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Winter Riding
posted 12.23.15

Hi All,

Since Friday of last week, I have been experimenting with the groomer on Moscow Mtn Rd up to Jump, down Jump, and then Warnicks road back to Moscow Mtn road. It takes about 6 hours for the packed trail to firm up, so I pack after work. Most of the time, the trail will not hold up a regular Mtn bike. I am gone until Jan 9th, but the trail still may be packed several times by a guy with a bike with a track to see how that works. When the track is good, the riding is out of this world. When it is not ready, it is hike a bike and endos when you hit soft spots; fun, fun, fun.....

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.25.15

Hi All,

Ten people showed up yesterday to help build trail and the WSU and U of I ski team showed up today with 19 folks. Queen Mary's Revenge now goes all the way through to the road system to the north of the property and we have started back up to make the loop to North Contour. When riding these trails that are just built in the fall when the ground is dry, be careful were we filled, it is soft and easy to do an endo.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.23.15

Hi All,

Last scheduled trail build day for this summer and fall is tomorrow. Meet at Rosauer’s parking lot at 8:45am. Bring water, gloves, snacks, and wear sturdy shoes and clothes. We will continue working on Queen Mary’s Revenge. If enough hands show up, we will reach the old logging road complex that lays below the trail and start back up to where the trail will connect into the west end of North Contour.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.12.15

Hi All,

There were lots of people playing on the mountain this weekend. Three of us went up and played on Queen Mary's Revenge and got closer to tying the trail into a tremendous loop. The next scheduled MAMBA trail build day is 10/24/15. I trust we will have enough people show up that we will be able to complete that loop. As always, meet at Rosauers' Parking Lot at 8:45am and we will go up to the mountain from there.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 10.03.15

Hi All,

The fire season took a bite out of our trail building this summer, but we have two more scheduled, 10/10/15 and 10/24/15. As always, we will meet at Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45am and then go on up to the mountain. Bring lots of water and snacks to keep the engine going. We will still be working on Queen Mary’s Revenge (QMR). We usually are off the mountain and back to town by 2-3pm.

A team has volunteered to use the brush trimmers on LaFortunes Flight and Private Lands on 11/15/15. For those of you that have a trimmer at your house, please bring it to my house so the crew will have all the trimmers available.

Note that there is logging going on just south of South Contour. Trucks will be going in and out of the Headwaters/Pond Nine area. Please be careful and if you are close to the sounds of a power saw, leave. Falling trees really do bad things to bodies and bikes.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 09.08.15

Hi All,

Moscow Mountain is now open to the public for restricted use as follows:

The main Moscow Mountain/Rock Creek Road gates are now open to the public.
—North Latah County Highway District

Bennett Lumber lands are open to public access with the following restrictions: Motorized vehicles must stay on designated roads, no firewood cutting, no camping or campfires. If you plan to hunt on Bennett Lumber property, please stop by our office to obtain a free Sportsman's Access Permit. Thank you for being respectful of our private property.
—Halli Hickman Hemingway, Bennett Lumber

As guests on Bennett land, we must follow their requests carefully. NO fires—if you see a fire, report it by dialing 911. If you see someone off road in a motor vehicle, report it by dialing (208) 882-2216 and when the machine answers, dial 4. Both numbers should be set up as speed dial on your cell phones. When I find someone breaking the rules, I talk to them about those rules and the fact that Moscow Mountain is ALL private land. If they get in my face, I then report them if I have a license plate. Do not confront or get in their face.

If you see anyone who works for Bennett or any of the Bennett family, thank them for keeping the mountain safe and a fun place to be.

There will be trees down and overhanging brush. Unless you can fix those issues with hand tools, do nothing. Once we have permission to use a power saw, we will go through and open things up. In the meantime, just carry your bike over obstructions.

PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANYONE A REASON TO RE-CLOSE MOSCOW MOUNTAIN!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Mountain Closed due to FIRE DANGER
updated 07.22.15

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Effective July 7th, no access to Bennett Lumber property for ANY REASON due to FIRE DANGER. No camping, no hiking, and riding. Although most mountain bike riders are responsible vistors to the land, Bennett Lumber can't make exceptions. All MAMBA trails are on Bennett land or are accessed through Bennett land. Thank you for your cooperation.
—Halli Hickman Hemingway, Bennett Lumber

Effective July 7th, two of the main access roads to Moscow Mtn have been CLOSED—Rock Creek Rd and Moscow Mtn Rd—due to stage II fire restrictions in the area.
—North Latah County Highway District

Effective July 14th, University of Idaho Experimental Forest is closed to public access due to high fire risk. This closure is in effect until further notice.
—University of Idaho

Stay off Moscow Mtn until notified differently. Period.

