HAFTA trails (Halton Region Britton Complex) reopen May 22nd
Closed on April 4th due to COVID-19, the forest tracts that contain our single-track have just been reopened!
A few items:
If you missed the trails, then be sure to support our trail association by buying a membership. Memberships help keep the single-track maintained, community represented and our work insured.
We’ve got the trails all ready to go! A handful of Captains and execs were given permission to remove the major debris and hazardous dead-fall during the past week – Job done.
Access to Hilton Falls trail network is now through online reservation only – Caution tape should be in place where our trails meet theirs. Fencing is going to be put up by Conservation Halton soon. Please do not access Hilton Falls property from the Regional forest. Don’t trespass.
Your single-track experience won’t be like it was before COVID-19. Take your time and follow COVID-19 etiquette: Try not to “pass off” other people by entering their 2m of space. On single-track this means you will have to communicate. Giving each other room is a mutually beneficial act, but remember neither of you has some command over the other. Try and figure out what the polite thing is and do it.
If you have a symptom then follow public health protocols and stay home. Even without symptoms, people can make others sick even; so 2m always!
No spitting or snot rockets on trail, if you have allergies or swallow a bug then find another way to deal with it.
Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue.
Bring hand sanitizer and keep your hands clean for your own sake and others.
Please don’t park at Woodbine Mohawk Racetrack; it’s closed and security will ticket you. Let’s not burn our bridge with them, they’ve been great at allowing us to use their lot for all these years. Parking on fourth line or side-road ten is the easiest, but you must follow all parking bylaws. Park as far onto the shoulder as possible. Don’t speed past parked cars, watch for children and dogs. Please do not obstruct gates/ambulance access to the forest by parking in front of the forest gates. Don’t park on the side of sixth line.
Please don’t congregate or create group rides/hikes. If identified as a place of social gathering any spot might get shut down; as has happened elsewhere in the province.
Okay, we hope everybody knows most of this…
Please follow signage, respect property lines, exercise patience and use politeness out there.
As the 2020-2021 maintenance season nears, we want to offer our sincere thanks to the previous season’s (2019-2020) Captains for their time and effort.
In the years leading up to 2019, a selection of executives had been maintaining almost all of the 24km of single-track within the Agreement Forest. That activity was done in addition to hosting rides, events, build days, solving day to day issues and attending board meetings to plan for our future. It was a welcome and needed relief for our Board when a group of members stepped up during last year’s AGM to help with the workload.
It gets better because last year’s Trail Captaincy was an amazing success. The forest’s single-track network reached a new level of excellence as members within our community evolved their roles. It’s not so common to see people voluntarily leap from passive to engaged (if those are the correct terms). And yup, HAFTA recognizes that such a thing can only occur when people are in the right situation (physically, psychologically and financially). HAFTA is grateful for any support received because we know the confluence of favourable factors that allow volunteering to happen aren’t common in this busy world.
In addition to just finding an opportunity to volunteer, throw in that maintenance tends to be a slog. It isn’t the glamorous side of stewarding trails. Nobody thinks much of maintenance unless it’s to curse a raspberry cane somebody missed, the work’s pretty repetitive, you mainly do it alone and often under trying conditions of heat, humidity, biting insects, stinging insects and sometimes cold. But when you do it with the right attitude, the maintenance becomes a redeeming act which supports your own well-being and other’s.
Each of these Captains was shadowed by one of our executives, so I want to take a moment to thank the exec as well for their efforts and time (hey, sometimes you gotta pat yourselves on the back). We appreciate each Captain’s help and want to go a bit further for the “higher-scoring” Captains by giving them a token of the community’s appreciate in the form of some HAFTA merch. HAFTA also wants to take a moment to recognize Brad from ParkingBOXX for contributing our blaze orange HAFTA “Trail Crew” T-shirts. Each Captain had the option of wearing one and looking pro while out volunteering.
If you’re interested in a spot on the 2020-2021 Trail Captain program please drop us a line ASAP: Info@hafta.ca.
Ascend if you dare,
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain. One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself, forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy