Call before you dig

02/01/2018

Please, talk to somebody at HAFTA before making additions or “improvements” to the trails.

This stuff looks like litter and doesn’t do much for anybody’s skills. We suggest practice at Joyride or on a curb in the parking lot, learn the skill and come back when you can ride it as is. Remember you don’t NEED to ride it, but you do need to ride in control out of respect for yourself and those around you.

When individuals don’t consult the trail community before making modifications they look selfish. This shingling increases attention, liability and eventually would ensure the removal of the entire log by the land owner. If you think that’s an exaggeration, think again, just look 5 metres to the right and up the hill that is behind the log.

There is a difference between something that is just a tree that’s fallen in the woods and something that’s obviously been built into a feature – Respect the community’s wishes, keep the AF natural and technical by just riding the lines available and please don’t jeopardise what’s left in the forest with unneeded modifications.

Ride it as it lies, ride it in total control or leave well enough alone – Don’t risk its existence!

info@hafta.ca

 

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Trail vandalism

11/25/2017

Our community’s trails have been having a string of minor issues lately at, what seems like, the hand of one or two self-important trail users.
 
I know 99.99% of people reading this are on board with keeping the Agreement Forest’s beautiful limestone rocky trails as natural, raw and frankly speaking – Challenging.
 
Although we have no idea who is doing this, the point of this post isn’t to stir up paranoia. Nor are we interested in speculation, a bunch of stereotyping and subsequent internet finger-pointing (Not a productive use of your time!)
 
Thus far the board has been able to repair the various incidents of damage ourselves (no big deal). But this crap is not a productive use of our time or theirs. What we are asking is if anybody out there in our community has actually seen the people doing this and can shine the light down on these bad actors.
If so get in touch with us via the contact section!

UPDATE – We have restored most of the damage, but it will never be the same

Further images of attempted restoration and damage below

 

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October Trail Day 2017

10/24/2017

The first trail day of Fall 2017 was a fair-weather ringer. Even more amazing is this was the second year in a row for such weather! Last year we had tackled a single project (on Island Run), but this year we had four separate projects on the go at four equidistant locations.

Some say that to a man with a hammer everything becomes like a nail. Perhaps it’s also true that to a club surrounded by rocks, everything looks like it needs to be armoured. In this light it only made sense that the first project we settled on was replacing the old wood-work in the Hammer Head/Oil Can trail with good ol’ rock. Though rock work is perhaps the most laborious path, when done correctly it’s the most sustainable answer and will last through many seasons and many visitors. The trail where the rock-work was done is one of the older trails in the Agreement Forest (or as it’s now called the Halton Region Forest Complex.) Agreement Forest was an old Ministry of Natural Resources term that was subsequently dropped when MNR handed off the land to Halton. At any rate, this older Agreement Forest trail was part of a continuation of the style of riding found on Stunt trail and B.C. Rocks; one which involved many skill testing wooden structures. A style of building that (among other reasons) has somewhat fallen to the wayside due to it’s relatively high up-keep.

We hope you have a blast riding the updated Hammer Head line and be sure to familiarise yourself with it before you ride it.

The second project of trail day had been on the back-burner a while and involved replacing an unsafe section (about 10ft) of boardwalk on Frank’s trail. This small section of boardwalk spans a seasonal creek and its runners had rotted so much that the decking screws were no long holding. Not a good situation! The club sprang for some brand new runners out of its own pockets and were able to up-cycle some of the off-cuts from the boardwalk build last Fall. The first step in this project was sending a few members all the way to Island Run with our new packs (courtesy of Freewheel cycle), loading them up to the brim with the various off-cuts, tossing them into some poor guy’s vehicle and then shuttling them over. This was no easy task as the wood had been collecting rainwater and other dangers lay in wait. Luckily we had enough volunteers to spread this work out and nobody ended up as exhausted as those involved in last year’s massive “bucket brigade” which hauled full-length decking and runners into Island Run from the secret stash.

A second task on Frank’s trail was to extend the armour at the bottom of a rock roll. The reason for this is that during spring this section takes a long time to dry and riders and hikers were creating an erosion ditch next to the thinner armouring line. Eventually this ditch will become deeper, wider and even more “bombed out”; thus we armoured the 5ft section getting eroded.

Our third project was to stack the boardwalk on the Turner tract double-track. Most of you will know this as the boardwalk closest to the I Will Allow It trail that always tries to float away late winter/early spring. You might also remember that last year a sign popped up alerting people to a tree thinning operation that was going to occur the following year (2017). Maybe you also noticed the orange markings on the trees that popped up this summer.

Anyhow, this operation is delayed as the Region has yet to negotiate a contract with an interested arboricuture company. However after the shotgun hunt is finished, which runs from dawn Nov 6th to dusk on the 10th, there will be a crew in to trim the double-track with machinery and remove hazard trees.

Speaking of hazard trees, we had a fourth impromptu project. This last project saw two crews circumnavigating the AF to remove trees that were blown over onto the trails during the last windstorm. We don’t have any images to share of this, but suffice to say they worked really hard to clear some seriously heavy dead-fall!

 

Job done, even had time to remove garbage from the trails

You don’t get trail days that are much better than this one. Afterwards many people loitered around the Mohawk Raceway parking lot enjoying the warm weather and sun. The board is a bit worried that people become a bit accustomed to these halcyon days as we’ve been very lucky with weather! Usually trail days in the Fall are grey and cold, however the company is always good.

 

Hope to see you at the next one!

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