Friday, November 8, 2013

Kincaid Phase II remains closed

To clarify to everyone who would love to be out riding the new Phase II singletracks at Kincaid Park:

The New Kincaid Singletrack Trails are CLOSED.  Please stay off the new trails until they are open.  We appreciate your cooperation.

If you're not sure which trails are open, check out the maps on the sidebar to the right. There are maps for Kincaid Phase I and for the Hillside singletracks. These trails are open and have been in great shape for riding. Just watch for ice and wildlife. Please also use "summer rules" for direction of travel on Bolling Alley until the snow season hits.

Please share this information with your riding buddies. Thanks for your cooperation.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Wrapping up the season

Greetings Singletrack Advocates!

I would like to thank all of you for your support of Singletrack Advocates and our trail projects over the years. Who knew that eight years ago a small group of fat-tire bikers would evolve to the point of bringing nearly 25 miles of singletrack to Anchorage? Give yourselves a pat on the back!

The Kincaid North Singletrack Project, 6.6 miles of new trail, is DONE! Although, it is not officially open until we finish the trail map (it is very close to completion). Thank you for your patience, as the map is an important part of emergency response. Permanent signage is also in the works.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to dig in the dirt. The tools were loaned to us by the National Park Service RTCA and also provided by Alaska Trails. We are missing two McLeods and two loppers. If you know the whereabouts of these tools please let me know so that we won’t have to pay for replacements.

See you on the trails!

Janice Tower

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Kincaid Trails Progress

A quick progress report on the Kincaid North Singletrack Project.

We are over half way completed! We have finished the trails from the Raspberry Trailhead to the World Cup Start. There are a few super fun and challenging one-way sections. These sections have been signed accordingly.

The rain has not delayed our efforts. However, the saturated soils have made the trail surface very soft and prone to trenching. Please refrain from riding the new sections until the rain stops and the ground hardens. The ruts we make today will be with us for a long time. Not to mention, a lot of volunteers have invested hard labor and sore muscles to make the trails a reality.

The crew packs the newly-shaped tread.


Please wait!

Monday and Wednesday evening volunteer work sessions will continue until the project is finished. We will meet at the World Cup Start (first right after you go under the bridge on Raspberry Road) at 6:00 p.m. until further notice. Come on out! Trail work is tons of fun and we get to talk a lot about bikes! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook to receive the latest news and updates.

See you at an upcoming work party!

Janice

Friday, August 23, 2013

Trail Work this Sunday!

Hey, Singletrack Advocates! We'll be out working on the new Kincaid trails this Sunday from 11:30 am to 4pm. Meet at Raspberry parking lot to help hand tool the new trails. We will work rain or shine and will provide instruction on how to do the work.

Join us!

Thanks for volunteering!
For further updates, see our facebook page.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Making Trail

During the last two weeks, Singletrack Advocates has hosted five group trail work sessions in Kincaid Park. The volunteer turnout has been overwhelming! Our thanks go to each one of you for coming out to sculpt the tread, put an angle on the upslope, lop the roots and rake & tamp the soil...Thanks! Your hard work has helped us hand-tool nearly two miles of new trail!

August12: Shaping the trail. Photo by Daniel Christianson.
Some local groups provided volunteers:
  Mighty Bikes
  Alaska Dirt Divas
  Arctic Bicycle Club, Mountain Racing Division

Alaska Trails is providing the tools and safety equipment.

August 14: We'll miss these young people when they leave for college this week!
Our friends fed us:
Schlotzsky's Deli provided delicious pizzas the first Wednesday.
Adventure Appetites prepared burritos last Wednesday!

We counted 47 volunteers on Wednesday evening!
We'll continue to host trail work sessions each Monday and Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. until freeze-up. Watch our facebook page for updates - this Monday, we'll be at the Raspberry Trailhead. Come join us, and bring your friends and family! See you on the trails!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kincaid North Project in Full Swing!

