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MAMBA News
posted 11.10.13

Hi All,

Rode for about three hours yesterday until I broke my rear axle, but the riding was great. Some snow on Nemesis and LaFortunes Flight just above the rocks that required pushing the bike a few feet as I was going up, but the rest was clear and a great ride. The trees are cut out on Private Lands, Nemesis, and upper Gemini. I guess there is one some where on lower Gemini and there are two on LaFortunes Flight. Go out and get a great fall ride!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.20.13

Hi All,

There is about 600 ft of trail left to build on Queen Mary's Revenge that will connect various parts of the trail we have been working on this summer. This coming Saturday, 10/26/13, we will be having a last impromptu MAMBA trail build day to connect the parts of the trail that were built this summer. I rode all the different parts today and it is a fun trail. When all parts are connected, we will be very close to one mile of new trail built in an area—that is really hard going for building trails. However, what makes it hard going also makes it gorgeous. Rock formations, creek crossings, steep slopes, and large cedars all combine to make it a special place. So meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am this Saturday morning, Oct 26, with gloves, drinking water, and sturdy shoes and join us help build new trail. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary. They are predicting fantastic weather.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 11.01.13

Hi All,

Fifteen people showed up on 10/26/13 to help build the Queen Mary's Revenge trail and we almost got to the second bridge. There is about one mile built. Try it out!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.20.13

Hi All,

There is about 600 ft of trail left to build on Queen Mary's Revenge that will connect various parts of the trail we have been working on this summer. This coming Saturday, 10/26/13, we will be having a last impromptu MAMBA trail build day to connect the parts of the trail that were built this summer. I rode all the different parts today and it is a fun trail. When all parts are connected, we will be very close to one mile of new trail built in an area—that is really hard going for building trails. However, what makes it hard going also makes it gorgeous. Rock formations, creek crossings, steep slopes, and large cedars all combine to make it a special place. So meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am this Saturday morning, Oct 26, with gloves, drinking water, and sturdy shoes and join us help build new trail. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary. They are predicting fantastic weather.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

Additional Trail Build Dates
posted 10.11.13

Hi All,

This Saturday (10/12/2013) at 9:30am, we are meeting at the parking lot just east of the UI Engineering Physics building to take the engineering honor students up to build trails—a little applied engineering. You are welcome to join.

This Sunday (10/13/2013) at noon, we are meeting at Mountain View parking lot (the last parking lot going out of town on Mountain View Rd towards the mountain). UI and WSU ski teams are going to go work on the trail to help keep fit. Come join in the fun.

Also on Saturday 10/26/2013, a WSU fraternity (lead by Brendan Byrn) AND the CCE group (lead by Joel Carpenter) are going to meet available MAMBA volunteers at the Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am—given we can still get to the trail due to moisture, white or otherwise.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.05.13

Hi All,

For the 10/05 trail build, eighteen people—ten of them trail riders from twelve years old to 60—were on hand to help extend Queen Mary's Revenge. The wasps are dormant now, so no one got stung. We made it up to the property line and are currently going downhill towards the new bridge we put in on the 9/14 trail build day. We put in three fast switchbacks.

There will be a number of switchbacks and bridges on this new trail. There are four switch backs from the creek up to the top of the property line, five from the road down to the creek, three back down to the creek, and… There is about one mile built as of now and about two to three to go.

The ski team and the honor students from the University of Idaho Mechanical Engineering group plan to do a trail build day this fall. A large group of students from WSU also plan to build trail on the mountain for a day before winter. Thus, all of you can have another opportunity to help build trail if you wish to volunteer. I will keep you posted on those two trail build dates.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.19.13

Hi All,

For the 9/14 trail build, two people who have never used the trails showed up at Rosauers from WSU and we went up to the trailhead where we meet seven more—four of them from the Castle family. Leafer Castle won the Garman and he was a happy young man. Since we did not have many people, we built a bridge and about 100 feet of approach to that bridge. The next and last scheduled trail build is 10/05. It would be nice if there was a good turnout for that date!

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 9.07.13

Hi All,

The next trail build is on 9/14. We will meet at Rosauers at 8:45am to drive up to the work site. Bring about 3 quarts of water, gloves, and a snack. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. You will be working with sharp tools; thus, sandals and cut offs are a good way to only be able to count to 19 or less instead of 20.