No trail building, riding, walking, crawling, being—nothing on Moscow Mountain is open to the public because of extreme fire danger. There should be zero public activity on the mountain. Parking outside the gates and riding through is not allowed.

Moscow Mtn is closed until fire danger is reduced.

No one except landowners currently have a legal right to go through or around the gates that block public access to the mountain. The public should not be traveling on any of the roads up there until the restrictions are lifted—for any reason.

Landowners closed Moscow Mountain to the public because of extreme wildfire danger in the area as well as across all northern parts of Idaho. On July 14th, a coalition of land management agencies upgraded fire restrictions to stage II for all of North Idaho and parts of Central Idaho—including all land located in Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, and Latah counties.

So — some of you have asked which property is Bennett and which is not. The answer is that there is not one trail that does not either cross Bennett property or the approach to the trail crosses Bennett property. In addition, North Latah County Highway District has closed the Moscow Mtn Rd and Rock Creek Rd until further notice. Please—do not ride up on Moscow Mountain even if you stay on the roads.

When will Moscow Mtn be open to the public?

Check out the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for fire danger projections through October 2015. What we can all do to have the mountain open to the public once the fire danger has passed is to respect the landowners by following all of their simple requests (no fires any time, no shooting, stay on the trail, keep the mountain clean, and follow trail etiquette rules). Please do not jepordize future public Moscow Mtn use!

Respectfully,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

P.S. It does not help that this year, more than usual, some people ignored the No Fire signs and were building fires wherever they pleased on the mountain. We have put up about 40-50 No Fire signs, but someone just takes them down and builds a fire anyway.

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.13.15

Hi All,

Four people showed up to extend the trail on down to the next road complex, we did not get that far, but we got some more of Queen Mary's Revenge completed. Join us in July to complete more trails that you love to play on. For those of you that had other commitments today, there are tools at the end of the trail, the trail is cut out and marked with orange ribbon. Feel free to help extend the trail.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 06.10.15

Hi All,

Trail build day 6/13/2015—this Saturday. Meet at 8:45am in Rosaures' parking lot with gloves, water, and snacks. See you there. We will be working on connecting Queen Mary's Revenge to another route—building some new great single track.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.31.15

Hi All,

Building TrailAbout 40 folks showed up to work on Queen Mary's Revenge yesterday! People from SEL and the Palouse Road Runners made up most of the folks. A rider can now make a loop. Start at Four Corners, go down Likity Split to Cave Trail, to Cabin Hollow, to Queen Mary's Revenge (up), to east leg of Triple Crown, to North Contour, to The Tusks, to Up & Over, and you are back to Four Corners parking. Or you can do it the other way around. Going (down) Queen Mary's Revenge may be the best choice for a first time on the trail.

June 13 is the next trail build day. If we get enough people, we will be able to connect to the road system just below Queen Mary's Revenge that connects back into Triple Crown or Ridge Rd—another great loop.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.25.15

Hi All,

Building TrailThe trees on Cave Trail and North Contour got cut out on May 22nd. On May 24th, 39 humans (37 from a Project Management class) went up and completed a bunch of stuff on Queen Mary's Revenge. Work included four switchbacks, a culvert, and some regular trail that had some challenging issues other than just stubborn roots and what not. The team of students learned the challenges of level loading resources across multiple projects within a portfolio of projects. They did great.

Remember this coming Saturday that we will be meeting at Rosauers Parking Lot for a MAMBA trail build and will go up and complete more of Queen Mary's Revenge. We will tie into Cabin Hollow and will be close to tying into the road system to the north/bottom of Queen Mary's Revenge.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.15.15

2015 Washington Mountain Bike Summit
Growing & Engaging the Mountain Bike Community & Improving Advocacy for Trails

Join us June 20 & 21st!
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance is excited to bring together mountain bike leaders and organizations from across the state for a weekend of teamwork and fun! Share your experiences, learn to build community, and increase your organization's resources for trailwork, local involvement, and navigating the advocacy trade. And of course come ride some awesome trails, socialize with friends, and enjoy cold beer around the campfire!

WHEN: The Summit is Saturday, June 20th 9AM-4PM with camping and riding throughout the weekend.

