January 2017 Newsletter

January 30, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Here’s our first newsletter for 2017.

Trail day – Flavelle trail – Saturday, January 28

January 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm

For our first trail day of the year we will tackle some drainage issues on Flavelle .  There are a also lot of branches that will need to be trimmed back. If you have pruning shears please bring them along.

Meet at Strong Road, Anmore – Map
We will have temporary parking permits available.
When: 10 AM for coffee & snacks, sign waivers
Head out on the trail at 10:15 AM
Lunch time is around 1:30 – 2 PM

Lunch, snacks and coffee will be provided. Please bring some water and a pair of gloves. Tools will be provided but if you have a favourite tool that you love working with, feel free to bring it! No experience necessary! Dogs and children are welcome but please note that we are using some heavy duty tools and pets and kids are your responsibility on the trail.

If you can’t make it to the trail day but still want to help out, consider pitching in with a few bucks and earn some trail karma while you’re at it. Even $5 goes a long way.

Click on the link below to donate funds to TORCA.


After the snow and frost….

January 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

As temperatures are rising, the snow and ice will finally melt, returning our trails to us. However, the transition from ice to dirt makes the trails very vulnerable for a variety of reasons:

  • Melting snow mixed with rain means there will be a huge amount of water and saturation on the trails, more than just a rain event.
  • When the ground first froze, the moisture that was in the ground will have caused frost heave (see picture), which softens the normally well compacted trail. The snow then protects this weakened ground, but with the melt it becomes exposed again.
  • A lot of trees and debris has fallen due to snow loading and wind, which can block trails and their drainage systems.

What you can do:

  • Choose your trails carefully (refer to the wet weather riding guide)
  • Opt for a hike instead of a ride, and clear out some drains and pick up some debris off the trail.

Within a week of the melt, everything should be back to normal. Thanks in advance for being considerate.