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Support Trails – Support RFMBA!

If you had a chance to ride any of the new trails built last year – Grandstaff, Buckhorn Traverse, Glassier, Prince Creek, New Castle – you know the impact your membership and donations to RFMBA make to help build and maintain the local trail network.

This year we are going even bigger. A whole new trail system in South Canyon, added trails in Hunter Creek, new trails in Prince Creek, Buckhorn re-routes and more. And all the trails you know and love will be getting extra attention from our new RFMBA trail crew and Trail Agents.

Please become a member or renew your membership if it has lapsed.

Annual Memberships, Business Sponsorships and Donations help RFMBA accomplish great things for trails and the mountain bike community!  Your Membership helps RFMBA to advocate for improving the trail system and increase our ability to partner on projects to maintain our existing trails and build new ones.   Thank you for supporting and aiding our efforts!

In April and May of 2018, you’re entered to win a spectacular prize package for two when you join or renew. Click here for full contest details.

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Support trails. Support RFMBA!

New Prince Creek Climbing Trail Section Open!

The new Prince Creek (Climbing) Trail is open for business!

Consider this an upper extension of last fall’s access climbing trail on @pitkinost land and easements (parallel to paved portion of PC Rd).

This new trail was approved by BLM to reduce conflicts, and allows the lowest portion of Monte Carlo Trail to now be downhill direction only!

Due to current BLM land boundary, you’ll need to pedal up the road a short ways to find the new trail entrance on your left.

More signage is planned for the PC area trails in coming weeks to clarify these changes.

Big thanks to our volunteers, many of them RFMBA board members in this case, who helped get this trail open so early in the riding season! Special thanks to Bruce H. The Wood Doctor who crafted the new removable bridge over the ditch (to allow for annual ditch maintenance), and thanks to Lowe’s for some of the materials we needed!

First Aid for Mountain Bikers Offered In Snowmass June 9

Backcountry Lifeline and Aspen Ski Co have partnered up to bring First Aid for Mountain Bikers to the public of Snowmass and Aspen.

The training will be held at the Treehouse from 8AM to approximately 5PM with a 1 hour lunch (not included).

Cost for the event is $110. Use discount code RFMBA10 for 10% off!

Refunds up to 7 days before event

By providing mountain biker relevant content and engaging instruction, participants will be able to complete training and obtain First Aid, CPR & AED certification with minimal time investment.

This frontcountry oriented course includes: First Aid Basics, Assessing a Patient, Traumatic Injuries & Bleeding, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Cardiac Emergencies (CPR & AED), Sudden Illnesses, Environmental Emergencies, Head Neck & Spine, Communications, Incident Command, and First Aid Kits.

Join BCLL and be prepared for your next mountain bike adventure!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO SIGN UP

Give Back to the Trails; Become an RFMBA Trail Agent!

Introduction
This program is designed to allow for an expansion of independent volunteerism on our local trails, especially by mountain bikers. RFMBA’s mission is to create AND sustain the best possible trails for mountain biking in our region – you can play a big part in this effort! This independence is offered as a compliment to the public projects and group efforts led by our valued partner Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. If you’re new to the trail volunteering world, we recommend that you experience a scheduled event with RFOV or RFMBA to become familiar with trail stewardship.

As a Trail Agent, your training authorizes you to keep trails free of fallen trees, dedicate a couple hours in the middle of a ride to trimming back a tight section of overgrowth, or to spend an entire day maintaining your favorite local trail, all in a safe and effective manner.

The Trail Agent program is based on the Guide to Independent Stewardship for Trails. The Guide was developed through the Outdoor Stewardship Institute by a committee of dedicated trail advocates to meet the needs of public land managers. The Guide teaches volunteers the basics needed to perform typical trail maintenance independently or in small groups. When the training concludes, you will know how to identify and perform basic trail corridor, trail tread and drainage structure maintenance, as well as how to recognize and report on other more complex maintenance needs that are beyond the scope of this training. You will also learn basic safety and risk assessment, along with how to appropriately work with and represent volunteer organizations and land management agencies.

Importantly, we expect that you will schedule your time on the trail to fit well with your family, work, and play time. In fact, we encourage you to keep that folding saw or telescoping loppers in your pack, get out for a big ride, tackle fallen trees or a remote section of trail corridor or trail tread, and report your total volunteer hours as your entire door to door effort. We’ll leverage your volunteer time and efforts to help secure additional funding towards more local trail improvement projects.

FREE Training Evenings
(Pizza & Drinks provided, RSVP Req’d – email: info@rfmba.org)

Thursday, April 5, 2018. ROF.net Office @ 2520 Grand Ave, Suite 212, Glenwood Springs, (Penrose Plaza Bldg.) 6:00pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Lohrs Court, Snowmass (Up the stairs to Unit #371) 6:00pm-8:30pm

Thursday, April 19, 2018. Lohrs Court, Snowmass (Up the stairs to Unit #371) 6:00pm-8:30pm

May & June dates to be announced.