WHERE: Squilchuck State Park, Wenatchee, WA

CAMPING: Lots of space with the group sites reserved for participants

COST: $70 includes registration for the Summit, camping Friday and Saturday, all food Saturday, and breakfast Sunday. Register here to reserve your spot!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Elizabeth Kiker, the Executive Director of Cascade Bicycle Club, one of the nation's largest and most successful bicycle advocacy organizations. We're excited to have the benefit of Elizabeth's expertise for this informative weekend.

Here's a preview of some of the sessions offered:

  • New Trends in Mountain Biking & the Impacts on Our Work
  • The ABC's of Advocating for Mountain Biking in Washington
  • Community Building: How to Transform Your Area with Events
  • Advocacy for Trails: Building Relationships with Private Land Managers
  • Community Building: How to Reach New Volunteers and Deliver a Great Experience
  • Advocacy for Trails: Best Practices in Working with Public Land Managers

WHO'S INVITED? This is intended for leaders in our sport from advocacy and trails to rider education, events, or industry. The folks like you who work hard to make sure that we've got great trails to ride and more riders enjoying them.

WHEN CAN YOU REGISTER? Right now! This link will direct you to the sign up site and reserve your spot for this historic weekend.

CAN I SHARE THIS INVITATION? Yes please! If you know someone who's a leader in Washington mountain biking, please forward this email—we've done our best, but we know we missed lots of important people!

So sign up for the Washington Mountain Bike Summit today and we'll save you a spot by the fire!

Glenn Glover
Executive Director, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.14.15

Hi All,

Building TrailOn 5/02/2015, 14 people went and cut some new single track on Queen Mary's Revenge. Two weeks before that, two UIdaho teams from the Project Management class put in two bridges on on Queen Mary's Revenge. We will be up there again to build trail on 5/30/2015. As always, meet at the Rosauers' parking lot at 8:45 AM with gloves, sturdy shoes, water for the day, and snacks/lunch.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 05.01.15

Mark Your Calendars!

Listed below are the MAMBA trail build dates planned for the 2015 season. The next one is scheduled for tomorrow. Gather at 8:45am in Rosauers' parking lot on N Main St in Moscow. We will carpool up to the trail site. Bring lunch, snacks, sturdy footwear, appropriate clothing, work gloves, water, and energy. No experience necessary.

2015 Season MAMBA Trail Build Dates

  • May 2 8:45am
  • May 30 8:45am
  • Jun 13 8:45am
  • Jul 11 8:45am
  • Jul 25 8:45am
  • Aug 8 8:45am
  • Aug 22 8:45am
  • Sep 12 8:45am
  • Sep 26 8:45am
  • Oct 10 8:45am
  • Oct 24 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.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 04.29.15

Hi All,

One of the reasons that landowners are willing to let us play on the mountain is that there has been less litter and illegal activity since we have had an organized presence. Please take a garbage bag with you on the mountain and pick up cans and other trash that others are leaving. With this good weather, lots of people are driving around on the mountain and some of them are leaving their garbage. It is easy for owners to connect that increase in trash with trail users. If we want to keep our access, we need to keep the mountain clean. Being a good steward goes with the territory. Please take the time to keep the mountain pristine by stopping when you see garbage to pick it up.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 04.28.15

Hi All,

MAMBA's first trail build for 2015 occurs this Saturday, May 2. Meet at Rosauers' parking lot N Main St, Moscow at 8:45 am. Bring gloves, water, snacks/lunch, and sturdy boots. Sturdy clothes are also recommended. Tools will be supplied. No experience necessary.

Rolling Hills did a reroute on Headwaters to eliminate a spot that was too steep for the soil and other site conditions and thus, was rutting out. The reroutes done this spring have been discussed and approved by our organization. These changes all had a specific purpose in good stewardship—helping make the trails flow better and helping our relationship with the Moscow Mtn landowners.

Please work with the MAMBA organization if you have an urge to move dirt on a MAMBA trail. For example, some jumps were just added by someone without checking with MAMBA first. The trail should not have received these jumps because it had a good flow and was not rutting out. Thus, MAMBA volunteers will have to go in and undo these jumps in this area.

We can put in a few mild features in certain areas, but we need to do so correctly. Please contact me at metlen@uidaho.edu first before implementing changes to MAMBA's trails. If you see someone working on the trails, ask if they have checked with MAMBA first to determine if what they are doing is OK. If not, please let them know who to contact.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 04.11.15

Hi All,

The unique partnership we have with the land owner's on Moscow Mountain has allowed us to recreate responsibly on the mountain —helping to keep our community healthy. One of our members lost a family member not too long ago and due to the proximity of the mountain, was able to spent lots of time up there while doing all the other duties of a working, single parent. Being on the mountain has helped this person start to heal. In appreciation of the relationship between MAMBA and the landowners, this person donated $2,000.00 to help MAMBA maintain and grow that relationship.

