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RAT Trail Construction Update 8/31/16

August 31, 2016
Sweet and Sustainable Singletrack (SST) with a crew of 9 hardworking men spent the past 2.5 weeks hammering out a new trail to be completed by about September 1st. This trail incorporates ledges and big rock-drops heretofore unseen in the RAT system and will not welcome any unwilling or unskilled riders. Beware, all you puny little RATS, of the Exterminator. It's technical, it's extreme and it's coming for you!! 

On August 30th, SST started work on an extension of Ratical that will connect with Plague Ground not far below where Plague Ground currently peels away from Double Crosser. The SST crew will likely continue building until sometime in November. Then, on September 6th, a crew of 9 from the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) will arrive to double the manpower and the output for 8 weeks. This will be our third consecutive year hosting SCC and these kids exemplify hard work, determination and enthusiasm. Please keep your eyes open for workers, tools and detours - and for big changes totaling 8 miles of new trail in the next couple of months. 

On September 17-18th, RAT will assist Top of the Pines (TOP) in a push to build 3.5 miles of trail that will serve as a beginner mountain biking course. The trails will also be wide enough to accommodate hand pedaled bikes for adaptive sports. The trails will be located near County Road 5 about 4 miles Southwest of Ridgway at an elevation of about 8500 feet. RAT will provide tools and volunteers. On 17th, we will conduct a tools training session with our volunteers and we will be build for the day. On the 18th, we will continue to build. TOP will provide lunch for volunteers and folks are welcome and stay overnight and camp at their leisure. Please stay tuned to the RAT Facebook page for more details as the date approaches. RAT and TOP need both crew members and qualified crew leaders.
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