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    dexter01
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    @mr.smith @fasttimes
    If spewing garbage like that isn’t enough to get you banned from this site I don’t want to know where the line is.
    Forget the fact that your dissing the guy (Mcbain) who has spent so countless hours helping the community here and has been doing so since you were a toddler. You are very lucky that the guy you’re hating on is so fricken nice, especially when you spend so much time in the woods alone.
    And then you decide to use hateful, derogatory terms in a public forum?
    I’m sure I speak for the community here when I say we would all be pleased to never see you on this site or on anywhere in the Don valley again.

    Santa Cruz

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    #819731

    FastTimes
    Keymaster

    Post removed and user banned. No one speaks to another member in that way on this site, specially @mcbain

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    #819740

    BlurredLines
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    Well that was cute… Thanks for taking care of that Marc, it is greatly appreciated.

    On the fun side, On foot this morning everything from Pottery up as far as the Cricket Tree is looking good. Many trees still down, and a laundry list sent in to @311 so, no need to be a hero with a hand saw in that section. Please do read below and email 311!

    A note about the Trees down on the city sanctioned trails. It turns out even Forestry has to go through the same process with reporting fallen trees to 311. The whole idea being there is a record of the tree and there being a trackable metric to establish how much of a priority said tree or area needs to be. The long and short of it is that we (the trail using community) are in a long game with making sure that we’re reporting trees needing removal so that we may be given priority. The age old “squeaky wheel” scenario applies. If we can create a history of kicking up a fuss quickly after these storm events we stand to see more resources made available and quicker turn around times within the city sanctioned areas. (Ridge, Crothers Woods)

    The best scenario being
    1) Location (a pin drop with GPS co-ordinates)
    2) Photo of the fallen tree.
    3) The Date (tracking)

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    #819741

    mcbain
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    Great conditions but continue to watch out for deadfall. On foot through BOT – PA – RJ – Cat – Beaver Flats. I’m guessing someone already went through and cleared most of the sticks so thanks for that. There are a few bigger ticket items:

    Cat: one tree across trail (can probably be dragged downhill with muscle and care!)
    Beaver Flats: 4 trees across trail spread throughout but all easy to get around.

    Beaver Flats is “good enough to go”, although the middle section with bridges requires some hike a bike. Due to slides the trail and bridges do not necessarily line up! This week should bring about one of the best feature of the trail – the turns through the ferns.

    Add that to:
    WG: <30 cm ash across trail at highest point
    SHT: <30 cm ash across wee boulder drop feature near S end
    Hubble’s Return: <30 cm maple on the climb out
    Rehab: one small tree crown just poking across flat rim section near Bayview
    Roller Flowster: 70 cm shattered trunk bridging the trail in one of the first small g-outs past the first long traverse

    Please post up any other problems!

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    #819742

    dexter01
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    Thanks Marc for clearing out that vermin.
    The trees have been cleared from Kitchen Sink south of eglinton, haven’t been north of there yet. Also thanks to whoever cleared the big tree in Woods Gundy. Something to watch for though, 50’ or so from where that tree was is a massive tree that has fallen but is hung up 10’ up in the air. I have no idea what to do about it but it’s going to be a problem at some point.
    Huge thanks to all the eager beavers who have cleaned up this spring, your work (and your chainsaws) are much appreciated!

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    #819743

    drc
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    @mcbain wrote:
    Add that to:
    WG: <30 cm ash across trail at highest point
    SHT: <30 cm ash across wee boulder drop feature near S end
    Hubble’s Return: <30 cm maple on the climb out
    Rehab: one small tree crown just poking across flat rim section near Bayview
    Roller Flowster: 70 cm shattered trunk bridging the trail in one of the first small g-outs past the first long traverse

    These have now been cleared.

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    #819744

    dexter01
    Participant

    Amazing, that mush be one hell of a saw to clear out that monster on Roller flowster. Thank you!

    #819745

    repack
    Participant

    Small and medium pair of logs at the start of climbax just off the paved path. Not sure if it is the one mentioned above, but there is a medium and large pair of trunks at the start of rim job just off catalyst.

    #819746

    Crank
    Participant

    Trees down and branches on Motown have been dealt with. Motown is in excellent shape.

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    #819748

    Marley
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    Bit late to the party, but like repack mentioned as of yesterday afternoon there were two trees down at the beginning of Climbmax that were beyond my solo chucking/removal skills. Counted about six down on Training Loop but some of those are legacy from last year – the most awkward being a branch labyrinth by the mud crossing.

    Speaking of mud, that awkward and deep crevice at the end of Rim Job from last year looks to be miraculously gone. Amazing repair job.

    Oh, and my son spotted a great blue heron today that I assume is on a migratory path. An impressive sight!

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    #819751

    repack
    Participant

    Oh, and my son spotted a great blue heron today that I assume is on a migratory path. An impressive sight!

    Nice! the Don has its moments. Since I’m not much for the jumps, I do find a little extra challenge on my ride playing a game I call… rolling bird identification. Hold the laughter; you need a large fraction of a second to get a good id on a bird, but take your eyes off the trail for that amount of time and you could be asking for trouble. But yesterday, got an easy one as the bird (redtail hawk) came in from behind me just over my head by about three feet and settled on a branch about 20 feet in front of me. You see a lot of raptors in the middle of the city, but passing that close isn’t very common.

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    #819758

    Fred Barclay
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    As other have said, Mowtown is really in great shape right now. Get on it before it grows over! New favourite spot to have a mid ride beverage is under the railway bridge. It might even be a swimming hole for those with higher immune systems. Caught the end of day light real nice tonight. Big thanks to all the busy beavers out there.

    #819773

    mcbain
    Participant

    West Don trails are clear of trees – our collective thanks go out to The Man. Conditions are ideal, scenery is spectacular. Get out there!

    #819776

    stephen_reese
    Participant

    Hmm.

    Would any trail be dry by this afternoon? (10 May)

    #819784

    micah356
    Participant

    My guess is they should be fine, since it hadn’t rained for several days before. And it’s nice and windy. I’ll be riding at 7.

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