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MAMBA Newsletter - Fire in the hole!
posted 10.23.07

Rock/Hard Place FireMAMBAlazers,

If you haven't heard/seen/smelt already, you should know that the clearcut area of Rock & a Hard Place is currently on fire. It looks to be a nicely controlled burn by Bennett Lumber, so nothing to get too excited/scared over. A group of us rode up to it today, October 23rd. Pretty amazing to see a fire like that going. It's a LOT less intense than I thought it would be. Anyway, unless you hate your lungs you may want to stay clear of the Rock/Hard Place for this week. I didn't inspect the bridge and future log ride on the new section of trail, so I have no idea if those caught fire or not. The last trail crew did an amazing job of clearing around them, so we can only hope they survive.

For our last trail party of the year (this weekend!!), I have so many people to thank! I got a huge response from people volunteering to lead groups. Scott and Sherrie Metlen already worked on the worst of the Switchblade corners last weekend, so Rhonda Pinto and crew are going to focus on tuning up the Headwaters trail and working on some new TTF's if there's time. Jason Abplanalp (head honcho for the many updates to Hey Noose) will be working with friends to create a bypass around the downed tree on the steeper section....and will be working on a route that goes over the tree as well. In semi-related news, Jason/crew have had their drop-trough removed three times this year. Assuming they install it again in the future (perhaps with an alternative route for those not wanting to use it?), please leave it intact.

For this weekend, I just need a few hands to help me in the Nemesis area. And if we have enough people show up, I may send a group over to Moose Marbles to rebuild some erosion bars/drainage on the lower section where some logs were skid this year. Sadly, we don't have any prizes to raffle away for this party, except for the pride in personal, sweaty accomplishment for a day's work. Meet at the Rosauers parking lot by 8:45am and we'll have a quick discussion about repairing the trail surface and proper construction of water drainage. We will then divide everyone up. Bring water/snacks and we'll provide the tools.

We still have an end-of-year party to organize, which *could* consist of a group ride and potluck meal afterwards. As in years past, Salmon River Experience has donated a super rafting prize that we will be giving away. For each day you showed up for a trail party, you get your name in the drawing. This will hopefully be some time in early November...before the snow arrives. We'll keep you posted.

(For all those who I owe a personal email response this week....I hope to reply back to everyone by Thursday.)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Newsletter - Nearing the End
posted 10.18.07

MAMBA Pee-Poles,

I wanted to get this out before tomorrow's huge wind storm comes and blows me away.I've been woefully negligent of my email duties this last month. In way of report, last month we had a trail party where just the right amount of people showed up.There were just seven of us and four of the volunteers had been in Moscow for less than a month! In our pre-slave raffle, Alex Hamilton won four mountain bike passes to Brundage (for 2007 Season.... which already ended). We're going to try and have those changed for some 2008 passes for him. And "fresh-in-from-St. Louis",Lynn Myers won an Avenir bike lock from Follett's Mtn Sports. Possibly the toughest (and heaviest?) bike lock I've ever seen.

The crew started with some major brush/stick removal near some wooden structures on the new section of Rock & a Hard Place. The idea was to try and keep the log ride (unfinished) and bridge from catching fire when the hillside is burned (later this Fall?).Then there was some ground work, trimming of a canadian thistle grove and reworking one of the switchbacks. Once that was done, the group did a trimming job on the old doubletrack section of the trail. With all the rain we've had recently, the trail is starting to ride really nicely.If you haven't had a chance, go check it out. It's only about a 2.5-3 mile loop from Four Corners parking area down Rock/Hard Place and back up the Sidewinder. And there's some beautiful views off to the northwest.

Our next trail build (last one this season!!!) will be Saturday, October 27th. I'm actually hoping to get a few volunteers to lead several small teams to various locations. We have several trails that need some end-of-season maintenance to prepare them for the winter/spring. Rhonda Pinto is planning to lead one group (will probably work on Switchblade, may work on Headwaters, or may work on some TTF's in the terrain park). We also need one group to do some tuneup on Nemesis. And it would be great if we had another group to look at South Side/Moose Marbles as well (some erosion is already happening there from the recent rains). One of the groups in the neighborhood of Hey Noose can also take a saw and cut the large tree out of the steep section near the top.

I will be there, but Jim and Jonathan will probably *not* be able to make it. If you are familiar with some of these trails and are willing to lead a 2-3 person team, please let me know!

In other news:
Mike Petlovany from WSU is organizing the following ride - Join the Outdoor Recreation Center staff on October 28 for an exhilarating day learning new biking skills and enjoying the breathtaking Palouse scenery! The ORC is offering a localmountain biking activity, where participants can enhance and challenge their biking knowledge. While no experience is required,participants will need to supply their own bike,helmet, clothing, food, and water. The cost is $21 forSRC members, $26 for non-members, and registration ends October 26. For more information, please visit urec.wsu.edu.

Tina Hilding sent me a reminder about the Step It Up bike Step It Uprally (that was such a big success last Spring). Mark your calendars for the Step It Up rally10am,Saturday, November 3. This is a follow up to last spring's rally, which may have set some kind of (per capita) record.November 3rd promises to be EvenBiggerand is focused on inviting electedofficials to come and tell us how they will be leaders in the campaign to counteract global climate change.There will be a bike parade and walk starting at 10am at East City Park. People will converge at the 1912 Building for a rally at 10:30am to hear from our elected officials and candidates. There will be live music,and we will all pose for a group photograph which will be posted on the national Step It Up Web site, http://stepitup2007.org/

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Newsletter Version (Other Stuff)
posted 09.28.07


Yep, two newsletters in one hour. I guess I'm that kind of guy. This one is condensed for easier distribution, and made entirely of Digital Soy (for the web-lactose intolerant). For best results, drizzle some huckleberry glaze over the message before consumption.

Rob Dudley (owner of the property with Paradise Point) send me a couple great tips that I wanted to pass along.

  • One way to help reduce illegal motorized vehicle use is to take a picture. If you have a camera phone, just snap a picture of the vehicle/rider in question.
  • Hunting season is here again. A bike zipping down a trail may look a lot like an animal...especially if you haven't shaved in a while. Wearing fluorescent orange is a great idea! Wearing a large pair of antlers is a poor idea! (Okay, I added that last part) Also, with Potlatch Corp. limiting their land use, we are likely to see a lot more hunting activity on Moscow Mtn. Be aware and be safe.

There's been a new Ladder drop constructed on the Meadow Trail (between the west end of Upper Tusk and the lower end of North Contour). Jonathan already sent out a message to the usual suspects, but we want to make sure the word gets out. It is a very well built structure, but we haven't heard anything about getting permission for such a project. We absolutely can *not* be building trails/structures w/o getting landowner permission first. Asking forgiveness instead of permission does not go over well. Trust us....we've learned the hard way (cough, cough...Oval Office, cough, cough)

One last reminder....the Rock & a Hard Place work party takes place this Saturday (Sept. 29th) and will work on some of the old section of Rock & a Hard Place. Same routine as usual - meet @ Rosauers parking lot ~8:45am. Jonathan is out of town, and Jim is tied up, and my wife would rather not spend the day in the dirt....so unless you show up, I'm probably going to be clearing up the trail on my own :o)

Someone gave a well-needed haircut to North Contour. Thanks! Everyone else can now enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Newsletter Version (Latah Trail Ride)
posted 09.28.07

MAMBAd weather headed our way!

***Community Biking Event - Sunday, September 30th***

I consider myself a pretty unpolitical person, but I do love this community (the Palouse Region as a whole, not just the MAMBA community....OK, I love you too). I was pretty excited when I heard Tom Lamar was running for one of the City Council positions in Moscow. Aside from being an avid biker/runner/swimmer, he is also the Big Kahuna behind the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI). And he gets my stamp of approval for being a much better man than I (by orders of magnitude <grin>).

Since so many people on the MAMBA list are fairly new to the area and may not know Tom very well, I'm putting together a casual biking event to facilitate people getting to know him and for people to help show their support for him. So far, I have four events planned:

  1. The "Talk & Ride with Tom & Bride (aka: Aly)"
  2. The "Ride along - with Tom"
  3. The "Ditch your car for Tom Lamar"
  4. The "Vote for Tom - Ride Along"

Note: All four events are at the same time, same place, and with the same people. So pick your favorite (or make your own up).

This will be a mountain-bike-friendly ride that is 95% paved. Here's the skinny:

  • Sunday, September 30th (rain or shine - but may be canceled in event of tornado warnings)
  • Departing from the old Tidymans' parking lot (across the highway from the Eastside Marketplace) at 10:00 am
  • Ride east on the Latah Trail, with opportunity to chat with Tom about whatever questions you have
  • If the group is fairly quick (for mountain bikes anyway) we may continue all the way to Troy (~2 miles of gravel)
  • Planning to be back at old Tidymans' parking lot around noon

Tell your friends, family, customers, perfect strangers.....Bring your bike, helmet, water, some snacks and get to know Tom a little better. And for those of us who already know Tom, come along to show your support.

Dan Cordon


MAMBA Newsletter and Sept 29th Trail Party
posted 09.25.07


Still no significant rain, but at least it's getting cold now....I promised a reminder, so here goes: Another trail work party this Saturday (Sept. 29th) to work on some of the old section of Rock & a Hard Place. Same routine as usual - meet @ Rosauers parking lot ~8:45am so we can sign in, do the raffle, and figure out carpooling. For the raffle this time, we will have a gift certificate for four biking trips to Brundage (to be used in 2007 though!). Plus, your names get on the list for our end-of-the-year raffle for the Salmon River Experience raft trip.

Bring some water, snacks, hiking boots, gloves, and your favorite loppers if you have them. We'll supply more loppers, ground tools, and a wonder-tool for clearing up the big brush/thistle. We should be back by mid-afternoon ....maybe even just after lunch if things go quickly.

Other news:
Many have been seeing the Mama/baby moose that's been hanging out in the South Side/Moose Marbles area. She has been getting a little less timid with each visit, so be aware that she's out there, and give her some space. Don't try to pet/ride the baby...she does not like that.

We've had three sitings of a cougar in the Paradise Point area. If you crash your bike on the way to Paradise Point, don't limp/drag your bloody body up to see the view from the rocks. More seriously...if an attack seems likely, do whatever you can to look big, and fight like mad.

There's lots of cows on the Moscow Mtn Rd area. They're on Cabin Trail, Jump Trail and various other places on the south-face of the mountain around Four Corners. True, that beef is full of protein, but you probably don't want to run into 1000 lb of scared beef on the trail. Apparently the Cabin Trail bridge is capable of holding up four cows at a time....

Isaak sent us a big "thank you" for the great turnout for the first annual Bike Swap. There was somewhere ~70 people who showed up, and lots of gear was purchased/cleaned out. Since I missed it, I'll have a few big bins for next year :o)

There's been some motorized activity in areas where that's not okay. Some users were trying to pull down the gate to the Warnick's property last weekend! If you see any suspicious activity, report it to the Latah County Sheriff (dial 911 or 882-2216). If you can get an ATV/motorcycle license number that will help them out too. Usually confronting motorized use has not gone over well in the past, but use your judgment.

Lastly, I'm organizing an easy-going group ride down the Latah Trail for Sunday, Sept. 30th. We will meet at the old Tidymans' parking lot for a 10am departure. Along with just enjoying this awesome resource, this ride also serves as a "ride & chat" with Tom Lamar—who is running for one of the Moscow City Council positions this year. You'll have time to talk with Tom (or whoever you like) on the ride and will probably figure out pretty quickly why you want to vote for him. I'll send out a more official message later this week, but for now, leave that time slot open. :o)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Tidbits
posted 09.17.07

Voice over: "MAMBA Watch - with anchorman (in more ways than one) Dan Cordon"

Hello MAMBA supporters/enthusiasts. "beep, beep, bada beeeee beep" This just in:

Around the time of the Moscow Mtn Madness, a shortcut trail was found that bypasses the descending and ascending switchbacks near the top of Headwaters Trail (just to the west of the South Side junction). Many have said that the switchbacks were genius and really give the trail an identity. But in all honesty, they were installed not because we thought they would be a cool addition, but because one particular property owner said "no way" to any trails crossing a 100' corner of his property. To get around their corner, we had to add the downhill switchbacks and the 8-devils (uphill switchbacks when ridden counter-clockwise). We need to respect the wishes of all the landowners and, as such, we should try to keep traffic off this bypass (okay, the moose/elk/etc. may continue to use it). We will be adding some signs at each end and hopefully this will keep down the human traffic across the private property where we aren't invited or welcome. Please help spread the word.

Cabin Trail speeds are still of concern. In particular, Sundays and holidays are the primary times where you'll find a combination of elderly (80+) and youthful (6-) hikers on their way to and from the Warnick Cabin. In respecting the landowners, we should watch our speeds at all times down Cabin Trail, but be particularly careful on Sundays and holidays.

We've received much correspondence about the signs left over after the Moscow Mtn Madness race. John Sweeney personally rode the route immediately after the race to clean up, but completely filled his trailer before covering the east-end of the race route. To our knowledge, all of the signs have been picked up and removed now, but if you happen to see any left-overs on your ride, please help out by throwing them in your pack or informing us where they are so we can get them on our next ride.

MAMBA group rides are still happening Thursday nights. The daylight is getting short, so we are now leaving from the Headwaters' parking area at 5:30pm for a quick ride. There has been interest in doing some night rides as well. If you are interested, sign up on the Yahoo! group and we can discuss more details there. If you want to see some amazing wildlife, a casual night ride offers a TON of opportunity for this.

Local biker, Kyle Thomas, is auditioning for a guest spot on the "Drop In" reality TV series (based around biking, not an island to get voted off). He is currently in the Top 3, but ***voting ends today*** and we'd love to see him on the series. To cast your vote, you need to register (valid email not even required) and pick your top three. As always, do not attempt any of these stunts seen on the audition videos as serious injury may occur....primarily from MAMBA members upset about the soil displacement.
FWIW, I was informed that the high-speed run down Cabin Trail was done on a closed course with helpers stationed all the way down the trail to make sure no people/wildlife were startled by the green streak.

We are still planning to have one more Rock & a Hard Place trail party. This will be September 29th and we will be doing some cleanup on the "old" section of trail. I'll send more details/reminder the week before.

Thank you for listening. This concludes our first episode of MAMBA Watch. I am anchorman, Dan Cordon. Until next time......

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

Subliminal visionary implant: Use your imagination to picture me riding off in to the sunset (even though it's currently 8:30 am).


More work on Latah Trail!
posted 09.12.07

Latah Trail Community,

Here we go again! Looking for any and all volunteers.

MORE is happening on the Latah Trail. If you missed last week, this is
your chance! People are needed this Saturday, Sept 15 at 9am for more hacking and chopping away at the bushes that have grown into the path. Last week, a lot got done, but the chipper broke down and another 2 or 3 hours of work is left. Chipper problems have been corrected and we can now get this trail ready for the gravel that the county has promised to spread.

Here are the details:

  • When: 9am Sept 15, 2007
  • Where: The trail near Wallen Rd and the missing bridge.
  • Bring: Gloves, saws, pruners, and loppers. Bring chainsaws if you know how to use them on trees, etc., while avoiding limbs attached to people—including your own.

Andy Grant of Latah County Parks is organizing. Please pass this along to other trail enthusiasts. Let's finish what we started last week!

Nancy Nelson


MAMBA - Cabin Trail Speeds
posted 09.12.07


One of the family members who own the Warnick Cabin sent us a nice letter of concern about the speeds some bikes were taking down the Cabin Trail while they were there over Labor Day weekend. When the Warnick family goes to the cabin, there are often some elderly folk, as well as some young children who are hiking up (and some times playing on) the trail.

We are currently brainstorming ideas of how to deal with the situation.
One thing we are all in agreement on is that we LOVE Cabin Trail and don't want to lose access to it. We will probably try some less drastic ideas first (like signage at the top of the trail?), but if the problem remains then there is talk of turning the trail in to an uphill only route for bicycles, and an alternate downhill route would be constructed elsewhere.

For now, keep your speeds in check when headed down the Cabin Trail and pass the word along to other bikers not on the MAMBA email list. It may be a little less fun at 15 mph, but it's still a *lot* more fun than not having it at all! We'll keep you posted on any new developments.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Newsletter ---> Trail Party September 29th
posted 09.07.07

MAMBA Madness,

One of the things I love about MAMBA trail parties is the incredible diversity of user groups who show up to help. And they come in batches, almost as if somehow organized before hand. For our previous trail party in August, we had almost no bikers at all, yet we still managed to get almost 20 people there—not including the group of hard-working youth that Ben Clarke brought with him to finish up his Eagle Scout project.

Lisa Jennings won the Falcon Guide for Idaho. But best of all was Sarah Marhevsky, winning the four passes to bike Brundage—then giving them back to the raffle pot since she wouldn't be able to use them. So that means there's another chance to win that prize next time.

The group was split in two, with a few MAMBA folks helping Ben Clarke finish the Four Corners side of Rock & a Hard Place. Some of this group also hiked over to Sidewinder and added a berm to one of the big switchback/cutbanks. The rest of the group hiked to the beginning of the new extension that was started this year and started moving a lot of dirt! There is a bridge built and even some fresh water for your doggies to drink on the trail side. The team effort was spectacular and the result really shows. Combined with the recent rains, the trail is fantastic to ride now.

For the September 29th party, we will probably be doing some final touch-up on the original sections of Rock & a Hard Place to bring them up to the standards of the new trail. We recently spotted evidence that Bennett may be burning the clearcut area afterall, so we may spend a little time trying to protect the new bridge as well. It will be the same routine as usual—Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am. I'll send out a reminder the week before as well and should have more details on the plan/prizes.

Other news---

You may have already gotten a message Jim forwarded on, but in case a few didn't—the Latah Trail Foundation is getting together this Saturday (Sept. 8th) to do some prep work on the unpaved portion of the Latah Trail. Bring your gloves, pruners, and loppers (and for those that have them - bring your chainsaw!). They are going to meet at the parking lot along Hwy 8 one mile past Wallin Rd (where the missing bridge is) and carpool/hike back to the bridge.

Moscow Mtn Madness is happening this Sunday (Sept. 9th). There are two routes, and if you haven't looked recently, check them out at:
This year the course will start *and* end at the Pond 9 side of the mountain, so no bus/shuttle is necessary. Also, they are trying to do a lot of singletrack on the advanced route. There is some concern about how the trails will hold up to this amount of traffic in one day. Hopefully they stay together! This may serve as a useful data point for future events on the mountain.

There's been a few recent sightings of Cougar tracks in the Paradise Point area. So you may want to lay off the Tuna-aftershave for a while or at the very least stop wearing your old Daniel Boone hat over your helmet. There's been LOTS of moose sightings as well. In particular, in the Headwaters/South Side/Switchblade area and also a mama and baby near the Warnick Cabin.

Bruce at Follett's Mountain Sports informed me that they're looking for a Full Time person who can work on bikes. And the ability to talk with people and sell stuff in between is also a bonus. In fact, if we could clone Bruce and demote him a smidge...that would be great. But since the UI has only been able to clone mules..... If you're interested, do get in touch with him.

There are some additions to the "playground" between North Contour and Cave Trail. Some aren't finished yet and some may change still, so definitely give them a good looking over before deciding if you're ready or not. Some of them are pretty challenging (not "downhill" challenging, but certainly tougher than most x-country obstacles).

Don't forget about the First Annual Moscow Bike Swap happening September 15th at East City Park between 9:00am and 1:00pm.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber
Jim LaFortune


Latah Trail Party
posted 09.05.07

Latah Trail Karma,

Finally, at long last, something is happening on the Latah Trail and the mountain masters of power tools are needed. We know it's not a true trail as you relate to trails, but the people of the flatlands are trying to ride too. If you are available this Saturday, Sept. 8, at 8:45am to help prepare the 1.7 miles of unpaved trail, the county highway department will grade and spread fine gravel on it (a generous offer we want to capitalize on). People are needed to hack, prune, cut, and chop trees and bushes that have grown into the path.

Here are the details:

  • When: 8:45am Sept 8, 2007
  • Where: Parking lot along High 8 East, at the trail 1 mile west of Wallin Rd (and the missing bridge). Car pool from there to the bridge (or walk!)
  • Bring: Gloves, pruners, and loppers. Bring chainsaws if you know how to use them on trees, etc., while avoiding limbs attached to people, including your own.

Andy Grant of Latah County Parks is organizing. Please pass this along to other trail enthusiasts. Let's get something done!

Nancy Nelson


MAMBA August Newsletter and Trail Party
posted 08.23.07


Welcome back to all those who left us last summer for distant adventures. You'll be happy to know that Moscow Mtn is still here, and MAMBA is still working to keep it enjoyable.

Along those lines, we are going to have our next trail party this weekend - Saturday Aug 25th, 2007. Plan is same as usual: Meet at Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am for a 9:00am departure. Bring water, something to snack on, and some gloves if you have them. We'll provide the tools, and possibly some Clif Bars if we have any left. If there are a few people interested in an early morning work crew, Jim LaFortune and Eagle Scout Candidate Ben Clark are going to meet at 7:30am and get back to town by noon. Contact Jim if you're interested in that time frame. The rest of us will enjoy the traditional MAMBA raffle, which includes a gift certificate to Brundage for 4 passes - an $88 value! We also have another Falcon Guide for Mountain Biking Idaho, and an IMBA drink insulator.....which is slightly cooler than the IMBA sticker we gave away previously. Even if you don't win anything at this trail party, we are recording your participation and we still have the Salmon River Experience raffle, where your name goes in the pot for each trail party you attended.

The plan for Saturday is to put in a bridge, and widen a few sections. Hopefully our last few days of rain have helped compact the ankle-deep fluff we made earlier this year. Having just locked my back up, I'm not sure if I'll be able to do much, but we'll see how quickly I heal (much slower now days). Both Jonathan and Jim are also going to be in attendance though, so it's a great time to schmooze with them while I crack the whip. "Wheee-chaaaahhhh"

In other awesome news, Isaak Strout is organizing Moscow's first annual "Bike Swap". The plan is to have it at East City Park on September 15th, 2007 from 9:00am - 1:00pm. It's free for everyone - buyers, sellers, browsers, and even pets (but I don't think farm animals are allowed). So dust off your old CW Racing BMX bike, or your old freestyle mag wheels, or all your classic road bike parts and sell them so you can buy someone else's dusty parts :o) And if you have any cool (or even un-cool) ideas for the event, send them to Isaak at PCEI.

Also, IMBA is going to be doing another trail school in our area. The Spokane Fat Tire Trail Riders Club (FTTRC) will be hosting the event, which overlaps our local bike swap from 9/13/07 to 9/16/07. This event is also free, but requires pre-registration.

There hasn't been any trouble with our friend on the Moscow Mtn Rd area in several weeks. Thanks to all those who took time to file their stories with the Sheriff's office. MAMBA now owns two large magnet bars for picking up nails. If you happen to see anything strange, let us know (and take some pictures if you have a camera).

Lastly, Kalen Boland from Tamarack Resort wanted to remind everyone that there's several races happening down there in the near future. They're looking for both participants, and volunteers (who get cool prizes) for upcoming events.

See you on the trail -

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber
Jim LaFortune


MAMBA Newsletter
posted 08.02.07

MAMBA bear, PAMBA bear, and BAYBA bear,

It's been an interesting couple of weeks since the last newsletter went out. The best news is, of course, our upcoming trail party. We've chosen Saturday, August 25th for our next work day (with a rain day option Sunday). While the new Rock & a Hard Place is technically finished, the trail would be a LOT better if we spent a day cleaning up a few critical spots. The first switchback on Ben Clarke's section (top of Lickity Split) is pretty hairy! I believe Ben and Jim are going to take a look at that. But there's plenty for us to do in the area of the first trail party. And there's a chance we'll be ready to install a bridge as well.

For those that remember the old Rock & a Hard Place, on the northeast end it used to connect to an old road that you could take to Donkey Hoh Tea (a quick climb to the Rock Creek Landing). Since Rock/Hard Place loops back to Four Corners, we have decided to call this section of old road (which can be taken all the way to Sand Blvd) "Alt Rock." You may ask...."why take that road at all?" And the answer, of course, is that Sand Blvd connects to many fun places. You can ride west and hit either Cave Trail or Over Easy. Or you can head east, cross Rock Creek Rd, and connect to Fruitcake / Blonde Jeans. Not sure where these are? Then come along this Thursday for our group ride! We meet at Rosauers parking lot ~5:30pm for a departure by 5:45pm.

