A friend of mine in Oakridge, OR, who is prominently featured in the MTB documentary Pedal Driven, also happens to have horses that she loves to ride. She recently invited me out to the stable to spend the day riding with her friend Kim, who is very active in the local equestrian community and a professional horse trainer. So why not? And it was a blast! I've ridden before in arenas and on guided rides, but never with the freedom that being on a trail with friends invites.
Respecting the natural world is one of IMBA's core values. From building sustainable trails to encouraging volunteer stewardship, we have a proud record of protecting the places we play. In the past — luckily a past that is quickly becoming a tiny speck in the rearview mirror — mountain bikers saw only conflicts with groups that favored Wilderness designations.
Please take a minute to offer your support of alternative 2 for the Galena Summer Trails Project on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. With 3 Alternatives, we are supporting Alternative 2 which best serves the purpose of the project as laid out by the the Sawtooth National Forest and meets the needs of the local trails community. Alternate 2 offers mountain biking experiences for a variety of skill levels and supports the design of a stacked loop trail system which simplifies user management and makes for a great ride.
I was recently invited to speak on a panel at the Back Country Horsemen of America's annual leadership meeting. The pannel was to be focused on multi use trail management specifically discussing the various different uses and how we work together to co-exist on the trail. Much to my surprise the panel discussion turned out to revolve mainly around mountain biking. The panelists disgussed issues with shared use trails, successes in partnering with IMBA and IMBA Chapters, safety concerns and much more.
The guidance on this website, and in other IMBA documents, is for reference only and should not be interpreted as a standard, specification or regulation. Mountain biking is inherently risky and could result in injury or death.