👋🏼 Hello, Trail folk!
Fall sprinkles are finally here, so we hope you’re getting out into the woods. Here’s our news for the week.
🌲 What’s up at Whoopdee
If you haven’t ridden the awesome east side lately, you’ll want to know what we learned from Trail Adopter Joe Benedetti: There’s a lot going on…
First and foremost—new trail! There’s been a plan in the works for a couple of years to create additional loops and access more exciting terrain, and it’s happening now.
“We have approximately 4 miles of new trail flagged and about a mile of new trail corridor cleared and ready for dirt work,” Joe says.
Work parties will be organized for November and December, weather permitting.
Riders should also be aware of a recent re-route on Whoopdee.
“Unfortunately, we lost a short section of trail on the downhill ‘racetrack’ portion due to some quarry/road-building activities,” Joe says.
Riders should watch for warning flags leading up to the temporary reroute, which is a departure from the flow of the trail. This section will be reworked in coming weeks.
Joe also reported that volunteers battling stubborn poison oak have found a strategy they think will be successful for the future.
“Huge thanks to Ron and Jodi Wright for all their hours leveraging their experience helping us get it under control,” he says.
Lastly, Whoopdee needs some loyal volunteers! To date, the ongoing trail maintenance has fallen on the folks building trail. To give trail builders time to focus on building trail, Whoopdee needs a few passionate folks to take on ongoing normal maintenance—brushing, patching, drainage issues, and occasional rerouting work.
“If you’re interested in getting involved, we can define as much or as little trail as you’d like to be responsible for,” Joe says. “Past experience (or lack thereof) isn’t an issue; we love experienced people, but we’re just as excited to get new people involved and show them the ropes.”
Sign up on the Whoopdee tab of the Fall Work Party Google doc (scroll to find the correct tab) or just shoot Joe an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
🪓🪚 Work party Oct. 29
Our trails need a bit of TLC, and you can pitch in at one of our work parties. The first will take place Saturday, October 29, at Post. Meet up at Family Man at 9:30 a.m. and bring gloves, water, and a good attitude. We have more work days ahead, so stay tuned for details.
📽 Braydon Bringhurst Event Nov. 10
SRAM and Hood River’s own Brave Endeavors are bringing Braydon Bringhurst to Hood River on Thursday November 10 for a showing of “8600 FT,” a film about his epic climb of the iconic Moab trail The Whole Enchilada. The movie will be screened at Andrew’s Skylight Theater at 6 p.m. with a Q&A with Braydon at 7:30 p.m. Seating for the film is limited to 64 people, and organizers expect this to sell out fast.
At 4 p.m. on that same day, intermediate to advanced riders can join Brave Endeavors’ Bekah Rottenberg and Braydon for a ride on Syncline up the Jeep Road and down Little Moab. (Please attend only if you’re certain those trails are within your abilities.)
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If you want to contribute to HRATS, but don’t have time to join a work party, we’ll happily take your money. HRATS is a 501c3, which makes your donations tax deductible. Our Fed ID is 90- 0425101 and our EIN is 45-4200585. Checks can be mailed to 1767 12th St. #209 Hood River, OR 97031, and you can also donate through PayPal. Many people choose a sustaining monthly donation. Regular amounts, even modest ones, help us plan and budget for the future.
See you on the trail!
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