In less enjoyable news to report, we're still having trouble with malicious behavior in the Cabin/Jump trail area. All evidence is pointing to the same person (yes, the same one who's threatening to shoot your dog if it scares his grandkids). On Saturday July 14th, somebody (not the Warnick family) put up several dozen barricades across Cabin trail and Jump trail, then spread roofing nails in several locations along Warnick Rd. Likewise a similar event happened on Saturday the 21st - however this time a few MAMBA members caught him in the act. He quickly disappeared off-trail into the woods, but the riders were able to give a dead-on description of the guy to the Latah Sheriff.

Nail in TireThen on Saturday morning of the 28th, I took a hike up Cabin/Jump trail to inspect the area, but didn't find anything. I didn't even find any roofing nails.....until today when I noticed one of my truck tires was looking a little low on air. Sure enough, there was a roofing nail in there (the kind with the large metal washers used to hold down tar paper). Scott and Sherrie Metlen were also unfortunate enough to have found nails in their trucks tires last weekend. (BTW, we owe them many thanks for cleaning up the nails on several occasions...usually by hand, not with their tires). Upon further inspection, we discovered nails on Warnick Rd in the two wide turnaround areas after Cabin Trail.

So, what do we do about it? After hearing some horrible stories about this person from a source who lives nearby, we definitely *do not* want to confront him. He packs a gun and is pretty hot under the collar. Here's a few tips we've gathered (starting with the most obvious):

  • Be cautious. Keep your eyes out for nails near parking areas, and watch/prepare for debris across the trail - especially around the Warnick Rd, Cabin/Jump trails.
  • Ride with a friend or friends.
  • Take pictures. The sheriff's office asked us to document any thing suspicious. Even if it's just your cell phone camera, snap a few shots before cleaning up the mess.
  • Inform MAMBA of what's happened. And if you don't have time to clean it up, we'll can get someone out there ASAP.
  • Report incidents to the Latah Sheriff's office. They are already building a case file and are very interested in anything you have to add. Stop by or call them at 208-882-2216.
  • Report *really* strange things immediately. There's great cell coverage on the mountain now. If you didn't program in the Latah Sheriff's office number (208-882-2216), the Sheriff says we can dial 911.
  • If you see the individual in question, just keep riding (he's not confronted anyone thus far). Get a safe distance away and call the Sheriff if you're concerned.

Just like the bygone days of tire slashing near Pond 9, I'm pretty sure these incidents will not be permanent. The more we can help, the sooner we may be able to turn this into a fading, unpleasant memory. And let's be thankful that it's just *one* person. The other neighboring landowners are all exceptional stewards of the mountain. And think of all the commercial opportunities. Bumper-mounted nail magnets, Kevlar lined biking shorts/jerseys, Brush-bars for your mountain bike.... Someone (besides the local tire dealers) could make a good deal of profit off the situation.

Yellow JacketOther general tips....The bees/wasps are in full force on the mountain. One of MAMBA's finest couples happened across a wasp nest and got 20+ stings. Keeping some Benadryl in your bike/hike pack takes little space and could be a real life saver. *Anyone* will have a reaction to that many stings. And if you return to your vehicle to find the tires full of nails....you'll want that medicine sooner than later!

And lastly, if you haven't done so in a while, visit our Contributors page. MAMBA gets a lot of support from local businesses and organizations. They deserve our support in return. The list keeps growing as donations are received.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber
Jim LaFortune


MAMBA - July 21st Trail Party Recap
posted 07.23.07


To the MAMBA members who didn't show up...you missed out on a thing of beauty. Twenty-six (that's "26" for the alpha-numerically challenged) people showed up to help knock out our Rock & a Hard Place extension. Another super thank you to Jeanne for offering up a $30 gift certificate for crumptious eats and fine drinks at the Red Door. Geoff Jensen was lucky enough to pick his own number out of the hat (was it luck, or foul play?) to take home the big prize. Then, for a *slightly* lesser prize, newcomer to the Palouse Steve Frinsko won an IMBA sticker. It may seem like a lesser prize (okay, it is) but it will still be sticky long after Geoff's dinner is just a delightful memory :o) Also, it should be noted that several people actually *paid* money to come on this adventure. And as a thanks to them, I want to remind everyone (myself included!) that the Latah Trail Foundation is still working very hard to raise funds for the project. If you haven't donated yet, (or haven't donated *enough*) then now is a great time to remedy that.

Now to the amazing news. As if having a large group wasn't cool enough, we also set a MAMBA trail building record. The record for "longest sustained time for a MAMBA fireline" had to be shattered last weekend. Our goal was to built the trail out of the clearcut by the end of the day (you know...the irrational goal I set several trail builds ago...). With amazing skill and muscle, the larger-than-normal MAMBA crew was finished that task in just 45 minutes! It then took three skilled sayers running up ahead just to keep the rest of the trail crew busy. Jim and I are still in disbelief, but believe it or not, the trail is complete! You can ride it from one end to the other. Granted, some of the first singletrack built needs to be widened, and we're still missing a bridge, but the trail should be ridable by many, with minimal hiking. Now, we just need some rain to help solidify the 3" of moon dust the trail is covered in.

No less amazing was Kathie LaFortune's post trail party meal. I fully expect that once the word gets out, next years catered trail party will have over 100 attendees. The food was *that* good. We ate fresh apricots, and deli sandwiches with wasabi strong enough to clean your sinuses until next spring. And those that missed will never know the secret ingredient in the cookies. Yep, you'll be forced to eat grapes and nuts for snacks, while the rest of us experiment with the secret ingredient in our own cookies!

The west end of the trail is still in the original location. Take either Lickity Split or Sidewinder to the Dyer Meadow (red gate north of Four Corners). To the east just before the gate/fence you will see some grown in doubletrack that marks the west end of the trail. The east end of the trail begins near the Four Corners parking area (1/4 mile east of the actual Four Corners). Take Lickity Split (right-most trail) for about 50 yards. Look for the entrance to Rock & a Hard Place on your right just before Lickity Split starts to head downhill. The rest of the trail is pretty well defined (stay on the narrow, brown flat section through the green hillside of thistle). Expect to hike-a-bike in at least three sections (across the non-existing-bridge, around the huge downed tree, and at the edge of the clearcut where the trail drops (or climbs) between singletrack and doubletrack.

If you are now suffering post-trail-party depression, don't worry. There will be more. We're tentatively planning our next outing for either August 18th or the 25th. Once we've firmed up the date, plan, and prizes we will put the word out.

Thanks again to all the volunteers. We've got your names on our master list. For each day you showed up you will get your name in the hat for a chance to win the Salmon River Experience trip that will be raffled off at the end of the season. And when you're trying to pick a friend to take along....just remember who it is that sends you all this MAMBA email (that's me, not Jim...he already has a raft).

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber
Jim LaFortune


Moscow Mtn Updates
posted 07.20.07

MAMBA kids,

Meet at Rosauers parking lot on North Main in Moscow by 8:45am Saturday, July 21 MAMBA Trail Party. We will give away a gift certificate to one lucky volunteer for $30 of fabulous nourishment at The Red Door restaurant. Bring lots of water and snacks to keep you swingin' until 1:30-2pm, when Kathie LaFortune will serve an on-site deli lunch.

Moscow Mtn access point updates:

1) Roofing nails were found the weekend of July 14-15 in the turnout/parking areas near the gates along the right (east) side of Warnick Rd. I'm unclear on whether or not the nails (which have a washer on them to make sure they are pointing upward) have also been found at the parking turnout near the bottom of Cabin Trail. Be sure to check any parking areas along Warnick Rd (and just to be safe, on Moscow Mtn Rd too) before you pull in! Also watch out for your dog's paws, if you ride with a canine companion. MAMBA members have notified the Latah County Sheriff Department, the Warnick family, the Latah County roads department and Bennett Lumber about the situation. We will keep you informed.

2) Logs, branches and other debris were placed across the Cabin Trail and Jump Trail during the July 14-15 weekend. Dan Cordon and Paul Warnick removed the debris, but please keep your eyes and ears open. It's likely, of course, that the same person(s) who put the roofing nails in the parking areas also attempted to block the trail. In case you are wondering, Cabin Trail is on property owned by the Warnick Family and Jump Trail is on Bennett land. We have permission from both landowners for responsible use by mountain bikes and foot traffic on those trails. If you see anything suspicious, make note of a vehicle license, if appropriate, and please contact Jonathan Lomber, Dan Cordon , Jim LaFortune, or the Latah County Sheriff (they have told us that it's ok to call 9-1-1 if you need to report criminal activity, or you can call the sheriff's non-emergency number, 208-882-2216). Again, try to memorize a description of the person or the vehicle license number if you see someone involved in these illegal activities, but do not confront the person.

3) There is active logging on Moscow Mtn Rd approximately 1/2 mile before you get to Four Corners. You can generally pass through safely on a bike or in a vehicle, but you might have to wait a while if they are loading a truck. The logging is being done by a contractor and the land belongs to a non-commercial, private landowner (i.e. it is not owned by a lumber company). Please be polite to the logging contractor and do your best to stay safely out of the way.

4) It's fire season. If you find a smoldering lightning strike or an abandoned campfire that is still hot, do what you can to put it out without endangering yourself. Then, if there is any chance of it spreading, call the county sheriff as soon as possible.

Thanks for all your support in keeping Moscow Mtn a great place to recreate!

Jim LaFortune


July 21 MAMBA trail Par-tay!
posted 07.13.07

Dear MAMBoisterous trail buiders,

Jim and Kathie LaFortuneSaturday, July 21, 2007 will be MAMBA's annual "almost-free-lunch" trail party. Basically, after the work is done (around 1:30-2pm), my wife Kathie and I will host a deli-lunch right there on-site, in a nice shady spot, for all trail party volunteers. Ice cold refreshments (legal for all ages) will be included.

Meet at Rosauers parking lot on North Main in Moscow by 8:45am. Bring friends; no experience necessary! One lucky volunteer will win a gift certificate to the Red Door Restaurant.

We'll leave Rosauers as close to 9am as possible to carpool to the work site. We'll be continuing work on the rapturous (stand back! I have a Thesaurus, but I don't know how to use it!) trail called Rock & a Hard Place, just east of Four Corners.

Please bring lots of water, snacks to sustain you until 1:30-2pm, a shade hat and sturdy work shoes. MAMBA has plenty of tools, thanks to grants written by our very own co-president, Jonathan Lomber.

By the way, in case you are looking for delicious food, the Red Door (and all MAMBA's sponsors) appreciate your business, especially during the slower summer months. The restaurant staff will be on vacation during the first two weeks of August, so the business will be closed during that time, but pedal on down and enjoy an excellent bar and/or dining experience soon.

We hope to enjoy your sweaty company on Saturday, July 21, then chow some free lunch!

Jim and Kathie LaFortune

P.S. If you are looking for new-to-you trails on Moscow Mtn, check out the directions at on our Web site for the following fun routes. MAMBA volunteers Tom Drake and Jim LaFortune cleared the fallen trees from the singletrack recently, so go ride 'em, cowgirls and boys.

Near the old East Moscow Mtn lookout; the singletrack portion, starting at the lookout, is in great shape. But don't try to ride the remaining doubletrack part of the loop, as it is currently being logged. Instead, where the singletrack dumps onto the old road grade (approx 1 mile after leaving E Moscow Mtn), turn right on the overgrown doubletrack and pedal back to Moscow Mtn Rd. Also, check out Cedars Trail while you are in the area.

Over Easy
In my sometimes-humble opinion, this swoopy, fast 5 mile loop is best ridden counter-clockwise. Again, see the MAMBA Web site for details. It is a bit of an uphill haul to pedal back to Four Corners, so bring more water than you thought and have plenty of time available. Enjoy racing through the green tunnel!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


June 30 Trail party wrap up
posted 06.30.07

To all MAMBAmboozlers,

Special thanks to the 16 burly dirt slingers and stick tossers who contributed their priceless free time on June 30 to help build more singletrack at the trail called Rock & a Hard Place, on Moscow Mtn. The volunteers included four teenagers who gave up their Saturday morning sleep time <gasp!>.

Trail BuildingOur intrepid volunteers completed the chainsaw work and stick tossing through the clearcut. Less than 100 yards of tread construction remain in order to finish the clearcut section of the trail. I predict it will take two more days to complete the singletrack through the clearcut, build the trail through the forested section, and wrap up a few details like the bridge and the big switchback.

Before I forget, another big thank-you to Northwest River Supplies for donating the schwag for this outing.If you enjoy river paddling or sea kayaking, check out www.nrsweb.com, or drool on the goodies in their showroom on South Main Street in Moscow.

By the way, one of our teen volunteers, Carli Trail, won the sweet Chaco belt from NRS, andBill Dickerson snagged the cool NRS duffel bag thang. Yes, I got skunked again. Guess I'll have to show up next time for another chance to be a winner. Speaking of which, the "next time" is Saturday, July 21, 2007.

Mountain BikingYes, July 21 will be MAMBA's annual "Yes-Virginia-there-is-such-thing-as-a-FREE-lunch" trail party. Basically, after the work is done (around 1:30-2pm), my wife Kathie will host a deli-lunch right there on-site, in a nice shady spot, for all trail party workers.

Also remember that your name will be entered into the end-of-season grand prize drawing once for EVERY day you do trail work. The prize is a full-day raft trip for two people. This generous gift to MAMBA comes from Salmon River Experience, whose owner lives right here in Moscow. Or, when the temperature hits 100 degress in Moscow next week, call them to book your own splashy adventure, 800 892-9223, www.salmonriverexperience.com.

Last reminder: please, please, please avoid active logging areas. Our future permission to use the private land on Moscow Mtn (and it's ALL private) depends on us staying away from logging sites while they are working.

Let's "do" lunch July 21,

Jim LaFortune

P.S. I am hoping to pedal an epic (4-5 hour) ride this summer in the Marble Creek area, which is near Grandmother Mt, about a 1 1/2 hour drive east of Moscow. Send me an email if you might be interested. The potential date would be July 10, 11, or 12 (all weekdays), or sometime in August. The trip could also include one or two people who want to do a shorter ride (or hike) and would be willing to drive the shuttle vehicle. Optional post-ride swim in Marble Creek...woo-hoo!


Saturday, June 30 Trail Par-tay!
posted 06.26.07

Hello MAMBA-lings,

Trail BuildingDelectable hand-crafted singletrack. Sound yummy?

Help out Saturday with this summer's big hulabaloo on Moscow Mtn; the singletrack continuation of Rock & a Hard Place!


Meet at Rosauers parking lot on North Main Street in Moscow.


8:45am, this Saturday, June 30, 2007. Volunteer incentive prizes will be given out asap after 8:45am, and we'll try to carpool/depart by 9am to the work site (Rock Cr Rd, just east of Four Corners). Rain date is Sunday, July 1, same times.

Trail BuildingWhy?

Because if you're receiving this email, you probably love trails. And because you'll learn where the best trails are. And because you'll meet cool people. And because if you use the trails, it's catenacious (I think I just made up that word;I hope it doesn't mean something nasty!) to give at least one day per year to build 'em. And because volunteering to build trails is a better strength training than pumping iron at the gym.And because you could win a sweet bit 'o schwag or even the grand prize; a raft trip for two, donated by Salmon River Experience.

What to bring?

Water, lunch, sunscreen, cell phoney, sturdy work shoes, chocolate. MAMBA has plenty of tools, though if you have a sweet-running chainsaw that you can operate, please bring it.


Everyone is welcome, especially if you've never worked on trails before. There is plenty to do for all fitness and knowledge levels. If you work too hard at your regular job and need a brainless stress-reliever, try tossing sticks for a few hours (it's much cheaper than therapy).

We hope to see you this Saturday, June 30. Be there or be trail-less...

Jim LaFortune


MAMBA News: Group Rides and Trail Parties - Oh My!
posted 06.22.07

MAMBA groupies,

Mountain BikingIt seems odd sending out a message recapping the group ride since I swear 90% of the list members were actually there! Okay, maybe not quite that many. But we did have a solid 15 people (and two dogs) show up for last nights group ride (the NRS bike crew came along with us this time, which was a blast).It looked like there were more bikes than cars in the Rosauers parking lot. We ended up losing one biker early on due to a mechanical problem, and three more had to head back early since the ride was running late. But eleven bikers (and the two dogs) all made it back with just a few tumbles in the dirt. We rode: Cabin Trail --> Jump Trail --> Nemesis / Moscow Mtn Rd --> Cedar Trail --> Blonde Jeans --> Nemesis --> Jump Trail --> Cabin Trail. All told it was ~9 miles and we were back to the cars before 8:30pm. In the future, we should try to get back a little sooner and save some longer rides for a weekend group excursion.

I will be out of town the next two weeks, but everyone was super ecstatic about maintaining the rides. So the plan is to keep meeting at Rosauers ~5:30pm each Thursday, then picking a ride that suits the group that day. There was also interest in grabbing some food after the rides in the future. San Miguel's was mentioned as a great post-ride eatery. Trail BuildingNaturally the Red Door would offer fantastic food, but I worry that a bunch of smelly, Lycra-clad bodies would really ruin the otherwise perfect atmosphere over there :o) So if you're interested, bring your wallet and grab some grub while gabbing about the group grind.

One last reminder about the upcoming trail parties—Ben Clark will be leading his Eagle Scout project *this* Saturday, June 23 (9:00am at the LDS Church parking lot on Blaine past Tidymans). And the following Saturday (June 30th) MAMBA will also be having a trail party meeting at Rosauers ~8:45am. Prizes for June 30th trail build include a Go Bag from our friends at NRS (perfect for transporting all your bike gear) and a Chaco belt from their rep.

Have fun, build/ride lots of trail, and I look forward to many more group adventures when I get back-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA News: Ben Clark Eagle Project June 23rd
posted 06.20.07

MAMBA members,

I received word from Ben Clark that he will be starting his Eagle Scout project *this* Saturday, June 23rd. They will be working on the Four Corners end of our new Rock & a Hard Place extension and could certainly use any available hands to help them out. They will be meeting at the LDS Church parking lot (on Blaine St. just past the old Tidyman's location) at 9:00am.

At this point, we are still planning to have our regular MAMBA trail party the following week (June 30th). Depending on how much progress is made this Saturday, there may be another Eagle Scout project day as well.

And since I prefer to give less than 24 hours notice before group rides, here's one last reminder that there will be TWO opportunities (for some genders anyway) for group rides tomorrow (Thursday, June 21). Both groups will be meeting at the Rosauers parking lot around 5:30pm for a 5:45pm *sharp* departure. I know of at least one female biker that's coming from 30+ minutes away just to get in on this, and I'm still trying to convince the females in my household to go as well. I will definitely be there for the ride, unless I'm in the ER.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA June News: Found Dog, Looking for Owner, Group Rides
posted 06.16.07

MAMBA folks,

Mark Solomon just contacted me and let me know that there is a very friendly, large, brown, short-haired, floppy ear/jowls at his place on the mountain. It appears to be either hungry, or naturally skinny. Mark already fed it his whole "emergency-lost-dog-food" stash, and he looks to be hungry still (Jeanne, bring home everyone's leftovers <grin>). And there's one porcupine quill in his nose.

Mountain BikingIn other news, the group ride yesterday was a SMASHING success. There as a huge turnout.....for the after-work NRS ride. Sadly, our MAMBA ride only had three people show up. And even sadder was the women's ride, which only had one - Aly. Lucky for us, Aly let us tag along for a great ride. I figure that my 1-day notice probably wasn't adequate, so now you have 6 (well, 5.5 really) for the next group ride. We'll be meeting at Rosauers next Thursday ~5:30pm, and will be departing **promptly** at 5:45pm, so make sure you're there before then.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Trail Build Summary, Group Rides, and Future Dates
posted 06.13.07

MAMBAggie pants,

Trail BuildingLast Saturday we had another trail party to work on looping Rock & a Hard Place back to Four Corners. We had an OK turnout (14 very hard workers). But my memory was not as good as I remember it being. The goal of "getting out of the clearcut" would have probably taken 30 people; but hey—I guess I'm an optimist. Shane Duff went home with the NRS-supplied Dura Soft Cooler (Jim was really wanting that one, so make sure you keep it hidden), and Ben Clark (our soon-to-be Eagle Scout) won the Chaco belt (new place to hang merit badges?, emergency turnaquite? easier to tighten/adjust than a Sheepshank?....) We did get new trail complete all the way up the rocky spine, and made a lot of progress clearing brush and putting in trail towards the end of the clearing. But we're going to need at least one more good work day to get out of the clearing. And the trail we build is totally gorgeous. A nice wide, outsloped well tamped trail bed. We'll have to touch up the previous section just to keep it from looking out of place. The rain we got the last few days is great for helping solidify the new trail bed too.

Next trail build dates:

  • June 30th (Ben Clark is organizing this for his Eagle Scout project)
  • July 21st (we will be working with Unitarian auction winners—and we will receive "special treats" from Kathie LaFortune afterwards)
  • August some time . . .

I got confirmation from Aly Lamar and the Women's Group Rides start this Thursday, June 14, 2007. Meet at Rosauers parking lot at 5:30 pm.

When I queried the attendees at the trail party, there was also a unanimous decision to have a "Men/Male" group ride as well. The rule is: only those who have the words "men" or "male"appearing somewhere in their gender name will be allowed. Mountain BikingAnd to further complicate things, they also unanimously decided that they wanted to meet at Rosauers on Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Women/Females (fitting in to the rules) are welcome, and it may be a nice fall back for those rare occasions where not enough ladies show up for the women-only ride.

The two groups should/will coordinate so we don't end up doing the same trail at the same time. But that we might try to cross paths along the ride so we can each badger one another about how "our group is having more fun than your group!" And so the newbies can fall over while trying to get out of their clipless pedals in front of a much larger group.

There are few rules for the group rides, but just so people's expectations are on the same page: These are social rides, not races.We assess the skill/interest of everyone that shows up, and pick our route based on what works for everyone. We go at the pace of the slowest rider(I made this rule for me). We do this by picking "meeting points" along the way so we can periodically re-group. The idea is to showcase many of the trails that are less familiar for people than Headwaters, and help people find riding partners. ***Warning - Jonathan and I met at this kind of group ride when we were only casual MAMBA trail-build attendees. Our fate could happen to you too.....***

So if you're a person with a bike, Rosauers this Thursday, June 14, 2007 @ 5:30 pm is the place to be. See you there-

Lastly, Mark Solomon reminded us that there's still a lot of active logging going on the Troy side of Moscow Mtn Rd. So if you were planning to ride Wonderdog, be aware that you may have to double back if you encounter activity in that area. I haven't been out that direction in a while, but I will update you when I know more.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Next Trail Build Party June 9, 2007
posted 06.07.07


Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep, Beeeeeeeeeep, Beeeeeeep. This is a message of the Emergency Email Blast System.The Eagle Scout project will *not* be happening with our MAMBA trail party this weekend. But we will still be having our trail party, and our goal is to try to get trail cleared andbuild to where it exits the clearcut area. Trail BuildingOnce we're out of the clearing we will make a lot more progress. And Saturday looks like the perfect day to get through it all. Should be cool and slightly overcast. Bring plenty of hydration. We will have a few boxes from Clif Bar for snacks, but you can bring a bigger lunch if you like too.

On June 9th, we'll meet at Rosauers parking lot by 8:45am and give a small introduction on what tools we'll be using and how to work in a fireline safely. We will be raffling off two items - the Dura Soft Cooler ($30 value) from Todd at NRS and a Chaco belt ($14 value) that we also got through NRS. So at least one lucky participant will have a way to keep their pants on, while another will be able to enjoy some cold beverages after their rides.

Mountain BikingIn other news, Aly Lamar (FKA: Aly Bean to those who rode with her in previous years) is going to start up the weekly women's rides again. They will be Thursday evenings leaving Rosauers at 5:30 pm.If you didn't hear about these in the past, then I'm glad you finally moved out of that cave you must have been living in.Aly organized the Ladies Mountain Bike Clinics of yore. Ladies, these rides are so good that many a man had tried to dawn a kilt and wig just to sneak in on the rides (PS: It doesn't fool anyone). If it's like previous years, the rides are all-levels welcome. Trails will be picked epending on who shows up and where everyone wants to ride. The first tentative date is June 14th, but I will confirm this in the next MAMBA email.

Also, Nick Fuller is gung-ho about having a MAMBA raft trip - maybe in the late July, early August time frame. So for all the pedaler/paddlers out there (look for the bikers with sexy legs *and* arms) you can discuss this further on the Yahoo! groups. See the "Mambaship" page on our site for directions on subscribing.

Speaking of the Yahoo group, we are currently beta testing a discussion forum for the MAMBA web site, so once we have that up and running, we can decide if we want to abandon the Yahoo group or not. I'll let you know when the new forums are ready for action.

