Showing posts from October, 2022

Dreaming of Winter -- 2023 Race Schedule

  Today: Soon, if we keep doing snow dances and make sacrifices to  Skaði: It feels a long way away right now, but Winter is Coming and the KSC 2023 race schedule is up!  Are you ready to embrace the challenge and see what you're made of?  Check out the details below and make your plans.  See you there! Gunnar Hagen Classic   7.5k/ 30k Jan 8, 2023 at 1000hrs Registration opens Dec 23, 2022 start of day Late fee begins Jan 5, 2023 @6pm Registration closes Jan 6, 2023 @6pm   Stampede Freestyle   5k/ 15k and WNC 0.5/ 1k/ 2k/ 5k Jan 29, 2023 at 1030hrs Registration opens Jan 13, 2023 start of day Late fee begins Jan 26, 2023 @6pm Registration closes Jan 27, 2023 @6pm   Ozbaldy Freestyle  10k/ 50k Mar 5, 2023 @0900 Registration opens Feb 17, 2023 start of day Late fee begins Mar 2, 2023 @6pm Registration closes Mar 3, 2023 @6pm

Chainsaws and Horsemen

It has long been a source of frustration for KSC members that we can't take our chainsaws and do some serious work cleaning up the trails before winter comes, but that's USFS policy: you need to be officially certified as a sawyer by the USFS in order to bring out the big guns.  So Tim Becker of the Central Cascades Winter Recreation Association went in search of a solution and found an official USFS sawyer certification course run by the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, in conjunction with Washington Trails and DNR.  That course was held last Sunday at a campground near Mount Rainier.  A good number of people (okay, all men-people) attended, including eight KSC members: Don Brooks, Joe Seemiller, Jim Slyfield, Frank Harris, Chris Fast, Jeff Clark, Kyle Capizzi, and Doug (whose last name I don't know).  All of them passed, and all of them are now qualified to take their chainsaws to trees that are down or leaning (but not standing) on USFS land.  This will be a huge hel