Human powered trail groomiing

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Re: Human powered trail groomiing

Postby c0nsumer » February 13th, 2015, 11:20 am

I can tell you that this will be INCREDIBLY hard to do. We tried it at RB after the heavy snow fall and it was so draining it just wasn't worth it.

You'll do much better having a line of people with snow shoes just walking the trail, being sure to tromp down a wide enough path. If you don't have snowshoes, get some... MSR, Tubbs, Atlas... anything decent and reasonably priced. (Be wary of cheap ones from Costco or whatnot, one of the folks we were with had some and they didn't have a sufficiently large sole plate and thus he was in a lot of pain near the end of the five miles.)
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Re: Human powered trail groomiing

Postby Steve_Kinley » February 13th, 2015, 12:23 pm

Here's another option, use a snow blower. Before the LOHS race a few weeks ago I used my snow blower on most of the course, including the singletrack. At the time there was only about 4-5" of snow and it was tiring, but doable. My snow blower is a single stage meaning the blades also provide the drive.
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