Monday's crew. Photo from Alaska Trails.
 
After months of planning, the second phase of Singletrack Advocates' Kincaid Park singletrack project is under way! STA project leaders and Ptarmigan Ptrails have been hard at work roughing in the singletrack for the past few weeks. They’ve made great progress on the north side of Raspberry road, and the first two volunteer sessions have put dozens of boots on the ground to do hand-finish work.

This is going to be fun!
Volunteer crews will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from now through the end of summer to help complete the six new miles of trails. To help out, meet at the Raspberry Trailhead to sign in, receive a safety briefing and instructions for the evening. Tools are provided. We will be lopping roots, establishing drainage and shaping the tread into flowy trails, jumps and berms that you all love!

PLEASE BRING:
Long pants
Work gloves
Close-toed shoes
Eye protection
Water
Bug dope
Rain gear

If you would like to schedule a work session for your business or club, please leave a message for us here. You can also follow our activities on Facebook.

In case you missed it, here's a story on the project from APRN. We'll see you on the trails!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

You Can Learn to Build Trails!

Back in 2005 your Singletrack Advocates Steering Committee learned to build sustainable trails in training sessions sponsored by Alaska Trails. Here’s your opportunity to learn the art of trail building! Thanks to Steve Cleary for letting us know about this class:

Alaska Trails Upcoming Trainings

Mike Shields will teach a two-day course in Anchorage. Mike is a retired National Park Service Chief of Maintenance with exceptional trail experience in seven western parks - including Denali - and has been teaching this class and others since 1972.

Trail Design and Layout – Monday, May 20th and Tuesday May 21st at the BP Energy Center
This course will incorporate the Advanced Turns Module as well.

These interactive advanced modules are a continuing education lesson for natural resource professionals and technicians who have been through Alaska Trails' Introduction to Sustainable Trails 101 training*.  These advanced classes are designed to acquaint the trainee with a rational process for establishing the design standards for any given trail, the best approach to routing and laying out the trail on the ground, and the risks associated with deviating from that approach. Emphasis is given to "reading the ground" to assess its suitability for any particular type of trail or use. Half of the day will be in class and half in the field.  Please come dressed to spend part of each day in the field.

2-day Course fee: Non-Profit - $250, Agency/Government - $370, For-Profit - $500
(Minimum 8 participants)

*If necessary, for students of the above class, a separate Introduction to Sustainable Trails 101 course can be given the Friday or Sunday evening prior to the above advanced courses depending on student availability.  There is a separate $50 fee for this class. 

To register for a course, schedule a training course or to obtain more information, please contact ALASKA TRAILS at 907-334-8049 or office@alaska-trails.org.
 
For more information on the courses, visit the Alaska Trails website.

Friday, April 26, 2013

You Make Singletrack Happen!

It's hard to believe that April is winding down, but your friends at Singletrack Advocates have been busy getting ready for the upcoming dirt-riding and trail-building season. Before the season begins, we want to thank each of you for supporting our recent fundraising efforts.

In early April, we had two successful evenings of fundraising - the Mountain Bike Film and Music Festival - during which we raised... wait for it... over $27,000! We could not have done it without the folks at TapRoot who came to us with the offer to host the event; without steering committee members who stepped to organize the event; without the sponsors* who offered fantastic auction items; or without you, our supporters, who attended one or both nights. Thank you!

To top it off, the week after the fundraiser, we received word that the Anchorage Park Foundation has awarded us a grant in the amount of $20,000! Combined, these funds put us nearly a third of the way to our fundraising goal for building the North Phase of the Kincaid Singletracks.

So far, we've had lots of community support to assure that the project happens. Earlier this month, approximately 50 supporters attended the Parks & Recreation meeting where Lee Bolling presented our project to the P&R board. Next month, on Thursday, May 9, we'll be on the agenda again as the commission hears public testimony and makes the decision on whether to approve our plan.

