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On Ice

Last month the IMBA Communications team visited the National Ice Core Lab, a facility that houses approximately 17,000 meters of ice core samples available for scientists to study climate change.

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MTB Project - Five things to Look Forward to in 2016

Thanks for helping us make 2015 a banner year for MTB Project! The site surpassed 60,000 miles of documented mountain bike routes and helped people find rides all across the country.

In 2016, there’s a lot to look forward to, including these five great things:

1. More Trails!

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Making the Most of a Family Vacation with MTB Project!

Brian Fox, our good friend and avid-mountain-biker-map-nerd, shares a great story with us about his summer vacation road trip from Colorado to Alabama.

I love to mountain bike, but with a family my ability to head out on mountain bike centric road trips are pretty limited.  Now the help of MTB Project, it’s easier than ever to fit a couple mountain bike rides into a typical family vacation.  

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Road Trip Diaries Episode 5: Leg Guns and Coffee Roasters

This post comes from our Operations Specialist Carlie Mock who traveled to Oregon recently with Mapping Manager Leslie Kehmeier.

After weeks of planning, the day finally came when I flew off to the PNW to assist with Mapping Manager Leslie Kehmeier on her latest round of field work. I was certain that we would hit the ground pedaling, advocating and mapping like the wind! Or so I thought…

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RTP Saved! New Federal Highway Bill Preserves Recreational Trails Program

The House of Representatives just passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year bill that protects the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). IMBA worked as a coalition partner with the potent national force known as the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Together, we have achieved a major victory in protecting the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) as it is essentially unchanged from the previous highway bill, known as MAP-21.  IMBA members were called on via Action Alert to help us defeat efforts to eliminate the RTP.

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Catching Up with Lea Davison

Lea Davison is one busy woman. She’s an Olympian, a World Cup elite racer and a pro rider for Specialized. If that wasn’t enough for one person, she also co-leads the Little Bellas, a organization that empowers young women through mountain biking.

I had a chance to catch up with Lea recently and get the details on her progression as a mountain biker, her favorite post-ride meal and the questions she wishes everyone would ask her.  

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It’s OK to Talk to Your Phone - Tip and Tricks for MTB Project

56,000! Nice work folks - many thanks to our dedicated contributors!

We’re psyched about surpassing another significant milestone for MTB Project. As many of you know, it’s been no small undertaking to get to this new threshold. It takes some dedication and time to add content to the site.

With many miles still to go, we’ve created some helpful tips and tricks for making life easier as an MTB Project contributor. Work smarter, not harder, right?

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BLM Launches New Mountain Bike Web Portal

I'm back from Outerbike. As promised, I didn't test any new mountain bikes. I did however have the chance to ride (my own rig) with Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management.

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BLM and IMBA Unite at Outerbike

This weekend I’ll be attending Outerbike in Moab, Utah. No, I won’t be testing out a 2016 mountain bike. I promise.

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Road Trip Diaries Episode 4: The Changing Seasons


I finally have a chance to catch my breath after a busy summer documenting trails for MTB Project and the BLM. Several hundred mugs of coffee and thousands of mini-van miles later, it’s exciting to pour over the maps and photos of so many awesome places to ride. It’s definitely a testament to the work that our membership, staff, partners and mountain bikers everywhere do everyday.

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