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Tribute to Don Carey08:00 PM - May 14, 2018
The community of Nepisiguit Falls lost one of its promenent citizens this past weekend in the person of Don Carey. Although Don was not a snowmobiler, I felt compelled to honor him with a small tribute. Don was a great neighbor and always greeted you with a "how she goin". Don thought a lot of his Grand Kids and children as well. Our camp is just across the street and every morning you would see out with his dog Sheena by his side and his cat Ginger not far behind and if he would notice you, he would shout out a salutation from across the street,
He was a great story teller and he would captivate you with his tales of his younger years and if you had an ear for stories he could entertain you for hours as atteststed by his next door Nova Scotia neighbors Gary and Eilene and his newest neighbor Andre from PEI. Whatever Don was doing, it was never done at high speed. He took pride in what he did in his wonderful workshop and was always there if you needed a hand or was willing to loan whatever you needed to get job done, whether
it was the use of his shop or a tool you needed.
He had a great sense of humour and I always got a chuckle the way Don and his son Stephen would carry on teasing each other. He will be sorely missed by his sons and daughters as well as his grandchildren. It also goes without saying that the neighbors will miss this man as well. He is going to a better place and I'm sure Edith, of which he talked fondly of and sometimes would choke up a bit with the mention of her name, will be there to greet him.
As Don would say every evening "see you in the morning"
Spring Watch06:00 AM - Apr 26, 2018
Thursday, April 27th, Club #1
We had a good amount of melt days this week so far. Just checking the trails around Bathurst ie. along the high way near Atlantic Host, trail is still well intact, but surrounding snow is greatly diminished. This will give you an idea that trails up higher will be still good with the possibility of bare spots on the big roads like Piston Alley. Places with tree cover will be still good.
Since April 15th, we have been working at checking and overhauling certain parts of the groomers getting them snow ready for next season. We’ve been also attending NBFSC meetings such as the Zone 5 and the Club #1 interview. We also have the NBFSC AGM meet in the Miramichi on May 6th.
Closing Message05:45 AM - Apr 16, 2018
Monday, April 16th, Club #1 Closing Message
On behalf of the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 I first want to thank all our members who signed up with the club this year plus all those who rode our trails this past season. As far as the season went, we had the busiest season on record. With barely no down days due to sloppy weather. We want to acknowledge all of our sponsors, without them it would be impossible to put a product out there for you snowmobilers. Lastly we want to thank Joan, Charlene, Jesse, Mitchel, & Travis at the lodge plus Pat who had to leave us due to moving elsewhere. To Ron Scott who stepped into my role (I did stay on for this year to help in the transition) to look after the trail system and did a lot of grooming himself and the looking after of our operators; Michael, Josh, Leo, Melvin, & Billy, on the Groomers.
Our season started off with a bang with the groomers hitting the trails on Dec 15th after a few good snowfalls prior to the 15th. We had an above average year at the lodge and our Wednesday night suppers which were a good draw again this year. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We had great snow most of the season and to look at what we have on April 16th , the conditions are still exceptional. If you look at how early we’ve had snow way back in November, it is truly unbelievable that we could see the same by the month of May. Just a few numbers for your info: over 2600 hours groomed and 22,000 Km of trail groomed this year. Both are records for our club and more than likely for the province.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away. We are looking at replacing one of our groomers and we should have one on the snow for next season. We are not ruling out the possibility of adding a third groomer to the two we have in use at present. The club is also in need of new and more directors to ensure the longevity of the club. We don’t have problems with getting volunteers, but it is at the administrative end where numbers are lacking. I will be stepping back even further in my role with the grooming / trails with excess of over 18 years in that role. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Surely out of the nearly 950 members we will have someone to step up.
In closing we would again like to thank all for your support for this past year and look forward to seeing you all back next year. Please stay posted as periodically we will have info to pass on. Have a great summer and remember Club #1 next year when registering. “BUY WHERE YOU RIDE”
Trying to Clean up Before Next Nor'easter06:00 AM - Mar 12, 2018
March 12th, Monday, Club#1 -1 at post. I'm not sure how the boys will make out on the trails with the temps still at zero at 1 AM this morning. Mickey and Josh both got on the trails just after midnight. The #1 is on a 17 hour run to Serpentine from Rogers Lake on Trail 23 and the #2 is on a similar run from East Bathurst up to Nine Mile Shelter and eventually to the Atlantic Host. We're trying to get the trails back from the 40 cm of heavy snow from last Thursday with the anticipation of an upgraded storm of 30 cm for Tuesday and Wednesday.
