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Old 08-18-2013, 11:07 AM   #3481
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Probably will head out Sunday afternoon (18 aug 2013) and see what trouble I can get in to! Already dropped my new tiger 800 XC 3 times! It is awesome having a ride that does not get damaged with drops (so far)!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:12 AM   #3482
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Powderface Trail Still Closed :(

I thought I'd do a loop through Bragg Creek, Powderface Trail, and Hwy 40 to get a chocolate bar at the Fortress gas station. The south end of Powderface is baricaded!!

I guess I misunderstood some of the earlier posts about the number of bridges that have been replaced along the trail - not realizing it's not possible to go full length of the trail.

The good thing is I eventually got my chocolate bar (I had 2 bars to allow for the extra time for backtracking).

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:29 AM   #3483
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I would really like to try that trail sometime! First I am going to try and hook up with "Bacon" and do the Mclean lake area. Looking forward to finding time!
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I thought I'd do a loop through Bragg Creek, Powderface Trail, and Hwy 40 to get a chocolate bar at the Fortress gas station. The south end of Powderface is baricaded!!

I guess I misunderstood some of the earlier posts about the number of bridges that have been replaced along the trail - not realizing it's not possible to go full length of the trail.

The good thing is I eventually got my chocolate bar (I had 2 bars to allow for the extra time for backtracking).

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:48 PM   #3484
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I would really like to try that trail sometime! First I am going to try and hook up with "Bacon" and do the Mclean lake area. Looking forward to finding time!
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Mclean creek is lots of fun but it is easy to get carried away and get into some deep holes and tricky trails. My advice (which you didn't ask for) is to get some good motocross boots and gear and go with a buddy. Hopefully I get to meet you on a ride and tell my story of what not to do.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:23 PM   #3485
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How was the Margaret Lake loop, Floss?

We rode Sunday in Waiparous. 59km of single track.

Fantastic day. However I think it's the first local day where it's been dusty.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:25 PM   #3486
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I would really like to try that trail sometime! First I am going to try and hook up with "Bacon" and do the Mclean lake area. Looking forward to finding time!
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Powderface Trail is actually a road. Very easy to do, but still a good idea to do it with somebody else. It doesn't see much traffic.


As for accessibility, has the bridge just past Mclean Creek been rebuilt / opened?
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #3487
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Great advice! I do have some great icon boots that work well. Only been riding dual sport for three weeks and seem to learn daily to avoid the tricky trails. Sometimes it just looks so tempting!
I definitely will go easy unless with a partner. :P

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Mclean creek is lots of fun but it is easy to get carried away and get into some deep holes and tricky trails. My advice (which you didn't ask for) is to get some good motocross boots and gear and go with a buddy. Hopefully I get to meet you on a ride and tell my story of what not to do.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:13 PM   #3488
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How was the Margaret Lake loop, Floss?

We rode Sunday in Waiparous. 59km of single track.

Fantastic day. However I think it's the first local day where it's been dusty.
The ride was fun but we got expatADV onto road that his bike was not made for. He made it all the way to the lake and back though. Sorry again expatADV.

I don't know the loop way to go to Margaret lake, we just went in and out the same way.

