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MAMBA News
posted 10.10.12

Greetings MAMBA,

Kathie LaFortune here! In the past I've organized a free lunch for volunteers, but this summer flew by. It's the perfect time of year for an end of season celebration potluck to thank you for your hard work and reflect on all our great Moscow Mountain memories from this summer season. I'll never be as strong as Jim when swinging a pulaski, but I do organize a strong potluck for a strong group of volunteers - and I'd love for you to drop by!

Who: Anyone that has done trail work for MAMBA, is thinking about doing trail work for MAMBA, wants to know folks from MAMBA, enjoys the trails that MAMBA builds....I think you get the picture here.

What: End of the season potluck celebration. Bring yourself, your significant other, your offspring, a dish to pass around, something to throw on the grill. If I get at least 20 RSVP's....I'll get a pony keg of Fat Tire.

Where: My house/yard. 710 East 7th Street. Park in the driveway, or on the street. Better yet, ride your bike.

When: Post final trail work day. Sunday, October 21, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Why: To gather together a great group of people to celebrate another successful season of playing on and caring for Moscow Mountain. Search and Rescue folks are also invited. Discover what we both do so well.

How: RSVP to duckookie@gmail.com so I can get that critical # of 20....

Thanks for all you do....and see you on the trails...well, if you happen to be there at 7am on a weekend morning!

Kathie LaFortune

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.04.12

Hi All,

This coming Saturday was going to be a trail build day, but the trail is built, so this Saturday's scheduled trail build is CANCELLED.

However, on Sunday, 10/21, we will be meeting at 1:45pm with UIdaho and WSU ski teams to go trim the brush and smooth out some spots on Private Lands and LaFortunes Flight. One crew will start at the top of LaFortunes Flight and another group will start at the bottom of Private Lands.

Hope to see you then,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 9.17.12

Hi All,

This Sunday, Sept 23, ten volunteers that know the mountain are needed. MAMBA is going to help with a mountain orientation for the local search and rescue organization. We plan to leave at 9:00am from Rosauers’ parking lot and will drive from Headwaters to the Cedar Grove trail. Runners, walkers, and bikers are welcome. We still need more people to volunteer so please consider signing up.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 9.13.12

Hi All,

The South Side reroute is complete. MAMBA Trail Build Party, Sunday, Sept 16th has been CANCELLED. Thanks to all who spent time building this new trail reroute!


Riders, please take good care of our trails—all most all of you do. However ... there is a new word that has become popular: SUSTAINABLE. As a rider, if you go around a corner with your back break locked and your tire skidding, you are not riding in a sustainable manner. You are tearing the trail up. MAMBA has 55 miles of trail that are all intended for sustainable riding. If you learn to use the front break instead, you can go around all the corners faster and in better control—without skidding. If you do tear the trail up by skidding or knocking the edge of the trail off, please stop and fix the damage. Volunteers build and maintain the trails so please pitch in to help us take care of them.

The weather and mountain are awesome right now and I hope you are enjoying both as much as I am!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 9.04.12

Hi All,

September is a busy month for MAMBA. This Saturday Sept 8, 2012 and next Sunday Sept 16, 2012, we have trail builds scheduled which should allow us to finish the new South Side singletrack. There is even a possibility we will finish up the South Side trail on Sept 8. If we do, we will form several crews and cut out the brush along Private Lands and LaFortunes Flight on Sunday Sept 16. As always, bring snacks, lots of water, a hat, work gloves, and sturdy shoes. MAMBA provides all the tools you will need as well as some basic instruction on trail building. No previous experience required.

Speaking of Private Lands, it is even more of a "Private Lands" trail than was originally designed. Inadvertently on my part, about ¼ mile of this trail was accidently built on a fourth private owner’s property. That owner has graciously allowed us to continue to use the trail for the time being. This owner, like all the others, allows us to play on the trail only as long as we are respectful of the land, keep the litter picked up, and do not play with fire (NO FIRES on the MOUNTAIN). A lesson learned here is that even when you are looking for property lines, it may be difficult to find them. Therefore, unless you are absolutely sure of where you are, please stay on the trails.

There has been motorcycle and ATV use on trails and property which do not allow this type of use. We plan to post signs in some areas on the mountain to help point out where this type of use is not allowed.

On Sunday Sept 23, MAMBA is going to help with a mountain orientation for the local search and rescue organization. We plan to leave around 8:00am (probably meet at the Latah county fair grounds) and drive from Headwaters to the Cedar Grove trail. We will most likely also conduct a mock search, so the outing will take most of the day. We need around ten mountain users to volunteer for the day. These volunteers should know the mountain and surrounding area in order to help with the search and rescue efforts of the community. Runners, walkers, and bikers are welcome.