Jerry Long completed a new route around the eroded steep part of South Side just east of Jack's Route. It is cool and we will be able to stop the erosion that is happening on the old track/road.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Thanks to MAMBA
Paradise Trail by Steve Garrityposted 04.06.15

I got out an rode much of Moscow Mountain this weekend and I was impressed with the amount of new singletrack installed over the past few years. Thanks to MAMBA's volunteers for all the hard work you've put in. The quality of the Moscow Mtn trail system just keeps getting better. I also thought it was impressive that I didn't find a single piece of litter anywhere along the trails, so thanks to fellow trail users for being good stewards of this incredible resource..

Steve Garrity

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 03.12.15

Hi All,

A non-snowtime home for the trailer has been found, thank you Bill!


I keep forgetting to ask. Does anyone have shed or barn space for the snowmobile trailer with the snowmobile and roller on it that we used and will be using (given it ever snows in northern Idaho again) to pack winter trails? The snowmobile and roller are on a trailer that is 17 feet long and eight feet wide. Please email me at metlen@uidaho.edu if you have a field, barn, shed, roof, basement, garage, shed, tree, or????? where we can park/store/hide/reside/slide this trailer into so it is off the street in front of my house or anyone else's house.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 03.08.15

Hi All,

Building TrailYay—the bridge on Headwaters is fixed! Bill Belknap and crew put it in this weekend.

The next 10 days is supposed to be relatively dry and reaching 50 or above and not freezing. Thus, the ground should thaw and the trail tread go back to normal. I am hopeful that the ruts will disappear as the ground dries out, there are places that are all ready doing that. The best is to not make ruts.The roads on the mountain will have ruts until they are graded. It is too bad the road was opened so soon.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 03.01.15

Hi All,

Still lots of hoar frost and soft spots on the trails and there are ruts in places. The roads on the Four Corners end are also getting soft spots. If you have to ride or drive, best to do it in the early AM when all is still frozen.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 02.26.15

Hi All,

The gate on Moscow Mtn Rd was open last night. It was not on the 24th, so I assume that it will stay open until it snows lots, either March or November. Last night, the trails were still too wet for normal mountain bike tires and there was still lots of hoar frost. With the rain on the hoar frost, the trails will be greasy and muddy. Please give them a rest for a few days. At this point, the fat tires are not sinking in, but they will if we disturb the surface enough.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 02.24.15

Hi All,

The freezing weather has created hoar frost on the trails that is three inches long or longer. Two issues: 1) easy to be pulled off the trail 2) when it thaws it leaves a muddy mess. The trails are getting ruts, please ride the roads for a few days until the moisture gets a chance to sink back into the soil. Fat tire bikes are not much of an advantage in this case. They handle the mud and do not rut the trail, but they do not go through that much hoar frost well.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 02.22.15

Hi All,

All trails but Blond Jeans and Wonder Pup are cleared of logs as of yesterday. Blond Jeans and Wonder Pup are 4000' or higher and it turns out that they still have about one foot of snow on them in many places. Trees do fall though, so let us know if you find any that have fell across the trail.

On Over Easy, I found a fairly fresh deer kill on the trial that a lion had killed and fed on—then covered. I dragged it off the trail. Going counterclockwise on the trail, it was just past the steep section coming up out of the bottom creek crossing.

I also made the road passable for a bike that goes from the west end of Cave Trail to the bottom of Queen Mary's Revenge. There are about four creeks to cross, so you may get wet, but the trail will help make a nice loop. By connecting to Sand Boulevard on the east end and the road system on the west end that goes up to the first part of the west end of Triple Crown, there will be a very long stretch for novice riders. To complete the loop, come back on Triple Crown, North Contour, the Tusks, and the main road.

Just like yesterday, it is cold on the mountain. Bring warm clothes for the descents.

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 02.15.15

Hi All,

TRAIL CONDITIONS: Trees are removed from Private Lands, LaFortunes Flight, Jump Trail, Lickity Split, Sidewinder, Lower and Upper Tusks, North Contour, Meadow Trail, Triple Crown, Nemesis, Gemini, and Up and Over. What is left on the east end of the trail system are Rock and a Hard Place, Blonde Jeans, Wonder Pup, Sand Boulevard, Over Easy, and Cave Trail. I do not know what the west end of the system looks like in the way of logs. I will be able to get back up there next week to finish those trails. The only place I found snow yesterday (2/14/15) was on Triple Crown and there was very little. The trail is ridable with just a few snowy places. Bill Belknap is making a bridge to replace the broken one on Headwaters. Does anyone know of logs on the trails on the west end of the trail system? I have not been over that way yet.

