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Better Day on Sunday06:00 AM - Dec 17, 2018
Monday, Dec 17th, Club #1
It was a little better day on Sunday. We managed to break through to the 22/301 intersection on Trail 22 did the 507. The new groomer went from Bass River to Nepisiguit lodge and back. Today we’ll make another attempt to get to the Host. Read yesterday’s post on the Beaver Pond. We have a dirty bypass for it now.
We will be repairing the Beaver Pond Groomer today. We still have a lot of tuning on the trails so be patient. There isn’t a lot of snow in places where the underground is rough.
Not what you would call a Great Start08:00 AM - Dec 16, 2018
Sunday, Dec 16th, Club #1
Not sure where to start this morning except that we are doing our best despite all of the problem incurred yesterday. Three groomers started out yesterday at 1 minute after 12 Friday midnight . The #1 which is still on the trail at post covered from Nepisiguit Lodge to Popple Depot, the new groomer ran into some program problems and had to curtail its mission.
The #3 started out great on virgin trails with many fixable along the way from East Bathurst to the 19/23 intersection at highway 360, proceeded towards the Atlantic Host on 19, clearing many huge windfalls using chain saw and groomer blade. Everything was going great until we hit a beaver dam 8AM Saturday morning. Broke though 8 to 10 inches of ice and submersed the groomer into about 5 feet of water. Could not get out with the drag, managed to disconnect it while water was boot deep inside the cab and the complete right side rubbing against a wall of ice on the left side. With persistence and a beast of a machine we managed to get the unit out. We were extremely lucky as we very close to excavator time. We incurred cab damage, one blade hose, and to find out shortly after that all fan blades were broken. It took us 8 hours to travel the next 7 Km to get it hauled to the shop. On top of that the GPS unit was not turned on (very minor). Not a great start, but we’ll get it together.
A Little Note06:00 AM - Dec 15, 2018
Saturday, Dec 15th, Club #1
This is just a note to tell you that I will have some kind of a report by sometime today. In the meantime our Nepisiguit Lodge is open as well as all hotels are looking forward to another great season. Most clubs in the province are out grooming, so here’s asking to give them a little time to get all of their trails groomed.
Tonight is the Night we Start Grooming05:30 AM - Dec 14, 2018
Friday, Dec 14th, Club #1
We are ready to start the “Midnight Special” tonight. Don’t expect miracles on the first couple of days, because we don’t even know of those famous hidden surprises. It is always a wait and see approach on some sections of trail. As I mentioned yesterday that we got hit with an unknown this week with a drilling company doing work on Trail 23 leaving Governors and up as far as the River Road (10 Km). They are ploughing the left side of the trail and I can imagine the mess we’ll be looking at. I’m going to give you a strait WARNING about this section: SLOW DOWN. We had a fatality last year on similar circumstances. The season is young and a lot of the snow that fell in late October and November has been packed hard with sled traffic so I’m assuming it could be a bit rough out there in spots.
Our plan if everything goes right. Starting midnight: The #1 groomer runs Trail 23 from Nepisiguit to Popple Depot and returns to Rogers Lake with a novice operator, makes a double pass on Piston Alley and returns to Nepisiguit Lodge (approximately 20 hours). The old #2 will run Trail 19 from East Bathurst Groomer Garage to the Atlantic Host and back to East Bathurst and down to Bass River then back to Groomer Garage in East Bathurst. The new #2 (operated by Lamtrac operator) will run from East Bathurst to Nepisiguit and back to East Bathurst as part of a groomer performance study by Lamtrac.
From word at the Falls the trail from Nepisiguit to Rogers Lake is very decent. Some clubs in the north including our own are still dealing with trees brought down during the last wet snowfall about two weeks ago. Trail from the Host to Nepisiguit to Serpentine are clear. Trail 22 from the 507 to Island Lake is passable, but laddened with trees.
Our Nepisiguit Lodge will be opened from Saturday through the season. The exterior of the lodge has slightly new look and you’re going to be surprised on the new interior look as well. Open for delicious food and supreme gas. If you’re not running a sled, come on up anyway and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Headpond very safe to cross.
I will not be able to give you a report in the morning as I will be out on the groomer. For starters we always like to have two operators aboard because of all the unknowns. Be patient and we’ll get her done. I know from a lot of history that a few may not understand why some trail are not groomed and that is okay, because like I said ”they don’t understand”. Drive safe out there and don’t become a statistic.