See you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Next Trail Build Party June 9, 2007
posted 06.02.07

MAMBAoys and MAMBAirls,

Trail BuildingWe've got a whole summer of fun planned already. While I hope we can get out and have some more MAMBA group rides, what I do know is that there's opportunity for some MAMBA trail days ahead.The plan looks like this, so mark your calendars:
June 9th
June 30th
July 21st
August ___

For recap, on May 19th a small-but-strong group of dedicated bike enthusiasts and some Boy/Cub scouts and family descended on the soon-to-be continuation of Rock & a Hard Place. Phil Cook won the raffle for the free bike tuneup from Follett's Mountain Sports, and Jen Farley won the Falcon Guide for Mountain Biking Idaho. The northeast end of the new section is coming along very nicely, with about 1/2 mile worth of new trail built - mostly ridable (although pretty technical still). I was working with first-time sawyer Matt Morra, so as far as I know, the trail just magically happened behind me (although the local increase in pain reliever sales may indicate otherwise).

Trail BuildingFor June 9th we'll have a similar format as before. Along with our regular trail crew, we'll be hosting an Eagle Scout project, so we really need all the hands we can get this time. If we have enough turnout we hope to start a group of saws on each end of the unbuilt section, while having the rest of the group working with ground tools to continue the trail bed. The *good* news is that we're more than 1/2 way through with the "new" trailbed work. In another 1/4 mile, the trail heads out of the clearcut and drops on to a skid road, so there shouldn't be any significant ground work necessary there at all. There are still two short sections (100 yards each?) of trail bed work after that point though, but the soil should be a lot nicer to work with than what we had last time.

So come on our and join us for the party of the month! Same routine as normal - meet at Rosauers on June 9th at 8:45am for signup, details, and our famous raffle. This time we'll be giving away a Dura Soft Cooler that we got from Todd Benson at NRS, and a sweet belt from the local Chaco rep. There is no rain-day on the 10th, so unless there's a tornado warning, we'll be making trail. See you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build Party Reminder for May 19, 2007
posted 05.18.07

MAMBA girls and boys,

As promised, I am sending out a quick reminder about the trail party happening tomorrow morning, May 19, 2007. For those new to the email list, you can see past announcements on the MAMBA Web site http://www.bikemoscow.org). Meet at Rosauers parking lot by 8:45am for introductions and raffle items brought to us by Follett's Mountain Sports (free bike tune-up worth $45 -you know you need this!) and a Falcon Guide for Mountain Biking Idaho which was given to me by Jonathan Lomber, who had it given to him by Jim LaFortune, who got it from.....???? I'll have to figure that out later, but either way,it has lots of great trail maps, including our own "Trail formerly known as 'Sand'" and a sweet image of our own Marci Stephens. Also, we got our annual donation from Clif Bar, so we'll have a few boxes to munch on as trail snacks at each of our trail parties this year.

Now, you may be looking at the weather forecast and thinking "Why would I do a MAMBA trail party tomorrow? Maybe I'll do one later this summer...." Which is why I created . . . . .


5) It's just your wedding anniversary. He/She will understand, and you can always celebrate extra hard at next year's 26th anniversary.

4) The slight added moisture will make soil conditions perfect for stable compaction of the new trail bed.

3) You won't have to harbor feelings of guilt for not having participated on a trail crew in the last decade.

2) The last trail build was blazingly hot....the extra cloud coverage and occasional sprinkle will be welcome.

1) Some people actually pay money for the opportunity to build trail with us, and just for you (and you, and you, and...) it's free tomorrow. All we ask of you is the donation of your aching body in exchange for the monetary gain of new singletrack - aka: "The Greater Good."

In less fun news, we're looking for a lost helmet. It is a white Giro women's helmet that was at the Headwaters parking area about a week ago. It got picked up by someone pretty quickly, so if you have it - contact the owner. If you insist on keeping the helmet because you love the way it fits you so perfectly then you should know that the owner may suffer from a rare, highly contagious regressive scalp condition that may eventually lead to premature male pattern baldness. (Thisway, if a guy has it, it will *definitely* get returned). And no jokes about my ever-forming bald spot....I don't have the helmet, it's just unfortunategenetics.

In WAY fun news, after reading about my troubles collecting raffle items Todd Benson at NRS (Northwest River Supplies) got in touch with me and said "Get over here and pick up some cool things!" These will be raffled off at future trail parties, but aside from their Dura Soft Coolers (perfect for that after-ride beverage), he also hooked us up with a not-yet-available Go-Bag prototype (will fit all your biking gear and keep it clean/dry) and a couple belts from the Chaco rep (made from the same strap as their footwear). Todd, you made my day/week.

lizard/reptileLastly, while re-flagging a small section this week, Jim and I found evidence of global warming. A larger-than-normal lizard/reptile of a variety we hadn't seen before went zipping across the road in front of us. It looked a lot like the one in this image, but maybe a little smaller. If they keep growing, we may start to have problems with declining moose populations on the mountain. <grin>

Hope to see you tomorrow - and don't forget to bring your "special thing" (wink, wink).

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build Party for May 19, 2007
posted 05.15.07


Once again, the various announcements have been piling up, so this email will have lots of tidbits in it. But the *most* important is the reminder that there is a MAMBA trail build party this Saturday morning, May 19th, where we will be working on the continuation of Rock & a Hard Place. We will be doing ground work this week, with only one sawyer and a stick tosser (or two if can can afford it) running up ahead. Jime LaFortuneThe goal is to have a completely ridable trail bed up to the point where we stop for the day (probably ~1:30-3:00pm). Ya, we'll still be missing a bridge, but the trail bed is probably the grunt of the work and the last crew got us a pretty good start.

Routine will be similar as before. We will meet at Rosauers parking lot (usually the southeast corner) at 8:45 am and have some informal introductions ("Hi, I'm Dan. I am a short, plump, and balding MWM who likes biking, strolls on the beach, and alternative rock.....") and our famous raffle before carpooling/caravaning to our work point above Rock & a Hard Place. I will have a truck full of ground tools, but you will want to bring: water, snacks, sunscreen, gloves, and shoes/socks that can get pretty grubby.

The raffle items for this party are:

  • A free bike tune-up ($45 value) from Bruce and all our friends at Follett's Mountain Sports.
  • A Falcon Guide for Mountain Biking Idaho that Jim LaFortune donated for the raffle.

Unless something changes, this may be our last party raffle. It was a sad day visiting many of our past sponsors and hearing about how rough this last year has been. If raffles are extremely important to you, let me know and I'll see what I can do about it. Also, if some of our local businesses would like some additional publicity through the MAMBA emails and through our Web site "Contributors" page then DEFINITELY let us know. We'll do raffles (and support our supporters) so long as there are items to be won!

I spoke with John Crock from Hyperspud Sports today and was pleased to discover that the 10% Tuesday program they offered to us will be bringing in about $100 big ones for MAMBA . So super thanks to John, and all of the MAMBA folks who visited the store that day. Personally, I have to recommend to anyone who likes hot eats to try the line of "Ass Kickin" products they brought in. Ya, each serving hurts twice.....and I really don't want to elaborate much more than that.

In other news, the gate at the bottom of Moscow Mtn Rd. is open now. So you can drive up the first nasty bit of rocks/washboards and park on the right side of the flat area. Or, if you are feeling like a lazy bone, you can drive all the way up to Four Corners. If you're doing the latter, please park your vehicles in our designated parking area about 1/4 mile east of Four Corners. It's on the right hand side where Rock Creek Rd intersects Foothill Rd. Whatever you do, don't park in front of either gate up there. Authorized vehicles need to get in/out of there, and we certainly don't want to make them unhappy with us.

I've received word that Dan W. has been leaving fliers on parked cars with information on how the Moscow Mtn Alliance is recording your activity. I'm sure he'll see soon enough that vehicles with bike racks on them are his friends, but for now lets just try not to let it bother us too much. Be sure to recycle (or re-use) the paper from the flier. Maybe one of us will have time to put a recycle bin on the entrance board so we can put the fliers in there for Dan to re-use?

Kelly Maer informed me that there is a Kids Safety Fair coming up on June 2nd. It will be at the Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center from 9am-2pm. They are still needing at least one more volunteer to help with the helmet fitting and bike rodeo safety training. Truly this deed sounds like a great fit for a mountain biker! If you can help, contact Helen Brown.

Ike Andrews sent me a fantastic update on the Asotin Creek trail. It's got directions and parking tips as well. It's too long for this newsletter, but we have posted it to the Web site under the "Asotin Creek" trail section of "Hog Heaven Updates" link on the Trails page. It sounds like there's been a lot of work going on over there.

And since we're talking about Lewiston rides, Sean Ellis (from B&L in Pullman) will be leading a group ride from his house on June 3rd. Here's his message:


I will be leading a group ride from my house in Lewiston on June 3rd, 2007. Email for directions and more info. This is a fairly challenging ride. Distance is about 50 miles, about 7000 feet of climbing. There is one section that I've come to call the wall, where it's a 16% grade for about a mile. When it levels out to 12% it feels like such a relief! I'm planning on starting the ride at 9:30 AM and serve a pancake breakfast before the ride beginning at 8:00 AM.

When I do this ride alone and ride hard, I can do it in about 5 hours. In a group atmosphere, it will probably take longer. There is a nice spot, next to a lake with picnic tables where we can stop and eat lunch. There are some screaming fast downhills, in which I've approached 50 mph on my mountain bike. Oh and this is a mountain bike ride even though we will be riding dirt and gravel roads most of the time.

Sean Ellis
(from B&L in Pullman)

Lastly, put June 9th on your calendar too. That will be the next MAMBA trail party. Don't worry, I'll send *lots* of reminders between now and then. Hope to see you this weekend!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Party Summary for April 28, 2007
posted 04.30.07


Before I forget, make sure you visit Hyperspud Sports tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) and purchase lots of good stuff. Hyperspud Sports is giving 10% of their sales from May 1 to MAMBA, so lets make sure they get at least 2.5 million...that will give MAMBA enough to make an offer on the Paradise Point property.

We had quite a scare on Saturday. By the time 8:45 am came around, there were only four people ready to go. But luck came our way and another eight showed up. All told, we had 12 workers (and about 1/2 were from the downhill group!). Ben Schepper took home the prize for 10 free spin classes from the North Idaho Athletic Club (and we gave him all sorts of grief about what a Downhiller should do in a spin class - but he also road bikes so it's all good). And I was the proud winner of the Fox T-shirt from Follett's (Bruce, I could be wearing a pink jersey if you weren't so insistent on the Fox T).

The crew made great progress on the new section of trail slated to be completed this summer which will extend the existing Rock & a Hard Place trail back to Lickity Split. In places, the brush was nearly 3' deep, with the average stick being about 15' long (with standard deviation being about 5', but with much more of a chi distribution than a traditional bell curve). Translation: We threw a LOT of sticks and progress was pretty slow. I took my own advice and wore long pants, but few people (myself included) brought long sleeve shirts. That's okay though....the skin will eventually grow back. Another lesson I learned: Without trees, there's a lot of sun out there. Maybe next time I'll bring some sunscreen too.

The new section of trail is about 1/2 cleared now. And we were able to scratch in a pretty good line of where the trail bed will be too. To check it out (best on foot, not on bike), ride Rock & a Hard Place from the Dyer Meadow eastward. Where the trail used to end (dropping you onto an old logging road), you'll see a nice switchback to the right. The trail is hikable for about 1/2 mile allowing you to get up to the sweet rock ridge and check it out.

We're planning our next trail party for May 19th—probably rain or shine since Jonathan and I are already booked for the 20th. I'll send a reminder email in advance as well. We'll probably focus on trail bed work this time and just send one sawyer and one tosser up ahead to clear the brush. This means lots of Pulaski and McCleod work.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Super Trail Party Saturday, April 28, 2007!
posted 04.27.07


I promised a reminder, so here it goes: In case you *forgot* to mark your calenders when you got the last email—we're having a MAMBA trail party this Saturday, April 28th. Same routine as last year. Meet in the Rosauers parking lot by 8:45 am and we'll introduce people, give a quick safety debriefing, get signed in, and have a raffle. We'll be hiking through some serious brush on this trail build, so dress accordingly. There's going to be LOTS of sticks that we'll be throwing out of the way. We'll take care of the tools and Red Bull, but you'll want gloves and leg protection (pants) of some sort.

And what a raffle we have this time!

  • Joe Wagenbrenner gave us a tip about Amy Paul—owner of the
    North Idaho Athletic Club in downtown Moscow. Amy was totally awesome and is going to be hooking us up with several spin class coupons. Each coupon is good for 10 visits to the club for spinning classes ($40 value). Classes are offered all times of the day, but if you want Amy as your instructor, you'd better get up early. Her sections start at 5:45 am!! And in related news, there's rumor that Joe W. is also going to be a spinning instructor there pretty soon. So do your lungs/heart a favor and add spinning to your biking regime.

  • Bruce at Follett's also hooked us up with some great stuff. For this weekend's party, we'll be raffling off a Fox t-shirt ($20 value) that Follett's donated. And it's sized XL so it will fit most of us, and the rest can wear it for PJ's. I was going to go for the pink jersey, but Bruce talked me out of it.

Also, MAMBA is looking for a volunteer to help solicit donations for raffle's this season. Don Elger took on that roll last year and did a fantastic job, but is already pretty tied up this season. If you're interested in taking on this responsibility, let us know and we can fill you in on some of the details.

On the subject of spinning—Chuck Schoeffler (MAMBA member and record attendance at group rides) has been doing spinning classes at the U of I SRC. For the summer he'll be doing Mon-Wed classes at 5:30 pm.

Speaking of prizes.....

John from Hyperspud Sports has offered MAMBA a super Jimmy-La special. Put this date on your calender for sure. On Tuesday, May 1st, 10% of anything you (or anyone really) buy at Hyperspud Sports is going to be donated to MAMBA. So, if there's a $350 tent you've had your eye on, make sure to buy it this Tuesday. I'll send a reminder on Monday as well. In fact, someone should send me a reminder on Sunday..... In fact, if you buy ten $350 tents, my quick mental math estimates that MAMBA will probably get between $300 and $400. And they make great wedding presents in case you forgot to get one for Tom and Aly last week (hint-hint).

Some less fun news—there's a new owner of the house at the base/corner on Moscow Mtn Rd (Dan Worsham). It's unsure what our long-term relationship will be, but initial feedback tells us that it may take a while for him to open up to the idea that bikers/hikers are good people to have on the mountain. For now, you should know that he's pretty big on private property being private. Once the gate is open (May 14th) and people are parking on the flat area just up the road then things may get better. For the time being, be as respectful as you can. Keep yourself and your riding companions (wheeled and 4-legged) away from his place. If you see him, wave and be polite. If you have a conversation with him, be sure to mention that we actively keep our eyes out and report illegal activity (motorized anywhere but the main road, target shooting, people shooting, etc.). Once he understands that we are good stewards of the mountain we'll probably have a much better relationship.

Along those same lines, Randy Fife sent Brett Bennett a pretty nice email thanking them for allowing us to recreate on the mountain. Bennett Lumber is the dominant landowner up there, and they've been exceptionally nice about letting us build trails and recreate on their property. Since we aren't paying for this, the least we can do is help them by being watchdogs for the mountain, and helping keep the place safe and protected. If you feel so inclined, sending Bennett an email or letter thanking them would certainly be well received. Without their cooperation our biking options would be a LOT more confined.

So, buried way deep in this email is some info about our trail project this summer. Some of us may remember our final trail build last season. We opened up Rock & a Hard Place after some significant timber harvesting happened in that area. For this summer we will be extending Rock & a Hard Place so that the east end connects all the way back to Lickity Split (near Four Corners). It's 90% through the same terrain as the last trail build, but some day.....it's going to be pretty. And as a bonus, without the trees to block the view, we were able to find a totally awesome rock ridge to weave the trail through. A second bonus is that once constructed, this trail will probably be open for as long as we're still riding bikes. It won't be ready for another harvest until we're all riding hoverboards (for the youngin's, rent "Back to the Future" and relish in the great days of Michael J. Fox and the sweetness of a stainless-steel Delorean)

Lastly, you're probably interested in current trail conditions. By Saturday afternoon 93.6% of our trails will be cleared of snow. Most of the trails from Headwaters to Paradise Point are clear and ridable. Triple Crown still has a little snow, but no huge trees in your way. North Contour is all good except for a tiny 10' section near the beginning. Cave Trail is clear, but has several trees down (will need a chain saw for most of them). Nemesis is clear and should have two super long log rides built early this season (Jonathan's going to need 5-6 people to help place them).

I think that's all for now. Hope to see you this weekend—either riding or building.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA News and Other Innocent Ramblings of a Mad Man
posted 04.16.07

MAMBAttering Rams,

I've been putting off the MAMBA email for far too long, and as such there's LOTS of things to report. And no doubt I've forgotten a few of the things I'm supposed to put in here too (feel free to send me a reminder). As it stands, less than 4.73% of most MAMBA members are going to make it past item #5 anyway.

Table of Contents:
      1) MAMBA Trail Party April 28th
      2) Road Bike Races April 28th
      3) Asotin Creek Update
      4) New Manager at Follet's
      5) Non-Profit Status for MAMBA
      6) McCroskey Park Update
      7) Mountain Bike Director (Boy Scout Camp)
      8) Lost top (not your typical "topless" Moscow announcement)

1) MAMBA Trail Party April 28th
It's that time again. You know....spring is in the air, sunshine is coming out more often.....this can only mean one thing. Yep, my birthday is only seven months away, so you'd better start shopping now. Oh ya, and to celebrate each month leading up to my birthday, MAMBA holds (in my honor, I'm sure) Trail Builds!!! Our first event is planned for April 28th (29th as a rain day). We'll congregate in the Rosauers parking lot at 8:45 am, get signed in and raffle off some prizes. If this is your first time, you'll want to bring fluids to drink and a snack for lunch, work gloves, and several friends. We'll provide the tools, and just enough guidance to convince people that we're organized. We're working on the Clif Bar and Red Bull donations, but can't be sure if we'll have them by this trail party.

So you're probably wondering what we'll be doing. This year we got permission to build trail from the east end of Rock & a Hard Place back towards Four Corners. The trail will contour uphill in the new "clearing" (honestly...it will get beautiful...probably in our lifetime), zig-zag through some amazing boulder outcrops, and eventually end up T-ing into Lickity Split. For this trail outing, we'll be clearing a LOT of brush. It will be a lot like the trail party at the end of last season where we re-opened Rock & a Hard Place.

2) Road Bike Races April 28th
Spring is always a busy time, so finding an open date is always difficult (both a calendar date, and a companion date). The same day as our trail party (April 28th), there will be a number of road-bike races happening in Moscow. The UI/WSU Conference Championships will be held that weekend, and they still need a few volunteers to help out. Naturally we would prefer you spend your weekend on the mountain, but if you have a *really* good excuse for not coming (eg: it would be a parole violation, someone at the trail party has a restraining order against you, you've recently passed away, etc.) then consider volunteering with them. For contact info, check out the UI Cycling Volunteer Web page.

3) Asotin Creek Update
Ike Andrews was nice enough to send me an update on the Asotin Creek Trail. He probably would have preferred I sent this out last month, but better late than later--


For us residents of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, Asotin Creek makes for a fantastic spring ride, great for renewing your trail-riding skills, which may have gone rusty from too much down time during winter. The scenery is breathtaking and the rushing water in the swollen creek bed next to the trail provides great sound-effects for your ride.

Bob Dice, Greg Fry and I spent about four hours each on March 22 clearing out the first 3 ¼ miles. Bob is awesome. He is the manager of the Blue Mountain Wildlife Area and the trail falls under his department’s purview. Thus, he has the authority to take motorized vehicles into the area, and provided us with three powerful 4-wheelers to haul in two chain saws, a rotary blade saw, 2 pair of electric trimmers, and a Stith blade (not to be confused with a Sith blade, which is the laser-powered version), which his department also furnished. We did some major tree-clearing, weed-whacking, rock-removing and branch-trimming as far as we could go until a fallen 2 ½ foot red pine took out the chain of the larger of the two chain saws. By then twilight was descending, so we headed home.

Brian Johnson is heading a scouting expedition on the morning of March 31st beyond the chain-saw-eating tree, hoping to make it to the Meadowlands, which is the 6-mile mark into the trail (for those unfamiliar, the first three miles of the trail are dual track and fairly easy, with a slow and steady grade in most spots, but a few climbs to get your pulse up and a fast-as-you-wanna-go descent on the return; the second three miles is singletrack and more technical, with some tricky rock-laden sections and steep ascents, but also some sweet swooping spots that you can really play for a lot of speed once you get familiar with the trail). Based on his findings, we will gear up for another trail cleaning day Friday afternoon, April 6th , meeting at the Asotin Boat Launch parking lot at 1:00 p.m. (across from the Zip Trip in Asotin). We hope to have enough local volunteers to finish the job, although the last part of the trail (Pinkham Butte, which most folks do from the other direction on their downhill bikes) will need some more time for the snow to melt and the mud to dry up. Pinkham Butte also has a few North-Shore type tricks which Scott Jackson and his motley crew put together a couple of years ago (Scott TNT Bikes but is now running his own bike shop called Ride-On-Bikes on the corner of Thain and Bryden in Lewiston).

Further out in the future, we are tentatively planning a group ride starting around 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 18th, when we should some additional sunlight in the evening to make it worth while (more on that later). We’ll let you know how the trail looks after next Friday, plus include some directions on how to get there for those who don’t know.

Ike Andrews

4) New Manager at Follet's
And as much as we love Paradise Creek Bicycles and B&L, the news in this edition is that Bruce Hoff is now managing things at the Moscow Follett's location. Stop in and say "Hi. Welcome back to Moscow. How's the boat project?"

5) Non-Profit Status for MAMBA
Nick Fuller has been working his magic (on and off the mountain) and MAMBA should have non-profit status this season. We'll have a board of directors, and bylaws, and everything. Now we just need a bunch of local mountain acreage. If you bump in to Nick, be sure to thank him for all the work he continues to do for us.

6) McCroskey Park Update
Jonathan and I had the pleasure to attend the Friends of McCroskey meeting last weekend. The park has been under new management for a few years, and Ron Hise has been doing a fantastic job up there. Along with improving the roads, adding water, toilets, and campsites, they've also been building trails. Grass Trail (now officially called "Korth Trail") is still there, but sections of it will be logged over the next few years. It will be sad to lose, but as a replacement they are putting in some non-motorized trails!!!! And the trail access is less than 1 mile down off the highway down Skyline Drive. We'll keep you posted on that project as it comes together.

7) Mountain Bike Director (Boy Scout Camp)
I recently got a message about a summer job opportunity that seems like it's a good fit for someone in our biking community.


My name is James "England" Trendall and I am the program director at Camp Grizzly Boy Scout Camp Near Harvard, Idaho. I run a camp that includes a Mountain Biking Program that no other camp in Washington or Idaho offers. I am in need of a full-time on-site Mountain Bike Director who must be over 18 yrs. I was referred to bikemoscow.com by my previous Mountain Bike staff member and Moscow native, Brian Morra.

The job lasts from June 16, 2007 to Aug 10, 2007. Being a member of the Boy Scouts of America is not required, however experience with youth and a positive mental attitude is a necessity. Some camping experience is also helpful.

James "England" Trendall

8) Lost top (not your typical "topless" Moscow announcement)
Lastly, a long sleeve top was left on Moscow Mtn and was picked up before the owner got back to it. If you're currently feeling warm and fuzzy on the outside, but racked with guilt on the inside - it might be because you're wearing someone else's top. Let us know if you found anything and we'll make sure it gets back to the proper owner.

I think that's about it for this edition of the newsletter! I'll send a reminder of the trail party a few days before hand with more details and such. For the select few that made it this deep in the email, you should know that the trails from Headwaters all the way to Paradise Point are clear and ridable/hikable. Much of the Four Corners area is still under snow (at least the trails off the north side of the ridge), but will be quickly thawing out over the next few weeks.

Now...get back and finish calculating your 2006 taxes...you still have a few hours.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Devil's Slide Bike Race
posted 03.01.07


Twin Rivers Cyclists - Devils SlideIn case you forgot, there's a race this weekend. Word.
In case you were planning to wuss out.....Verb.
Get your butts in gear and sign up for the Devil's Slide race this Sunday.

You still have 35 minutes to fill in the online entry form to qualify for early registration. Otherwise, get your cash ready and plan to head to Lewiston this weekend. If for no other reason than....it's only 6 miles for the Beginner class. If you can't do that, how are you going to swing a pulaski with us all summer?

