Trail Condition Status

The trails have reported their own conditions to us! How nice! A note from the trails –

I know you are all dying to get out and come see me and I can’t wait to see you too, but please don’t hurry to do so and wreck the fragile trails that are overall wet and soft given the rain yesterday and the continued thawing/melting process. Give the ways to access me time to dry out – please.

Bear Meadows Rd: ice covered with two ruts with running water up to the dirt section that is then clear but wet and muddy.

Lornberger: very wet and soft and susceptible to ruts even from a Fatbike – as usual this time of year. The lower part of Chute has a nice downhill ice slide to the road on the upper portion soft and wet.

Tussey Ridge: clear except for the half a dozen or more trees down (some of these will need the big chain saw) and the blown “tumble” weed, but getting there is the issue.

For Tussey: Corner Rd is partially clear with some snow patches but very soft in parts. Dylan’s path is soft with 2-3 snow patches. Tuxedo is soft and has at least one tree down.

North Meadows Rd: snow/ice covered – packed snow from all the snowshoe activity.

Upper Lornberger: unknown

Greenshoot: clear up to Bald Knob and across Bald Knob is clear as is Maguire. Maguire is soft in the lower sections in the trees – please let me dry out.

Lower: icy covered around Maguire and down to Shingletown and upto the connector to Greenshoot. Then Lower is super soft and snow covered in sections.

Charcoal flats – Shingletown Gap: one word… MUD

Coopers Gap, Beautiful and Deer tick: clear, with Deer Tick soft in the lower regions, Coopers Gap Rd still has ice in sections

Volunteers Needed

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You do NOT have to be a great rider to help out with Beginner Rides! You should like people, riding, and know a trail or two out of the Galbraith Gap lot. It’s a great chance to meet some newbies to mountain biking, and a great excuse to commit to a ride.

We have all been there at some point, so now is your chance to help others riders learn the local trails and basic mountain bike skills. We are looking for 2-4 people each week, the more the merrier, to lead/sweep/help with the Thursday night beginner rides. This is a popular NMBA activity that often attracts new members, but we need more club members to help out. If each experienced club member signs up just once a month (May through September) we will be in great shape for the summer.

If you would like to be included on the list of Beginner Ride Volunteers, email Betty Harper at betty.harper@nittanymba.org(this does not commit you to any particular dates, it just means that you will be on the contact list of potential volunteers).

2015 Officers and Board Members

Congratulations to the new group of NMBA Officers and Board Members!

Officers: Secretary – Lora Zimmerman, Treasurer – Matt Hunt, Vice President – Mike Lindeman, President – Neil Millar.
Board: Dave Celanto, Mike Dwyer, Jim Glover, Aaron Hofelt, Brian Julius, Dave Pontzer, Terri Rudy & Jason Stout

If you see these guys around, thank them for making our club awesome! A special hello and thank you to Mike Lindeman, taking on a new role of Vice President this year, and to the new Board Members Dave Celanto and Jason Stout. To all those who continued on in the same role as last year, NMBA is happy and lucky to have you.

Read all about them on the Who Are We? page.

Renew your membership with NMBA

It’s that time of year again, when Nittany Mountain Bike Association asks you to please renew your annual membership. Where does this money go, you ask? Things like:

  • insurance for the club and the equipment
  • maintenance costs for the equipment
  • trail maintenance
  • club events like the spring and fall rides, winter party etc.

To help cover this we ask for an annual membership of $30, payable by cheque or via paypal. Links and more information can be found here.

What did NMBA do in 2014? Why should you support this awesome club with your membership?

Well, in 2014, through the support and volunteering of members, NMBA was able to:

  • Replace and add 2 bridges on Lower trail
  • Rehabilitate several corners on Maguire trail
  • Rehabilitate sections of Greenshoot Trail
  • Clear several dozen trees off trails, almost 3 dozen trees just from Tussey Ridge trail alone
  • Secured a Memorandum of Understanding (3) to secure hiking & biking access to Corner Rd and Dylan’s Path (previously known as Camp Trail) recreating for all the infamous Ridge Loop
  • Reroute the a section of the new Musser Gap trail
  • Hold Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
  • Reopen Yoder Trail
  • Develop a plan with DCNR and RMBA for rehabilitating some old XC Ski trails in Greenwood to create more beginner friendly trails.
  • Support racing in the area via various events like the Rothrock Trailmix, Stoopid 50, Wilderness 101, YMCA Black Mo and TSE
  • Lead weekly beginner rides

What’s on the table for 2015? Here are just some of the happenings:

April
Apr 10 – Spring Trash Clean Up
Apr 26 – Spring Group Ride

May
May 07 – Beginner rides start up
May 15 – Dirtfest – Rothrock Rides
May 17 – Dirtfest – Coopers Gap Rides
May 24 – 30 Transylvania Epic – support

June
Jun 13 – Trailmix – support

July
Jul 11 – Summer ride
Jul 25 – Wilderness 101 – support

August
Aug 08 – YMCA Black Mo Race – support
Aug 15 – 16 Stans No Tubes Back Country Enduro – support
Aug 29 – Full moon ride

September
Sep 20 – Club ride (Raffle give away)

October
Oct 23 – Fall Trash Clean Up
Oct 25 – Fall Group Ride

Check out the calendar for up to date info about all of these events! And don’t forget to renew your membership today!