Trail Agents receive a complimentary set of lightweight portable loppers after finishing training. Additional portable tools can be borrowed from RFMBA’s tool cache.

To become a Trail Agent follow these steps:

  1. As a pre-requisite, read the OSI Guide to Independent Stewardship for Trails prior to your training session. Approximate time: 60-90 minutes.
  2. Attend a free RFMBA Trail Agent training session, typically a 2 hour evening session. The following program manual includes a Synopsis of key issues to be reviewed during the training session, as well as more info. on the below steps.
    RFMBA Trail Agent Program Manual 2018
  3. Review current list of Roaring Fork region trails authorized for basic trail maintenance through this program. See page 5 of the Program Manual.
  4. Review portable trail tool resources. See page 8 of the Program Manual.
  5. Report your accomplishments via Unself volunteer time tracking app. Click here for an invite to the App. See page 9 of the Program Manual for the simple report format.
  6. At the end of your training session, document comprehension of your training via a 10 question Quiz. See page 10 of the Program Manual for the quiz.
  7. Confirm with RFMBA that your field training component has been satisfied.
  8. Sign program Agreement and Waiver (on an annual basis). See pages 12 & 13 of the Program Manual.
Trail Agent with a full set of portable trail maintenance tools.

 

 

RFMBA is hiring! Seasonal Trail Crew – Summer 2018

RFMBA 2018 Employment Opportunity
RFMBA – Seasonal Trail Crew Member – Summer 2018
Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association – RF Valley, Colorado

Love trails? Have a passion for mountain biking? Join RFMBA’s first Seasonal Trail Crew, this spring and summer! Ideal candidates will have volunteer or professional experience with singletrack trail maintenance and will be passionate about mountain biking and trail culture.

Spend the summer outdoors, improving local trails from Aspen to New Castle. Maintain trail tread and drainage structures, trim corridor vegetation, clear fallen trees, and generally improve bike trails in both high-use and remote backcountry areas.

During 2018, two Trail Crew Members will serve as ambassadors for public lands and RFMBA. Personal vehicle required for remote trailhead access; mileage reimbursement offered when traveling more than 20 miles from home. Equipment stipend and mobile phone reimbursement offered.

Training opportunities included to improve your trail, tool, safety, and backcountry knowledge. $15-$18/hour, 40 hours/week, based on experience.

Learn more at RFMBA.org or call 970-948-3486.

To Apply: If interested, please submit a PDF resume to info@rfmba.org. Resumes & Email introduction statement of interest should be submitted by Friday, April 13 (earlier is better), with availability to work starting Mid-May or sooner.

Position Summary: Maintain and improve existing public trails open to mountain biking. Report on accomplishments and identify future maintenance needs on a daily basis. Serve as an ambassador for public lands and RFMBA.

  • Essential Duties & Responsibilities
    • Promote public trails and RFMBA’s mission as a friendly ambassador.
    • Responsible for the assigned maintenance of specific trail corridors, treads, drainage
    structures, turn structures, and other trail features.
    • Clearly communicate with RFMBA supervisors regarding scheduled and assigned work.
    • Learn and utilize online system for daily descriptive reporting of accomplished work and trail issues identified for potential future work.
    • Work with RFMBA staff and volunteers on trail maintenance, trail system improvement, or
    trail construction projects when assigned and scheduled to do so.
    • Responsible for all tools provided for the use within the Seasonal Trail Crew Program.
    • Additional duties as assigned by RFMBA supervisors.

 

  • Education, Experience & Skills
    • High school diploma or equivalent.
    • Passion for mountain biking and trail culture (strong understanding of trail experiences desired by all types of mountain bikers on various trail types).
    • Trail maintenance or trail construction experience with traditional hand tools (volunteer or professional).
    • Experience using a chainsaw or brush cutter (safety training to be provided).
    • Ability to handle high stress situations.
    • Ability to work both independently and in small groups, while remaining motivated without on-site supervision.
    • High intermediate to expert mountain biking skills with the physical dexterity to carry heavy loads while moving downhill.
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.

 

  • License and Certifications
    • Must have a valid, current, and unrestricted Driver’s license.
    • Must maintain standard auto insurance coverage.

 

  • Working Conditions
    • Candidates must be willing and able to work in all conditions relative to outdoor weather up to 8 hours per day.
    • Must be able to lift and move up to 80 pounds.
    • Must be able to lift reasonable weight and will be expected to shovel/chainsaw considerable amounts for all of each work day.