Shuswap Trail News – Nov 14 2013

Shuswap Trail Alliance

www.shuswaptrailalliance.com

Huge thanks to all the good trail stewardship over the last few weeks. Volunteer work bees, trail clean-up, and more new trail, plus a great celebration of the season last Saturday, including acknowledgement from BC Parks for everyone’s dedication and hard work. Congratulations!

Another weekend ahead to get you outside, with a continued invitation to help inventory trails, and the new Shuswap Trail Stewards t-shirts are ready thanks to Andrew Ellis at Happy Trails T-Shirt Company in Sicamous (see www.shuswaptrailalliance.com)

Plus two opportunities to support Trail Alliance partner organizations this weekend. . .

Pick up tickets to the Shuffle Demons and Salmon Armenians benefit for the Shuswap Environmental Action Society Friday night at Acorn Music.

And be sure to nab the remaining tickets to Saturday’s Best-of-the-Banff Mountain Film Festival at Wearabouts in support of Shuswap Search and Rescue. The entirely volunteer run organization depends on our support to continue their incredible service within the region. Lets show them the love!

Here are the highlights:

  • Shuffle Demons and Salmon Armenians – Nov 15
  • Banff Mountain Film Fest – support Search & Rescue – Nov 16
  • Shuswap Outdoors Potluck POSTPONED to – Nov 23
  • Pedal and Pint moves to Tuesdays
  • Join the fall trail inventory
  • Book the Trail Rider – information and rental
  • What’s the Trail Team Up To?
  • Want to Help?
  • Hunting Safety Notice
  • And Remember: report trail issues to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com

Here are the details:

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Shuffle Demons and Salmon Armenians: Nov 15 – 8 pm at Gleneden Hall, Salmon Arm. A benefit concert and dance for the Shuswap Environmental Action Society. Tickets at Acorn Music.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival – Support Shuswap Search & Resecue: Nov 16 – 7 pm at the Salmar Classic in Salmon Arm. Be sure to get your tickets soon for this sell out event of in support of the remarkable Shuswap Search & Rescue Volunteers. It’s always an inspiring feast of the best films hot from the Banff Mountain Film Festival a few weeks earlier. And remember: SSRV is a completely volunteer run organization that supports all the good things we do outdoors. Please help them by coming to the film festival and making a generous donation. Tickets at Wearabouts.

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Shuswap Outdoors Club AGM and Potluck DATE CHANGE – They’re the very original that got things started outdoors on foot in the Shuswap. Call 250-932-8729 for more info. Upcoming dates: Annual Potluck Social & Show and Tell – Saturday Nov 23  call 250-832-8729

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Pedal and Pint Moves to Tuesdays – as of Nov 12, the Pedal & Pint mountain bike ride moves to Tuesday. Meet at Skookum Cycle 6 pm. Bring your head lamps.

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Join the fall trail inventory– the Fall Trail inventory continues. An excuse to go for a walk or ride and check trails before they settle under a blanket of snow. Be sure to send in trail condition reports to our uber-steward, Clint, at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com. And if you’re looking for something a little more formal, upload an inventory form at www.shuswaptrailalliance.com (see links on the home page)

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Book the Shuswap TrailRider! – The Shuswap TrailRider is now available for anyone to book for assisted use of Shuswap Trails. The TrailRider allows individuals with mobility challenges to experience all of our regional trails. You will need at least two people to join you (your Sherpas). Ideal for group walks and hikes. A nominal donation is requested to book. For more information and to book the TrailRider visit: www.shuswaptrailrider.com.

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What’s the Trail Team Up To? A great volunteer day with students at Carlin School saw lots of good trail stewardship lessons and a new section of trail to improve student safety. Very cool! The new Mt Baldy Trail will be ready for winter snow shoe use just in time for the snow – in partnership with CSRD Parks and the Sorrento and Area Community Association. And we’re excited to start work this week with BC Parks to assemble a complete trail inventory and assesment of the Roderick Haig Brown trail system at Adams River in preparation for next year’s Salute to the Salmon. Meanwhile, watch for several pre-winter finish up projects with regional partners, including Eagle River Nature Trails, Reinecker, and Salmon Arm Greenways.

Want to Help? Call our project operations magician, Kevin P, if you’d like to come out and volunteer with the team for the day, of if you have a group who’d like a special project! 250-517-9842.

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Hunting Season Trail Safety Notice: September through December trail on crown lands are within deer hunting areas – remember, trails on crown land share the forest with many other uses, including seasonal hunting throughout the year. Deer hunting season (September through December) is particularly busy. For your safety out on wilderness trails, remember:

  • All persons using trails on crown lands do so at their own risk
  • All persons should wear highly visable clothing
  • All persons should keep to the main trails
  • As a safety precaution make noise when approaching a curve or uphill climb
  • avoid animal carcasses
  • make dogs visible
  • be bear aware

When discharing a firearem, hunters use the same rules that apply to maintained forestry roads – shoot away from the trail, not down or accross trails, and remove all carcass parts from the immediate vicinity of any publicly used trail.

This notice has been preapred jointly by the Shuswap Trail Alliance and local BC Wildlife Federation leadership.

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And Remember: Report Trail Issues as you see them directly to trailreport@shuswaptrails.com or online at www.shuswaptrails.com. The trail report hotline acts as a clearing house to forward your notice to the relevant authorities and volunteers.

See you out on the trails!
Phil McIntyre-Paul
The Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-804-1964
phil@shuswaptrails.com
http://www.shuswaptrailalliance.com

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