Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December Workday

Just a reminder we have a workday coming up this Saturday. It is the last scheduled workday for a few months so come out and enjoy the fun.

We will also be bumping the meeting time up to 8:30 so we can hit the trail closer to 9 am.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Successful November Workday

As usually, the volunteer Smithville crew came through and made another workday awesome. We got the Happy Jack reroute completed and opened up. This included moving the elevated walkway from the washed out cylinder crossing, over to the new trail. This short piece of trail, due to the heavy brush and downed trees, ended up having a lot of sweat (and a little bit of blood) in it but, it turned out GREAT.

We also got the upper Connector switchback rebuilt with the green paver stones and gravel that we hauled in and staged the last workday. The turn is now a bigger, smoother arch that should improve the flow and eliminate an unwanted obstacle. I'm hopeful that this will be a more long term solution to an area that we already have a lot of time and work in.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Time to burn off some turkey! Trail work day 11/27/2010

There will be a workday this Saturday 11/27/2010. Come on out and burn off some of that turkey and stuffing.

9 am - 1 pm
Smoke N Davey Trail Head (off W Hwy)

Dress for the weather conditions. Layers work best.

Bring water and snacks to keep you going.

Some tools will be available if you don't have your own.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

23 on the 23rd!

We had a great turnout this past Saturday for our first workday of the season. Twenty-three volunteers pitched in to help with several tasks including a more sustainable reroute on the North end of Happy Jack's trail.

Thank you one and all for your efforts! Or next Smithville workday is planned for November 27th at 9 am. And don't forget the Stocksdale/Walnut Woods workday on November 13th!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

2010-2011 Trail Workday Schedule

Ever wanted to help out with the trails, but not sure how? Please consider coming out to one of the workdays list below! These are tentative dates so be sure to check back or email for details or changes.

October 23, 2010 - Smithville
November 6, 2010 - Swope (ERTA)
November 13, 2010 - Stocksdale/Walnut Woods
November 20, 2010 – Blue River Park (ERTA)
November 27, 2010 - Smithville
December 4, 2010 - Landahl (ERTA)
December 11, 2010 - Smithville
March 5, 2011: Shawnee Mission Park Freeride (ERTA)
March 19, 2011 - Smithville ***REVISED DATE***
April 2, 2011 - Stocksdale/Walnut Woods
April 23, 2011 - Smithville

Are you new to trailwork? Have you found yourself wondering what to expect on a workday? Hopefully this article will give you a little better idea of what to expect and help you know what you can bring along to make your first time out an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

UPDATE: Cow Poop Creek elevated walkway is out.

Thanks to our awesome volunteers, this walkway has been restored to like new condition!
The elevated walkway (between marker 5 & 6) that was over the creek affectionately known as "Cow Poop Creek" was taken out by the water from the storm on Sunday morning 9/19/2010. There are also multiple trees down and some other erosion caused by the rain. Please be careful if you are out on the trails as there may be other unseen issues that have not been addressed yet. The SMV Trail Crew volunteers will be working on fixing the damaged walkway and removing trees as soon as possible.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Unauthorized Trail Work

The Pulpit trail is one of the more difficult (black diamond) trails at Smithville lake. We do not have a lot of technical features at Smithville so the few we have are very important to maintain the "dignity" of the trails. Someone keeps modifying the rock stairs that you cross over on the Pulpit trail (removing the lower step, creating a ride around).
Yes, this is a bit of a challenge to ride over, but it is supposed to be! If you can not ride the step, keep practicing, you will get it. If you are too nervous to try, get off and walk, that's okay too. But please do NOT modify the trail and "dumb it down", we like to have a little challenge out there!

I am hopeful that I am just preaching to the choir here and it is actually not a person that frequents this blog. Unauthorized modifications to any trail can be considered vandalism so PLEASE don't do it. If you feel something is dangerous (yes, riding a mountain bike, on or off road, is an inherently dangerous activity!), PLEASE contact the local trail manager. We take great pride in our trails and have a VERY dedicated group of volunteers that put in hundreds of hours every year to offer you a quality riding, running or hiking experience! Please help us out by not modifying the trails.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Humpday Ride Continues to Grow!

If you've been out to the Smoke-n-Davey Trailhead on a Wednesday evening, you've encountered the local mountain bikers who wouldn't miss their humpday ride! As the weather has begun to cool from the blistering heat of summer the group has been growing. Last Wednesday the parking lot was overflowing and the best guess on a count was nearly 50 riders in attendance. This image was just one of the groups taking a breather at one of the paved trail intersections.

All skill levels are welcome and there is usually a fairly good sized group of ladies that ride as a group. So beginners or ladies, come on out and enjoy the trails next Wednesday at 6 pm (weather permitting)!

Humpday Ride Continues to Grow!

SpiderFest Success!

