Archive for October 2013

Association Trail Work Day- October26

This past week members of the Banadad Trail Association, the North Star Ski Touring Club and other friends of the Banadad spend Saturday working on the West End clearing the first mile of trail within the BWCA and along the new reroute.  Among their other accomplishment was erecting a new Kiosk at the at the new West End trail head (see video http://youtu.be/iIPCxeJbHMk).
Prior to the Saturday Work Day, a four person crew lead by Tom Rice hiked the eight miles western end of the Banadad removing  the down trees they came to along the way.

First Snow

First Snow of the Season

First Snow of the Season

This morning we received about one inch of snow. First time this fall. However yesterday with the temperature hovering in the 40s and blue sky it snow for about five minutes. So you could say yesterday was our first snow.

Last Fall the first snow came about a month earlier on September 22.

Annual Meeting and Trail Day- Oct 26

Help Needed! The Banadad Trail Association invites you to help get the Banadad Ski Trail ready for winter. We will first be clearing the rocks and small sticks left by the bulldozer on the new rerouted trail section starting at the western Trailhead. Since this section should not take to long we then enter the BWCA cutting as much brush and stubble as time allows. It is also hoped that we will be able to install a kiosk to be donated by the Gunflint District- USFS at the new western trailheads parking area. Of course this will only happen only if the Forest Service is open for business by then.

Some of last year's crew

Some of last year's crew

Volunteers meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 26, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grade) Gunflint Trail. Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. Wear sturdy clothing and boots.  After the work session volunteers are inviting to return to the Poplar Creek Guesthouse to clean-up and a social hour.

Then everyone is invite- trail volunteers and other friends of the Banadad to the Banadad Trail Association’s forth Annual Meeting followed by a Potluck Dinner. The Meeting and Potluck will be starting at 6:00 pm at the Schaap Community Center – Gunflint Fire Hall #1 – on Gunflint Trail next to Lima Grade.  Bring dish to pass.

For more information on the Trail Work Day and/or the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner contact 218-388-4487.

Crew Opens Remote Section of the Banadad

Five members of the Conservation Corp of Minnesota spent three days working deep into the BWCA portion of the trail. The crew first widened one mile west of the Mid Trail Junction, cleared another one half mile beyond the section widened and then cleared from Mid Trail east another two miles. The last day they widened and cleared the eight tenth of a mile west from the Croft Yurt to Mid Trail. They estimated putting in a minimum of 125 hours of on the trail work. The crew spent their nights at the Croft Yurts. Great Job!Conservation Corp of Minnesota