Trail building at ASP continues! We hope to finish work on the Ridge Run singletrack, a 2-mile loop off the Ridge Run XC ski trail.
Unlike E-ville, trail building in ASP is more remote, and getting there takes longer from Buffalo (but shorter from Bradford, Olean, and Warren, hint..hint). So here are the details about what is going on:
The project is to build new singletrack off of Ridge Run. This will be the first (and easiest) of three new trails we have approval for. The location for this new trail is dictated by the topography, and the only ridge in this area that doesn’t already have a trail on it is a couple of miles out on Ridge Run. That means doing things a little differently.
Tools: The tools will be transported to near the work area by the park using their off road vehicle. They will be transported out there Saturday morning, and won’t be coming back until Sunday night.
Food: We will be providing lunch *on the trail* both Saturday and Sunday. This will allow us to continue working through the day. We will be way “out there” and want to make the most of the effort to get where we are working. WNYMBA will also be providing Saturday Night Dinner, although we will take voluntary contributions to help defray the costs.
You: With the tools and food shuttled to the work area, the best way for you to get to the new singletrack in on your bike. Since you will be working in the woods, you probably want to dress in “civilian” clothes, and probably pedal out on flat pedals with boots (or bring your boots in a backpack). This will allow you to head back to the cabin at your own pace if you need to. Because of the late date of snow melting, the park cannot allow other vehicles to drive to work site. If the weather is looking bad, we will try to get some pop-ups shuttled out there for a place to be out of the weather. Bring appropriate clothes (jackets, etc.) to be comfortable for staying in the woods most of the day.
Dates/Times: We will work both Saturday and Sunday. Unlike last year, we will start at the usual 10 Am time both days. We will be heading out on the bikes at 10 AM to start swinging the pulaskis by 10:30. If you are driving down from Buffalo and can’t get up that early, we will have some signs as to where to go meet us, so don’t skip just because you have Friday night plans and can’t get up early Saturday. You can work one or both days.
Lodging in the Cabins: *very important*: If you want to stay overnight in the cabins, you have to let us know ahead of time. You can do this either by e-mailing me at [masked] or clicking the RSVP here on the meetup page. We hope to have lots of people, so we want to make sure we aren’t overbooking! If you are staying overnight, bring some warm clothes and a sleeping bag.
This is going to be a lot of fun!