This mountain orientation activity is not optional for MAMBA; it is very important that MAMBA volunteers participate. It is part of what we need to do to responsibly play safely on other peoples' land. People have a tendency to get lost on the mountain and the surrounding 5000 square miles—especially now with the number of people that are biking, running, and walking on the trails and roads on Moscow Mountain. Please email me ASAP so we can get this organized.

Respectfully,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.19.12

Hi All,

On Saturday morning, August 18, Mike and Trevor of UIdaho Outdoor Program fame led 22 students on an "Extend the Trail" venture on the new South Side Trail. One more day of six to eight people working away should finish the job.

Not that any of you need reminding, but if you have memory like mine, reminding does not hurt . . .

  • The woods are drying out, the population of our area has just doubled, so, keep your eyes out for wildfire or tame fire for that matter on the mountain. No fire is permitted. Carry your cell phone, know where you are relative to some major land marks like Four Corners, Warnick Rd, or Pond Nine, and dial 911 if you see anything.
  • In addition, since hot two-stroke exhaust starts fire, please polity let those using power transportation off road know that they are using their transportation illegally and to please stay on the used logging roads.
  • Do not park in front of any gate on the mountain. If emergency vehicles need to go through, your car will be the worse for that encounter. 
  • I see very little trash on the mountain—good job everyone. I usually have extra bottle and can recycling due to left overs on the mountain, but not like I used to.
  • In general, be kind and gentle to the mountain. It is a privilage, not a right, that we get to recreate on the mountain as it is privately owned.

Respectfully,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.08.12

Hi All,

For the 250 of you who missed the trail build day last Saturday—me included—we have another trail build party this Sunday (August 12, 2012). We will meet at the Rosauers' parking lot at 1:45pm to car pool up to the South Side work site. Sturdy shoes, gloves, snacks, and water are good things to bring. For those of you who like to bike and build, there are tools at the end of the trail. As you are going up South Side, there are two long orange ribbons on your right just as you breakout onto the "in use" logging road. Look to your right and you will see the trail contouring around the hill at that point.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 08.02.12

Hi All,

We invite you to join the next scheduled MAMBA trail build party this Saturday, August 4 @ 8:45am (meet at Rosauers' Parking Lot). John Wenz has volunteered to be our fearless leader. We will car pool up to about a 0.5 mile walk into the new South Side Trail and will work two to three hours once there. Bring snacks, lots of water (three qts), a hat, work gloves, and sturdy shoes. The south side is pretty, but can get very warm. MAMBA provides all the tools you will need as well as some basic instruction on trail building. No previous experience required!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 7.24.12

Good Morning All,

This past Sunday, four people showed up to build some more new singletrack for South Side Trail. There are tools placed at the trailhead for those of you who cannot make the scheduled times. The center of the unbuilt trail route is marked about every fifteen feet with orange ribbon and the route has been cut out for about 1500 feet beyond where the tread ends. I would say that about 1/3 of the tread has been built by handy hands showing up on a bike and build adventure. As John Wenz mentioned on Facebook, the next scheduled trail build day is on Saturday August 4th. Meet John, who will be leading the build, at Rosauers' Parking Lot at 8:45am if you want to car pool up . . . or ride up . . . or catch a ride at the Headwaters trailhead around 9:05am. As always, wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, a hat, water, and snacks. The south side is pretty, but can get very warm. MAMBA provides all the tools you will need as well as some basic instruction on trail building. No previous experience required!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 7.18.12

Hi All,

Last Saturday, we made great progress on the new South Side singletrack. This Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:45pm, we are going to attempt to make a bunch more progress. The trail is going to be awesome—great views of the Palouse, open pine forest, interesting rock formations, and...

We will do the usual—meet at Rosauers' parking lot on Sunday afternoon at 1:45pm (7/22), car pool up to walking distance, walk in a bit, and have great fun building a new singletrack trail. Bring enthusiasm, about three quarts of water and some snacks in a backpack, wear sturdy shoes, and bring gloves (if you do not have any, we have some). No previous experience required. MAMBA provides all the tools you will need as well as some basic instruction on trail building. Hope to see you there.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 7.10.12

Hi All,

We invite you to join the MAMBA trail build party this Saturday, July 14 @ 8:45am (meet at Rosauers' Parking Lot). We will car pool up to about a 0.5 mile walk into the new South Side Trail. We will work two to three hours once there. Bring snacks, lots of water (three qts), gloves, and sturdy shoes and pants. Sturdy shirts are also a great idea.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 7.9.12

Hi All,

If you are unavailable for any of our remaining trail build dates (Jul 14, Jul 22, Aug 4, Aug 12, Sep 8, Sep 16, Oct 6, Oct 21), you can still lend a hand by stopping by the new singletrack location to work on the trail as you have time. We keep a small supply of tools at the work site at all times for this purpose.