Oh ya, and here's a little something to make sure this email makes it through all the spam filters:

Looking for a new MORTGAGE. Rates as low as twelve-thousand percent!! Be sure to forward this email on to at least 5 of your closest friends, and 5 people that you have lost contact with or have not spoken to in several years due to a strange misunderstanding about something your ex-boyfriend said behind their back, which inadvertently turned out to be in front of their back because they were listening on the baby monitor. Otherwise, if you do not forward this email, I will probably win the Devil's Slide race, and frankly, that just can't happen.

***Click here*** and input all your bank account and personal information. I (Bill Gates) am tracking this email, and will personally return $10 of the money I'm about to take from you via identity theft if you......

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


February MAMBA Newsletter
posted 02.05.07

****Sung to the tune of "Sugar Sugar - The Archies"****

MAMBA (da da dot da dot dahhhh)
Oh mountain mountain (da da dot da dot dahhhh)
You are my bikin' club.......
and you got me wantin' sun

Well, there's still plenty of snow on the mountain in Moscow, but that hasn't stopped several people from pushing their bikes around. But for those looking for a better alternative, you should really head down to Hell's Gate State Park and start practicing for the next Devil's Slide bike race. Once again Joe Wagenbrenner (along with assistance from other gracious MAMBA volunteers) is acting as the race coordinator. But hurry up, because you only have one month to get ready. The race is going to be on March 4th this year. For more details, maps, registration forums, and a general feeling of warm, fuzzy love - head over to the Web site of the event at: http://www.devilssliderace.com

In other news, we've been informed by Bennett Lumber that there's been some biking activity (last Fall) through active logging areas near Pond 9/Headwaters, and they're (rightfully so) concerned about safety. The loggers have a lot going through their heads when falling trees, and really can't add "looking for bikers/hikers" to that list. They do post signs, but often it's just a generic orange warning sign on the road--mostly for vehicle traffic. A biker/hiker on the trail may miss these. Our plan for now is for MAMBA to help inform the recreational public of the location of active logging sites. I will keep you updated of "stay the heck out of here" areas in the regular newsletters, but also ask for your help in spreading the word around to others not on the email list.

We are still undecided on our projects for this next season. We have a number of alternatives lined up, but want to wait another month or two to see if any better options open up. Once again, Jonathan Lomber has outdone himself in putting together 100s of pages of paperwork for an IDPR Recreational Trails grant. We'll see in the next few months if it's funded or not.TTFN


Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


IDPR Recreational Trails Program Grant
posted 01.12.07

MAMBA Mambers -

MAMBA is writing a grant proposal to the IDPR Recreational Trails Program. We are seeking public input in this process. Please email us at info@bikemoscow.org if you have any thoughts or concerns regarding this proposal. Grant funding received will be used for the 2007 trail building season. We look forward to hearing from you!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Recap of MAMBA Trail Build & End-of-Season Party
posted 10.22.06

MAMBAda, bada, bada, bada (drum roll),

Last Saturday marked the two final parties for 2006. And what a treat they were! First off, despite the rainy week, and two huge home football games - we still had our largest turnout of the year for a work party. Twenty-two people!

And we owe part of this to Julie Morter and her van full of Latah County Youth Services teenagers who showed up to give a hand. And it's a good thing too. With our great turnout and four chainsaws ripping through the brush we were able to clear most of the original Rock & a Hard Place trail which was thickly covered with debree from recent logging activity. The last 75 yards of singletrack on the west end had to be re-routed though, and the crew put on a huge effort to build several enormous berms on the switchbacks. We even had time to give the double-track section a much needed haircut as well.

If you see Jonathan Lomber, be sure to thank him for single-handedly ripping up the busted Headwaters bridge, repairing the sub-structure, and putting all the dirt back on again. While 22 of us were out throwing sticks, Jonathan was moving dirt.

And talk about prizes!!!! Aside from everyone's shared prize of opening up a pretty critical connector, we gave away a lot of prizes yesterday. First off, at the trail build:

  • A free piece of Wingers asphalt pie was won by Andre Johnson.
  • Joe Wagenbrenner picking up a coupon for a basket of wings from Wingers.
  • Greg Johnson won a $10 gift certificate to Guitar's Friend.
  • But then things got crazy....Ike Andrews came up from Lewiston to help out and brought with him a fresh loaf of bread and a gift certificate from the Sage Bakery to raffle off. This was won by first-time trail builder Geoff Jensen.
  • Bill Dickerson was inspired by this and came running back from his truck with two MORE items to raffle. He donated two 2-for-1 lift ticket passes to Tamarack Resort. These were won by David Stenry and Erik Gorman - two youthful riders who know how to put in a hard days work.

End-of-season Grand Prize:
Jonathan hosted the end-of-season MAMBA party at his place and there was plenty of yummy food to be had. But the big capper was Brian Johnson winning the trip for two down the Salmon River from Salmon River Experience. Everyone should start buddying up to Brian asap :o)

We gave out even MORE prizes while huddled around the party's fire pit:

  • Geoff Jensen won his second prize of the day - a basket of Wingers wings.
  • Charlie Olsen won a CO2 tire inflator contributed by Jonathan Lomber.
  • Kristine Patterson won a CO2 tire inflator contributed by Jonathan Lomber.
  • Tim Gregory took home a seat-mounted hydration pack contributed by Jonathan Lomber.

In other news:
Rock & a Hard Place is fully open now, although the ground is still soft. Also, we expect the slash to be burned as soon as this coming spring, so we may need to plan on one more trail day to clean things up afterwards.

Wonderdog is seeing active logging. The lower 2/3 of the trail is not currently in ridable condition. But the upper singletrack is still in fine shape. If you start at the top (East Moscow Mtn Lookout) and descend until you drop on to the old doubletrack, turn right (uphill) and continue west towards Moscow Mtn Rd. When you get to the brush pile at the end of the double-track, head off to the left where there's a short trail back to Moscow Mtn Rd.

Thanks to everyone who helped build trail, support trail workers, and who keep Moscow Mtn a great place to ride/hike. We hope to have some great benefits ready for paid Mambaship members next season, including discounts at local outdoor shops and GPS trail maps. We'll let you know when that's all in place.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


Next MAMBA Trail Build
posted 10.19.06


MAMBA Last Trail Build of Season:
This Saturday we're having another trail party. I warned you that I'd be sending a reminder out about this one. Now I'm going to warn you that I'm not going to send another reminder about this one. We'll be reclaiming our beloved Rock & a Hard Place.....which we will have to rename since the "hard place" was removed during the logging. More discussion on that while we're on the trail.

We'll need lots of chain saws for this one, so if you have one of your own you're willing to bring along (and use) then please feel welcome to do so. The rest of us will be throwing/raking the brush off the trail with McCleods. And a few lucky contestants will be swinging Pulaskis to fix the trail surface in a few places. The main thing we want to do is just to get the path cleared before the winter comes and we have no way of finding it again.

Here's the plan:
Meet at Rosauers parking lot ~8:45am Saturday, October 21st where we'll be raffling off:

  • $10 gift certificate to Guitars Friend (Thanks Roger!).
  • A free chunk of Asphalt Pie from Wingers.
  • A free basket of world famous wings from Wingers.

After that, we'll car pool up to Four Corners, then down Rock Creed Rd to the Landing. From there we'll hike down Donkey Hoh Tea while trying to figure out what to re-name this trail!

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
It's totally a party time! I know we all like to think that we're popular, important, and desired...but lets be honest. Between you and me, I have nothing better to do this Saturday evening than show up at Jonathan's place for our annual MAMBA party. Even if you weren't able to make it to any MAMBA event this year, you're welcome to join us all in celebrating our....I duh know...existence.

MAMBA is going to supply the 3B's of life:

  • Burgers (including vegi-burgers too)
  • Buns (the flour edible type, not just the ones we were born with)
  • Beverages (of the "adult" and "child" variety)

Also, Jonathan will be making a "Big Ass Salad" and you don't want to miss out on that! I think it's going to be a "big-ass" salad, and not a big "ass-salad," but we'll know when we see/eat it. But since MAMBA is broke, you'll have to bring the rest.

This means you should consider bringing some toppings to put on your burgers, something else to eat (and even possibly share???)....and maybe something disposable to eat with. Jonathan will also have a grill going, so you can bring your own stuff to throw on. But keep an eye on it because either Asche or Jim will probably sneak away with it otherwise.

As part of our end-of-season festivities, we also have a drawing for a trip with Salmon River Experience. Chuck Boyd has been gracious enough to provide this as our grand prize for more years that I can remember. For each time a person was at a trail party, they get their names in the drawing for this wild adventure-for-two down the Salmon river. If you showed up for all nine events (1), then you're just as likely to win as me :o) You don't need to be present to win, but, of course, we'd sure like you to be there. We also have a number of other great prizes for those who are present at the time of raffling too, but if you're not present, we'll keep picking winners until the last few prizes are gone.

So here's the scoop:
Getting together at Jonathan's house starting at 5:00 pm. We'll plan on having the raffle ~7:00pm. Be there, or be equilateral, equiangular, quadrilateral.

(1) - Nine official events include the 8 trail builds (counting October 21st) *and* the MAMBA Party. Must be alive to win. Void where prohibited. This offer may be transfered, sold, and even stolen, so keep it in a safe place! Participants in the Vermont MAMBA club events will not be counted as MAMBA events.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


Next MAMBA Trail Build
posted 10.15.06

MAMBAhuh? MAMBAwhat-did-he-say?

One More Trail Build for this Season:
Yep, he said it. In Jonathan Lomber's Italian absence, we have lost the better half of our judgment and decided to have one last trail party this year.

The reason:

Apparently that tiny connector was a lot more important that we initially thought. We had planned to just abandon it, and build something in its place in a future year. But it offers one of the only passages from Dyer Meadow to Rock Creek and there's been a big demand. Jim LaFortune already took the time to crawl through the brush and find the old trail bed (which is still pretty intact). We just need to get a group of people together to clear the brush off the trail and we're back in business.

Just the facts ....
Same-ol' same-ol' routine. Meet at Rosauers ~8:45am Saturday morning, October 21, 2006. I'll send a reminder email late next week with all the official details. For all those that aren't going to the Vandal/BSU game, you'll have a great time on the mountain.

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
There's a chance we'll have our annual party later thatnight, but we want to wait until Jonathan's backhome to finalize that decision.

Keep your eyes open:
Also, it's my sad duty to report yet another nice bike stolen. Kyle Thomas had a new Transition TOP (Trail-or-Park) taken right off his porch in Moscow. It's a grey frame with grey Sherman Jumper fork, and a host of other nice components rounding out the build (pictured here). Kyle gives you permission to kick some booty if you find it in the wrong hands.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 10.03.06

I've been mountain biking for about 4 years, and there are still parts of Deep Vee that I can't ride up w/o dabbing. Am I too fat? Is my bike holding out on me? Should I leave my current bike for one of those new sexy versions? Please help!
Stuck-in-a-rut in Moscow, ID


Boy does MAMBA have a solution for you! But first let’s answer your initial questions....yes, you’re always too fat, and you're lucky your current bike hasn't left you for a thinner, sexier rider. If you think all your troubles will be solved with one of those Horst-linkage bikes....guess again.

To protect your bruised ego, MAMBA can now provide a new alternative from riding up the Deep Vee.
Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber

Here's the scoop:
Saturday, September 30th a handful of dedicated MAMBA members got together with the intention of opening up trail that hasn't been public in a very long time. We carpooled up Foothill Rd to the east end of Paradise Point picking up more MAMBA members along the way.

We had three raffle items:

  • Eric Gorman took home a $20 gift certificate donated by Bob Greene at Bookpeople.
  • Jason Abplanalp will be burning his lips on a free basket of wings from Wingers.

Trail build outcome:
The speed this trail was opened up by MAMBA members was second only to John Henry. There were countless sticks/trees/brush in the path, and there were several places where the trail bed needed repair as well. While dodging packs of playful dogs, MAMBA went to work. Here are directions to the outcome of their hard work:

  • Starting on the uphill trail to the east of Paradise Point, Wagon Trail begins about 100' up the trail off the right side. After about 0.3 mile, you come to an old skid road. Wagon Trail continues across this road (and slightly to the right) for another 0.2 mile of winding downhill, ending in the middle of Upper Moose Marbles (UMM). If you're riding up UMM, look for a trail on your left right before the log across the trail (just before the last climb where UMM would intersect Deep Vee and Switchblade).
  • The second new MAMBA addition is called Flipside. It begins at the skid road on Wagon Trail and heads south (to your left if descending Wagon Trail). It’s an uphill grunt with some technical corners that connects with Deep Vee about 0.15 mile below Paradise Point. It can be used in conjunction with lower Wagon Trail to bypass the *ego-busting* portion of Deep Vee. This end of the trail has a great rock pile with endless fun for adventurous bikers.

I walked these trails Sunday to do some final clean up on Flipside and was delighted to see at least a half dozen fresh bike tracks on it. This is *exactly* what the trail needs...get out there and start doing some laps so the trail bed gets established before the winter freeze. Also, Cindy Fisher went to hike the trail Sunday morning and found a large bull moose blocking the lower entrance to Wagon Trail (off UMM). Even though the trail hasn't seen wheels in ages, it was clear that hooves have been using it consistently. On her way back down, Cindy also saw some fresh cougar tracks too, so use caution up there! If you insist on walking your 10 lb dog to Paradise Point, consider keeping it on a leash so it doesn't play with the wildlife.

Keep a watchful eye:
Speaking of sexy bikes....I have the sad news to report that Dan Mathewson had his bike stolen recently. It's a Gary Fisher Cake DLX 1. If you hear any helpful information about its where-abouts, contact Dan and you may just collect on the $400 reward money. Or, alternatively, if *you* stole the bike, RETURN IT!!! You can't have Dan's Cake and eat it too! Actually, I hope you eat it...really bad.

MAMBA End-Of-Season Party:
Lastly, it's now October, which means we should be thinking of our end-of-season party. More details to come as soon as there *are* details.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Party this Saturday
posted 09.28.06

MAMBAbies who are depressed about the loss of Rock & a Hard Place,

Here's your chance to open up trail that hasn't seen wheels since they were pulled by horses and oxen! That's right....there is some existing trail that's probably been unused for 80+ years now...and rumor is that it used to be part of the original Foothill Rd back when they were pulling wagons across it. Rob Dudley (sp?) owns the majority of the land and approached Jim LaFortune about opening up this aged trail again. What this gives us is a route between three places. One end comes off Upper Moose Marbles right where the log crossing is (before the short uphill). One end is near the bottom of the path from Moscow Mtn Rd to Paradise Point. And the other end comes out just above the Deep Vee.

If we have a good turnout, it's possible we can finish the trail in one day. There's some thick brush at the beginning, but there's several sections that just need lopping and raking some sticks. And we'll have to do some ground work in a few places too.

Plan is same as usual. We'll meet at Rosauers parking lot ~8:45 am.
Bring some water, and I'll *try* to get us some Clif Bar and Red Bull.
We'll have some drawings from local businesses that want to thank us for maintaining recreational trails. For this party we'll have prizes from Bob Greene at Bookpeople and Wingers! Even if you don't win, make sure to visit our supporters and let them know how depressed you are (from not winning the prize...not from recently uncovered childhood experiences!). We'll carpool to Paradise Point via Pond 9 route.

Weather looks beautiful for Saturday. I mean...it's not *so* good that you'll want to go biking, or head to the river....just good enough to have a pleasant time working your butt off in a beautiful, serene location with a bunch of sweaty friends :o)

Last bit of news is that we had a nice article in the Idaho Statesman about our RTP grant.

See you at the party-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Build September 30th, 2006
posted 09.21.06

Mambassadors to the World,

It has been a busy summer of wheedling, begging, beseeching, cajoling, charming, pleading, bribing corrupt public officials, blackmailing private landowners and basically doing whatever it takes to gain permission to build singletrack on Moscow Mtn. I offered to sell my body, but (heavy sigh) there were no takers. We are currently waiting for permission to construct Gemini next summer, a singletrack parallel to Moscow Mtn Rd that will hopefully end at Four Corners. Stay tuned...

In the meantime, there is a smallish MAMBA project that is begging for a day of our TLC. It is a short new route on the north side of Paradise Point that will bypass the Deep Vee (aka "Ass Crack") for those riders wishing to skip the joy and rapture of that sketchy, heart-hammering climb. The new trail, christened Wagon Trail, was once part of the wagon route from Walla Walla to the Hoodoos Mining District, northeast of Potlatch.

Luckily for us, Wagon Trail already has a tread, so there will be much less ground work involved than there typically is when establishing a new singletrack.

Here are the vital stats:

  • Meet at 8:45am on Saturday, Sept 30 at Rosauers (on N Main St in Moscow). Rain date is Sunday, October 1st. We will have a drawing for some great Stuff-You-Just-Gotta-Have from local businesses (more details to come in the reminder email next week).
  • At 9am, we'll carpool from Rosauers to the work site at Paradise Point via the Pond 9 gate. Please bring lunch, water and chocolate to share. MAMBA has plenty of tools. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. Bring friends and lets bang this out in a day!

See you there,

JimBob "LaF-Till-It-Hurts" LaFortune
writing for Dan
"I-May-Be-The-MAMBA-Co-President-But-This-Sinus-Thing-Is-Killing-Me" Cordon



MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 08.31.06


Jime LaFortuneAs requested we had a fantastic turnout, including two new bikers who just got in town two weeks ago. I guess word spreads fast where to head for slave labor! We started off the morning with a welcome reminder from one of the mountain landowners - it's fire season up there! As such, we left the chain saws in the truck and used just the 4-stroke Wondertools with a separate supervisor just to be on the safe side.

Trail Build Prizes:

After loading up on Clif Bars and Red Bull we gave away the famous door prizes - which were many due to the large turnout.

  • Matt Cook went home with a free oil/lube/filter change courtesy of Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto - worth ~$60.
  • Brian Veseth won a $10 gift certificate to Patty's Kitchen (and the real prize of running/carrying one of the Wondertools all day).
  • New-to-Moscow Chris Huck will be visiting Guitar's Friend with the $10 gift certificate contributed by Roger Crozier.
  • Tom Drake also won a $10 gift certificate to Patty's Kitchen (I couldn't find the Wingers certificate).
  • I, Dan Cordon, had the fortune of winning the $15 gift certificate for Avon products courtesy of Linda Elger (208-882-1263). Usually I don't participate in the raffle, but in this case there's some prizes you just don't let slip away. I suppose I could have given it to one of the women, but several people recommended I get something that will help cover up my post-trailday odor :o)

Trail build outcome:

Trail BuildTeam 1
The main group (12 people) carpooled to Over Easy where we pushed through some of the thickest brush we've seen since the original clearing of Cave Trail. Brian Veseth and Chuck Schoeffler wielded the Wondertools, while the rest of us tossed brush and did some finish lopper work. By 1:00pm we made it to our previously cleared area. Then, by sneaky trickery (and some false information) we decided to walk the remainder of the loop (added an extra 1/2 mile) on our way back to the car, happily lopping along the hike.

Team 2
Jime LaFortuneA second group consisting of Jim LaFortune and Tom Drake went to clear some of the Moscow Mtn Madness course (happening on Sept 10). After having saw trouble, Tom came back on Sunday to finish the job. Jim then started the initial flagging of a new trail called Gemini. We're still getting final permission from a few key landowners who wanted to see the proposed trail layout before giving their blessing, so nothing is "for sure" yet.
This course would parallel Moscow Mtn Rd just to the west - providing us a singletrack route up to Four Corners. Knock on wood - we'll be able to get started on this soon.


Team 3
The last group was Jonathan Lomber working solo. He took his new tool
(Fro) to make a ton of cedar slats that provide a great natural surface for bridges. Then he hauled 65 lb of gear down Nemesis and built another bridge where we were having a water problem. I think he was out past 8:00pm on Saturday finishing things up. If you've ridden Nemesis this season, you'll see this bridge as a welcome addition!

In other news . . .

The ancient cedar grove is scheduled to change ownership to Latah County today. This is great news to finally have local long-term management of this incredible piece of land. For more details, check out the PCEI site at: http://www.pcei.org/mm_cedars.htm

Thanks again for all those that helped out this year. We've got a lot of trail mileage when it's all clear and ridable. We'll keep you posted about the next event. We have a few ideas, but want to wait to see what options open up for us.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Party August 26th, 2006
posted 08.25.06

mamBANG, mamBANG, mamBANG (some target shooter practicing on the mountain yesterday evening)

This Saturday (Aug 26th) will be our next trail party. We will be heading back to Over Easy to finish clearing the trail. We made about 3/4 of a mile last time (it's pretty darn thick in there!) with a pretty good sized group and still have another solid 1/2 mile of thick stuff to get through this weekend. After that, it will be pretty smooth sailing. If all goes well, we may be able to finish by lunch time. Unfortunately Kathie LaFortune will not be providing a gourmet 7-course lunch afterwards like she did for the last event :o) I suppose this means that volunteer position is open for this event.....

Jimmy LaFortune also would like one volunteer to help him out on a small project this weekend in preparation for the Moscow Mtn Madness (happening on Sept 10). If you want make sure Jimmy doesn't chain saw their leg off (or at least help with the turnikit), contact jim for details: lakook@moscow.com

For the rest of us, we'll gather at Rosauers ~8:45am to say 'hi,' win some great prizes, load up on Clif Bar and Red Bull (yes, we got our supply!), and then carpool to the work location. The more hands the better for this party. It will mostly be three power tool users, lots of throwing brush, and some finish work with loppers.

Trail Build Prizes:

In order to promote a great turnout, we're going to raffle off five (5) prizes!

  • We have a free oil/lube/filter change (for your car, you silly!) courtesy of Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto - worth ~$60. (Unless you have a Geo metro, then it's only worth $35. And if you have a Porsche 911, it's worth closer to $250).
  • We've got two $10 gift certificates to Patty's Kitchen (who makes incredible mexican food, and doesn't sell kitchen supplies).
  • Roger Crozier, avid biker and owner of Guitars Friend contributed a $10 gift certificate to his store.
  • For the women attendees (who comprise an ever-growing segment of our trail parties), we have a $15 gift certificate for Avon products courtesy of Linda Elger (208-882-1263) - one of our local Avon reps and avid road/mountain biker.

And remember - we're keeping track of everyone who shows up for the trail parties (not for "BIG BROTHER" purposes though) and at the end of the year, each person gets their name in the hat for each event they participated in, and we'll have another round of "Super Prizes" that will be drawn at our end of the season bash.

Spinning Classes:

Peg Hamlett has set up a fantastic deal for people to get certified as a LeMond RevMaster. The course will be at the UI on September 9th.
Registration is about 1/2 price of what it would normally be (~$150 for us). Once you have the certification, you will be qualified to lead spinning classes.

To register, enter your information online and they'll send it to Peg. You'll pay through the UI.

On a side note, we're talking about trying to get an evening spinning class going this winter where us MAMBA folk can all head to the rec center and spin together. It's just like our group rides, except that I'll be able to keep up a lot better than normal :o) For more discussion on this topic, hop on the Yahoo MAMBA group. It would be great if we had several MAMBA members who were qualified for teaching a spinning course. And Peg is looking for more instructors all the time, so having a certificate is a great way to earn some extra cash while simultaneously getting fit.

Wonderdog Trail Update:

Steve Gravrock wrote us an update on the Wonderdog trail. Aside from the large gravel covering the main road, there has also been some ground work at the bottom of the doubletrack. About 1.3 miles down the doubletrack section, the ground is very soft/fluffy (good for a cat/bunny, bad for a trail). The critical left-turn intersection at 1.6 miles down the doubletrack has also had the same treatment for ~0.3 miles as well. The good news is that the intersection is a LOT easier to spot, but it does make riding *up* that section of doubletrack a little more challenging.

That's all for now. Hope to see you on Saturday!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA August, 2006 News
posted 08.17.06

It's my MAMBA....she spanked me as a child....

It's been a while since I emailed, which means either I've been slacking and *not* sending announcements, or there's been nothing happening at all. I'm going with the former.

Our next trail party will be August 26th. That should be enough time for all the new and returning students to get settled, and get contacted by you, and show up with us for this party. We'll spend some more time on Over Easy and finish some tree clearing on the old Sand Trail (now Sand Blvd). I'll send out a reminder with details a few days before hand. We'll plan to meet at Rosauers around 8:45am for a 9:00am departure like usual.

Nick Fuller went out solo and finished clearing Triple Crown a few weeks back. I swear Nick's cleared at least 20 miles of trail this year! We really appreciate it, so pat him on the back next time you see him.

Jim LaFortune and Von Walden are heading to the Marble Creek area (about
2 hours east of Moscow) for an epic ride, leaving late afternoon this Friday,Aug 18th to camp out/guitar jam, then riding Saturday. They are looking for a person or two who would like to bike or hike in that area and drive the vehicle back down the mountain. Good company, great music, amazing alpine terrain. Call Jim (882-9366) or Von (883-1583) asap for more info. (That would be today....)

