Submitted by andytrailfettler on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 11:20
Unfortuantely this Saturday's trailfairy session is cancelled due to snow/ice here at Glentress.
There's still snow/ice on all the trails and forest roads and together with the ground being frozen and access up to the forest not possible, means the prospect of doing any trailwork has been well and truely scuppered.
Sorry about this. The next Trailfairy session will now be on Sat 27th April, when the sun will be out and we'll all be in our shorts and t-shirts! ahem.
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Mon, 02/18/2013 - 14:22
At this months Trailfairy session this Saturday, 23rd Feb, the plan is to do some drainage work on Zoom or Bust and also on the middle section of Falla Brae if time permits. This'll mainly be doing deberming work to clear puddles and improve the drainage dishes. Although it looks likely to be dry through to the weekend and there wont be many puddles to actually see/stomp in, both sections have developed some pretty deep puddles over the last few months and some 'fairy fettling will make a big difference when the next rainy period arrives...
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 16:47
I was hoping the weather gods would be kind and shift some of the snow before the weekend so we could get cracking with our 2013 trailbuilding sessions. Alas Glentress has plenty of snow lying at all levels and with cold temps forecast through to Friday night we've decided to cancel the Trailfairy session on Saturday.
With such snow and ice there isn't any trailwork we can really do and we'd be struggling to access safely up into the forest. Sorry about this.
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 10:20
The final Trailfairy session for 2012 is this Saturday, 24th Nov and the plan is to do some fettling on the Red Route - the lower half of Super G. We'll be doing some spot trail infilling and resurfacing to improve the flow of the trail into a tabletop jump and the rollers aswell as some puddle bashing. Installing pipes and inside sumps might work well here as the trail surface in these dips deforms and berm up heavily. There are some quite meaty puddles on this part after heavy rain so riders should really notice the improvement.
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Thu, 10/25/2012 - 16:31
At this Saturdays session we'll be doing some more fettling on Magic Mushroom - digging out some drainage, infilling and resurfacing a soft hole that's developing in the trail near the end of the section and possibly another soft spot further back up the section. Both bits of work will help the trail ride sweeter and hold up better.
Meet up time is 9am at the toolshed in the Upper Overflow carpark, finishing up back down at the 'shed for 4pm. As always if you can only make half a day that it great too. We'll be parking at the exit of Magic Mushroom (post 53).
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Tue, 09/25/2012 - 16:17
At this Saturdays session the plan is to give the trails in the Freeride Park at Glentress some loving with a mix of maintenance tasks that may include spot resurfacing, deberming, branch pruning, clearing loose stones and grip plate installation. A mixed bag indeed!
Usual meet up time of 9am at the toolshed in the Upper Overflow (old Osprey) carpark, finishing up back down at the toolshed for 4pm. Half day sessions (or whatever you can make) are absolutely ok too - I know weekends are valuable!
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:39
Just a quick 'un about this Saturdays session.
We'll be doing some repair work on two Trailfairy built trails - the Pie Run and Mushroom Pie, mainly resurfacing some holes that have developed to get the sections running a bit sweeter again. There's also a couple of holes at the exit of another section the 'fairies worked on previously - the rerouted section before the Japanese bridge on Magic Mushroom. Would be great to get these fettled too.
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 09:41
Our glorious summer weather has been doing its' best to highlight sections of trail that like to hold onto the water! One such section is the first leg of Plora Craig on the Innerleithen XC Route, where the trail weaves through the pine trees in a series of short dips and rises. The dips though have got so worn that the term 'bird bath' doesn't do the puddles that form in wet weather justice!
Submitted by andytrailfettler on Wed, 04/25/2012 - 17:02
For the upcoming 'fairy session we'd planned to be doing the surfacing of the re route on Pennels Vennel we were working on last year. Unfortuantely we're having to put back the Pennels Vennel work to later in the year to tie in with when we'll next have suitable plant (digger, dumper) on site at Glentress - to get the materials hauled up to trail side. Sorry for the change of plan and short notice..