The Palouse Roadrunners are great partners. They just donated $1,000.00 to our trail building coffers. That will pay for about seven days of a narrow track hoe next summer to help with the construction of Queen Mary's Revenge. :-)

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.24.13

Hi All,

Between 11 MAMBA folks, a landowner and son, WSU volunteers, and the UIdaho Outdoor group, we had 47 folks working on Queen Mary’s Revenge today, Saturday 8/24. yellow jacketsWe found a yellow jacket nest and they let a few of us know we were too close, but we got that figured out and forged ahead with some MM fantastic. Three Garmin Edge 200 bike computers were donated for raffle prizes.  This computer tracks time, distance, speed, location and calories burned. I think it might even tell you when you wreck. Tyler McCoy won the drawing for the one today. We will be drawing for the other two during the next two scheduled trail builds. Those scheduled build days are 9/14 and 10/05.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.21.13

Hi All,

It is with a sad heart that I inform you that the elder Mrs. Warnick, the mother of the folks we work and play with, passed away recently. She was born in 1922 and led a remarkable life, as well as being the mother to remarkable people. If you see any of the Warniks, please pass on your condolences.

Other news:
This Saturday, 8/24/2013, we are having a MAMBA Trail Build Day. All trail users are welcomed. We will be adding to the new Queen Mary’s Revenge trail. The normal drill, meet at Rosauers this Saturday morning at 8:45am with snacks, gloves, sturdy shoes, and lots of water. Lots of water means about three liters of water.

The yellow jackets have nests full of larva and are turning very aggressive. Take some Benadryl with you when you are biking. There seems to be a nest somewhere in the 50 feet on LaFurtunes Flight downhill from the small bridge just downhill from the turnoff to Jump Trail. You will most likely make it by if you are alone, but if someone is behind you, they will most likely get stung.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.14.13

Hi All,

Brad Halter, Matt Pteleski, Dillion Pteleski, John Wenz, Mya Wenz, Eric Gorman, Bert Cerrillo, Sherrie Metlen, Scott Metlen, Paul Warnick, Ned Warnick, Barbra Warnick, Mary mother of Barbra, Joel Warnick, and Cicily Warnick all worked about 10 hours to remove and put in a new bottom log and build a deck for the Warnick Cabin off of Cabin Trail this last Sunday. Below is a note sent to MAMBA this morning:

Good morning,
Warnick Cabin DeckThank you so much for all of your help with the cabin deck project. I am still amazed that we somehow managed to accomplish both goals of getting the deck on and not having anyone go to the Emergency room! It seemed that we had just the right group of talents and skills to get the job done, even with the unexpected, exponentially more difficult re-construction. As a token of our appreciation, my family is sending a check to MAMBA for $900 to pay for the recent purchase of 20 heavy duty trail hoes. We really appreciate the fact that the mountain bikers have really made a difference in the amount of inappropriate behavior on our property, and hope to continue a mutual beneficial relationship.
Paul Warnick, Horticulturist


Having people to work with like the land owners on Moscow Mountain is truly a blessing. Let's keep doing our part.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.09.13

Hi All,

This Sunday turns out to be the day to rebuild the porch. We are leaving my house at 8am or you can meet us on bikes at Warnicks Cabin. We will have tools and things to do for all.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.08.13

Hi All,

We are going to have a porch raising, or lying down, however you look at it. Much of LaFortunes Flight and a little over half of Private Lands, and all of Cabin Trail are on the Warnick property. Their cabin needs a new porch and it would be the neighborly thing to do and help Paul Warnick take the old porch down and put the new one up. He is free either this weekend or next. Please email me (metlen@uidaho.edu) which of those four days (8/10, 11, 17, 18) you can help, I will then let everyone know which of the four days has the most hands willing to help and we will go be good neighbors.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 8.07.13

Hi All,

Several individuals have commented recently about folks driving on Moscow Mountain's dirt roads in a reckless manner—causing them to have to hit the ditch to avoid an accident. Some of these reckless drivers have bikes on/in their vehicles and others do not. If you are driving on dirt roads or paved roads without lines, please stay on your side of the road and drive at a speed where you will be able to stop quickly. If you are skidding on the corners or bouncing off the washboards, then you are going too fast. Take care not to force anyone off the road because you are being reckless—either with speed or by taking up the middle of the road. If you are going really slowly and someone catches up with you, please let the person pass. And if you come up behind a person going a reasonable speed, please back off a little and give them some space.

