👋🏼 Hello, Trail folk!
It’s been a fun and busy season on the trails. We’re preparing to hang up our helmets and tune into the snow report. This is the last week of our fall newsletter. We’ll leave you with these final stories and see you in the spring.
⚒ Mitchell Ridge work party 11/19
Our last work party of the season will take place at Mitchell Ridge led by Dirty Fingers Bikes. The task list includes killing breaker bumps, fixing ruts, refreshing corners, buffing the big berms, camouflaging the backside of the big berms, and ensuring the whole trail drains well. “No roots or fun sections will be harmed in this effort,” said HRATS President Tim Mixon. Meet up at 9:30 a.m. at the Seven Streams Staging Area. Carpooling would be great to cut down on parking congestion. Bring gloves, water, rain gear, and a good attitude.
🚫 Family Man area closure
Hood River County has begun its thin around Family Man. The gate at Riordan Hill Road was closed November 1 and will remain closed into December (possibly longer depending on how weather affects the project). Family Man is inaccessible as well as upper Seven Streams, Middle School, Drop Out, Float On, Baby GP, Mix Tape, Twin Peaks, and Lower 8-Track (See map below.) To access the trails above the gate, trail users must climb up Mobius or Toilet Bowl. Keep your eyes and ears open for two-way traffic in spots you might not expect.
📢 Outride Campaign
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Outride fundraising effort for our planned rebuild of Family Man in 2023. The plan includes more progression-focused trails for all skill levels; expanding access to more trail users with bilingual signage; and adding easier and more diverse options for riding down from Extended Play to Family Man. If we can raise $15,000 to $20,000 we will be eligible for a MATCHING GRANT through the Outride Fund. We welcome your donations here. And you can read all about our plan for the Future of Family Man here.
🎥 Braydon Bringhurst movie sold out…BUT
The 11/10 Braydon Bringhurst movie is sold out…BUT you still have a chance to meet him. At 4 p.m. on 11/10, intermediate to advanced riders are invited to 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.) We’re so grateful to Braydon for volunteering his time and to Brave Endeavors for bringing him to Hood River for a showing of “8600 Feet,” a film detailing his epic climb of the iconic Moab trail The Whole Enchilada. All movie ticket sales go to support HRATS. If you didn’t get a ticket, we hope you’ll check out the movie on YouTube (and we welcome your donations anytime! Feel free to use our new Outride link above.) Thanks so much Braydon, Brave Endeavors, and Andrew’s Skylight Cinema.
📌 HRATS monthly meeting 11/14
Come meet the board and other community members and hear about upcoming trail projects, fundraising efforts, and other events. We meet at the Hood River firehouse at 1785 Meyer Pkwy at 5 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.
Catch you in the spring…
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