One sprig of woodland finely diced.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Go put your name on the list and show your friends you are going to make a change in the future.
Make your way to the parking lot at the "Mound" as we will be shuttling into the worksite from there.
Over 1 mile of new trail is waiting to spring forth from your hoe!
Bring a friend!
What to expect ?
Workdays are at the core of what GORC is all about. They are the reason the club was founded: to build trails that we are able to ride and enjoy for years to come. While the work is hard, you'll probably find that in addition to being very rewarding, you might find yourself having a lot of fun as well. At the very least, you will have a different perspective on trails when you ride over a section that you helped build yourself. You don't have to be a GORC member, and there's no experience necessary to participate. Workdays are led by experienced Crew Leaders who will explain trailbuilding technique and show you how to use the tools properly.Here's what to expect at a typical GORC Workday, which usually takes place from 9am to 1pm on a Saturday, including a few things you might want to bring to make the experience more enjoyable:General Items:-Water is sometimes, but not always provided. Most people either wear a Camelbak, or bring their own water bottle, just in case.-Snacks. While food is provided after the workday, it isn't usually available during the workday itself. You might want to bring an energy bar in case you get hungry.-Glasses. To keep flying debris out of your eyes. Glasses are sometimes provided, but you can wear your cycling glasses.-Insect repellent. Some of the parks where we work have loads of ticks, so it's a good idea to bring this.-Gloves. You'll definitely need these. A pair of work gloves is best, but you can wear cycling gloves too.-BootsClothing:The intensity of the work can vary depending on whether you're doing light maintenance with loppers, or benchcutting with digging tools. Most people wear long pants and dress in layers so that they can make themselves comfortable as they go along. If you plan on attending a lot of workdays, you might want to invest in a pair of gaiters.Tools:Tools are provided by GORC or the land agency we're working with. Many GORC members have purchased their own tools. If you have loppers, or a tree saw, you might want to bring them, but they aren't necessary.Children/Dogs:Most of the land agencies will allow you to bring children, but some have minimum age requirements to do actual work. If you want to bring them, you'll have to make sure they are prepared for getting into things like poison ivy, and alert for insects and other critters. You will also be responsible for keeping them away from any possibly dangerous situations where trailwork is going on. The same goes for dogs. You'll have to obey the rules regarding leashes which vary from park to park.Weather:Since the number of workdays is limited by season, we do our best to go through with every workday unless the weather tells us otherwise. Light rain and snow are not usually things that will stop a workday, but weather which makes it unsafe to travel, or makes the trails unsuitable for a particular task is. For example we've canceled a workday at Klondike to repair some switchbacks because the trails were just too muddy to get any useful work done on such a steep hillside. We got snowed on during the construction of the Rollercoaster at Castlewood, but it turned out to be a very productive workday, albeit cold and wet. Common sense usually prevails and the decision on whether or not to go ahead will be made by the Steward and posted on the forum, so if there is any doubt, check there before heading out.After the workday is over, food is provided by a donation from a sponsoring bike shop, and some schwag is usually given away. Weather permitting, a ride on the new trail then takes place so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor! If you have any other questions regarding a workday you wish to attend, don't hesitate to post it in the forum. Remember, GORC is an all-volunteer organization, and without your help we wouldn't be able to have so many great places to ride in the Metro St. Louis area. See you at the next workday!