As Fall approaches, trail work gets done. Most people who ride trails don't really think about trail work (some have joked that mysterious trail fairies come out at night to build coasters, bridges, do rock work and lovingly scatter pine needles over the forest floor). The reality on the North Shore is that most of the work has been and still is being done by volunteers. Trail grunts, you know who you are. This is a shout out to some veteran builders who's work has given many riders and trail users lots of joy
. First up, Dean Reid of 7th Secret Fame
Dean Reid - 7th Secret
Fall is a great time to do trail work. Hiking around in the woods with just tools and a bucket can give you a time out and a chance to appreciate the forest
"Seventh" as it's often called is really a link up of several trails. Seventh Secret
(built by Ross Kirkwood and the Secret Trails Society. The Leppard
trail (not Leopard as it's often mis-spelled) built by Jim Leppard (now in Williams Lake and still building trails). All this links up with Crinkum Crankum
, the Kirkford
trail and the Cedar Trail
. Seventh has been around since at least the early 1990s and was purpose-built for mountain-biking. It's one of the higher trails on Fromme Mountain and drops in off the 7th switchback.
Seventh saw some major work as mountain-biking activity in North Vancouver exploded in the early 2000's. Dean did the bulk of the recent work on Seventh. Notable help also has been contributed by Peter Morin (the next builder profiled) and the local trail association (NSMBA
) over the course of many trail days.
It's a reflection of the work of Dean and many others that Seventh is not only the go-to trail for wet days, but also the test piece for countless riders to cut their North Vancouver riding teeth.
When did you start doing trail work?
The author on a "XC ride" on the Crinkum Crankum section
1998. 2000 or so for Seventh.Why did you start?
I was riding this trail a lot. I saw the trail needed some work and decided to do it.
14 year old bridge and rock work standing the test of time
How did you learn to do trail work?
Krinkum Krankum - the DNV redid the woodwork on this section
Just picked up tools and started doing it. (Author's note: Dean pioneered the use of drainage grates made out of caged cedar, cedar-boxes to encase rocks & extensive use of grade-reversals - a fancy word for small uphills or flat constructed sections of trail that reverse water flow directing it off of a trail
What is your favourite food?
Optional log ride line on Seventh
Any meat. But in particular, BBQ'd meat is my fav!What is your favourite drink?
Beer. Any beer works for me Lee!
Dean and many other volunteers out there take the time to make the trails that we all love and keep them in prime shape. Next week we'll introduce you to Peter Morin.
Another optional line on Seventh