Scott Walker of T5 Contracting is the first person ever to drive a digger the entire way through the Wharfedale Track, from Townshend Bridge to View Hill. Quite the feat considering it goes 1.8km an hour!!!! He has said he probably wouldn’t do it again… (the whole drive thru, I mean, not the project!)
So, this means that the final stage of the Wharfedale Track project has been completed. Many a root ball removed, trail re-aligned where necessary, drain cut, warratah removed, wasp stings all in the name of trail fun…grins and giggles! We’ve received some fantastic on the work we have done over the last few years in there, it has been awesome to be a part of it.
HUGE THANKS must go out to North Canterbury Cycling Club for ther energy and time in the background for making this happen, DoC for giving us Jim Henderson (!!), Trail Fund NZ/New Zealand Community Trust and The Southern Trust for their assistance with funding…and to everyone who has been a part of the project with us!
If you’ve ridden the Wharfedale over recent years, you will have come across one of a couple of significant (unrideable, for the majority) bluffs. This week we’ve changed that…
We’ve gone through the middle of the, first of two, bluffs and now made it rideable with less risk of that “certain injury or worse” fall on the other side. A big part of our work in the Wharfedale, as much as maintenance, has also been about working on areas with a steep drop-off and endeavouring to keep people on the trail as much as possible!
We have loved being involved in the ongoing maintenance and work on the Wharfedale Track over the last couple of years…and now we are on the final stage of works sorting out some tricky bits between View Hill and the Saddle and general maintenance from wear-and-tear and storm damage. You can check out our progress on this stage here
Yesterday was the start of our trail building for the Spring/Summer 2016/17 and also our involvement in the Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP)! We are stoked to be involved in the Park and it’s great to know that CAP are keeping it local with getting local businesses involved in, what is going to be, a real draw card for our city.
We are working on the uphill trail from the base area to allow keen beans, who want to stretch their legs a bit more, to access the downhill trails. It will be a low-gradient trail following the contours of the hill with a few switchbacks to spice things up a bit!
Yip, you heard it here, first new MTB track on “public land” of the Port Hills of Christchurch for 10 years! We are currently working on this new trail, in conjunction with Christchurch Singletrack Club, over Winter…so good to be back and to be a part of the trail development on the hills of home.
“Why take a digger through a track…? The digger will make the track too wide.”
“Using a digger will have an adverse affect on the surrounding environment”
But, our Little Yellow Digger, the mighty Yanmar SV08-1a, is perfect for trail building and getting into tight, hard-to-reach spaces and places. Not only is it narrow (it goes from 680-840mm wide, the width of handlebars), it is also lightweight with rubber tracks that have a minimum impact on the immediate and surrounding environment. We also make a conscious effort of ensuring we leave any trail or area we work on as “untouched” as possible.
Sometimes doing work by hand is definitely the best way to go…we do this too! But with the minimum impact of the Little Yellow Digger, it is definitely worth getting the machine onto the trail or site to get the work done quickly, efficiently and with little fuss!
These photos show the minimum impact and are from our latest work on the Wharfedale Track in April.
The track imprints are right on the edge of the track…not too wide, eh?!