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Hunting season

Rifle season starts Monday  Nov. 28th. We recommend staying out of the woods, except on Sundays, when there is no hunting allowed. See link in sidebar for all hunting seasons.

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Brush MT. VA

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On the way back from TN,  I stopped by Brush MT. in Blacksburg VA. On cousin Brian’s suggestion, I stopped in Eastcoasters bike shop and got the beta from the local wrench, an 18 mile loop of Poverty creek, snakeroot, trillium, etc. It turned out to be a great ride with a nice mix of fast singletrack, climbs, fast descents, fireroad and technical stuff. The only downside was all of the horse,  and human, shit on the trails. The horse shit is offensive enough, but people shitting right in the middle of the trail? That could  give Appalachia a bad name.

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Southern hospitality

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We’re down in Tennessee for Turkey day and some bike riding.  Not only have we been treated to southern hospitality,  care of transplanted Pennsylvanians, but we’ve gotten some first class singletrack too! Cousin Brian took us out for a good ride in Lynchburg VA. first. Then we rode Norris TN. and Haw Ridge.  Great trails with a healthy dose of punchy climbs and wet leaf descents.

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You might have noticed a lack of updates on this site. Well, that’s a good thing. This summer has seen excellent riding/hiking conditions on all trails. With the mostly dry weather things have kept in good shape, only a little erosion on fall line trails with the thunderstorms. Some Broad Mt. trails are getting a little overgrown, but that’s normal for this time of year, if someones got some time and clippers, the Deer Path could use some trimming. Other then that, it’s status quo on trail access issues. One positive fallout of OSE (Our Shitty Economy) is that the trails are seeing less quad and dirtbike abuse. A few of us just got back from a second trip to Kingdom Trails and that place gets no less awesome each time. Lots of lessons to be learned for what they have done… In other news, we have changed our page look, no more nuclear green.

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The Switchback Gravity Railroad Foundation would like to reconstruct the mechanized railroad that historically existed on Mt. Pisgah in Jim Thorpe. This is currently the site of the Switchback hiking and biking trail.  They would like to start with a cog railway up the Pisgah Plane from the Sam Miller Field. This development would ruin the quiet hiking and biking atmosphere of Mt. Pisgah, destroy a well used community park, and create an influx of traffic into a residential neighborhood. The JTTC would like to recommend improvements to the Indian Path multi-use trail as an alternative. Please attend the meeting this Thursday at 6:30 at St. John’s Church in Jim Thorpe noted below and voice your opposition to the railway plan. Or send an email to Mr. Taggart. I will be out of town of business and will not be able to attend.

Thank You!

Text Box: NOTICE       The Switchback Gravity Railroad Foundation will hold an Open House on  Thursday, June 10, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the St. John’s  Lutheran Church, 6th and North Street., Jim Thorpe, PA.  The purpose of  the meeting is to present the preliminary findings of the Foundation’s  Feasibility Study, outline the proposed next steps and receive public  comments. While there will not be a formal presentation, visual aids and  opportunities to ask questions of the consultant team will be  provided.      For additional information, Contact Glenn M. Taggart at 610-882-1571 or  glenn@taggartassociates.com.

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Snowing

News LogoWe are getting our first real snow of the year. About 2″ so far. Should be a good day for a snow ride. We’ll see if it stays around for the weekend. Updated Sat. afternoon- we got about 5-6″ of snow yesterday with a bit of an icy crust. No good for bikes. For hiking snowshoes are recommended. The gorge and switchback might have enough for XC sking.

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Gun Hunting Season! Stay away!

News LogoFrom Dec. 1st to the 13th is the main deer hunting season in Pa. That means some not so carefully people out in the woods with guns. We advise keeping out of the area during this time. Except on Sundays, when there is no hunting in Pa. Full hunting season list: http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=460&q=161003

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