Did you sweep for the sunday races then go for a ride?
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #3489
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I have just returned from completing the Level 2 BMW off-road course offered by Off Road Skills/Simon Pavey on Wales. In short, it was a blast. The course is held at a 4000 acre site known as Walters Arena. Apparently it is also the site of the world rally championship. The level 1,2 and 3 courses are all held over two days. I had completed the level 1, at Blackfoot a few years back so I felt the level two was in order and as I was headed to London with the wife and kids to visit family anyways...Off Road Skills is based in the tiny town of Ystradgynlas ( us-trad-GUN-las). Off Road Skills isn't owned by BMW yet there must be some sort "sponsorship" deal as the bikes are all new each year and include the 1200gs, f800gs, g650gs, etc. All of the instructors are in full-on BMW Rallye suits and ride GSAs. The overall level of professionalism and organization was very high. If you look at the Off Road Skills website you'll see this is quite a large operation offering not only the Wales-based courses but also various tours in Europe,the UK, and beyond. My training group was a level 2/3 split since there were only two guys signed up for level three and five of us doing level two. We had two instructors, sort of a junior/senior thing. The younger fellow was locally based whereas the senior instructor commuted in from England to teach various courses. Most of the instructors were involved in other types of work outside of their instructor work. These guys were great riders and on the transitions between drills they'd demonstrate their expert level of control they had on the big GSAs. It seems that for the most part they had trials and or enduro racing experience or both. One of the great parts of the course was knowing that if these guys said you could ride something then damn-it you were riding it! So what were the drills/skills? Well, it really was an evolution of level one. So, expect level one but much steeper, much rockier, a lot wetter and muddier and deeper ruts, and deep water. Sounds fun doesn't it? Once again, the site was great. A maze of trails with terrain to challenge GS type bikes. We worked on riding long, deep muddy and rocky ruts up and down hill, steep rutted ascents and descents, picking through obstacles on steep descents, dealing with stalls on steep technical ascents and finally power slides (the most fun of all). Two full days was fatiguing though we did have breaks throughout the day for water along with a lunch break served up at a local community centre. An excellent way to learn greater control and increased overall riding skill.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:49 PM   #3490
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I have just returned from completing the Level 2 BMW off-road course offered by Off Road Skills/Simon Pavey on Wales. In short, it was a blast. The course is held at a 4000 acre site known as Walters Arena. Apparently it is also the site of the world rally championship. The level 1,2 and 3 courses are all held over two days. I had completed the level 1, at Blackfoot a few years back so I felt the level two was in order and as I was headed to London with the wife and kids to visit family anyways...Off Road Skills is based in the tiny town of Ystradgynlas ( us-trad-GUN-las). Off Road Skills isn't owned by BMW yet there must be some sort "sponsorship" deal as the bikes are all new each year and include the 1200gs, f800gs, g650gs, etc. All of the instructors are in full-on BMW Rallye suits and ride GSAs. The overall level of professionalism and organization was very high. If you look at the Off Road Skills website you'll see this is quite a large operation offering not only the Wales-based courses but also various tours in Europe,the UK, and beyond. My training group was a level 2/3 split since there were only two guys signed up for level three and five of us doing level two. We had two instructors, sort of a junior/senior thing. The younger fellow was locally based whereas the senior instructor commuted in from England to teach various courses. Most of the instructors were involved in other types of work outside of their instructor work. These guys were great riders and on the transitions between drills they'd demonstrate their expert level of control they had on the big GSAs. It seems that for the most part they had trials and or enduro racing experience or both. One of the great parts of the course was knowing that if these guys said you could ride something then damn-it you were riding it! So what were the drills/skills? Well, it really was an evolution of level one. So, expect level one but much steeper, much rockier, a lot wetter and muddier and deeper ruts, and deep water. Sounds fun doesn't it? Once again, the site was great. A maze of trails with terrain to challenge GS type bikes. We worked on riding long, deep muddy and rocky ruts up and down hill, steep rutted ascents and descents, picking through obstacles on steep descents, dealing with stalls on steep technical ascents and finally power slides (the most fun of all). Two full days was fatiguing though we did have breaks throughout the day for water along with a lunch break served up at a local community centre. An excellent way to learn greater control and increased overall riding skill.
Sounds similar in scope to my experience this spring with RawHyde Adventures doing the level 2 and 3 training except with the mud. We did more sand work (which I still suck at, but less so than before). I put that training to good use over the past week out in BC. Got onto one decommissioned road and was hardly intimidated by the challenge it presented me. You'll find yourself enjoying your rides so much more when the terrain is not so overwhelming to your skills.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:49 PM   #3491
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The ride was fun but we got expatADV onto road that his bike was not made for. He made it all the way to the lake and back though. Sorry again expatADV.

I don't know the loop way to go to Margaret lake, we just went in and out the same way.

Did you sweep for the sunday races then go for a ride?


There is a loop. It's actually quite a fun ride. Map shows it clearly and all legal trail.

Nope, went riding with buddies instead. I'm not a member of the RMDRA anymore, but have volunteered a few times since. Found out I'm not covered under their insurance if not a member.

I have no problems volunteering sweat and blisters for 6-8hrs, but paying the membership doesn't get me anything (it's cheap, but it's more of a point. I'm stubborn. haha)

My buddy and I who are no longer members put in a solid days work on the race course. Clearing a few KM's of trail and building a bridge. We got a beer of out. Not complaining by any means. It was a fun day, but if all their members volunteered they wouldn't need paid memberships. Hell, if all the membership racers put in a few hours work they wouldn't need to ask non-racing individuals for help.

At the end of the day I would sooner do something to keep the trails open or add trails to the map, rather then pay $40 and expect things to happen.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #3492
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Bear Berry Ride on my Tiger XC

Here is a link from my ride tonight out past Bear Berry, north of Calgary. New to ADV but boy it is a blast just following random roads in the mountains!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o5vFaCFu5k

Whoops! Sorry if you checked the link last night it was set as private - now fixed!
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:51 AM   #3493
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The riding only gets better the further you get away from Calgary!
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:55 AM   #3494
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ESRD Now has GPS data for Ghost and Mclean

Have I just missed the boat on this? I've never seen it before. download all the legal trails to your garmin using basecamp

http://srd.alberta.ca/MapsPhotosPubl...t/Default.aspx
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:13 AM   #3495
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Just curious - will this work with my Motion X GPS software on my IPad?
I will try to send details once I track them but I have no GPS device other than phone and ipad.

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Have I just missed the boat on this? I've never seen it before. download all the legal trails to your garmin using basecamp

http://srd.alberta.ca/MapsPhotosPubl...t/Default.aspx
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