Archive for November, 2009

11/30/09 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. 2010 Toad Festival registration opens tomorrow (Tuesday, December
1st)

2. 2010 “The Traverse” event update

1. 2010 TOAD FESTIVAL REGISTRATION OPENS TOMORROW (TUESDAY, DECEMBER
1ST)

Event Date: Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Fun Ride Long Course start time: 8:00 a.m
Fun Ride Short Course start time: 9:00 a.m

Short Ride: 10 miles, 500 feet of climbing

This ride is a great beginners and kids ride through the beautiful
tree-covered trails of O’Neil Park.

Long Ride: 27.5 +- miles, 5,000 +- of elevation gain

1. Start at O’Neill Park Picnic area and ride to Holy Jim Trail Head – a
small amount of pavement with 5 miles of fire road.
2. Holy Jim Trail Head to Main Divide – 6 miles of steep single track
climbing with multiple stream crossings.
3. Holy Jim Trail to Trabuco Canyon Trail – 6 miles of rutted fire road
with steep climbs and descents.
4. Trabuco Canyon Trail to Holy Jim Parking area – 5 miles of down hill,
technical single track with stream crossings with 1/2 of a mile of fire
road
5. Holy Jim Parking area to Picnic area – 5 miles of fire road and a
small amount of pavement.

The Long Ride is not for beginning or novice riders. Participants will
be responsible to carry all food and water needed to complete the ride.
There will be no sag support (except in case of total breakdown or
emergency). Support personnel will be stationed at 5 rest stops along
the course.

Riders in the fun rides will compete in games of chance and skill
(darts, horseshoes, helmet toss and Blackjack cards). Those with the
highest combined score will win prizes. You must make the checkpoints in
a reasonable time or you will not be allowed to continue.

PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO:
175 for the long fun ride
No limit for the short fun ride

LONG FUN RIDE ($50)

SHORT FUN RIDE
Adults ($50)
Kids 13 and under ($25)

The links to the application and online registration through active.com
will be activated Tuesday, December 1st on the event page on our web
site at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/toad_festival_general_info.html

If you plan on participating in the 2009 Toad Festival you must register
by Friday, May 28th to receive an event t-shirt. Online and mail-in
registration is closed but there is same-day registration at O’Neill.
Same-day registrants are not guaranteed an event T-shirt.

The Toad Festival will be a fundraiser for the Operation Mend
http://operationmend.ucla.edu/> which provides reconstructive surgery
for our servicemen wounded by improvised explosive devices and helps
cover travel expenses for their families during treatment.

“Operation Mend,” a unique new partnership between UCLA Medical Center
and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, has been
established to help treat several U.S. military personnel wounded during
service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The pilot project was launched with the help of philanthropist Ronald A.
Katz, a well-known inventor and UCLA Medical Center board member, who
recognized that providing excellent care to injured soldiers need not be
limited to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Armed
Services. The project aims to serve as a model for other medical
institutions interested in helping additional wounded service members.

2. 2010 “THE TRAVERSE” EVENT UPDATE

We have 27 spots left in the “The Traverse” event.

The Traverse will be a fundraiser for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund honors the bravery and dedication exhibited by Americans in our Armed Forces who have sacrificed life or limb defending our country by providing educational scholarships to their children.

Event Date: Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Event Start: 7:00 AM

Starting Location: Black Star Canyon Road Finish Location: Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road Post-event staging area: O’Neill Regional Park

40+/- miles, 8,000+/- feet elevation gain

Registration for “The Traverse” will open up this Sunday, November 1st at 12:01 a.m.

We expect this event to sell out so if you are committed to participating sign up quickly.

The race will have Intermediate, Expert and Pro classes with the Pro class men and women racing for finishing cash. Pro-Open payout will be based on participation with the minimum payout being $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.

There must be a minimum of 5 participants in each age group or the age group will be combined with another age group. Pro Women will be combined with Pro Men if we do not get a minimum of 5 participants in their class.

PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED TO 175

PRO OPEN ($95)

EXPERT ($70)
18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

INTERMEDIATE ($70)
18 to 30
31 to 45
46 to 59
60 +

The event fee includes awards for top finishers, finishing ribbon for all participants, t-shirt and food catered by El Pollo Loco.

The links to register via active.com are on the event web page at:

http://www.warriorssociety.org/events/traverse_general_info.html

Registration for the 2010 Toad Festival to benefit “Operation Mend” will open up on December 1st.

