Lots to cover this week. For those of you who can’t get enough of these email updates (you know who you are), they are archived at www.LPForest.org. We also post much of this information and more on the LPFA Facebook page. Check em out!
FEBRUARY 19, 5PM,
Do you know what ‘Trails and Ales’ is? A few years ago the Santa Barbara County Trails Council dreamt up a great event to bring trail enthusiasts together by sharing ales. Since then, there have been a handful of these events across Santa Barbara County. The latest installment is being hosted by the LPFA on Thursday February 19th at Captain Fatty’s Brewery in Goleta. Captain Fatty’s opened up just a few months ago, if you haven’t visited, this is the perfect time to come out and check it for yourself. The event is from 5-8pm with all proceeds going to support LPFA trail projects we have lined up for this Spring. This includes work scheduled on the Mission Pine, Cold Spring North, Santa Cruz, Ranger Peak, Hurricane Deck, Gibraltar, Buckhorn and Gene Marshall / Piedra Blanca trails. We’ll also have a silent auction and raffle featuring local maps, guide books, REI and Patagonia products. Come on out, enjoy a cold ale, talk trail, we’ll be BBQing tritip sandwichs and meet some new friends. No better way to replenish your stoke for the trails.
Almost forgot, we’ll be playing a NAME THAT PLACE game. Send us a photo (INFO@LPForest.org) of your favorite Los Padres Camp or recognizable feature and we’re going to organize a great game out of the photos. See you there…….
The LPFA is super happy to announce a new program we are hosting to introduce and share the love of backpacking. Driven by Curt Cragg and Paul “Beeman” Cronshaw, we’ll be hosting a 6 week course on the fundamentals of backpacking. We’ll be covering everything from what to bring, where to go, how to read maps, what to do when things go wrong and how to be confident along the trails. The classes will be held in the Santa Barbara Area starting mid-March. For more information see the attached document or email: Curt@LPForest.org
We’re very excited about this. It’s going to be really fun. Please share with anyone you think might be interested in learning how to backpack.
OJAI RANGER DISTRICT – HIRING
The ORD is hiring a Visitor Services Information Assistant to work out of the Ojai Ranger Station. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working with the Forest Service. Attached is a PDF with more information. GOOD LUCK!
POTHOLE TRAIL PROJECT: February 14
What better way to spend Valentines than on the trail with your sweetheart doing trail work. Join Ranger Heidi as she continues working the Pothole Trail in the Southern Sespe Wilderness and along the Condor Trail. Email Heidi for more details. Great job everyone!
JESUSITA TRAIL PROJECT: February 15
SBMTV is hosting a trail project on the 15th to continue work along the West Jesusita Trail. They’ve been working specifically on some switchbacks that are having trouble knowing what to do with any water that comes down the trail. For more information email Mike Tarpey.
FIRST AID and CPR TRAINING: February 28
Reminder that the LPFA has organized a First Aid/CPR/BBP training for Sunday February 28 in Ojai. We have a few spaces left, please hurry! To sign up or for more information please email: INFO@LPForest.org
ARROYO BURRO CLEARED
Late last week we got a report from an equestrian that the North Arroyo Burro Trail was impassable due to a large downed oak tree. In the words of the great Craig Carey, “TO THE HILLS!”. The LPFA Trailwork Tuesday bunch organized and spent most of yesterday removing the tree. It was a particularly dangerous tree with most of the weight uphill of the trail. Slowly and methodically the volunteers removed the tree piece by piece, ultimately freeing the trail back up for hikers and riders. If you know of any downed trees or trail hazards along your favorite trail, let us know.
Enjoy the week everyone, take care……