Remember: Do not park in front of any gate on the mountain. If you see a car parked in front of a gate, please leave the following note: Gates need to be passable in case of fire or injury, please do not park in front of gates or obstruct the road.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

Fire Danger
posted 08.01.13

No FireHi All,

Fires are Prohibited on Moscow Mountain. Please remember that if you see a fire, call 911 and report it immediately. You can try to kick it out if small, but fire can move very fast. It is better to make an area around the fire that does not have fuel. If you see anyone smoking on the mountain, just say NO!!! As always, If you see anyone even thinking about starting a camp fire, just say NO!!! and if they persist, call the sheriff. The rain this morning helps, but the duff is still tinder dry, so do not think that the fire danger is gone. If you are using anything with an exhaust, have a fire extinguisher with you (you should have one in your car if you are in the Pacific Northwest).

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 7.24.13

Hi All,

Another nice trail build day on the Shook property last Saturday (7/20/13) to help build a NEW single track named Queen Mary's Revenge. Ten strong people showed up from nine years old to 60. Henry, the nine year old, kept us straightened out and productive. The trail is long enough now that you can drop down to it and get a few thrills. Queen Mary's Revenge is located on the east end of Triple Crown just below where the third crown starts. Heading east on Triple Crown, go up a steep singletrack and when it levels off, you will come into an old landing (looks like a meadow now). Instead of turning right up the old logging road, turn left and go past a yellow gate about 400 feet. The trail takes off to your right as you are going down the old logging road. Tools are at the end of construction for those of you who cannot make the regular trail days.

Thanks to Matt Pollard for clearing brush on Headwaters this past week! There are five more brush machines just waiting for eager volunteers to cut brush on your favorite trails. Email me and we can set up a time for you to pick up the brush machines.

August 24th is our next trail build day—remember to add it to your calendar.

P.S. Please keep picking up trash off of the mountain. Not sure why, but some non-mountain user folks are regulary marking the road with empty beer cans.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.15.13

Hi All,

The next MAMBA trail build is scheduled for THIS SATURDAY--July 20, 2013. Gather at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot on N Main St in Moscow to carpool up the mountain to the site where we will be building NEW single track named Queen Mary's Revenge, courtesy of the Shook family. Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, and lots of energy. No experience necessary.

Queen Mary's Revenge is located on the east end of Triple Crown just below where the third crown starts. Heading east on Triple Crown, go up a steep singletrack and when it levels off, you will come into an old landing (looks like a meadow now). Instead of turning right up the old logging road, turn left and go past a yellow gate about 400 feet. The trail takes off to your right as you are going down the old logging road. Roads to the trail build location have locked gates, so if you are interested in working on the trail, you need to caravan up with MAMBA or meet us there by riding your bike.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

Horses on MAMBA trails and Cheerful Volunteerism
posted 07.12.13

Dear Recreationalists,

There have been some not so kind comments on Facebook about horses using the MAMBA trails on Moscow Mountain. We could ask that every user fixes tread they break. We could ask all pet owners to move feces off the trail. We could suggest that there are features on the trail that may be dangerous to a large animal. We could suggest that there are features on the trail where a biker may want to think twice. And so on... Bottom line—bikers, horse people, hikers, and runners will push beyond what is prudent and the trails will continue to provide risks as well as fun. Stop blaming horseback riders for trail conditions. Hoseback riders are here to stay—unconditionally—and we will be polite and accepting .... or the landowers will kick us off their mountain!!!!

We have no right to say on how a private landowner wants their land used. Our rules on the MAMBA website have been vetted by the landowner's; they have not been made up by MAMBA. The rules about horses being allowed on landowner's trails (note I did not say "our" trails) and the guidelines on how to act when meeting a horse have been in place for the past three years. Bike riders make decisions all the time about what is safe and acceptable when they are riding. Horseback riders do the same—deciding what is safe for them and their horse. Accept that, have fun and appreciate what you have (trails with horse feces and an altered tread are better than no trails at all, right?). Also consider doing more to keep the trails in good shape.

People have complained about the abundant brush growth along all the MAMBA trails, but no one has volunteered to borrow one or two of the six brush trimmers that MAMBA owns. Why not grab a couple of friends and go clear brush this year? Three teams of three people could clear all 55 miles of trails in two days. We have had four trail builds this year already—two of which became maintenance days because only one or two people showed up. All together, only 20 different people have worked to help build the trails this year (thank you to those 20!). The MAMBA Facebook page directly reaches 468 people, the MAMBA newsletter directly reaches 551 people, and MAMBA currently has 335 paying members all of which signed up via the MAMBA website—do the math. Some of you say the lack of trail build volunteers is due to poor communication, but the Facebook post about horses shows more than 2000 hits. Some of you say we should call a meeting, but when meetings are called the number people that actually show up is just a handful. MAMBA's end of the year celebration potlucklast year had ONE PERSON show up.

