CRAMBA: Holdridge

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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby turbotoad » January 1st, 2015, 5:12 pm

Thanks for taking care of the North tree Jim. Trail was perfect today! Clear riding throughout West (w/Lake Loop) and North. No ice, only solid dirt. Some minor frozen ruts after long "tech" bridge on West. :D
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby risnewski » January 9th, 2015, 6:32 pm

Rode West & North yesterday. Trail in excellent condition with no obstructions.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby r21954 » January 9th, 2015, 6:43 pm

All of the East was good, removed a few trees from the orchard.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Mucky » January 9th, 2015, 9:39 pm

Are the trails covered in snow?
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby r21954 » January 10th, 2015, 1:52 am

Very little snow on the east but slippery.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby turbotoad » January 17th, 2015, 3:10 pm

XC Ski'd both the West (sans tech-loop) and North this afternoon.

West Long Loop = 12" wide flat, hard packed path down the middle of the trail. Fat bike heaven. Cleared a low leaner just after the .5 marker with a folding hand saw. There was another one just before it but too big for folding saw and is passable. Lake Loop was not bike freindly. Only an old set of XC ski marks and one pair of footprints visible meant soft conditions.

North Loop = 12" wide flat, hard packed path down the middle of the trail. Fat bike heaven. Cleared a small low leaner at the old barn foundation with a folding hand saw. There was another one just after it but too big for folding saw and passable if you duck really low.

Couple overall observations......

*beep* :twisted: Snowmobile tracks go from Tech Loop/Long Loop intersection all the way to the parking lot (they originate somewhere East(?) of the Tech Loop). They then continue from the North exit to the lake bench overlook. Apparently ice fishermen have dragged their shanty on a sled behind it to get to the lake :evil: I'm not clear on the rules for snowmobiles at Holdridge but I don't think they are supposed to be on the trail.

:arrow: It was 38 degrees when I got back to the car!!!! That nice flat hard packed path was starting to get soft. I recommend avoiding any riding until the temps drop back down in a few days. Otherwise there will be some nasty twisting frozen snow ruts to ruin any fat bike riding.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Spinwheel » January 17th, 2015, 3:20 pm

turbotoad wrote:
:arrow: It was 38 degrees when I got back to the car!!!! That nice flat hard packed path was starting to get soft. I recommend avoiding any riding until the temps drop back down in a few days. Otherwise there will be some nasty twisting frozen snow ruts to ruin any fat bike riding.


Good advice for all local trails ....
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Jim O » January 17th, 2015, 3:34 pm

Plenty of snow now on the East Loop. I hiked it with boots. Snow shoes may have been better. 23 when I started and 27 when I can out this AM. Not soft at this early time.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby turbotoad » January 21st, 2015, 10:53 pm

Been messing around with a new color map. This is the West and North "based" on some GPS tracks from my phone. The East could be done too, but I don't have any GPS file for it. Anyway, take a look and maybe it can used for something?

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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Jim O » January 21st, 2015, 11:00 pm

Looks cool Todd. Nice work. The best detail I've seen for the West and North.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Critter7r » January 22nd, 2015, 10:35 am

Best Holdridge map ever.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby turbotoad » January 22nd, 2015, 11:51 am

Thanks Chris. I just tired of the old black and white one that looks old (even if it is up to date) and crappy.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby r21954 » January 22nd, 2015, 5:20 pm

I like the map Tod. The one on the Keiosk had similar colors for the trails, the sun faded them. I would also like to color code the mile markers with the map ledger so the would be no doubt what trail some one was on. Great job.
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby jreyst » January 23rd, 2015, 3:14 pm

How's the trail right now for a skinny?
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Re: CRAMBA: Holdridge

Postby Jim O » Yesterday, 1:01 pm

jreyst wrote:How's the trail right now for a skinny?


West and North is packed down but very slippery for a skinny. East only has my boot prints and partial trail runners who tried to make a shortcut to get back. I do not think a Fat bike would fair very long.
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