S&S Trails Blog

Apr. 10, 2014  Allegrippis Trails
Apr. 25, 2013  Equitrekking Article
Mar. 8, 2012  PTBA Conference
Jan. 8, 2012  2012 Excruciation Exam
Jun. 16, 2011  Senna Hills Cedar Removal
Feb. 25, 2011  Hunstville State Park
Dec. 18, 2010  Montgomery County Nature Center
Nov. 26, 2010  GHORBA Trail Clinic: October 30-31
Nov. 20, 2010  National Trail Symposium
Nov. 5, 2010  GHORBA Trail Clinic: October 30-31


Allegrippis Trails

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Apr. 10, 2014 - 9:42 am

So, here’s a write up about Raystown Lake in PA. S&S Trails helped with some of the corridor work and did most of the signage plan that is talked so highly about!

Ride Raystown!

Equitrekking Article

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Apr. 25, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Dream Jobs: Trail Builder Here’s an article the folks over at Equitrekking did on Susan and our work.

PTBA Conference

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Mar. 8, 2012 - 9:45 pm

This week, S&S Trails had the chance to participate in the Professional Trail Builders Association annual Member meeting and conference. As part of the Conference, Susan and Ryan took the MTDC Chainsaw Safety and Certification course where both were recommended to be Class B Sawyers.

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2012 Excruciation Exam

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Jan. 8, 2012 - 2:08 pm

S&S Trails, together with Scott Schaeffer from Southern Elite Racing, hosted the 9th annual Excruciation Exam endurance mountain bike race on the first Saturday of the new year. Many thanks to go to the owners of Bluff Creek Ranch and Rocky Hill Ranch for allowing access to their trails to help make the event a true endurance mountain bike race, not just a race on dirt roads that racers happen to ride on a mountain bike. Now that we have a large and regularly attending volunteer force that is well-trained in addition to hard working, the event has been running smoother and better every year. And just like the event from 2 years ago, we had new machine-built trail completed just in time for the race, and we got lots of good feedback on that new extension from the end of the Cliffhanger section.

So it begins!
 

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Senna Hills Cedar Removal

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Jun. 16, 2011 - 3:06 pm

S&S Trail Services assisted Senna Hills and the Boy Scouts of America in creating a fire break along the South West fenceline of the HOA’s property. This is not a typical trail project for us, but it definitely impacts the area the trail is located in. We were asked to supervise and provide equipment for the project. Included in this was renting a 6” wood chipper, mobilizing the chipper and leading the scouts in cutting the fire break. Also included on the scouts’ workday was chipping the pile left by the last crew of scouts to do clearing on the property. S&S Trails continued working for 2 more days, selectively removing immature cedar trees from oak groves in two spots on the property. It is estimated that approximately 1000 cedar trees were removed and chipped during this time period. This opens up the view shed of the property nicely, gives the nearby oaks a chance at a healthier life and ensures the entire landscape wont be choked with cedars in the next 10 years.

Hunstville State Park

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Feb. 25, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Brrr. That about sums up the week we spent in Huntsville State Park in early February.

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Montgomery County Nature Center

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Dec. 18, 2010 - 1:00 pm

S&S Trails was called upon by Montgomery County Precinct 1 to install a new section of trail at the new Spring Creek Nature Center. The new section included a creek crossing and lots of yaupon removal. In Addition, S&S spent time cleaning a trail the Boy Scouts of America had built, removing hazard stumps that were left behind and improving the drainage there. The work took about a week and spruced things up in time for the opening of the Nature Center.

GHORBA Trail Clinic: October 30-31

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Nov. 26, 2010 - 2:43 pm

S&S Trail Services completed a weekend-long training session in Houston at the request of GHORBA (Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association), and it was a smashing success! Many thanks go to Russell Adams and the other officers and board members of the club who were instrumental in pulling the event together.

The classroom portion of the training was taught at a newly-opened library next to the Anthills trails, where the dirt-training part of the class was held later in the weekend. Our crew leader Chuck was finally able to attend one of our trainings since it was held in Houston, and he said it was great to learn the theory behind the applied work he’d been doing with us for several months.

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National Trail Symposium

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Nov. 20, 2010 - 11:14 am

S&S Trail Services was well represented at the National Trail Symposium in Chattanooga. With Susan attending the conference and networking in sessions and Ryan manning the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA) Booth for the length of the event, S&S was highly visible. Our new flyers, compliments of Ideaschema , look really nice and garnered a lot of attention.

S&S Trails Flyer (front)

GHORBA Trail Clinic: October 30-31

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Nov. 5, 2010 - 8:41 am

.Classroom Session

S&S Trail Services completed a weekend-long training session in Houston at the request of GHORBA (Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association), and it was a smashing success! Many thanks go to Russell Adams and the other officers and board members of the club who were instrumental in pulling the event together.

The classroom portion of the training was taught at a newly-opened library next to the Anthills trails, where the dirt-training part of the class was held later in the weekend. Our crew leader Chuck was finally able to attend one of our trainings since it was held in Houston, and he said it was great to learn the theory behind the applied work he’d been doing with us for several months.

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