes Flight, Private Lands, then after ~20 miles and who knows how much vertical (about 700 on Rock and a Hard Place alone), I was out of energy. So I took the road back up to the start of LaFortunes Flight instead of finishing Private Lands.

Jim Tartar was at the start of LaFortunes Flight to say Hi at the appointed potluck time. Sherrie Metlen had ridden out on the Ridge Rd to Moscow Mtn Lookout with her recovering ACL operated on knee and showed up shortly after. Jim Tartar took off up LaFortunes Flight while Sherrie & I enjoyed a great potluck. The weather was sunny and clear, the air crisp, no yellow jackets or hornets, the dust is settled, and the rain soaked in.

While I was riding, I reflected on the fact that only Sherrie, Jim, and I showed up for MAMBA's end-of-the-season event. It points out the busy, full lives we who ride mountain bikes all lead. I would say that most people who ride are independent and busy people. The fact we have 55 miles of great singletrack points out another fact—that even with such full lives and independence, all of you donate time to expand your play ground. We should have 2-4 more great weeks before the wonderful white stuff returns so enjoy the trails while you can and have a great winter.

Signing off until sometime in April, 2012,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.07.11

Hi All,

A reminder that we will be meeting at the bottom of LaFortunes Flight for a group ride at 9am tomorrow (Saturday 10/08/2011). We plan to do about a 9 mile group ride that will definitely have some challenges. It looks like the weather will be good. I was on a trail last night, the dust is packed down. We also plan to have the end-of-the-season potluck at noon at the bottom of LaFortunes Flight.

When you decide you are going to make a challenging place more rider friendly, remember that others find that place a fun challenge. Please allow choice, the easier way you developed and the more challenging way others developed. However, no matter what: 1) do not stray too far as you may be on another land owner’s land that does not want a trail, 2) do not make a spot so steep that the trail is no longer a two way trail, 3) do not make a trail so steep that there are erosion issues.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.28.11

Hi All,

Private Lands is punched through. It is dusty and a little narrow in places, but ride-able down if you pay attention to where your front tire is at all times. If you let your attention wonder, you could practice front flips. Going up is possible now, but it really exercises you, as the dust is 6" deep in places. The trail is about 3.25 miles long from where it starts at LaFortunes Flight and ends across the road from Gemini.

The ski team also was able to rebuild Rock and a Hard Place. A normal rider no longer will have to get off to go from the skid road to the single track at the bottom and the trail has been reclaimed from the gophers and plants in the clear-cut.

Since we have those two projects completed, I propose that we have a group ride/walk/run and potluck October 8th, the day we had our last trail day scheduled. We could meet at 9AM at the bottom of LaFortunes Flight, ride up Jump Trail and Nemesis, go down LaFortunes Flight to Private Lands, then take Private Lands to Gemini, then up Gemini back to the bottom of LaFortunes Flight. That is about a 9 mile ride that has some challenges involved. We would plan on the potluck at noon. During lunch, we could discuss whatever—relative to the mountain we are privileged to play on.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.06.11

Hi All,

This Saturday, Sept 10, 2011 at 9am the WSU Veterinary group will meet at the first blue gate on Warnicks Rd to help finish Private Lands. Any and all are welcome to join in the fun. We are getting very close to completing the trail. Bring snacks, water, sturdy shoes, and gloves. Tools will be provided.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.28.11

Hi All,

About 50 people showed up for the August 27th trail build. About 30 were from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity of WSU, led by Justin Schertling. This group went through Tiffanie R. Braun, the coordinator for community partnerships from WSU. Also from the WSU 'partnerships' was Jeremy and a set of students. Thank you Justin and crew, Jeremy and crew, and Tiffanie. Representing the WSU veterinary program was Russ. We also had a group from Gritman's physical therapy operation led by Justin Minden. The youngest worker was five year old Alex Lincoln who moved a bunch of rocks and made sure his dad kept working.

We now are connected from where Private Lands takes off from LaFortunes Flight to almost where it will hit the ditch. It is just a short walk from where the trail currently ends to Warnicks Rd. So going down the trail is now an option if you do not mind a short bike-a-hike at the end.

