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Sustainable Trail Building
September 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PDT
This course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques used for curating and maintaining mountain bike specific trails. The course provides a foundation in trail building and serves as an introduction to managing mountain bike trail facilities.
Students will learn about the administrative and legislative elements that are required in order to undertake mountain bike trail construction, maintenance and conservation. Students will help local organizations with trail management and will coordinate volunteer groups for the development and maintenance of mountain bike trails.
Students will be able to demonstrate construction techniques and methods used to create and repair sections of all trail types as well as carry out risk assessment and trail side maintenance.
-Explain Personal Protective Equipment needed for trail building
-Demonstrate Tool Use and Care – non-powered and powered (cordless or gas powered)
-Explain trail grading-Green, Blue, Black (advanced)
-Discuss trail design elements and considerations
-Demonstrate knowledge of drainage types and how to construct them.
-Modification of trail faults and relevant repairs
-Explain the trail building permission process
-Explain local access, liability, civil and case law as well as disclaimers and volunteer help
-Demonstrate workflow models for trail building with safety of workers in practice
-Demonstrate proper trail building construction techniques
-Explain proper materials used in trail building
-Demonstrate risk assessment, report writing, and record keeping