Ever wonder what Santa’s Elves do in their off season?… and how they pass the summer? Well they make themselves moderately useful by keeping the North Shore trails clear of
downed trees and branches! Have a look-see at some of their handiwork from near Nelson Creek, on the initial section of the Knee Knacker route
Morning attire. Photo by Mark Grist
Luckily this part of the trail is far away from any houses and the highway noise drowns out all sounds of a large chainsaw. Photo by Mark Grist.
We could have left the tree in place and then watch the fun unfold on race morning. But we’re just too responsible to let that happen. Besides, the rest of the trail is tough enough! Photo by Mark Grist
Just over a week away from Race Day and there are some surprises on the Baden Powell Trail which we’re working on:
- A big tree is down on the trail about 20 minutes from the start line, a few minutes past the footbridge. We’re hoping to remove it tomorrow.
- There is major construction on the trail near Glenmore Drive (West Van). We’re working with BC Hydro and the District of West Vancouver to make sure it’s safe for you on race day.
Many thanks to everyone for telling us about these problems!
This is the twentieth year of Knee Knacker Trail Maintenance Day. A new boardwalk was built and trail drainage was improved on the Baden Powell Trail east of Hyannis Drive. Check out the photos from:
The Trail Elves (missing a few elves):
Trail Elves for the 20th Anniversary of KKNSTR Trail Day
REUSE YOUR CUP!
In our efforts to reduce waste, please try to reuse the paper cups at the aid stations. If you have Coke or a sports drink, please ask the aid station volunteer to refill your cup again. This will help us with:
- less garbage creation;
- less clean-up;
- eliminate the chance for a used cup to be left in the bush of a favorite local trail;
- less work for the amazing volunteers!
You are part of a positive movement to change how we interact with a running event and even the planet. Thank you.
“Little changes can have big effects”
Trail Day is fast approaching on Saturday, June 8 and we need your help! Every year this event is our way to give back to the community by maintaining and improving the trails we enjoy so much. You don’t need any special skills, tools, or equipment to participate–we’re simply looking for as many helping hands as possible.
We will be working under the guidance of the District of North Vancouver, which provides all supplies and tools (so you don’t have to bring anything). We’ll also have Delany’s coffee, and baked goodies for everyone.
This year we’ll continue to make improvements to the Baden Powell Trail immediately east of Hyannis Drive. It’s a lot of work so we’re hoping to get 20 to 30 volunteers. Here are the details:
- Date: Saturday, June 8
- Time: 8:45am-1pm
- Place: BP trailhead on Hyannis Drive at the top of Berkley Avenue
- Equipment to bring: Water, snacks, clothes you don’t mind getting muddy. Work gloves, tools, and construction materials will be supplied by the District of North Vancouver.
- RSVP by Thursday, June 6 to Trail Day Co-ordinator (Andrew Wong) via the contact form.
June 8 Trail Day meeting place — Baden Powell trail at the top of Hyannis Drive
Hollyburn Chute Trail Maintenance photos can be found here.
Many thanks to Andrew, Aaron, Craig and Victor for clearing the many trees fallen on the Hollyburn Chute. Just in time for the Knee Knacker Training Run on this section tomorrow!
Trail Elves at Work
This year is a particularly bad one for windfall on many trails, with several sustaining significant damage from storms over the past six months. The Hollyburn Chute section of the Baden Powell Trail (which is roughly south of the Holllyburn Lodge to Craigmohr Road) had, at last count, about 60 trees down across the trail. Several volunteers have cleared fallen branches and put up trail tapes so you can navigate through the Chute, but it’s currently not runnable.
The District of West Vancouver is aware of the Hollyburn Chute damage and they will send work crews to clean it up in the next few weeks. Until that is done, our training runs will avoid the Chute beginning with this Sunday’s run, so please ensure you hear the updated route information at the training run briefing. (The meeting place and time are unchanged.)
Snow and wind storms of the past several months brought down many trees on the Hollyburn Chute. Volunteers have cleared the branches so you can do your best parkour move over the trees. Chainsaw crews will remove the rest of the damage in the next few weeks.
The 2013 Trail Day will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013. As always, we’ll be working with the District of North Vancouver to improve a section of the Baden Powell Trail. More details will be announced in late May.
We didn’t have time to finish everything, but what we did finish will keep you from getting sucked into a bog next year. Yes, there are new bog bridges on Black Mountain, courtesy of the trail work party on September 15. To see what happened on that wonderfully sunny day, here are some photos by Enzo and Andrew. (And to answer the question: yes, you can walk on mud…as long as there’s a bridge over it!)
Trail elves: Enzo Federico, Patricia Jensen, David Jensen, Hannah Jensen, Bruce McArthur (Friends of Cypress Provincial Park), Jan Snow, Rob Wilson (BC Parks), Andrew Wong, Jeff Young (BC Parks)