Still to do:

  • 775 feet from the second bridge from the bottom start of Private Lands (across from the bottom of Gemini) to the ditch (two corners)
  • 1630 feet of old miner's ditch and logging skid road (about one half of the ditch was converted to a skid road for logging)
  • 600 feet from the end of the old miner's ditch to the constructed trail (2 corners)


Scheduled trail build times:

  • 9/10 WSU veterinarian club, meet at first blue gate on Warnicks Rd
  • 9/12 U of I recreation 9/12 at 4:00pm at first blue gate on Warnicks Rd
  • 9/17 "Regular" MAMBA scheduled trail build day, meet at Rosauers' parking lot to car pool at 8:45am
  • 9/19 U of I Dept of Movement Sciences COE, meet at 5:00pm somewhere
  • 9/25 U of I and WSU ski team day
  • 10/18 last "Regular" MAMBA scheduled day, meet at Rosauers' parking lot to car pool at 8:45am

We should have a club trail ride and potluck day when we finish. Email me if you are interested in such an event. If there is enough interest, I will schedule such a day once the trail is complete. Hopefully, there will have been several days of rain by then and a bunch of riders going down the trail will pack down the moondust. Of course, the crops should be harvested before it rains.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.23.11

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder that we have a scheduled trail build day this Saturday 8/27. Meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am to car pool up to where we will walk-in to start working. Steve Beyerlein will meet all of you at Rosauers to lead you up to the work site. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, snacks and lots of water. We will be in the shade next to a cool creek most of the day, but the day will still be on the warm side.

We have two pieces to complete up on the ridge and then we will be next to Warnicks Rd with easy access for the rest of this fall. When we get the two pieces up on the ridge done, we will be able to make most of the proposed loop.

Trail BuildingBy the way, there is a hornet nest next to Headwaters Trail just before the sharp turn before you first cross the logging load going counter clockwise. Some of us have searched for it, but have not relocated it since it was first discovered. There are lots of stinging creatures out now. Carry Benadryl to take if you get stung, keep moving, and enjoy the trails.

See you Saturday,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.10.11

Hi All,

Updated news on Private LandsNick, Drew, Jamie, Chad, Russ, and Scott showed up Saturday, August 6, 2011 to build some new singletrack. We built about 150 feet of new trail including four corners and a drop-off that was changed into a trail. The 150 feet connects about 3000 feet of new singletrack from where we ended last fall. When you ride Private Lands, caution is advised as there are lots of soft spots that can help you do summersaults. However, that is why we need to ride the new trail, to pack it down. Within the 3000 feet, you will find seven bridges, some big cedars, a great view, and an amazing glade. The trail is still an out and back unless you do a bike and hike. There are two sections consisting of 1500 feet and six corners before we will be able to connect into earlier work this spring. There is also about 4000 feet to build at the bottom to connect to the start of the trail across from Gemini that we built last summer.

The next trail build day is Aug 27, 2011. The same drill as always: leave Rosauers at 8:45am for the section of Private Lands that is still unfinished.

  • Bring water, snacks. MAMBA will supply all of the tools you will need.
  • Wear long sleeves, light weight pants and sturdy shoes. If you have favorite work gloves, bring them....this is down and dirty work.
  • Kids are welcome, and in fact, do some of our finest work

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.02.11

Hi All,

Hi all, hope you are all enjoying the trails and having a great summer, as summer actually finally arrived.

Yellow Jackets are starting to get territorial and aggressive so carry some Benadryl with you just in case you get stung. The Benadryl will help keep the affects of stings in some level of control.

Just a reminder that this Saturday, August 6, is the next scheduled trail build day. As you can read below, we have accomplished lots this year and only have just over one mile to go to finish Private Lands—only about 4000 feet of which needs tread dug out. We will work first on the 1750 feet needed to connect "where we ended last fall" -to- "where we started this spring". This is where the trail crosses a logging road which we can use temporarily to complete a loop made up of Private Lands, Gemini, Nemesis, Sidewinder, Lickity Split, and LaFortunes Flight.

