San Diego Mountain Biking Association - Event Information
Trail Crew Leader Training - Daley Ranch
This FREE class designed for current SDMBA trail liaisons and other core volunteers. Curriculum will include class room presentation and discussion as well as practical application in the field at Daley Ranch in Escondido. SDMBA will provide a full lunch, snacks and extra water/hydration for refills. Saturday will be a classroom session (exact location TBD) and Sunday will be a field work day.
Objectives of the course:
Standardize the trail building knowledge base of SDMBA volunteers
Provide SDMBA volunteers a forum to share their knowledge and hone their craft
Impart insight on technical mountain bike trail construction to SDMBA trail crew leaders
Show San Diego County land managers that SDMBA is dedicated to adhering to best practices when providing volunteer trail work
Foster a mentality of sustainable trail construction and design in our members
Support the SDMBA mission of improving trail access for mountain biking in San Diego County.
What to bring:
Cooperative/collaborative attitude, eye protection, work gloves, sturdy shoes, clothes suitable for work and weather, water bottle/hydration pack, sunscreen, hat, snacks, note taking materials, and whatever else you need for a safe and comfortable day.
Trail design features
Drainage 101 - why drainage, proper water flow, intro to hydrology, overview of gravity.
Creating drainage, where in the trail, incorporating drainage into microtopography
Examples of common drainage features and how to create them
Volunteer management, and teaching
Organizing the day and managing volunteers during the work time
Identify your people who have higher/specific skillsets
Breaking the group into smaller work units
Managing lots of people digging tread
Assigning projects and assessing complexity/need for oversight
Observe and apply previously created features focused on tread construction basics, particularly drainage (knicks, grade reversals and drain dips) while working on a section of trail at Daley Ranch.