If trail building is like any TV series, we are into Kent Ridge Trail season 3.
the end of August marked the start of new trail initiative, we targeted small touch up and reroutes on parts of the original lines that will not survive any riding season.
Today, I get two new faces into the trail building by doing a bike and hike adventure in the uncharted portion of Kent Ridge.
William and Ellery happened to need some 1hr workout from their books, and I guess is a good short workout for them to keep their brains healthy too.
I got them through the usual introduction to clinometers, trail design basics and show and tell of existing examples.
The new ‘My Precious’ leg is doing well, with nice contour and riding flow. We gave the main route 40metres of trails to descent 4metre towards to drain area. Is healthy riding and a perfect way to solve a crazy 45% grade slope that does the same 4 metres of elevation in 4metres.
We walked the trail, checking the Fern hill descent corner for flow, checking the condition of the ‘Snake’ and pointing out the new alternative route. and also the first valley after the rock garden.
the interesting part of the journey is to get started in marking control points for the ascent towards carpark A from the existing trail end (Evac D). There’s a wide variety of terrain, all sweet mountain biking area with potential of getting another 500-1km of trails into Kent Ridge.
I am taking this process slowly, mainly to be sure we get it right the first time. There’s much lesson learn from every new trail. So let’s plan and check a few times before we cut the perfect line.