To do:

  • 775 feet from the second bridge from the bottom start of Private Lands (across from the bottom of Gemini) to the ditch (two corners)
  • 1630 feet of old minor’s ditch and logging skid road (about one half of the ditch was converted to a skid road for logging)
  • 1400 feet from the end of the old minor’s ditch to the constructed trail (3 corners)
  • 1750 feet in three places to connect parts of the completed trail so we have a trail to where we ended last fall and started this spring (10 corners)
  • Total to complete is 5555 feet, including 15 corners in those feet

Completed this year so far:

  • Spring and summer cleaning and trimming (some trimming left in various spots) including three bridges repaired
  • All of Private Lands is now cut out and flagged. The ditch and skid logging road are not flagged as it is obvious where they go.
  • 12 new bridges—3 of which are 10 feet, 8 which are about 25 feet, and one that is about 90 feet
  • 8250 feet of tread on Private Lands built, including 11 corners

See a bunch of you this Saturday.

Scott Metlen

 
 

HEADWATERS TRAIL USERS
posted 07.19.11

MAMBA Trail Build

Your Help is needed!

Headwaters Trail Maintenance Day
Saturday, July 23rd, 6:00am
John Wenz and Russ Tucker will start at the trail head with power trimmers. We could use at least one other pair of power trimmer operators with a couple people to clear the clippings from the trail. Can’t make it til later, no problem!! If you can help out, please contact John jrwenz@hotmail.com before 6:00pm this Friday, July 22 to coordinate the effort.

In other news, 15 people showed up and built about 1000 more feet of singletrack on Private Lands last Saturday. The next organized MAMBA trail build day is Aug 6, 2011 8:45am at Rosauers' Parking Lot. Additionally, there are tools where the trail ends so you can do a bike and build outing anytime you like.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.14.11

Hi All,

Trail BuildRemember, MAMBA trail build day this Saturday, July 16, 2011. Chad Kooistra will have his white 4-door Honda Civic with a bike rack on it at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am to lead and guide you for the day. Bring water, gloves, snacks, sturdy shoes, and a friend or two. Provided will be lots of earth to move.

In broiling hot Lousiana,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.07.11

Hi All,

There are sharp tools at the end of Private Lands. If you cannot make regular trail build days, you can always ride up LaFortunes Flight on any given day, turn right on Private Lands, ride to where construction starts, and build some trail—then go ride again.

The next scheduled trail build day is July 16—9 days from today.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.05.11

Hi All,

Trail BuildLucius found a multi-tool at the top of LaFortunes Flight on 7/2/11. Email Lucius with a description of the tool and he will give it back.

We now know where the remainder of Private Lands will go. I will get that cut out and ribboned in the next three weeks or so. While we are waiting to build the trail bed, it will make a nice hike. We have closer to 5000 feet instead of 4000 feet to complete the center section of Private Lands, but the bridges are complete—approximately 450 feet of bridges.

Chad Kooistra will be leading the trail build day on July 16th. Same drill, meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am with sturdy shoes, lots of water, snacks, work gloves. We will provide the tools as well as the opportunity to build singletrack among great company. Remember, if 40 of you show up and each builds 130 feet, we will have a great mountain biking circuit mostly completed. I will not be at the July 16th trail build, so I built my 130 feet yesterday. Matt also went up and built his 130 feet. During the week Drew, John, and Chad helped me put in the logs for four of the bridges and Chad helped surface three of them. Think about riding to the current end of Private Lands and working for an hour or so. There are some lonely tools there waiting for you.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.28.11

Hi All,

We doubled our turn out for the trail build day on Saturday, June 25th. We went from six for the last trail build to twelve for this one—all twelve were trail users (hikers, runners, or bikers). The twelve people built about 1200 feet of sweet singletrack. Now that we can get tools to where we stopped building this trail last fall, we will continue from there for the next trail build day, July 16th. Just think, if 40 volunteers showed up and each built 100 feet, the two trail pieces would connect.

You now have the option to ride to the end of Private Lands and use the tools left there at the build site to make it an easy bike and build combo ride if you want. You can even ride to where we stopped Saturday if you take some roads through the first steel gate on Warnicks Rd. To do this, take a left turn where ever there is a fork once you are through the gate. You will eventually come to where the new trail meets one of the logging roads—the lowest logging road in the clear cut. Be sure you are on logging roads and not skid trails. I have ridden the new trail several times; it is going to be great!

