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Friday, September 30, 2011

Next Dig Day 8 October

It's the second Saturday of the Month and it's a Dig Day.
Meet at the car bay - follow the pink arrows from the Haven sign. 
If you don't know where we are, email info@havenmtb.org.nz for a map

On the cards for this Dig Day:
  1. Digger Action
  2. Hand sculpting big beautiful berms
  3. General Trail maintenance
  4. Planting and releasing of natives.

Stay for as long or as short as you want.
Bring a bike and some food/drink.
 
The grand plan is to get a lot more track built in time for Christmas and give the locals and not so locals some more riding choices with the Port Hills tracks closed. 
Mr Haven will also be Mr Digger this weekend as well.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Access to Haven MTB Park

Lisa and I love to have visitors and show off the tracks

Haven MTB Park is accessible to individuals through membership of the McQueens Valley Mountain Bike Club. This is for a number of reasons:

1. It is about rewarding and recognising the efforts of those who are making this happen. The cost is not prohibitive and goes towards future development and maintenance of the trails.

2. This is private property as is all of our neighbours land. We all value the privacy and lifestyle that we all have here and no-one wants to be invaded by swarms of people.

3. The ability to control access will allow the tracks and trees enjoy the most benefit and provide us all with the most fun in the long term.

4. Please do not explore the Valley as most of the Valley and surrounds are not accessible to the public.

5. You must make contact prior to coming out. A very good map will be sent to you to ensure you get to the right place. Please do not distribute the map.

6. You can find out about joining here --> Join

7. Community groups, schools, clubs may use the park for no charge, please contact us for more details around access.

8. If you are visiting for a short amount of time or from far away please contact us for details around access.

9. We have dig days on the second Saturday of every month, so you can always help out and have a nosey at the same time.

If in doubt, please contact us. We are also on Twitter and Facebook

May your wheels stay forever true.
Mr Haven

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spring has Sprung September Dig Day

Another busy weekend at Haven.

The focus of this weekend was to work towards finishing up the last corners on FrankNFurter. When we were last there, we had a digger with a clock and only had a wee bit of time to connect up the two tracks. So we just barrelled up with the digger, with one corner too steep and too tight and the other too tight for most bikers.


Colin opened up another couple of corners on the way up and piled up some dirt  (yay for Diggers and their buckets) for the Berm Queen and helpers to get stuck in. Recent club member David was introduced to the joys of trail building and Lisa gave him his initiation rock to dislodge, which he did admirably! Of course it was 5 times the size it was expected to be.


Fifth Corner
After - but not finished just yet.

Fifth Corner
Before












Colin then got straight into widening and opening up the two corners that needed attention. We have now pretty much gotten the hang of this and are now moving at least four times the soil we ever anticipated when we first started using a Digger. What this means is a nice flat big corner that everyone will enjoy climbing up and later when the berms are in, rail round them on the downhill as well.
Fourth Corner
"What rock?" says the Berm Queen.

Fourth Corner
David and his Initiation Rock











As this was a multiple terraced traverse track, we had a bit of an issue getting rid of the massive volumes of dirt, rock and vegetation from the top corner. Luckily just down the way, we had a clay spot that was a big boggy, so we used this fill to retain the edge and add in some rock and "nice" dirt to help. Whilst it worked a treat, Col deserves a medal for the number of trips he made, I reckon about 100. But it sure beats doing it with a wheelbarrow!!

Colin the Digger Master
Shifting some of the 'spare' dirt and retaining the boggy bit











The corners look great and now just need a bit of touching up with the digger and then handed over to the Berm Queen for the final touches. Will do some better before and after photos next month.

Thanks to the Rules who popped out to deal to a naughty pine that fell down over the River and onto an area I want to build on in the future. It was good to see Justin the Money Man out getting some blisters and neighbours Ursula, Alister, Andrew and Chris pop out and say hi. Andrew helped us out put one of the wayward tracks back on the digger.

Next month, it's finish up on FranknFurter, some rock breaking, another massive berm and then after some seasoning we should be able to open up another 600m of track. w00t.

We look forward to seeing you come out for a ride.
Mr Haven