What to do with your garbage:11:00 AM - Dec 13, 2018
In your car when driving:
When you’re finished your Tim’s coffee, Roll down the window and chuck it.
When you’re finished your MacDonald’s Meal, Roll down the window and chuck it. When you’re finished your can of soda, Roll down the window and chuck it.
Out on your snowmobile:
When you’re finished your canned drink, just throw it on the side of the trail.
When you’re finished your bagged lunch, just throw the remains on the side of the trail.
When you’re at the shelters, just throw your garbage on the ground, someone will pick it up.
Did you ever hear of anything so ridiculous, to think that people actually think that way. PLEASE DON’T THROW YOUR GARBAGE. If you brought it with you, then you can take it home or dispose at a proper disposal, for example; a garbage can or bag. It looks like a big barrel and usually has a plastic bag in it. Does this make sense? YES!!!!!! This year, let’s take this mind set with you out on the trails.
Three Days Left06:00 AM - Dec 13, 2018
Thursday, Dec 13th, Club #1
These past two weeks is just like trying to keep a drainage sewer from plugging and in these last three days leading to the 15th, we may have a severe blockage forming. In any case we’ll keep poking at it. I will drop a picture in tomorrow’s post to show you our little surprise, which is just an experiment for this year.
We met yesterday on the plan on where we will start and end on the first day, then go from there. We just got hit with an unknown this week with a drilling company doing work on Trail 23 leaving Governors and up as far as the River Road (10 Km). They are ploughing the left side of the trail and I can imagine the mess we’ll be looking at.
Only 3 days left for the early bird permit. For NS, Full Throttle in Dartmouth has none left. Still available in PEI Toymaster in Charletown. NB is SNB. For NS just drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call (see contact us). We’ll see what we can do.
Membership07:00 AM - Dec 12, 2018
We had another big bump in membership over last year and you can read about it in our about us as it has been freshened up. The 3 and 1 day passes were up dramatically as well given that there was not much snow last winter in our neighboring provinces.
If you are at the lodge this winter and see our membership list on the bulletin board, I would like to point out that this list is for the previous year's membership. It is virtually imposible to keep the current year's membership updated because current registrations are ongoing through the season. and those names are only available by late spring at best.
Our "Calendar of Events" is posted for the new season. If you haven't received our post in the mail, then go to the above on our site. note: our suppers are every Wednesday at Nepisiguit Lodge starting Jan 3rd at 6.30 PM. Come out and enjoy a wonderful meal and a chance to win prizes as well. All proceeds go right back into trail grooming and maintenance.
Four Days Left06:00 AM - Dec 12, 2018
Wenesday, Dec 12th, Club #1
-16 this morning in Bathurst. It has been brutally cold here for at least a week. Should be good for freezing up, but I know there is still water under that insulation. It made a big difference tramping and clearing windfalls.
We will be discussing our strategy this morning on the start-up at midnight Friday. Our new unit is still in Tracadie. Already getting questions on whether it “is going to be good to go from here”, “is it good to go from there”. All I can say is that it is good to go from anywhere and conditions and tree falls will vary drastically. If you don’t have a bit of “hard core” in you, then my advice is wait until we paint the yellow lines in the snow. We’ll start off by working the lower sections of the system on 19 and 23, then work our way West on 23 and 22. It will take time, so be a little patient. On top of this we have three new operators to train and get use to the trails. Fun fun fun.
Only4 days left for the early bird permit. A quick way for NS is Full Throttle in Dartmouth and in PEI Toymaster in Charletown. NB is SNB.
5 Days Left06:00 AM - Dec 11, 2018
Tuesday, Dec 11th, Club #1
Another cool one last night -15. Ron worked the ditch on Nine Mile East to prep the trail for this coming weekend. What had to be done was move the plowed bank into the ditch. He was up and down the road and then put the drag to it on the way back to the Nepisiguit Lodge. That section of about 7 Km will be plowed this winter so we are going to share it with the wood contractor. (note: we lost our pole saw on that stretch. It fell off the back of the groomer. So if someone comes across it, please let us know).
This work will allow us to open the Lodge on Saturday. The menu will be as last year, so come on up and enjoy the great food and see our ‘New Look” at the lodge. 5 days left to register for the early bird reduced fee. Nepisiguit (Club #1) will have there permits available to anyone looking for day permits at the Atlantic Host Hotel, Nepisiguit Lodge and at Rogers Lake Lodge. Yearly permits will also be available after the 15th for all out of province snowmobilers at the above locations.
