During the summer of 2020 Alex has been advising the Idaho Trails Association with technical trail projects across the state of Idaho. The first week was spent logging out and performing tread and drainage maintenance on the beautiful Long Canyon Creek trail in Boundary County. The second week was spent on White Cap Creek in the headwaters of the Selway River, and the third trip took us to the Snow Peak Lookout, on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Stay tuned for updates on future trips!
During the last week of June, Alex led a training in grip hoist use, mechanical advantage, and footbridge construction. Over three days, and using nothing but hand tools, the trail and wilderness crews were able to build a 24' bridge, a 15' bridge, and repair several tread and drainage issues on the trail around Strawberry Lake.
To help expand and connect the network of singletrack trails around McCall, Alex has been providing design and consultation services for Valley County Pathways, the Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association, and the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council. With county approval, we hope to begin building later this year!
With a scheduled opening of summer 2020 (delayed due to COVID!), we have finished the second trail of our Skills Park series for Facebook and the Central Oregon Trail Alliance, in Prineville, Oregon. Check the gallery to see pics, or if you're in the neighborhood come out and see the park for yourself!
Now open, the 66 Trails Intermediate Skills Pod features 15 features across a 1/3 mile desert course. From wood berms to dirt features to log skinnies, this trail has a little bit of everything to level-up your skills!
Working with crews from the Forest Service and the John Day Watershed Council last summer, Alex led a four day training in proper and effective drainage design and construction. With the crews working hard, we were even able to build a 24' turnpike to repair a boggy creek crossing.
Working with crews from the Forest Service and the Montana Conservation Corps, Alex provided consultation and training services to repair trails in the Rapid River watershed and the McCall area last summer.
For his Masters thesis project, Alex analyzed threats to water quality posed by motorized recreation on Payette Lake, Idaho. The final report has now been issued. Please use the contact form to request a copy of the report or the full thesis document.
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