NorCal Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship Camp
DATE: 2021 DATE TBD
Camp is cancelled due to COVID-19
Come and join us for a fun-filled week of mountain biking in Quincy.
If you are registered or plan on attending camp OR considering attending, you will need a signed letter from your principal in order to register with Feather River College, this must be done by June 1.
Limited to the first 25 student-athletes
We are excited to host you for our second annual Trail Stewardship Camp in Quincy, CA- based out of the iconic Oakland Feather River Camp. It is going to be a great camp. It is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the State, and we are lucky enough to get to spend a week exploring it! Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you might have, you can contact Erica Gorden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed directions on completing your registration here. The following will all go to Feather River College.
- Fill out and have your principal sign this letter and mail to FRC.
- Fill out and mail “student travel form”.
- Check out course descriptions for trail building here (does not need to go to FRC)
- Register with Feather River College on April 6, 2020 here. You will also need to fill out a waiver for Sierra Buttes by going here and bring with you to camp.
Travel: You are responsible for your transportation to and from camp. Please arrive at the Oakland Feather River Camp at 5649 Oakland Camp Road Quincy, CA 95971. Directions can be found easily on Google maps. During camp, we will be taking a van shuttle on four of the days. Insured, trained employees of Feather River College and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship will be providing transportation to your student-athletes via 15-passenger vans.
Pick-up and drop-off times: TBD
We want campers to bring everything they need to be comfortable for a week. Keep in mind that we will be doing trail work, which is manual labor, in addition to mountain biking, both of which can be tough on clothes. This is a list of things we think everyone should pack:
|Mountain bike in working condition – TUNED and ready to go!|
|Cycling shoes, helmet (!!), gloves, glasses, jerseys, shorts, arm warmers, socks, sunglasses, vest and any other cycling gear you normally bring for a big trip.|
|Sunscreen and insect repellent|
|Rain jacket AND warm jacket (down/puffy recommended)|
|2 cycling water bottles|
|2 spare bike tubes, hand pump, tire irons, multi tool|
|Toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, deodorant, razor, floss, medications, etc|
|Pillow and sleeping bag|
|Headlamp and/or flashlight|
|Good book (there is no cell service, folks! Get ready to unplug and chill)|
|Throw blanket (warmish blanket that you don’t mind getting dirty if you sit on it outside)|
|Sturdy work boots, or closed toe shoes; flip flops and sneakers.|
|T-Shirts, tank tops, and a few long sleeved shirts. 2 hoodies or light sweatshirts/sweaters.|
|3 pair of comfortable jeans (or other sturdy work pants) that you don’t mind getting dirty and working in.|
|3 pairs of shorts|
|Jammies! Yoga pants or sweats or some sort of comfy clothing to relax in.|
|Baseball hat and beanie|
|Towel and washcloth|
|Sturdy work gloves (gardening gloves are great!)|
|Travel alarm clock (battery operated recommended)|
|If you have them, bring a pair of clear glasses. If not, we will provide them for campers for safety when trail building|
|Cards, kendamas, hacky sacks, frisbees, or other portable/active games|
|Battery operated string lights or tabletop lighting/lantern for your tent cabin|
|Ear plugs for light sleepers|
|Random, cool camping gadgets|
If you have any questions, please contact Erica Gorden at email@example.com.
- No riding on trails by yourself. You may not leave camp, at any time, to ride alone.
- At any point that your leg is over a bike, you must be wearing a helmet.
- Know the day’s agenda, be prepared, and be on time: don’t be late.
- Keep your cabin clean and organized.
- Say please and thank you.
- Communicate any problems directly and immediately to the NorCal staff.
- Practice good sportsmanship and appropriate language.
- No unsportsmanlike conduct or commentary
- No weapons, drugs or alcohol may be in your possession at any time, for the duration of camp.
- No vandalism or abuse of facilities.
- No leaving your cabin past curfew/lights out [which is 10:00 pm]
- No changing cabins, or sleeping anywhere other than where you are assigned to sleep.
- No swimming without supervision. Absolutely no night swimming, and nobody on the beach at night.
- Clean up after yourself
- Respect the authority of all staff, and follow any/all rules, etiquette and codes of conduct that are asked of you.
- Come to all rides prepared with everything the staff asks you to bring.
- Use utmost of caution, at all times, when using trail building tools.
- 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.
- Wear a helmet at all times. Under no circumstances should a student be on their bike without a helmet fastened to their head.
- Bring proper bike gear for every ride – air (cartridge or pump), multi-tool, spare tube, water and food
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ride predictably. Ride in a straight line, don’t suddenly swerve. Use hand signals to communicate your intentions or to point out obstacles.
- No “Sharking.” Don’t ride in circles around the ride leaders.
- Do Not Litter. Pack out what you pack in, and if possible, carry out more than your share.
- Ride Only on Authorized Trails, and with your Coaches.
- No earbuds / music allowed during a ride.
- Plan Ahead. Always carry appropriate clothing, bring extra food and tools and be safe.
- Minimize Impacts. The practice of minimum impact wilderness use is the philosophy of responsible off- road cyclists. Take only pictures.
- 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.