The flowers are currently out in full force on the mountain. Last night after work, Sherrie and I rode up LaFortunes Flight, down Nemesis, over Rock and a Hard Place, across Sidewinder, and then down Gemini to the parking spot at LaFortunes Flight. This loop includes three amazing views from LaFortunes Flight looking south as well as great views from Rock and a Hard Place to the north toward Steptoe. The clear cuts are full of flowers and it is like riding through a flower garden (I guess it is, just a really big garden). It is an amazing spring to be up on Moscow Mountain!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.22.11

Hi All,

I am currently in Orem, Utah at a training conference which just happens to be next to a trailhead into the Wasatch mountains. Nice views, but very steep and rocky.

We truly have nice trails on Moscow Mtn and the new MAMBA trail we are building this summer, called Private Lands, is going to be a great addition. There will be something like 14 bridges on it—one 80-90 feet long. There are amazing rock formations, meadows, and views. There is one spot, like the clearing on LaFortunes Flight, where the Seven Devils and the Wallow Mountains will be visible on a clear day. Like many of the trails, there is also history that you ride by—open trench mines, old and new logging roads, and old cabins the miners and loggers used to live in. Our hope is that we will be able to incorporate an old ditch into the new trail that miners used to use to dredge part of the creek. Let us all work together so we can use the new trail soon. Enough of it should be cut out by Sunday, June 19, so that a person could easily walk from where it starts on LaFortunes Flight to where it comes out across from Gemini. There is still one section that we finalizing with the land owner as to its exact path, but it is easy to walk from where the trail starts on that property to where Private Lands comes out on Warnicks Rd.

Remember, meet this Saturday, June 25 at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am (D street and 95 north) for the next MAMBA trail build party. Bring sturdy shoes, work gloves, lots of water, bug repellant, snacks, and a desire to build great singletrack. We will depart from Rosauers and carpool/caravan up the mountain to a parking spot close to the build site where we will hike to from there. MAMBA provides all the tools you will need as well as some basic instruction on trail building.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.13.11

Hi All,

The following trials are free of snow, cut out, and open. Please, as always, ride with some degree of caution. Those trails with downed trees will be cut out as soon as a volunteer is nice enough to take a chainsaw up.

  • Blonde Jeans (several downed trees)
  • Cave Trail
  • Cedar Grove
  • Flipside
  • Gemini
  • Headwaters
  • Jericho's Wall
  • LaFortunes Flight
  • Lickity Split
  • Nemesis
  • North Contour
  • Sidewinder
  • Over Easy (several downed trees)
  • Lower and Upper Private Lands
  • Rock and a Hard Place (one downed tree)
  • South Side
  • Switchblade
  • Triple Crown
  • The Tusks
  • Wagon Trail

Please remember that MAMBA is a group of like-minded enthusiastic volunteers and land owners working together to create a network of trails on Moscow Mtn. The wonderful MAMBA trail system in place today was created by volunteers like you who contributed their time and energy toward building singletrack. Swinging a Pulaski or McLeod on a Saturday morning beside other MAMBA volunteers is a great way to make new friends while helping to build your future playground. If you are physically able to use a shovel and enjoy using the trails, please join other mountain bikers and hikers Saturday, June 25, for the next MAMBA trail build party. Bring sturdy shoes, good gloves, lots of water, bug repellant, and snacks with you.

All current organized trail builds occur on Saturdays at 8:45am (see this website's main page for scheduled dates). If these dates/times do not work for you, please let us know a time that works better. If you want to help build or maintain trail on a non-organized day, let Scott Metlen know via email: metlen@uidaho.edu.

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.29.11

Hi All,

Next Saturday (June 4th) is another trail build day. We meet at 8:45am at Rosauers parking lot for this build date. Email me if there is another time that would work better. Private Lands is going to be a great addition. Erik Gorman has been helping a bunch on the bridges and thinks Bridge should be part of the name. There will be about 10 bridges; one is about 90 feet long.