MAMBA was formed to provide our commuunity the opportunity to play and have fun on the mountain; and we do that by giving everyone the opportunity to help maintain and grow what you play on AND the opportunity to make a more vibrant and involved recreation community for all users.

ThumperMost of the comments in the past few days on Facebook have been positive. However, the few negative comments, the low volunteerism, and the squabbling we have seen in the last few days (and over the years) are why private landowners close gates. It is not worth their time and worry. Please, please, please, move forward with more frequent and cheerful volunteerism, eliminate the squabbling, and be a good Thumper. If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all.

Thanks,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 07.09.13

Hi All,

Moscow Mountain trails built by MAMBA are ALL on private land. We have been granted permission to build and use trails under conditions defined by the owners of this land. We are on most of the mountain by the grace of Bennett. One of the conditions REQUIRED by Bennett is that MAMBA trails be open to ALL non-motorized means of transportation. This includes HORSES as well as bikers, hikers, and runners. Bennett has horses and likes horses and welcomes horses on their land—including the trails built by MAMBA.

MAMBA is not the same club that it was three years ago. We have more trails and more trail users. Due to this, we are making a larger impact on the mountain. Having recreational use for some parts of Moscow Mountain is a blessing. Thus, we must be respectful of the land, respectful of the landowners, and welcome ALL non-motorized uses on MAMBA trails. We must work toward a goal of having horseback riders, hikers, runners, and bikers all working together to maintain a system of trails to have fun on.

Respectfully,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.29.13

Hi All,

Great trail build today! Eleven people showed up to help build Queen Mary's Revenge. The trail has neat terrain and is going to be great.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.26.13

Hi All,

This message is for anyone that likes to bike, hike, or run on Moscow Mtn. This Saturday (6/29/2013) is our next scheduled trail build day. Meet at the Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am with work gloves, water, and snacks. We will car pool up to where we are making another of those great trails that all of you love.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.09.13

Hi All,

Last Saturday, June 8th, Rhonda & her guy, Steve, George, Bob, Maggie, Hang, and Scott got a nice start on Queen Mary's Revenge, 300 feet of the 20,000 feet we get to build. The trail is going through a really beautiful area.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.07.13

Hi All,

The next MAMBA trail build is scheduled for Saturday--that's tomorrow! Gather at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot on N Main St in Moscow to carpool up the mountain to the site where we will be building some NEW single track named Queen Mary's Revenge, courtesy of the Shook family! Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, and lots of energy. No experience necessary.

Moscow is a special place, and it is simply amazing that we have access to a large amount of private land to ride/hike trails just a few miles from town. We all owe a lot of gratitude toward the landowners who have given us permission to enjoy the beautiful places on the mountain, and to the countless volunteer hours of the biking/hiking community who have built and maintained the MAMBA trails over the past 25 years.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.01.13

Hi All,

Scott Metlen: We have a trail build coming up a week from today on June 8th. Has anyone looked at Blonde Jeans or Over Easy? How many logs are down on those two trails? We have a family that will let us build a trail on their property—at their request, the name of the trail will be Queen Mary's Revenge. Thus, lets have a good showing on the 8th and build some new single track!!!

Dean Klas: Three of us rode Over Easy today. There are about 5-6 fallen trees on the loop, but otherwise quite clear. On our way out, we came upon a group of people at Dyer Meadow. Turns out it was the landowner himself. He was in town for a short time and was getting some firewood. I thanked him for letting us play on his property. He said he was glad people were able to enjoy it, He also commented how he has NEVER found trash up there. Kudos to everyone for taking care of this benefit.

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 5.19.13

Hi All,

Good trail day yesterday—cleared all north side trails other than Over Easy and Blond Jeans. North Contour, Sidewinder, Triple Crown, Upper and Lower Tusk, Rock and a Hard Place are good to go. Please let us know if you come across down trees anywhere on the mountain.

Thanks,

Matt Pollard

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 5.16.13

Mark Your Calendars!

