Whypass...Build it and they will come.

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Brock
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We did it Disciples...we have a legitimate recreation area in Whypass! 

WhooHaa!? Woot!? Hell yes!? 'Bout damn time!?

Whatever your style of celebrating something this awesome...this important and, frankly, just a few years ago this unexpected...just do it: Celebrate! What was once a couple of rutted out illegal hunting and moto-trails is now an area of well-built, sustainable LEGITIMATE mountain bike trails! Woo to the freakin' Haaa! From digging trails in 35 degree rain filled days trying to "hide" when the BLM trucks drove by to pizza, beer and profanity filled meetings trying to decide how we take the "next step" to today...damn, awesome. 

I received notice today that we have successfully made it through the appeal period of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process and can now move forward with plans to sign the area and trails, cut new trail, redesign/augment existing trails (can you say "technical trail features"?) and improve riding opportunities in the system. I don't know about you, but that sounds good to me! The only hitch is there's a hold up on constructing the new parking area and installing the toilet. All of that will happen, but there's going to be a delay...the reasons for which are above my paygrade so we'll ignore that for now and focus on the positive: We have a fantastic relationship with the BLM, plans to expand and improve our trails, signage will happen and Whypass is here to stay!

Good job Disciples...good job! Thank you for the dedication, perseverance, hard work and faith that we were on the right track.

We'll figure out a time and a way to throw a party and celebrate this thing up right, but for now go celebrate the Mountain Biker way: on your mountain bike!

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

CGJeff
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Joined: 12/27/2011

Awesome... awesome... awesome news!! On behalf of us Grovers and The Cottage Grove High School Mountain Bike Club, thank you to the DOD for all your hard work in making this happen. And I think I read something about "technical features"... SWEET!!

Our club is always ready and willing to help out when needed.

MJW
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Joined: 12/24/2011

Woo hoo! 

I'm going out and buying me a whole mess of pin flags!

Michael Jay W.

~Just because it's boring doesn't mean it's safe.~

LostInTheTrees
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MJW wrote:

Woo hoo! 

I'm going out and buying me a whole mess of pin flags!

Already got mine. They were gettin' rusty in the garage.

Bob Carlson

Tucson AZ

MaxSteel
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Joined: 12/27/2011

This is truely a great event.   As trail czar, I will tell you, building will happen.  There will be a process though.  No digging till we get approvals.  If you have ideas, we are forming a committee (join up!) to keep some semblance of organization to how the network develops.  The routes will be designed, evaluated and the appropriate i's will be dotted.  Then we dig.

I encourage those interested in helping to make WP an even more special place to step up. 

I'm thinking our first significant efforts at WP will be signs/maps, and recovery efforts from the thinning at the bottom of FunGurl and the Jimminy Cricket zone.

YeeHawww!

Paul Timm

DOD/Worker Bee

"Let us ride"

Albeethebiker
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Joined: 12/25/2011

Awesome. A lot of people to thank, but Davey, Brock and Paul are certainly at the top of the list. Thank you, gentlemen. Let us ride!

Albeethebiker

Davey Sprockett
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Albeethebiker wrote:

Awesome. A lot of people to thank, but Davey, Brock and Paul are certainly at the top of the list. Thank you, gentlemen. Let us ride!

Thanks, Albee. Matt Denberg & Jared Hanley were instrumental in DOD's approach to the BLM. Justin Mitchell was the one who "discovered" Whypass way back in the mid-90s.

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

Time to ride

slowleego
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Joined: 12/26/2011

IS THIS GREAT OR WHAT? Hat's off to all those who not only worked on the trails but schuffled all the papers, made the right connections and got Y pass moving forward.

 

Lee

Davey Sprockett
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Thanks everybody.

Davey Sprockett

King of the Wild Front Tire

Time to ride

TravelLaneCari
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There was a trooper at whypass threatening to write $1200 citations to trespassers (he didn't have a map of the area and asked me if I did) he said he had just written two citations.  There was some pink tape and signs from seneca that said there was fire danger... signs will be nice in the future :)

Brock
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TravelLaneCari wrote:

There was a trooper at whypass threatening to write $1200 citations to trespassers (he didn't have a map of the area and asked me if I did) he said he had just written two citations.  There was some pink tape and signs from seneca that said there was fire danger... signs will be nice in the future :)

There are/were signs and DOD members have replaced Seneca tape several times. We've also posted and support the land manager's closure.

 

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.

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