GATES: Someone parked in front of one of the gates at the parking spot for Moscow Mtn Rd. That is a very good way to get the mountain shut down and for the individual to get their car towed away. If you ever see a car parked in front of any gate on the mountain, please leave a note letting that person know that what they are doing is illegal, can get their car towed, and could get the whole mountain shut down.

FIRES: Someone has also had a big fire at the east end of Up and Over. Please let anyone you see with a fire know that fires are not allowed on Moscow Mountain!!!!!!!!!

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 02.12.15

Hi All,

Mountain BikingSo odd, trails are pretty ridable. A few wet spots—if you are sinking, get off and push. But I have not seen much, if any, snow on the trails I have been on. Matt P. and others have been working to get the logs cut out and that should be done soon. Until it snows, have fun.

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Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 01.21.15

Hi All,

After rain before freezing, Sunday and Monday, bikes and hikers destroy the track. After rain and then frozen, last night, where others did not bike or hike the track was very smooth, but you will want studs; where others have biked and walked, you will want shocks and studs, but it is ridable. Rain and then frozen, the roller packer has no impact and if it was packed before freezing, the track would be smooth, but it would be ice.
On the ride last night, the steep part at the bottom of Jump Trail was a nice luge track where my studs did not hold in places.

Winter riding is variable!

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 01.17.15

Hi All,

I did reroll the trail on 1/16/2015 PM. The riding was amazing today before it started snow/raining. TJ of Paradise Creek Bikes rode it and Sherrie and I a bit later. Going up to Four Corners is just that—UP. However, coming down Jump Trail and Crumarine Creek was really smooth and Mountain Bikingfast.

I went up tonight 1/17/2015 to roll the new snow/rain. If it freezes tonight, we will have amazing riding tomorrow. If it keeps raining, we will have slush and should stay off the trail.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 01.16.15

Hi All,

I went up and rolled the trail on 1/14/15. Rerolling a trail that has already set up did not work well. However, when Sherrie and I rode the loop last night (1/15/2015), the trail was sound except in one or two places, which are well marked now with depressed snow. Unless you want to push up a section, this loop is a one way, clockwise loop. Up the road to Four Corners and down Jump Trail, follow the path. It was really fun last night—note: be the second person so that you know where the soft spots are :-) A person on a regular mountain bike tried to ride the path, they were sinking. The fat tires did well in the same spots where the regular bike was sinking.

According to the snotel on the mountain, there are four new inches at 4700 feet. I do not know how far up the rain went last night. I will try to get out tonight and repack the trail.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

MAMBA News
posted 01.14.15

Hi All,

Well clearly I need more weight on the roller for the snow condition and I need to go slower. I read that after packing it takes from 6 to 12 hours for the snow to harden before anyone rides on the trail. With that information, I had great expectations so Sherrie and I went and tried the packed trail last night. The snow had hardened to a degree and held up in some places, but not all. With one foot of snow crystalized under a crust, all the air has to be pushed out all the way to the ground—thus my conclusion of the need for more weight and slower grooming. I will try it again tonight. Where the pack held, it was nice smooth riding. I can see this method of biking is going to be lots of fun.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Packing Trails for Fat Tire Bikes
posted 01.13.15

Hi All,

The roller packer arrived, I got my snow mobile licensed and the snow mobile running, and I got a trailer and got the lights working on it. So last night, I went up and packed from the gate on Moscow Mtn Rd up to Four Corners and then down Jump Trail down to the road on Coumarin Creek (no snow mobiles on Warnick's property). I did two trips. When the snow is crusty with crystalized snow under the crust, it does not pack well, but a base is started. Sherrie rode some of it. Going up in the heavier snow was a really good work out—going down was interesting. I will play around with the weights on the roller and see if we can get a better pack, but we have a start. Riding on it now will pack it in better. Go ride and see what you think. There is about one foot of snow in Coumarin Creek and on the mountain where the drip line and sun does not impact the snow depth.

Thanks and see you on the trail,

Scott Metlen
MAMBA PRESIDENT

 
 

Happy New Year!
posted 01.01.15

Rolling Hills Mountain Biking Adventure

 
 

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