Six Days Left06:00 AM - Dec 10, 2018
Monday, Dec 10th, Club #1
-19 in Bathurst. It has been a cold weekend; good for freezing those soft spots. The new groomer was down as far as Blue Mountain on “The Line” trimming with the saw blade attachment. It is going back to Tracadie for some adjustments and we are having it back on Friday.
We had a major face lift to the lodge; the first being the addition of a larger storage room for more freezer storage and the second was a complete repainting of the whole interior. This just didn’t happen by itself. We accomplished this with expenditures plus donations. You are going to be completely surprised on how nice it turned out. If anyone has a good second hand freezer they want to get rid of, we’ll gladly accept it. Fornebu has donated a new one. Thank You Fornebu Lumber.
We’ll keep you posted on other trail issues this coming week. With 6 days left until start-up we're going to do our best to make all trails doable for start-up for this weekend. Head pond at Nepisiguit is good to cross and there is traffic crossing the head pond. We could use a tad more snow in places and as of last week there were signs of running water here and there, but with the tramping we've done, hopefully we can get this cured up a bit. Our Nepisiguit lodge should be good for start-up for this weekend, barring unforseen circumstances.
Non Stop! Strait Ahead!06:00 AM - Dec 9, 2018
Sunday, Dec 9th, Club #1
It has been nonstop by the Club. First I want to thank Ron Scott, his brother Bryce, his nephew Charles for all the work on the 503. He was gone since this past Wednesday into the deep woods to get this done. Well this was the first chance to speak to him last night. Wednesday he left Rogers Lake early, and he wants to thank Roland Rioux for last Saturdays work on Piston Alley. (He could not believe the mess of trees that they had to contend with) Ron took five hours to clear that mess right up to Governors with the groomer (no other way to get that done). Then Thursday and Friday he and his brother and nephew cleared the trail on Tower Brook (trail 503) there was 300 meters to contend with. Once that was done they used the groomer again to install the permanent sign post at the intersection of 19/503 at Simpson Fields. They did this in two days. On Saturday he moved the groomer back to Rogers Lake; drag in tow. Good job!!; Men.
On Saturday Nat Tozer assembled a crew to finish cleaning trail 23 from the lodge out to the Nine Mile East rosd. Again another good job done. We got the saw repaired yesterday on the new groomer. Thanks to Jack and Bryan. That groomer will head towards Bathurst as far as Blue Mt tomorrow. Part of this is for brushing the sides of the trail plus training on the new groomer.
People may be wondering why our groomers are out. We can’t get the required work done just by manpower alone and NO there is no financial reimbursement for this work. There is so much snow down that this work can’t be done by ordinary trucks. All expenses come out of the clubs coffers. To do all of this work when the season commences this coming weekend, will definitely delay us big time on start-up and yes there still will be delays to get the whole system up and running, but nothing like if would sit on @$$ and do nothing.
I want to thank our own exec plus the countless number of people who pitched in to make this happen. We have two remaining announcements coming for all. Stay tuned.
Clean_up today on Trail above the Lodge06:00 AM - Dec 8, 2018
Saturday, Dec 8th, Club #1
Ron Scott is still up at his camp and still have no word on the 503. He was putting final touches on Trail 503 from Governors out to Simpson Fields. We have the “Falls” crew cleaning up tree branches between the lodge and Nine Mile East. The crew is leaving the lodge area at 10 AM.
Work Done and Work Left to do06:00 AM - Dec 7, 2018
Friday, Dec 7th, Club #1
Two things going o yesterday; Ron Scott was putting final touches on Trail 503 from Governors out to Simpson Fields. There is no report on how he made out because he is still up there staying at his camp so I’ll assume he still has some work to do today. The other was Jack & Don with the new groomer opening up the trail from Nepisiguit Lodge out to Nine Mile East Road on Trail 23; lots of windfalls and overhangers. We had the brushcutter saw (new attachment) and it was doing an awesome job. We had the misfortune of hitting something beneath the snow and broke the drive motor on the saw. This happened about 500 feet from the Nine Mile East Road and we only completed the right hand side of the trail. The left side was going to be done on the way back. Nat Tozer is organizing a crew from the Falls and is going to clear the remaining. She already has a crew lined up for Saturday morning for 10 AM from the lodge, but more hands will make for less work “please do what you can to help out”. This trail is a must for the Lodge to open on the 15th.
