Friday, 18 December 2009


Well, job done, on time and everyone happy. The final few days were slightly hampered by the rapid onset of winter, frost and snow, but the top dressing of dust just sneaked in before everything froze solid - which might be a good thing with the school hol's just round the corner. On that note, although finished trails do look very inviting, if it says stay off, then please do, it is for a very good reason - new trails, especially on poor wet ground, need time to dry out and settle.
It's been a great wee pre-Christmas project, good client, good contractor, good feedback and a great wee skills area utilising what wasn't the biggest or the most promising piece of ground. The record breaking amounts of rain during the build did make things "trickier", but all the measures put in to keep the build going will help better protect the trails for the future.
Right I'm off for a couple of weeks (or three - it's been a long time living away from home) of family time, eating, drinking and hopefully skiing.

Saturday, 12 December 2009


Week four done and great progress on all trails. Jumps all but finished, easy links and easy jump line all done and rock features finally completed. Still difficult build conditions, with frozen ground one day, then rain the next! However, the lads just got on with it and now the end is in sight, spirits are up. It's a shame all around the trail is a sea of mud, but it'll eventually re-gen and in the long run the drainage regime and access corridors will make for easier maintenance. Just the dusting off of the trails to do, so it's back to the most basic of "material delivery" - the wheel barrow and shovel. Oh, my aching back.....

Friday, 4 December 2009




Week three in the bag and good progress in conditions ranging from cold and frosty, pretty, but difficult to rake surfacing in, to the usual heavy day-long rain, mud and water everywhere!
Big jump line coming on nicely with the whole team forcing on the pace, good crowd this lot.
They're also working Saturday to get the next section ready for shaping come Monday, not me though, back up the A9 for family time and hopefully some weekend skiing (cue the bad weather!)
The end is in sight.....

Saturday, 28 November 2009


Week two done and after the biblical rain of the past 6 days, we finally got out of the mud and started building trail! The rocky bits all went in nicely, both to keep the red route riders happy and to help solve drainage issues. The jump line also started coming together, after shipping in many hundred tons of bottoming simply to enable work to continue in the dire conditions - expensive, but better than cancelling the build 'til next summer (?) Always one to put a positive spin on things, I like to tell the squad that it's good to build trail in such awful conditions, simply to see the ground at it's worst, I don't think they see it that way.....

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Ok can we stop with the rain now? It's rained since last Thursday! I'm growing webs between my fingers everything has mud on it and the squad is getting that "thousand yard" stare. Stiff upper lip, cap in hand and can we have some more money....... Pic snapped with phone, cos there's no way I'm getting out the "proper" camera in this weather, it"s 10 am and the lights are already on, ugh.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Lochore Meadows First Week.

Well week one in the bag on the Lochore Meadows project. We're building a skills and jumps area in a wee wood near the council run visitor centre. First weeks on any project, especially for a new client and using a new contractor are always busy periods for a trail designer, but all has been well. As usual there's been


quite a bit of hands on, whether it's dealing with the odd missed tree or demonstrating the level of attention to detail trail work requires, especially with raking the Type 1!
Unfortunately the weather has been flexing it's muscles with two days of torrential rain, but always keen to put a positive spin on things, I just see it as a good test of the drainage regime. Muddy though.


- From the 'phone.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Testing Testing 1 2 3

Now a geek check from the godphone.


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Testing testing 1 2 3

Just warming up to this..... I will return.