There is a real problem occuring now with all this snow and mild temperatures in that there is a lot of melting taking place under the existing trail bed and the more insulation of more snow snd no "set-up" time after grooming. You are going to see more sink holes occurring as a result. This wouldn't happen on established roads but on trails that go through old logging trails that are not maintained as roads in the off season. There is a "ton" of snow in the Bathurst area but all this snow does not make for great conditions on the trails, contrary to what some people that may think that way. Clubs are stuggling in that respect.
If you look at the next 14 day forecast, show me one day where you can see consistant grooming temperatures below zero degrees celcius. This is more like spring riding with snow conditions that are hard to cope with. It is what it is and sledders can complain all they want, but there is not much you can do about it except try and do our best.
Don't panic with the rain07:00 AM - Feb 5, 2018
Monday, Feb 5th, Club #1
+temps today with some rain. Don’t panic and don’t worry; this will not hurt us any. We need a little moisture to tighten up the trail surface. Temps should drop tonight, so we’re going to take a little breather and start on the trails tomorrow. In the meantime we have a little TLC work to be done on the #2 and we should have that cleared up by the end of the day.
I want to take a little time today to tell you how great our members are in there support and understanding in knowing what it takes to get our system like it is. We thank you for your tremendous support to our club and lodge and of course your generosity. We have tremendous support from our corporate sponsors, whether it be in your donations, web advertising, signage ads, repairs resources and our Wednesday Night Suppers. To all of you; THANK YOU. All monies raised go right back into our trail system, whether it be grooming, signage, trail maintenance (year around) and repairs. Our budget is just around half million and it takes everything to keep things going, so the next time you stop at the lodge for something to eat or fuel up that money is well spent.
13 Year Grooming History08:00 AM - Jan 31, 2018
Here is a brief history of grooming status over the last 13 years.
Dec 10 to Dec 15, Received up to 40 Cm by then
Dec 14 Floated #2 to Rogers Lake close to 45 Cm above the lodge
Dec 17 By them 75% of system groomed including to Bathurst Trails 7 out of 10
Dec 23 & 25 Received another 40 Cm and we were V Good to go
Jan 4/5 Another 62 cm Drifts as high as 8 feet
Jan 12 35 mils of rain & 5 cms of snow Trails still good.
Jan 15 to Feb 15 Lots of snow with some rain mix. Trails awesome
Dec 3rd 15 to 50 cm of snow down from Bathurst to Serpentine
Dec 14 Floated #2 to Nepisiguit close to 3 feet at lodge
Dec 15 Groomed Nep Lod to Serpentine
Jan 10th Excellent conditions 3 to 4 feet of snow, great base
Jan 11 to 13 a little melt, but no damage, other than icy bed.
Jan 13 to Jan 31 trails in excellent condition. Ice storm of 2017 didn’t affect us.
Feb 1st to Feb 23 trails very good. A little wet spell for two days, nothing major
Mar 15th excellent trails everywhere in the north 12” of wet snow put a big damper
Mar 28 more snow 3 to 4 cm trails still good from Bathurst to Serpentine
Apr 3 Last day of any significant grooming. Conditions bad to good to great.
2404 hours groomed record for us.
Not a drop of snow before the 15th. 50 cm on the 15th and 16th Nothing frozen
Between Bathurst and the lodge. Still very mild.
Dec 18th Floated the #1 to Rogers Lake and started grooming
from there to Serpentine. No significant freeze throughout province.
Dec 22nd Patching Trail from Bathurst to Nine Mile East. Good from Lodge out.
Dec 30th Trails still closed from Bathurst to Lodge.
Jan 5th Trail open to the Lodge from the Host, Beaver pond from East an issue.
Jan 10/11 30 mm of rain followed by a deep freeze. Ice conditions
Jan through to Feb Trails very good hard & fast
Feb through to March Rain & snow, but no trails closed, Some ice in late Feb but doable
Apr 8 last day of grooming still decent conditions up high
Up to 3 feet of snow, but very wet underneath. Lots of holes and water cuts
Dec 15: Started prepping the trails and lots of traffic.
Dec 25: 25 MM of rain , but still going, Need big time freezing.
still great sledding through the north
Jan 26 to 30 Rc’d about 60 cm of snow
February: Trails in phenomenal shape
March 31: All trails stiil great with no severe melt downs yet
April 7: Trails great, no issues. 2 to 3 feet of trail bed
Dec 15: Started packing & grooming
Dec 21: Lodge opened. Earliest on record. All trails groomed. Lots of snow
Jan 12: 40 mm rain; 2nd rainfall in a week
Jan 17: Some water cuts here and there, but al trails very doable. Lube?
