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Wapehani / Re: Great Job Kevin!
« on: February 07, 2014, 07:29:37 AM »
Thanks! I'm glad that the trail redevelopment has been as successful as it has. It's frustrating that just when we've gotten the trail system put back together it's going to be broken again. More on that over in the I69 thread (although I don't have much news).


And if contemplating Wapehani's broken loops is too depressing, then make sure you head to BCSP for this weekend's summit. Bloomington riders should be especially interested in talking about Yellowwood, not to mention future trail development at BC.

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Wapehani / Re: Video of New Rock Garden
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:59:01 AM »
Way to nail it! Did you take several runs before you managed to clear everything?

I'm especially impressed by how easily you handled the skinny at :40.  It's hard to tell from the video, but there's a little crest at the end of it that psyches me out.

Anyone have third person p.o.v. of any of these features?  I know there are other Wapehani videos out there--maybe we need to start a thread.

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Wapehani / Re: Upland Rock Garden
« on: November 18, 2013, 08:22:02 AM »
Thanks for making the trip down to check it out!  I think Upland did a great job.  Like you said, very challenging stuff, even though it's only a couple hundred feet of trail.


Anyone shoot any video of the new rock features yet?

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Wapehani / Re: Upland Rock Garden
« on: November 06, 2013, 08:28:48 AM »

A couple more pics of the new rock work:








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Wapehani / Re: Upland Rock Garden
« on: November 04, 2013, 12:56:57 PM »
I'll open it up tomorrow (Tues), then probably close it again for a couple of days if we get a lot of rain on Wedn. The dirt crests are still pretty soft.

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Wapehani / Re: Upland Rock Garden
« on: November 03, 2013, 05:51:00 PM »
Alex is working hard and making progress. Here's a sneak peek at some of the armoring:










Please remember to watch your speed coming out of the "Exit Only" area while construction is still underway.

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Wapehani / Upland Rock Garden
« on: October 26, 2013, 09:49:24 AM »
Wapehani's getting a rock garden!

Parks & Rec is pleased to announce that we've contracted with Upland Trail Design for the installation of a black diamond rock garden in our technical Tulip Loops area.

This new expert line will be located between the existing expert runout and the cobblestones. It is on the right if you are facing the "Exit Only" sign from the bottom of the cobbles. It descends from the northeast corner of the Tulip Loops to the bottom of the old roadbed, where it merges with the current black diamond exit. It's currently signed as More Difficult, and there is a new switchback flagged at the top of the line.

Currently, we're planning on allowing two-way traffic through the rock garden, while the existing "Exit Only" would remain one-way only. I've cut back that big cottonwood to restore the road to its pre-tornado double-track width to better accommodate two-way traffic.

This is a major construction project and will require closing down the cobbles as a trailhead for several weeks, beginning this coming Monday 10/28. Please respect the closure and follow the posted directions for alternate access. Thanks! 

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HMBA Forum News and Information / Re: Forum Issues
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:17:33 AM »
"Be Considerate of Other Visitors."


That's one of the seven principles of Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The principles make up a basic etiquette that allows multiple user groups to share their love of outdoor recreation while minimizing their impact. It's the work of decades of cooperation between public and private agencies. IMBA supports LNT, and some of the advocacy work that takes place on this forum is about educating trail users to tread lightly.


I see no reason that this same ethos shouldn't apply to the forum itself. Etiquette isn't authoritarian or dictatorial or censorship. It's basic human courtesy and common sense. There are plenty of other places on the internet for those who want to rant without accountability or without regard for their impact on other users or their impact on the way an advocacy organization is perceived (by, say, land managers).


In other words, I have no problem with moderating the forum to ensure that users are being respectful of others and of IMBA-HMBA's mission. I like the suggestion of leaving some portion of the site open to anyone who registers, while maintaining certain sections for paying IMBA members only.


In theory, the idea that this site increases IMBA-HMBA membership can be tested.  There is a database of registered forum users; there is a database of dues paying IMBA-HMBA members. What percentage of registered users also pay annual dues? How long is the typical interval between registering to use the forum and ponying up the $35? What percentage of forum posters never join IMBA?


These are all questions that could be answered, although I don't have the technical expertise to set up the queries of the databases. But I think that drastic changes to the forum should be data-driven if possible.


My hypothesis would be that about 20% of registered forum users are also IMBA members. (Naturally, I hope I'm wrong.)

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Wapehani / Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:43:06 AM »
Hoosier Energy has begun clearing its Tech Park lots.  Tech Park Blvd is now fenced and gated.  It is no longer a public right of way--it's a construction zone.


The informal south side trailhead is closed.  There is no entrance to the park from the south.








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Wapehani / Re: New to Wapehani
« on: July 08, 2013, 08:30:02 AM »
Thanks, guys!  I was out of town all weekend myself, but I'm glad to hear you all had a good time.


The I-69 stuff is complicated, but it won't destroy the park.  It will take an apx 50 ft slice off the west side. The biggest loss will be the really fun slalom downhill along the southwest border of the park.  And INDOT will have to pay for a new, much longer boardwalk.


We're hoping to be able to expand the park to compensate for the impact.  We contracted with Spectrum Trail Design to develop concepts for expansion, so we've got awesome plans...if we can work out the real estate situation.

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Wapehani / Exit Only
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:50:43 PM »

More improvements are on the way for the technical line in the Tuliptree Loops.  I'll be beveling the sharp edges of the skinnies and installing a safety ramp on the jump to make it rollable.  The second roller will be leveled out and there will be a couple of long shelves with 10-12" drops instead (that's why all the soil is piled up on either side of the features there).


The upper jump has been signed "Exit Only" almost since it was installed.  That policy now applies to the bottom of the line, too:





There are still three ways to enter the Tuliptree Loops.


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Wapehani / Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:27:32 AM »
As some of you may have noticed, the Tech Park area is heavily flagged.  It's probably most noticeable in front of the cell tower.


Do not disturb stakes, flags, or taped trees!  These markings are for the protection of the park.






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Wapehani / Re: New to Wapehani
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:18:03 AM »
Yep, these 40-something degree days are a perfect storm for rutted trails.  But so far this winter I've seen very little evidence of folks riding when they shouldn't.


The trails can be ridden many ways, but we recommend a clockwise direction of travel (with the parking lot at twelve o'clock).  Generally speaking, if you want the longest loops, take the left turns when you have the option.  If you're looking for technical features, try repeating loops and following the black arrows in the northwest corner of the park.


Have fun!




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Wapehani / Re: Land between RCA park and Wapahani
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:28:01 AM »
Since this question has popped up before and will likely pop up again, I thought it would be useful to remind everyone that the City does maintain a webpage full of links and pdf's related to bike and ped infrastructure: Biking in Bloomington.

You can find all kinds of information on long-term planning there and in the Growth Policies Plan.

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Wapehani / Re: Mill Creek Tech Park
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:17:30 AM »
I don't know if anyone caught the meeting on CATS Wedn night, but there's another potential benefit to Hoosier Energy relocating to the Tech Park: they would put new money into the Tapp Rd TIF.  Now, that's a decade down the road, but there was explicit reference to new income to the TIF possibly funding park enhancements.  It could be a potential way to fund capital improvements (like a better access road, parking lot, permanent bathroom, that kind of thing).


For those of you who don't know, much of our work out there this past season was actually funded by the Tapp Rd TIF, not by the Parks budget.




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