Lastly, if you're interested in some mild group rides showing some of the less ridden trails on the mountain, check out the MAMBA Yahoo discussion group.

Enjoy these last few days of summer!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Party Synopsis
posted 07.16.06

MAMBAll gone,

As promised, a multitude (well, 14 anyway) arrived at Rosauers to open some trail. We had three new MAMBA members, and eight members of the Unitarian congregation (who were happy to *pay* for the opportunity to build trail with us!), along with three ancient MAMBA members. I will have to admit....in the future, it would be nice if more MAMBA people came out for this event where we're sharing with others the art of trail construction/maintenance. I will also admit....I could do a lot better about giving more than 15 hours notice. Why...I'm so prepared...I bet there will be nearly 24 hours of notice for the next event :o)

And about the next trail build event....

The verdict is still pending for the date. We were planning for August 5th, but Jim and I will be gone, and it's probably premature for Jonathan to be out and about. It will probably have to be the 19th (weekend before UI starts) or the 26th. Once we decide, I'll send out a message. Also, if there's a lot of people that would rather have it on Sunday, that's an option too. Let me know and if there's enough interest we can try that as an option.

For the next event we want to split in two groups and finish big haircuts on two trails. Triple Crown got a great start, but needs more trimming (only about 33% done) and some more dirt moved around. And we still have about 1/2-3/4 mile of trimming to complete on Over Easy before it's ready for prime time.

We had three raffle items:

  • The first was a $10 gift certificate from Roger Crozier and Guitars Friend. This was won by Sandy Hathaway.
  • Next we put up the free oil/lube from Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto. This was won by one of the younger helpers of the day, who's still a few years away from a drivers license. Henry Gregson now has a legitimate reason to ask mom and dad for a car!
  • Lastly, Jeanne Amie put up $35 worth of Red Door cuisine in thanks for MAMBA volunteer efforts. This was won by the other youngster of the group - Jasper LaFortune. Personally, I hope Jasper either takes out a girl for a date, or mom (Kathie) for a nice dinner. No offense to dad (Jim), but he *didn't* bring the most divine post-trail-party lunch with cold beverages (he was just one of the slaves with a chain saw).

More details on last weekend's trail buid:

The trail work went well. Luke Sheneman and Chuck Schoeffler manned the Wondertools all morning while the rest of us did our best to pick up debris that was left over. What was previously unpassable by bike (barely hikable!) can now fit several bikes across in places. It was probably 6+ years ago since the last serious trail day on Over Easy, and it showed. (Although it should be mentioned that Jim LaFortune and Mark Solomon did a full day's trimming on it last year - opening up 1/2 of the loop).

At 2:00pm, we stopped for an amazing trail-side meal. Afterwards, a few people had to get home, and a few wanted a break for siesta, but we pressed on in hopes of finishing up. At 4:30pm, we ran out of gas. We also ran out of gasoline. :o) There is still about 3/4 mile of thick brush, but all the trees have been cut out of the way. And the section that is untrimmed is still passable with a bike - it will just be a very intimate trail until we can get out there to finish it up.

Thanks to all those that showed up and volunteered their energies! Look forward to getting together again in the future.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



Trail Build Reminder: July 15th, 2006
posted 07.14.06

MAMBAoosh Whackers,

Below is a message from Justin Thyme-

Reporting live from deep within Dan's inner child.....There's a MAMBA Trail Party tomorrow! That's right, on July 15th at 8:45 am a huge multitude of MAMBership will descend on the Rosauers parking lot to swap *stories*, win *prizes*, clear some trail with the coolest *power tools* MAMBA has ever owned, and *eat *a home-made meal on the mountain. Here's a preview:


  • New TTF Teeter-TotterJeremy Pinto, Rhonda Pinto, and Troy Hensiek got together a few weekends ago and constructed the coolest sequence of TTF's we've had on the Mountain (TTF->Technical Trail Features). After you finish North Contour, head north (down) on Meadow Trail towards Cave Trail. About 1/2 way down, there's a fantastic log ride (equally good in both directions) and a berm to a little jump off the corner. This is followed by another berm off the other side, then to pure bliss. There's a rainbow bridge, followed by a teeter-totter that drops on to a square log ride. After all that, you get another rainbow bridge and you're back on Meadow Trail and on your way to Cave Trail. Definitely go out and play on these!! I had the biggest smile on my face as I just kept doing laps around this thing. Be sure to thank the builders next time you see them.
  • Troy Hensiek, Jenny Hensiek, T-Jay Cleavenger, Brandon Glaza, and Jeremy Pinto went out again a few days later and gave Headwaters a much needed haircut. You should have a lot less scratches (and seeds) on you at the end the ride thanks to them! Way to pick up the slack!!
  • Some bad news and good news about Jonathan Lomber. The bad....he wiped out at the last downhill race at Silver and ended up going to the ER for a nasty ankle sprain and several stitches in his left knee. The good...he got back on the bike after the wipe-out and still won his class! Anyway, Jonathan won't be joining us for the trail party tomorrow. If you want, you can send him flowers to help him feel better.

    ***This just in: A little birdie is telling me that bicycle parts will make him feel better too.


Don Elger has kicked it in to high gear on getting donations for all our hard work on trail maintenance this year. For tomorrow's trail party, there will be three (3) raffles going on.

  • Jeanne Amie told me "Get over here so I can give MAMBA a gift certificate to the Red Door." That means some lucky trail party participant is going to be eating some super yum-yum food in their near future!
  • Roger Crozier, avid biker and owner of Guitars Friend will have a $10 gift certificate to the store. But on top of that, Roger is also giving MAMBA members a special on string replacement - for $5 and the cost of whatever strings you want, they'll get you back in tune again.
  • Jeff Mack at Ambassador Auto is going to hook one of us up with a free oil change. I also learned that Ambassador is a distributor for Thule, and can get you a great deal on any bike/storage items you may need. Go chat with Jeff and let him know you're with MAMBA.

Power Tools:

Tomorrow we're going to clear a trail called Over Easy. We'll drive over the mountain and down Rock Creed Rd, taking a left at the blue gate near the bottom (Sand Blvd). The trail is very overgrown and hasn't had a great haircut in several years. But it's a fantastic loop to use as the weather gets warm. We'll have two of our new power trimmers, two chain saws, and a lot of lopping in our near future. Be sure to bring gloves since each power tool create enough brush that two people can barely keep up.

Also, Jim LaFortune is wanting to take one other person with a bike the opposite direction on the loop. If you're interested in a bike/build and are comfortable around a chain saw, shoot him an email (lakook@moscow.com) and bring your bike.


Yep...once a year Kathie LaFortune slaves in a kitchen while we slave on the mountain. (I'm sure it happens *more* than that, but MAMBA only gets to eat the benefits once a year). At ~2:00 she'll show up trail-side with the most delicious food ever consumed. Part of that is because the food is truly fantastic, and the other part is because you'll be famished from manual labor all morning. But until the food arrives, plan on bringing your own water and snacks to keep you going through the day. Clif Bars are coming...but won't be here for tomorrow's event.

Hope to see you there!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Party Summary
posted 06.24.06

MAMBA Carols - Volume 1

It's beginning to look a lot like MAMBA
Everywhere I go
The trail is dry and firm,
an occasional fun berm
And we're gunna keep on digging 'til it snows

I'm sure you're tired of hearing it by now, but I'll say it once again - Today was a great day to be a mountain biker. The weather couldn't have been better, and as the lack of turnout may have shown...it was also a great day for many other activities :o) But we *did* have a turnout still. We had nine people at the parking lot hoping to win the $35 gift certificate to Paradise Creek Bicycles (Thanks guys!).

There was an ambitious plan considering the turnout, but we went ahead with it anyway. The group split into three teams.

Team 1
Long-time MAMBA dude Matt Hall (now living in Sandpoint) stopped in for a trip down memory lane. He and Bill Dickerson took off with their saws to Wonderdog and cleared the maze of downed trees there. So far as I know...Wonderdog should be clear now!

Team 2
Man-o-the-day, Jim LaFortune, graced us with his presence, then promptly stole Clint Doherty (who drove up from Lewiston just to get some MAMBA action) and Vadim Jitkov. That group spent the day clearing out Fruitcake, Blonde Jeans, Upper Whiplash, and Cedar Grove (trails to the east of Rock Creek Rd and to the north of Moscow Mtn Rd). Also of note is that they stole one of our new "Wondertools" we recently got. Columbia Tractor has been gracious enough to let us "borrow" them until our grant money comes in and we can buy them for good (Thanks guys!)

Team 3
The few that remained headed overto Triple Crown. But when we got to Four Corners we were in for a treat. Ike Andrews and Brian Johnson (who drove up from Lewiston) were waiting for us and were eager to get their feet wet (quite literally!) The group spent the first part of the morning working on the drainage problem on the West Crown. We installed five 4" drain pipes and a small settling pond. The ground is still pretty moist in parts, but after a lot of site drainage improvements, we may have repaired the area. We'll keep aneye on it as it's drying out over the next week or two. Afterthat was done, we used the other Wondertool to do some trimming on the trail. We only cleared about half of the first crown by the time our whole team was out of steam and in need of dinner. But the work that was done is fantastic. The new tools make quick work of clearing brush off the trail edge, and give a LOT for the 'throwers' to keep up with.

I should also mention the recent changes on our MAMBA Web site. In the "Moscow Mtn Area Trails" section,we have updated the list and descriptions to include many of the trails that have been missing. But we've also been busy doing our first round of GPS mapping. We're currently in beta phase and are using Google Earth for now. Eventually (after Paradise Creek has sold out of the Mountain Biking Guide to Hog Heaven Area, we have landowner permission, and all the trails well GPS'd) we will be offering the access to the trail descriptions, maps, and detailed descriptions as part of your MAMBA mambership - which we hope can be taken care of online. But the latter is realistically a goal for next year. For now, take a look at the Google Earth links and feel free to give us any feedback.

Our next trail build will be July 15th and the current plan is to head north and do a small loop called Over Easy. This will also be done in conjunction with several members of the Unitarian Church who may be doing a trail clearing for the first time. So come on out, meet some new people, and learn about a trail that you've probably never seen before. For those that were part of the Unitarian trail build last year, you know that there may be a special "treat" at the end.

Thanks for all those that made today's trail party happen. The volunteers, the sponsors, and the landowners. You're all FABULOUS!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



Trail Build Reminder: June 24th, 2006
posted 06.22.06


This Saturday (June 24th) will be our next trail work party. We have a number of different activities planned for this one, so the more people show up, the better off we'll be. As always, no prior trail-build experience necessary (it's not a skill that takes much edumacation).

One group (may split in two if there's *that* many people) will be doing a number of projects in the Triple Crown area. Some of these will probably include getting wet feet or at least some time walking in a wet area. We'll also be looking at some possible small re-route options, and getting plans together for some new TTF's!

Another group (probably just two people) will need to bring their bikes with the intent of putting in some miles with J-La (Jim LaFortune) while towing a chainsaw on a bob trailer. They will be clearing Wonderdog, and maybe Blonde Jeans/Fruit Cake as well. If you're interested in learning about these trails, get in touch with Jim for more details.

Plan is to meet at the Rosauers parking lot around 8:45am for group hug and yoga (not really), introduction, and raffle from some of our amazing sponsors (yet to be determined for this event). Bring water, snacks, gloves, and your favorite loppers (if you have them). We'll carpool all the way to Triple Crown and split up from there. We have some super cool tools to play with this time (special thanks to Columbia Tractor for price breaks *and* special favors!).

For those that can't make it this round, get July 15th on your calender!
It's going to be a super brush clearing trail day of a trail that few people have ever ridden! Over Easy - which is, ironically, neither over, nor easy. A good descriptive name for it today would be "Overgrown & Lonely." But that name was already taken by one of the past MAMBA members who gave up biking and is now a single couch potato.

See you this weekend -

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



posted 06.12.06

MAMBAroken Backs,

As the subject might clue you in....there's two more *wonderful* pieces of news that we wanted to share.

1) Rock & a Hard Place
Mountain BikerRock & a Hard Place has been logged, and is not currently ridable. And even when/if it is ridable in the future, it's going to need a new name (rock is still there...hard place isn't) How the #$*% (translation: heck) is that good news you're asking? Well, it really is. It reminds us how fortunate we are to have *any* biking on a mountain that is virtually all private property. Does it stink that we lost one of our great technical trails? Sure! But rather than be upset about it, we should stop and remember that the same owner who harvests their trees for a living also lets us recreate on their property. And that's a great thing. So the next time you bump in to one of the foresters or landowners, make sure to thank them for their continued approval to allow us access for recreation on their property. There are SO few communities where something like this would be possible. We need to be good stewards of the mountain, and that includes being aware and respectful of landowner needs.

The current plan is to abandon the trail until we know more about the planned logging activity. Once we know more, we may consider re-opening the trail, or re-routing the southeast end that was effected by the logging operation. But for now, it's not passable on a bike.

2) Benefits for paid Mambaship
We're working on getting some super cool benefits for paid MAMBA members. Our current thinking is that we would like to switch to a 20/20 plan. The goal is $20 (for an annual membership) and 20 hours of volunteer work (for the benefit of all trail users). Those that paid this season are already grandfathered in (number can be counted by most Toddlers). In all seriousness, it's not the retirement fund for past MAMBA presidents that we need the cash for - it's for doing what we do. Most of our money goes directly into tools that allow us to gather as a group and provide trails. If we do our job right (pat on Jonathan's back), we'll get a great return on those funds. The rest of the funds go toward supporting related causes like dust control for the roads we frequent while heading for a mtn bike ride, signage for the trails, etc.

We're still working out the details of the benefits for paid MAMBA members and we have a few shops we still want to visit/chat with. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



MAMBA Awarded Grant Through Idaho's Recreational Trails Program
posted 06.11.06

A major MAMBA MAMBA man......

Speaking of someone who's a major "MAMBA MAMBA Man." Jonathan Lomber isn't one to toot his own horn....so I'm going to have to help.

Idaho Recreational Trails ProgramI'm ecstatic to announce that MAMBA was the #1 grant choice for this year's Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation "Recreational Trails Program." Jonathan Lomber has put a great effort in the past for IDPR grants, with his original proposal getting funding for us to construct the Cave Trail loop. For the new grant application, Jonathan put together a request for $2200, with a match of only $650. On top of that, the MAMBA cash contribution was only $350.....that's right. $350 of MAMBA funds, some generous sponsors, and a big chunk of Jonathan's time earned us an extra $2200 bucks to purchase some fantastic trail maintenance tools. Woo Hoo!!

Our contract for the grant is for trail maintenance. Most of our trails need grooming more than ever, which is what one of MAMBA's priorities for the year. Thanks to this successful grant request, we should have some fun tools that make our time grooming trails a lot more effective.

And who are these generous sponsors alluded to previously?

  • MAMBA Membership $350
  • FedEx Kinko's $100
  • Tri-State $100
  • Columbia Tractor Inc. $80

And on top of that, we had very kind letters of support from:

  • B & L Bicycles
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Cindy Fisher
  • Follett's Mountain Sports
  • John Larkin
  • Mark Solomon
  • Paradise Creek Bicycles
  • Paul Warnick
  • Twin Rivers Cyclists

Thanks to all those that helped us get the grant. And thanks to all those who help us *complete* the grant!

Dan Cordon



MAMBA Trail Build Party June 24, 2006
posted 06.10.06

MAMBA MAMBA man......
I wanna be a MAMBA man
I wanna be a MAMBA Wo-man
(as sung by the Village People)

We're planning our next trail build party for Saturday, June 24th. We're hoping for a big turnout for two (2) of the following reasons:

  1. We have several projects to do, and several different work sites
  2. Because it's lonely working solo on the mountain with only a Pulaski as your friend
  3. MAMBA is LOADED with money and has to give away free bikes for all volunteers

Saturday's Trail Build Itinerary:

  • The primary group is going to tackle Triple Crown. We'll be giving it a major haircut, working on a few of the corners, fixing the drainage in the man-made swamp area, and scouting ideas for some TTF's (Technical Trail Features) for the trail.
  • One secondary group is going to head over to Wonderdog. Should be doable as a group of two with a chain saw, lopper, and pulaski.
  • One thirdary (not a real word) group will start at the top of Nemesis and will be clearing Blonde Jeans and Fruitcake (on the way down)--then Whiplash and Cedar Grove on the way back (please don't clear any of the 800 year old cedars in the grove). That group can also discuss ideas for a bridge in the Cedar Grove area.

We'll meet at the Rosauers parking lot ~8:45 am to introduce people, figure out carpooling and who's going where and hold the famous MAMBA Raffle. This time around our generous sponsors have give us $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports $15 gift certificate to Guitar's Friend.

We will try to depart the parking area ~9:00 am. Bring plenty of water/snacks. We'll supply the tools and a reason to swing them with vigor.

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



4th Annual Cycle Against Poverty
posted 05.24.06


Below is a message from Paul Donnolo about the CAP ride this year. A few of us did this last year and had a fantastic time. If you can make it, it's a great ride and a great cause. Or, if you can't make it, think of sponsoring some of the riders who are going to give it a shot (either fixed amount or per mile).

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


Cycle Against Poverty* is a fun, healthy way to raise money and awareness to end poverty in our community. Cyclists, runners, walkers and rollers of all ages and levels are welcome.

There are over 45,000 people living in poverty throughout north Idaho. Since 1966, Community Action Partnership has been the catalyst to end poverty in our community. Cycle Against Poverty is a fun way for you to get involved!

Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes – a 72-mile stretch of level, paved and scenic trail that runs from Plummer to Mullan with views of mountains, lakes, rivers, farms, wetlands, historic towns and wildlife. Since it is an out and back trail, participants can choose to go anywhere from 1 to 144 miles!

Since this is both a fun event as well as a public awareness fundraiser, you can choose your level of participation. You can make a donation to Community Action Partnership, be ambitious and find sponsors to sponsor your efforts or simply come out and spend the day. The choice is yours.

Participants will meet at either the Chatcolet day-area in Heyburn State Park just outside of Plummer or at Excelsior Cycle in Kellogg at 9:00 a.m. to begin their day. Whichever is more convenient for you! Efforts will be made to have snacks and drinks available at these locations; however, since many areas of this trail do not have amenities, please bring enough food, water and sun block to make it through your day.

Community Action Partnership is a private, non-profit.

All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Contact Paul Donnolo

Paul Donnolo



News on the May 20th Trail Maintenance Party
posted 05.23.06


I am totally amazed at the crew that showed up for the trail party last Saturday. It had been pouring all night and morning, and I arrived at Rosauers to see if anyone was going to show and maybe reschedule for Sunday or later. Much to my surprise, all 9 people that showed up said "We don't want to reschedule...lets get up there and work on some trail!" So, we all split up and ran tiny errands (grab some coffee, pick up a friend, etc.) and reconvened at Four Corners. First-time MAMBA volunteer and Moscow summer resident David Barren won the raffle and went with the $35 gift certificate from Hyperspud, where he'll no doubt find tons of goodies to keep him entertained with outdoor fun.

The short version of the story is that:

  1. Sidewinder is clear
  2. Lickity Split is clear
  3. Cave Trail is clear
  4. Beginner bypass on Cave Trail is *not* clear (let us know if anyone wants this open)
  5. North Contour got a big haircut and some improvements in water drainage
  6. Upper Tusk got a haircut
  7. Lower Tusk did not, but is totally ridable

Other trail updates:

Triple Crown is open, but still has a few trees to watch out for at the beginning and end. We would like to have a trail day for some trimming and drainage on that trail soon.

We'll keep you posted of upcoming trail dates this summer. Current plan is ~1 work day per month and hopefully at least 1 MAMBA ride per month as well.

New! BBB Events Build TTFs:

I also came up with an idea for BBB (B-cubed) events. This stands for "Bike-Build-Bike". The idea would be that we pick a given trail and ride it as a group, stopping and pointing out ideas for TTF (Technical Trail Features) along the way. Then, we work for a few hours implementing our ideas for the TTF's. Then we get back on the bikes and ride the trail with all the new "extras" on the side.

Lost and found:

  • If you find a grey long sleeve top on the trails from the work party, let us know!
  • If you're missing a right-hand Trek glove, let us know. It was found on Triple Crown. If you're missing a baby sock, it's not lost in the dryer - it's by the west bridge on Cave Trail.

Thanks again to the volunteers who came out on a wet Saturday to clear trails for us all to enjoy. And thanks to our sponsors (Hyperspud Sports for this event) who offer up the VIP (Volunteer Incentive Program) prizes that keep us all coming back for more trail parties.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



2nd Trail Maintenance Party May 20, 2006
posted 05.18.06


It's that time again. Yes, graduation is over/happening, and life is a total crazy mess as summer snuck up on us and we were completely unprepared. So, to blow off some steam and procrastinate just a *little* more, come and join your MAMBAoifriends and MAMBAirlfriends for this weekends trail build.

The plan is to meet at Rosauers (Saturday, May 20th) ~8:45am and carpool to the Four Corners area at 9:00am. If you sleep in past the raffle/carpool, you can still book it up to Four Corners. *wink-wink* The goal for the day is opening up Triple Crown, Cave Trail, Sidewinder, and Lickity Split. And if we have time, maybe a quick trim and clearing of some parts on North Contour. There's going to be a little saw work, a few spots of pulaskiing, and a lot of lopping. In fact, if you have your own favorite pair of loppers you may consider bring them since the MAMBA stash is dwindling.

Sponsors of this event are:

  • Hyperspud Sports ($35 gift certificate)
  • Paradise Creek Bicycles ($35 gift certificate)

Next time you're visiting these stores, be sure to thank them for all they've given to us over the years. It's donations like these that make trails happen. We'll be raffling off one of gift certificates (winners choice), and if we have more than 20 people there, we'll raffle off both of them.

Also, we should extend a separate thank-you to Don Elger, long-time Moscow resident. He's taken over Jim's past responsibility of getting in touch with our generous sponsors so we have things like raffle prizes, tools, and equipment that help us keep the trail system alive and well.

For the trail party, bring plenty of water to drink, some snacks, sturdy shoes, work gloves, loppers if you have them, and a cell phone. For unknown reasons, we still don't have our donated supply from Cliff Bar, so we won't have those snacks available for this party.

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



2nd Trail Maintenance Party
posted 05.04.06


We have our next trail party Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 8:45am. We cleared the majority of the west side of the mountain on our first trail party, so this time we plan to work on the central (Four Corners) area. Depending on the size of crew we have, we'll focus on clearing the following (chain saw, loppers, possible trail bed repair):

  • North Contour
  • Cabin Trail - Jump Trail
  • Triple Crown
  • Cave Trail

I'll survey the terrain earlier that week to assess what work needs top priority. Same drill as usual - Meet at Rosauers ~8:45am for group chat, raffle, and carpooling for a 9:00am departure. Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone. Hopefully we'll have our Cliff bars by then so we don't have to go hungry :o)

Hope to see you there-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



Moscow Mtn Ancient Cedar Grove
posted 04.26.06

Cedar Grove, Photo: Brenda Guettler


Please read the message from Mark Solomon below about the continuing effort to protect the ancient cedar grove on Moscow Mtn. PCEI posts updated information regarding the cedars and offers an email subcription service if you wish to receive new information as it becomes available. If you would like to help out, please contact Mark Solomon.

If you haven't visited Cedar Grove before, make sure you do! It's simply breath-taking. Directions are on the Web site and we will probably ride through that area on a future MAMBA group ride.

Looking to the future under county management, if there's anyone out there who would like to volunteer for the County Parks and Recreation Board (which will likely form the nexus of the local management group), send a letter to the Board of County Commissioners asking that your name be considered for the next available opening.

Still two foot of snow on top of the mountain, but it's going down quickly.

Mark Solomon


Omie Drawhorn, Daily News staff writer
Published: 04-26-2006

Latah County will take over the management of 300 acres of ancient cedar trees on Moscow Mtn.

Latah County Commissioner, Paul Kimmell, said there are two options under consideration. The county could take over the existing lease and assume management of the land or it could draw up a new lease when the current one expires.

Kimmell said the first option is preferred because the second would take more time and might require a reappraisal, which could result in either an increase or decrease in property value.

He said he hopes the county will make a decision in the next 60 days, pending legal review.

A group of interested people met last week to discuss the fate of the land. The group included Mark Solomon, a resident of Moscow Mtn and member of the former Moscow Mtn State Park Campaign; Kimmell; The Nature Conservancy; Steve Hollenhorst with the University of Idaho College of Natural Resources; and Robert Barkley, a forestry specialist with the Idaho Department of Lands.

