Trail Builder Magazine

Trail Builder Magazine An upcoming magazine dedicated to mountain bike trails and those who build, maintain, and advocate for them.

In the shadows of a thick summer canopy, Dave Stackhouse wraps webbing around a shopping cart-sized boulder on the slope...
01/09/2024

In the shadows of a thick summer canopy, Dave Stackhouse wraps webbing around a shopping cart-sized boulder on the slopes of Round Top. The crew is clearing vegetation beside the large rock in order to set up a corridor to connect a 3-ton winch to a large tree that will be used to leverage and roll the feature. Excitement is buzzing with the group from Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club (CAMBC) as they prepare for the final phase of the newest trail at Heyward Community Forest.

“It’s Big Wednesday, and we are here to roll BIG rocks,” Dave announces.

In the shadows of a thick summer canopy, Dave Stackhouse wraps webbing around a shopping cart-sized boulder on the slopes of Round Top. The crew is clearing vegetation beside the large rock in order to set up a corridor to connect a 3-ton winch to a large tree that will be used to leverage and roll

For brands interested in advertising in Trail Builder Mag, our Winter 2024 Media Kit gives you the latest analytics, dem...
01/05/2024

For brands interested in advertising in Trail Builder Mag, our Winter 2024 Media Kit gives you the latest analytics, demographics, and insights into those reading the magazine and engaging with us on social media. We also list the different advertising prices.

This is also part of our transparency commitment. Ads are a key piece to help cover printing costs and paying article contributors.

Download Winter 2024 Media Kit: https://bit.ly/48f8D0K

2023 was a breakout year for our trail-building community. We published our first two print magazines and continued to g...
01/03/2024

2023 was a breakout year for our trail-building community. We published our first two print magazines and continued to grow our online content. The Winter 2024 issue is already well on its way to being completed. There’s a lot to celebrate. Here’s what you can expect in 2024 …

2023 was a breakout year for our trail-building community. We published our first two print magazines and continued to grow our online content. The Winter 2024 issue is already well on its way to being completed. There’s a lot to celebrate. Here’s what you can expect in 2024 …

For those who bought Issue 2 in print, it will ship this week. Thanks for your patience as we navigate the holidays. We'...
01/01/2024

For those who bought Issue 2 in print, it will ship this week. Thanks for your patience as we navigate the holidays. We're excited to get this latest issue in your hands.

One of the questions we regularly hear is, "Do you ship worldwide?" YES. We have and will ship everywhere. For Issue 2, we've received orders from Canada to Chile, Norway to Portugal, New Zealand to South Africa, and more.

$13.95 - Print: https://bit.ly/3GuebrZ
$5.95 - Digital: https://bit.ly/41zhFCU

FREE GIVEAWAYWe're giving away an article from Volume 1, Issue 1 ... "How to Make Trail Building More Welcoming for Wome...
12/29/2023

FREE GIVEAWAY

We're giving away an article from Volume 1, Issue 1 ... "How to Make Trail Building More Welcoming for Women." Click below to download your free copy. What is the article about?

"This study aimed to interview women who are members of the Northwest Trail Alliance (and Northwest Trail Sisters) to uncover their perceptions and attitudes about being a woman in the mountain biking and trail building industry. Also, to explore the obstacles or barriers women face in mountain biking and trail building. Lastly, this study examined how women-only events have helped or changed perceptions of women entering mountain biking and trail building."

DOWNLOAD: https://bit.ly/3sz5kPo

“How do you go about flagging a trail?” we were asked over delicious PRBs at Kulshan.“You figure out where you want the ...
12/28/2023

“How do you go about flagging a trail?” we were asked over delicious PRBs at Kulshan.

“You figure out where you want the trail to start and where you want it to end, and then you must figure out how to connect the dots in between. So, you hike a line, you hike it again, you drop some flags, you move some flags, you have discussions to voice different points of view, you talk about purpose, you visualize, you ride the line in your mind’s eye, you…” Those are all the concrete ways you flag a trail. But what about the unspoken, unwritten, instinctual, innate, intangible, unexplainable sense that is the true essence of the trail?

“How do you go about flagging a trail?” we were asked over delicious PRBs at Kulshan. “You figure out where you want the trail to start and where you want it to end, and then you must figure out how to connect the dots in between. So, you hike a line, you hike it again, you drop some flags, yo...

GOOD NEWS! We already sold as many print copies of Issue 2 as we did for Issue 1. But it gets better ... we didn't run o...
12/26/2023

GOOD NEWS! We already sold as many print copies of Issue 2 as we did for Issue 1. But it gets better ... we didn't run out this time. There are plenty more print copies left. Issue 2 is available in both print and digital formats.

