After keeping a close eye on the conditions of the Trails after the winter, the volunteer crew up at Castle Hill have been out tidying up some of the smaller windfall on the tracks and checking that the tracks are dry enough to officially open.
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Both the Trans Enduro NZ and Gravity Canterbury’s Craigieburn Enduro will be racing on the Craigieburn Trails this Saturday, so please be aware of the competitions if you’re thinking of heading this way, and please follow the directions of all marshalls and traffic management officials.
There will be a fair amount of shuttle van traffic running on the ski field roads (Cheeseman, Craigieburn Valley, etc) at various times through the day.
These events are being run independently from the Castle Hill Community Association, with both events having concessions from DoC.
We’d like to thank the organisers of both events for their support for the Craigieburn Trails as we receive a levy for each competitor which goes directly towards future trail maintenance and development.
The Waimakariri Environment and Recreation Committee (WERC) are running a multi-year project to knock back the populations of wasps in the honeydew beech forest areas of the Waimakariri Basin.
They’re a bit short of volunteers to help with uplifting wasp bait this weekend.
We have a workparty coming up in mid-February to tidy up a short bit of track in Thomas Bush near Castle Hill Village.
This will be a new easy grade mountain bike track suitable for young kids, running from the clearing on the Water Intake road back through to Castle Hill Village. This work party is to complete a section bypassing St Andrews Lodge to link up with the existing tracks. There will be some benching and clearing work to do. Please bring whatever tools you can and meet on the St Andrews Lodge access road, just past the bridge over the Thomas River at 1000h on Saturday 14 February (leave all vehicles in the Hogs Back car park please).
We’re constantly having to balance funding development and maintenance of the Craigieburn Trails with our funds available. Over the 5 years since development of the Craigieburn Trails began, the tables below show how we’ve funded our activities. Along with the direct financial support of many individuals, organisations and companies, the “value” of the volunteer effort, both with spade in hand and in-kind, has been massive (we’ve tried to quantify it below based on what it would otherwise have cost us in dollars per metre of track). Continue reading
Trail Fund NZ announced last week that 11 clubs from around the country will receive almost $100,000 in total to support volunteer-led work in New Zealand’s backcountry. From Thames to Southland, clubs and trusts were excited to find out they had received funding for mountain-bike accessible track maintenance, upgrades and signage.
Castle Hill Community Association (CHCA) celebrated the news of its funding approval in style last weekend – with 28 volunteers turning out to a work party on Saturday 8 November, supported by T5 Contracting and Cactus Outdoor. The committed organisation – whose goal is to build an internationally recognised intermediate single-track mountain bike trail from Castle Hill, through Craigieburn Forest to Flock Hill Lodge – has a track record of success and a supportive group of volunteers. The association was pleased to find out its application for $14,990 for track maintenance and materials was successful.
The Hogs Back Track needs a sweep.
And this summer’s mission for all riders – pull out one wilding pine each ride. We had over 8,000 people on the Hogs Back this year – that could equate to 8,000 trees removed. Carry a folding pruning saw and help us preserve the environment and our riding scenery (make sure you cut the trunk right at ground level and don’t leave any shoots on the stump).
P.S. Coach Stream Route is closed to all access until the end of October for lambing.