We'd like to thank all of you for your continued support and ask that you set aside May 9 as your evening to tell Parks & Recreation that you support more singletrack trails in Kincaid Park. The meeting will be at the Spenard Rec Center, beginning at 6 p.m. See you there!
More of this, please!

*Please support our generous sponsors who donated products to the auction:
Alyeska Hotel
The Star Lookout
Paramount Cycles
Giant Bicycles
Speedway Cycles
Alaska Appraisal & Consulting Group
Bicycle Shop
Skinny Raven
AMH
REI
Trek Concept Store
Scott Clendaniel
Dallas Wildeve
Bloomsbury Blooms
Gina Edwards
Siciliano Photography
Snow City/Spenard Roadhouse
Ginger
Samurai Cereal
Mighty Bikes
Sevigny Studios
Kittywake Designs

Additional thanks go to the bands that played each evening: Firefly, Super Belfry String Collective, Alaska Gypsies and Midtown Revival. Local musicians supporting local trails.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mark your Calendars

Singletrack Advocates would like to thank all our supporters for making last week's fundraiser at the Tap Root a wild success!! Auction donors, auction bidders, table purchasers, people who bought tickets and who put money in the Trail Fund jar. Volunteers. Thank you! You are making trails happen in Anchorage! But there's more to this than just the fundraising.
You've donated money, now come lend your support!
The other important way you can support building more trails is to attend TWO of the upcoming Parks & Recreation Commission meetings. On Thursday, April 11th Lee Bolling (your Thursday night Tap Root MC) will present the Kincaid North Trail Project to the commission members. This is an information item on the agenda. Public testimony will not be taken, but we need to fill the room to show the commission that we want more trails.

The second meeting is on May 9th and includes time for public testimony. Following public testimony, the commission will vote on the project. We definitely need you there to speak up in support of the trails!

Parks and Recreation Commission Meetings
Thursdays April 11 and May 9
6:00 p.m. at the Spenard Rec. Center

Please come! We really need you!


photo by Amanda Prevel-Ramos

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fundraiser Time!

Join us for a
Mountain Bike Film and Music Festival
at the Tap Root!

3300 Spenard Road, Anchorage


Open-seating tickets and Premium Tables can be purchased online HERE.

Thursday, APRIL 4TH
Doors open at 6:30 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm Films and Auction:

Films:
Life Cycles, by Stance Films
Shorts program

Auction:
Fatback frame and fork
Lift access mt. biking and 1-night stay at the Hotel Alyeska
Giant XTC 29er complete
Plus many more items!

9:00 – 1:00 Live Music
Paul Anderson and Midtown Revival
Super Belfrey String Collective


Friday, APRIL 5TH
Doors open at 6:30 pm
7:00 – 9:00 pm Films and Auction:

Films:
Strength in Numbers, by Anthill Films
Shorts program

Auction:
Fatback frame and fork
6 nights at The Star Lookout on Maui
Plus many more items!

9:00 pm – 2:00 am Live Music:
Firefly
Alaska Gypsies
Milo Matthews

Join us as we raise funds to build Phase II of the Kincaid Singletrack Project.
Singletrack Advocates is a 501(c)3 Non-profit organization located in Anchorage, Alaska.

Photograph by Tim Woody.
Poster design by Leif Kahal.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Kincaid Singletrack Phase II

We're on our way to building Phase II of the Kincaid Park Singletrack! Last night the Sand Lake Community Council unanimously approved our proposal to build another six miles of trail, this time on the north side of Raspberry Road.
Proposed North Phase Kincaid Singletrack
Board member and project manager, Lee Bolling, gave a detailed presentation to the council and responded to residents' questions about moose, other wildlife and limits to park development.

Over a dozen Singletrack Advocates members and supporters attended, with some offering testimony and comments to counter some criticism. Maeve Nevins from Parks & Recreation was also there to offer support.

Next up: appear before the Parks & Recreation Commission.