$13.95 - Print: https://bit.ly/3GuebrZ
$5.95 - Digital: https://bit.ly/41zhFCU

The International Mountain Bicycling Association and Trust for Public Land are pleased to release Lifeline, Shoreline. T...
12/22/2023

The International Mountain Bicycling Association and Trust for Public Land are pleased to release Lifeline, Shoreline. The short film celebrates progress behind Bonneville Shoreline Trail development and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act becoming law in 2022, while focusing on the opportunities now ahead to connect and complete the full 280-mile multi-use trail that reaches 75% of Utah residents.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association and Trust for Public Land are pleased to release Lifeline, Shoreline. The short film celebrates progress behind Bonneville Shoreline Trail development and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Advancement Act becoming law in 2022, while focusing on the oppor

The wait is over! Volume 1, Issue 2 of Trail Builder Mag is HERE! We’re excited about this expanded issue. We’re adding ...
12/21/2023

The wait is over! Volume 1, Issue 2 of Trail Builder Mag is HERE! We’re excited about this expanded issue. We’re adding more content, including our first product review (DAKINE Builder pack). This second issue is packed with content from cover to cover. We have topics covering the gamut of what matters in trail building, from sanctioned vs. unsanctioned trails, thinking through the long-term community benefits of trails, building a bike park in Uganda, and so much more.

Click below to read more and pick up your print or digital issue.

The wait is over! Volume 1, Issue 2 of  Trail Builder Mag  is HERE! We’re excited about this expanded issue. We’re adding more content, including our first product review ( Dakine Builder pack ). This second issue is packed with content from cover to cover. We have topics covering

We’re still accepting preorders for Issue 2. One featured article in this issue is about a new free-to-use bike park in ...
12/18/2023

We’re still accepting preorders for Issue 2. One featured article in this issue is about a new free-to-use bike park in Uganda. Here’s an excerpt ...

There are many cultural and economic factors that one could point to for creating an argument as to why East Africa, and more specifically Uganda, is not producing elite-level riders like it does runners. However, on the surface, the answer is simple: the sport is too expensive, and access to bikes is limited, certainly at least good quality bikes.

Introducing Kasanje Bike Park, this project certainly isn’t going to solve all the problems. In fact, it may not solve any when it comes to producing world-class cycling talent. What it does aim to achieve is to see more children riding bikes and enjoying free-to-use cycling and recreational facilities.

Preorder: https://bit.ly/3GuebrZ

📷 Dan Griffiths of Moondhead Media

I'm the only female on the governing board. Most of the guys on the board with me have ridden road bikes (where I starte...
12/15/2023

I'm the only female on the governing board. Most of the guys on the board with me have ridden road bikes (where I started my bike ventures) over the last couple of decades with me, so I have earned their respect, and they appreciate my guidance and organizational skills. I've been very lucky that I haven't had to deal with too many gender issues with any of them. I bike with them as well, and they always have my back.

The gender issues in my experiences usually come from the road bike community and, for some reason, especially in bike shops. I have had some really bad encounters with shop employees over the years, which is quite unfortunate.

I'm the only female on the governing board. Most of the guys on the board with me have ridden road bikes (where I started my bike ventures) over the last couple of decades with me, so I have earned their respect, and they appreciate my guidance and organizational skills. I've been very lucky that I

Reminder: we're taking preorders for Issue  #2. Why are we doing this? Since we ran out of print magazines within the fi...
12/12/2023

Reminder: we're taking preorders for Issue #2. Why are we doing this? Since we ran out of print magazines within the first week of launching Issue #1, this will help us better understand the demand so we can plan accordingly. As a brand-new magazine, numerous variables remain unknown as we continue to grow. Thank you, as always, for your support!

Preorder and secure your print copy: https://bit.ly/3GuebrZ

Inside Volume 1, Issue 2, there are five feature articles and one product review:

1️⃣ When Sanctioning Trails Benefits Everyone by Mathew Wanbon
2️⃣ Price & Purpose by Dillon Osleger
3️⃣ Washoe County Builds Sustainable Trail Program by Hiring Its First Trails Coordinator by Helena Guglielmino
4️⃣ Uganda, the Home of Runners, Not Cyclists … Yet! by Sam Mutton
5️⃣ DAKINE Builder Pack Review by Alexis Brown and Heather DeChoudens
6️⃣ Why Trail Building Needs Rezduro by Sean Benesh

Read more: https://bit.ly/3Td6HAW

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) recently received approval from the Arkansas Legislative Council and Arkans...
12/10/2023

NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) recently received approval from the Arkansas Legislative Council and Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a new Trail Technician program in fall of 2024 and further renovate the college’s previous physical plant into a trail construction lab. Earlier this year, the NWACC Foundation received an $8 million grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to support the creation of the trails program and facility renovation.

Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) recently received approval from the Arkansas Legislative Council and Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a new Trail Technician program in fall of 2024 and further renovate the college’s previous physical plant into a trail constructio...

It’s time to release Issue 2 of Trail Builder Magazine! We’re stoked that this day has come. After the success of Issue ...
12/07/2023

It’s time to release Issue 2 of Trail Builder Magazine! We’re stoked that this day has come. After the success of Issue 1 and selling out of our print copies in less than a week, we’re doing something different this time around. We’re taking preorders. Here’s how you can secure your copy (at the end of the bottom of the page) … but first, what kind of articles and content can you expect in Issue 2?

Read more and secure your print copy: https://bit.ly/3Td6HAW

It’s time to release Issue 2 of Trail Builder Magazine! We’re stoked that this day has come. After the success of Issue 1 and selling out of our print copies in less than a week, we’re doing something different this time around. We’re taking preorders. Here’s how you can secure your copy (...

Nature's trails hold a unique allure, inviting us to explore the uncharted, embrace the serene, and find solace in the g...
11/29/2023

Nature's trails hold a unique allure, inviting us to explore the uncharted, embrace the serene, and find solace in the great outdoors. The flows, drops and climbs we often take for granted are the result of meticulous planning, hard work, and a deep love for both nature and adventure. Trail building is an art that mixes creativity with engineering, and is a journey filled with challenges and moments of pure excitement.

Written by Tracy Paradise of One Track Mind Foundation

Read more: https://bit.ly/3uJjGQB

Nature's trails hold a unique allure, inviting us to explore the uncharted, embrace the serene, and find solace in the great outdoors. The flows, drops and climbs we often take for granted are the result of meticulous planning, hard work, and a deep love for both nature and adventure. Trail building

One of the best parts about dig days is checking out various bikes ridden or brought to the site by volunteer and profes...
11/26/2023

One of the best parts about dig days is checking out various bikes ridden or brought to the site by volunteer and professional trail builders. Do you have a go-to bike for dig days?

We continue to receive an amazing outpouring of support and encouragement about our Women Trail Builders interview serie...
11/22/2023

We continue to receive an amazing outpouring of support and encouragement about our Women Trail Builders interview series. Thank you and thank you! We're always looking for more and following up with recommendations for interviews. If you have someone in mind, whether they're a volunteer or professional trail builder, please send an email to emily[at]trailbuildermag[dot]com.

Texas teenager Rhett Jones had a dream of building a world-class bike park close to home and just saw his dream turn int...
11/13/2023

Texas teenager Rhett Jones had a dream of building a world-class bike park close to home and just saw his dream turn into reality with the opening of Station Mountain bike park in Marble Falls, TX. Built for riders, by riders, it has the most trails, highest elevation and by far the longest jump lines in the state of Texas. There’s a weekend shuttle service a lot of initial buzz and it’s already attracting some of the top mountain bikers in the country. Pro Neko Mulally, who built his own bike park and inspired Jones, was the first rider to hit the trails when it opened. Seth Alvo, sent a video congratulating him on his impressive venture and is planning a visit.

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Texas teenager Rhett Jones had a dream of building a world-class bike park close to home and just saw his dream turn into reality with the opening of Station Mountain bike park in Marble Falls, Tx. Built for riders, by riders, it has the most trails, highest elevation and by far the longest jump lin

I was blown away by how well-received the first Women's Trail Builder Profile interview was. My inbox has continued to b...
11/08/2023

I was blown away by how well-received the first Women's Trail Builder Profile interview was. My inbox has continued to be filled with people wanting to highlight a female trail builder they know. It's super encouraging and shows how stoked people are about getting females into this space. Incredible! Next, I'd like to highlight a very special trail builder. She has one of the most positive and unique perspectives on how she got to where she is with trail building today. She defines being an ally, and it's her mission to make this space as positive as possible. Good vibes only from here on out. Without further ado, here is Alex Showerman. Let's get rippin!

Interview by Emily Williams. Read the full interview:

I was blown away by how well-received the first Women's Trail Builder Profile interview was. My inbox has continued to be filled with people wanting to highlight a female trail builder they know. It's super encouraging and shows how stoked people are about getting females into this space. Incredible

What's your go-to footwear for trail building?
11/03/2023

What's your go-to footwear for trail building?

October has been a great month! Lots of exciting things are in the works. This is also a great opportunity to pause and ...
11/01/2023

October has been a great month! Lots of exciting things are in the works. This is also a great opportunity to pause and reflect on what we're all about here. Through Trail Builder Mag, we are creating a platform to inspire, inform, and connect together around the common goal of building, maintaining, and advocating for more trails.

Inspire - We have a lot to celebrate and many stories to share. Trail builders are doing amazing work all over the world!

Inform - Trail builders can be found in all types of climates, from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Let’s share best practices, tips, ideas, and more, as we have much to learn from one another.

Connect - This will be a platform to connect together individuals, non-profit trail-building organizations, for-profit trail-building companies, bike brands, and more.

Thank you for your continual emails, DMs, comments, and shares. We're building this together.

The Pacific Northwest has a legendary reputation in mountain biking lore. There are mountain biking destinations of note...
10/30/2023

The Pacific Northwest has a legendary reputation in mountain biking lore. There are mountain biking destinations of note dotted throughout the West, such as Moab, Sedona, Whistler, and many more. As a region, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia provide the perfect recipe for trail-building artistry—namely, ample precipitation and pristine dirt for shaping and sculpting berms, table tops, and other features. However, five hours east of Portland, it’s an entirely different world.

The Broadway Flow trail is the gem of Anthony Lakes. Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort and the Blue Mountain Singletrack Trails Club - BMSTC, working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service - Wallowa Whitman National Forest, applied for a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant to build the Broadway Flow trail. The build started in 2017 and was completed in 2018 by Dirt Mechanics out of Bend.

Read more: https://bit.ly/3QfBJFu

The Pacific Northwest has a legendary reputation in mountain biking lore. There are mountain biking destinations of note dotted throughout the West, such as Moab, Sedona, Whistler, and many more. As a region, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia provide the perfect recipe for trail-building arti

Over at our sister company, Loam Coffee Roasters, we're doing another coffee giveaway to trail builders.We're giving awa...
10/26/2023

Over at our sister company, Loam Coffee Roasters, we're doing another coffee giveaway to trail builders.

We're giving away a 2lb bag of our Trail Builder Blend for your next dig day. The contest ends Friday, October 27, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. The winner will be announced on Monday, October 30, on the Loam Coffee Instagram Stories.

Learn more about the contest rules: https://bit.ly/48ReE4t

📷 Gabe Tiller

Why are you involved in trail building?
10/18/2023

Why are you involved in trail building?

Thank you, everyone, for participating in our Camelot Tools LLC SiteMaster giveaway. We announced the winner on our Inst...
10/16/2023

Thank you, everyone, for participating in our Camelot Tools LLC SiteMaster giveaway. We announced the winner on our Instagram Stories. These giveaways are important for our trail-building community. Why?

First, you learn about different companies creating products and services for building and maintaining trails. Next, it gives these companies more exposure. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. We're all in this together. Lastly, it's another reminder and opportunity to sign up for our newsletter. While social media is not only a blast but essential, at the same time, our newsletter is our most effective means of communication.

So what should we give away next?

Day 2 of the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations covered design, implementation, activa...
10/13/2023

Day 2 of the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations covered design, implementation, activation and promotion, and research and data. There were robust, healthy conversations about the economic impact of trails in communities and the need for research and data. We heard from the IMBA Europe president (who was rocking a Trail Builder Mag beanie). The day ended with a community panel as we continued to learn about the story of the impact of trails in Cedar City.

Stay tuned for more discussion and reflection on the event. In particular, to hear from participants what they learned and some of the unique trail-related challenges they are up against back home. Also, how can they put into practice some of the content and material they were exposed to over the past two days?

Thanks again, IMBA, for putting on this excellent event and being a great resource.

Day 1 of the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations covered vision, planning, and funding....
10/12/2023

Day 1 of the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations covered vision, planning, and funding. The Trail Lab kicked the morning off in the classroom with insightful teaching, engaging conversations, and thoughtful questions. After lunch, the crew ventured onto the trail to continue the learning and discussions. The combination of classroom time and field visits in Cedar City makes for a great learning environment. Cedar City boasts more than 150 miles of trail and counting.

Great kickoff last night for the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations this week in Cedar...
10/11/2023

Great kickoff last night for the International Mountain Bicycling Association Trail Labs: Foundations this week in Cedar City, Utah.

Foundations are two-day intensive workshops during which IMBA staff and local experts and stakeholders lead participants through the recipe for a model community trail system: planning, design, building, activation, promotion and measuring success. Attendees will also get a firsthand look at components of an intentional and diverse mountain bike trails community through field visits.

Next week is the Trail Labs: Foundations, put on by the International Mountain Bicycling Association in Cedar City, Utah...
10/06/2023

Next week is the Trail Labs: Foundations, put on by the International Mountain Bicycling Association in Cedar City, Utah. Foundations are two-day intensive workshops during which IMBA staff, trail industry experts and local stakeholders lead participants through the recipe for a model community trail system: planning, design, building, activation, promotion and measuring success.

Trail Builder Mag will be there all next week! If you're attending or living in/around Cedar City and want to connect, chat, and hang out ... let's do it! Also planning on doing some riding/exploring while there. Recommendations?

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