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Kevin M

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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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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2013, 09:15:33 PM »
That's great news!  I've wanted and wished for a rock garden at Wapehani for a long time!

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 11:55:01 AM »
Awesome! Can't wait - love me some rock garden :D

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 10:22:16 AM »
I hope the rocks are black diamonds.  That limestone is awfully slippery when wet!

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #4 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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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2013, 07:43:20 AM »
I stopped to talk to him while he was putting on some final touches and doing a test ride yesterday.  The rock garden is AWESOME!!  I can't wait until it's open for riding.

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #6 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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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013, 08:28:48 AM »

A couple more pics of the new rock work:








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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2013, 11:08:02 PM »
Great job on the rock garden.  It's SO much fun to ride!  Gonna take a few more rides for me to figure it out, but that's what makes it so great.

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013, 07:26:04 PM »
I see trip back down to wapahani in my future here soon. That looks awesome!!!!
Tubes we don't need no stinking tubes!!

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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2013, 07:37:16 AM »
The new rock garden is awesome. Rides really well and it's very chalanging.  Thanks for the new features. You guys rock
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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #11 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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Re: Upland Rock Garden
« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2013, 09:25:58 AM »
Yes one guy I was with was shooting video. He also got some of us on the jump section.
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