Thank you to all that came out to support ERTA at this year's SpiderFest. Despite the storms that dumped 3" of rain on the trails the day before our event, keeping us from riding and running singletrack, we still had a great turn out. The food was top notch and the raffle raised nearly $5000 for ERTA to use towards it's efforts in building and maintaining sustainable singletrack in the KC metro!
Click here for more images from SpiderFest 3

Thursday, August 12, 2010

SpiderFest 3 - August 21st 2010

The Smithville Trail Crew and ERTA are hosting the 3rd Annual Spider Fest 2010 Run, Walk, Ride and "Earn your Dirt" Raffle!

Saturday, August 21st at Smithville Lake, Sail Boat Cove Shelter

The ride, walk and run starts at 3:00 p.m. and food will be served up starting at 6:15 pm with the raffle to begin at 7:00 p.m. The festivities will end at 9:00 p.m.

The raffle tickets are priced at $5 each or 5 for $20. You need not be present to win one ( or more) of the awesome prizes available.

We are now over $4000 worth of prizes in the raffle including two mountain bike wheel sets, trail running shoes, Kuat bike rack and more.

Learn more at http://www.earnyourdirt.org/spiderfest

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Virtual Ride

Here's a video sampling of the Smithville Lake trails, thanks to Tim King!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

With all the rain we are getting as of late, I'm sure you all are just as frustrated with the lack of "trail time" as I am. But it is important that we stay off of the singletrack trails until they are dry enough to ride without leaving ruts and mudholes.

If you are new to mountain biking or trail running the lure of a "mud run" (or ride) might seem like a chance for a different trail adventure or challenge to be conquered, but the damage done to the trails by riding or running in wet conditions can lead to serious erosion problems and lots of man-hours to repair.

One way to keep abreast of trail closures due to weather is to follow KC Trail Status on twitter.com.

To get connected, go to http://twitter.com and follow KcTrailsStatus – its direct URL is http://twitter.com/KcTrailsStatus. As with any Twitter account, you can subscribe to an RSS feed, elect to receive SMS messages, etc.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

New Walkway on Happy Jack

The South concrete cylinders crossing on Happy Jack has been suffering from "wash outs" for the last several years. Each time the repair last until the next big rain, but we lose a few cylinders each time. Today (5/30/2010) several of the "faithful" created a more permanent fix...an elevated walkway! What a fantastic addition to the trail system.
Also, over the last week at least a dozen different individuals have been "Earning their Dirt" by trimming and mowing various sections of the trail system. If you enjoy the Smithville Lake singletrack trails and would like to lend a hand in maintaining them, which is ALL done by volunteers, drop us an email.
Thanks to everyone for all your recent efforts!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Closed for Managed Turkey Hunt May 8 & 9 2010

The entire trail system including asphalt will be closed for "Special Hunts for Persons with Disabilities" May 8 & 9

More information: http://mdc.mo.gov/hunt/turkey/sprturk/managed.htm

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bone Bender MTB Race a Success!

On April 18th, MultiSports Marketing held the 2nd Annual Bone Bender MTB race on the Smithville Lake MTB trails.
The trails were in near perfect condition thanks to the tireless efforts of the ERTA trail volunteers that make up the "core" group for the Smithville Lake trails. Several dedicated volunteers spent 1/2 Friday and all day on Saturday prepping the course for Sunday's event.
Mother Nature cooperated and Sunday started off in the upper 30s, but the sunshine and calm winds helped make for a near perfect day for MTB racing...and the Midwest racers responded in kind.
Nearly 270 racers converged on Sailboat Cove to compete in one of several classes ranging from solo or team 3-hour or 6-hour categories to singlespeed or clydesdales (racers over 200 lbs).
Here's a Youtube video taken on one of the first stretches of singletrack on lap one... a bit of a traffic jam!

Great BIG props to all of the volunteers that came together to make this race a success on race day, from course marshalls to the Midwest MTB Patrol to the fine folks from Earth Riders MTB Club who spent the day behind the grill to feed the hunger masses! Thank you one and all!
A special THANK YOU to MultiSport and Chris Locke for making this event happen! All proceeds from the race go the ERTA who helps to build and maintain nearly 100 miles of singletrack in the KC region.
(Photos courtesy of Eclectic Arts Images)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KC Trail Conditions Are Just A Tweet Away

So, you’re stuck in rush hour traffic, hoping to get out on your favorite trails before dark, and you’re wondering what the trail conditions are like?

Well, wonder no more – Earth Riders MTB Club has hooked up a Twitter feed to the trail conditions information they provide on their forums (http://forums.earthriders.com) for all the metro area trails.

Now, when the trail status is updated on the forums, KcTrailsStatus will tweet the conditions, for example:

#SMP CLOSED: Not Rideable (ptooi)

To get connected, go to http://twitter.com and follow KcTrailsStatus – its direct URL is http://twitter.com/KcTrailsStatus. As with any Twitter account, you can subscribe to an RSS feed, elect to receive SMS messages, etc.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Workday Canceled 3/13/10