-14 in Bathurst this AM. There was a sled on the head pond yesterday, so assuming it is safe to cross, but if anyone is planning to come from the LA Bonne Route, you had better have a cutting tool on board. We also went into the new 502 towards Austin Brook Cluster (not bad going in that way and there was only one huge spruce down across the trail). After taking that out we turned back to Nine Mile as it was getting to be too late.
The comment made early this week that “we’re not out of the woods yet” with trees down still holds true in a lot of areas. Hearing not good things towards Island Lake and I’m sure holds true for a lot of northern trails. Remember “volunteer organization”. that is what the NBFSC says.
New Groomer06:00 AM - Dec 6, 2018
Thursday, Dec 6th, Club #1
Our test run with the new groomer from Lamtrac didn’t happen yesterday other than getting used to all the control functionality of the unit. We had a delay in getting it here as it only got it around 3PM. This morning Don and Jack will run it close to the lodge with the cutting saw blade attachment, no drag. We’ll both get our hands on the unit. Mentioning the Saw attachment one of 4 attachments which can be quickly changed out; Push Blade, Mulcher, Grubber, and of course the Saw attachment , which we’ll be using today. The saw attachment works awesome as we demoed it on a little run around Nepisiguit Lodge.
I’m not sure how Ron made out yesterday as he is up at his camp in Dry Gulch near Governor’s. He brought the #1 up from Rogers Lake and at the same time was going to push the trees off the trail on Piston Alley where they were cut by Roland Rioux and his crew last Saturday. Ron will be cutting the new 503 today and Friday and he is requesting some help from anyone with snowmobile and is in that area. We could use a little help. At the new shelter at Popple Depot head in through pit past the shelter and follow groomer tracks. (about 4 Km).
As I kept saying “there is a lot going on with the Club #1” and have a few more revelations to pass onto you. -21 in Bathurst this AM warming to a balmy -7 today.
Things are Rolling Big Time with the Club06:00 AM - Dec 5, 2018
Wednesday, Dec 5th, Club #1
Lots going on today: We are giving a test run to our “NEW GROOMER” (this is part one on a basket full of items coming down the pipe). Ron Scott is moving the #1 unit from Rogers Lake to Governors. Ron will be cutting the new 503 on Thursday and Friday and he is requesting some help from anyone with snowmobile and is in that area. We could use a little help. At the new shelter at Popple Depot head in through pit past the shelter and follow groomer tracks. (about 4 Km) Bring a lunch with you. Should be mission accomplished in about 6 hours if the help is there. Once this new trail is ready to go it is going to be a"must ride" with spectacular views on the south side of Upsalquitch lake. I'm going to start reminding you now that there are camp owners in about a kilometer from highway 180. These camp owners have no problem with us going in the same entry point off of highway 180. We'll be sharing the road for about 1 Km. Please give them the respect they deserve as they are the original users. I'll pass reminders form time to time.
-12 in Bathurst this morning and warming up to -6. Beautiful sunny weather for the remainder of the week, but cool.
Snow is Adding Up06:00 AM - Dec 4, 2018
Tuesday, Dec 4th, Club #1
It is adding up. 5 cm there , 15 cm here puts on track for the biggest base pre Christmas in decades. We just need a little melt to help with the trees springing back. It is going to be brutally cold in the next week or so. This will help with the base for hopefully an early start. We have the #1 unit already to go and it is currently parked at Rogers Lake (a first this early). Ron will be moving it to Governors this week in order to prep the new Trail 503, which we are excited to see reopened this year with totally new look. More coming on this trail.
We have some good news coming with groomers. Just have to get or ducks in order. Just a little reminder again on Trail permits; 10 days left for the early bird savings. http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/documents remember Club #1 when signing up. "Buy where you ride"
"Not out of the Woods yet"06:00 AM - Dec 3, 2018
Monday, Dec 3rd, Club #1
See the before and after pics of the trail near Nine Mile to Rogers Lake. Thanks to all who pitched in on the tree overhangs. Bruce Smyth and his crew of Billy Dempsey and Andrew Carrol, Crew of Scott Daley, Crew of Roland Rioux. Ron Scott and Roger Theriault on the groomer. Probably missed some, but these are the crews that I know of. See before and after example below.
As the old fellow would say “We’re not out of the Woods yet” with this mess. We had another 10 to 15 cm of dry stuff last night and it turned a little mild around 3 AM. We’ll see with a this little mild today and Tuesday does to the remaining trees, then go from there.
Sponsors07:00 AM - Nov 28, 2018
Nov 28, Club #1
We didn't lose any snow with a little precip yesterday with temps 0 to +2. Snow just settled by about 3 to 5 inches. Some snow last night and milder temperatures today will not do any damage.
