Mendocino Woodlands Camp
Camp is cancelled due to restrictions in Mendocino County
Date: July 5 – July 10, 2021
* We have changed the tentative dates to the above due to COVID restrictions in Mendocino. We are still unsure wether or not we will be able to hold the camp but as soon as we do we will update it here. If we are able to hold camp then we will send out the good news in a newsletter. Any questions you can email Erica@norcalmtb.org.
Come and join us for an amazing camp in the historic Mendocino Woodlands. Majestic redwoods and some of the most beautiful single track in NORTHERN CA surround the camp. Your student-athletes will sleep in tent cabins and enjoy delicious meals and nightly campfires after a full day of riding and learning.
This camp is all about having as much fun as possible while expanding the skills, knowledge and experience level of our riders. Our objective is to further develop a passion for the sport of mountain biking in order to create a lifelong commitment to a lifestyle that leads to a healthy body and mind. We will have the best of the best in all categories to make our objectives a reality; from professional coaches, riders, cooks, nutritionists, sports psychologists and fun junkies, we are drawing from our deepest resources so that all who attend can be assured of having an unforgettable experience that will be etched into their memory for decades to come! This is a vigorous camp and is only open to student-athletes who have raced in the NorCal League for a full season.
Cost of the camp is $1,100 and is limited to the first 50 Student-Athletes (includes, all meals, riding nutrition, snacks, shared tent cabin and lots more.).
Please email Erica Gorden (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
From Santa Rosa and the Bay Area: Take Highway 101 North to Cloverdale. Turn left onto Highway 128 and stay on it until it merges with Highway 1 at the coast. Follow Highway 1 north to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn right onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at camp 3. OR Take Highway 101 North to Highway 20 in Willits. Turn left (west) and follow 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp. From Eureka area: Take Highway 101 south to either Highway 1 or Highway 20. When you get to Fort Bragg, follow Highway 1 south to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp. From Clearlake and Williams area: Take Highway 20 west to Highway 101. Go north on 101 to Willits, then left (west) on Highway 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp. From Sacramento area: Take I-5 north to Williams, then go west on Highway 20 to Highway 101. Go north on 101 to Willits, then left (west) on Highway 20 until it dead ends at Highway 1. Turn left on Highway 1 south until you get to Mendocino. At the traffic light, turn left onto Little Lake Road and follow it out about 5-1/2 miles to the end of the pavement. Bear right (you’ll see a sign for the Woodlands) and follow this gravel road out approximately another 3 miles to arrive at the camp. For more information contact Erica Gorden at email@example.com
The following is a guideline for what to bring to camp:
|Mountain bike in working condition – TUNED and ready to go!|
|If you have it, cell phone for keeping in touch with your “sponsors” at home; if you don’t have a cell you will be able to use another phone to call home.|
|Any prescriptions: please discuss with Robert upon check-in|
|4 tubes, patch kit, pump or inflator (extra tires will be provided in the event of an emergency).|
|water bottles (2) or hydration pack, energy bars|
|7 pairs underwear, 8 pairs socks|
|3 pairs riding shorts (Bring as much bike clothing as you have; we will not be able to do laundry during the week: we are riding every morning and afternoon)|
|4 riding jerseys, Short Sleeved|
|2 riding jerseys, Long Sleeved|
|1 riding jacket|
|1 wind or rain jacket|
|tights or leg warmers and arm warmers|
|helmet (mandatory), riding glasses|
|1 pair jeans, 2 pair shorts|
|1 pair gym shorts|
|sweatshirt / sweatpants / pajamas|
|warm jacket (thick fleece or down jacket recommended)|
|baseball cap/ warm beanie|
|toiletry kit including simple first aid items|
|Flashlight or headlamp (very important)|
|Warm Sleeping bag, camp chair and towel|
|Mosquito repellent (very important)|
|earplugs for sleeping (if necessary)|
|spiral notebook and pen|
|Musical instruments for campfire (no drum sets or amplified guitars allowed!)|
|Fuzzy slippers or Uggs…just kidding, but really, they might be kinda nice 🙂|
The weather can range from 35 degrees with rain to 85 degrees and sunny, so be prepared for anything.
If you have any questions, please contact Erica Gorden at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Know the agenda, be prepared, be on time.
- If you leave the group at any time, tell a staff member first.
- Say please and thank you.
- Wear a helmet at all times. If you put a leg over the bike, the helmet must be strapped to your head.
- Respect other’s property
- Shower up and dress before you hang out in the common area.
- Keep your cabin clean and organized.
- Practice good sportsmanship.
- Communicate any problems to the staff.
- No inappropriate language.
- Don’t go MIA. We need to know where you are and how to find you at all times. We are in a desolate forest.
- Do not be late to a meeting or ride.
- Ride at 5 mph or SLOWER through camp.
- Obey curfew and lights out times. This is strictly enforced.
- Do dishes and clean up when assigned.
You will earn an early departure
- If you are found in the possession of or are under the influence of, drugs or alcohol.
- If you are involved with vandalism or abuse of facilities.
- If you leave your cabin past curfew.
- If you are the source of a complaint from the other campers or the NorCal staff.
1. Never take risks. This is the number one rule, athletes that have a risk-taking attitude or are witnessed taking risks will not be tolerated. A risk is defined as willingly attempting anything which is beyond one’s ability to control in a safe manner.
2. Wear a helmet at all times. Under no circumstances should a student be on their bike without a helmet fastened to their head.
3. Bring proper bike gear for every ride – air (cartridge or pump), multi-tool, spare tube, water and food.
4. Always Yield. Even if at times it seems inconvenient. Being sensitive to how others perceive you will assure a positive image for your sport and minimize the restrictions that follow confrontations and negative encounters. Remember that bicycles in the backcountry can be an unwelcome experience for horses and hikers.
5. Pass with Care. Let others know of your presence well in advance. Use a chime or audible greeting to avoid startling others. Be especially careful when passing a horse, as each will react differently; stop and ask the rider for instructions. By asking if the horse is easily spooked, you show an awareness of the rider’s needs. Sometimes it may be necessary to dismount and remove your bike from the trail to allow others to pass.
6. Stay on Trails. Riding off-trail damages meadows and other fragile ecosystems. Never cut switchbacks as this accelerates erosion. Beware of the types of soil you are riding on. Flow it, don’t mow it.
7. Control your speed. Safe speeds are relative to terrain and your experience as a rider. Be able to stop safely without skidding in the distance that you can see ahead. Approach switchbacks and turns in anticipation of someone coming around the bend.
8. Respect wildlife and livestock. Do not frighten animals. Close gates as you pass through, unless it appears obvious that they have been intentionally left open.
9. Ride predictably. Ride in a straight line, don’t suddenly swerve. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions or to point out obstacles.
10. No “Sharking.” Don’t ride in circles around the ride leaders.
11. Do Not Litter. Pack out what you pack in, and if possible, carry out more than your share.
12. Ride Only on Authorized Trails, and with your Coaches.
13. No earbuds / music allowed during a ride.
14. Plan Ahead. Always carry appropriate clothing, bring extra food and tools and be safe.
15. Minimize Impacts. The practice of minimum impact wilderness use is the philosophy of responsible off- road cyclists. Take only pictures.
16. All rides at NorCal Development Camp are led by Coaches. There are no “free rides” and no camp attendee can go on a ride unless accompanied by a coach.