See you riding and building,

Scott Metlen

 
 

Moscow Mountain Status
posted 05.25.11

Hi All,

The gate on Moscow Mtn. Rd is open. Gemini is open, as is Jump Trail. Cabin Trail and Upper Private Lands still have snow. Nemesis is open, but the top third still has snow. LaFortunes Flight is snow free from the bottom to just about 50 feet before the climbing rocks. You will also run into snow at the top of Nemesis for about 100 feet—so LaFortunes Flight is a great ride to the top and back down.

Nearly everything on the north side of the mountain still has snow banks—some as high as 3 feet tall. Cave Trail, the Tusks, Sidewinder, and Lickity Split are cut out, but snow is still an issue. If you take the road to the west end of Lower Tusk and take Sidewinder to Cave Trail, there are only two spots of about 30 feet each with snow. Cave Trail itself only has snow in one place for about 20 feet. No report as yet on the status of North Contour, Triple Crown, Blonde Jeans, and Over Easy.

The biting flies are out in full force so take bug spray when biking up on the mountain.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA NEWS
posted 05.17.11

Trail BuildHi All,

Remember, this Saturday May 21st is a scheduled trail build day. We will be extending Private Lands onward. Meet at Rosauers at 8:45am with gloves, water, sturdy shoes, snacks, and bug spray.

The trails are reluctant to bare themselves and are keeping covered by snow. The lower part of Private Lands is open, as is the lower part of LaFortunes Flight. Gemini still has patches of snow on it up to where LaFortunes Flight starts. Of course Headwaters, South Side, and Switchblade are open, although we did get snow yesterday. It sounds more like we are talking about what would be good skiing instead of biking.

The US Forest Service has opened 11 miles of singletrack that is closed to motorized vehicles and open to horses, Mtn. bikes, and hikers. It also has snow on it. It is on Feather Creek and is called the Feather Creek Trail.

Feather Creek Trail Directions:
Take Highway 8 East from Moscow; at Bovill, turn left on Highway 3 heading north. Take Highway 3 for 3 miles and turn left on Forest Road 377. Go right on Forest Road 789 and the Feather Creek Trailhead will be on your right.

Thanks and see you on the trails,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA NEWS
posted 04.21.11

Hi All,

I am looking forward to seeing some of you for the first trail build of the season this Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 8:45am at the Rosauers' parking lot. We need to car pool as much as possible because there is still snow between where we have to stop and the trail making parking a premium. I was up on the build site Sunday, April 17, and saw that there is an area free of snow big enough to keep us busy as long as we are willing to work.

As many of you know, one of the dirt covered bridges on Headwaters has a hole in it. You can if you like to fly . . . but I recommend not putting your wheel in it as you ride by. Someone will fix it soon. It looks like the big bridge across the creek is thinking about developing a hole as well so stay aware as you ride through that area.

Thanks and see you on the trails,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA NEWS
posted 04.10.11

YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Headwaters is rideable and clear of all trees. There are some slick spots, but the trail is good enough to hold up. If you do not mind packing your bike some, South Side and up Switchblade to Deep Vee are also open. All trails on the North side of the mountain and those along Moscow Mtn Rd like Gemini still have lots of snow on them—two feet in places.
Dates to put on your 2011 calendar for trail building are:

2011 Trail Build Dates

  • Saturday, Apr 23
  • Saturday, May 21
  • Saturday, Jun 4
  • Saturday, Jun 25
  • Saturday, Jul 16
  • Saturday, Aug 6
  • Saturday, Aug 27
  • Saturday, Sept 17
  • Saturday, Oct 8

The drill will be the same, meet at Rosauers at 8:45am with gloves, snacks, and water, drive to the work location, build trail, and then ride trails. If you enjoy the trails and are able, it is reasonable that you should help care and build them. There will be tools at the end of new construction so that you can help on non-scheduled days.

As always there are trees and other obstacles on the trails after winter. There is an area on the MAMBA Web site to report issues, please use that if you cannot clear the trail yourself. If an issue has been reported and you fix that issue, please also report that the trail has been fixed. That way others will not pack equipment into the area to fix the trail for only the joy of packing in the equipment.