Jan 20: All trails good to excellent after some trail repair here & there
Lots of snow from now until end of season Stopped grooming Apr 10
after some rain, but trails good to excellent. Some sledding into may
Best season on record. Over 2000 hours groomed.
Dec 28: Started grooming right from Bathurst,
Conditions From Bathurst to the Lodge were doable.
Grooming all trails above Lodge.
Dec 27 8 to 10 inches conditions much improved. As time
progressed towards Jan 12 snow gradually wore out
between Bathurst and the Lodge where conditions just
became doable in that stretch
Jan 13 /14 Mild spell 4 to 11 deg forced to call Everything
closed from the City, doable from Lodge out to shelter
Jan 22 Reopened the trails after 10 to 15 cm Still scratchy
Jan 31 All Trails closed in NB due to rain & meltdown
Feb 3-4 10 cm snow open from lodge west but icy no grooming
Feb 9 Major storm to the south 15 cm in Bathurst
Feb 17 & 20 Two majors in a row total close to 95 cm Back in Business
Mar 29 All Trails from the city closed. Still grooming Lodge going West
April 8. Last grooming. Trails fair to poor on what is left
Dec 22 Started grooming from Rogers Lake Conditions were not that great.
A bit of mild towards Jan 1.
Jan 4 People running off trail. Limited grooming.
Jan 8 to 9 Broke Trail from Host to Lodge, Not much snow
+ overhanging alders. Great freezing temps with no water.
Great conditions with not much snow in PEI/NS
March 18, 19 temperatures near +28 degrees Season is toast
Dec 28 Preping Trails Dec 26 .
Dec 28 Started grooming after Storm on Dec 26 & 27
Extremely mild weather. Lots of washouts and wet areas.
Conditions much improved by Jan 20.
Feb 21 over 260 Cm down in Bathurst area with great conditions.
Mar 14 20 mm rain on 11 & 12 but very manageble. -5 deg
Mar 31 No trails closed yet with great base depth
Apr 15 Last day out of the Lodge. Still great up high
Apr 07 08 09 Last Grooming Days
Apr 23 Lot s of people still sledding in the golden triangle
Apr 27 Game over with the rain & mild weather
Dec 29 Started grooming
Mar 28 last grooming Poor year as far as linking trails
throughout the Province. We had a good year except for
linking to the City
Year 08-09 Start-up Dec 16 and never looked back.
Year 07-08 Start-up Dec 15 and never looked back.
Year 06-07 Preped Trails on Jan 15 and started Jan 19.
Year 05-06 Dec 25 50 cm storm and started on 26 and 27.
Start-up Dec 17, Melt down with warm weather and 50 mm of
rain on Dec 24. Never got any better and closed the trails Jan 3
due to ice and not enough snow cover.
Jan 10. Started back up
Mar 28 Last day grooming
New Hats for Sale at Nepisiguit Club #108:00 AM - Nov 6, 2017
At the end of last season went out on a mission to procure club hats. These will be on sale in the coming season at the Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club's Lodge. We are now looking at purchasing shirts for the club.
We have them in three different colors, thinking that one color may be more predominent than the other. SEE PICS
Little River Bridge08:00 AM - Feb 6, 2017
There will be a minor disruption on Trail 19 (about 10 Km from the Host) to facilitate the moving of material near the site of the construction of the Little River Bridge which will take place next summer. The contractor is taking the opportunity of moving bridge construction material in near the site while the ground is still frozen. The trail detour is only ¼ kilometer in length and should be no problem for us to get this done. This will take place in the next couple of weeks.
Trail 19 about 10 Km east from Atlantic Host Little River Bridge
Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017
-3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst.
Final Safety Message11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016
Final Safety Message #5
Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail, hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion.
Hand Signals Make Trails Safer11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016
Safety Message #14 Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.
Communication is an important part of staying safe, having
fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail.
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.
LAST SLED IN LINE
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height.
Stay on the right side, especially in corners.11:00 AM - Dec 27, 2016
Safety Message #3 Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself.
Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you:
S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E
Parking on the trail.11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016
Safety Message #2 Parking on the trail. It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.
Nepisiguit Club #1
The Nepisiguit Snowmobile club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16), (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.
Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn. Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.
Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.
MORE TO COME