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! This year’s Camp Director is Robert Ramirez, and Camp Co-Director is Brian Popplewell. Please feel free to reach out to us in the next few weeks with any questions that you might have!
Please download the packet and email back to Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 1, 2016 (at the latest). *Please [also] bring a hard copy of this filled-out packet, and submit to us upon check-in at Oakland Feather River Camp on the 25th.
Travel and Pick-Up / Drop-Off Times
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.
–Please arrive between 11:30-12:30 pm on Sunday, June 25th [lunch will be served at 12:30].
Please collect your student-athletes at 12:00 pm on Friday, June 30th [they will be having lunch with us from 11:00-11:30ish on that Friday].
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 Camp Director Robert Ramirez at email@example.com
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.
12. Do Not Litter. Pack out what you pack in, and if possible, carry out more than your share.
13. Ride Only on Authorized Trails, and with your Coaches.
14. No earbuds / music allowed during a ride.
15. Plan Ahead. Always carry appropriate clothing, bring extra food and tools and be safe.
16. Minimize Impacts. The practice of minimum impact wilderness use is the philosophy of responsible off- road cyclists. Take only pictures.
17. 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.