“The Nature Conservancy is fully in support of us taking over,” Kimmell said. He said his fellow commissioners also like the idea.

The Nature Conservancy is a national nonprofit agency dedicated to preserving natural resources and lands. The organization stepped in almost 10 years ago, during the last attempt to preserve the area. It leased the land with the idea that local people and officials would come up with a solution by the time the lease ended at the end of this year.

The state owns the 295.6 acres of land where the grove is located. Located on the east end of the ridge of Moscow Mtn, it would go to the highest bidder if the state decided to sell it — no matter what the buyer intended to use the property for.

Grassroots pressure from local residents and government officials over the past few months led the Idaho Department of Lands to look at options for preservation of the grove. An effort to turn the area into a state park was unsuccessful, but the idea of the county assuming responsibility stuck.

In mid-February, Latah County commissioners sent a letter to the Idaho Department of Lands seeking help to preserve the grove.

The department manages endowment trust lands to maximize financial returns for education institutions while protecting natural resources. The commissioners proposed a long-term lease with the state to protect and manage the area. The county can lease the land for up to 25 years for $5,000 a year.

The money to pay for the land would mainly come from private funds rather than property taxes.

Kimmell said the county would be preserving the area to prevent it from overuse. The land’s current designation is for recreation and research with a secondary designation for timber. The county would operate the land under the same designation.

The county would lease the land from the Idaho Department of Lands, Barkley said.

“Long term, the state wants to get rid of the property (on Moscow Mtn) and would welcome a land exchange, which is the preferable vehicle to get out of endowment lands,” Kimmell said.

With the land exchange, the county could buy land and exchange it with the state for the land on Moscow Mtn.

“The ultimate goal of ownership by the county is ideal,” Barkley said. He said that for now, the county taking over management is the best option.


Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


News on the April 22nd Trail Maintenance Party
posted 04.24.06

MAMBAwaaaaaahhhhhhh...ing da da ding ding.....mmmwwaaaahhh (<----chain saw noise),

Yesterday (April 22nd, 2006) we had a total of 15 volunteers for our first trail party of the year. We had two Moscow junior high volunteers (one of which won the $50 gift certificate from Follett's Mt Sports in the raffle) who raked every mile of trail we walked. Angela came over from Portland, OR for the weekend, and John drove in from Grangeville that morning just to help clear some trails! Super kudo's to them for the long distance help.

The 15 volunteers had 5 saws and cleared at least 50 downed trees - some big, some REALLY big. In the end, any route you decide to take from Headwaters to Paradise Point should be clear. This includes: South Side, Switchblade, Lower and Upper Moose Marbles, Hey Noose, and the Deep Vee. For the most part, all of the trails are clear of snow, with only a few soft spots where water pooled prior to our fixing the drainage this season.

Also, a small crew of 3 did a little trail work near the end of the Boy Scout Trail (Headwaters). There was a switchback that was unridable on the first iteration of the trail. It was improved a couple of years ago, but was still awkward. Now the corner has a big berm (thanks to Kyle - master of all things downhill) that most will be able to bank around w/o falling off.

Thanks to those that came and gave their Saturday morning away so all of us can enjoy our rides on the west side of the mountain!

Also, super thanks to our recent sponsors. Follett's Mt Sports donated the $50 gift certificate for our raffle. They also have a SUPER deal going on bike shoes. If you have large or small feet, you can get some exceptional new riding shoes for as little as $10. They're trying to clear out stock from last year and just have the odd sizes left (Freaks of nature are *SO* lucky sometimes!!)

FedEx Kinko's also donated about $100 worth of laminated signs. Jim LaFortune has been posting them in strategic locations on the trails in attempt to keep illegal activity minimized. Let us know if you find any signs missing/damaged so we can replace them ASAP.

Bill let us know about a cool bike trek opportunity from Boise to Idaho City and back again on June 17-18th, 2006. You can also visit the SWIMBA (Southwest Mountain Biking Association) Web site at: http://www.swimba.org for more informtion about biking in that area.

We'll be having our next trail party some time in May. Date to be announced later, but it will probably be after WSU and UI graduations. We'll keep you posted.

Keep it rubber-side down.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


More April News
posted 04.19.06


It *must* be cycling season again, simply based on the quantity of email coming your way from me. There's two more things we wanted to alert you of:

  • We're planning to have a MAMBA group ride after the trail party this Saturday. It shouldn't be a "super slave day," so we should have some energy after we're all done. We're thinking we will probably be on the bikes by ~3:00 or so. Much earlier if we have more bodies helping :o) So, if you're interested, bring your bikes and we'll have a fun ride when it's all over.
  • Arno Granados just reminded me that the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Championships are being hosted by UI and WSU this year. They are in serious need of volunteers. If no one volunteers, all the local racers will be working support jobs, not racing their bikes. The race is on April 29-30th. They could sure use our help. (Don't worry Joe W., that doesn't mean we're going to con you in to being the race organizer again!)

See you this weekend-

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


April Newsletter: First 2006 Trail Maintenance Party
posted 04.16.06


Log Ride on Cave TrailThis is our first "official" MAMBA letter of the year. That can only mean one thing....we need your help! There's three items of interest we wanted to send out for your entertainment, edification, and energy.

*Number One*

For those who have been riding/hiking Moscow Mtn, you know that this last winter was particularly bad for fallen trees. The debate of "if a tree falls, but no one hears it, does it make a sound?" has finally been answered. Whether or not the tree makes a sound is irrelevant...the hikers and bikers make a *lot* of noise when they discover a tree has fallen across their trail.

To this end, we are asking those in the know to report to us (Dan and Jonathan) one or two things:

  • Any tree you know is down. Just let us know a rough location and quantity of trees down.
  • If you have cleared any trees that were down.

The intent behind this is to inventory what saw work needs to be done in preparation for newsletter item #2.

**Number Two**

We're planning the first MAMBA trail party of the year for April 22nd (with the 23rd for an alternative if it's raining too hard Saturday).

Yes, this is also Earth Day, so many will probably be volunteering with PCEI (which is great!) – but for those that were planning to watch Sunday morning golf highlights…come on over! The idea for this work day is to split in to several small groups of 3-5 people (we need some experienced group leaders too!) to send in various locations. Each group will have a saw to cut out downed trees and some hand tools to repair any obvious problems on the trail. We are guessing that 1/2 the time will be spend hiking/driving to the locations and the other 1/2 sawing/throwing logs and minor touch-up.

We will depart at 9:00am from the Rosauers parking lot. Feel free to drop by a few minutes early so we can go over the plan, split in to groups, disseminate tools, and compare how fat we've gotten in the off-season. Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone. If you have your own chainsaw, we could sure use you, your skill, and your tool, so feel free to bring it all.

Also, check out the plans for the first MAMBA group ride after the trail party ~3:00pm.

***Number Three***

In way of announcement, there is some logging/forest management currently underway on the South Side. It is about 0.1 miles long, and just west of the bottom of Moose Marbles. The old overgrown road has been opened up to 'regular road' status again. If you see Jack Carpenter (the landowner), please make sure to thank him for the huge support he's been to MAMBA over the years. Thank him for allowing us to recreate on his land. Thank him for donating his garage for years of MAMBA tool storage. Please *DO NOT* complain that he's ruining your scenic bike ride/hike by managing the trees on his property :o)

This is old news to most MAMBA members, but for those that don't know, virtually *all* of Moscow Mtn is privately owned. The only reason there are any trails up there for us to enjoy are because the following:

  • Someone (mainly Jim LaFortune) has spent years communicating with landowners and explaining the mutual benefits of having hiking/biking trails across their property.
  • Most of these landowners have been extremely generous in allowing us to build trails on their property.
  • Hundreds of MAMBA volunteers get together to build and maintain the trails.

We look forward to seeing you on the trail party, or just riding/hiking on the trails. So far this year, Jonathan and I haven't broken any major bones, but you'll have to forgive us if we don't shake hands quite as vigorously as we used to.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



Bike Share Public Meeting
posted 04.17.06


The following message comes from Jen Farley, one of the co-organizers of the weekly ladies rides (last season), and big-time dirt mover on the MAMBA trail days. The idea of a public bike program would be super cool in Moscow, so show up if you can and share your ideas.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


The class that I am a T.A. for (Public Involvement in Natural Resources) at the the University of Idaho is designing a public involvement project for a community bike program and will be having a public information/planning meeting this Wed., April 19th at 4:30pm in Rm 25 in the Univ. of Idaho CNR building. The meeting will be approximately 1 hour long.

We would like to invite interested community members to attend the meeting and brain storm with the students.

The bike program is aimed at sustainability and better transportation options. The program would involve getting donated bikes, painting them up. and spreading the word about public bike programs. The purpose of this Wednesday's meeting is to gather information and design a common vision for the bike program.

Bike Share Public Meeting: Wednesday April 19th @ 4:30 pm, CNR 25, University of Idaho Campus.

Thanks! Cheers,
Jen Farley



Lewiston Activity Reminders
posted 03.15.06

MAMBA geese,

For all those that went south for the winter...it's time to get back up here! There's two events coming up soon that we wanted to make sure everyone knew about. Both are supported by Twin Rivers Cyclists.

  • The Twin Rivers Cyclists are having their annual "Spaghetti Feed"
    membership drive/meeting this Thursday.

  • The Devil's Slide race will be happening March 26th. Early registration ends on the 20th though, so save your self a few bucks and get signed up you lazy turds! :o) The entry form, maps, directions, and just about anything else you could want can be found on the race web page.

And remember, the difference between 'racing' and 'caring' is very small. <---- This sentimental message was brought to you by the Association of Friendly Underwriters (A-FU)

We hope you're enjoying the fantastic Spring weather. But don't play too hard...Jonathan and I need your healthy bodies for some awesome trail parties this summer.

Mother Geese
-Dan Cordon
-Jonathan Lomber
-Jimmy La (in spirit)



Cross Country Mountain Bike Race
posted 02.21.06

MAMBA Racers,

Interested in competing in a cross country mountain bike race? Twin Rivers Cyclists wish to invite you to compete in Devil's Slide -- a mountain bike race that takes place on Sunday, March 26, 2006 at 11am in the beautiful and rugged Hell's Gate State Park, Lewiston, Idaho.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber



Moscow Mtn Cedars State Park Proposal
posted 01.27.06


Listed below is a message from Mark Solomon about an effort to protect the ancient cedar grove on Moscow Mtn. If you would like to help out with this effort, please get in touch with Mark ASAP. A lot of the ground work has already been started, but no doubt there is more to be done. It would be absolutely fantastic to have this area under more permanent protection/management!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


The Governor has inadvertently given us a great tool to bring protecting the cedars to statewide attention: his proposal to upgrade the state park system to the tune of $34 million. All we have to do is convince him (and then the Legislature) to add buying the cedars from the school trust and transferring them to ID Parks and Rec as a new state park. For me, this is rounding the cycle as our first effort to save the cedars was to have them be the state's new park created to honor the state's centennial. We got lots of mileage out of that effort and stand to get a lot more out of this one. My draft campaign strategy is below. Time is of the essence here. I'd like to convene an actual meeting next week and am arbitrarily going to say Wednesday, Jan 18, 5-7 pm at the One World Cafe. If this is going to work, we have to move quickly so please see if you can rearrange your schedule to attend.


Mark Solomon


Draft 1/11/06

Creation of the Ancient Cedars State Park

Governor Kempthorne, in his State of the State address, has proposed spending $34M to upgrade the state park system. Legislation will have to be written and passed authorizing the program and the appropriation allowing us the opportunity to add the Ancient Cedars State Park to the package.


  • Implement immediately a letter to the governor campaign requesting the inclusion of the Moscow Mtn Cedars in his legislative proposal, cc'd to Latah County legislators and the Parks and Rec Director.
  • Expand to local and state media using the "hooks" that:
    • the Governor was married there and considers it "the cathedral of the trees";
    • that the current lease protecting the cedars held by The Nature Conservancy is set to expire at the end of 2006 and not be renewed by TNC; and
    • the current directive to IDL from the Land Board (of which the Governor is the chair) is to log all trees on state ownership over 24" diameter within ten years.
  • Work closely with Rep. Shirley Ringo (Latah County) who sits on JFAC and Sen. Gary Schroeder (Latah County), chair of Senate Environment and Resources (a likely committee to hear the parks bill).
  • Our portion of the bill would authorize transfer of the land from IDL to ID Parks and Rec along with management direction and appropriation of assessed value.


  • TNC letter to IDL re non-renewal of lease
  • Kempthorne "cathedral" quotes from 1995 press reports
  • IDL assessment
  • Management direction (can be taken from existing lease)
  • Lobbying presence
  • Brochure
  • Web site



Need Help - Race Organizers
posted 01.26.06

MAMBA Racers,

Joe Wagenbrenner brought it to our attention that the "Devils Slide" race in Lewiston is in jeopardy of not being held in the future. John Arland of Twin Rivers Cyclists has been organizing the event for many years now, and would like to retire from that job for a while. It would be really nice if some of our MAMBA membership was able to become familiar with organizing an event like this. The Devils Slide has been a big fundraiser for their club - so much that they made a huge donation to MAMBA last year that helped with our matching funds from the grant.

Jonathan nominated Joe and the ultra-fast Pinto family to help out....and Lauren Bissey has expressed some interest in helping out too. I imagine if there was a small group from MAMBA, we could learn a TON about putting on a race. If you're interested, discuss it on the Yahoo group.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



IDPR Grant and MAMBA Group Ride
posted 01.25.06

MAMBA Peeps,

Jonathan just finished his second IDPR Grant application. He's the main reason we had all the funds we did last year for tool purchases, materials, and machine rental. There's NO way we could have built so much trail w/o all his effort in getting matching funds through grants. Kudos to Jonathan for completing another one. We should find out some time early next season if it will be funded or not.

On the same note, an overwhelming number of individuals, organizations, and businesses wrote letters of support for the grant, and also gave donations to help with our matching funds for next year. We thank you for your support as well and hope we can continue to provide lasting recreational opportunities for the community. We couldn't do it without you!

On a separate note, since it's currently snowing, and local riding may not be an option for a while, it may be fun to organize a group ride down in the Lewiston/Asotin area. Jonathan and I are mildly familiar with the trails there, but we know a lot of MAMBA members know them a lot better. It would be fun to have an off-season MAMBA ride. Hopefully a slowish one (for my fat body's sake). If you're interested, let us know when a good timeframe is. It will probably have to be on a weekend, and there's a number of bad weekends coming up. Alternatively, we'll be discussing this more on the Yahoo group (see link on Web site under "Mambaship").

Hope you're having a great winter time. We just ordered some trainers for our road bikes, so there's a chance we'll be ready to go by spring time.

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon



IDPR Recreational Trails Program Grant
posted 01.22.06

MAMBA Mambers -

MAMBA is writing a grant proposal to the IDPR Recreational Trails Program. We are seeking public input in this process. Please email us at info@bikemoscow.org if you have any thoughts or concerns regarding this proposal. Grant funding received will be used for the 2006 trail building season. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jonathan Lomber
Dan Cordon


posted 10.11.05

MAMBA 'wicki wicki wicki' MAM to the BA 'wicki wicki wicki',

Yo bikers! I'm here to say
That this weekend we're gunna have a par-tay
And this time...we won't be swinging no tools
We'll be eatin', drinkin', and actin' like fools

My peep J-Lo gots the utensils and grill
Bring your meat, drink, and snacks - so we can get ill
It happens on Saturday - starting 'round 5:30pm
If you dis' us, we're gunna give you the birdie

The place to be is S. Polk
(Jonathan's house, next to the old folk')
To get there...just use your noodle
Or look it up on Mapquest, MSN, or Google

And some lucky tool swinger will win the 'big prize'
A trip down the Salmon River will widen your eyes
So hop, skip, or bike over to this place
BYOB and food, so we can all stuff our face

Dogs....dogs are cool
Peace out-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Group Ride --> Postponed One Day
posted 09.30.05

To the people most formerly known as "MAMBA",

Looking at the weather forecast, Saturday is supposed to be a very rainy day. In some ways this is good, because the dust is just out of control on some of the trails. But it also makes for a lot of erosion while biking.

I'm proposing that we move the MAMBA group ride to Sunday at 10am. It may still be rainy, but the forecast shows a lot lower chance of it. I'll be at Rosauers ready to leave by 10am. If it's pouring rain, we can decide not to go at that point. As long as we're not damaging trails with erosion, I'm okay riding in the rain (native of Eugene, OR).

Hope to see you there for some fun exploration!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Group Ride and Party
posted 09.28.05


This Saturday, October 1st, (weather cooperating) we're going to do a MAMBA group ride. It will start at Cabin Trail, then explore several new trails on the North side of the mountain. These are called Rolls Royce Rd, Fruitcake, and Blonde Jeans. We will also be doing Rock & a Hard Place.

It will be a moderate ride because of the elevation gain, and should be ~3 hours to complete. If you can ride Headwaters to Paradise Point, you can probably do this ride. It will be somewhere around 11 miles.

Since this is a group ride, we will have several stopping points to make sure everyone is still with us. If there's a group that's notably faster, there's several trails they can loop around on while the slower riders are making their progress. As a group ride, consider it as much a social event as a workout and you'll be happy.

Plan is to leave Rosauers at 10am Saturday and carpool to Cabin Trail. Please let me know if you plan to attend so I have a rough idea how many people will be there.

Also, we're planning the end-of-year MAMBA celebration. Will probably be late October by the time it's all organized. We'll keep you posted!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Bridge Building Party News
posted 09.20.05

To the 'greater being' known as "MAMBA",

Last Saturday (September 17th) a tiny crew of helpers showed up to help Jonathan and his broken hand build some bridges. Super thanks to the few die-hards that showed up! They hauled in a bunch of decking material and completely reconstructed two bridges on Cave Trail. These are of similar design to the bridge that was built on Nemesis. They have a natural wood decking and there is some concern that they will be "slippery when wet." When the rains come, let us know what you think of the surface. We have several ideas to try if the surface is too slick. But it may also be just fine how it is.

I was hoping to lead a group ride this weekend, but I am still recovering from minor surgery. I would really like to show MAMBA riders a gob of "new trails." Actually, they're all very old, but have been recently 'okayed' for all of MAMBA to enjoy. The trail names are Fruitcake and Blonde Jeans. I will send out an email with information about when the group ride will take place. I hope this will be the following weekend (October 1st) if I'm back on the bike.

The ride will probably be as follows:

  • Start Four Corners-->
  • Sidewinder or Lickity Split-->
  • Rock & a Hard Place-->
  • Sand Blvd -->
  • Some old logging road on east side of Rock
  • Fruitcake-->
  • Blonde Jeans-->
  • Nemesis

Depending on who shows up and what the preference is, we may start at Cabin Trail, or throw in part of Cave Trail instead of Rock & a Hard Place. Stay tuned--

Also, Jim and his personal crew cleaned up Wonderdog last weekend. Despite my recent hospital visit from a wipe out on this trail (poor judgment), it is still my *favorite* loop on the mountain. The uphill is boring (lots of recent logging make it not all that pretty), but the downhill is to die for. There's some nice singletrack at the top, then some SUPER doubletrack full of large water bars, followed by a gradual climb back to the start. Now that it's recently cleaned there's no excuse not to give it a ride. Check out the Web site for directions and enjoy this wonderful piece of trail!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build - Saturday September 17th
posted 09.10.05

Nemesis Trail Build

The seventh (7) trail build party for 2005 on Moscow Mtn is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th. This will be a little different than previous trail parties as we'll be shifting gears back to Cave Trail where we will be building two new (sustainable) bridges. There will be a fair amount of hauling in lumber to build the bridges (similar in design to the new one build on Nemesis), but Jonathan found two good access points that should make life easier for us. Also, there's a few sections that need a polishing of the trail bed.

Please show Jonathan some support on this party. He's recently broken his scaphoid (wrist bone) and really isn't able to haul lumber, or operate a screw gun at all. Perhaps I set a fashion trend with my broken wrist earlier this summer? "Everyone's doing it...go ahead and have a bad wreck on North Contour and you can have one too."

Bring your work gloves and hiking boots to Rosauers on Saturday morning. We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to the North side of the mountain, so please show up before then. The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain. For the raffle, we'll have a pair of studded snow tires donated by Northwestern Mountain Sports - a $80 value!

If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

If there's bad weather, we'll reschedule for Sunday the 18th.

See you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


2005 Women's Mountain Bike Clinic Report
posted 09.01.05

Participants of the 2nd Annual PCEI Mountain Bike Clinic

PCEI's Second Annual Mountain Bike Clinic is a Success!

Dirt Divas,

On Saturday, August 27th, 22 amazing women took to the hills and conquered thier fears. Areas of focus were up hill climbs, switchback turns, descents and balance. After a catered lunch at the Four Corners Area on Moscow Mtn (and a bit of yoga, too), the women spent the rest of the day practicing what they learned.

On Saturday, August 7th, 15 women learned how to check their tire pressure, adjust their breaks,change a flat, break their chain, lube their bike, and make their own adjustments. Participants learned about mountain biking techniques such as weight distribution, balance, and focus.

To learn more about how you can get involved email Aly Bean.

Aly Bean
PCEI Volunteer Coordinator


Nemesis Trail Report for the August 28th Event
posted 08.30.05


Trail BuildingOn August 28th we had a stellar turnout of about 20 highly motivated workers for our trail party. Working more like machines than humans, the crew busted out the remaining middle of Nemesis and connected the two halves together. There was no golden spike or handshake in the middle, but we did end the day by move a huge rock. Of course, this rock was nothing compared to the dozens of people-sized boulders that John Larkin and Tom Drake moved around all day to make the lookout area ridable. Kudos to ALL the volunteers this year!

So, the super news is that the trail is open! All of the bridges are done. However, it's currently got several sections of 6" deep moon dust. A good rain or two should fix that though. So, you're probably wondering....where do you go from the top of Nemesis? We plan to post a few ride options to the Web site under the "New Trails" section. Stay tuned.

Trail Directions:
Dog Inspection of the new bridgeDrive to Four Corners and take a right towards Rock Creed Rd. Park at Four Corners Parking. Hike up Moscow Mtn Rd about 100' where the next intersection is. To your right, there should be a pile of large rocks. This is the trailhead. The trail itself is a little less than 2 miles in length.

There's a great rock lookout about 1/3 the way into the trail where you can see much of Moscow. The last 1/2 of trail winds around through some large cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they are less challenging and with larger spacing than the Eight Devils on Headwaters. The trail ends on the short road going to the climbing rocks. Follow this road ~150' to the north, through the turkey filters, and you'll find yourself on Moscow Mtn Rd again.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build - Sunday August 28th
posted 08.28.05

MAMBA Trail Blazers,

Trail BuildingEveryone cancel your breakfast in bed and head out to our MAMBA trail party. The sixth (6) and hopefully final trail build for 2005 is scheduled for Sunday, August 28th. We really want to finish Nemesis, but will need a stellar turnout to do so. If we can complete the trail this weekend, it will be part of the Moscow Mtn Madness race (Sept 11th). So bring your runner friends, and all the college students you can find.

We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to the middle of the Nemesis. We will probably work until ~2:00pm, but some may stay longer if we're close to finishing. Even if you can only work for an hour, please come! We appreciate any help you can offer.

If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain before breaking ground. We will be raffling off some great prizes from our favorite local businesses/supporters. Each time you show up for a trail build, you get another ticket in the hat for the Salmon River Experience (SRE) trip to be raffled off at the end-of-season party.

Call Jonathan Lomber or Dan Cordon to find out alternative plans in the case of bad weather.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Ladies' Mountain Bike Rides
posted 08.27.05

MAMBA Trail Blazers,

Ladies Rides were a smash hit for 2004. Continuing for the summer of 2005 are the 'Ladies-Only Social Rides." If you are the kind of woman who is not afraid to hop on a trail, get a little dirty, sweat a lot, take some falls, and challenge yourself then these rides are for you!

Tuesdays 5:15pm with Jen Farley 
Meet at the east end of Rosauers near the flashing billboard at 5:15 pm. All levels welcome. Jen can be contacted for more information.

If you wish to be on Jen's ladies' mountain bike email list for periodic announcements and information, send your name and email to Jen Farley and request your email account be added to her list.

Thursdays 6:30 PM with Aly Bean 
Meet at the east end of Rosauers near the flashing billboard at 6:30 pm. All levels welcome. Aly Bean can be contacted for more information.

If you wish to be on Aly's ladies' mountain bike email list for periodic announcements and information, send your name and email to and request Aly Bean your email account be added to her list.

Be sure to be honest about your skill and strength level with the organizer when you show up. Jen and Aly are both great about picking trails that are fun for whoever shows up, but they need to know a little about your background.

