12/17/06 Warrior’s Society News

In this issue:

1. Pow Wow Events are sold out

2. The Warrior’s Society Christmas/Thanks Party

3. First Trail Work Event of 2007 – Saturday, January 6th

4. In the spirit of Christmas; 50 mile MTB ride to benefit Project Rwanda

1. POW WOW EVENTS ARE SOLD OUT

The 2007 Counting Coup and Vision Quest sold out one month earlier than last year despite adding 50 more spots in the Vision Quest. It is always difficult to turn down participants who have done the event in the past but we constantly warn everyone that the events sell our earlier every year. We use to move up past participants on the waiting list but we continued to have too many past participants trying to get in after we sold out – and it wasn’t fair to those people who had never participated in the event(s) being pushed down the waiting list.

We plan on opening registration for the 2008 Pow Wow on October 1st 2007 and will not be adding any more spots. If you are serious about doing the event(s) in 2008 we suggest you register as soon as registration opens up next year.

2. THE WARRIOR’S SOCIETY CHRISTMAS/THANKS PARTY

After 10 years of existence the club finally had an “Official” Christmas Party hosted by our Backcountry Trails Manager Ned “Lone Wolf” Reynolds. It was great for club members to get together without it being to support trail work or an event.

One decision we made at the club party at the end of summer was to have more club member fun events. The result of this decision to have more fun rides/events are Bob McCarter’s full moon “Howls at the Moon Rides,” Suzanne and Mark Wilson’s “S&M” rides and the Christmas/Thanks Party. And we can’t forget the Dog Soldier’s 6th annual “Christmas Tree Ride” to decorate the tree on the Trabuco Trail.

Here’s the link to the Christmas/Thanks Party write-up (with pictures):

http://www.warriorssociety.org/News/xmas_party06.html

The Warrior’s Society wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year.

3. FIRST TRAIL WORK EVENT OF 2007 – SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH

Last year club members and volunteers brushed the Holy Jim, Trabuco, Chiquito, West Horse Thief, Bell Ridge and Los Pinos Trails and rerouted the ending of the Upper Holy Jim Trail to protect the spring and cistern at Bear Springs and to prevent trail users from falling or getting hit by debris as they navigated this section of unstable trail. We also reinstalled three trail signs in the Blue Jay area. We hope to continue to keep our trails maintained in 2007 with your help.

For our first trail work event of 2007 we will be brushing the Holy Jim Trail from where the trail crosses the canyon about two +- miles below the Main Divide to down to the Holy Jim Falls junction. We have upgraded a lot of our hand tools to powered equipment, which has been a big help in increasing our efficiency.

We will meet at the Holy Jim Trail Parking Area at 8:00 a.m. and work until 2:00 p.m. Lunch and drinks will be provided after the trail work. Bring a pair of gloves, snacks and water for while you’re on the trail, a change of cloths (optional) and a chair to sit in during lunch. We would appreciate your help.

If you can help out RSVP to:

countingcoup@warriorssociety.org

Our next two Trail Work Events will be Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, February 10th working on the Trabuco Trail and the West Horse Thief Trails and will be meeting at the same location as our first event. If you are unfamiliar with the staging area let us know when you RSVP and we will give you directions.

4. IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS; 50 MILE MTB RIDE TO BENEFIT PROJECT RWANDA

I’m turning 50 on December 30 of this year. As an avid mountain biker for the past several years, I thought it would be cool to do a 50 mile ride on my 50th birthday. Even better, why not incorporate some type of fundraiser, something of significance, into the ride…

Our vision is to raise $7500 to purchase 50 bikes for:

http://www.projectrwanda.org/news.htm

Project Rwanda exists to provide durable bikes to coffee farmers as part of a micro-enterprise venture that will make a hugely positive impact on the lives of the local family coffee growers in Rwanda. We’d like to get at least 50 riders to participate, giving each rider the option of contributing in multiple ways – with their entry fee, with “per mile sponsorships” from friends and family, with sponsor solicitations, or with volunteering to help coordinate the event.

Although 50 miles is a long ride on a mountain bike, event organizers are designing the route to make it moderate enough for a reasonably fit rider to accomplish. The route incorporates two stages of approximately 25 miles each.

Leg #1 begins at 7:00 am – The Climb (25.8 miles).

Beginning at Cook’s Corner, participants will ride through Modjeska Canyon to Harding Truck Trail, up to Main Divide, and return back to Cooks along the same route.

Leg #2 begins at 10 am – The Cruise (25.2 miles).

The second stage will pass through O’Neill Park, out the Arroyo Trabuco Trail, across to Chiquita Ridge and Tijeras Creek Trails, a short road section (sorry!), down again to the Arroyo Trabuco Trail to O’Neill then back to Cook’s.

Riders can opt to do either of the two stages, or combine them both for the full 50 mile ride. To ensure everyone’s safety, please ride with your cell phone.

After the ride join us for a BBQ sponsored by Cook’s Cooks and raffle with a ton of MTB give-aways.

When: December 30, 2006

Where: Cook’s Corner Picnic Area (El Toro Road and Santiago Canyon)

Cook’s Corner
19152 Santiago Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
(949) 858-0266

Time: Registration begins at 6:15 a.m. ride begins at 7:00 am

Distance: 50 miles (off road)

Options: Don’t feel up to both 25 mile legs, pick your favorite.

Registration cost: $25.00

3 ways to register:

1. Sign up through Active.com (Preferred Method):

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1380346

2. Download the registration form and mail it in or bring it with you the day of the event. The deadline for mail in registrations to be received is December 23, 2006:

http://www.50mileride.com/downloads/50MileRideReg.pdf

If you can’t make the event please consider making a pledge to support the project:

http://www.50mileride.com/downloads/50MileRidePledge.pdf

Come ride, volunteer or simply drop off your donation.

Blessings,

Doug Grant
Founder, 50 Mile Ride
Avid MTB Enthusiast
Old Man

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