This year, we are putting in some singletrack on South Side Trail where the logging roads took out the old singletrack. Work on the trail starts about 300 feet west of where Moose Marbles hits South Side trail. The new trail takes off just before you hit the road when you are coming up on some old doubletrack. There are two double orange ribbons hanging on the down side of the trail there. Look up hill for trail building tools near the end of the new trail. Be sure to bring a pair of work gloves.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 6.20.12

Hi All,

Six people showed up to build singletrack off of South Side Trail. We made about 150 feet of the start of a great trail. We left tools so those of you who like to bike and build can do that. There are two sets of two ribbons about two feet long on South Side where the new trail starts.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 6.13.12

Hi All,

We invite you to join other like-minded volunteers in helping to create and maintain the network of mountain biking trails on Moscow Mtn. We are trying a few trail build days on Sundays at 1:45pm this year—the first one is this Sunday, June 17, 2012. Meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 1:45pm and we will go build some singletrack. Bring water, snacks, gloves, long pants, sturdy shoes, and lots of energy. We will be on the south east side of the mountain. We will car pool from Rosauers. NOTE: Low slung cars do NOT work well where we are going.

By the way, the trails are in awesome shape now!

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 5.18.12

Hi All,

MAMBA has permission to put in more singletrack! Instead of going through the active logging on the South Side trail, we will be able to go below it through some nice terrain. Our first trail build day this year will be on Saturday, June 2nd. Meet at Rosauers' Parking Lot (D street and 95 north) at 8:45 AM. From there, we will carpool/caravan up Moscow Mountain to the trail site. There will be a short walk involved to get to the work location. Be sure to bring snacks, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, and work gloves. Tools will be provided.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.05.12

Hi All,

Trail Conditions
The lower gate below the Moscow Mtn Rd parking opened today. The south and west side trails of Moscow Mtn are pretty much open (Headwaters, South Side, Switchblade, Moose Marbles, Deep Vee, Hey Noose), as well as much of the Cumrin Creek Basin. Gemini is open, LaFortune Flight is cut out and open to the top—there is a little snow just before you get to the climbing rocks and at the top of Nemesis. Private Lands is open to the top, but is very wet and has some patches of snow dropping down into Twin Creek. Cave Trail, Rock and a Hard Place, North Contour, The Tusks, Blond Jeans, Wonder Pup, and Triple Crown are not cut out and still have some snow on them.

MAMBA Meeting
The Search and Rescue (SAR) group affiliated with the Latah County Sheriff’ department would like about four or five mountain bikers as first responders. We will be meeting with them on May 28. In the meantime, I would like to have a meeting to discuss the SAR issue and any others anyone would like to bring up on Saturday, May 19 at 7 PM at my house.

Scott Metlen, Mamba President
410 North Blaine St.,
Moscow, ID

Latah Trail Foundation Dinner & Auction
Now is the time to purchase tickets for the May 19, 2012 Latah Trail Foundation Dinner & Auction. Attend the fantastic social event which provides critical financial support for the Latah Trail. Tickets are available at BookPeople, Troy City Hall, or by contacting Nora Locken directly—$40/person, $300 for a table of eight. Ticket sales close May 17th. Contact Nora Locken if you are interested in volunteering for this event or would like to donate an item to the auction.

Nora Locken, Executive Director
Latah Trail Foundation
208-874-3860
latahtrail@gmail.com

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 03.14.12

Jim TarterHi All,

If anyone wants to take a more active role in our organization, please email Scott Metlen. Specific MAMBA volunteer positions needing recruits for this coming year are:

  • Volunteer committed to handling MAMBA's Facebook communication. Should be someone who rides the trails regularly in order to provide periodic trail conditions as well as answer general questions.
  • Volunteer to help improve the MAMBA Web site trail descriptions—adding detail and corrections to the trail directions as needed.
  • Volunteer willing to contribute beautiful, exciting, and action packed photos on a regular basis.

There is still lots of snow on most of the trails. Headwaters going clockwise is open for a ways, but you will start hitting snow soon after you cross the road.

This year, we will be putting in some singletrack on South Side where the logging roads took out the old singletrack. We will get that going after the snow is gone—probably just in time to feed the spring gnats.

The tools are all at Scott Metlen's house, so if you need a tool email Scott (metlen@uidaho.edu ).

Check out MAMBA's Facebook presence at: http://www.facebook.com/bikemoscow.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen