Tuesday, November 13, 2012
With mountain biking season in full swing and many of Hood River’s most popular trails either destroyed or in very rough shape from last winter’s ice storm damage and subsequent salvage logging operations, Hood River Area Trail Stewards hosted a trail work party Saturday in the Post Canyon/Riordan Hill area.
Almost 100 people showed up to get their hands dirty moving slash, hauling debris and cutting new trail to re-establish 8-Track; a popular trail about a mile uphill from Family Man skills area that was annihilated by heavy machinery dragging logs out of the forest.
“It was by far the biggest turnout we’ve had for a work party,” said HRATS president Matt Klee. “The primary goal was to get more trails in the Family Man area open so people who start there can get a real ride in. With so many people helping we were able to accomplish that goal.”
Workers were divided into three groups to work with trail adopters on projects at upper 8-Track, middle 8-track/The Boot and Middle School. At upper 8-Track, workers had to build an entirely new trail due to the extent of the damage to the former one. At Middle School — adjacent to Family Man — workers gave the trail a major facelift by decommissioning old features and installing new ones.
“The goal with 8-Track was to design it for climbing and ascending,” Klee said. “At Middle School, the features are a little bigger and the trail is a little more of a challenge for riders; it’s a better gap-filler for people to progress.”
HRATS doesn’t have any more work parties on its schedule for the year, but across the river, Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocates and Washington Trails Alliance are planning for work parties on the Syncline trail system on Nov. 18 and Dec. 1. For more info on HRATS or the work parties, visit www.hrats.org.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge