Comments by Trailuser

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Posted on January 27 at 10:29 a.m.

I can't believe all the asinine things people are saying here...
We have the guy that pull a blade out on dogs when he is hiking (like a dog knows the difference between that and a twig!). And the guy that just has to throw "out of control mountain bikers" into the discussion.
The plain fact is that hunters are cowardly by definition. Someone used to shooting a deer (Or a pig or a coyote) from a 100 yards away that does not even know he is there will, of course, be terrified when confronted by a house pet.
This is why they are not allowed in recreation areas.
Condolences on your pet, Iain

On Dog Shot and Killed on Santa Cruz Trail

Posted on August 29 at 2:18 a.m.

I was tempted to write a letter when I read this story in print a few weeks ago.
As an avid rider of many, many years and an intimate of this particular patch of road, all I can say is that she does not know how to handle a bike and has a tenuous grasp on basic physics concepts. Obviously, when the road surface changes from a high-friction asphalt to a low-friction wet algae, there are going to be some sudden dynamic changes.
Any experienced cyclist knows that when you make a transition of this kind, do not brake, do not lean and do not create any inertial changes in acceleration and you will likely not have a problem. With this slick patch of road being on a downhill and a corner, I would bet that she was doing at least one of these never-do things which sealed her fate.
To blame anyone but herself is very, very lame.
Like with any sport, you have to gradually become proficient and improve your skill level. What if she decided to take up skateboarding and wiped out on a half-pipe or took up hang gliding and dumped in the ocean, who would she blame then.
I recently did a face plant hopping off a 3' rock on my bike and busted up my hand, arm and chin. I do not intend on suing anyone (though Erin's boyfriend can call me if he thinks I have a case), It's just part of the learning curve. Next time I'll put a little more torque into the system and make sure I land on the back wheel.
Get well soon Erin.

On Bella Vista Bicycle Crash Victim Files Claim

Posted on August 29 at 1:39 a.m.

Horse's Ass, I like it. (Bruce)
I would like to do an epic ride like this one day.
I will definitely do something like this if I live long enough.
I'll get back to you in 20 years.

On The American Tour

Posted on May 12 at 5:20 p.m.

I would contend that foot traffic on a trail ensures the existence of the trail - no maintenance needed.
I have probably used every front country trail at least once in any given month for the last 15 years or more.
It is unforgivable (and a little hubristic) when one person arbitrarily decides that we need to tear out rocks, boulders, etc. and create dirt switchbacks where none had ever existed or were necessary before (see lower Buena Vista or Jesusita above the ranch).
Both these sections of trail have see dramatically more wear than the natural rockier part of the trail they replaced.
If this is to be done, there should be some oversight at least and not have a small group of people decide what everyone else has to tolerate.

On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point

Posted on May 12 at 8:37 a.m.

I totally agree with 'easternpacific' above.
What the author of this story recently did to the Cold Springs trail with his backhoe is a prime example of over-maintenance and it is a travesty.
Maintenance is actually not the right word, reworking is a better description.
These areas invariably erode severely in subsequent rains whereas the original unmaintained portions of trail are well worn-in and usually very resilient.
We saw this on Jesusita a few years ago when 200+ people went up the trail and arbitrarily hacked away with little direction and predictable (to me) results.
I say leave the trails in a natural state (brush clearing and obvious shore up work exempted of course)
If you like a preened environment, go for a walk at Alice Keck.

On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point

Posted on May 11 at 8:23 p.m.

I cannot believe the shameless self promotion of this guy let alone the gushing of some of the previous comments

On Fire Investigators Narrow Down Start Point

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