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major
Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Epic Performance is the official hydration drink of the Warrior’s
Society

Hammer Nutrition is the official Nutrition bar and gel of the Warrior’s
Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated
Organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of
the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even
though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor
spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in
that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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11/18/09 Warrior’s Society Weekly News

In this issue:

1. Los Pinos Trail Brushing Completed

2. Illegal trail cuts on the Holy Jim Trail

1. LOS PINOS TRAIL BRUSHING COMPLETED

From Ned Reynolds, Back Country Trail Director:

Thanks to Steve, Reed, the chipster, Eric Hull, Mary + Gerry Huth, Mike Williams, Steve Brown, Angelica and Preston Drake, Keith E., Vickie, Kathy, Chris “the Rook” Hansin, Gene, Matt, Chris Vargas, Mark Wilson Brian Ephraim and Bob Mac for helping out on the Los Pinos Trail Work on 11/14/09.

We met @ 6:45am @ San Juan and Mark, Chris, Brian and Bob Mac shuttled us to the top of Trabuco where we began our Hike. The temps were perfect. We mostly hand trimmed the first mile then used our Power Hedgers the next three miles. We reached the half-way point on Los Pinos @ 1:00 pm and got back to the cars around 2:30pm. Los Pinos is now 100% fully brushed and in primo shape for the long Thanksgiving Holiday. We had lunch @ Bad to the Bone in SJC. The company was great and so was the food.

The next Trail work will be in December working on the Bell Ridge.

Below are some pictures from Saturday:

http://www.rvca.com/images/pinos01.jpg
http://www.rvca.com/images/pinos02.jpg
http://www.rvca.com/images/pinos03.jpg

2. ILLEGAL TRAIL CUTS ON THE HOLY JIM TRAIL

Within the last month the switchbacks above the falls on the Holy Jim Trail have been damaged due to illegal “shortcuts” have been cut between the switchbacks. These cuts seem to have been organized due to the amount of cuts made and the amount of brush cut. These cuts have also caused damage to the trail bed.

Once these were reported several club members and volunteers went up and cut brush to block these off.

We are asking your help in reporting any individual or individuals who you catch making such cuts and are offering a $2,500 dollar reward for any information leading to the conviction of those making these illegal cuts.

Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

Epic Performance is the official hydration drink of the Warrior’s Society

Hammer Nutrition is the official Nutrition bar and gel of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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11/09/09 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

HARDING TRUCK TRAIL TO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH.

The following announcement was sent to all Forest Service Volunteers.

Please note the importance of NOT GOING OFF-TRAIL. If issues develop with off-trail use the route will be closed.

The Harding Canyon trail is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday.
The trail will be open but we are asking people to stay out of the burn areas.
The public press release should be out on Monday. I will forward when received.

We are asking if any volunteers would be willing to go out to the forest boundary sign behind Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary (about a quarter mile walk) and “hang out” so you can talk with visitors as they pass, reminding them of the fragility of the area and the requirement to stay on the trail. No motorized traffic allowed. Please keep count of the number of people you see.

Week or weekend days would be fine. I think mornings are busiest.
We would like to have someone out there as often as possible at least for the next few weeks.
When you arrive, let the Tucker staff know that you are out there if you see them.
They have had quite a burden over the past two years trying to get compliance from the public.

If you are willing and able to help with this please let me know. We’ll try to cover as many days as possible.
Wear your volunteer shirt, take trail literature, a hat, book and a chair.

If you have a camera and have a motorcyclist passes by, try to get a photo of the license plate.
Law enforcement will mail them a citation. Document the time and a description of the rider and bike.

If you feel like going out and haven’t let me know beforehand…just go! We need the coverage.

I’ll be in the field tomorrow and off Sun/Mon so will reply on Tuesday.

Thank you all for what you do!

Debra
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Debra Clarke – Wilderness / Trails Manager District Volunteer Coordinator Cleveland NF, Trabuco Ranger District
1147 East Sixth Street
Corona, CA 92879
(951) 736-1811 x 3227
(951) 736-3002 fax
email: drclarke@fs.fed.us

January 30, 2010 next ANNUAL FOREST VOLUNTEER TRAINING
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Shimano is the Major Component Sponsor of the Warrior’s Society

Rock N Road Bike Shops, El Pollo Loco and Switchback Cyclery are Major Sponsors of the Warrior’s Society

E2 Hydro is the official hydration drink of the Warrior’s Society

Hammer Nutrition is the official Nutrition bar and gel of the Warrior’s Society

The Warrior’s Society is a Blue Ribbon Coalition (BRC) affiliated organization

The Warrior’s Society is a Tax Exempt Organization under 501 (c) 4 of the IRS Code

“Far better it is to dare mighty dreams, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take the ranks with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat!”

Theodore Roosevelt

www.warriorssociety.org

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