Last weekend I was presented the opportunity to help build a new mountain bike trail in the Tahoe area. I've been riding here for many years, but this was the first time I had volunteered my time to help contribute to a sport I love. It's easy to get caught up in activities and forget that without the help of people like yourself your activity would not be the same.
I went into this day with very little trail building experience, fortunately that was not an issue. The group met up, gathered all the gear and then the crew leaders explained the process. In just a few minutes the mix of inexperienced and experienced trail builders got to work. Sure, it was work and by the end of the day you were covered in dust and tired, but it was worth it. Knowing that in a few more sessions we would be able to call it good and ride this new trail with our bikes made it well worth the effort. I met some great people, spent the day outdoors and helped create something people will enjoy for years to come!
The only thing that was missing from my first trail building experience was an abundance of volunteers. There were only 8 of us and Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA) came equipped with enough tools for around 30 people. I definitely urge others to grab a friend and make it to one of the next trail days coming up this fall with TAMBA. The more volunteers they can get the sooner we will all be shredding new fun trails in the Tahoe area!
We are very fortunate in Tahoe to have organizations like TAMBA that are dedicated to developing new recreational areas. For more information about TAMBA and upcoming trail days please check out their website: http://mountainbiketahoe.org/ or like them on Facebook at: Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association