Each year Disciples of Dirt members log thousands of volunteer hours maintaining and improving local trails. Last year the USFS awarded the DOD a certificate of appreciation for dedication to trailwork. This year we're off to a great start (click on the shovel for details). Check the forum or calendar to find out about the next trail work party, and join us!
Every $5.00 donated to the GOATS Youth Fund gets you a chance to win an Ibis Mojo frame
Make a donation to the Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards (GOATS) youth fund and receive a chance to win an Ibis Mojo HD frame for every $5.00 donated! This frame is valued at $2,700 and the winner will be able to choose the size and color they want. All donations support youth initiatives like Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge Day which is held every spring and fall. The GOATS spend more than $25 on every participant and need your help with this funding. Remember, the more you donate to the GOATS Youth Fund, the more chances you get to win!
This will be a waste free, virtual raffle with the winner chosen at random from a database (you will not be sent a physical ticket) on September 15th at the Kids Mountain Bike Oakridge event. It’s not necessary to be present to win.
Help share the mountain bike passion with our local youth by supporting this incredible event!
Trail workers put the final touches on a favorite trail
Three day holiday weekends for most mean getting as far away as possible from anything resembling work, and heading out someplace to play. But for the 30+ folks that came out to the Heckletooth trail work party Saturday May 25th, it showed that the mountain bike community can find pleasure in giving up a day off to give some love to a fantastic multi-use trail.
The main focus of the day was the redesign of a couple of terrible switchbacks that had fallen apart over the years. One switchback was in a Peregrine Falcon nesting zone where hand tools only could be used, while two powered carriers were able to haul rock below the nesting zone to fortify the lower switchback. With so many people working close together, above and below, teamwork and constant communication was key.
The crews, with people coming from as far away as Bend and Portland, put in a solid eight hour day to complete the project. Although enthusiasm was high throughout the day, towards the end muscles were sure starting to feel the tons of rock and dirt moved.
Camping and riding in sunny Sisters is a blast
At least 43 happy mountain bike campers attended Spring Barbie Camp 2013 near Sisters April 26-28. Peterson Ridge trails were adjacent to camp so they saw a lot of DOD traffic throughout the weekend. On Saturday, thirty or so riders hit Smith Rocks / Gray Butte, then returned to camp for the usual awesome Barbie Camp potluck where everyone tried to outdo each other with their dutch oven dishes. Everything was about as good as it gets ... weather, trails, camaraderie, campsite, bonfires ... all of it. See y'all for Fall Barbie Camp, October 25-27 near Camp Sherman!
—Davey Sprockett, DOD Rides and Events Coordinator
National Forest Foundation funds major improvements on Crawfish
When a lot of people, many mountain bikers included, think of the mountains east of "The Grove" they conjure up visions of gold mining and tiny mill encampments falling apart. Those in the know ... take advantage of the rocks, roots and steep terrain to enjoy some of the best riding the state has to offer. If rough and rugged are your flavor of bike trails, the Cottage Grove district of the North Umpua National Forest has some trails for you. The supreme trail in the forest is the Crawfish trail. There's lots of elevation to be lost once you drop in. More roots, rocks and speed than the weak of spirit can handle ... but the reality of Crawfish is: it's an easy trail to ride ... but it's a difficult trail to ride fast!
Read more here (more photos too).
No, we are not talking about the US Postal Service ... we’re talking about the Disciples of Dirt trail workers. In conditions that ranged from blizzard to drenching rain on Saturday Feb 23, and sunshine on Sunday Feb 24th our hard working volunteers were out there braving it all. And they delivered! Hauling loads of gravel, moving giant rocks, and digging drains and culverts, volunteers logged 320 hours on this second weekend of a huge effort to improve and renovate the Goodman Creek and Eagle’s Rest trails. Total number of hours on the project to date: 857 hours!
Thanks to all of the mountain bikers from DOD and GOATS, as well as folks from the UO Outdoor Program and Eugene Cross-Fit who came out and helped. We are going for one last push on Saturday March 2nd to hopefully wrap up the sections left unfinished. Details are on the forum here. Please join us if you can.
For more photos, click here.