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THE GREATEST CANADIANS GET OUT AND TRIM THE OVERGROWTH ON THE TRAILS AS A SERVICE TO THE NATUREHOOD PUBLIC

Report Submitted by DEMOCRATIZE AB
(trip) Date: Tuesday Aug 29, 2023

Submitted: Tuesday Aug 29, 2023 at 14:35

Participants:

By-pass pruners, foldable hand saw and a folding shovel

Discussion:

If you want better skiing this year get out on your favorite trail and prune back the overgrowth along the trails as a quality public service. Making the trails better for skiing is your responsibility since the governments seem to be more interested in subsidizing wealthy corporations rather than maintaining trails that are used by thousands of people.

A few hours of light trail work per year can make a huge difference, particularly on hills. Widen the trails to where they once were on those hills and you will have easier, faster, and more enjoyable skiing down them in the winter. 45 minutes of work can make the ski trail much more screaming fun and you will feel great about making things better, particularly after a great ski run down in the winter.

I thank the few great Canadians that stop for a few minutes to prune back willows or branches overhanging our trails to make things better for all.

A big problem with trails is water running down them and eroding them, leaving rocks and concave trails. Prime Minister Trudeau senior, the smarter PM, made fantastic trails in Banff in the later 1970's and 1980's. He was a great trail hero in Banff for backpackers and skiers like myself. These trails were not maintained by other crummy Prime Ministers and have since become crap eroded trails as as a result, compared to the good old Trudeau trail maintenance days. Cross bars are needed on most trails to divert the water off the trails in order to preserve what is left of these trails.

Making simple crossbars on trails at about a 35 to 40 degree angle to the trail is important to maintain these trails for your pleasurable skiing future. Using a foldable shovel or pick is helpful to make crossbars in order to get the water off the trails, but I have made hundreds of them over the decades just using the heel of my hiking boots and that works well in many cases. Do what you can to get water running off the trails.

Be a trail hero and adopt a trail or 2 or 3 and take care of those trails with about 4 hours of work per year or more if you can. Anytime spent on them is better than no time. You do not have to join a group to improve trails. You just need the initiative to do the right trail thing.

Don't be lazy, be ski and backpacking trail maintenance crazy.

The greatest Canadian trail users help maintain trails. Be a great Canadian and don't forget a craft beer or bottle of Riesling Ice Wine and a bud in your pack to celebrate your great volunteer effort. Bring a friend out and have a great day in the Naturehood doing the occasional pruning.




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