Come on out and enjoy some beautiful trails and clear mountain air! If you live in town, feel free to bike to Rosauers and you can carpool up to the trails from there.

For more information, check/post on the Yahoo Discussion Group.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Women's Mountain Bike Clinic
posted 08.23.05

Dirt Divas,

Join PCEI in their Second Annual Women's only Mountain Bike Clinic to learn biking basics from the local experts. This is a great opportunity to meet other women, ride with those at your level, and get to know the trails on Moscow Mtn.

2004 Participants at the base of Cabin TrailSesson One: 19 Participants!
Sunday, August 7th, 2005 ($35)
We focused on the questions and answers of bike basics. Each bike was fitted to its rider properly, helmets were sized, and we confirm bikes were in good riding condition (tire pressure, working breaks, how to change a flat, break your chain, lube your bike, and make your own adjustments) for all participants. We discussed various techniques such as weight distribution, balance, and focus. Participants learned about the mountain biking gear as well as general troubleshooting. A catered lunch was provided with discussion and demonstrations occured in the afternoon.Location: PCEI 1040 Rodeo Drive, Moscow, ID 83843. 9am-4pm

Sesson Two: 23 Participants!
Saturday, August 27th, 2005 ($35)

This is where the discussion time pays off. We'll utilize the knowledge learned off the trails, on the trails. Short courses will be set up for each challenge: up hill, down hill, switch backs, cornering and tricks.

After you have studied each area, we will regroup for a catered lunch on the mountain followed by a longer, fun, female, group ride. 9am-4pm

Sessons include a participant gift bag, snacks for the day, a catered lunch, raffle prizes and 6 hours of hands-on instruction! (PCEI members receive a $5 discount for each session.)

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.pcei.org/bike_clinic

Aly Bean
PCEI Volunteer Coordinator


Bridge Building and August 28th Trail Party
posted 08.22.05


Bridge Building EventLast Saturday we gathered with Sara Lynd and her amazing group of AmeriCorps volunteers (along with John D., Jen F., and Kent W.) at the cedar tree in the creek on Nemesis. We had one goal on our mind.

  1. Throw lumber downhill really far
  2. Move a lot of dirt
  3. Create dimensional lumber with a chain saw
  4. Build a bridge out of the above lumber
  5. Move a lot more dirt
  6. Take pictures of our progress/results
  7. Implement erosion-control methods learned in classes
  8. Move more dirt

Okay, maybe it was eight goals...I can never remember. The end result is a fantastic bridge that should last longer than us all, a super cool berm, and some innovative measures to prevent sedimentation of the stream from uphill erosion.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Bridge Building on Nemesis Aug 20
posted 08.15.05

MAMBA Jomba,

Sara Lynd from PCEI is organizing a bridge building party for Nemesis that will be this Saturday. We'll be constructing a new style of bridge that we haven't done before, so it should be a lot of fun.

A bridge is needed on the new Nemesis trail before it can be completed!

Bridge Building EventThis bridge building event is scheduled for August 20th, 2005. We will be leaving from Rosauers parking lot at 8:30am and carpooling to Nemesis. We will be transporting the bridge materials and equipment down to the trail, constructing the bridge, and completing the trail for the approach/exit to the bridge. Tools and materials provided by MAMBA.

Bring water, a lunch, work gloves, and closed-toe shoes. In the case of bad weather, we will reschedule for Sunday, August 21st. Please call Sara Lynd from PCEI for additional information.

We'll be constructing a new style of bridge that we haven't done before, so it should be a lot of fun.

Hope to see you there-

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Nemesis Trail Report for the Aug 6th Event
posted 08.14.05

MAMBA girls, boys, trans-genders, & four-legged companions who read email,

On August 6th a little over a dozen of our peers gathered for a day of swinging tools in the sun. We constructed over 1/4 mile of beautiful, ridable singletrack. We also had a record number of first-time trail builders and new people to the area that are looking for others to ride with. We also had a great turnout of female participants too. Not only do you get a ton of work done, the "dirt divas" inspire the young men (and those that still think they're young) to work even harder than normal :o)

Jonathan stayed until dinner time and worked on a big project for one of the draw crossings - so when you see him next remember to thank him for the huge blister he now sports on his formerly soft hand.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Volunteer with Pick-up Needed
posted 07.25.05


MAMBA would appreciate a volunteer who owns a pick-up truck to clean up some construction debris (mostly old windows and doors) that was illegally dumped at the old shooting site on Warnick Rd. If you haven't been able to attend a trail party this year because you are too busy, perhaps this is a task that will fit your schedule. Take the debris to the county landfill on Troy Highway 8.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Thanks goes out to Kinkos
posted 07.24.05


Thanks to Kinko's for the grant to cover the cost of the new yellow signs on Moscow Mtn. In case you haven't seen them, the signs say, "No Motorized Vehicles" or "No Target Shooting".

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Moose on Moscow Mtn West of Four Corners
posted 07.23.05

Hello Mt Bikers and other Fuzzy Mammals,

Momma & Baby MoosePlease be aware that a mama moose and two baby moose have been hanging out in the meadow that you drop into when riding from North Contour down to the west end of Cave Trail. The same family has also been spotted near Triple Crown. After my wife's close encounter yesterday, we have nicknamed the mother "Marge" (rhymes with CHARGE).

Marge has already charged mountain bikers a couple times. No one has been hurt, but it might help if you take the following steps when riding in known moose turf:

Make some noise, so you are less likely to startle her. I sound ridiculous, but I shout, "Hellooo" several times every minute. For a humor break, try using an British accent!

A loud crashing sound in the woods is usually a moose (or less commonly on Moscow Mtn, an elk or bear). Deer, on the other hand, will generally leap away with all four hoofs when startled, thus making a thrump, thrump, thrump sound as the hooves hit the ground.

Baby MooseIf you spot one of the young moosies, go back the way you came. Marge is certain to be lurking nearby. Don't try to go through the meadow, assuming Marge will hear you and get out of your way. My experience so far is that Marge is the mother of all things moosey is in no mood to let you get between her and her babies. I feel hyper-protective about anything that threatens the well-being of my children, so I can relate.

By the way, my wife and her friend Jamie stood face-to-face (or face-to-belly) with this moose yesterday, and they will confirm that the adreneleine rush was not that much fun.

Other hints:

  • If a moose false charges, walk slowly back the way you came, then go somewhere private and clean out your shorts.
  • If a moose charges and keeps coming, pray for a climbable tree nearby. Climb fast! <grin>. A full-grown moose weighs as much as a small pick-up truck and seems to run as fast as a horse.
  • Moose can sometimes be docile, but you should assume they are dangerous and unpredictable. An angry moose can kick the **** out of you and your "sturdy" aluminum bike, so respect their space by riding somewhere else whenever possible.

Please pass this message along to other trail users.

Yours in the Moose Drool,
Jim LaFortune


Upcoming Trail Build - Saturday August 6th
posted 07.13.05

MAMBA Mountain Riders,

The fifth (5) trail build for 2005 is scheduled for August 6th to work on Nemesis. The sixth (6) and hopefully final trail build for 2005 is scheduled for Sunday, August 28th.

We will be leaving Rosauers at 9am and carpooling to Nemesis, so show up before then. The day's plan and raffle will take place on the mountain before breaking ground. If you're new to trail building, let one of the organizers know so they can teach you about the tools and process. MAMBA has plenty of tools so no need to bring your own. But do bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.

If there's bad weather, we'll reschedule for Sunday the 7th. Those coming from Pullman can call Jonathan Lomber or Dan Cordon.

Remember, once Nemesis is completed, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without riding Moscow Mtn Rd. So please join the trail build crew and do your part to help make this a reality.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Nemesis Trail Report for the July 9th Event
posted 07.11.05

Hear ye, hear ye,

Two moons and 7 hours ago, a band a fearless dirt movers assembled with their battle tools at the Rosaures parking lot. Despite the threat of miserable ambient conditions, they hitherfore assembled in one another's vehicles and caravanned to the battle site. - Nemesis Upper Trailhead.

I would like send a shout out to my peeps: Jonathan Lomber, Kelly Maer, John Larkin, and Tom Drake for their acts of dirt-moving on the hot shot crew last weekend. The 6 of them built about 300 yards of singletrack (in a very rooty section mind you!) and layed the footers for the bridge at the cedar tree. With a typical size crew (remember to put in on your calendar :o) we may be able to tie in with the partially completed lower section on the next trail day!

I'm sure the slave labor, er, I mean, fearless battalion of dirt movers would send a thanks to Jonathan and Tim for sharpening the tools the night before. I'm also sure that the Moscow supply of ibuprofen decreased significantly over the weekend too. <ha!>

Each trail build has produced better trail than the group before. And while the trail will require a lot of effort in the uphill direction, the trail bed is probably the finest piece of MAMBA work I've ever seen. Thanks to all those that have helped make this a reality.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Upcoming Trail Build - Saturday August 6th
posted 07.09.05

The next trail build is scheduled for August 6th, 2005 to work on Nemesis. Meet at Rosauers at 9AM to get your name in the raffle. Show up a few minutes early if this is your first time building a trail.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


2005 MAMBA Projects
posted 07.08.05

  • Completion of Nemesis
  • Build Cave Trail Bridges
  • Create Cave Trail beginner bypass

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Women's Mountain Bike Rides
posted 07.07.05

Mountain BikingLadies Rides were a smash hit for 2004. Continuing for the summer of 2005 are the 'Ladies-Only Social Rides."

Tuesday Ride: 5:15pm at Rosauers, and all levels are welcome.
Thursday Ride: 6:00pm at Rosauers, and all levels are welcome.

For more information, check/post on the Yahoo Discussion Group

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build - Saturday July 9th
posted 07.05.05

MAM-BA Black Sheep, have you any trail?
Yes, but not for the weak and frail.

Day four (4) of the Nemesis work party happens this Saturday (July 9th). Nemesis is the new MAMBA trail for 2005. It will act as a bypass for Moscow Mtn Rd between Four Corners and the climbing rocks (where the road has been covered with large gravel).

For those that haven't built trail before (or, would like a refresher) there is a mandatory pre-meeting in the Rosauers parking lot at 8:45am. We will go over the steps and methods for building sustainable bike/hike trails and tool safety. For our more seasoned volunteers, you can show up at 9:00am for the raffle. We intend to leave Rosauers by ~9:15am.

Tools are provided, but you should bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and a cell phone.

Up for raffle:
Follett's has donated a $40 gift certificate for anything in their store. That would get you some much needed upgrades/tune up for your poor, neglected bike!

And, every time you show up for a trail day, you get another entry in the hat for the SRE trip that will be raffled off at the end of the trail build season.

The next trail build is scheduled for August 6th, so slap that date on your calendar and tell all your friends "If you wand to see me that day, you'll have to be swinging your tool next to me in the fire line!"

We hope this message finds you in better condition that Jonathan and I are currently in :o( <--- Partially broken from bike accidents

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Letter from Retired MAMBA President
posted 06.23.05


This summer the Moscow Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) will be 13 years old. I'm writing because I'm going to be turning down the heat on my time commitment to MAMBA. After more than a decade of putting my heart and soul into our club, I need a real break.

Fortunately, two new MAMBA leaders have emerged in the past couple years. Since they began helping out, our "mambership" has grown fivefold, to over 275 folks on the MAMBA email list.

Your new MAMBA leaders are Jonathan Lomber and Dan Cordon. Here is their contact information:

Jonathan Lomber

Dan Cordon

In the future, I dream of being a regular, dedicated volunteer who shows up to do trail work a few times a year. I will also continue to be the landowner liaison for MAMBA, until Jonathan and Dan can meet the landowners themselves.

OK, maybe I'll still do some trail layout and design someday too. What can I say...it's the only art I am any good at, and it's in my blood. If I had been born 200 years ago, I probably would have been the guy who explored ahead to find the route to some promised land.

Please consider emailing Jonathan and Dan to offer them kudos on their highly exalted, overpaid positions in the MAMBA hierarchy. Or contact them to offer your time and energy to keep MAMBA alive and thriving. For example, MAMBA needs someone to connect with the State of Idaho Parks and Rec Department to plan a new trail system at McCroskey State Park (the older trails are gradually being lost to logging).

We all desire excellent trails, and we can all share the responsibility of making it happen.

Thank you so much for your support, both financial and physical, over the years. Most significantly, thanks to my wife Kathie, who woke me up to the fact that it was time to pass the baton. She was instrumental in every inch of trail that MAMBA has ever worked on; if she hadn't taken on more than her share of the responsibility in our daily lives, MAMBA would be the fond memory of a few Moscow mtb geezers like me. Please thank her for putting up with my MAMBA excesses over the years. It wasn't always easy. The fact that we all have a nice place to ride is directly due to her efforts.

See you on the trails,

Jim LaFortune
Retired, Lame Duck, Incognito, etc ex-President of MAMBA


Nemesis Trail Report for the June 11th Event
posted 06.12.05

MAMBA dudes, dude-ettes, duders, and duds,

Saturday June 11th was another monumental day in MAMBA trail building history. A diverse crew of volunteers with none to tons of trail building experience converged on Nemesis to kick some butt and take names. Without question, the group constructed some of the most beautifully crafted, hand-created singletrack MAMBA has ever made. And they made a LOT of it! Nemesis is now complete about 100 yards past the large cedar tree in the creek.

Our current thinking is that we will need about two more trail build days to complete construction. Mark July 9th on your calendar for our next gathering! In the mean time, check out the progress thus far. The trail bed is soft, but some foot/bike traffic should help it bed in nicely. Also, if you could make it rain on the trail occasionally, that would help too.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Group Ride - Monday June 13th
posted 06.08.05

MAMBA Groupies,

Here's your chance to follow your favorite bike-star, (insert name here), around the mountain. We had a decent turn out for the MAMBA ride last Monday, and the main group got to run up Cabin/Jump trail, do the Lower and Upper Tusk, go up and down North Contour, ride Cave Trail, and drop down to Sand Blvd. They then connected to Rock & a Hard Place (east to west), Sidewinder, and back down Jump/Cabin Trail.

Everyone had so much fun that they're going to do it again *this* Monday too. However, this time the plan is to head up the Cabin/Jump Trail, then across Moscow Mtn Rd (wish Nemesis was done!) to the East Moscow Mtn Lookout. From there we'll run down Wonderdog at lightning pace, and hoof it all the way back up and across Moscow Mtn Rd. If time permits we may even take a few minor detours on the way back.

The ride will probably be at a moderate pace...no faster than Asche the dog can run though. And there will probably be ~2000'+ of vertical climb. You can bet that Jonathan and I will be out of breath most of the time, so don't expect a lot of conversation from us :o)

***Change in Meeting Location***
To make things faster, for this ride we will be meeting at Mountain View Park for planned departure at 6:00pm. FYI: Mountain View Park is located on the way to Moscow Mtn Rd (Four Corners access area). It is on the paved portion of Mountain View, at the 90° turn to the left.

Hope we can see you there. And, if you so desire, we'd love your company at the Trail Build Day this Saturday (June 11th). Rosauers parking lot at 9:00am.


Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Weekly Women's Rides
posted 06.07.05

MAMBA Mambers,

Below is a message from Lauren Bissey about the women's bike rides. Definitely something you should consider getting involved with. That is of course - if you can convince the group that you're a woman (for starters, Jonathan would have to shave his soul patch) :o)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Last night's ride went great. Next week, we are going to have two women's rides; one on Tuesday at 5:15pm and one on Thursday at 5:15pm.

The day of the ride in the following weeks will be determined by which night has a better turnout. So, feel free to come to one or both nights (and let your preference be known).

I will send out an email next Friday letting everyone know the permanent day and time for women's rides for the rest of the summer. Of course, if you can't make it on the day, there will surely be a crowd going out other days of the week.

We will meet in the parking lot of Rosaurs so if you live in town, feel free to bike there and we can carpool up to the trails.

Again, this is an all-riding level ride.

Lauren Bissey

P.S. To the guys included on this email list - can you pass this on to your lady friends? Also, ladies-please email this to your interested friends.


Trail Build - Saturday June 11th
posted 06.06.05

Hello Glorious MAMBA Volunteers,

Our third (3) Trail party is this Saturday, June 11. Please meet at Rosauers no later than 9 AM.

For this month's raffle, we'll be giving away a gift certificate to Sangria Grille. And if there's high attendance, we may just have to give away a second "lovely" raffle.

We will carpool to the upper end of Nemesis on Moscow Mtn. No need to bring tools, as MAMBA has plenty. There is also no need to bring a lunch; LUNCH IS PROVIDED, courtesy of the LaFortunes. We will gather at a giant cedar tree along the trail for lunch at 1:45 PM, so please bring plenty of water and snacks to get you through the morning.

Folks are welcome to do more trail work after lunch, but we understand that a full belly might diminish motivation, so we aren't really expecting it.

If it is raining heavily this Saturday morning, we will postpone till the next day (Sunday the 12th), same meeting time and place. If you are not sure about the weather, please show up at Rosauers and we'll decide together.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA Group Ride - Monday June 6th
posted 06.04.05


After gathering your preferences for group rides, we've come to the following decisions:

Our first (in recent history) MAMBA group ride will be this coming Monday, June 6th (with alternative rain day on Thursday, June 9th). This will be an 'all levels' ride to help us assess peoples comfort level with different aspects of biking. As such, we expect that everyone will be respectful and supportive of the other group participants. A quick surveying of people on the ride will decide which trail options we choose.

  • If there are mostly inexperienced riders we will start a ride from Four Corners that will ride Foothill Rd out to either the Radio Towers or Paradise Point. We will hit North Contour on the way back to Four Corners and a few people may even take a shuttle run down the Jump Trail and Cabin Trail.
  • If everyone is moderately comfortable with local trails, we will start at Cabin trail, then go do North Contour and Cave Trail, and back down Jump Trail and Cabin Trail.
  • If there is a mix of skill levels, and sufficient number of participants, we will split the group and do both of the above options.

The caravan will be departing Rosauers parking lot at 6:00pm. Please be there a few minutes early so we can get your input on which of the above options will work best.

Also, just a friendly reminder - Our next trail building party is June 11th. We will meet at Rosauers parking lot at 9:00am. And as always, there will be raffle prizes from our wonderful sponsors! Our goal is to start at the top (to take in the beauty of the last trail work day) and make it to the giant cedar in the creek by lunch time.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Help Control Dust on the Mountain
posted 06.03.05

MAMBA Members and Friends,

Once again the North Latah County Highway Department is planning to apply magnesium chloride to Foothill Rd. As they agreed last year, they will do the labor, but they are asking the local residents of Tolo Rd and Foothill Rd to pay for the MgCl. If you utilized the Foothill Rd parking area last year, you will know that the MgCl really helped control the dust and create a safer and more enjoyable environment for us all.

Since recreational users also benefit from this dust control measure, we would like to ask you to consider chipping in again, if you can afford it. We mountain bikers and hikers have increased traffic in that area, so it would be a nice gesture to show residents we're willing to work with them to minimize our impact.

If you can help, please send a check payable to the "North Latah County Highway District". Write "Foothill Rd Dust Control" in the memo line.


Lauren Fins


Nemesis Trail Report for the May 21st Event
posted 05.22.05


In this issue of The MAMBA Enquirer:

  • Trail Party Stats
  • Trail Party Progress
  • Trail Party Reminder
  • BIG Raffle
  • Shout out to my Peeps

Saturday, May 21st was another great day in trail building history. Just over 20 volunteers showed up at Rosauers. This cut everyone's chances at winning the raffle, so we did two items. Sean Prentiss won a $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports, and Nick Fuller will be having his bike professionally tuned by the guru's at Northwestern Mountain Sports – also a $35 value.

We carpooled to the Four Corners area and hiked to the top of the Nemesis trailhead (on the way to Granite Point) and started our way down. John "Scratch Master" Larkin lead a small group with McLeods to pull the last 200 years of duff off the trail, and the rest of the group followed shortly behind with pulaskies and McLeods. We also had a lot of help from a group of youth who lopped brush like it was going out of style. Throughout the course of the work party, we had another 6 people show up, bringing our volunteer total to almost 30 people!

We're just about finished with the upper 1/3 of trail, and we stopped just before the big cedar in the creek. However, there was a "MAMBA Miracle" that day. As we were hiking out, there was VERY clear evidence of someone(s) working on the lower section of the trail. We're not sure who they were, but they moved a LOT of dirt (er, soil I mean) in some key areas. This will pay huge dividends in reducing the amount of time it takes for us to complete the trail.

The next trail day is June 11th, rain or shine. But it will shine, so what is there to worry about? :o) Same MAMBA Time, Same MAMBA Place.

Every year we raffle off a super sweet SRE trip (donated to MAMBA!!). This year we will raffle this off at a party we have at the end of the season. For each trail day a person is present at, they will have a tag with their name put in the drawing. The more trail days, the more chances to win. And yes, the party attendees will get a name in the hat too :o) Winner need not be present (or sober) to win.

Special thanks to all the local businesses that donate to our cause. Raffle items and tool discounts are *always* appreciated! And a Super Thanks to all that showed up to build trail. Obviously...the trails wouldn't be there without the effort you continue to put in year after year! I'd give you a pat on the back, but my arms are still too sore :o)

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


MAMBA MOnthly Trail Rides - TBA
posted 05.13.05

MAMBA Trail Riders,

This summer MAMBA will attempt to host one trail ride per month. It will likely be on a weekend morning. We will discuss details at the May Trail Build on the 21st to get member input on day/time preference. The goal of these rides is to expose members to the other trails on Moscow Mtn besides Headwaters, North Contour, and Cave Trail. Some great trails that most members haven't ridden at all are: Wonderdog, Over Easy, and Cabin/Jump Trail. You don't have to participate in the Trail Build Days to come, though we sure appreciate the help if you can make them!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build - Saturday May 21st
posted 05.12.05

MAMBA Trail Riders,

Day two (2) of the Nemesis work party will happen on May 21st. Nemesis is the new MAMBA trail for 2005. It will act as a bypass for Moscow Mtn Rd between Four Corners and the climbing rocks (where the road has been covered with large gravel). Last month MAMBA volunteers were able to finish the saw work, so this month we will focus mostly on ground work.

Who: Can you fog up a cold mirror? Then you're invited! No experience necessary, no pay, huge fun!

When: Saturday, May 21, 2005

Where: Meet at Rosauers on North Main Street in Moscow, no later than 9 AM. We will raffle off a $35 gift certificate to Hyperspud Sports. We will carpool to the trailhead, which is about 1/4 mile east of Four Corners. Nemesis will climb on the downhill side of Moscow Mtn Rd, starting near the top of Rock Creed Rd.

What to bring: MAMBA has plenty of tools, and we will be using mostly ground tools this time. Also bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves and a cell phone and digital camera to document the fun, if you own one.

Why: Once MAMBA completes Nemesis, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without having to endure the heinous chunky gravel on that section of Moscow Mtn Rd.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Jim LaFortune takes early retirement
posted 05.11.05


After 13 years of service, MAMBA Prez Jim LaFortune has cashed in on MAMBA's unpaid retirement plan. We will miss him, but the benefits package (family time, and riding time) have definitely been earned! Mountain biking around the Inland Northwest wouldn't be the same w/o all of Jim's enthusiastic efforts. If you see Jim or Kathie LaFortune, be sure to thank them for all they've given to us.

Jonathan Lomber and Dan Cordon will be taking over Jim's responsibilities. They can be reached:

Jonathan Lomber

Dan Cordon

We look forward to continuing in the footsteps that Jim has started, even if it takes two of us to try and fill them!

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Nemesis Trail Report for the April 16th Event
posted 04.17.05

Saturday was a great day to be a mountain biker!

Despite the *early* alarm clocks for a Saturday, and the hint that it could be cold and rainy, we had just over 20 people show up for our first trail build day of the year! Forgive me for giving the ending away at the beginning, but the end result is that we now have a hikable trail. For those not yet blessed with the experience of building new trail, the first day(s) are mostly chainsaw work. It may not seem like much, but the crew worked very hard and cleared a LOT of brush and logs.

Many followed up with lopper and Mcleod work. John Larkin got a great start cutting the uphill edge of trail with his trusty pulaski, and Mark Solomon worked magic through the brush/schrubs with his 'Wondertool.' Thanks x 1000 to all the volunteers.

Now that it's mostly cleared, we would love if people hiked the trail some. You can give us better feedback/suggestions, and it helps make it clear where the trail bed will be put in.

Nemesis directions:

Drive to Four Corners and take a right towards Rock Creed Rd. Park in the open area at the intersection of Rock Creek and Moscow Mtn Rd. Hike up Moscow Mtn Rd about 100' where the next intersection is. To your right there should be a pile of large rocks. This is the trailhead.