Club Business Sponsors: First we want to thank all of our business sponsors for all the help that you give to our snowmobile club. Without your continuous support, whether it be financially or with other donations, we could not survive with the expenses incurred with trail grooming.
The Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile club is responsible for 300 Km of Groomed trails in the Bathurst region. We run two Lamtrac groomers and run these units for 1800 to 2500 hours in a season. With the trail system and heavy traffic we have it is near impossible to run this equipment with the expenses they incur on Trail permits alone.
We would be proud to count on you as a sponsor of a small bill-board on which we can display your advertisement for your business at our lodge.
We would require from you a bill-board with exact dimensions 12” X 24” at your cost. We can help you in that regard as we have a local business that can do it for $30.00 or you can get it done yourself. Your email, contact person & mailing address is also required. Besides having your sign at the lodge we also give your business the Bronze Level advertising on our bathursttrails.com website. From this point on we will then invoice you for a yearly fee of $100.00 + HST.
You can also check our different levels of advertising on our website by checking or “Sponsors” page below. http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/sponsors
Our Sponsors are key to our organization. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please Contact us.
Please Note: To all those who have sponsored signs at the Nepisiguit Lodge your invoices for the 18/19 season will be either mailed or emailed by November 28th.
Recycle Containers Being Installed at our Shelters Again06:00 AM - Nov 26, 2018
Monday, Nov 26th, Club #1
-5 in Bathurst at post, but this will transition into 0 to +2 over the next few day and staring tomorrow we will have a rain now mix for two days. Given where the temps will hover, we will not lose much of that snow, but it will end up giving us a harder base, which is what is needed. We'll wait and see what happens with this weather.
We have 3 recycling containers ready for use at our shelters. We encourage all who have empty recycling cans or bottles to dispose them at our shelters or take them home and not on the side of the trail. We count on all snowmobilers to comply with not “throwing their empties” and dispose of them at our shelters. We also depend on our members to help us keep these shelters clean and report to us on missing items. Thank You from Club #1
Shelters06:00 AM - Nov 21, 2018
Wednesday, Nov 21st, Club #1
All of our shelters are stocked with winter firewood. Thanks to Tyler Mullin our shelter director and at least 50 volunteers to get the 4 shelters stocked with wood for the winter. We will have solar powered light installed in three of the 4 shelters. The one at Popple Depot will go without. We had to purchase panels, batteries, switches, 12 volt lights and cable to get this done. The batteries and panels will only be installed after Christmas as they have a tendency to walk away by themselves. Installation of the cable and switches will be done before.
We will have two garbage cans at each shelter and hopefully ample supply of garbage bags. We urge everyone using these shelters to chip in and keep the shelters as clean and orderly for the next persons using them. These shelters are for emergency use only plus a place where you can warm up. They are not party shacks and please no smoking inside the shelters. We expect our members to take pride in keeping these clean and in good order. If anyone has an old axe, shovel, broom to put at these shelters it would be appreciated. We have trouble from time to time to keep these items supplied.
Nepisiguit Snowmobile Club #1 Closing Message to Members and all Snowmobilers07:00 AM - Apr 15, 2018
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. There were a lot of positives to take away this season and the only negatives were that we could have used an extra groomer or two to keep up with the traffic. 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, Pat, & Jesse at the lodge, Melvin, Leo, Billy, Michael & Daren 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 were a good draw again this year with a few bumps due to inclement weather. We don’t have a handle on membership numbers, but we should “hold our own”. We good snow most of the season up until warm soft weather kicked in on the first week of April. At times we could have used four groomers just to keep up, due to the lack of snow south of the Miramichi line.
Going forward the club is in decent shape and we have our usual problems of keeping the system running. Presently we’re working on both groomers getting them stored away and making them ready for next year. We made significant upgrades in two bridges being built and a significant upgrade in the trail 19 from East Bathurst, which I might add gave us a little problem getting the trail established due to the late finish in construction of both. We have a third bridge going to be constructed in the Little River area of Trail 19 and that will take place this summer. We are in the process of upgrading the groomer fleet with the purchase of a new groomer with trade-in of an older unit. 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 also put up my notice to the executive that this will be my last year running the grooming operations after 14 years. I will however stay on with the club in managing other aspects of the club. Without someone stepping into this job will be very difficult with the club moving forward, so we are hoping that out of the 850 members we have, that surely someone is willing 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”
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.
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
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.
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