Listed below are the MAMBA trail build dates planned for the 2013 season. The next one is scheduled for this Saturday. Gather at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot on N Main St in Moscow. We will carpool up to the trail site where we will be working to repair and groom one of our existing trails. Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, and energy. No experience necessary.

2013 Season MAMBA Trail Build Dates

  • May 18 8:45am
  • Jun 8 8:45am
  • Jun 29 8:45am
  • Jul 20 8:45am
  • Aug 24 8:45am
  • Sep 14 8:45am
  • Oct 5 8:45am

Please try to help out at least ONE full day per riding season so that our trails will continue to thrive. Trail building is a democracy where you vote with your shovel.

Remember to park at designated parking areas. Please do not park in front of gates (locked or unlocked). Do not park near the lower trail heads for Gemini and Private Lands. If you see automobiles parked in those areas, please leave a polite note that such behavior can jeopardize the use of the mountain. Instead, park along the long straight stretch just after coming up the steep windy section beginning immediately after passing the lower gate. Alternatively, go up Warnicks Rd and park in the wide spot just before you pass a gate on the right side—Gemini and Private Lands can be easily accessed from this location.

From the parking area to the locked gate on Headwaters is a really good area to keep dogs and your riding partners on a lead so that people who live in the area do not have something to get upset about when dogs and partners wander out in front of them. Bottom line, we are guests on the mountain. Please help us all be good guests.

If you want to download the latest Moscow Mtn trail maps and GPS files, 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,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 5.7.13

Hi All,

We invite you to join the MAMBA trail build party on Saturday, May 18 @ 8:45am (meet at Rosauers' Parking Lot) to do trail work for two to three hours on Moscow Mountain. Bring snacks, water, gloves, and sturdy shoes.

2013 Season MAMBA Trail Build Dates

  • May 18 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Jun 8 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Jun 29 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Jul 20 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Aug 24 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Sep 14 8:45am @ Rosauers
  • Oct 5 8:45am @ Rosauers

The lower gate on Moscow Mtn Rd was OPENED April 28, 2013.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 4.6.13

Hi All,

Ian, Kelly, and I had a nice four hour bike-a-hike today covering Private Lands, LaFortunes Flight, Nemesis, and Gemini. The ground, when you could see it, is firm. Private Lands has snow for another week along the creek once you are off the short part on the bottom. There is also snow towards the top and in the trees after you reach the top that will be there another week or two. Once you have passed the rocks, there is still two to three feet of snow on the skid trail (another three weeks of melting) about 2/3rds down the top of Nemesis and even on the Ridge Rd for about a hundred yards going down off the point. Gemini is open from the top at Four Corners down to the parking lot at the bottom of LaFortunes Flight. There is intermitent snow from there until the red wooden bridge—from there it is open to the bottom. On that 10 mile loop, there are about 15 trees down. If someone beats me to those trees, let me know so I do not carry my saw for 10 miles for nothing. If I get up there first, I will let all of you know.

In another matter, there is a very active cougar operating out of the base of Headwaters. Several deer kills have been seen. There are always cougar, bear, and moose on the mountain. Keep your dogs close and be noisey. It is also good if you are in a group.

Thanks and see you on the Trail,

Scott Metlen

 
 

Trail Conditions Update
posted 3.30.13

Scott Metlen: John Wenz has all the logs cut off of Headwaters and it is good to go. South Side trail still requires a bit of a walk on snow, but not far and the trail we put in last summer is dry and nice. Swichblade is good to just before it hits Deep Vee—from there to Paradise Point it is just snow. I will get up there in the next day or two to cut out the big fir that is across Headwaters counter-clockwise in the draw just before the big bridge. The trails in Cumeran basin and on the north side still have 2 to 4 foot drifts on them.

Happy riding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

---

Bill Dickerson: 1st ride on Moscow Mtn this year. Upper Headwaters to South Side trail - good. Encountered about 125yds. deep snow in the lower section of South Side...found another stretch a little further of about 75yds of deep snow. I pushed my bike. After that no snow up to and on Moose Marbles. The upper section of Moose Marbles has about 300 yds deep snow to the bottom of Deep Vee. carried my bike, ugh. Deep Vee is too wet to ride. Rode Switchblade back to South Side with virtually no snow..weeeee. Gonna take two weeks to really melt the snow in the shaded areas. The rest of the trail is very rideable. One week of warm weather will really help. I'm stayin off for a week to let it dry up. Still, many dry and rideable spots.