Once on the trail, it should be pretty clear where it goes. It doesn't intersect any other trails, and orange flagging is still through the center of the trail. There's a great rock lookout about 1/3 the way in to the trail where you can see much of Moscow. The center 1/4 of trail didn't get sawed, but will shortly - long before our next trail day. The last 1/2 of trail winds around through some large cedar trees. There are many switchbacks, but they're less challenging and with larger spacing than the 8 devils on Headwaters. The trail ends on the short road going to the climbing rocks. Follow this road ~150' to the north, through the turkey filters and you'll find yourself on Moscow Mtn Rd again. You can walk down the road to your car, or turn around and walk the trail the other direction.

See you May 14 for our next big trail party. We will be giving away at least two volunteer prizes; a set of gnarly Innova studded mtb tires, value $80, and a $35 gift certificate, both donated by Terry and Bruce at NW Mt Sports. The amazing part is that these guys ALSO come out and do trail work! Be sure to thank them next time you visit their shop.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Trail Build - Saturday April 16th
posted 03.28.05

Hello Trail-oholics,

Come celebrate the start of the 2005 riding season by helping to build a sweet new singletrack called Nemesis on the first (1) trail build party of the season. Here's the scoop:

Who: Anyone with a pulse. No experience necessary, no pay, huge fun!

When: Saturday, April 16, 2005

Where: Meet at Rosauers on North Main Street in Moscow, no later than 9 AM. We will carpool to the trailhead, which is about 1/4 mile east of Four Corners. Nemesis will climb on the downhill side of Moscow Mtn Rd, starting near the top of Rock Creed Rd.

What to bring: MAMBA has plenty of tools, though we could use more chainsaws for this outing. Also bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes, work gloves and a cell phone and digital camera to document the fun, if you own one.

Why: Once MAMBA completes Nemesis, mountain bikers and hikers will be able to access the east half of the mountain without having to endure the heinous chunky gravel on that section of Moscow Mtn Rd.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Cave Trail Progress
posted 03.26.05


MAMBA's major project for the summer of 2004 was a spanky new singletrack called Cave Trail. We completed the route before the snow fell, and even got to ride it a few times this winter, during the frequent dry spells.

Check out the MAMBA Trails link to get an update on this superb new singletrack.

Thanks go out to the private landowners, Al Dyer and Bennett Lumber, who gave us permission to construct Cave Trail.

Dan Cordon
Jonathan Lomber


Erosion Control
posted 03.25.05


The UI Mountain Bike team was working with MAMBA and Bennett Lumber to control erosion by building a terrain parkin a gully near the top of Headwaters Trail, but they never completed the project. The team was building water bars (i.e., jumps!) and berms. Contact Jim LaFortune if you are interested in this style of riding and would like to help develop the terrain park.

Jim LaFortune


Free Beer!
posted 10.09.04

Hello Trail-oholics,

Free beer! Free beer !Free beer! Free beer! Free beer! Free beer! Free beer!

Come celebrate the completion of Cave Trail at MAMBA's end-of-season party. Here's the scoop:

Who: anyone who has done trail work or contributed to MAMBA this season.

When: Saturday, Oct 9. Party starts at 5:30 and goes until ????

Where: Jonathan Lomber's house

What to bring: MAMBA will provide a keg of good barley pop (that's beer), other non-alcoholic liquids, and munchies. Bring your own grillables. Also bring a dessert, if you like sweets.

What else to bring: a musical instrument if you want to jam. Maybe the mojo for a jam will happen, maybe not. Please call Jim if you can help out by bringing a gas grill. Not for music, silly, for cooking.

Why: why not?

Point of Clarification: There is a regularly-scheduled trail work day on Saturday, Oct 9 (RAINED OUT AND RESCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, OCT 10, MEETING AT 10 AM AT ROSAUERS) but you don't have to work on the trail that day to go to the party.

To join us for the trail work, meet at Rosauers in Moscow at 9 AM on Saturday, October 9. We'll carpool to the work site. Bring lunch, water, work gloves, loppers if you own a pair, and a digital camera or cell phone if you have one.

See you October 9,

Jim LaFortune


MAMBA Group Ride
posted 10.02.04


To all Moscow Area Mountain Bikers--

Every now and then it's important to reap the rewards of our labors. By this, we are talking about the thousands of hours local volunteers have spent building mountain bike trails over the last 10 years.

Jim LaFortune


Cave Trail Progress
posted 09.30.04


The final Cave Trail party is Saturday, October 9th (POSTPONED BY RAIN; MEET AT 10 AM SUNDAY OCT 10). There will also be an end-of-season bash at Jonathan's house starting at 5:30 after the trail work. Everyone who contributed time or money for MAMBA's efforts this season is welcome to party on, even if you cannot help out on October 9th. Spouses and kids welcome, BYO grillable animal flesh or veggies; MAMBA will provide FREE BEER, munchies, terrific company and, did I mention, FREE BEER?

Here's the poop regarding the October 9th trail work: Meet at 9:00 AM at the Rosauers grocery store parking lot on North Main Street in Moscow. We will carpool to the mountain. One lucky volunteer will claim a valuable door prize, so be there by 9 AM to win.

The group will probably work until about 3:00 PM, so bring a lunch and plenty of water, as well as loppers, a cell phone and digital camera, if you own one. A variety of free Clif Bars will be available to all volunteers. Join the fun and meet other bikers who can show you the singletrack routes you crave. No experience necessary!

Jim LaFortune


Women's Group Rides
posted 08.23.04


A core group of local women are riding together every Tuesday. All levels welcome. Contact Aly Bean or Lauren Bissey for more information.

Jim LaFortune


Cave Trail Grant Success!
posted 08.23.04

Idaho Recreational Trails ProgramHello,

Congratulations to Jonathan Lomber for writing a successful grant to the Idaho Recreational Trails Program. Money from the grant was used to rent a small trailbuilding machine. In the summer of 2005, we hope to purchase material for bridges and upgrade MAMBA's tool stash.

Closer to home, the Moscow Food Co-op awarded MAMBA $768 last year to continue our work of providing human-powered recreation opportunities for our community. Please shop at the Co-op and other local businesses that generously support our efforts.

Jim LaFortune


Moscow Mtn Cleanup
posted 08.08.04

State of Idaho Parks and RecreationHello,

In conjuction with MAMBA, local Eagle Scout candidate John Mosman conducted a community cleanup of Moscow Mtn in July, 2004. John also re-routed a boggy section of Cabin Trail above Warnick cabin.

Jim LaFortune


posted 06.06.04


Elephant Tusk (a.k.a. Lower Tusk) is a fun, short connector that heads west from Four Corners. There is a NEW TRAILHEAD near Four Corners for Elephant Tusk. In a couple weeks, this will become the trailhead for Cave Trail and Rock & a Hard Place.

From the main crossroads at Four Corners, head west on the Foothill Rd (toward North Contour). The big flat area at Four Corners narrows to a one lane dirt road. About 30 yards after it narrows, look for a long pink ribbon on the right, approximately 5 yards off the road.

This entrance has been left intentionally hidden, so please don't break off branches or cut out the two filter logs. You will have to carry your bike about ten yards. After that, I only lopped branches and raked duff, so the trail will take a while to get established. The new trail entrance drops onto Elephant Tusk in a nice swoopy berm. Please leave the brush and logs that block the old entrance to this route.

Also, please do NOT use the destroyed road (the one connecting Four Corners to the meadow at the west end of Rock & a Hard Place), as the landowner doesn't want a trail established there. Instead, wait a couple weeks and Elephant Tusk will lead to Cave Trail, which will get take you to the meadow.

Jim LaFortune


posted 05.16.04


Cave Trail: MAMBA strategically gained permission to build Cave Trail the summer of 2004 to replace Sand Trail in the Four Corner's area.. Thus, MAMBA's big 2004 project is Cave Trail's construction. Stay tuned for details. Meanwhile, send a check today so we have the cash resources to rent a trail building machine, instead of doing all the grunt work using hand tools. Our next trail building party on Cave Trail is Saturday, May 22. Meet at Rosauers in Moscow at 9 AM. T-shirts and gift certificates awarded to participants!

Headwaters: One of the reasons MAMBA built Headwaters Trail was to bypass the nasty new gravel on Foothill Rd above Pond 9. The gravel stretches for about a mile, starting half a mile uphill from Pond 9 where the road splits. The road beyond the gravel, however is very smooth and rolling....an excellent place for beginners.

Southside: In the Autumn of 2002, a new a logging/fire access road impacted Southside Trail just east of Headwaters Trail. You can find the continuation of Southside Trail by following these directions: If you've started your ride by climbing Headwaters Trail, when you come to the newly bull-dozed road, turn right and pedal about 40 yards. Where the road turns sharply left, follow the bike tire tracks down to the right. Pedal about 1/4 mile, then you have to climb onto another new piece of the same road. Bear right on the road and go straight to the end. The end of the road is the property line, so the rest of Southside Trail should be safe for now.

Rock & a Hard Place: Ride up Moscow Mtn Rd to Four Corners. The road between Four Corners and the meadow marking the start of Rock & a Hard Place has been intentially destroyed by the landowner, in order to keep motor vehicles out of the meadow. You will be able to access this trail once again after we build Cave Trail, hopefully by mid-July. Or you can get there via the old Sand Trail connection, if you know your way.

Warnick Rd: Latah County has laid down gravel on Warnick Rd. At least it's the small rock and not the cantaoupe-sized boulders.

Moscow Mtn Rd: There has been recent logging activity near the base of Moscow Mtn Rd , just up the road from the flats where mountain bikers usually park. The current activity seems to have moved off the main Moscow Mtn Rd to a side road, so there is less impact on recreation now than there was in April.

Jim LaFortune


posted 11.29.03


Moscow Mtn landowners have spoken: Moscow Mtn is essentially all PRIVATE LAND. In case it's not clear from the many signs and closed gates, MOTORIZED VEHICLES ARE NOT ALLOWED anywhere on Moscow Mtn except the main county roads. This closure includes snowmobiles. The open county roads include Moscow Mtn Rd and Rock Creek Rd, but only when they are dry.

The International Mountain Bike Association, IMBA, has given Idaho a rating of "A-" for mountain biking quality of life for 2003. Idaho slipped a little (from an A) this year, partly due to trail access issues near Boise and the wilderness debate that would keep mountain bikes out of the Boulder/White Clouds. The reasons we still earn an 'A-' include access to abundant singletrack, thanks in part to MAMBA's hard work in the past decade.

Moscow Mtn Rd has been lightly gravelled all the way to Four Corners. Next season the county plans to gravel down the north side (via Rock Creek Rd). Bummer. Hopefully the gravel will pack down in the next year or so.

Jim LaFortune


IMBA Visit! Summer 2003
posted 08.01.03


The International Mountain Bike Association, Subaru USA, and Clif Bar are proud to have sponsored a visit to Moscow by IMBA's world famous Trail Care Crew in the summer of 2003.

Forty-two folks from as far away as Florida attended the Trail Care Crew's slide show at Paradise Creek Bikes in Moscow.

Jim LaFortune


2003 Summer Summary


Mosocw Mtn Rd: Moscow Mtn Rd is in the processed of being gravelled all the way to Four Corners and down the north side (via Rock Creek Rd). Bummer. Hopefully the gravel will pack down in the next year or so. In the meantime, if you hate the rock, try riding Wonderdog and Cedars Grove at the east end of the mountain. Access Wonderdog via Tamarack Rd.

Headwaters: If you'd like to discover the location of the new Headwaters Trail, show up at Paradise Creek Bicycles on Main Street in Moscow at 6:30 PM on August 21st and meet people who can show you the route. The IMBA slide show "IMBA Around The World" will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.

Tools are often stashed in secret places near Headwaters Trail. If you cannot attend one of our trail construction outings, consider working on the trail on your own time.

Southside Trail:Last Autumn new a logging/fire access road impacted Southside Trail just east of Headwaters Trail. Although work is done for now in this area, in general, please remember when you encounter logging activity that loggers are usually subcontractors; they don't make the decisions, so even if you wish the land was yours so you could leave the trees, it isn't. Treat all forest users, ESPECIALLY LOGGERS, respectfully. If we act responsibly now, perhaps we'll be allowed to continue using their land in the future. Be aware too, that in terms of our passion for singletrack, non-bikers have a hard time understanding why roads are so different from trails. The bottom line is that we've been using private property free for years, and it is, after all, PRIVATE property.

Other minor logging has rearranged the small stream crossing farther east along Southside Trail. This portion of the trail is owned by mountain biker and MAMBA member Jack Carpenter. Jack is using a small tractor with wheels to thin the forest. Southside Trail is still easy to follow through the impact area.

Warnick Rd: The road blockage at the "Y" where Warnick Rd splits from Moscow Mtn Rd has been moved aside by the county. The bad news is that Latah County will eventually lay down gravel on Warnick Rd. A local Boy Scout will rebuild the bridge across the creek below Warnick cabin this summer as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Erosion Control: The UI Mountain Bike team is working with MAMBA and Bennett Lumber to control erosion by building a terrain park in a gully near the top of Headwaters Trail. The team is building water bars (i.e., jumps!) and berms. Contact T-Jay Clevenger for more information.

Jim LaFortune


Thanks to Bennett Lumber Products
posted 06.15.03


If you are unable to attend any of MAMBA's many scheduled events, you can still help out by sending a check to MAMBA and writing a letter to Brett Bennett, thanking him for allowing the public to recreate responsibly on his land. Bennett Lumber Products owns almost half the timberland on Moscow Mtn.

Bennett Lumber ProductsBrett Bennett
c/o Bennet Lumber Products
PO Box 49
Princeton, ID 83857

Jim LaFortune


2002 Summer Summary


North-South Divide: Near the North-South Divide is a singletrack called East Dennis Trail. It is typically ridden as a loop with Sampson Trail. East Dennis Trail is closed for the remainder of the season due to logging. Don't waste your time grinding up that steep road (#377). Instead, I'd suggest the following: turn right on Rd 377 (Palouse Divide Rd), cross the highway, continue on 377 to the top of Three Tree Butte Trail 26. Ride Tr 26 back to campground, a wonderful descent.

Cedars Grove:The short road that drops from Moscow Mtn Rd to the grove of ancient cedars (near the east end of Moscow Mtn) has been intentionally erased by the land manager (The Nature Conservancy) in order to reduce damage from motor vehicles. The alternative route to the trees is a trail that is open to human-powered recreation (ie; hiking and mountain biking). Cedar Grove's trailhead is about 1/4 mile east along Moscow Mtn Rd from the top of the old road that led to the cedars. Look for a private driveway on the right (south) that climbs steeply (there is a X-C skiers sign up high on a tree on the left). The trail begins at the wide parking area ACROSS Moscow Mtn Rd from this driveway. Sometimes there is a sign at the trailhead, but it is often vandalized. The trail north (downhill) from Cedars and parallel to Long Creek is called Whiplash.

To find Cedar Grove from Tamarack, bike up Tamarack Rd (ignore the giant new logging road that cuts diagonally across Tamarack grade about 2 miles up). At the top, 2.7 miles from the old ski area, go straight on Moscow Mtn Rd (the fork to the left goes to East Moscow Mtn Lookout and the Wonderdog loop). Descend gently for about 1/2 mile, whereupon the road flattens. Go about 250 yards. The trailhead is on the right (north) at the apex of a wide parking space, directly across from the driveway mentioned above. You know you're at the correct place if the driveway (which leads to a private residence) climbs steeply.

Southside Trail: As of Sept 1, the new logging has begun just east of Headwaters Trail. Although conditions may change as road work progresses, you can currently find the continuation of Southside Trail by following these directions: If you've started your ride by climbing Headwaters Trail, when you come to the newly bull-dozed road, turn right and pedal about 40 yards. Where the road turns sharply left, look for the trail on the right. Go about 1/4 mile and you have to thread your way up from the trail onto another new piece of the same road. Bear right on the road and go straight to the end. The end of the road is the property line, so hopefully Southside trail will continue from there despite the logging.

Jim LaFortune


2000 Summer Summary


Update: Logging trucks will probably be using Foothill Rd above Pond 9 periodically. Most of the logging has been between Paradise Point and West Twin, where the radio towers are.

Oval Office: MAMBA asks that you NOT RIDE Oval Office. There is a key section of preexisting doubletrack between Four Corners and the west portions of Oval Office that we assumed would be okay to cross. It turns out, the landowner is not pleased with this loss of privacy. Please DO NOT RIDE Oval Office. Please honor this closure indefinitely, unless you read on this website someday that permission has been granted or the trail has been re-routed. Ride Rock & a Hard Place instead.Thanks for your patience.

Rock & a Hard Place: Don't attempt this new singletrack unless you're comfortable on steep sidehills. Ride up Moscow Mtn Rd to Four Corners. Go straight over the top and down the north side toward the old Sand Trail. There's a meadow that looks like it may have been homesteaded at one time. Notice two overgrown skid roads to the right (heading east, more or less). Take the second, lower right. (The entry is a little brushy on purpose, to discourage motor-heads from finding it.) Follow this overgrown skid road about 2/3 mile to its end. The singletrack begins up a steep embankment to the right. I wouldn't recommend taking beginner riders on it, as it is a fairly steep side hill in spots. Caution! At the bottom of a short downhill, be prepared to negotiate between a Rock & a Hard Place; no skidding, please! The singletrack emerges onto a grassy logging road. Continue eastward about 1/2 mile. (Note: if you continue east even farther on this grassy logging road you come to Sand Trail, then to the blue gate on Rock Creek Rd). To follow the easiest loop back to Four Corners, turn right and climb steeply for 1/2 mile or so on the dirt doubletrack called Donkey Hoh Tea. Bear right on Rock Creek Rd, which takes you back to Moscow Mtn Rd just east of Four Corners. The entire loop is probably 3 to 3.5 miles long. Enjoy!

Cabin/Jump Trail: Cabin/Jump Trail has three new humongous turkey filters (giant trenches to keep out 4-wheelers) at the top, but bikes are still allowed. MAMBA spent a day in May, 2000 cutting two cords of firewood for the Warnick's cabin and it is our understanding that responsible mountain bikers are allowed to use the trail past the cabin. The jumps are gone from Jump Trail and it has been bulldozed. The top 1/4 mile access to Over Easy off Sand Trail disappears into a road bed.

Sand Trail: Most of Sand Trail is gone (bulldozed for a logging project) and a road wide enough to drive a loaded log truck on has replaced it. This road is reasonably rideable now that the rain has come. The only part of Sand Trail that avoided the chopping block was the western-most section, North Contour, from the meadow to Foothill Rd.

Switchblade: Switchblade makes it possible to ride from Southside Trail up toward Paradise Point. The treadway is nicely packed down and the switchbacks are rideable in both the uphill and downhill directions. You can help by riding up or down Switchblade instead of the old trail, nicknamed Liposuction, as this will reduce erosion.

Over Easy: Over Easy is a self-contained loop of about 5.5 miles on overgrown skid roads. The first half of the loop is in pretty good shape. The second half (after the stream crossing) is getting overgrown and will need a lopper haircut next summer. From Four Corners, go north toward the old Sand Trail. (P.S. This area is newly logged and is now a dirt road. It is fairly rideable since the September and October, 2000 rain packed down last summer's dust.) Turn right and ride about 0.3 mile to an open, white sandy area. Bear left in a sweeping, descending turn to begin Over Easy. (P.S. Note that the first half mile of Over Easy is now a logging road.) Approximately 0.5 mile later, you will come to a Y-junction. Bear right and enjoy the next 1.6 miles of swooping, gradual downhill, most of which is remarkably smooth. The most important junction is at approximately mile 2.1, about 50 yards after the overgrown skid road changes character to a newly-bulldozed road. Turn hard left onto a desending road. Descend briefly, cross a small stream, climb steeply for about 100 yards, then bear left as you pop out on top. Climb less steeply, with some rolling sections, for the about 2 miles. (P.S. Somewhere in this section the singletrack is now a road.) The only turn to worry about comes when you bear right and exit on the same trail you rode in on at the beginning of Over Easy.

Jim LaFortune


1999 Summer Summary


Switchblade: On July 10, 1999, we established a singletrack that makes Southside Trail rideable in the eastward direction almost all the way to Paradise Point. The route is called Switchblade. It will take a while for the treadway to get packed down. The switchbacks also need work, which cannot be done until we get a soaking rain to dampen the soil. In the meantime, the route is definitely rideable in the downhill direction and needs riders to help pack it out. From the top of Paradise Point, descend Deep Vee. After the 3 root dropoffs, Deep Vee eases a bit. Look for a water bar and slightly overgrown trail on left. Follow this trail 0.3 mile, then bear left onto a singletrack marked by a double orange ribbon/flagging. Carefully follow the orange flags as they switchback, trying not to shortcut any of the 180 degree turns. Remember, the goal is too help establish the new treadway in the correct place. After 0.9 mile, drop onto a more established singletrack. Bear hard right, which takes you back to Southside Trail. Continue your ride westward (toward Pond 9).

All routes in and out of Sawmill Valley/Marshall Rd have been heavily impacted by new road building. For those locals who know about the Sawmill Valley loops, I strongly recommend avoiding the area, as the road building activity includes blasting.

Jim LaFortune


1998 Summer Summary


UPDATE: Both Pick Up Sticks and Spin Cycle are now permanently closed due to 1998 logging activity.

On June 27, MAMBA joined forces with the US Forest Service and 24 teenagers from the U of Idaho Upward Bound Program to restore trails near Giant White Pine Campground. As of late July, 1998, there is an active logging operation off of Moscow Mtn Rd. On August 29, we finished clearing--a portion of which was logged later in the Fall '98.

Triple Crown's West Crown is the only one of these 3 short loops that was not impacted by summer '97 logging activity. I suggest riding West Crown from the end closest to Paradise Point. Once on West Crown, either return to Foothill Rd or follow the short singletrack that connects West to East Crown. If you choose the trail, however, as you emerge from the singletrack you will find new logging roads. Keep your nose pointed uphill and you'll return to Foothill Rd eventually.

South Side trailhead has been rearranged, courtesy of recent logging. A short section of the singletrack 0.2 mile downhill from the trailhead was chewed up by logging, but is easily negotiable. The remainder of the loop is in fine shape, thanks to the MAMBA's efforts on June 6, 1998 to rebuilt the water bars. The climb off South Side back to Foothill Rd (called Moose Marbles) needs lots of erosion control work with shovels.

Wonderdog is 6.5 miles with some steep, short climbs. From Moscow Mtn Rd, turn left onto East Lookout Rd and pedal 0.3 mile to the former site of a fire lookout. About 50 yards before East Moscow Mtn Lookout, go up a rode that splits off to the right. Just as it levels out, look for a trail headed into the woods to the right. Follow this winding, desceding singletrack for about 0.5 mile, where it ends on a doubletrack. If you want to bail, turn right on this doubletrack and pedal back up to Moscow Mtn Rd. (UPDATE: This is now known as Wonderpup.) . . . . . . To continue on Wonderdog, turn left on the doubletrack and enjoy a 1.6 mile yahoo downhill with lots of jumps and only one very short climb of about 40 yards. The key corner of the entire ride is coming up fast, so keep one eye on your odometer. After about 1.6 miles of fun descent, look for a grassy road that cuts back sharply to the left. It'll be difficult to spot because you'll be on a downhill and it's partially obscured by grass. Turn left onto this road. Don't goof and go straight or you will end up on private property! The trail becomes more clear after a 20 yards or so. Follow this overgrown skid trail for 1.4 miles. Just after a short granny gear/slightly washed-out climb, the trail levels out a bit and you'll find yourself descending. Here comes another key corner. Look for a singletrack that hops up into the woods on your left. If you miss this turn, the old skid trail will quickly become very overgrown and descend more steeply. After making the correct left, climb and contour for 0.3 mile until you emerge at the top of the old Tamarack Ski Area. Bear hard left and endure the slightly overgrown, somewhat rocky, hairball-steep 0.4 mile descent back to the concrete water tank. Remember to breathe if you take the plunge into the cold pool, as your family jewels will undoubtedly be holding THEIR breath.

Thanks to all the dedicated folks who show up and pay their dues in sweat.

Jim LaFortune


1997 Summer Summary


Spin Cycle: In the summer of 1997, MAMBA, with permission of Bennett Logging, constructed a new singletrack at the west end of Moscow Mtn. The trail, named Spin Cycle, runs roughly parallel to the north side of Foothill Rd from about mile 2 to mile 4, where the Foothill Rd begins its climb toward Paradise Point. Spin Cycle links several short dead-end trails, offering a fun alternative to that portion of Foothill Rd.

Jim LaFortune