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Thursday, November 26, 2009

IMBA Trail Building Workshop

Last week (Nov. 20th) I had the opportunity to attend a trail building workshop put on by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). The workshop was intended for New River Gorge National Park Service employees (NRG NPS), but other individuals invested within the biking community were asked to attend. Friday we had 4 hours of classroom instruction, and then we took our new skills to the trail. We worked on the Hawk's Nest connector trail, which links the Ansted rails-to-trail system with the NRG trail system. The NRG NPS has also purchased two new tracts of land (Craig's Branch & Garden Grounds), which will have stacked looped trail systems for single track mountain biking. If you want to learn more follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkId=259&projectId=28775&documentID=30522.

Trail building workshop attendees

Adam Stephens and Justin Storm building trails

Building the new Hawk's Nest Connector Trail