Report a trail problem . . .
Contact Trail Steward

Horses, hikers, runners, and Mtn bike riders all have a great opportunity to share non-posted areas of the mountain. Please play nice with each other so that we can continue to enjoy that opportunity. Bike riders, runners and walkers, when you meet horses on the trail, the correct procedure is to get off the trail on the downhill side while talking the whole time so that the horse knows you are a human being that is not hunting for food. Bikers, when meeting hikers or walkers, they do have the right of way. If a bike overtakes you on a trail, it is polite to let them by. Everyone, if using the trail is destroying the trail, fix the trail and do not use the trail under conditions that will destroy it, let us all be responsible to the land.

See you on the trails…

Scott Metlen

 
 

Season 2011 Trail Build Dates
posted 03.31.11

Mark Your Calendars!

Snow on the MountainListed below are the MAMBA trail build dates planned for the 2011 season. Gather at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot on N Main St in Moscow, unless otherwise noted, to carpool up the mountain from there to the trail build site. Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, and energy. No experience necessary, so bring everyone with a pulse and a great attitude toward trail construction. The first area slated for work this season is to finish Private Lands which will complete an ~11 mile loop including Gemini, Up and Over, Nemesis, LaFortunes Flight, Private Lands. A big shout out to Bennett Lumber for allowing this to happen!
  • Saturday, Apr 23
  • Saturday, May 21
  • Saturday, Jun 4
  • Saturday, Jun 25
  • Saturday, Jul 16
  • Saturday, Aug 6
  • Saturday, Aug 27
  • Saturday, Sept 17
  • Saturday, Oct 8

Please try to help out at least ONE full day per riding season so that our trails will continue to thrive. There are many other times that trail work will be happening on a smaller scale. Contact Joe Wagenbrenner or Scott Metlen if you would like to help out. Also, back by popular demand, there will be tools on the trail where the work group stopped working so if you are comfortable pushing the trail ahead on your own, you may do so at any time.

P.S. Trail building is a democracy where you vote with your shovel.

P.P.S. Sign up for our MAMBA News email list and if you want to download the latest Moscow Mtn trail maps and GPS, it's $15 bucks per year for a MAMBA membership. The money goes toward buying tools so we can (you guessed it) build trails. Woo hoo!

Putting the power to the pedal,

MAMBA Team

 
 

Early Spring MAMBA News
posted 03.05.11

Hi All,

The skiing on Moscow Mountain has been great this winter except for when it wasn't for about 1.5 months until "it" decided to snow again. Currently the trails are all covered with snow or mud, but information still flows.

Kathie LaFortune sent me a note dealing with reading her latest blog on her WackyWidow Web site. Her note:

Please read the latest post on my blog regarding the "Jim LaFortune Memorial Pooper". There is an anonymous donor that is putting up $$$ in matching funds donated to the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) for a limited amount of time.

Kathie's blog, as always, is entertaining and informative as only Kathie LaFortune can make it.

Other news/opportunities:
You can get your very own personalized license plate with a cool picture of a Moutain Biker and mountains. You can also get a personalized one and your own private number (you cannot ask for a given number, they are sequential) by ordering one from your neighborhood DMV office. Parts of the funds go to building and maintaining trails somewhere, not ours, but some you may ride on around the state. Idaho Bike License PlateFollow the link on the ITD's site if you want a personalized plate. If you don't want to pay the extra cost associated with a personalized plate (and it isn't cheap,) go to your county DMV office and order a non-personalized one in person.

Get your hands and body in shape for making trail, there are plans in place to finish Private Lands to complete the 11+ mile loop: Gemini, Up and Over, Nemesis, LaFortunes Flight, Private Lands. Once we have that done, there is more on the plate. How would you like to be able to start at Pond Nine and go to Tamarack and back without ever being on the road or backtracking? Yes, me too, if I am strong enough. We are trying, may not happen, but it is a plan.

Of course, do not forget your pack size clippers and getting word to those with saws when you find something too big for those clippers so we can open up the trail system once "it" really decides to be spring.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen