Monday, June 27, 2011

Dr J Skills Park Build Day

The Dr J Skills Park in North Park is set open to the public on July 10th, so we needed to get most of the skinnies and jump lines completed yesterday. We did, thanks to a huge group of volunteers working from 9 a.m. until the tools were put away at 7 p.m. There are now 3 new skinny lines, and a giant step up beginner line. A day of rain, follow by a few days of sun and the jump line should be concrete.
A few of us will be going back into the Dr J Skills Park over the next week, fine tuning, installing one more skinny, building a final berm, and other random task so it can be finished by the 10th. It's really turning out to be a great section of trail, people are going to LOVE it.

Gallery of photographs from the Dr J Skills Park build in North Park - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Dr-J-Skill-Park-Build-Day-0626

A few pictures from the Dr J Skills Park build in North Park -

A few pieces of Mark and Dons skinny
A few pieces of Mark and Don's skinny

Dr J Skills Park, a place for the whole family
Dr J Skills Park, a place for the whole family

Darrin trying out the layout of his skinny creation at the Dr J Skills Area in North Park
Darrin trying out the layout of his skinny creation at the Dr J Skills Area in North Park

Spencer making sure the jump line is proper at the Dr J Skills Park, Pittsburgh
Spencer making sure the jump line is proper at the Dr J Skills Park, Pittsburgh

Jay working the lip on the beginner jump line at the Dr J Skills Park
Jay working the lip on the beginner jump line at the Dr J Skills Park

Jarrod Bunk getting some on the jump line at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park
Jarrod Bunk getting some on the jump line at the Dr J Skills Park in North Park

Sunday, June 19, 2011

10th Annual Ohiopyle Beer and Gear Festival, 2011

Mike and I rode from the Point to Ohiopyle this weekend for the Wilderness Voyageurs' 10th Annual Beer and Gear Festival.  Fortunately this coincided with the opening of the new GAP trail connection in Duquesne, Pennsylvania...which is pretty damn nice.  We took our time and had an enjoyable trip up to Round Bottom Campground at Slush Run where we spent Friday night camping under the stars and rain.  A number of animals kept us awake throughout the night, one which sounded like it probably died 15 feet away from my hammock, but I saw no remnants Saturday morning.  A nice short pedal up to Connellsville from there, where we met up with Don along the way and he joined for the ride into Ohiopyle.  The festival was loads of fun, as always...I think Fat Heads wins with their IPA this time.  A nice floral, tasty offering.  Great weekend.

A gallery of photographs from the Beer and Gear Festival at Ohiopyle - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/2011-Beer-and-Gear-0618

A few pictures from the 10th Anniversary of the Beer and Gear Festival at Ohiopyle -

The new Mon Wharf bike path is open to the Point
The new Mon Wharf bike path is open to the Point

 The Riverton bridge going into McKeesport
The Riverton bridge going into McKeesport

we entertained ourselves while it rained, Sly Fox IPA
we entertained ourselves while it rained, Sly Fox IPA

round bottom camping area at slush run, gap trail, youghiogheny river
round bottom camping area at slush run, gap trail, youghiogheny river

10th Anniversary of the Beer and Gear Festival
10th Anniversary of the Beer and Gear Festival

The crowds enjoy some great beers at the Ohiopyle Beer and Gear Festival
The crowds enjoy some great beers at the Ohiopyle Beer and Gear Festival

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Downhill Mountain Biking at Seven Springs Bike Park

Another fun day at Seven Springs Bike Park was had, even if it rained a bit.  Darrin and I met Jamie at 11 and got a few runs in before a torrential downpour that lasted about 30 minutes.  Bill, Jay and Jon were huddled in the parking lot and joined us as soon as the rain let up.  The first run down Rock N Roll was a splash-fest and the entire mountain was slick and slow for the next hour or so.  As soon as the sun came out and the wind picked up, things started getting good and tacky.  In the end the runs were fast and fun, the day was a success.

Gallery of photographs from seven springs bike park - http://www.jonpratt.com/2011/Seven-Springs-Downhill-0612

A few pictures from downhill mountain biking at seven springs bike park -

the rain came and tried to wash our fun away
the rain came and tried to wash our fun away

north shore micro-climate at seven springs
north shore micro-climate at seven springs

a little muddy after the first post rain run
a little muddy after the first post rain run

the lo-pan drop at seven springs bike park
the lo-pan drop at seven springs bike park

new feature being installed at seven springs bike park
new feature being installed at seven springs bike park

the bike wash was a necessity after a day in the mud
the bike wash was a necessity after a day in the mud